Joseph Shulam Early Believers Worshipped at Temple

10.15.1  False: Jesus and the Apostles met in the OUTER COURT because

John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the WORLD;
        I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple,  [open spaces]
        whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

God did not command the king, kingdom, temple, animal slaughter or Levites "prophesying with instruments" meaning acting as soothsayers-sorcerers.  The monarchy period is the PRE babylonian people of whom a small remnant returned to Jerusalem as defacto Babylonians.  The temple was deserted because the people refused to support what they understood was the actions of robbers and parasites.  You don't have to call Stephen a liar and murder him:

Isaiah 1 Jeremiah 7

Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Jeremiah 7:8

Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely,
        and
burn incense unto Baal,
        and
walk after other gods whom ye know not; Jeremiah 7:9

And come and stand before me in this HOUSE, which is called by my name, and say,
        We are delivered to do all these abominations? Jeremiah 7:10
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
       Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21

For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
       in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
       concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22

 IF GOD ABANDONED THE ISRAELITES TO WORSHIP THE STARRY HOST THIS IS NOT A DIRECT COMMAND

The Nation of Israel had been sent into captivity and death and their seed did not reach the ground. The remnants of Judah and Benjamin returned but abandoned the SECOND TEMPLE.  JEW defines the group mostly Edomites who controlled Herod's Temple until it too was destroyed and the people driven out of Jerusalem. They are not remnant Israel because Abraham's covenant was to ALL NATIONS of which Israel was a small element.

There is nothing added to the New Covenant from the Law of Moses or the Laws of the Monarchy: individuals from ALL NATIONS (Gentiles) are free from legalism and are added to the Church or Synagogue which is a small-group School of the Word of Christ in the Prophets and Apostles.  The rest of the "Old Testament" is not called scripture but is profitable for enlightening all nations that they are not under any kind of special racial superiors.

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel,
        A PROPHET shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren,
        like unto me; him shall ye hear.
Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness
        with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers:
        who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey,
        but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
Acts 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us:
        for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

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Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12, Pi.I.7(6).3   II. Pass., make merry, enjoy oneself, to sing,
i. mēkhanēn, [sound, lights ]in the theatre,  merriment of a feast
4. take up and bear, as a burden, “moronA.Pers.547; “athlonS.Tr.80; “algosA.R.4.65.
2. raise by words, hence, praise, extol, E.Heracl.322, etc.; ai. logō to exaggerate, D.21.71.
mēkha^n-ē  

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Rom 1:25

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Rom 1:26

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Rom 1:27

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Rom 1:28

Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        and gave them up to worship the HOST of heaven; 
        as it is written in the book of the prophets,
        O ye house of Israel,  have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices
        by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch
        and the star of your god Remphan
        figures which ye made to worship them: 
        and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness,
        as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should
        make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles,
        whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God,
        and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
        But Solomon built him an house. Acts 7:47
        Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Acts 7:48
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:
        what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

Acts 7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears,
        ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Jewish Encyclopedia Chiun Sakkut" and "Kaiwan" occur together in Rawlinson, "Inscriptions of Western Asia," iv. pl. 52, col. 4, line 9, in a list of epithets (compare Zimmern, "Beitr. zur Kenntniss der Babylonischen Religion," i. 10). Probably they were introduced together here through Babylonian influence in a verse regarded by Wellhausen ("Kleine Propheten," ad loc.) and Nowack, on the basis of II Kings xvii. 30, as a gloss. Budde ("Religion of Israel to the Exile," pp. 67 et seq.) regards the verse as genuine, and the Babylonian influence as potent in the wilderness.

Moloch, Chiun and Remphan are all names for the star god, Saturn, whose symbol is a six pointed star formed by two triangles. Saturn was the supreme god of the Chaldeans.

Molech is the Ammonite name; Chiun, the Arabic and Persian name, written also Chevan. In an Arabic lexicon Chiun means "austere"; so astrologers represented Saturn as a planet baleful in his influence. Hence the Phoenicians offered human sacrifices to him, children especially; so idolatrous Israel also. Rimmon was the Syrian name (2Ki 5:18); pronounced as Remvan, or "Remphan," just as Chiun was also Chevan. Molech had the form of a king; Chevan, or Chiun, of a star [GROTIUS]. Remphan was the Egyptian name for Saturn: hence the Septuagint translator of Amos gave the Egyptian name for the Hebrew, being an Egyptian. [HODIUS II, De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus. 4.115].

God in Christ made the only Spiritual Covenant with Abrahm: Abraham was a Gentile and his mission was to ALL nations.
Abraham cursed Levi and God abandoned them back to worship the starry host at Mount Sinai.
The Law of Moses was given only to those God abandoned by sentencing them back to captivity and death in all the world.
Racial Nationalism has been the roots of most violent warfare but God has no superior races.

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A Church of Christ is built upon the Prophets and Apostles.  ALL of the Prophets were pure Israelites and not Jews.

The only spiritual covenant was made with God in Christ to Abraham: Paul in Galatians ignores or repudiates the NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS and reteaches the Covenant made with Abraham.  Jacob or Israel was not a "Jew" and therefore we find the command to Abraham to be a blessing to all nations: the evil world could be tamed by the teaching of The Book of The Covenant.

God made the the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31 etc.) with the Laity or Domos excluding the Priests and Levites and defining a SCHOOL or synagogue (qahal).

The New Covenant was with the tiny remnant of Israel still alive in Jerusalem at the time as well as with "gentiles."  Isaiah 4 defines the new "tent" as an umbrella as a safe house so that the clergy cannot get to you 24/7 or pass the plates.

These saved or SAFE disciples are the ekklesia and not "church" in an institutional sense.

When individuals in small groups (Exodus 18) gather together ONCE A WEEK Paul calls it a SYNAGOGUE.

Neither the civil ekklesia or synagogue provided any resources for READING and coming to a conclusion (syllogism). The Command and Examples was to PREACH the Word by READING the Word.

When the ekklesia or synagoge was dismissed they did no leave their food money (Isaiah 55) to support a staff who kept the place as a NAVEL or place to keep contact with the gods. If Paul wanted to learn he paid a teacher while he was teaching but did not adopt him into the family to support forever.

THE PEOPLE RIGHT OFF THE "ARK" RETURNED TO THE SAME RELIGIONISM WHICH GOT THE EARLY AGE DROWNED.  God removed Abraham and a group from the Babylonianism restored at Jerusalem when God turned them over to worship the starry host instead of the CREATOR of the host.

The history of the World told by Moses was in terms of the total race of mankind or the WORLD with no racial distinction. This is affirmed by the Bible and the ancient documents on clay tablets a couple of thousand years older than Moses.

Just after the "flood"

Clement wrote: "But when all these things were done, men turned again to impiety; [There is a similar chapter in Homily IX. 7, but in a discourse: on the following day.-R.] and on this account a law was given by God to instruct them in the manner of living.

But in process of time, the worship of God and righteousness were corrupted by the unbelieving and the wicked, as we shall show more fully by and by.

Moreover, perverse and erratic religions were introduced, to which the greater part of men gave themselves up,  by occasion of holidays and solemnities, instituting drinkings and banquets, following pipes, and flutes, and harps, and diverse kinds of musical instruments, and indulging themselves in all kinds of drunkenness and luxury.

Hence every kind of error took rise; hence they invented groves and altars, fillets and victims, and after drunkenness they were agitated as if with mad emotions. By this means power was given to the demons to enter into minds of this sort, so that they seemed to lead insane dances and to rave like Bacchanalians; hence were invented the gnashing of teeth, and bellowing from the depth of their bowels; hence a terrible countenance and a fierce aspect in men, so that he whom drunkenness had subverted and a demon had instigated, was believed by the deceived and the erring to be filled with the Deity.

THE WORLD PEOPLE DEFINED.

Deuteronomy 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God,
        A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt,
        and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous

H761 ’ărammı̂y ar-am-mee' Patrial from H758 ; an Aramite or Aramaean:—Syrian, Aramitess.

The Arameans, or Aramaeans, (Aramaic: ܐܪ̈ܡܝܐ‎, ארמיא ; ʼaramáyé) were a Northwest Semitic people who originated in what is now modern Syria (Biblical Aram) These highly mobile, competitive tribesmen with their sudden raids continually threatened long-distance trade and interfered with the collection of taxes and tribute.... The term appears equivalent to the Egyptian term Shasu (Shsw = wanderer They were organized in clans under a tribal chieftain, and were described as brigands active from the Jezreel Valley to Ashkelon and the Sinai.[1]), who replaced the outlaw 'Apiru

Habiru or Apiru (Egyptian: ˁpr.w) was the name given by various Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Mitanni, and Ugaritic sources (dated, roughly, between 1800 BC and 1100 BC) to a group of people living as nomadic invaders in areas of the Fertile Crescent from Northeastern Mesopotamia and Iran to the borders of Egypt in Canaan.[1] Depending on the source and epoch, these Habiru are variously described as nomadic or semi-nomadic, rebels, outlaws, raiders, mercenaries, and bowmen, servants, slaves, migrant laborers, etc.

The Ghebers of Hebron 2 Hoaea, xii. 4 derives the name Inracl from Sarah to contend, to fight, and El = God of Fire. — Gen. xxxii. '28. Asarians, Asriel, Israel, a name of the War god {Exodus, xiii. 21, 22, xiv. 25), Saturn and the Sun. The Fire-god Azar was the God of war, and M'irs was the Sun. — Macrob. I. xvii. O

Iamblichus 3 23. Sabazios, Sabaoth, or Sabbat, the god of the Planet Saturn, was better known as Bacchus or Dionysos, and was also styled in Semitic countries, Iao or Yava. His worship was more or less associated and identified with that of the Great Mother, under various designations, and it was characterized by phallephoric processions, dances, mourning for the slain divinity, and the Watch Night. It came from Assyria as its peculiar symbols, the ivy or kissos, the spotted robe or Nimr, and the Thyrso, indicate. The name Zagreus the Kissos and nimr remind us of Kissaia or Asiatic Ethiopia, and the Zagros mountains occupied by the Nimr. Assyria was called "the land of Nimrod." -Amos VIII.

This work dealt with the MAGICAL properties of music, and described for what especial purposes the various instruments of music were used in the Temple-service of the Jews. Now Iamblichus (De Mysteries, III.ix) goes into the matter of the

so-called Corybantic and Bacchic 'frenzies' produced by musical instruments in the Mysteries of Ceres and Bacchus; and in his Life of Pythagoras (xxv) he, further, tells us that:

THIS IS THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD FROM WHOM GOD RESCUED ABRAHAM AND HIS DESCENDANTS

God in Christ made the only spiritual Covenant with Abraham and His Seed.  The covenant was with the Laity or Domos which is opposite to Priests and Levites or any of the clergy which stole-steal in trying to restore the Babylonianism God abandoned the Priests and Levites to at Jerusalem.

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IF ABRAHAM WAS AN ASSYRIAN RESCUED FROM THEIR Habiru or Apiru (Egyptian] ANCESTORS ALL OF WHOM WENT ASTRAY RIGHT OFF THE ARK why would people work so hard trying to convince people to return to the FALL FROM grace when the "Jews" just continued their Egyptian worship of the stars and serpents as proven by the Jewish Encyclopedian and all historic scholarship.

GODLY JEWS ABOVE ALL SHOULD BE EAGER TO FREE THEMSELVES FROM THE GROUP OR TRIBAL MENTALITY and come REST and LEARN of Jesus Christ Whose teachings along with the Apostles is not anti-semitic but the restored SCHOOL OF THE PROPHETS whom the Jewish Nobility killed from the foundation of the world.  Christians, too, are trapped in a Levitical Pattern and should come out because Jesus died to free all of us from the clergy  to which God made NO COVENANT and provided NOT FUNDING.

The "Jews" were only different because God RESCUED them by Grace from the same idolatry continued right off the Ark.  They were not special because His righteousness would have left them in Egypt to self destroy. Because God knew what they would do by rejecting The Book of The Covenant of Grace (Abrahamic) but TESTED and destroyed the older generation in the wilderness and "turned the rest over to worship the starry host" meaning Abaddon (service is Abadoh) or hard bondage UNTIL He gave them kings in His Anger to carry out the captivity and death sentence BACK in Babylon.

Amos 9:7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me,
        O children of Israel? saith the LORD.
        Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt?
        and the Philistines from Caphtor,
        and the Syrians from Kir? [of Moab]

Captor is mentioned as one of the Nations the SEED of Abraham was commanded to BLESS and not murder.
Genesis 10:13-15

The nation of Israel continued the worship of the Starry Host identical to that of Mount Sinai which cause God to REMOVE the tiny land covenant conditioned on obeying the words of God.

GOD WILL DESTROY AND NOT LEAVE A SINGULAR SEED OF THE NATION

Amos 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful KINGDOM,

        regnum dominion, sovereignty, rule, authority.nationes Any place which one possesses,
        a territory, estate, possession:

and I will destroy [IT SHALL PERISH] it from off the face of the earth;

GOD WILL NONT UTTERLY DESROY THE PLEBES. LAOS, DOMOS, SCHOOL

saving that I will not utterly destroy the house  of Jacob, saith the LORD.

God will NOT destroy the LAITY who remained in their homes SAFE from the Jews or AT SCHOOL or Synagogue:

THE MARKS OF GOD DESTROYING UTTERLY THE CIVIL-MILITARY-CLERGY

con-tĕro   to diminish by rubbing, to waste, destroy you wear me out, the art of musicis
Religious operations, exhaust  2. In gen.: “operam,Plaut. Most. 3, 1, 54; cf.: “operam frustra,to obliterate from the memory, “Viam Sacram,to tread upon frequently,

The word PSALLO has the same root meaning of SOP as a sign that God is UTTERLY destroying.

psaō [a_, II. intr., crumble away, vanish, disappear, S.Tr.678 (s. v. l.). (psaō, psaiō, psauō, psairō, psēkhō, psōkhō, and perh. psiō, psōmos,

psairō , only pres., and not in Att. Prose: (v. psaō):
I. trans., graze, brush lightly, touch gently, oimon aitheros psairei pterois . . oiōnos is ready to skim the path of ether, A.Pr.396; rub, scrape gently in washing, Eun.VSp.486B.
II. intr., move lightly or quiver, flutter, palpitate, of an irregular pulse and the like , Hp.Mul.2.120: hence, rustle, murmur, of the rustling of leaves in the breeze, Luc. Trag.315; of stars, twinkle, Nic.Th.123.
2. psairein legomen to histion hotan elaphrōs diapneētaiHsch. s.v. diapsairousi.

psōmos , o(, (psōō) A. morsel, bit, ps. andromeoi gobbets of man's flesh, Od.9.374, cf. Amips.19.2 (anap.), X.Mem.3.14.5, Pericles ap. Arist. Rh.1407a2, Plb.30.26.6; “ps. artouLXXJd.19.5, al. (ps. alone, Ru.2.14).

psallō , fut. A. psa^lōLXX Jd.5.3, 1 Ep.Cor.14.15: aor. “epsēlaPl.Ly. 209b, etc., and in LXXepsa_laPs.9.12, al.:—pluck, pull, twitch, ps. etheiran pluck the hair, A.Pers.1062: esp. of the bow-string, toxōn kheri psallousi neuras twang them, E.Ba.784; “kenon krotonLyc.1453; ek keraos ps. belos send a shaft twanging from the bow,

When used of smiting a harp string play a stringed instrument with the fingers, and not with the plectron, “psēlai kai krouein plēktrō

Contero to wear me out with the ART of music:

mūsĭcus  A. Adj.: “leges musicae,the rules of music, “sonus citharae  music: “in musicis numeri, et voces, et modi,” “et omnia musicorum organa,Vulg. 1 Par. 16, 42.— you are in clover, i. e. living luxuriously at another's expense, Plaut. Most. 3, 2, 40.

1 Chronicles 16.42 and with them Heman and Jeduthun [with] trumpets and cymbals for those that should sound aloud, and [with] instruments for the songs of God; and the sons of Jeduthun to be at the gate.

concŭtĭo  “conteris Tu tuā me oratione, mulier,” 

templa caeli summa sonitu (in a parodying of pathos),”

concusso terrae motu theatro,

sŏno ,the trumpet sounds, Enn. ap. Non. 504, 33 (Trag. v. 213 Vahl.): “plectra,Prop. 4 (5), 7, 62. tympana,
(hirundo) circum Stagna sonat,  , cano
Pythius in longā carmina veste sonat,sings, pours forth, accompanies on the lyre, id. 2, 31 (3, 29), 16; cf.: “sonante mixtum tibiis carmen lyra,Hor. Epod. 9, 5: “te sonantem ... dura fugae mala,id. C. 2, 13, 26

The godly people were quarantined from Jerusalem and the Sacrificial system; they attended church or synagogue to Rest, Read and Rehearse the Word.

That includes almost all of the Israelites whom God had abandoned to worship the starry host and to go into eternal captivity.  Individual Israelites who were scattered would join Christ's Spiritual Kingdom as the Synagogue but now protected from the Civil-Military-Clergy complex Christin the prophets called liars, robbers and parasites.

Amos 9:9 For, lo, I will command,
        and I will sift [concŭtĭo] the house of Israel among all nations,
        like as corn is sifted in a sieve, [sift by falling]
        yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. [To reproduce]

Amos 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword,
         which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us. 

glădĭus  Like the COHORT or SAMURAI to die by the sword

The unfaithful of Israel were sent into captivity and death as the sentence imposed because of a return to Egyptian idolatry at Mount Sinai.  The Spirit of Christ makes it certain that the dispersed Israelites were not the ones returned when they were converted to Christ

H5128 nûa‛ to waver, in a great, literally and figuratively, make to [go] up and down, be gone away, stagger, to and fro, be vagabond,
H6872  tser-ore' From H6887 ; a parcel (as packed up); also a kernel or particle (as if a package):—bag, X bendeth, bundle, least grain, small stone.

Stones do not pass through the sifter. BBE smallest seed: WEB least kernel: ASV least kernel: in Matt. 13:31, of an individual seed of mustard; in John 12:24, 1 Cor. 15:37, of wheat: DRBY least grain:  NKJV smallest grain;

The NEW COVENANT is the Abrahamic Covenant which the Jews forfeited because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.  The House of the original Israel or Jacob who warned not to enter into Covenant with Levi is OPPOSITE to the priests, levites, Scribes and Pharisees (hypocrites) but with those who are Baptized to become sons of Abraham and of God.
plebs  opp. the patricians, senators, and knights C. The whole people, nation, community, = populus (late Lat.), Vulg. Gen. 23, 13: “plebs tua Israel,id. Luc. 2, 32

As Assyrians or just citizens they were Gentiles because Abraham was a GENS.
Luke 2:32 A LIGHT for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of your people [laou] Israel.

la_os 3. people assembled, esp. in the Ecclesia, phrase akouete leō hear O people!
4. in LXX, of the people, as opp. priests and Levites, 1 Es.5.46; Jews opposite Gentiles but Paul denied any racial meaning.

Demosthenes  Oh! the fool! Your tripe! Do you see these tiers of people?

Sausage-Seller   Yes.

Demosthenes   You shall be master to them all, governor [165] of the market, of the harbors, of the Pnyx; you shall trample the Senate under foot, be able to cashier the generals, load them with fetters, throw them into gaol, and you will fornicate in the Prytaneum.

Communia studii,Ov. P. 4, 13, 43.—
stŭdĭum  assiduity, zeal, eagerness, fondness, inclination, desire, exertion, endeavor, study: litterarum, studiis dicam cognoscendi,  doctrinae,A. Zeal for any one; good-will, affection, attachment, devotion, favor, kindness, pabulum studii atque doctrinae, studio often means simply voluntarily, on purpose, intentionally: “
(β). A place for study, a study, school (late Lat.): “philosophum (se egit) in omnibus studiis, templis, locis,

Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

h5521., sook-kaw´; fem of 5520; a hut or lair:—booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent.

tăbernācŭlum  as it were, have pitched their tent, settled down, tabernaculum capere, to choose a place for a tent without the city,

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The Tabernacle was a tent of WITNESS to unify the people. The Tabernacle was not a House of Worship or a NATIONAL clergy.

GOD PERMITTED A TENT ON ZION RATHER THAN EXECUTE HIM.


"The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
        and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Amos 8:10 [10] et convertam festivitates vestras in luctum et omnia cantica vestra in planctum et inducam super omne dorsum vestrum saccum et super omne caput calvitium et ponam eam quasi luctum unigeniti et novissima eius quasi diem amarum

Euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12, Pi.I.7(6).3
Pind. I. 6 Just as we mix the second bowl of wine when the men's symposium is flourishing, here is the second song of the Muses for Lampon's children and their athletic victories: first in Nemea, Zeus, in your honor they received the choicest of garlands

IN the Assyrian language, Shaga signifies "a feast." The nature of this feast is explained by Diodorus Siculus Diod. 17.72.5 . He says: "Our Gala or Solar days begin with fasting as a prelude to another form of sensual enjoyment...

A similar custom exists in some parts of Cyprus. This custom is referred to in I. Sam. ii, 22, where "the sons of Eli lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation." It is needless to say for the benefit of the captious that the temple of the Assyrians was the tabernacle of the Hebrews. In both were congregations of the Lord. In both the holy presence of their God was made manifest.

Promptly many torches were gathered. Female musicians were present at the banquet, so the king led them all out for the comus to the sound of voices and flutes and pipes,  Thais the courtesan leading the whole performance.

Euphrosunē
, Ep. euphr-, , (euphrōn)
A.mirth, merriment, “gelō te kai euphrosunēn parekhousaiOd.20.8, cf. 10.465, etc.; esp. of a banquet, good cheer, festivily, ou . . ti phēmi khariesteron einai ē hot' euphrosunē men ekhē kata dēmon hapanta ktl. 9.6, cf. h.Merc.449, 482, etc.; “kratēr mestos euphrosunēsXenoph.1.4: pl., sphisi thumos aien euphrosunēsin iainetai is cheered with glad thoughts, Od.6.156; festivities, A.Pr. 539, E.Ba.377 (both lyr.), etc.: chiefly poet., used by X.Cyr.8.1.32, Ages.9.4 (pl.): in sg., Id.Cyr.3.3.7, Pl.Ti.80b; khara kai eu. Epicur. Fr.2: also in later Prose, LXX Ge.31.27, al., Act.Ap.2.28, Diogenian. Epicur.4.50, PLips.119 ii 1 (iii A. D.), etc.; “eu. psukhēs oinos pinomenosLXX Si.34.28 (31.36).
II. pr. n., Euphrosyne, one of the Graces, Hes.Th.909, etc.

Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;
 
        as it is written in the book of the prophets,
        O ye house of Israel,  have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices
        by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch
        and the star of your god Remphan
        figures which ye made to worship them: 
        and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles,
        whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God,
        and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
Acts 7:47 BUT Solomon built him an house.
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:
        what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
Acts 7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

Amos 9:12 That they may possess [ the remnant of Edom,
        and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.

