LAW & TESTIMONY IN THE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT
Law & Testimony Scriptures in the Old Testament (Alpha-Numeric Order)
for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and KEEP My commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH).
Then the LORD said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to KEEP My commandments and My instructions(KEEP THE LAW/TORAH)?"
...for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,6but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and KEEP My commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH).
Incredibly and not coincidentally, there are 3 scriptures that are found in the Old Testament that prophesied the
2 conditions of the Nazarene Code thousands of years earlier by the Father thru Abraham, the father of the House of Israel:
"Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and KEPT my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH)."
Editor's Note: We know that Abraham practiced faith (TESTIMONY) thru his obedience to the LAW/TORAH based on the very words of James, the brother of the Son of God, the Messiah:
"But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith (TESTIMONY) without works (THE LAW/TORAH)
is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH) when he offered up
Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith (TESTIMONY) was working with his works (KEPT THE
LAW/TORAH), and as a result of the works (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH), faith (TESTIMONY) was
perfected;" JAMES 2:20-22
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law (FORGOTTEN THE LAW/TORAH) of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Bind up the testimony, (TESTIMONY) seal the law (LAW/TORAH) among MY DISCIPLES. Isaiah 8:16
Now Sha'ul (Paul), still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord went to the high
priest, 2and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging
to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Acts 9:1... And Khanan-Yah
(Ananias) said, “My Lord, I have heard from many about this man (Sha'ul/Paul), how much evil he has inflicted
on the Saints in Jerusalem.” Acts 9:1-13
Editor's Note: Lord's Disciples are Saints Who Follow the Way (Keep the Law & Testimony) -These two scriptures prove beyond ANY doubt whatsoever that the Nazarene's of the Way are in fact Saints while living on earth and are also those who are found in Heaven because both groups of Saints kept/keep the Law (Torah) of the Father and Testimony of the Messiah. These same disciples were mentioned and foretold in the Old Testament of being the heavenly Father's disciples.
BIND up the testimony, (TESTIMONY) seal the law (LAW/TORAH) among my disciples... To the Law (LAW/TORAH)
and to the TESTIMONY (TESTIMONY): If they speak not according to this WORD, it is because there is no light in them.
Editor's Note: Now consider the above scripture with what the Nazarene taught among His disciples about BINDING:
"And truly I say to you, everything whatsoever you will BIND in the earth will have been BOUND in Heaven,
and anything that you will release in the earth will have been released in Heaven. Matthew 18:18
"But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not KEEP My commandments and My statutes (DO NOT KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 7then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples
2 Kings 17:13
You shall KEEP My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD.3'If you walk in My statutes and KEEPMy commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) so as to carry them out,4then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart KEEP my commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH); 2For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: KEEP my commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH), and live.
My son, KEEP my words And treasure my commandments within you. 2KEEP my commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye.
My son, KEEP my words And treasure my commandments within you. 2KEEP my commandments (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. 3Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
"If his sons forsake My LAW And do not walk in My JUDGMENTS, 31If they violate My STATUTES And do notKEEP My commandments (DO NOT KEEP THE LAW/TORAH), 32Then I will punish their transgression with the rod And their iniquity with stripes.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And KEEP it (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) with all my heart. 35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies (TESTIMONY) And not to dishonest gain.
Law & Testimony Scriptures in the New Testament (Alpha-Numeric Order)
“And yet I confess this, . which they call a sectI serve our ancestors' God and believe everything written in Moses' Teachings and the Prophets". (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH)
Editor's Note: Under threat of death before the Governor Felix for preaching against the Law (of Moses) to thousands in Judaea, Paul claimed the above which the Nazarenes followed to save his life (i.e., faith that the Messiah is the Son of the living God AND keeping the Mosaic Law). However, he would thereafter continue to teach a false gospel claiming the Law was a curse and spurned the Father's and Messiah's commandments which resulted in his being rejected by the churches of Asia and so began his journey to the West where he would preach his heretical "gospel" to Gentiles which resulted in Pauline Christianity that DOES NOT keep the Law of Moses.