Rē^lĭquĭae  the leavings, remains, relics, remnant, rest, remainder of any thing. he remnant of the Trojans who had escaped from the hands of the Greeks, The leavings, remains, remnants, fragments

H123 ’ĕdôm ’ĕdôm ed-ome', ed-ome' From H122 ; red (see Genesis 25:25 ); Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occuped by him:—Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

A. Simeon hath declared how God at the first
        did visit the Gentiles,
        to take out of them a people for his name. Acts 15:14

B. And to this agree the words of the PROPHETS as it is written, Acts 15:15

C. After this I will return, and will
......... build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down;
......... and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: Acts 15:16

The Tabernacle of David was a WITNESS with NO music originally.
1. God promised David a Tabernacle
2. But, Solomon built God a HOUSE
3. But, God does not dwell in houses built by human hands NOR by the works of human hands: "raising, clapping, waving, plucking or twanging. That is why the assembly is "synagogue" or school of the Bible and NOT a pagan worship center.

Showing that there was no difference:

You Israelites are just like the Ethiopians in my sight," says the Lord.
Certainly I brought Israel up from the land of Egypt, but I
also brought the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir. Amos 9:7

D. That the residue of men [Remnant Jews] might seek after the Lord,
......... and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,
......... saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Acts 15:17

Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: 
        for he that cometh to God
       must believe that he is,
             and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

This is identified as the ONLY meaning of predestination:

Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Acts 15:18

E. Wherefore my sentence is,
......... that we trouble not them,
......... which from among the Gentiles are TURNED to God: Acts 15:19

A house or family of Israel was the Israelites LONG BEFORE the JEWS took control and buried the Covenant and Laws IN A BOX and did not teach the people like a husband or father..

dŏmus    B. A household, family, race
b.
In philos lang., a philosophical school, sect, Cic. Ac. 1, 4; Sen. Ep. 29 fin.; id. Ben. 5, 15.
Opposite Fŏrum , “extra suum forum vadimonium promittere,beyond his district, Of the transaction of business in the forum negotiabere?

After the fall from Grace from which there was no redemption God turned the rebels over to worship the starry host as the sole purpose of the Jeruslem Temple. Therefore, the domos is opposite the Forum

(where Apollo is called juris peritus, in allusion to the judicial proceedings held here); hence, circumscriptiones, furta, fraudes, quibus trina non sufficiunt fora, vacuo clausoque sonant fora sola theatro,

audĭo, to hear, to perceive or understand by hearing, to learn, the person from whom one hears or learns any thing,

Seneca identifies the School as:

verbum  words, expressions, language, discourse, conversation  logos
dīco praedico, recito, declamo, affirmo,
Jesus and the Apostles DICO "A" singular Biblical hymn (prayer), dismissed until the next appointed hour, next year!

THE GODLY SCHOOL OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH AS PROPHESIED IN ISAIAH 49 WILL BE POSSIBLE ONLY WHEN THE CLERGY WHO HAD TAKEN THE GODLY JEWS CAPTIVE ARE REMOVED OFF THE BACKS OF THE POOR.

Is. 4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion,
        and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem
        from
the midst thereof by the SPIRIT of judgment,
        and by the SPIRIT of burning.
Is. 4:5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion,
         and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day,
        and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
Is. 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat,
        and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

The New Covenant was made with the HOUSE of Israel and Judah. House is the plebes, laos opposite to the Priests, Levites, Scribes or Pharisees Jesus defined as hypocrites. In Ezekiel 33 Christ named speakers for HIRE, singers and instrument player. These were the MARKS of those who have no intention of either teaching or obeying the Word of God.

Jesus died to save us FROM the Doctors of the Law and those who SELL people a certificate to buy and sell but do not teach them the prophets:

Umbrācŭlum ,
I. any thing that furnishes shade).
Lit., a shady place, bower, arbor,Verg. E. 9, 42.—
II.  A sunshade, parasol, umbrella, Ov. F. 2, 311; id. A. A. 2, 209; Mart. 14, 28, 1
We are washed with Water INTO the Word or into the School of Jesus Christ. The Logos or Word is the Regulative Principle to EDUCATE by the Prophets and Apostles.

Domos
is one's own house from Sen. Ep. 29
dŏmus  b. In philos lang., a philosophical school, sect, Cic. Ac. 1, 4; Sen. Ep. 29 fin.; id. Ben. 5, 15.
audĭo, to hear, to perceive or understand by hearing, to learn, the person from whom one hears or learns any thing,

Seneca identifies the School as:
verbum  words, expressions, language, discourse, conversation  logos
dīco praedico, recito, declamo, affirmo,
fŏris   I. Out at the doors, out of doors, abroad, without (opp. intus, domi, etc.): “sinito ambulare, si foris, si intus volent,” 
The kingdom does not come with observation: religious observations. God does not live in houses built by human hands and is not worshipped by the works of human hands.

Heb. 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood,
        suffered without the gate.
Heb. 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Heb. 13:14 For here have we no continuing city,
army (of contending parties or sects )
       but we seek one to come.
Heb. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
        that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

h3925. parembolh/ parembole, par-em-bol-ay´; from a compound of 3844 and 1685; a throwing in beside (juxtaposition), i.e. (specially), battle-array, encampment or barracks (tower Antonia): — army, camp, castle.

THE RESTORED DOMOS OF THE GODLY JEWS IS EXCLUSIVE OF THE CIVIL-MILITARY-CLERGY WHICH GOD DID NOT COMMAND.  That EXCLUDES the scattered Israelites other than the promised small remnant who RETURNED to Jerusalem to become part of the RESTORED School of Abraham:

Eph. 5:26WEB That he might sanctify and cleanse it
        with the washing of water
        [INTO] the word,   (In Verbo, En, Eis)
        Into Converto , epistles of a writer, to be occupied in,  Into
        —In eccl. Lat., to convert to Christianity, etc.: “aliquem ad fidem Christi,
        2. Pregn., to change the nature of a thing; i. e. to change, alter, transform,
        turn. En en paidotribou, at the school of

9.16.14  Jacob cursed and God abandoned the Levites, told people not to attend their assemblies but to WAIT for Shiloh.
God Abandoned the Israelites to worship the starry host
and carried them away beyond Babylon.

Gen. 49:5   Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 
Gen. 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret;
        unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man,
        and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. 
h6951. qahal, kaw-hawl´; from 6950; assemblage (usually concretely):—assembly, company, congregation, multitude.
Gen. 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel:
        I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Gen. 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
        until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people [
gentium] be.

Any Student of the Bible understands the difference between the Sabbath as a DAY OF REST and the Saturday as a day of worship which violates the example and command of God and the practices of the Godly Jews who didn't hold congregational worship IN the temple which God did not command.

Along with Christians have no excuse for being so simple minded that they can be enslaved by a clergy pretending to stand between you and your God. 

Jacob cursed he tribe of Levi and said that the godly Israelites (not Jews) should wait for SHILOH out of Judah.  He said that the godly should not attend the qahal or synagogue of Levi so that we know that the Synagogue or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness always existed.

The Levi SECT began by worshiping the then known planets and SHAMASH as the Sun (Apollo, Abaddon, Apollyon)
even in Mesopotamia.  They continued that in Egypt, in the Wilderness, at Jerusalem. That is the PATTERN the Jews work really hard to impose on Disciples of Christ.

God is not a respecter of persons and He does not authorize one group to confiscate the property (or churches) of others. Christ had the prophets warn about the Lying Pen of the Scribes respecting Jerusalem, the Temple and the slaughter and holocaust of innocent animals.

First, let The Spirit OF Christ speak through the prophets and debunks the chosen to dominate follly

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord,
        The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. Jeremiah 7:4
For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings;
        if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; Jeremiah 7:5
If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
        and shed not innocent blood in this place,
        neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Jeremiah 7:6
        Then will I cause you to dwell in this place,
        in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Jeremiah 7:7
Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Jeremiah 7:8

God promised a small parcel of Palestine and the mission was to be A BLESSING to the people.  The spiritual promise was to the SEED or Messiah who would be of the SPERM of Abraham and not a god person.  Jesus would be a visual aid of how the Jews who had dominated people and how to be a SERVANT of others.

Contrary to the lying pen of the Scribes, Christ affirmed that God gave them a place to dwell in but not to murder and kill. Because God turned them over to worship the starry host and abandoned the tribe of Levi to operate a Jebusite High place and did not command any kind of sacrifices or ritual we are surprised that scholars have missed Jeremiah who repudiated the Law of Moses which had been added because of the lawlessness of the people.

Jer. 7:21   Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
        Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. 
Jer. 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers,
        nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
         concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: 
Jer. 7:23 But this thing commanded I them,
        saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
        and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. 
Jer. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear,
        but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
        and went backward, and not forward. 
Jer. 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt
        unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets,
        daily rising up early and sending them: 
Jer. 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear,
        but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. 
Jer. 7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them;
        but they will not hearken to thee:
        thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. 
Jer. 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them,
        This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God,
        nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

Ezek. 20:7 Then said I unto them,
        Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes,
        and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 
Ezek. 20:8 But they rebelled against me,
        and would not hearken unto me:
        they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes,
        neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said,
        I will pour out my fury upon them,
        to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

Ezek. 20:9 But I wrought for my name’s sake,
        that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were,
        in whose sight I made myself known unto them,
        in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.

If you missed Exodus God TRIED them at Mount Sinai and they rose up AGAINST God and engaged in the musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity.

God had rescued them from Egypt by Grace: His righteousness would have left them there to self-destruct. He said that they were worse than any other nation.

The Civil-Military-Clergy complex which God did not command carried on the Worship of Saturn or Sabbath instead of RESTING as God exampled and commanded.

The Godly Israelites were quarantined in their isolated towns so they could not attend the horrows or the Jewish holocaust even on the Sabbath (Rest day not Saturday) against innocent animals to satisfy a blood and flesh lust with animals stolen from the poor based on the BABYLONIAN TITHE. Both the so-called Messianic Jews are not Christians; and most Christian religionism makes the fatal assumption that the Spirit God of the universe needs or can be influenced by any thing presumptuous clergy can invent: God said that the "imagination of man is only evil continuously."

THE SABBATH PATTERN IN THE WILDERNESS
Ex. 16:25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD:
        to day ye shall not find it in the field. 
Ex. 16:26 Six days ye shall gather it;
        but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. 
Ex. 16:27 And it came to pass,
        that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather,
        and they found none.
Ex. 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses,
        How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? 
Ex. 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath,
        therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days;
        abide ye every man in his place,
        let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 
Ex. 16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day.   
GOD DID NOT HOLD WORSHIP SERVICES AFTER WORKING SIX DAYS. Why pay clergy to make you VIOLATE the Sabbath?
Ex. 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Ex. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 
Ex. 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:
         in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
        thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle,
        nor thy stranger that is within thy gates
YOU SHALL NOT h4397. mal}ak, mal-awk´; from an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God, i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):—ambassador, angel, king, messenger

Sabbath Day's Journey: The limit set by the rabbis to the Sabbath day's journey was 2,000 cubits from one's house or domicile, This would make the distance of the Sabbath day's journey from 1,000 to 1,200 yards, the first agreeing very closely with the 2,000 cubits.

That law is still in effect to make it IMPOSSIBLE for a godly person to be taken captive in a religious institution. The synagogue and later church was/is A School of the Word only.  If you violate the REST God gave you FROM religious hirelings it is probably a MARK in the words of Jesus that you are OF THE WORLD and He doesn't even pray for you.

The Godly Jews remained within their gates in very isolated villages. They could not walk to the temple and were not part of the Curse of the Sacrificial System to which the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned tribe of Levi were doomed to worship meaning HARD BONDAGE.
Ex. 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,
        And rested the seventh day:
        wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
The Sabbath (Rest) has no meaning other than CEASING to work AFTER being forced to work 6 DAYS.  Monday is considered the FIRST DAY OF our WORK.
  1. Work Monday
  2. Work Tuesday
  3. Work Wednesday
  4. Work Thrusday
  5. Work Friday
  6. Work Saturday
  7. REST Sunday
Lev. 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire [holocaustum] unto the LORD:
        on the EIGHTH DAY shall be an holy convocation unto you;
        and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD:
        it is a solemn assembly; [assembly, holiday]
        and ye shall do no servile work therein.

When making offerings at festivals for seven days they held a Holy Convocation on the Eighth.  The ONLY assembly of the Godly People not related to camp movements was what
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The gathering was during the festivals for warrior aged males but became a regular Sabbath or REST day practice.

And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years,
        in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, Deut 31:10

When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose,
        thou shalt read this law
before all Israel in their hearing. Deut 31:11

Gather (h6950) the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates,
Qahal
(h6951) kaw-hawl'; from 6950; assemblage (usually concr.): - assembly, company, congregation, multitude.

that they may hear, and that they may learn,
and fear the Lord your God,
and
observe to do all the words of this law: Deut 31:12

There was a DIRECT COMMAND regulating these assemblies:

But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. Num 10:7

The alarm was to be blown for camp or military movements and God ordained the TWO silver trumpets. These rituals created spiritual anxiety to panic the enemy and Jesus died to give us REST in His synagogue or school of the Bible and THERE WAS NEVER A PRAISE SERVICE IN THE SYNAGOGUE.

Paul's only "worship" words are related to giving heed to the Words of Christ or to Timothy to define worship:

Till I come, give attendance to (the public) reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 1Ti.4:13

The Alarm which was OUTLAWED for the Church in the wilderness is the same PSALLO or Bow-Twanging noise outlawed in the gathering of Jesus Christ.

External Alarm

EXCLUDED from the QAHAL

External Melody

EXCLUDED from the episunagoge

Ruwa (h7321) roo-ah'; a prim. root; to mar (espec. by breaking); fig. to split the ears (with sound), i. e. shout for alarm or joy: - blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph.
Psallo (g5567) psal'-lo; prob. strengthened from psao, (to rub or touch the surface; comp. 5597); to twitch or twang, i.e. to play on a stringed instrument (celebrate the divine worship with music and accompanying odes): - make melody, sing (psalms)
Ruwph (h7322) roof; a prim. root; prop. to triturate (in a mortar), i. e. (fig.) to agitate (by concussion): - tremble.
Psocho (g5597) pso'-kho; prol. from the same base as 5567; to triturate, i.e. (by anal.) to rub out (kernels from husks with the fingers or hand): - rub.
WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE FOR THE CHURCH OR SYNAGOGUE YOU SHALT NOT!

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Prov. 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul:
            but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Prov. 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:
           but a companion of fools shall be destroyed

Prov. 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.


1Sam. 17:20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.


Num. 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.


Num. 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

Num. 10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.
6951. qahal, kaw-hawl´; from 6950; assemblage (usually concretely):—assembly, company, congregation, multitude.
Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Is. 16:9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.
Is. 16:10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.
Is. 16:11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

God abandoned the Levi tribe to worship the starry host and so they polluted or profaned the Sabbath or REST.
1Chr. 25:1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph,
        and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps,
        with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

H5656 ‛ăbôdâh ‛ăbôdâh ab-o-daw', ab-o-daw' From H5647 ; work of any kind:—act, bondage, + bondservant, effect, labour, ministering (-try), office, service (-ile, -itude), tillage, use, work, X wrought.

עבדH5647  ‛âbad a worshiper

Lev. 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month,
        when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land,
        ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:
        on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
Num. 29:35 On the EIGHTH DAY ye shall have a solemn assembly:
        ye shall do no servile work therein:

HOLDING WORSHIP SERVICES ON THE SABBATH IS A DEATH OFFENSE!
Ex. 31:15 Six days may work be done;
        but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD:
        whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day,
        he shall surely be put to death.

Whenever you BEGIN to work and work SIX DAYS then you can REST on the SEVENTH DAY


Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: in Ezekiel 33 Christ names speakers for HIRE, singers and instrument player.
Jesus said that the Doctors of the Law take away the key to knowledge.
Why do Rabbi promote a DEATH OFFENSE and lust to be called Rabbi, Rabbi?
Matt. 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Matt. 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
They violate the REST DAY and teach others to commit a capital offense. They work, make you work, make you PAY for their OCCUPATION and they bet that YOU are too ignorant to understand.
4399. mla}kah, mel-aw-kaw´; from the same as 4397; properly, deputyship, i.e. ministry; generally, employment (never servile) or work (abstractly or concretely); also property (as the result of labor):—business, + cattle, + industrious, occupation, (+ -pied), + officer, thing (made), use, (manner of) work((-man), -manship).

4397. mal}ak, mal-awk´; from an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God,
         i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):—ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

ŏpus  4. Of literary labor: “oratio in causarum contentionibus magnum est quoddam opus,
responderunt regem discordiis opus esse,
H6944.qodesh, ko´-desh; from 6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity:—consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (x most) holy (x day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.
THEY TAKE AWAY THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE WHERE CHRIST COMMANDED THAT THE WORD BE PREACHED BY BEING READ
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers!
         for ye have taken away the key of knowledge:
        ye entered not in yourselves,
        and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Luke 11:53 And as he said these things unto them,
        the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently,
        and to provoke him to speak of many things: 
Luke 11:54 Laying wait for him,
        and seeking to catch something out of his mouth,
        that they might accuse him.


APT elders in Ephesians 4 were commanded to first EJECT the rabbi: the cunning craftsmen or sophists meaning speakers, singers or instrument players FROM WHO God hides.  They prevent the role of the synagogue-ekklesia by REPLACING the Word of God with their own error and detractions.  Paul said THEY ARE LYING IN WAIT TO DECEIVE either Jew or Gentile.
KEEPING the Sabbath is to put it in prison: nothing, absolutely nothing can be imposed on God's people when He has commanded and exampled REST which is the OPPOSITE to worship which in Hebrew is Abadoh meaning HARD LABOR.
Ex. 31:16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath,
        to observe the sabbath throughout their generations,
        for a perpetual covenant.
h8104.  shamar, shaw-mar´; a primitive root; properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.:—beward, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep(-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch(-man).

Custōdĭo
to be on the watch:
II  With the access. idea of hindering free motion, in a good or bad sense.
A. In gen., to hold something back, to preserve,
cautiously, carefully: “ut parce custoditeque ludebat!Plin. Ep. 5, 16, 3.
lūdo , to play, play at a game of some kind: —Esp., to play on an instrument of music, to make or compose music or song: “ludere quae vellem calamo permisit agresti,Verg. E. 1, 10: “carmina pastorum,
Canto I. Neutr., to produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to sound, sing, play, Less freq. of instrumental music, and only with abl. of the instrument, in comedy, to sing and play while the actor accompanies the song with gestures or dancing,
Tuba war trumpet, Apart from military purposes, it was used on various occasions, as at religious festivals, games, funerals, a signal for wor, exciter, instigator.
In Exodus 32 they would pollute or profane the REST day by engaging in the musical idolatry of their Egyptian triad which they never ceased worshiping.
THE SABBATH OF REST IS ONLY FOR THOSE COMMANDED TO WORK FOR 6 DAYS.
Ex. 34:21 Six days thou SHALT work, but on the seventh day thou shalt REST:
        in EARING TIME AND HARVEST thou shalt rest.

h5647. {abad, aw-bad´; a primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.:—x be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service,


h7673 shabath, shaw-bath´; a primitive root; to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific):—(cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.
God does not live in houses built by human hands: even in Jerusalem's ziggurat after God abandoned them to Canaanite Baalism and Babylonianism.
Mark 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands,
        and within three days I will build ANOTHER made without hands.

2Cor. 5:1   For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
        we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Heb. 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
        by a greater and more perfect tabernacle,
        not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

God is not worshipped by the works of human hands: that would be legalism.
Deut. 4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
God cannot be fed:

Psa. 50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

 
Worship is falling on your face or bowing down: you cannot worship God by doing legalistic acts.


Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: in the Ezekiel 33 model Christ named speakers for HIRE, singers, instrument players and the audience who had no intention of obeying God and treating others with justice
.
 
Therefore, it is not strange that Judaizers who try to TRAP Christians into a God-abandoned system have from the beginning tried to strangle the cross.  Jesus said that the LAW as a burden would not END until all of the prophecies concerning HIM were carried out by the Jews by using other people's hands.

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Hislop 73 To those who were initiated the god was revealed; to all else he was hidden. Now, the name Saturn in Chaldee is pronounced Satur; but, as every Chaldee scholar knows, consists only of four letters, thus--Stur. This name contains exactly the Apocalyptic number 666:--

S = 060
T = 400
U = 006
R = 200
-------------
666

"The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia declares that the SIX-POINTED STAR...according to the Rosicrucians...was known to the ancient Egyptians." (Graham, p. 13)
"SIX TRIANGLES...is the Egyptian hieroglyphic for the ...Land of the Spirits." (Churchward, p. 177)
"Ancient Egyptian Seal of Solomon" (Churchward, p. 188)
"In the Astro-Mythology of the Egyptians, we find belief in the first man-god (Horus I) ...and his death and resurrection as Amsu"
"This (6-pointed star) was the first sign or hieroglyphic of Amsu"
"Amsu - the risen Horus - was the first man-god risen in spiritual form." (Churchward, p. 3, 65, 38)

Strong’s #4481 - Rhemphan {hrem-fan'} by incorrect transliteration for a word of Hebrew origin 3594; n pr m AV - Remphan 1; 1 Remphan = "the shrunken (as lifeless)" 1) the name of an idol worshipped secretly by the Israelites in the wilderness

 

Strong’s #3594 - Kiyuwn {kee-yoon'} from 3559; n pr dei AV - Chiun 1; 1 Chiun = "an image" or "pillar" 1) probably a statue of the Assyrian-Babylonian god of the planet Saturn and used to symbolise Israelite apostasy

The Hebrews became infected with Sabeanism, the oldest form of idolatry, the worship of the Saba or starry hosts, in their stay in the Arabian desert, where Job notices its prevalence (Job 31:26); in opposition, in Am 5:27, Jehovah declares Himself "the God of hosts." the star of your god--R. ISAAC CARO says all the astrologers represented Saturn as the star of Israel. Probably there was a figure of a star on the head of the image of the idol, to represent the planet Saturn; hence "images" correspond to "star" in the parallel clause. A star in hieroglyphics represents God (Nu 24:17). "Images" are either a Hebraism for "image," or refer to the many images made to represent Chiun.

The Star of David was originally the secret symbol of the stargazing priests, later adopted by the Israelite Kings David and Solomon and subsequently by the Hebrew people as a whole.

The Israelites REJECTED The Book of the Covenant of Grace which was Abrahamic: the old people died in the wilderness and the rest of them worshipped Moloch in the wilderness and in Jerusalem.  When they were exiled most of Israel died in captivity and a tiny few escaped to become maybe the ONE mother whose DNA produced the "Jews" of several nations.

27. beyond Damascus--In Ac 7:43 it is "beyond Babylon," which includes beyond Damascus. In Amos time, Damascus was the object of Israel's fear because of the Syrian wars. Babylon was not yet named as the place of their captivity.

Stephen supplies this name. Their place of exile was in fact, as he states, "beyond Babylon," in Halah and Habor by the river Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes (2Ki 17:6; compare here Am 1:5 4:3 6:14). The road to Assyria lay through "Damascus." It is therefore specified, that not merely shall they be carried captives to Damascus, as they had been by Syrian kings (2Ki 10:32,33 13:7),

but, beyond that, to a region whence a return was not so possible as from Damascus.
They were led captive by Satan into idolatry, therefore God caused them to go captive among idolaters. Compare 2Ki 15:29 16:9 Isa 8:4, whence it appears Tiglath-pileser attacked Israel and Damascus at the same time at Ahaz' request (Am 3:1



Levites
9.14.14 Messianic Jews Jewish Pattern for Christianity?
like Christian Preachers the Jews just SAIL above the Scriptures and make up their own Narrative Theology.  However, if you lie to God and about God Christ in Jeremiah 23 calls that Blasphemy.  God did not command the King, Kingdom, Temple, Animal Slaughter, Priests or the Jacob-cursed and God abandoned Levites.

REVISED 8.15.14 Lipscomb University Summer Celebration 2014 basing RESTORATION on Joshua who failed to give REST.

A growing list of ALL of the speakers/sellers who are allowed to BUY AND SELL radically contradict the Word of God. Word or Logos is the Regulative Principle. It is opposite to speakers personal opinions or CONTRADICTIONS, singing, playing instruments, acting or any other effeminate hypocritical art or craft.

Jesus said that Doctors of the Law take away the key to knowledge: He called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: the Ezekiel 33 version names entertaining preachers for HIRE (hirelings), singers and instrument players.  These MARK those who do not intend to either speak or obey the Word of God.


Joseph Shulam First Century Jewish Identity as a Model.

Isaiah 28 Christ as the SPIRIT who BREATHED into the Prophets repudiated the Civil-Military-Clergy complex as robbers and parasites and said:

Is. 28:14   Wherefore hear the word of the LORD,
        ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.  [called Sodom, mother of harlots]
Is. 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement;
        when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:
        for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 
Is. 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD,
        Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:
        he that believeth shall not make haste. 

Chuwsh (h2363) koosh; a prim. root; to hurry; fig. to be eager with excitement or enjoyment: - (make) haste (-n), ready.

To the Pythian Apollo:

182-206 - Leto"s (mother of Apollo) - all-glorious son goes to rocky Pytho, playing upon his hollow lyre, clad in divine, perfumed garments; and at the touch of the golden key his lyre sings sweet.

Thence, swift as thought, he speeds from earth to Olympus, to the house of Zeus, to join the gathering of the other gods:

then straightway the undying gods think only of the lyre and song,
and
all the Muses together, voice sweetly answering voice,
hymn the unending gifts the gods
enjoy and the sufferings of men, all that they endure at the hands of the deathless gods, and how they live witless and helpless and cannot find healing for death or defence against old age.
Is. 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:
         and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
        and the waters shall overflow the hiding place
Is. 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled,
        and your agreement with hell shall not stand;
        when the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
        then ye shall be trodden down by it.


They are speakers for hire, singers, instrument players, actors, dancers etal.  Paul refutes Unity in Diversity.  
Sabbath as WORSHIP contradicting God that Sabbath means REST was marked by the musical-sexual-trinitarian worship at Mount Sinai. God removed The Book of The Covenant of Grace (Abrahami), gave them The Book of The Law and sentenced them to die in the wildernesss or go through Canaan back int Mesopotamia where they began as robbers of caravans.  Jacob warned us NOT to have anything to do with the Levi assembly or their Covenant with Death and Hell (gods).  Moses told them that they would be deaf and blind to God's word until ANOTHER PROPHET LIKE ME comes. Jesus whom God made to be both Lord and Christ was that promised Messiah (we speak English) and He abrogated the Laded Burden and the Burden Laders and brought the REST which Joshua did not bring so that the forfeited promised land because the killing fields until God removed them with the promise only to a TINY REMNANT who had not bowed to Baal. Sabbath worship is bowing to Baal.  The First Day as the promised "another day" was for REST (Pauo) on the First Day to quarantine them from the Catholic switch of Sunday as their day of WORSHIP meaning "hard bondage." 

IT IS FALSE BEYOND REDEMPTION TO CLAIM THAT PAUL WORSHIPPED AS A JEW:

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the WAY which they call heresy,
        so worship I the God of my fathers,
        believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets

Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great,
         saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

Rom. 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
       
being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom. 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets,
        according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Philippians 3:2 Beware of DOGS, beware of EVIL workers, beware of the CONCISION.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, [Paul denounced voluntary circumcision]
         which worship God IN THE SPIRIT,  [Not for pay: Latr-euō  
to be devoted to l. hēdonē to Phoibos or Apollo, Abaddon]
         and rejoice IN Christ Jesus,
         and have no confidence in the flesh.
[Sarx, II the flesh, as the seat of the affections and lusts, fleshly nature, “en s. hēdonē
                the physical or natural order of things, opp. the spiritual or supernatural, a Hebraism]
-kuōn of women, to denote shamelessness or audacity; ater, in a coarse sense,Ar.V.1402; rhapsōdos Pan is the kuōn of Cybele Persephonēs kunes, of the planets of Hecate, in Mithraic worship of the Bakkhai, Lussas k.E.Ba.977
3. of the Cynics, “areskei  self-pleasure outlawed Rom 15  toutois kunōn metamphiennusthai bion

[298] This god too hath prophetic power, [Bakcheusimos]

for there is no small prophecy inspired by Bacchic frenzy;
for whenever the god in his full might enters the human frame,

he makes his
frantic votaries foretell the future.

[977] To the hills! to the hills! fleet hounds of madness, where the daughters of Cadmus hold their revels, goad them into wild fury against the man disguised in woman's dress, a frenzied spy upon the Maenads.

-rhapsōdos  stitching songs together. Reciter of poems, of Aoide
Used with "hypokrites" 5. = eppsdê, spell, incantation. speaks of himself and Homer as en nearois humnois rhapsantes aoidēn, and Pi.N.2.2 calls Epic poets rhaptōn epeōn aoidoi:

3. of the Cynics, areskei toutois kunôn metamphiennusthai bion. Catamites.

Aoidos   A. singer, minstrel, bard, tou aristou anthrōpōn a.Hdt.1.24; “polla pseudontai  2. fem., songstress aoidos MousaId.Rh.386 (lyr.). 3. enchanter, S.Tr.1000. Oh where is the sorcerer, where is the healer -
save only ZeusIII.
= eunoukhos, Hsch.; cf. doidos.

eunoukhos , ho, (eunē, ekhō)
A.castrated person, eunuch, employed to take charge of the women.

The Serpent in the garden was a musical enchanter, Miriam and the Levites performed as soothsayers and sorcerers using instrumental "noise."  The Babylon mother of harlots now using "lusted after fruits" as self-speakers, singers and instruments are called sorcerers using the same word defining the original mother of harlots in Babylon: the got the male god Ea drunk and stole the power of the eldership, the power of using musical instruments and the power of "kissing the phallus."

Christ says the SOUNDS prove that God is driving them into "hell."  The gay troubadors boasted that churches was one of their last big targets.

Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians:
Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115 ." Ver. 12.

"I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."  "A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will,  let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated.  Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees?
... But if you will not allow this,   why do you not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?  For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the souland the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it frantic for pleasure .

Joseph Shulam Messianic Jew: In the light of the New Testament and the Ancient Jewish Literature

It is interesting that the first story in the Acts of the Apostles after the account of Pentecost is happening in the entrance to the Jerusalem Temple. It seems to me that this is not an accidental order that Luke was just retelling as he received from his sources. When one starts looking for the place of the Jerusalem Temple in the life of the early church, and specially as it has been accounted in the book of Acts it is immediately evident that the Temple in Jerusalem had a very important place at least in the mind of the writer of the Acts of the Apostles.

They asked Willy Sutton the motive for his robbing banks. Willie smarter than them all responded "That's were the money is." The believers as Israelites or Sons of Abraham who was not a 'Jew' were pilgrims and they went into the OUTER COURT as the "house of prayer." Not even Jesus could go INTO the "closed houses" without getting executed. The gathered as the traditional GATHERING PLACE to be taubht by the apostles so they could OBEY and GO home and preach the gospel.  While Jesus was alive He promised that the temple never commanded by God would be destroyed once and for all: godly people then and before worshipped IN THE SPIRIT and NOT in Jerusalem.

JACOB DEFINED THE SYNAGOGUE AND WARNED EVERYONE NOT TO ATTEND THAT OF THE TRIBE OF LEVI.

Gen. 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren;
        instruments (h3617 weapon, psaltery)
        of cruelty are in their habitations.
                 (stabbing, dig through furnace, for burning
                 Bellor fight,  carry on war,
Gen. 49:6 O my soul,
        come not thou into their secret;
        unto their assembly,
        mine honour,
        be not thou united:
                for in their anger they slew a man,
                and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

H6951 qâhâl kaw-hawl From H6950 ; assemblage (usually concretely):—assembly, company,
 congregation, multitude.
Consilior to take counsel, to consult,
h5475 Sod h3245 session, deliberaton, secret.
h3519  Kabod the glory or darkness of the temple
Gen. 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel:
        I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Divido I. To force asunder, part, separate, divide (very freq. and class.; cf.: distribuo, dispertio
 findo, scindo, dirimo, divello, separo, sejungo, segrego, secerno).

AFTER THE ELDERS FIRED JEHOVAH SO THEY COULD WORSHIP THE STARRY HOST

1 Chron 25:1 MOREOVER David and the Commanders of the Army separated to the
        service [Abadoh same as Abaddon worship of the starry host] of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman,
        and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy [all religious "prophesiers" were called soothsayers and/or sorcerers]
        with harps, with psalteries,
        and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. Isa 30:32 

"Its (pipe = to love passionately) was apparently a secular instrument and is never listed in the temple orchestra; only in Ps. 150:4 it is mentioned in a religious (but not ritual) function. Its ethos was not blameless at all, as we see from Genesis Rabbah 50:

'The angels said to Lot: 'There are players of the pipe (organ) in the country, hence it ought to be destroyed'." Its rabbinical identification with the aboda, the flute of the notorious Syrian bayaderes, emphasizes the erotic element which already the Hebrew name suggests." (Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, p. 460, Abingdon).

"Women and girls from the different ranks of society were proud to enter the service of the gods as singers and musicians. The understanding of this service was universal: these singers constituted the 'harem of the gods'."

"The name of psaltery entered Christian literature in the 3rd century B.C. translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint where, in the Psalms, nebel was translated psalterion. Thus, Nebuchadnezzar's idolatrous ensemble included the Aramic psantria. Notice, also, that the book of Psalms has also become known as the Psalter (or psalterium), from the hymns sung with this harp. 

"Lucian tells us that spectres fled at the sound of bronze and iron, and

he contrasts the repulsion which the clank of these metals exerted on spirits
with the attraction which the
clink of silver money wielded over women of a certain class." (Sir James George Frazer, Folk-Lore in the Old Testament, p. 41, Macmillian, 1923)

THE LEVITES WERE SEPARATED WHEN THEY VOLUNTEERED TO SLAUGHTER 3,000 OF THEIR MUSICAL-IDOLATROUS "BRETHREN." Their job was to EXECUTE any godly Israelite who came near or into any of the Babylonish Temple in Jerusalem.

Seperate LATIN:

Sē-cerno , crēvi, crētum, 3 (old I.inf. secernier, Lucr. 3, 263), v. a. I. Lit., to put apart, to sunder, sever, separate  
Juppiter illa piae secrevit litora genti,hath set apart for the pious race, Hor. Epod. 16, 63:
C. To set aside, reject: “cum reus frugalissimum quemque secerneret,Cic. Att. 1, 16, 3
2. That is removed from acquaintance (cf. abditus), hidden, concealed, secret: secreta ducis pectora,Mart. 5, 5, 4: “secretas advocat artes,Ov. M. 7, 138:
        “ars,Petr. 3: litterae (with familiares),Quint. 1, 1, 29:
        “carmina (the Sibylline odes),Luc. 1, 599:
Just like the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites:

Ăpollo 
Apollōn, Apollo, son of Jupiter and Latona, twinbrother of Diana, and god of the sun. Apollōn, represented with weapons, the citharaApollinem Delium,
Matthew 16:[23] But he turned, and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me,
        for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men."

Rev. 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit,
        whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon,
        but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Apollo is the leader of the Muses or his musical worship team. However, Jesus said that God hides from the wise or sophists and speaks only to and through "babes" as opposed to doctors of the law who take away the key to knowledge.

Kronos , ho, Cronos  later interpreted as khronos , ho, —ana khronon in course of time, after a time, karp-imos , on, A.fruit-bearing, fruitful, “theros”  from whom money can be wrung  3. in Rhythmic and Music, time, Il.8.479, --14.203, --A.Pr. 203, Eu.641; hois basileus K. ēn 'in the golden age'
2. ho tou K. (sc. astēr) the planet Saturn, Id.Metaph.1073b35,  so later Kronos, ho, Placit.2.32.1, Cleom.2.7; tou K. hēmera Saturday, D.C.37.16.

Kronos or Saturn worshipped by the Jews instead of RESTING was led by the Levites singing and playing instruments as soothsayers or sorcerers.

The levites sang and played instruments as the FUNCTION of being abandoned to worship the starry host. There is no musical content in A Church of Christ built upon the Prophets and Apostles.

Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers,
        because they knew him not,
        nor yet the voices of the prophets which are READ every sabbath day,
        they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

PAUL DID NOT WORSHIP AS A JEW:

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the WAY which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers,
        believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 

Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great,
         saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

Rom. 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
       
being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom. 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets,
        according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Joseph Shulam endorsed by Lipscomb University and "Messianic Jews" on the other hand deny these clear statements and worship according to the Starry Host including Saturn (666) or Saturday as when God gave it to everyone to REST FROM "observations" to which the Kingdom of God does not come:
Aesch. Eum. 640 Apollo
Oh, monsters utterly loathed and detested by the gods! Zeus could undo fetters, there is a remedy for that, [645] and many means of release. But when the dust has drawn up the blood of a man, once he is dead, there is no return to life. For this, my father has made no magic spells [epōdas ouk epoiēsen], although he arranges all other things, turning them up and down; [650] nor does his exercise of force cost him a breath.
epōdē , A.song sung to or over: hence, enchantment, spell,epaoidē d' haima..eskhethonOd.19.457, cf. Pi.P.4.217 ; “ou pros iatrou sophou thrēnein epōdas pros tomōnti pēmatiS.Aj. 582 ; of the Magi, Hdt.1.132 ; “meliglōssois peithous epaoidaisin
oute pharmaka..oud' au epōdaiPl.R. 426b charm for or against..,toutōn epōdas ouk epoiēsen patērA.Eu.649.

Plat. Rep. 426b and idling, neither drugs1 nor cautery nor the knife, no, nor spells nor periapts2 will be of any avail?” “Not altogether charming,” he said, “for there is no grace or charm in being angry3 with him who speaks well.” “You do not seem to be an admirer4 of such people,” said I. “No, by heaven, I am not.”

1 For the list cf. Pindar, Pyth. iii. 50-54.oud' au emphasizes the transition to superstitious remedies in which Plato doesn't really believe. Cf. his rationalizing interpretations of epōdai, Charmides 157 A, Theaetetus 149 C.Laws 933 A-B is to be interpreted in the spirit of the observation in Selden's Table Talk: “The law against witches does not prove that there be any but it punishes the malice,” etc. [Demosthenes] xxv. 80 is sceptical.

Kronos (Kairos) was cast in Tartarus to be released about now.

To those who were initiated the god was revealed; to all else he was hidden. Now, the name Saturn in Chaldee is pronounced Satur; but, as every Chaldee scholar knows, consists only of four letters, thus--Stur. This name contains exactly the Apocalyptic number 666:--

S = 060
T = 400
U = 006
R = 200
-------------
666
Plat. Epin. 987b For indeed they have received titles of gods: thus, that Lucifer, or Hesperus(which is the same, should almost belong to Aphrodite, is reasonable, and quite befitting a Syrian lawgiver; and that that which follows the same course as the SUN and this together should almost belong to Hermes [Kairos] [987c] and do state, so much as adequate knowledge tells us. For real wisdom shows herself in some such way as this to him who has got even a little share of right and divine meditation. And now there remain three stars, of which one is distinguished from the others by its slowness, and some speak of it under the title of Saturn; the next after it in slowness is to be cited as Jupiter; and the next after this, as Mars, which has the ruddiest hue of all. Nothing in all this is hard to understand Pind. O. 6 35
1 Lucifer, or Hesperus, may for its beauty be connected with Aphrodite(and so got the further name of Venus).
2 The cult of Aphrodite flourished among all the eastern peoples.
3 Venus.
4 Hermes being the god of escort or attendance.
5 Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
6 Here, after the sun, moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, we return to the sphere of the fixed stars(mentioned as the“third power”in 986 B)
SABBATH as worship as opposed to sabbath as REST is confessed by the Jewish Encyclopedia to be the worship of the Starry Host to which God abandoned the Jews not SEPARATED from the tribe of LEVI and who attended synagogue or BIBLE CLASS.
Hos. 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone,
        that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat,
        making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

Col. 2:16   Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

MESSIANIC JEWS as well as the KAIROS CHURCH PLANTING PLOT is defined in Revelation 17-19 where the old SORCERERS of the Jews Covenant with Death and Heal are finally CAST ALIVE INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.

GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY AFTER WORKING SIX DAYS: HE DID NOT HOLD A WORSHIP SERVICE

When the Israelites (defacto Egyptians) rose up to PLAY on the sabbath they  held a WORSHIP SERVICE: this was a sin without redemption

After the musical-trinitarian repudiation of the PATTERN set by God, Moses wrote a retrospective of the Elohim casting down as profane the heavens and earth or the people.  This was to warn the Jews that they would return to Babylon and beyond where they began as robbers of caravans.

The idea of a SABBATH originated with the Akkadians, who occupied a tract of land in the historic valley of the Tigris and Euphrates about five thousand years before the "Christ" Jesus, where the civilization of the world commenced.

Sumer (from Akkadian Šumeru; Sumerian  ki-en-ĝir15, approximately "land of the civilized kings" or "native land" was an ancient civilization and historical region in southern Mesopotamia, modern-day southern Iraq and Kuwait, during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. Although the earliest forms of writing in the region do not go back much further than c. 3500 BC, modern historians have suggested that Sumer was first permanently settled between c. 5500 and 4000 BC

Deuteronomy 26:4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God. 
Deuteronomy 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God,
        A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt,
        and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous

H761 ’ărammı̂y ar-am-mee' Patrial from H758 ; an Aramite or Aramaean:—Syrian, Aramitess.

The Arameans, or Aramaeans, (Aramaic: ܐܪ̈ܡܝܐ‎, ארמיא ; ʼaramáyé) were a Northwest Semitic people who originated in what is now modern Syria (Biblical Aram) during the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Large groups migrated to Mesopotamia, where they intermingled with the native Akkadian (Assyrian and Babylonian) population
        The period of the Late Bronze Age seems to have coincided with increasing aridity, which weakened neighbouring states and induced transhumance pastoralists to spend longer and longer periods with their flocks. Urban settlements diminished in size, until eventually fully nomadic pastoralist lifestyles came to dominate the region. These highly mobile, competitive tribesmen with their sudden raids continually threatened long-distance trade and interfered with the collection of taxes and tribute.... The term appears equivalent to the Egyptian term Shasu (Shsw = wanderer They were organized in clans under a tribal chieftain, and were described as brigands active from the Jezreel Valley to Ashkelon and the Sinai.[1]), who replaced the outlaw 'Apiru


The Spirit OF Christ warns about THE LYING PEN OF THE SCRIBES: Jesus calls the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites and in Ezekiel 33 they are defined as speakers for HIRE, singers and instrument players.  Music was called 'sacred violence' and intended as the Jews MOCKED Jesus to "make the lambs dumb before the slaughter."

Habiru or Apiru (Egyptian: ˁpr.w) was the name given by various Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Mitanni, and Ugaritic sources (dated, roughly, between 1800 BC and 1100 BC) to a group of people living as nomadic invaders in areas of the Fertile Crescent from Northeastern Mesopotamia and Iran to the borders of Egypt in Canaan.[1] Depending on the source and epoch, these Habiru are variously described as nomadic or semi-nomadic, rebels, outlaws, raiders, mercenaries, and bowmen, servants, slaves, migrant laborers, etc.

John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them:
        but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 
John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
        and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
        I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 
John 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 
John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Ekklesia or synagogue is NOT a worship center so no one probably has an institute Jesus would attend other than to remove the Menorah of his seven Spirits OF Divine knowledge.  The woman at the well gave Jesus more credit then anyone in the Bible. Why?

THE ONE PIECE PATTERN TO QUARANTINED THE GODLY FROM THE JEWISH SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM OR MODERN CHURCHES

         Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city
               them that PREACH him, being READ  in the synagogues
               every SABBATH day.

The godly Jews as opposed to the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites, were quarantined to their local areas to PREVENT them from attending the Jewish and other pagan SUN WORSHIP on the superstitious and evil seventh day based on their worship of the STARRY HOST (Acts 7).  WORK which was outlawed for the REST days was "sending out ministers of God."

That was exampled by Jesus, exampled and commanded by Paul and practiced by those who called themselves the Church of Christ for almost four centuries until they disobeyed Paul's command and let the poets inside.

THE PROPHECY BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST REPUDIATING THE JEW'S COVENANT WITH DEATH AND HELL

Isa 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness,
        ye that seek the LORD:
        look unto the ROCK whence ye are hewn,
        and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Isa 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you:
        for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Isa 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion:
        he will comfort all her waste places;
        and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
        and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
        joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving,
        and the voice of melody.
[not an instrument]

This was the prophecy of the REST which Messiah brought but JOSHUA failed to bring.  Christ defined a NEW LAW which would proceed from Messiah would would not be the Law of Moses or Torah.

I
sa 51:4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me,
        O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me,
        and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

Isa 51:5 My righteousness is near;
        my salvation is gone forth, and
        mine arms shall judge the people;
        the isles shall wait upon me,
        and on mine arm shall they trust.

H2220 zerôa‛ zerôa‛ zerô‛âh zerô‛âh zer-o'-ah (1,2), zer-o-aw' (3,4) From H2232 ; the arm (as stretched out), or (of animals) the foreleg; figuratively force:—arm, + help, mighty, power, shoulder, strength.

Intercessor in Isaiah 59
Isa 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath:
        for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke,
        and the earth shall wax old like a garment,
        and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:
        but my salvation shall be for ever, and
        my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and
your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
        for God cannot be tempted with evil,
        neither tempteth he any man : James 1:13

But EVERY man is tempted,
        when he is
drawn away of his own lust,
        and enticed (entrapped, deluded). James 1:14

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:
        and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death. James 1:15

Isa 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood,
.......... and your fingers with iniquity;
.......... your lips have spoken lies,
.......... your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:
.......... they trust in vanity, and speak lies;
.......... they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Isa 59:5 They hatch cockatrice eggs, and weave the spiders web:
.......... he that eateth of their eggs dieth,
.......... and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

Isa 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments,
.......... neither shall they cover themselves with their works:
.......... their works are works of iniquity,
.......... and the act of violence is in their hands.

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Isa 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward,
           and justice standeth afar off:
           for truth is fallen in the street,
           and equity cannot enter.

Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey.
           And the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

Jas 5:6 YE have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Isa 59:16 And he saw that there was no man,
           and wondered that there was no intercessor: [come between]
           therefore his ARM brought salvation unto him; [yasha]
           and his righteousness, it sustained him.  

1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye IN Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us
        wisdom, and
        righteousness, and
        sanctification, and
        redemption.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of
glory, may give unto you the
    spirit
of
wisdom and
    [spirit of]
revelation in the
    [spirit of]
knowledge of him:
               Ep.1:17
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son,
       this day have I begotten thee?
And again,
       I will be TO HIM a Father, and
       he shall be TO ME a Son?
WILL BE means that he WAS NOT before WILL BE. That would mean that the Son is NOT eternal.  Secondly, "I will be TO HIM a Father" means that the Invisible God Who is the Father of the Thought (in classical trinity) BEGAN to be a Father. And the begotten (not hatched) Son became or came into being at a point in time. Therefore, people with A holy spirit do not try to make the ONE DEITY into an idolatrous "family of people."

THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM WAS OUTLAWED BY THE DEFINITION OF A SPIRIT GOD.

Jn 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and
        ye say, that in Jerusalem is the PLACE where men ought to worship.
Jn 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me,
        the hour cometh, when ye shall
        neither in this mountain, PLACE
        nor yet at Jerusalem,  PLACE
        worship the Father.  [We Adore God, we fall on our face, we do not sing, clap, listen to sermons]

Jn 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what:
        we know what we worship:
        for salvation OF the Jews. Judaea: —Iouda-ikos
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is,
        when the true worshippers shall worship the Father
        IN spirit and in truth:
        for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 7:1   After these things Jesus walked in Galilee:
        for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 

Joe Shulam says that GOD MURDERED JESUS.

PAUL WAS A GODLY JEW BY BIRTH BUT HE WAS NOT A JEW AS DEFINED BY SABAZIANISM: THE SERVICE OF THE LEVITES WAS ABADOH OR THE ABADDON, APOLLYON SUN GOD.

Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish?
        having begun in the Spirit, [The Word, Logos]
        are ye now made perfect by the flesh? [The Law of Moses]
Galatians 5:16 This I say then,
        Walk in the Spirit,
        and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit,
         let us also walk in the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the SPIRIT OF your mind; [PLACE]
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT [PLACE]
        and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Philippians 3:2 Beware of DOGS, beware of EVIL workers, beware of the CONCISION.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision,
        which worship God IN THE SPIRIT, [PLACE]
        and rejoice IN Christ Jesus,
        and have no confidence in the flesh. [Law]

-kuōn of women, to denote shamelessness or audacity; ater, in a coarse sense,Ar.V.1402; rhapsōdos Pan is the kuōn of Cybele Persephonēs kunes, of the planets
of Hecate, in Mithraic worship of the Bakkhai, Lussas k.E.Ba.977
3. of the Cynics, “areskei  self-pleasure outlawed Rom 15  toutois kunōn metamphiennusthai bion

[298] This god too hath prophetic power, [Bakcheusimos]

for there is no small prophecy inspired by Bacchic frenzy;
for whenever the god in his full might enters the human frame,

he makes his
frantic votaries foretell the future.

[977] To the hills! to the hills! fleet hounds of madness, where the daughters of Cadmus hold their revels, goad them into wild fury against the man disguised in woman's dress, a frenzied spy upon the Maenads.

-rhapsōdos  stitching songs together. Reciter of poems, of Aoide
Used with "hypokrites" 5. = eppsdê, spell, incantation. speaks of himself and Homer as en nearois humnois rhapsantes aoidēn, and Pi.N.2.2 calls Epic poets rhaptōn epeōn aoidoi:

3. of the Cynics, areskei toutois kunôn metamphiennusthai bion. Catamites.

Aoidos   A. singer, minstrel, bard, tou aristou anthrōpōn a.Hdt.1.24; “polla pseudontai  2. fem., songstress aoidos MousaId.Rh.386 (lyr.). 3. enchanter, S.Tr.1000. Oh where is the sorcerer, where is the healer -
save only ZeusIII.
= eunoukhos, Hsch.; cf. doidos.

eunoukhos , ho, (eunē, ekhō)
A.castrated person, eunuch, employed to take charge of the women.

IN ROMANS 15 PAUL SILENCED MENTAL AROUSAL OR ARISKOS OR LATIN PLACEO: speaking, singing, playing, clapping, shouting, hugging or KISSING..

Paul commanded that we SPEAK that which is written for our learning. Both the ODE and PSALLO must be in the heart or mind which in 1 Corinthians 14 means SILENT.

The Serpent in the garden was a musical enchanter, Miriam and the Levites performed as soothsayers and sorcerers using instrumental "noise."  The Babylon mother of harlots now using "lusted after fruits" as self-speakers, singers and instruments are called sorcerers using the same word defining the original mother of harlots in Babylon: the got the male god Ea drunk and stole the power of the eldership, the power of using musical instruments and the power of "kissing the phallus."

Christ says the SOUNDS prove that God is driving them into "hell."  The gay troubadors boasted that churches was one of their last big targets.

Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians:
Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115 ." Ver. 12.

"I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."  "A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will,  let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated.  Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees?
... But if you will not allow this,   why do you not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?  For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the souland the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it frantic for pleasure .

PLUTARCH: Here Symmachus, greatly wondering at what was spoken, says: What, Lamprias, will you permit our tutelar god, called Evius, the inciter of women, famous for the honors he has conferred upon him by madmen, to be inscribed and enrolled in the mysteries of the Jews? Or is there any solid reason that can be given to prove Adonis to be the same with Bacchus?

When all the company requested and earnestly begged it of him; first of all (says he), the time and manner of the greatest and most holy solemnity of the Jews is exactly agreeable to the holy rites of Bacchus; for that which they call the Fast they celebrate in the midst of the vintage, furnishing their tables with all sorts of fruits while they sit under tabernacles made of vines and ivy; and the day which immediately goes before this they call the day of Tabernacles. Within a few days after they celebrate another feast, not darkly but openly, dedicated to Bacchus, for they have a feast amongst them called Kradephoria, from carrying palm-trees, and Thyrsophoria, when they enter into the temple carrying thyrsi. What they do within I know not; but it is very probable that they perform the rites of Bacchus. First they have little trumpets, such as the Grecians used to have at their Bacchanalia to call upon their gods withal.
        Others go before them playing upon harps, which they call Levites,
`       whether so named from Lusius or Evius,— either word agrees with Bacchus.
And I suppose that their Sabbaths have some relation to Bacchus; for even now many call the Bacchi by the name of Sabbi, and they make use of that word at the celebration of Bacchus’s orgies.

And this may be discovered out of Demosthenes and Menander. Nor would it be out of place, were any one to say that the name Sabbath was given to this feast from the agitation and excitement which the priests of Bacchus display. The Jews themselves witness no less;
        for when they keep the Sabbath, they invite one another to drink till they are drunk;
        or if they chance to be hindered by some more weighty business,
        it is the fashion at least to taste the wine.
Some perhaps may surmise that these are mere conjectures. But there are other arguments which will clearly evince the truth of what I assert. The first may be drawn from their High-priest, who on holidays enters their temple with his mitre on, arrayed in a skin of a hind embroidered with gold, wearing buskins, and a coat hanging down to his ankles;
        besides, he has a great many little bells depending from his garment which make a noise as he walks.
        So in the nocturnal ceremonies of Bacchus (as the fashion is amongst us),
        they make use of music, and call the god’s nurses.
        High up on the wall of their temple is a representation of the thyrsus and timbrels,
        which surely suits no other god than Bacchus.

SEE CHRIST IN EZEKIEL 8 CONFIRMING THE JEW'S COVENANT WITH DEATH AND HELL.

The Synagogue of the Jews in Rome defined by Paul in Romans 14 explains the Jew's Synagogue of Satan.

Here is a list of the stories and passages that speak of the Temple in the Acts of the Apostles, with some comments that will deal with the text and context. After dealing with the texts I should be able to make some observations and comments that will bear an application to our times.

Acts 2:46, “Every day they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts . . .”

Not even Jesus could enter INTO the TEMPLE.  The various buildings, grounds, courts were built by HEROD and not by the command of God even to Solomon.

Ac.2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
        and breaking bread from house to house,
        did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

hieron , Ion. hiron  OPPOSITE to nēos,

g2411. hieron, hee-er-on´; neuter of 2413; a sacred place, i.e. the entire precincts (whereas 3485 denotes the central sanctuary itself) of the Temple (at Jerusalem or elsewhere): — temple.

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OPPOSITE g3485. naos, nah-os´; from a primary nai÷w naio (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple : — shrine, temple. Compare 2411.

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The Jewish CELLA like all pagan temples was the place where their "god" literally dwelled.  Apollo or Apollyon was the SUN god worshipped at Mount Sinai.  If God turned them over to worship the starry host then who do you think they worshipped?

Solomon's Temple built by Hiram like His to Meklart figurative of Lucifer was a ziggurat because God had abandoned them.  Because God "turned them over to worship the starry host" in Jerusalem already functioning as a Jebusite high place, it is reckless to say that the Godly Israelites or Jews attended "worship services" at the temple on the same day that God gave them to REST (sabbath). Rest for the godly Jews and Christians was rest FROM the laded burden (song services and collection plate) imposed by the Burden Laders or Doctors of the Law.

When David danced naked before the "lord" he believed that his god actually lived in the Ark of the Covenant as the object of their worship. The Ark was worshipped as a CREATURE of God rather than the GOD of the CREATURE or sun, moon and stars.

Temple.Ziggurat.gifTempleTowerCrop.jpg

Pausan Corinth [2.10.2] From here is a way to a sanctuary of Asclepius. On passing into the enclosure you see on the left a building with two rooms. In the outer room lies a figure of Sleep, of which nothing remains now except the head. The inner room is given over to the Carnean Apollo; into it none may enter except the priests. [The same Apollo, Abaddon or Apollyon which defines the service or hard bondage of the Jews]

In the portico lies a huge bone of a sea-monster, and after it an image of the Dream-god and Sleep, surnamed Epidotes (Bountiful), lulling to sleep a lion. Within the sanctuary on either side of the entrance is an image, on the one hand PAN seated, on the other Artemis standing.

Jesus stood upon the rock at the Gates of Hell on Mount Hermon or high mountain and declared that the gates of Hell (temple of Pan) would not triumph over the Church of Christ.

Egyptian Worship at Mount Sinai

50 - And on set days the multitude assembles in the sanctuary, and many Galloi (Castrated Musicians) and the religious men that I spoke of perform their ceremonies; and they cut their own arms and beat one another on the back. And many stand there playing flutes and beating timbrels, and others sing inspired and holy songs. This is done outside the temple, And they who perform it do not come into the temple.

The towers of Babylon consumed much of the energy of the community and were the beginning and end-time patterns for "churches" (Rev. 18).

"On the lowest of these platforms a heavy wall--first oval, later rectangular--enclosed storerooms, the temple kitchen, workshops, and other such rooms. On the highest level, approached by a stairway, were the god's living quarters centred in the cella, a rectangular room with an entrance door in the long wall near one corner.

The god's place was on a podium in a niche at the short wall farthest from the entrance; "The function of the temple, as in all of the other sacred places in ancient Mesopotamia,  was primarily to ensure the god's presence and to provide a place where he could be approached.

The providing of housing, food, and service for the god achieved the first of these purposes. His presence was also assured by a suitable embodiment--the cult statue, and, for certain rites, the body of the ruler. To achieve the second purpose, greeting gifts, praise hymns as introduction to petitions, and other actions were used to induce the god to receive the petitioner and to listen to, and accept, his prayers.

The Christians, like Paul risking his life, went to the places of ASSEMBLY to TEACH about Jesus and to CONFRONT the Jews. They did not teach about the Jew's religion or the temple except to say that "it's gonna be torn down for the last time."

FROM MUSIC IN BABYLON AND IN JERUSALEM

"The rectangular central shrine of the temple, known as a 'cella,' had a brick altar or offering table in front of a statue of the temple's deity. The cella was lined on its long ends by many rooms for priests and priestesses. These mud-brick buildings were decorated with cone geometrical mosaics, and the occasional fresco with human and animal figures. These temple complexes eventually evolved into towering ziggurats.

"The temple was staffed by priests, priestesses, musicians, singers, castrates and hierodules (Temple Prostitutes). Various public rituals, food sacrifices, and libations took place there on a daily basis. There were monthly feasts and annual, New Year celebrations. During the later, the king would be married to Inanna as the resurrected fertility god Dumuzi..." -

Asherah: Queen of Heaven, Ashtoreth, Athirat, Astarte, and Ishtar. Her "male" priestesses were known as kelabim, the faithful "dogs" of the Goddess, who practiced divinatory arts, danced in processions, and served as hierodules, qedeshim, in the company of other priestesses. Goddess worship were largely erased in a cultural purge c. 630 BCE by King Josiah.

"there may have been large numbers of eunuchs, as well as temple slaves. Merlin Stone believes that "sacred women" celebrated their sexuality and fertility by making love in Eanna in Inanna's name. This seems to be supported as that H.R. Hays says that there were temple prostitutes associated with Inanna, which is not too out of line as that she is supposed to be the goddess of prostitutes." (Interpreter's Dict of the Bible, Music, p. 461).

Inanna or Ishtar is the "goddess" celebrated at Easter which the Jews call Passover refusing to accept that the Lord's Supper was not Passover and was to show forth or preach the Death of Jesus and not the Egyptians.

Ac.5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house,
        they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
 

The Early Believers in Yeshua & the Second Temple Joseph Shulam.

In Genesis 49 Jacob cursed the tribe of Levi and warned against attending their assembly (Qahal,, synagogue) or entering into covenent with Levi.  He prophetically commanded people to WAIT for Shiloh.  At Mount Sinai God offered The Book of the Covenant which was Abraham and Abraham was a GENS and not  JEW.  The Israelites rose up in musical idolatry of the golden calf(s) representing the always-pagan Egyptian trinity of Osiris, Isis and Horus.  Trinities are father, mother (spirit) and infant son.  God gave them The Book of The Law and sentenced them to death and later captivity and death back where they began as robbers of caravans with Abraham being an exception.  God separated the believers from the Civil-Military-Clergy complex to which He abandoned them to worship the starry host. Amos and Stephen names the gods worshipped willingly by Israel and by default to Judah.

God did not command king, kingdom, temple, animal sacrifices or burnt offerings, priests slaughtering innocent animals or the Levites who prophesied which means soothsayers-sorcerers.  They made a loud noise warning that any godly Jew who came near or inside the walls would be executed.

After the musical fall at Mount Sinai for which there was no redemption, the qahal, ekklesia, synagogue or Church of Christ (the Rock) was defined both inclusively and exclusively as A School of the Word.  See Alfred Edershein defining the synagogue beginning in the wilderness.

THUS hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. Amos 8:1
And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A
basket of summer fruit.  [catamites]
        Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel;

        I will not again pass by them any more
. Amos 8:2

Amos 5:1   Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 
Amos 5:
2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land;
        there is none to raise her up. 

Amos 5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred,
        and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.

Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images,
         the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Sīdus  I. Stars united in a figure, a group of stars, a constellation (and hence mostly plur.
ut Aries, Taurus, Andromeda, Perseus, vel Corona et quaecumque variarum genera formarum in caelum recepta creduntur.

Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,
         saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

The Jews then and now and most protestants worship a CREATURE and not the Creator.

Because of musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity at Mount Sinai, Stephen was Bible-Literate and understood that because they worshipped the Stars (Sabazianism, Apollo, Abaddon, Apollyon) instead of the Creator of the Stars---

Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;
 
        as it is written in the book of the prophets,
        O ye house of Israel,  have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices
        by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

No: God had not commanded animal sacrifices until their fall at Mount Sinai. However, they offered sacrifices to Moloch where the Jews later burned enemies in Jerusalem.

Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch
        and the star of your god Remphan
        figures which ye made to worship them: 
        and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Molech . . . Chiun--"Molech" means "king" answering to Mars [BENGEL]; the Sun [JABLONSKI]; Saturn, [666] the same as "Chiun" [MAURER]. The Septuagint translates "Chiun" into Remphan, as Stephen quotes it (Ac 7:42,43). The same god often had different names.

Molech is the Ammonite name; Chiun, the Arabic and Persian name, written also Chevan. In an Arabic lexicon Chiun means "austere"; so astrologers represented Saturn as a planet baleful in his influence. Hence the Phoenicians offered human sacrifices to him, children especially; so idolatrous Israel also. Rimmon was the Syrian name (2Ki 5:18); pronounced as Remvan, or "Remphan," just as Chiun was also Chevan. Molech had the form of a king; Chevan, or Chiun, of a star [GROTIUS]. Remphan was the Egyptian name for Saturn: hence the Septuagint translator of Amos gave the Egyptian name for the Hebrew, being an Egyptian. [HODIUS II, De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus. 4.115].

The Hebrews became infected with Sabeanism, the oldest form of idolatry, the worship of the Saba or starry hosts, in their stay in the Arabian desert, where Job notices its prevalence (Job 31:26); in opposition, in Am 5:27, Jehovah declares Himself "the God of hosts."

the star of your god--R. ISAAC CARO says all the astrologers represented Saturn [666] as the star of Israel. Probably there was a figure of a star on the head of the image of the idol, to represent the planet Saturn; hence "images" correspond to "star" in the parallel clause. A star in hieroglyphics represents God (Nu 24:17). "Images" are either a Hebraism for "image," or refer to the many images made to represent Chiun.

StarofDavid3.gifThe Star of David was originally the secret symbol of the stargazing priests, later adopted by the Israelite Kings David and Solomon and subsequently by the Hebrew people as a whole.

JFB Commentary: 27. beyond Damascus--In Ac 7:43 it is "beyond Babylon," which includes beyond Damascus. In Amos time, Damascus was the object of Israel's fear because of the Syrian wars. Babylon was not yet named as the place of their captivity.

Stephen supplies this name. Their place of exile was in fact, as he states, "beyond Babylon," in Halah and Habor by the river Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes (2Ki 17:6; compare here Am 1:5 4:3 6:14). The road to Assyria lay through "Damascus." It is therefore specified, that not merely shall they be carried captives to Damascus, as they had been by Syrian kings (2Ki 10:32,33 13:7), but, beyond that, to a region whence a return was not so possible as from Damascus.

They were led captive by Satan into idolatry, therefore God caused them to go captive among idolaters. Compare 2Ki 15:29 16:9 Isa 8:4, whence it appears Tiglath-pileser attacked Israel and Damascus at the same time at Ahaz' request (Am 3:1
John Calvin called for A Restoration of the Church of Christ and defined the Synagogue where they held Holy Convocations as they RESTED from the Jewish worship of the starry host and serpents.

The Campbells followed Calvin's Restoration which had never in Biblical or other history saw an example of congregational singing with or without instruments.

The Spirit OF Christ always refuting the JEWS proves that there was never any National Salvation for the Jewss: but only those who continued as sons of Abraham who were mostly gone from Jerusalem when Jesus came to annul their "covenant with death and hell."  No one was PRESERVED based on racism:

Notice the two GROUPS which is always the meaning of PREDESTINATED purpose.

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
       [
1] and to restore the preserved of Israel:
       [
2] I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles,
       [
3] that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isa 49:6

Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
        to him whom
man despiseth,
        to him whom the
nation abhorreth,
        to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful,             and the Holy One of Israel,
        and he shall
choose thee. Isa 49:7

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee:
         .[1] and I will preserve thee,
         .[2] and give thee for a covenant of the people,
         .[3] to establish the earth, to cause to
                inherit the desolate heritages; Isa 49:8

Reserved does not mean predestiated but:

Esaias also crieth concerning Israel,
        Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
        a remnant shall be saved: Ro.9:27

For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea,
        yet a remnant of them shall return:
        the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. Isa 10:22

But what saith the answer of God unto him?
        I have reserved to myself seven thousand men,
        who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Ro.11:4

THE TEMPLE WAS CALLED HEROD'S TEMPLE: THE "HOUSE OF PRAYER" WAS THE OUTER COURT OPEN TO ALL NATIONS.

Matt. 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, [ethnos Gentiles, tōn ethnōn te kai Ioudaiōn ib.14.5,
        baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written,
        My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?
        but ye have made it a den of thieves.


Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: a
        nd your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST REPUDIATES THE CIVIL-MILITARY-CLERGY COMPLEX: THIEVES AND ROBBERS. The Only spiritual covenant was made by God in Christ to Abraham.  The Jews, on the other hand, had been abandoned to paganism. A Church of Christ is built upon or educated by the Prophets and Apostles: there is nothing in the Law of Moses or the Laws of the Monarchy which had anything to do with God's SPIRITUAL kingdom.

Rom 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to
        stablish you according to my gospel,
        and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
        according to the revelation of the mystery,
        which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom. 16:26 But now is made manifest,
        and by the scriptures of the prophets,
        according to the commandment of the everlasting God,
        made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Rom 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

Gal. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
        preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

The Gentiles were righteous based on their personal obedience and their practice of social justice. There was nothing added to the Jews which had any effect on the Jews Nor Gentiles; a RACISTS separation not made by God.

The Pilgrims would be around the temple during Pentecost and they would hear the Gospel and go into all of the world preaching.  The Apostles and believers went to the OUTER COURT because that is where the people gathered even for gossip.  They went up DAILY but on the First Day of the Week they went into PRIVATE QUARTERS.  A preacher might go into an Islamic market and preach the gospel all week but he would show up on the first day of the week to engage in church which is a SCHOOL (only) of the WORD (only) which was not for public display.   The Sabbath was a REST day and never called a day of worship.  They could be in the court but never in the INNER COURT where the Jewish Sacrificial system took place slaughtering animals which God never commanded.  It is false to say that the early church held WORSHIP SERVICES in the temple or in the outer courts.

Joseph Shulam: It seems to me that this is not an accidental order that Luke was just retelling as he received from his sources. When one starts looking for the place of the Jerusalem Temple in the life of the early church, and specially as it has been accounted in the book of Acts it is immediately evident that the Temple in Jerusalem had a very important place at least in the mind of the writer of the Acts of the Apostles.

Not even Jesus could enter INTO the TEMPLE.  The various buildings, grounds, courts were built by HEROD and not by the command of God even to Solomon.

Ac.2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
        and breaking bread from house to house,
        did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

hieron , Ion. hiron  OPPOSITE to nēos,

g2411. hieron, hee-er-on´; neuter of 2413; a sacred place, i.e. the entire precincts (whereas 3485 denotes the central sanctuary itself) of the Temple (at Jerusalem or elsewhere): — temple.

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OPPOSITE g3485. naos, nah-os´; from a primary nai÷w naio (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple : — shrine, temple. Compare 2411.

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The Jewish CELLA like all pagan temples was the place where their "god" literally dwelled.  Apollo or Apollyon was the SUN god worshipped at Mount Sinai.  If God turned them over to worship the starry host then who do you think they worshipped?

Solomon's Temple built by Hiram like His to Meklart figurative of Lucifer was a ziggurat because God had abandoned them.

Temple.Ziggurat.gifTempleTowerCrop.jpg

Pausan Corinth [2.10.2] From here is a way to a sanctuary of Asclepius. On passing into the enclosure you see on the left a building with two rooms. In the outer room lies a figure of Sleep, of which nothing remains now except the head. The inner room is given over to the Carnean Apollo; into it none may enter except the priests.

In the portico lies a huge bone of a sea-monster, and after it an image of the Dream-god and Sleep, surnamed Epidotes (Bountiful), lulling to sleep a lion. Within the sanctuary on either side of the entrance is an image, on the one hand Pan seated, on the other Artemis standing.

Egyptian Worship at Mount Sinai

50 - And on set days the multitude assembles in the sanctuary, and many Galloi (Castrated Musicians) and the religious men that I spoke of perform their ceremonies; and they cut their own arms and beat one another on the back.

And many stand there playing flutes and beating timbrels, and others sing inspired and holy songs.

This is done outside the temple, And they who perform it do not come into the temple.

The towers of Babylon consumed much of the energy of the community and were the beginning and end-time patterns for "churches" (Rev. 18).

"On the lowest of these platforms a heavy wall--first oval, later rectangular--enclosed storerooms, the temple kitchen, workshops, and other such rooms. On the highest level, approached by a stairway, were the god's living quarters centred in the cella, a rectangular room with an entrance door in the long wall near one corner.

The god's place was on a podium in a niche at the short wall farthest from the entrance; "The function of the temple, as in all of the other sacred places in ancient Mesopotamia,

was primarily to ensure the god's presence and to provide a place where he could be approached.

The providing of housing, food, and service for the god achieved the first of these purposes. His presence was also assured by a suitable embodiment--the cult statue, and, for certain rites, the body of the ruler.

To achieve the second purpose, greeting gifts, praise hymns as introduction to petitions, and other actions were used to induce the god to receive the petitioner and to listen to, and accept, his prayers.
The Christians, like Paul risking his life, went to the places of ASSEMBLY to TEACH about Jesus and to CONFRONT the Jews. They did not teach about the Jew's religion or the temple except to say that "it's gonna be torn down for the last time."

FROM MUSIC IN BABYLON AND IN JERUSALEM

"The rectangular central shrine of the temple, known as a 'cella,' had a brick altar or offering table in front of a statue of the temple's deity. The cella was lined on its long ends by many rooms for priests and priestesses. These mud-brick buildings were decorated with cone geometrical mosaics, and the occasional fresco with human and animal figures. These temple complexes eventually evolved into towering ziggurats.

"The temple was staffed by priests, priestesses, musicians, singers, castrates and hierodules (Temple Prostitutes). Various public rituals, food sacrifices, and libations took place there on a daily basis. There were monthly feasts and annual, New Year celebrations. During the later, the king would be married to Inanna as the resurrected fertility god Dumuzi..." -

Asherah: Queen of Heaven, Ashtoreth, Athirat, Astarte, and Ishtar. Her "male" priestesses were known as kelabim, the faithful "dogs" of the Goddess, who practiced divinatory arts, danced in processions, and served as hierodules, qedeshim, in the company of other priestesses. Goddess worship were largely erased in a cultural purge c. 630 BCE by King Josiah.

"there may have been large numbers of eunuchs, as well as temple slaves. Merlin Stone believes that "sacred women" celebrated their sexuality and fertility by making love in Eanna in Inanna's name. This seems to be supported as that H.R. Hays says that there were temple prostitutes associated with Inanna, which is not too out of line as that she is supposed to be the goddess of prostitutes." (Interpreter's Dict of the Bible, Music, p. 461).

Ac.5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house,
        they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
 

When you preach Jesus Christ you refute the Jew's "Covenant with death and with hell" and the Jews crucify you.

Rom. 16:26 But now is made manifest,
        and by the scriptures of the prophets,
        according to the commandment of the everlasting God,
        made known to all NATION for the obedience of faith:
Rom 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

HEROD'S TEMPLE was a den of thieves or a house of merchandise: God did not live in temples nor could He be worshipped INSIDE of temples because He would not be there.  Any one and everyone swarmed the outer court because that was where social and commercial activity took place. They never held "worship services" in the court or in the presumed holy places. While the Sabbath or the Synagogue was not a HOUSE OF WORSHIP in the modern sense, the meaning of worship as GIVING ATTENDANCE TO THE READING OF THE WORD was the only reason the godly people not abandoned to the worship of the starry host would gather on the sabbath or rest day.

God did not command king, kingdom, temple, animal slaughter, priests, Levites or anything:  The money changers tables were in the HOUSE OF THE LORD which had become a DEN OF THIEVES AND A HOUSE OF MERCHANDISE.  Not even Jesus could go into the inner court where the animal slaughter took place but now run by those who were not Israelites: like too many preachers and professors they had PURCHASED THEIR GIFT WITH MONEY and the SOLD their gifts for money. Christ in Isaiah 55 however commands WE MORTALS not to pay for the Free Water of the Word.  During animal slaughter in the Old Testament all of the godly people were OUTSIDE of the city Gates: that is where WE must go and suffer reproaches with Jesus.

A Church of Christ was defined as the Qahal, synagogue or ekklesia in the wilderness:
It was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing: that is the alarm or triumph over word.
It was INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God.

In Genesis 49 Jacob cursed the tribe of Levi and warned everyone not to attend their Qahal or synagogue nor to enter inter into covenant with them.  He commanded that we wait or REST until Shiloh comes.

When the Israelites (defacto Egyptians) rose up in musical idolatry at Mount Sinai God removed The Book of The Covenant which was Abrahamic and gave them The Book of The Law to legislate for the lawless until God carried out His captivity and death sentence.

Because the Levites jumped at the chance to execute 3,000 of their idolatrous brethren, God commanded that they stand in ranks and execute any godly person who came near any holy thing or place.

God did not command the King, kingdom, temple, animal slaughter or the Levites who "prophesied with instruments" meaning they were soothsayers-sorcerers.

The Godly Israelites were quarantined to their isolated villages and were to listen to the WORD being PREACHED by being READ in the synagogue each sabbath day: sabbath means REST and not Saturday or Saturn's day.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city
        them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day
A Church of Christ called synagogue by Paul was built upon or educated by the Prophets and Apostles. The Spirit OF Christ breathed into the Prophets, Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the prophecies concerning Him, the apostles were eye-- and ear--witnesses of the risen Jesus and men like peter left their PART as a memory for us.  Peter said that those who do private interpret or further expound this material will be marked as false teachers.

John Mark Hicks Stepping into God's Future  Joe Shulam and only those who have sowed discord by building on the foundation of the God-Cursed Civil-Military-Clergy complex which Jesus called robbers and parasites at Lipscomb University in 2014.
Micah 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt,
        and redeemed thee out of the house of servants;
        and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted,
        and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal;
        that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.


Ate the sacrifices to Baal Per Hecate

Isaiah 1 and Jeremiah 7 says that God did NOT command animal sacrifices or burnt offerings when He saved them by Grace at the Red Sea and at the Jordan River:

Micah 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God?
         shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Micah 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
         shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
         the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

John Mark Hicks: Several features characterize the fellowship meals of Israel. First, it is a moment of communion between God and his people.

God eats with his people as the fat is burned to him.

God is present at this meal. It is eaten before the Lord as if God sits at the table with the worshipper.

Thus, worshippers eat with assurance, thanksgiving and confidence as they experience communion with God in this meal. God comes to the table with his people as he calls them to a table to experience his communion.

If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Psa 50:12
.Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Psa 50:13

"a time for sharing, prayer and conversation about what God has done for us... (p. 188).

Earlier he calls it a "Jubilee festival" (p. 63).
He would have it observed with "
resounding jubilation or enthusiastic outbursts" (p. 97).

Dr. Terry Briley [published] "The book of Isaiah begins with an analysis of Israel's worship. Outwardly, there's nothing wrong. But their hearts are not engaged and their lives are disconnected from their worship. In the vision in chapter 6, Isaiah identifies himself as typical of the people," Briley said.

Micah 6:8 [BUT] He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
        and what doth the LORD require of thee,
        but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

The Spirit OF Christ in Isaiah 1 and Jeremiah 7 says that God did NOT command animal sacrifices nor burnt offerings. God abandoned the Civil-Military-Clergy to worship the starry host.

Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord:
        I am full of the burnt offerings of rams,
         and the fat of fed beasts;
         and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Isa 1:12 When ye come to appear before me,
        who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean;
        put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes;
        cease to do evil;

Isa 1:17 Learn to do well;
        seek judgment, relieve the oppressed,
        judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:
        though your sins be as scarlet,
        they shall be as white as snow;
        though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. Jeremiah 7:4

For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings;
        if ye thoroughly
execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; Jeremiah 7:5 

If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
        and
shed not innocent blood in this place,
        neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Jeremiah 7:6 

Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Jeremiah 7:7

Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Jeremiah 7:8

Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely,
        and
burn incense unto Baal,
        and
walk after other gods whom ye know not; Jeremiah 7:9

And come and stand before me in this HOUSE, which is called by my name, and say,
        We are delivered to do all these abominations? Jeremiah 7:10

> For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
        in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
       concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22

BUT  this thing commanded I them, saying,
       Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
       and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you,
       that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23

God hath not said, thou shalt not sing and play instruments and pretend that you are worshiping Me.

> But they HEARKENED NOT, nor inclined their ear,
       but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
       and went backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7:2
THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE JEWS BUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. IT IS ABOUT THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES AS THE ONLY FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THE CHURCH OF CHIRST IS BUILT (EDUCATED). THAT IS BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF CHIRST SPOKE ONLY THROUGH THE PROPHETS AND THE PROPHECIES MADE MORE CERTAIN THROUGH JESUS OF NAZARETH.


MESSIANIC JEWS: BIBLE STUDIES TABLE OF CONTENTS
Exodus 32 They Sat Down to Eat and rose up to play: they repudiated The Book of The Covenant of Grace given by Christ to Abraham to ALL NATIONS.
Deuteronomy 32 They Rose Up To Play

1 Corinthians 10 They sat Down to Eat and Rose Up To Play  God gave Israel The Book of The Covenant of Grace as that made by Christ to Abraham.  The Israelites engaged in musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity. God gave them The Book of The Law and Moses coultd not atone for them. The Angle (Christ) led them but God said nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

Christ came to give REST to those who were baptized into Christ: [Gal 3]. There can be no racial distinction in the body of Christ who rescued Jews along with the Abrahamic Gens who were not so burdened.

Land and Spiritual Covenant deliberately forfeited.
The Book of The Covenant was given to Abraham by God in Christ. The Israelites now religiously Egyptians rejected DISCIPLINE and demanded the "gods" of Egypt which let them "run wild and naked."

The Gospel Promise: I Will Give you rest. Jesus also that the kingdom of God does not come with "ovservation." That word means "Religious Observations." Christ defined the Church of Christ in the Wilderness to give the godly people REST from the normal pagan seventh-day religious efforts to get their god's attention. The command was to READ the Word and Rehearse or discuss the Word as it was delivered to small group elders of 50s etc. 

The Levites Almost all Messianic Jewish and Christian "worship" and money is devoted to the belief that God commanded instrumental worship in the sacrificial system.  They claim that "Since He has not changed His mind, what Christ ordained as A School of His Word has been turned into "theaters for holy entertainment."

The Kingdom of God does not come with Religious Observations or Services

Don't pay for people to force you to violate that Gospel promise.

Joe Shulam: First Century Jewish Identity as a Model  Joseph claims that Jesus and the first churches were 100% based on the Torah.

Joseph Shulam: First Century Jewish Identity as a Model Part Two  We have added a bit of "Old Testament" which the later Jews seemed to have missed as they came to be the oppressors of the Gentiles with whom Christ made the Abrahamic Covenant which never ceased.

Joe Shulam: The Way of the Lord is not Jewish  Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgmentTHAT the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Joseph Shulam: was Jesus and the church "Torah" observant and worshipped at the temple.

Messianic and musical christians insist that: Jesus Came Not to Destroy the Law but to Fulfil it.  The prophecies are defined by Jesus as "CONCERNING ME." Fulfil is the prophecy that A NEW NATION WOULD BE BORN IN ONE DAY. This purpose would be neither Jewish nor Gentile in a racist sense but that ALL people be one.


Joe shulam makes a division between Messianic Judaism and Christianity: he also divides between Jews and Gentiles. Christian means in fact "a Disciple of Christ." Jesus defined a disciple of Christ as opposed to an unbeliever (Apistos, believeth not means unfaithful).  Perhaps Messianic Jews reject the name "Christian" because they rest on the "traditions of the elders" and what Paul called "Jewish fables." They have a perfect right to continue the mind-set of the first century Jews.

Even Christ in the prophets warns about the lying pen of the Scribes as opposed to the Prophets and Apostles. So, in fact a Christian can easilly be defined:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, s
        aying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,    
        baptizing them in the name [singular] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
        and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Peter included the Prophets by the Spirit OF (preposition) Christ and the prophecies made more certain by Jesus of Nazareth.  Christ in the prophets defined a TRUE Rest (Greek Pauo) in Isaiah 58 which outlaws seeking your own pleasure and even speaking your own words.

If you ignore the history of the Abrahamic Covenant people it is easier for both Jewish and Christian clergy to make up dogma by isolated bits of Scripture. For that reason, before looking at the attempt to justify Jesus and the early church as Torah observant and temple worshipers I want to look at some history.

No one should take offense at reading a large collection of Biblical text which refutes the Jewish and Christian notion that the Old Testament was God's approves system of Worship. It would be impossible to respond to all of the clergy proof text and miss the opportunity to "time travel" and determine why all but a tiny remnant sold any claim to a birthright they assume.
God's Holy Fire ACU: "God's Holy Fire promises to challenge and enrich current study of the Bible in our churches...A must-read for Christians commited to applying God's Word to their daily lives. Ken Cukrowski, Mark Hamilton, and James Thompson ACU Press."

 "A major task facing our churches is the reintegration of the Old Testament into the regular teaching, thinking and practice of the church" (p. 49).

God's Holy Fire ACU promises that if you JUDAIZE that:

"Recognizing that the Old Testament functions just as fully as the New in the canon of the church...." (p. 63).

"Too often, we in churches of Christ have made a mistake in removing the Old Testament, for practical purposes, from our canon. The hole in Scripture has produced a hole in the practice of our faith" (p. 66).

If so, blame the doctors of the Law whom Jesus said "take away the key to knowledge." Moses wrote an inverted version of the legends of Mesopotamia to warn the rescued Israelites after God had sentenced them to return to captivity, scattering and death.  Paul seems to interrupt Romans and writes chapters 9-11: Chapter 10 as well as 1 Corinthians 10 is used to prove that the Jews were not predestinated.  He does this by giving a brief account of the rejection of The Book of The Covenant of Grace (Abrahamic) by the musical worship of the Egyptian trinity using the golden bull calf, Apis.

God did not command the king, kingdom, temple, animal sacrifices or the Levites who were Soothsayers with instrumental noise.  Any reader of the story of Abraham's descendants would never in the first place have followed the tribe of Levi. Because God had abandoned them to worship the starry host  Moses tells them about the Abrahamic Covenant: as these accounts were recorded on clay tablets which worshipped the "creatures" as gods and goddesses.

Genesis 49.5 Symeon et Levi fratres vasa iniquitatis bellantia

Gen. 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren;
        instruments (weapon, psaltery)
        of cruelty are in their habitations.
                 (stabbing, dig through furnace, for burning
                 Bellor fight,  carry on war,

The calf, Apis represented Osiris and the whole Egyptian trinity and the Egyptians and others had the same accounts

Verg. A. 11.660 The maids of Thrace
ride thus along Thermodon's frozen flood,
and fight with blazoned Amazonian arms
around Hippolyta; or when returns
Penthesilea in triumphal car
'mid acclamations shrill, and all her host
of women clash in air the moon-shaped shield.

God gave Israel "kings in His anger and took them away in his anger." This shows that redemption was not possible after the demanded a king like the nations: God knew that they wanted to worship like the nations

1Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
1Samuel 8:8 According to all the works which they have done
        since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day,
        wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
1Samuel 8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them,
        and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
1Samuel 8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
1Samuel 8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you:
        He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen;
        and some shall run before his chariots.
1Samuel 8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
Their war cry intending to intimidate the enemy inherited from Egypt was to threaten that they would be sodomized to prove that they were a supeior race.   This was the "praise" word "Halal" among the Jews where David boasted that "he had made himself vile" among the camp followers:

Ululo (Halal) Howl, make to ring, resound,
Gallus castrated priests of Cybele.A. Galli , ōrum, m., the priests of Cybele, so called because of their raving, . Quint. 7, 9, 2: “resupinati cessantia tympana Galli,” —And satirically
(on account of their emasculated condition), in the fem.: Gallae , ārum, Cat. 63, 12, and 34.—

Tumultus of thunder, a  sudden or impending war, civil war, insurrection, pertubatio
See the "sounds like" instruments in Revelation.
Exsulto B.  In partic., to exult, rejoice exceedingly; to run riot, to revel; to vaunt, boast: 1. Boastful, vain-glorious: “turbati aut exsultantis animi motus,Tac. H. 1, 17.— 2.  Of an orator or an oration, diffuse, prolix: “fiunt pro grandibus tumidi ... laetis corrupti, compositis exsultantes,


See the worship of Tammuz in the Temple while the men held a sun rise ceremony which demanded that they turn their backs to the temple.

Rising up to play in instrumental music and dancing is what the Israelites did at Mount Sinai and were abandoned to Babylonia from whence Messianic Jews get too much authority.  In fact, Jesus acted parables to repudiate the babylonian Passover, the water drawing festival and the festival of lights.  If you OBSERVE these Babylonian practices then you defacto deny that Jesus was the focus of all three.

Because of this idolatry at Mount Sinai, God turned them over to worship the starry host instead of the God of hosts. All "sun gods" were worshipped on the Seventh day based on astrology.
"And Sophia and Zoe caught him up and gave him charge of the seventh heaven, below the veil between above and below. And he is called 'God of the forces, Sabaoth', since he is up above the forces of chaos, for Sophia established him. Jehovah made himself a huge four-faced chariot of cherubim, and infinitely many angels to act as ministers, and also harps and lyres.

"Between the more known, near the Sumerians, the goddess Ereshkigal; the goddess
Inanna, associated with the winged lion, or while subjugating the lion, having assumed on themself the wings; near the Hittites, Hebat, spouse of Teshub, represented like a matrona, up on her sacred animal, the lion; the lunar goddess Shaushka (identified with Ishtar, IIIth dynasty of Ur, accadic period, approximately 2350 BC)

Iniquitas B. Unfairness, injustice, unreasonableness: luxuria, praetoris, unreasonable demands in the shape of taxes,

Both the Sabbath and the tithe or "taxes" came from Babylon.

Cruelty h2555 unjust gain Habitations h4380 Stabbing, a sword a furnace, boiling
         Instruments:  7015. qiynah, kee-naw´; from 6969; 
         a dirge (as accompanied by beating the breasts
         or on instruments):—lamentation. 6969. quwn, koon; a primitive root;
         to strike a musical note, i.e. chant or wail (at a funeral):—
         lament, mourning woman [from CAIN]
Remember That Cain was of the wicked one and Paul said that Eve was totally deceived as a wife is taken before her husband.

H7014 qayin kah'-yin The same as H7013 (with a play upon the affinity to H7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, and of an Oriental tribe:—Cain, Kenite (-s).

Gen. 49:6 O my soul,
        come not thou into their secret;
        unto their assembly, [Qahal synagogue h6951]
        mine honour,
        be not thou united:
                for in their anger they slew a man,
                and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
Consilior to take counsel, to consult, c. in partic., in milit. lang., a warlike measure, device, stratagem:
h5475 Sod h3245session, deliberaton, secret.
h3519  Kabod the glory or darkness of the temple
Gen. 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel:
        I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Divido I. To force asunder, part, separate, divide (very freq. and class.; cf.: distribuo, dispertio; findo, scindo, dirimo, divello, separo, sejungo, segrego, secerno).
THE COVENANT GOD IN CHRIST MADE WITH ABRAHAM WAS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Genesis 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
        thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
        thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Genesis 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
        he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
        nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come;
        and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Genesis 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine,
        and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine;
        he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
Genesis 49:12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, t
        hy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation;
        lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion,
        Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek,
        and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass
While Jesus was of Judah, His priesthood was not Jewish.
AFTER THE MUSICAL IDOLATRY AT MOUNT SINAI GOD SEPARATED THE TRIBE OF LEVI TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF THE TABERNACLE AND THEIR OWN INIQUITIES.

CHRIST THE ROCK ORDAINED THE QAHAL, SYNAGOGUE OR CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS.


The Church of Christ as the Covenant made by God in Christ to Abraham had nothing to do with the later Jews who were not just the seed of Judah.   Paul belonged to the sect of the Jews in a religious sense, However:
Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid.
         For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,
        an Hebrew of the Hebrews;
                as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Paul was not a Jew even though he had been trained in the Law.
Judah would rule UNTIL Shiloh comes.  The carnal rule of the Law and the Civil-Military-Clergy complex would cease.
Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood,
        (for under it the people received the law,)
what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed,
        there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe,
        of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda;
        of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15
And it is yet far more evident:
        for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment,
        but after the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before
        for the
weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Heb 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect,
         but the bringing in of a better hope did;
        by the which we
draw nigh unto God.
Heb 7:20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
Heb 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him,
        The Lord sware and will not repent,
        Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec):

Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
LOOKING BACK AGAIN: THE FALL INTO THE WORSHIP OF THE STARRY HOST AT MOUNT SINAI TERMINATED ANY LAND AND SPIRITUAL COVENANT WITH ALL BUT A TINY REMNANT.

After the rejection of The Book of The Covenant at Mount Sinai God gave them The Book of the Law, gave them Jacob-cursed Levites to keep the godly people away and sentenced them to return to Assyria and Babylon.
Exod 32:34 Therefore now go,
        lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee:
        behold, mine Angel shall go before thee:
        nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

Deut. 32:5 They have corrupted themselves,
        their spot is not the spot of his children:
        they are a perverse and crooked generation. 
Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images,
        the STAR of your god,
        which
ye made to yourselves.
Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,
        saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch
        and the star of your god Remphan, 
        figures which ye made to worship them: 
        and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

God abandoned them to Sabazianism and the penalty began as soon as the elders "fired" God and demanded a king to rule over them. One can never have read Samuel and believed that God had not abandoned them.  All older images of the temple define it as a ziggurat as the worship was national or Babylonian.
Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness,
        as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should
        make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus
        into the possession of the Gentiles,
        whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

David "counted" the warriors without "redeeming them" and caused the plague to fall on the people. When he finally repented he could stilll never return to Gibeon: God favored David rather than executing him.

Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God,
        and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

BUT Solomon built him an house. Acts 7:47
Oikos (g3624) oy'-kos; of uncert. affin.; a dwelling (more or less extensive, lit. or fig.); by impl. a family (more or less related lit. or fig.): - home, house (-hold), temple.
HOWBEIT the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Acts 7:48


Joseph Shulam: In the light of the New Testament and the Ancient Jewish Literature It is interesting that the first story in the Acts of the Apostles after the account of Pentecost is happening in the entrance to the Jerusalem Temple.

By reading Acts 7 it is evident that Stephen repudiated the temple and all of its trappings and was murdered.

The Temple was NOT commanded by God.

Chrysostom and many other scholars deny that God had ever commanded a temple: Even Nehemiah blames the sins of the Jews for the Monarchy.
Homily VII: Stephen Against the Temple "Still No Temple"

What wonder that ye know not Christ, seeing ye knew not Moses, and God Who was manifested by such wonders?
..........But they not only knew Him not:
..........they also insulted in another way, by their idol making.
"Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven" (v. 42.)

Hence these same "customs" date their origin, hence the sacrifices:
..........they were themselves the first that made sacrifices to their idols!
..........For that is why it is marked,

Editor's Note 7: dia gar touto epishmainetai. The meaning is: Stephen was accused of speaking against "the customs,"-sacrifices, temple, feasts, etc. Therefore he significantly points to that critical conjuncture. from which these "customs" date their introduction: namely, the Provocation at Horeb.
Prior to that, he tells of "living oracles," life-giving precepts:
after it
, and as its consequence, sacrifices, etc.,

those statutes which were not good, and ordinances by which a man shall not live, as God says by Ezekiel.

Not a word of sacrifice till then: and the first mention is, of the sacrifices offered to the calf. In like manner, "they rejoiced," "the people ate and drank, and rose up to play:" and in consequence of this, the feasts were prescribed: kai eufrainonto, fhsin: dia touto kai eortai.-'Epishmainetai might be rendered, "he marks," "puts a mark upon it" (so the innovator, who substitutes, touto kai Dauid epishmainomenoj legei): we take it passively, "there is a mark set over it-it is emphatically denoted." In the active, the verb taken intransitively means

"to betoken or announce itself," "make its first appearance."-

While there is no physical evidence that Solomon's grand temple ever existed --Christ warned about the lying pen of the Scribes--Herod built his temple in Jerusalem to appease the ruling class which gained control as highest bidder.
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Romans 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
  God insisted that Moses and Elijah had been superceded
Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
        That there be some of them that stand here,
        which shall not taste of death,
        till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John,
        and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves:
        and he was transfigured before them.
Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining,
        exceeding white as snow;
        so as no fuller on earth can white them.
Mark 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
Mark 9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus,
        Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles;
        one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Mark 9:6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
Mark 9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them:
        and a voice came out of the cloud, saying,
        This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Christ spoke only through the Prophets to the spiritual people who were in bondage to the Civil-Military-Clergy band called robbers and parasites. Christ in the prophets warns about "the lying pen of the Scribes" and calls the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners
        spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
        whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
        by whom also he made the worlds; [as the Word of the one God]
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Christ in the prophets defined the future REST day both inclusively and exclusively. Peter said that the prophets made more certain was that to be used for instruction: anyone who did not build on the Prophets and Apostles Peter marked as a false teacher.
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written,
        and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached
        in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you:
        but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
        That there be some of them that stand here,
        which shall not taste of death,
        till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
Luke 24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany,
        and he lifted up his hands,
        and blessed them.
Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them,
        he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Luke 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
Luke 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen
.
The promised kingdom as well as the baptism of WIND (spirit) and FIRE to burn up those who claimed to be Jews in Jerusalem: the crooked race or race of vipers.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,
        they were all with one accord in one place. [In the upper room: their Bed room]
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, [Breath]
        and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire,
        and it sat upon each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
        and began to speak with other tongues,
        as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The kingdom of Christ Who returned in His Holy (wholly) Spirit state and "poured out what ye see and hear" began at that time with Jesus Christ still reigning as king and high priest.

One wonders why the Shekhinah dwelled in the Tabernacle and now as The Spirit OF (preposition) Christ appeared in the upper room and not even in the outer courts of the temple.

It might be assumed that the pilgrims would be gathered around the temple gates or outer court: none but the 12 Apostles experienced this event.  Instead, the pilgrims CAME TO the Apoostles.
Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men,
        out of every nation under heaven.

Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together,
        and were confounded, because that every man heard them
        speak in his own language. [Gentile languages]
Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,
        Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Joseph Shulam: It seems to me that this is not an accidental order that Luke was just retelling as he received from his sources. When one starts looking for the place of the Jerusalem Temple in the life of the early church, and specially as it has been accounted in the book of Acts it is immediately evident that the Temple in Jerusalem had a very important place at least in the mind of the writer of the Acts of the Apostles. Here is a list of the stories and passages that speak of the Temple in the Acts of the Apostles, with some comments that will deal with the text and context. After dealing with the texts I should be able to make some observations and comments that will bear an application to our times.

We noted above that the COURTS trampled by the Gentiles was the HOUSE OF PRAYER since not even the priests entered into the HOUSES as a house of prayer.  The time was Pentecost when people would be gathered from throughout the whole area.  Jesus preached in the temple to condemn it and the Apostles and Disciples assembled daily BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE PEOPLE WERE.  Isn't that simple?

No Temple was ever commanded by God and He never lived in a "house" or a box such as The Ark of the Covenant.  This is a blasphemous lack of understanding of the nature of God.  If God had wanted a Temple then no power could tear them down as they were built with slave labor.  If God had given Palestine to the Jews unconditionally then no power could have rooted them out.  Because of their sin God had promised to SCATTER them among all nations.

Jesus came to GO OUT and preach the gospel and TEACH in the synagogue. Christ had ordained the synagogue for the not-abandoned children of Abraham who never "worshipped" in the temple.
Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him,
        Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
Mark 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him,
        Seest thou these great buildings?
        there shall not be left one stone upon another,
        that shall not be thrown down.

If God had ever commanded a TEMPLE devoted to SUN WORSHIP or Sabazianism JESUS would certainly have wanted to use it as the world's first MEGA CHURCH.  After His resurrection Jesus SYNAGOGUED with the people two first days of the week in a row.  The church never assembled in or near the Temple for their "School of the Word."
Mark 13:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple,
        Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Mark 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be?
        and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.


Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee,
        that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee,
        and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee;
        and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another;
        because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Luke 19:45 And he went into the temple, [outer court: never into the holy place]
        and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
Luke 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written,
        My house is the house of prayer:
        but ye have made it a den of thieves.
John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
Luke 19:47 And he taught daily in the temple. [courts]
        But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people
        sought to destroy him,

Luke 19:48 And could not find what they might do:
        for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

Joe Shulam: Acts 2:46, “Every day they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts . . .”

There is much more to this story.
Acts  2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
        that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,
        both Lord and Christ.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Peter did not tell them to go to the Temple and be purified but:
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent,
         and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
        for the remission of sins,
        and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. [A holy personal spirit]
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
        and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort,
        saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
        and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 

Joseph ShulamAt once after the events of the day of Pentecost the writer of the Acts tells us this curious comment, namely that the disciples “continued to meet together in the Temple courts.” The word that makes me want to ask questions is “continued.” Was the Temple in Jerusalem the usual place of meeting for the disciples of Yeshua the Messiah. Does this “continued” mean only after the events of the day of Pentecost or should we say that even before the day of Pentecost it was the costume of the disciples of Yeshua to go to the Temple to pray.

The outer court was a public place and was not a "holy place." Everyone met there if they wanted to meet a friend or hear the latest news or set up a bank or house of merchandise.  The so-called "worship" as the sacrificial system worshiping the starry host was off limits and godly people not of the Jacob-cursed tribe of Levi could participate.  This may have been the only "Public Square" but it was not for worship.  The church continued the practice of the synagogue and met there to evangelize.  On the first days of the week they "went to their place" to hide from the Jews.
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly
        in the apostles’ doctrine
and fellowship,
        and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul:
        and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Acts 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men,
        as every man had need.
Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
        and breaking bread from house to house,
        did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
        And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
And the converts just grew and grew: by accepting Christ they risked their life and fortune. How could one risk their lives with the command to GO without going first to the Jews as Jesus commanded. That did not endorse anything the Jews ever did or taught.

The Church of Christ in the wilderness was the qahal or synagogue: it was a school of the Word and did not make animal sacrifices.


Joseph Shulam: Was there a circumstance in which the disciples of Yeshua made the Temple their usual place of “meeting.” If so, than why? I would propose to you that Yeshua’s disciples were like all of Israel, and like Yeshua himself Temple going, and Temple worshipping Jews. Yeshua revered the Temple in Jerusalem and called it, “My Fathers’ house. . .” (foot note 1)

Again, the Christian Assembly was in private houses and not around the temple: God disabused Solomon by responding FROM HEAVEN to the prayers of those outside of the gates but directed TOWARD the house.

Wasn't it Willy Sutton when asked "why do you rob banks" responded "because that's where the money is.  The Apostles went to Solomon's porch because they were trying to evangelize the Jews.
John 18:19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples,
        and of his doctrine.
John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world;
        I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple,
        whither the Jews always resort;

        and in secret have I said nothing.
John 18:21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them:
        behold, they know what I said.
John 18:22 And when he had thus spoken,
        one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying,
        Answerest thou the high priest so?
John 18:23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil:
        but if well, why smitest thou me?

God granted the Monarchy as a sign of His final abandonment of the nation.  After Solomon had slaughtered all of those animals with instrumental noise, the Kabod filled the house and the priests "could not minister." This was a sign that the easy access at the original Tabernacle had been terminated.

While the Civil-Military-Clergy were performing Babylonian etal rituals, ALL of the civillians were OUTSIDE the gates. They prayed to God and He answered from Heaven. Solomon caught on and told the people that God had permitted them to PRAY TOWARD the temple but He would hear from Heaven.

The temple was not a HOUSE in which people worshipped by praying. The people prayed OUTSIDE in the courts and never INSIDE of a house.


Joseph Shulam: Acts 3:1-2, “One day Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the time of prayer-at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the Temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the Temple courts.”

God shut down the Holy and Most Holy Place of the Jew's temple so no one could enter on a daily basis. That might be an approves example for preachers to get out of the "church house office" and go wherever people are gathered. However, on the First day of the week they did NOT go to the temple.

It is not said that Peter and John went up TO pray: they went up at the set time because that is where they could preach the gospel. Notice that "temple" defines the whole precinct: Paul never went INTO the Holy Place of the temple.

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer,
        being the ninth hour.

Acts 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried,
        whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful,
        to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Acts 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
Acts 3:10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple:
        and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

In this verse like in chapter 2:46, we see two of Yeshua’s Apostles going up to the Temple at the time of prayer. There were two prayers IN the Jerusalem Temple during the first century B.C./A.D. a morning prayer and an afternoon prayer. The afternoon prayer was called “Mincha”. It was “Mincha” that Peter and John went to the Temple to prayer.

This was never INSIDE of the Temple houses.

Joseph Shulam: One of the most ridiculous arguments that I have ever heard from Christians is that Peter and John, and Paul, would not go up to the Temple to pray, but they would go to “hunt” for souls. There is nothing that stands more opposite to the spirit of the Good News, and evangelism than to presume that Peter and John, and Paul in the Synagogue went to these places just to hunt for Souls, and not to pray with sincerity and truth to the God of Israel. In fact we will see in the continuation that Paul even at the very end of his “career” after preaching to many Gentiles and Jews, still comes to the Temple in Jerusalem makes, “offerings” and “bring gifts to my people.”

God sent a prophet to warn Paul that the Jews would be HUNTING HIS HIDE if he went to Jerusalem. However, Jesus had promised that he would preach to the Jews and that is why he went to Jerusalem. He went to the COURT to serve NOTICE but he did not get much chance since the Jews were HUNTING SOULS and took Paul captive. That was to fulfil prophecy.

Jesus SPOKE only what the Father breathed into Him and the mark of an Apostle would be that THEY would only teach what He commanded to be taught. All of the musical bandits whatever their level of incompetency say that Jesus worshipped IN the temple and would have enjoyed the instrumental music.

The only reason the Apostles went to the temple other than to repudiate it following the PATTERN OF JESUS who taught people to REPUDIATE the teaching where THE JEWS gathered:

John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world;
        I ever taught [
di^daskō] in the synagogue, and in the temple,
       whither THE JEWS always resort;

        and in secret have I said nothing.

The Jews never ceased worshiping "the starry host."
sunerkhomai  come together, assemble, meet, come together, assemble, meet, contested by them, come together, after quarrelling, of sexual intercourse,
Eur. Ba. 714 We herdsmen and shepherds gathered in order to [715] debate with one another concerning what strange and amazing things they were doing. Some one, a wanderer about the city and practised in speaking, said to us all: “You who inhabit the holy plains of the mountains, do you wish to hunt [720] Pentheus' mother Agave out from the Bacchic revelry and do the king a favor?” We thought he spoke well, and lay down in ambush, hiding ourselves in the foliage of bushes. They, at the appointed hour, began to wave the thyrsos in their revelries, [725] calling on Iacchus, the son of Zeus, Bromius, with united voice. The whole mountain revelled along with them and the beasts, and nothing was unmoved by their running. Water from the Rock story

Plutarch: What they do within I know not; but it is very probable that they perform the rites of Bacchus. First they have little trumpets, such as the Grecians used to have at their Bacchanalia to call upon their gods withal.
        Others go before them playing upon harps, which they call Levites,
`       whether so named from Lusius or Evius,— either word agrees with Bacchus.
And I suppose that their Sabbaths have some relation to Bacchus; for even now many call the Bacchi by the name of Sabbi, and they make use of that word at the celebration of Bacchus’s orgies.

And this may be discovered out of Demosthenes and Menander. Nor would it be out of place, were any one to say that the name Sabbath was given to this feast from the agitation and excitement which the priests of Bacchus display. The Jews themselves witness no less;
        for when they keep the Sabbath, they invite one another to drink till they are drunk;
        or if they chance to be hindered by some more weighty business,
        it is the fashion at least to taste the wine

THE MUSIC AT THE ARCANE RITES. Iamblichus III

23. Sabazios, Sabaoth, or Sabbat, the god of the Planet Saturn, was better known as Bacchus or Dionysos, and was also styled in Semitic countries, Iao or Yava. His worship was more or less associated and identified with that of the Great Mother, under various designations, and it was characterized by phallephoric [carrying the penis] processions, dances, mourning for the slain divinity, and the Watch Night. It came from Assyria as its peculiar symbols, the ivy or kissos, the spotted robe or Nimr, and the Thyrso, indicate.

The name Zagreus the Kissos and nimr remind us of Kissaia or Asiatic Ethiopia, and the Zagros mountains occupied by the Nimr. Assyria was called "the land of Nimrod." -Amos VIII.
The only reason the Apostles went at the hour of prayer:
Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles,
        and beaten them, they commanded
        that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council,
        rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house,
        they ceased not to TEACH and PREACH Jesus Christ.

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Joseph Shulam: Peter and John met the lame man at the Gate Beautiful leading into the Temple. They heal this nameless lame man in the name of Yeshua the Messiah. (foot note 2)

Paul came to Jerusalem to offer true salvation by  preaching baptism. Jesus had assigned him this task.

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me,
        to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Paul made the offering of freedom from the rituals of the Law and they wanted to murder him

Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him,
        and said, Be of good cheer, Paul:
        for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem,
        so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

Men conspired to murder Paul but he had paid his vow.

It may sound ridiculous but that is exactly what they did.

Scripture did not say that they were going up to PRAY: Jesus had taught them that they could pray at any time or place.  The Babylonian Captivity proved that:

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
There is no evidence that they prayed at the temple. Again, the people gathered around the Apostles which removed any focus about any holy place.  Notice that the people always move to the Apostles! Again, Peter would PROVOKE the Jews:
Acts 3:11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John,
        all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s,
        
greatly wondering.
Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people,
        Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us,
         as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers,
        hath glorified his Son Jesus;
        whom Ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate,
        when he was determined to let him go.
Acts 3:14 But
Ye denied the Holy One and the Just,
        and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Acts 3:15 And [
Ye] killed the Prince of life,
        whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof WE are witnesses.

Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong,
        whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Acts 3:17 And now, brethren,
        I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets,
         that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
        when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Acts 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things,
        which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up
        unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Acts 3:23 And it shall come to pass,
        that every soul, which will not hear that prophet,
        shall be destroyed from among the people.
There was no land or any promise to those who refused to obey the gospel. The church is built (educated) on the Prophets and Apostles with Jesus Christ speaking through both.  There is no MOSAIC COVENANT: that was rejected at Mount Sinai. The bondage which PREVENTED the Abrahamic Covenant made by Christ to ALL nations had been hindered by the Jewish national system which was against both godly Jews and Gentiles
Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after,
        as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
Acts 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets,
        and of the covenant which God made with our fathers,
        saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus,
        sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
In fact, the did NOT preach anything Jewish: in fact, they repudiated the Temple's value. Christ through Abraham was hindered by the Monarchy.

Joseph Shulam: Acts 4:1, “The priests and the captain of the Temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.” In this episode we find Peter and John again “speaking to the people” in the Temple [Court yard]. This was in the aftermath of the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. People from Jerusalem could not keep what happened in the courts of the Temple a secret,
and soon the Temple guard came to arrest Peter and John and to stop them from speaking of Yeshua’s resurrection to the public. It is interesting to follow the text of the Acts and see that Peter and John returned to the courts of the Temple even on the next day after they were miraculously released from the prison. The Temple courts were the place of gathering and worship.
Peter and John did not return to "worship".  You preach the gospel which is antithetical to The Law where the people gather.
Acts 4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple,
        and the Sadducees, came upon them,
Acts 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people,
        and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
Acts 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
Jesus was sent to seek and save lost spirits: Jesus was there HUNTING SOULS.

This evangelizing effort did not have anything to do with the sacrificial system; they went there to make converts and they made converts.
Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed;
        and the number of the men was about five thousand.
The number or church did not include anyone who had not been saved from "that crooked race" of mercinaries.
Acts 4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
Acts 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander,
        and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked,
         By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
Acts 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,
        that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
        whom ye crucified
, whom God raised from the dead,
        even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of YOU builders,
        which is become the head of the corner.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other:
        for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
        whereby we must be saved.


Acts 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to these men?
        for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem;
        and we cannot deny it.
Acts 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people,
        let us straitly threaten them,
        that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
Acts 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them,
        Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Acts 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,
        finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people:
         for all men glorified God for that which was done.
Acts 4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company,
        and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

Joseph ShulamNote the next verses from Acts chapter five
Acts 5:20-21, 24-25, “Go, stand in the Temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.” 21 At daybreak they entered the Temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin- the full assembly of the elders of Israel-and sent to the jail for the apostles. . . 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the Temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this. 25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the Temple courts teaching the people.”

Doesn't that prove that they risked their lives to TEACH THE PEOPLE where the people would be gathered?
Acts 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?
        and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine,
        and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,
        We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour,
         for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things;
        and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
Joseph Shulam: In chapter 3, Peter and John went to the Temple in Jerusalem to pray “Mincha”. The miracle of healing the lame man happened by the power of God. In this chapter we are told that an Angel of the Lord gave them instruction to stand in the Temple courts and tell the people the full message of this new life.

They did not go to pray or worship or follow any Jewish tradition. Otherwise they would not have been threatened at every turn of events.  Yes: the DID go to the temple to make converts.
Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
Their purpose was not to pray and they did not pray: they were commanded to go make disciples.
Acts 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
This is after they had been arrested and warned not to preach any more about Yeshua and His resurrection from the dead. The Temple courts was the place that they normally met to worship, and to serve the people with the power of God (foot note 3).

They like all the Jews went to the Temple in the first place to pray, and in the second place to teach in every possible venue the good news that Yeshua is the Messiah (foot note 4).


They are never said to have met for worship: They met to hear the DOCTRINE OF THE APOSTLES which was the message of Jesus Christ and antithetical to the dogma of the temple.


Joseph Shulam: Acts 21:26-29 26 The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the Temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them. 27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the Temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28 shouting, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the Temple area and defiled this holy place.” 29 (They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the Temple area.)

The episode of Paul in the Jerusalem Temple in the book of Acts takes more than a third of the book by
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volume, and probably is one of the reasons that Luke wrote the Acts of the Apostles. In order to understand these events better we must look at them in perspective. In Acts chapter 15 we have the record of the conference that Paul and the leaders of the community of believers held in Jerusalem to discuss the issue of circumcision for the Gentiles who are turning toward God.

This conference was to put down the Judaizers with whom there was no compromize.

Joseph Shulam: The up-shot of these discussion was a compromise to allow the Gentiles into the “Body of Christ” or “the community of the saints” without compelling them to totally convert to Judaism and circumcision. 

It was the Jews who HINDERED: The promise in Isaiah was that Messiah would come to a TINY REMNANT of Jews and to teach the Gentiles. It turns out that history notes that Gentiles often attended synagogue because that was where the Word was PREACHED by being READ: it didn't have any brazen musicians and they did not pass the collection plate.

They did not make the decision: Christ in Spirit revealed to Simeon that the Gentiles were the OBJECT of the "all nations" specificially to the Gentiles to whom Christ made the promise to Abraham. The Gentiles were not part of the God-abandoned Israelite nation but they were not alien dogs.

Simeon hath declared how God at the first
        did visit the Gentiles,
        to take out of them a people for his name. Acts 15:14

And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, Acts 15:15

After this I will return, and will
......... build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down;
......... and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: Acts 15:16
God granted David a tent or Tabernacle on Mount Zion.  It was Solomon who built God a "house" on Mt. Moriah. BUT, God does not dwell in houses: He tabernacles with men where ever they go.

That the residue of men might seek after the Lord,
......... and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,
......... saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Acts 15:17

Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Acts 15:18

Wherefore my sentence is,
......... that we trouble not them,
......... which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: Acts 15:19

WHICH ONES OF THESE DO YOU OBJECT TO? None of them have to do with the ceremonial Law.

But that we write unto them,
......... that they abstain from pollutions of idols,
......... and from fornication,
......... and from things strangled,
......... and from blood. Acts 15:20

The Law of Moses was widely taught and known to be right: NORMAL people were not  IDOLATERS and would already have rejected these MARKS.  Jews also had been "made wise unto salvation" because they attended the Synagogues and did not hold "worship services" at the Temple.

For Moses of old time hath
......... in every city them that preach him,
......... being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Acts 15:21

Notice the two GROUPS which is always the meaning of PREDESTINATED purpose.

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
........[1] and to restore the preserved of Israel:
........[2] I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles,
........[3] that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isa 49:6

Salvation is Yeshuwah! God chooses those who DO NOT repudiate Him by THEIR OWN SINS.

Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
to him whom
man despiseth,
to him whom the
nation abhorreth,
to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship,
because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel,
and he shall
choose thee. Isa 49:7

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee:
........ .[1] and I will preserve thee,
........ .[2] and give thee for a covenant of the people,
........ .[3] to establish the earth, to cause to
................inherit the desolate heritages; Isa 49:8

Reserved does not mean predestiated but:

Esaias also crieth concerning Israel,
........ Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
          a remnant shall be saved: Ro.9:27

For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea,
........ yet a remnant of them shall return:
........ the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. Isa 10:22

But what saith the answer of God unto him?
........ I have reserved to myself seven thousand men,
........ who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Ro.11:4

Joseph ShulamWith this letter Paul also raised funds for the “saints of Jerusalem” from among the Gentile fellowships in Asia Minor and Greece. He made a major effort to bring these donations of charity to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost (Shavuot), because it is the feast of first fruits, and the giving of the Torah. It is on this occasion that the elders of the community of believers in Jerusalem meet Paul as he comes into the city and boast before him in the following manner:

19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.

After the elders fired God and demanded a king set over us God knew that they wanted to worship like the gentiles (Babylonians).  God promised that the kings would destroy them and that He would not save them. God did not command the king, kingdom temple, animal slaughter or the Levite soothsayers-sorcerers.  The Monarchy did not follow the LAW OF MOSES.

THE LAW OF MOSES DID NOT EVAPORATE AFTER CHRIST.
G2206 zēloō dzay-lo'-o From G2205 ; to have warmth of feeling for or against:—affect, covet (earnestly), (have) desire, (move with) envy, be jealous over, (be) zealous (-ly affect).
We all have warm feelings for the Law: Without the Law of Moses we would not know the history of the Hebrews and others as they related to God in an abandoned state.  There was no spiritual improvement for keeping the Law but one must know the law in order not to get killed and to live in relationship with other people.
Galatians 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached
        of me is not after man.
Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jewsreligion,
        how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Galatians 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation,
        being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Jesus separated Paul from his Mother's womb (traditions, genetics) which is contrasted with GRACE. It took a face-to-face appearance of Jesus Christ in order to pry Paul away from The Law or the traditions of his race.
Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God,
        who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
Galatians 1:16 To reveal his Son in me,
        that I might preach him among the heathen;
        immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Galatians 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me;
         but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Galatians 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter,
         and abode with him fifteen days.
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
Joseph Shulam 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs.
22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. (Acts 21:19-24).

We have noted that Paul knew that he was going to Jerusalem to be taken captive or murdered.  However, he went TO the temple to serve notice of his plans and this was THE TIME when the Jews jumped on him. Therefore, they did not think that Paul was coming to become a good Jew obeying a Law given because of TRANSGRESSION.

JESUS SAID THAT DOCTORS OF THE LAW TAKE AWAY THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE.

If you attempt to subvert Christians by using the "traditions of the elders" or "Jewish fables" it is likely--as with Christian preachers--that you do not need to know the "story line" of Jesus who APPEARED to Paul to let him hear His VOICE to qualify him to be guided into all truth.  Paul already  knew the traditions of the elders and was forced to finally grasp the Old Testament story.  If Jesus guided him into ALL truth then nothing in his genetics caused him to know any spiritual truth.

Paul was told that he would preach the true gospel of "cleansing" through baptism to the Jews and others.  He intended to go into the wolve's den and do that very thing. Even though warned that the Jews would be on the prowl for him. At a later Pentecost and birthday of the Church as the Kingdom of God with Christ king and high priest:
Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
If Paul intended to preach to the dispersed Jews who were not of the local mercinary Jews, he would have to go to the set-time-place where they would be gathered from all of the important cities of their residence.
Acts 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
Acts 20:18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them,
        Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia,
        after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
Acts 20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations,
        which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
Acts 20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you,
        but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks,
        repentance toward God,
        and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem,
        not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Acts 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself,
        so that I might finish my course with jo
y, and the ministry,
        which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God,
        shall see my face no more.

The Spirit Lord "Jesus of Nazareth" commanded Paul to preach to the Jews on his way to preach to kings.  He understood that going to Jerusalem would give him the chance to repudiate Jewish cleansing and teach baptism into Christ. He knew that this would fall on mostly deaf ears but he was prepared to go and be taken captive or murdered.
Acts 21:10 And as we tarried there many days,
        there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
Acts 21:11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle,
        and bound his own hands and feet, and said,
        Thus saith the Holy Ghost, [Jesus Christ in His glorified state]
        So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle,
        and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

Acts 21:12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place,
        besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart?
        for I am ready not to be bound only,
        but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
Acts 21:15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

It is clear that Paul was not going up to worship in the temple according to the Torah: he was  going up to give them one last chance to turn to Christ according to the Covenant made with Abraham including ALL NATIONS.
Acts 21:22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
Acts 21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
Acts 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Joseph Shulam Paul told the elders of Jerusalem“what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.”The elders of Jerusalem first tell him that the community of believers in Jerusalem is made up of “thousands of Jews who believe and have zeal for the Torah.” This they speak to Paul in my opinion in order to set the stage and confront him with the rumors that Paul had been teaching Jews “to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs.”

Again, Paul was going to Jerusalem doing whatever he did knowing that he was stepping into a TRAP.  Paul told the people NOT to circumcise their children based on the law and he warned them against JEWISH FABLES which had nothing to do with true Israelites.

Because god yanked The Book of The Covenant given by God in Christ to Abraham an gave them The Book of The Law because of musical idolatry, anything that they people did from the time of the Kings onward was JEWISH FABLED.
Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables,
        and commandments of men,
        that turn from the truth.

5.4.2 Behind the anthropological predilections against the victim's perspective, there is a very practical, quasi-historical reason: namely, the victim is shunned and often killed. In the ancient world, the role of music during ritual sacrifice was often to drown out any cries from the victim. (45) It is crucial that the victim not be heard. The practical mechanics of making victims means that it is unusual for the victim's perspective to survive. In the world of ancient ritual it was probably impossible.

45. The Greek verb myo means to close the mouth or shut the eyes. There is debate about whether myo plays a crucial role in the etymology of other significant words such as myth, mystery, and even music. These etymologies make sense within the Girardian hypotheses. Myth means to close ourselves to the victim and tell the tale according to the perpetrator's perspective; mystery cults are based on the silence of the victims; music derives from drowning out the voice of the victim.

3466. musth/rion musterion, moos-tay´-ree-on; from a derivative of mu/w muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): — mystery.

2Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
        and shall be turned unto fables.

FABLES TO FOOL: Fābŭla , ae, f. fari,
B.  Of particular kinds of poetry.
1.  Most freq., a dramatic poem, drama, play (syn.: “ludus, cantus, actio, etc.): in full, fabula scaenica,” or, theatralis,id. 14, 6, 20: “fabula ad actum scenarum composita, ”fabulam, quae versatur in tragoediis atque carminibus non a veritate modo [melod]

FABLES TO FOOL:
  Cantus , ūs, m. id., I. the production of melodious sound, a musical utterance or expression, either with voice or instrument; hence, song, singing, playing,
1. With the voice, a singing, song; in full, cantus vocum, Cic. Rosc. Am. 46, 134: “fit etiam saepe vocum gravitate et cantibus ut pellantur animi, etc.,
2. With instruments, a playing, music: “citharae,horribili stridebat tibia cantu,Cat. 64, 264: “querulae tibiae,  “lyrae, Plin. 34, 8, 19, § 72: “tibicine
FABLES TO FOOL:   Scaenĭcus (scen- ), a, um, adj., = skēnikos, I. of or belonging to the stage, scenic, dramatic, theatrical (class.) stage-plays, theatrical representations, “fabula,a drama, Amm. 28, 1, 4: organa,Suet. Ner. 44: “coronae,id. ib. 53: “habitus,id. ib. 38:
1. scaē-nĭcus , i, m., a player, actor, Cic. Off. 1, 31, 114: “orator plurimum aberit a scaenico  2. scaenĭca , ae, f., a female player, an actress,

gestus,Cic. de Or. 3, 59, 220: “modulatio,Quint. 11, 3, 57:
Gestures of an ōrātōrĭus , a, um, adj. orator. . Of or belonging to an orator, oratorical  II. Of or belonging to praying; hence, subst.: ōrātōrĭum , ii. n. (sc. templum), a place of prayer, an oratory 
THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON TO FOOL:
Orgănum , i, n., = organon, Of musical instruments, a pipe, Quint. 11, 3, 20; 9, 4, 10; Juv. 6, 3, 80; Vulg. Gen. 4, 21; id. 2 Par. 34, 12 et saep. an organ, water-organ: “organa hydraulica,Suet. Ner. 41: aquatica, Mythogr. Lat. 3, 12.—Of a church-organ, Cass. Expos. in Psa. 150; Aug. Enarr. in Psa. 150, n. 7.—  B. Transf.: organum oris, the tongue of a man, Prud. steph
Jesus had sent him and Paul came to Jerusalem to "preach the gospel to the Jews" knowing that he would be taken captive and perhaps murdered. Paul preached the Christian Gospel valid from Abraham onward and did not defend anything 'Jewis.

In order to remedy these rumors Yacov (James in the English Bibles) proposes: “Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved.

Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.” From this proposal of the elders of the Jerusalem community we can learn both the practices and the attitudes of the Jerusalem believers toward the Temple in Jerusalem. Here are some observations from this text:

The elders of the community of believers were afraid of the reaction of the Jerusalem church to the rumors of Paul teaching Jews not to circumcise their sons, and take light the Law of Moses.

The church in Jerusalem saw going to the Temple and participation in “purification vows” as a test of “faithfulness” and “orthodoxy” of their faith in Yeshua. In other words, Paul’s going to the Temple and paying for the “purification vows” of these four men, would be a proof to the Jerusalem church that the rumors about his teaching Jews against the Law of Moses, would be totally dispelled. The early church in
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Jerusalem looked at Temple rites as an authoritative station for the authenticity of their faith in God and in His Messiah. They continued to frequent the Temple and to participate in the normative Jewish practices as all the rest of Israel did at that time.

If you follow the story line Paul needed an EXCUSE to get the attention of the Jews in the outer court of the Temple. He needed a chance to preach the gospel of REAL spiritual purification which he knew would trigger his captivity or death.

The Tabernacle was by God's command: He did not command the Temple but promised David a tabernacle or tent rather than let him be killed. That Tabernacle fell when Solomon stuffed it into the not-commanded temple.
Hebrews 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained,   
         the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
Hebrews 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year,
        not without blood, which he offered for himself,
        and for the errors of the people:
Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying,
         that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest,
         while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present,
        in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,
        that could not make him that did the service perfect,
        as pertaining to the conscience;
Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks,
        and divers washings, and carnal ordinances,
        imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
        by a greater and more perfect tabernacle,
        not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves,
        but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
        having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
        and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
        sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ,
        who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
        purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
        that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions
        that were under the first testament,
        they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Paul assuredly knew that nothing connected to the not-commanded temple had any spiritual value.
Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple,
        to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification,
        until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

Paul has now done what Jesus  warned him would happen but this was the set up to preach the gospel to the Jews and be taken captive or murdered.
Acts 21:27 And when the seven days were almost ended,
        the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple,
        stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
Acts 21:28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help:
        This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people,
         and the law, and this place: [and THAT was a fact]
         and further brought Greeks also into the temple,
         and hath polluted this holy place. [That was a lie]
Acts 21:29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian,
        whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
Acts 21:30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together:
        and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple:
        and forthwith the doors were shut.
Acts 21:31 And as they went about to kill him,
        tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Acts 21:32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them:
         and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
Acts 21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him,
        and commanded him to be bound with two chains;
        and demanded who he was, and what he had done.
Acts 21:34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude:
        and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult,
        he commanded him to be carried into the castle.
Acts 21:35 And when he came upon the stairs,
        so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.
Acts 21:36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
Acts 21:37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain,
        May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
Acts 21:38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia,
        a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
Acts 21:40 And when he had given him licence,
        Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people.
        And when there was made a great silence,
        he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

Paul used this opportunity to preach the true gospel of spiritual cleansing which was contrary to the washings of the Jews which had no effect on the conscience or spirit.  Giving an account of his praying at the Temple he told the Jews about His command from Jesus:

THE PURPOSE OF PAUL GOING TO THE TEMPLE ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me,
        to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Acts 22:15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou?
        arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,
        even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

Acts 22:18 And saw him saying unto me,
         Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem:
        for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

Acts 22:19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
Acts 22:20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
Acts 22:21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices,
        and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

Acts 22:23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

After trying to speak to the council and claiming to be a Pharisee the sects got into a great fight and Jesus affirmed that Paul went to the Temple to TESTIFY OF ME and not to worship like the Jews. Paul repudiated the purification rites of the Temple and he did IN FACT neutraize circumcision: Jews did not have to become "uncircumcised" by an operation. Any Gentile or Jew who let himself be circumcised
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
        and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
Galatians 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised,
        that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you,
        whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision;
        but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
Galatians 5:8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Galatians 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded:
         but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
Galatians 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision,
        why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Paul affirms that he preached the nullity of circumcision.  The persecution proved it. 

THE PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF PAUL GOING TO THE TEMPLE ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST

Joseph ShulamThe Temple in Jerusalem is the place where one still meets and communicates with God, just as the prophets of old did.

Jesus of Nazareth as The Holy Spirit appeared to Paul on the Road to Damascus: the same Lord Jesus confirmed that he had fulfilled one part of the mission to preach to the Jews.  God did not live in the "house" and the prophets repudiated the temple as described by "the lying pen of the Scribes.

Acts 23:10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him,
        and said, Be of good cheer, Paul:
        for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem,
        so must thou bear witness also at Rome.


Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together,
        and bound themselves under a curse,
        saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
Acts 23:13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

Joseph Shulam: Paul, of course, complied with the request of Yacov and the Jerusalem elders. He took these four men to the Temple, paid for their “purification vows” and on that occasion released himself of the vow that he took in Cenchrea (foot note 5). This compliance of Paul to Yacov’s request does not indicate a weakness in Paul’s faith as some Christian commentators have deemed. It indicates the commitment of Paul to the Temple and to the Jewish standards of faith in the Torah. Paul a number of times after this occasion repeats the claim:

 “I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets (foot note 6).” The Temple was a major part of Jewish worship and the community life. We hear already in the earliest parts of the Gospels of Joseph and Mary bringing Yeshua to the Jerusalem Temple at the end of his twelfth year to the Temple for his “bar-mitzvah.”

Both Moses and the prophets spoke of Messiah who would come to those who would hear. The Jews were struck deaf when the Old Testament was read (2 Corinthians 3).  Jesus once spoke of "all of the law being fulfilled." But, in another place he said "all of the law CONCERNING me."  That does not mean that Paul continued to defend and practice the Law.

IT IS PROFITABLE EVEN FOR PREACHERS TO READ THE WHOLE STORY LINE.
Acts 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
Acts 24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee,
        I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
Acts 24:5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow,
        and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world,
        and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
Acts 24:6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple:
        whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
Acts 24:7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us,
        and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
Acts 24:8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee:
        by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things,
        whereof we accuse him.
Acts 24:9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.


THEY LIED OF COURSE.

Acts 24:10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak,
         answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation,
         I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
Acts 24:11 Because that thou mayest understand,
        that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
Acts 24:12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man,
        neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
Acts 24:13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee,
        that after the way which they call heresy,
        so worship I the God of my fathers,

                believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
The prophecies concerning Jesus in the Law and Prophets is that which has continuing value.
Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow,
         that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself,
         to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Acts 24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
Acts 24:18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple,
        neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
Acts 24:19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
Acts 24:20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
Acts 24:21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them,
        Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
 
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remember when we come to the conclusion of this article.

The prophets were violently opposed to the temple

Acts 25:8, “Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the Temple or against Caesar.”

Certainly because Paul did not violate the Law given for education but that does not mean that Paul "worshipped' at the Temple according to "Torah."  Nor did he do anything against Caesar: but he did not worship Caesar.  Paul understood that if he even looked askance at either he would be murdered. The Law of Moses was a Civil law to regulate a nation which God had abandoned to worship the starry host.

TORAH or Law is used of the first five books of the Bible. No one seems to have noted that there is no command for King, Kingdom, Temple, mandatory animal slaughter as a collective act of worship, and the Levites were commanded to STAND IN RANKS with instruments and sword drawn to EXECUTE any godly person--including a Levite not on duty--who came near any of their presumed holy places where God had TURNED THEM OVER TO WORSHIP THE STARRY HOST.

Joseph Shulam: In Paul’s defense before Festus the Roman governor, in Caesarea by the Sea, Paul repeats the same refrain as he did before the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. In Acts 24:14, “I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets. . .” In Acts 28:17, “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors. . .” In our text we see Paul more specifically state that he has done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the Temple. In other words Paul’s attitude toward the Temple and his behavior was according to the Law of Moses, and the respect due to the “house of the Lord.”

Again, the Law of Moses did not command a TEMPLE.

Jesus would not die until He fulfilled ALL of the Law and prophets WRITTEN ABOUT ME.
John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him,
        We have found him,
        of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write,
        Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
There is no hint of a temple in the Law of Moses: the Tabernacle was a sign of God's presence AT ONLY ONE PLACE which was not Jerusalem. This was a witness to keep the fighting tribes united in order to fight battles.

NOW PAUL IS IN ROME CARRYING OUT ANOTHER PART OF HIS COMMISSION FROM JESUS
Acts 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
Acts 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren,
        though I have committed nothing against the people,
        or customs of our fathers,
yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem
        into the hands of the Romans.
THEY WERE ANTI-CHRISTIANS AND DIDN'T NEED AN EXCUSE TO KILL THEM.

Paul is only defending what he did or did not do while the Jews were spying on him.  He clearly declared that the Law was added because of transgression and was a "tutor" to legislate for the lawless.  We know for a fact that Paul contrasted THE GOSPEL to THE LAW.   Or The Law constrasted to Spirit. 

Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. Eze 20: 21

Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my names sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. Eze 20: 22

I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; Eze 20: 23

Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers idols. Ezekiel 20: 24

Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; Ezekiel 20: 25

Acts 28:18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
Acts 28:19 But when the Jews spake against it,
         I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar;
        not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you,
         to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
Joseph Shulam: It is interesting to note that Paul does not use the term “Law of Moses” here. He uses “the Law of the Jews” ý-ý which is much more generic in nature, and would be better understood by Festus who was a Roman, but at the same time it would include customs and laws that might be related to Jewish tradition and are not a part of the written Law of Moses. In the passage from Acts 28:17, quoted above we see that Paul states that he has “done nothing against the customs of our ancestors” referring in my opinion to the oral law of the Jewish people.

There would be nothing easier for the Jewish leaders who were present in this “hearing” before Festus to point out that Paul in fact did break the Law of Moses, or did something that would be offensive or against the “tradition” or “customs” of the Jewish people. The text, however, does not indicate that the Leaders of the Jewish people brought any new evidence or facts to justify Paul’s imprisonment. Paul in fact did nothing against the Temple

And he did not defend it as a "place of worship" since the synagogue or ekklesia were schools of the Bible AND not houses of worship.  Paul speaks only of those things which he did in Jerusalem as facts.

JESUS REPUDIATED ALL OF THE TRADITIONS KNOWING THAT THEY INTENDED TO SILENCE THE VOICE OF GOD SO THEY COULD MAKE MORE MONEY
Mark 7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not.
        And many other things there be, which they have received to hold,
        as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
Mark 7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him,
        Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders
,
        but eat bread with unwashen hands?

Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present,
        in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,
        that could not make him that did the service perfect,
        as pertaining to the conscience;
Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks,
        and divers washings, and carnal ordinances,
        imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites,
        as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me,
        teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God,
        ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups:
        and many other such like things ye do.
Mark 7:9 And he said unto them,
        Full well ye reject the commandment of God,
        that ye may keep your own tradition.


Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition,
         which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
        after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
         that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly,
         and not after the tradition which he received of us.
1Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
        as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught,
         that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,
        specially they of the circumcision:
Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses,
        teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
Titus 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said,
         The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure;
        but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God;
        but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Joseph Shulam: Summery and Conclusions:
We have examined the main passages in the Acts of the Apostles that deal with the Temple in Jerusalem and with events that took place in the Temple precinct. Here are some of the observations that we ought to be able to draw from the evidence:

1. The First Century Church in Jerusalem continued to look at the Temple as the central place of worship and service to God. The Apostles frequented the Temple for prayer and for services on regular “daily” basis that included the normative practices of “offerings” and “gifts” that all the Jews practiced.

Jesus RESTED on the Sabbath which was NEVER called a day of worship. Rest was rest safe and quarantined from the Civil-Military-Clergy worship of the starry hose as was all Sun or Star worship.

The First Christian Assembly (synagogue, Ekklesia) was on the First Day of the Week.
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening,
        being the first day of the week,
        when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled
         for fear of the Jews,
                came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith  
                unto them, Peace be unto you
G4863 sunagō soon-ag'-o From G4862 and G71 ; to lead together, that is, collect or convene; specifically to entertain (hospitably):—+ accompany, assemble (selves, together), bestow, come together, gather (selves together, up, together), lead into, resort, take in.
The Second Christian assembly had Jesus show up at the set-time-place for the Church: not in the temple.
John 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:
        then came Jesus, the doors being shut,
        and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands;
        and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together [synagogued]
        ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
1Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
            as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

After the people were dispersed from Jerusalem by the will of God as the last temple was destroyed, they never attended the temple or synagogues.  Paul went into the synagogues to preach the law and had to make a quick get-a-way to keep from getting killed.

2. The Apostles including Paul were not excluded from the normative practices and services in the Temple. Only when the “gentiles” entered into the picture, and Paul was falsely accused to have brought “gentiles” into the Temple the problems arose.

Paul would have been killed if he had attempted to enter the inner court where the "normative slaughter of innocent animals were slaughtered" which God considered killing a man.

The Normative practices INSIDE the inner court was never available to the people other than the Jacob-cursed tribe of Levi. At this time the clergy were not Jews. Paul never entered the inner court, the Holy Place of the Most Holy Place. Even David was excused because he was starving to death.

The courts were like CITY SQUARE and there was never any worship service other than people individually praying TOWARD the temple after they lost contact at Mount Sinai.

3. 4. Paul, and I presume the other leaders of the Early Church, respected and observed not only the laws from the Torah, but also every tradition and practice that all the “normative” streams of Judaism observed in regards to the Temple. This included the particular practices of taking vows and being released from them by sacrifices of thanksgiving and ritual purification.

That would be a false assumption.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
        Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?
        can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
         Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
        he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
        and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings,
        and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
        by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands,
        that is to say, not of this building;
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves,
         but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, [in heaven]
        having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
        and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
         sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, w
        ho through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
        purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
        t
hat by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions
        that were under the first testament,
        they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
 
Hebrews 10:1 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.
Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered?
        because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Hebrews 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
        Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,)
         to do thy will, O God.
Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said,
        Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not,
        neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
        He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through
        the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering
        and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
        sat down on the right hand of God;

The elders and apostles warned the Gentiles and others not to offend the NORMATIVE practices of the Jews NONE of which had been commanded as connected to the Temple if you believe the prophets:
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
        do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John:
        since
that time the kingdom of God is preached,
         and every man presseth into it.
John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him,
        We have found him,
        of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write,
        Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
         being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Joseph Shulam5. The Early Church did not see any conflict between the validity of Yeshua’s sacrifice and the coexistence and worship in the Temple. Yeshua’s sacrifice must have been considered the completion or perfection of the sacrificial system of the Temple, but not the annulment of it (foot note 10).

Again, no one worshipped IN a temple: like all pagan temples the not-commanded temple in Jerusalem was the HOUSE FOR THE NATIONAL God.  People did not go into the temple to worship. The Godly Jews attended synagogue as A School of the Word.

God never commanded any animal sacrifices for any purpose: sacrifices were added when God turned the nation over to worship the starry host. Christ in the prophets repudiates the whole sacrificial system:

> Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
       Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21 

21. Put ... burnt offerings unto ... sacrifices ... eat flesh--Add the former (which the law required to be wholly burnt) to the latter (which were burnt only in part), and "eat flesh" even off the holocausts or burnt offerings. As far as I am concerned, saith Jehovah, you may do with one and the other alike. I will have neither (Isa 1:11 Ho 8:13 Am 5:21,22).

Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:9

Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:10

To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord:
        I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the
fat of fed beasts;
        and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. Isaiah 1:11

When ye come to appear before me,
        who hath required
this at your hand, to tread my courts? Isaiah 1:12

Bring no more vain oblations;
        incense
is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths,
        the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with;
        it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Isaiah 1:13

> For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
        in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
        concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22

Some people are so simple that they might say that WE can be rightous AND burn innocent animals without tainting either.  They say, "If we add instruments we are STILL singing."

> But this thing commanded I them, saying,
       Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
       and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you,
       that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23

God hath not said, thou shalt not sing and play instruments and pretend that you are worshiping Me.

> But they HEARKENED NOT, nor inclined their ear,
       but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
       and went backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7:24

Joseph Shulam6. 7. Up to a point in time the Early Church must have made the Temple grounds their regular meeting

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place. We learn this from Acts 2:46, “Every day they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts . . .”The reason for this choice of meeting place can be varied, but whatever the reason might be, it should be noticed that this was their choice. It must be concluded from this text that at least the Early Church of Jerusalem had no serious objections to meet in the courts of the Temple, and probably considered it more than appropriate to do so. When they met there for worship and study there must not have been much privacy and all their services, teachings, and if you wish singing, must have been acceptable to the proletariat of Jerusalem.

Based on the results, it is clear that the new Church went into the temple courts where the masses would meet in a purely secular sense.  Because the synagogue, ekklesia or Church is ONLY for Reading and discussing the Word of God, they followed a pattern which would make the existing religious warfare impossible. They PREACHED the Word by READING the Word: who can object?

In fact I would think that one of the reasons that the Temple courts were a choice place for the Early Church to use for meetings was precisely the open witness that their services and behavior be to the passers by. Let us now discuss the implications of the first century situation for the Messianic Jews today:

1. There is no Temple in Jerusalem, and it does not look very promising for the near future that there will be a Temple for Jews on Mt. Moriah. Jews agree that the Temple was taken away from us by God because of our transgressions.

GOD DID NOT COMMAND THE MONARCHY, MONARCH, TEMPLE, ANIMAL SACRIFICES OR INSTRUMENTAL EXORCISM.

Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness,
        as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should
        make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles,
        whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God,
        and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

    But Solomon built him an house. Acts 7:47
Oikos (g3624) oy'-kos; of uncert. affin.; a dwelling (more or less extensive, lit. or fig.); by impl. a family (more or less related lit. or fig.): - home, house (-hold), temple.
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Acts 7:48
Joshua 22:23 That we have built us an altar to turn from following the LORD,
        or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering,
        or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require it;
Joshua 22:26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar,
        not for burnt offering,
        nor for sacrific
e:

Joshua 22:29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD,
        to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices,
        beside the altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein,
            seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,
            dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands,
        as though he needed any thing,
        seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel,
         A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren,
         like unto me; him shall ye hear.

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey,
        but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

Acts 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
        and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12, Pi.I.7(6).3
Pind. I. 6 Just as we mix the second bowl of wine when the men's symposium is flourishing, here is the second song of the Muses for Lampon's children and their athletic victories: first in Nemea, Zeus, in your honor they received the choicest of garlands,

The Crooked Race points to the symposium.

Pind. I. 7   In which of the local glories of the past, divinely blessed Thebe, did you most delight your spirit? Was it when you raised to eminence the one seated beside Demeter of the clashing bronze cymbals, flowing-haired [5] Dionysus? Or when you received, as a snow-shower of gold in the middle of the night, the greatest of the gods, when he stood in the doorway of Amphitryon, and then went in to the wife to beget Heracles?

But since ancient grace sleeps, and mortals are forgetful of whatever does not reach the highest bloom of skillful song, joined to glorious streams of words, [20] then begin the victory procession with a sweet-singing hymn for Strepsiades;
See 2 Peter 2 for Peter's warning
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness,\
        as they that
count it pleasure [Hedonism: sensual pleasure,
             LUST. Outlawed Rom 15]

        to riot in the day time.

       Spots
they are and blemishes,
       sporting
themselves  Rising up to PLAY
        with their
own deceivings
        while they
feast with you
Truph-ē softness, delicacy, daintiness, 2 Ep.Pet.2.13; II. luxuriousness, wantonness,tōn gunaikōn t.Ar.Lys.387; t. kai akolasia, t. kai malthakia,
Paison paizô [pais] 4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap.206: c. acc., “Pan ho kalamophthogga paizōnAr.Ra.230; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16. 5. play amorously, pros allēlousX.Smp.9.2; “meta tinosLXX Ge.26.8; of mares

GOD ABANDONED ISRAEL TO SABAZIANISM BECAUSE OF APIS WORSHIP

The Egyptian Opis (Apis) and others which Israel worshipped at Mount Sinal were worshipped throughout the area. "In preference to all other hymns these choirs generally sang the so-called epiphany hymns,which were intended to invite the gods to appear. Plutarch wrote:
Why do the women of Elis call upon God in song to approach them with the bull's foot? Their song is the following:
Come, Dionysus, Hero,
into the holy temple of Elis,
together with the Graces
come violently into the temple with the bull's foot!
Then they sang twice at the end: "Sacred Bull!" (Johannes Quasten, Music & Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 76)
"For nonliterate peoples, music often serves purposes other than entertainment or aesthetic enjoyment. Certain wind instrumentare closely associated with the supernatural, and their sounds connote powerful magic. Australian Aborigines, for instance, identify the sound of a bull-roarer with thevoices of supernatural beings; for the Plains Indians, the same sound signifies an awesome natural phenomenon, such as thunder. Wind instruments are often among a group's most important ritual objects, and in some cultures they are specially venerated. The Kamairua Indians of the Amazon rain forest keep their giant flutes (three to four feet long), wherein spirits are believed to dwell, in a special shrine where they are worshiped. The flutes and drums of New Guinea are similarly housed and worshiped.

"Wind instruments in primitive cultures also serve nonreligious functions. In New Guinea, bamboo trumpets were once played
to frighten an enemyduring battle and
to
alert a village that the victorious warriors were coming home with the corpses of the foes.
"Conch-shell trumpets are used for signaling in the Pacific coastal regions of Columbia and in the Ecuadoran highlands.
Trumpets also may be associated with the office of king or chief, as in West Africa,
where their use is
strictly controlled by tribal law. "wind instrument" Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
The Ghebers of Hebron 2 Hoaea, xii. 4 derives the name Inracl from Sarah to contend, to fight, and El = God of Fire. — Gen. xxxii. '28. Asarians, Asriel, Israel, a name of the War god {Exodus, xiii. 21, 22, xiv. 25), Saturn and the Sun. The Fire-god Azar was the God of war, and M'irs was the Sun. — Macrob. I. xvii. OS

But these fire-worshippers carried with them the arks of Moloch and Khiun (Life-god), their Adon, and they had, like the other peoples of the Delta, their Mysteries, which the priests instituted. They took with them from Phoenicia, probably, a certain knowledge of fixed vocal signs; and it would not be safe to deny to Syria the possession of some sort of (Syrian) hieroglyphs

Joseph Shulam: For me the most important lesson to be learned from the examination of the Acts of the Apostles in regard to their attitude toward the Temple is the enduring connection and observance of their Jewish heritage and life style.

Jewish heritage and life style has not role to play in the Church of Christ. In Romans 14 Paul outlawed "doubtful disputations" which would be the personal preferences about diet, the observance of days and the musical abandonment common to all of the sects in Rome.
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly
        in the apostles’ doctrine
and fellowship,
        and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Acts 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
        and breaking bread from house to house,
        did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
        And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Joseph Shulam: There is nothing in the New Testament that would indicate that any of the Apostles, including Paul, departed even a little from their faithfulness to the Torah. They all stayed faithful to their Jewish life style, to their faith that in Yeshua the Law of Moses and the Prophets of Israel are fulfilled and vindicated.

IF SO THEY VIOLATED THE COMMAND OF JESUS

Jn 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and
        ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Jn 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, 
        the hour cometh, when ye shall
        neither in this mountain, [PLACE]
        nor yet at Jerusalem,
        worship the Father. [PLACE]
Jn 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is OF the Jews.
Neither the Jews nor the cursed sacrificial system PRODUCED salvation: Salvation (Jesus) is OUT of the Jews where Salvation in Hebrew is the name of Jesus.
The prepositions in the Greek are far more specific. The Greek word used here is "Ek" (h1537) which means "origin."  The correct translation of this word is “OUT OF” not “of.”
"And thus Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for OUT OF ("Ek" g1537) thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."  Matthew 2:6

And thou, Bethlehem, house of Ephratha, art few in number to be reckoned among the thousands of Judah; yet OUT OF ("Ek" g1537 Greek) thee shall One come forth to me, to be a ruler of Israel; and His goings forth were from the beginning, even from eternity."  Micah 5:2
Mic. 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD,
         in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God;
        and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
Mic. 5:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts [whisper or sing a magical spell Rev 18:23]
        out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: [Sing magical, enchant, observe times]
Mic. 5:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee;
         and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands
        [4639 Maseh Specificially a poem as work product. h4853 Massaw a BURDEN, singing]]
"For it is manifest that OUT OF ("Ek" g1537) Judah has sprung our Lord...”  Heb 7:14

Jn 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the 
        true [Truthful] worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit [PLACE] and in truth: 
        for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Jn 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him 
        must worship him in spirit [PLACE]
        and in truth.

Why was this sinful woman more literate that the PURPOSE DRIVEN CULTS with their WORSHIP SPECTACLES?

Jn 4:25 The woman saith unto him, 
        I know that Messias cometh,
        which is called Christ: when he is come,
        he will TELL us all things.

Jn 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the 
        true [Truthful] worshippers shall worship the Father in  
        spirit
 [PLACE] and in truth: 
        for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Jn 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him 
        must worship him in spirit [PLACE]
        and in truth.

Jn 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

Jn 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he
FINALLY, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Phil 3:1

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Phil 3:2

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Phil 3:3 


Joseph Shulam: They were sure that their faith that Yeshua is the Messiah is not in conflict with the revelation of God to Israel. For this reason they did not look upon going to the Temple and worshipping there as a breach of their relationship to Israel’s true faith, and Yeshua’s message for the world.

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Those of us who are committed to the restoration of the First Century Church, the New Testament Church, or just being faithful to God’s Word of truth, must hold fast to the facts that the New Testament tells us. We can not allow ourselves to build fences around the word of God that will make our whole idea of restoration a farce.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. [law]
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

THIS IS WHAT THE CIRCUMCISION CLAIMED: IT WAS A FALSE CONCLUSION

Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye 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;
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ,
        being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
        and strangers from the covenants of promise,
        having no hope, and without God in the world:
FACT: Romans 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Everyone was lost without Christ:

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
        are made nigh by the blood of Christ. [not by compromise]
Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one,
        and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity,
        even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;
        for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross,
        having slain the enmity thereby:
Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off,
        and to them that were nigh.
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
        but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Ephesians 2:20 And are built
        upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
        Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together
        groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit
Joseph Shulam: The Apostles went to the Jewish Synagogue every Sabbath when they were in the Diaspora,  they went to the Temple and met to worship God and the Messiah in the Temple courts when they were in Jerusalem.

Christians met on the First Day of the Week: The Sabbath or REST would have made the nature of the Church of Christ impossible. Many Christians and even pagans continued to visit the synagogue in order to hear the Word of God READ to them.  The synagogue had no rituals of the Law of Moses.

Joseph Shulam: They kept the Jewish holidays, and customs, and they did welcome their Gentile brothers and sisters as equals and one in the Kingdom of God. It seems to me that when we speak of the restoration of the New Testament Church we need to take these points into account.
Hosea 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers,
        and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
Hosea 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days,
         her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
Hosea 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said,
         These are my rewards that my lovers have given me:
        and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them,
         and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels,
         and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
          For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.
        He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one,
        And to thy seed, which is Christ. Gal 3:16

And this I say, that THE COVENANT,
        that was confirmed before of God in Christ,
        THE LAW, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
        cannot disannul, that it should make THE PROMISE of none effect. Gal 3:17

Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance be of THE LAW,
        it is no more of promise: but
        God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Wherefore then serveth THE LAW?
        It was added because of transgressions,
        till THE SEED should come to whom THE PROMISE was made;
        and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Gal 3:19

Gal. 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Gal. 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid:
            for if there had been a law given which could have given life,
        verily righteousness should have been by THE LAW
Gal. 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin
        that the promise by faith OF JESUS CHRIST might be given to them that believe.

The Law of Moses did not annul the Abrahamic Covenant.

For if the inheritance be of THE LAW,
        it is no more of promise: but
        God gave it to Abraham by promise. Gal 3:18

Gal. 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal. 3:27 (What I mean to say is) as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Not: We are saved BY faith "only." That PROVES that you do not have A holy spirit or A good conscience or consciousness which means a CO-perception, to be informed of. Paul told the Jews they would not be able to read or hear the Old Testament until they turned or converted to Christ.  Jesus equated converted to baptism and Luke recorded baptism to being converted.

[27] quicumque enim in Christo baptizati estis Christum induistis

Enim why because, for, for instance, namely, that is to say, I mean, in fact I. To corroborate a preceding assertion, yes indeed, yes truly, of a truth, to be sure, certainly, indeed: A. To prove or show the grounds of a preceding assertion
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,
        made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them
        that were under the law,
        that we might receive the adoption of sons.
All are made sons of Abraham and of God when they are baptized into Christ. Galatians 3 proves that the Church of Christ is founded on the Abrahamic Covenant by God in Christ.  You CANNOT become a son of God in Christ and Abraham if you put any trust in the Law "added because of transgression."
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;
        and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God,
        ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God,
        or rather are known of God, how turn ye again
        to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Galatians 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Joseph Shulam:   8. The Greek word here is the same standard word used for “sacrifices” all through the Old Testament and New Testament. One more example of the above mentioned trend ý-ý this time in the choice of words that the translators preferred to use in the English.
Acts 18:20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
Acts 18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

G1859 heortē heh-or-tay' Of uncertain affinity; a festival:—feast, holyday.

heort-ē  2. generally, holiday-making, amusement, pastime,paidias kai heortēs kharin

Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present,
        in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,
        that could not make him that did the service perfect,
        as pertaining to the conscience;
Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks,
        and divers washings, and carnal ordinances,
        imposed on them until the time of reformation.


Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
        Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said,
        Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not,
        neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
        He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

God never commanded sacrifices and burnt offerings says Christ in Isaiah and Jeremiah (above). These festivals were of draft age males and were MUSTERS: you could turn your sheep into cash and go meet with the people and have wine and strong drink.
Joseph Shulam10. Prof. I. Yadin, held the opinion that the letter to the Hebrews was written to a group from the Essene community who accepted Yeshua as the Messiah and were disappointed and desperate almost to the point of giving up their faith. If Prof. Yadin’s theory is correct the attitude of the letter to the Hebrews on the Temple in Jerusalem reflects the “dead sea sect’s views.” These views of the Essene community could have been different from those of the Pharisees who became believers
Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God,
        being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves,
        being not baptized of him.
NOT REMOTELY POSSIBLE
Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation:
        for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
Hebrews 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty;
        with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
Hebrews 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints.
        They of Italy salute you.

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners
        spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
        whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
        by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory,
        and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
        when he had by himself purged our sins,

        sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels,
        as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
        sat down on the right hand of God;
Hebrews 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Hebrews 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us:
        for after that he had said before,
Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord,
         I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 10:18 Now where remission of these is,
        there is no more offering for sin.
Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,


Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
        (for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
        as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:
        and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The synagogue or ekklesia of Christ had no institutional baggage: people assembled themselves and when they had PREACHED the word by READING and discussing the Word they DISS missed themselves and left no staff to keep things going other than being a place for study of the Word.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, t
        here remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Christ defined the Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ in the wilderness:
It was INCLUSIVE of Rest (from whatever) Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God.
It was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing including any elevated form of rhetoric.

Calvin explained the Synagogue also.

Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, a
        fter ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Hebrews 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions;
        and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds,
        and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods,
        knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance

THE FALL FROM GRACE WITHOUT ANY REDEMPTION AND ABANDONMENT TO WORSHIP THE STARRY HOST WAS THAT WHICH JESUS CAME TO PUT DOWN. THEY SINNED WILLFULLY ON THE REST DAY.
Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
        which are written in heaven,
        and to God the Judge of all,
        and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant,
        and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh.
        For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth,
        much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying,
        Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Hebrews 12:27 And this word, Yet once more,
        signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken,
        as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
        let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably
        with reverence and godly fear:

Hebrews 12:29
For our God is a consuming fire.

Moveo como


That TRUMPET sound at Mount Sinai:
Asaleutos
[sa^, on, A. unmoved, unshaken,a. Arist.Mu.392b34; of Delos, AP9.100 (Alph.); “estai asaleuton pro ophthalmōnLXXEx. 13.16, al.; “prōraAct.Ap.27.41; of the sea, prob. in Plu.2.982f: metaph. of the mind, E.Ba.391 (lyr.); “a. hēsukhiaPl.Ax.370d; pistis Polystr.p.10 W.; “basileiaEp.Hebr.12.28; “stala a. Hymn. Is.4; “nikēIG9(1).270 (Atalante); a. menein, of ordinances,
Eur. Ba. 391 Misfortune is the result of unbridled mouths and lawless folly; but the life of quiet [390] and wisdom remain unshaken and hold houses together. Though they dwell far off in the heavens the gods see the deeds of mortals. [395]
        But cleverness is not wisdom, nor is thinking on things unfit for mortals.
        Life is short, and on this account the one who pursues great things
        does not achieve that which is present. In my opinion,
        [400] these are the ways of mad and ill-advised men.
REVERENCE
Eulab-eia  2. c. gen., caution or discretion in a thing, “pollē eu. toutōn poiēteaAntipho 3.3.11;
Caution to prevent, avoid,  hēulabeia tōn poioumenōnS.OC116
learning is the safe course of our course

GODLY FEAR
DEOS fear, alarm
THOSE WHO DO NOT FEAR GOD: THEY DENY THAT HE SPEAKS FOR THEIR TIME AND PLACE.
Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre;
        with their tongues they have used deceit;

        [dolosus] ars artistic and scientific, any physical or mental activity, so far as it is practically exhibited;
        a profession
, art (music, poetry, musicam, litterarum cognitionem et poëtarum 
Ezekiel 13 Israel, your prophets have been like foxes in the waste places. [5] You have not gone up into the gaps, neither built up the wall for the house of Israel, to stand in the battle in the day of Yahweh. [6] They have seen falsehood and lying divination,
        who say, Yahweh says;
        but Yahweh has not sent them:
        and they have made men to hope that the word would be confirmed.

vānus , “orationi vanae crediderunt,” “oratio non suis vana laudibus, non crimine alieno laeta,id. 4, 41, 1.— deceived, Sil. 12, 261: “turba vana sanctitudinis,

Turba    “festaque confusā resonabat regia turbā 
Rĕ-sŏno theatrum naturā ita resonans crepitu musico, resonat cantu,
Căno , cĕcĭni, cantum to produce melodious sounds, whether of men or animals; later, with a designation of the subject-matter of the melody, as v. a., to make something the subject of one's singing or playing, to sing of, to celebrate, or make known in song,
C. Transf., of the instruments by which, or (poet.) of the places in which, the sounds are produced, to sound, resound: “canentes tibiae, tubae
IF YOU GRASP THAT THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS AND THE CHURCH AFTER JESUS BOUGHT OUR LIBERTY WAS A SCHOOL OF THE WORD, THE OLD TESTAMENT IS FOR OUR LEARNING BUT NEVER FOR OUR DOGMA. THE GODLY  ISRAELITES DID NOT GO TO A WORSHIP SERVICE AT THE TEMPLE TO SING WITH INSTRUMENTAL NOISE.

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city
        them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day

 


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