Take note below how James, the brother of the Messiah, reiterates THE SAME PRECISE MESSAGE expressed by the Son of God in Matthew 7:21-23 (# 3 Nazarene Code scripture cited above):
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law (THE LAW/TORAH) that gives freedom,
1"What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith (TESTIMONY) but he has no works (DOES NOT KEEP THE LAW/TORAH)? Can that faith save him?"
"So also faith (TESTIMONY) by itself, if it does not have works (DOES NOT KEEP THE LAW/TORAH), IS DEAD."
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith (TESTIMONY) without deeds (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH), and I will show you my faith (TESTIMONY) by my deeds (BY KEEPING THE LAW/TORAH)".
"But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith (TESTIMONY) without works (DOES NOT KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) is useless? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works (BY KEEPING THE LAW/TORAH) when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that faith (TESTIMONY) was working with his works (WITH KEEPING THE LAW/TORAH), and as a result of the works (OF KEEPING THE LAW/TORAH), faith was perfected;"
"You see that by works (BY KEEPING THE LAW/TORAH) a man is justified and not from faith (TESTIMONY) alone."
(Editor's Note: The above mirrors precisely what the Messiah states in Matthew 7:21-23)
"Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith (TESTIMONY) without works (WITHOUT THE LAW/TORAH) is dead."
Editor's Note: If you believe that the term "works" simply is for "good deeds" you are mistaken. The term "works" is specifically referring to the Law/Torah. We know this by the heretic and fraud Paul's who preached against the Word of God by the use of the very term "works" when referring to the "Law" - see below:
"...nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the WORKS of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the WORKS of the Law; since by the WORKS of the Law no flesh will be justified." Galatians 2:16
"But an hour is coming, and now is, WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPERS WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH); for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." 25The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us. 26Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." (TESTIMONY)
“And if you will ask me in my name (TESTIMONY), I shall do this. .”(KEEP THE LAW/TORAH)
(KEEPS THE LAW/TORAH) it is he who loves Me
“If anyone loves Me (TESTIMONY), he will KEEP My word; (KEEP THE LAW/TORAH) and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make him Our home with him.
"If you love Me, you will KEEP My commandments (KEEP HIS LAW/TORAH). 16"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;
(TESTIMONY) I have glorified you in the earth; I have accomplished the work that you have given me to do (Preached the Kingdom of Heaven and search for the Lost Tribes of Israel). Now, glorify me, my Father, in union with yourself, in that glory which I had in union with you before the universe was (The Messiah was the WORD - 1 of the 3 ELohim - i.e., "God"). I have revealed your Name to the children of men, those whom you have given me from the world; yours they were, and you have given them to me, AND THEY HAVE (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH).
1 John 2:1-7
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (TESTIMONY); 2and He Himself is the propitiation (appeaser, conciliator) for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 3By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.(KEPT HIS LAW/TORAH). 4The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments (KEPT HIS LAW/TORAH)., IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM; 5 BUT WHOEVER KEEPS HIS WORD, IN HIM THE LOVE OF GOD HAS TRULY BEEN PERFECTED, BY THIS WE KNOW WE ARE IN HIM; 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 7Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.(THE LAW/TORAH) 1 John 2:1-7
What do we gather from the above? Just as the children of Israel kept the commandments (Torah) of the Father to have death (the Destroyer of Exodus) pass over their homes, so to must the SPIRITUAL children of Israel of today must keep the commandments (Torah) to have death pass over them.
The Messiah is the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb the Hebrews celebrated... yet at no time was Passover Feast ever recognized as "the taking away of sins" atonement festival - this came during Yom Kippur - the Feast of Atonement. A goat was used as the representative of "taking away the sins of the world"- not a Lamb. You will find a further explanation of it in "Prophetic Feast Days" chapter (click here). The point is that our sins - death - is "passed over us" by keeping the commandments - the "old commandments" from the beginning as stated in 1 John 2:1-8: http://biblehub.com/1_john/2-1.htm
What do we gather from the above? Just as the children of Israel kept the commandments (Torah) of the Father to have death (the Destroyer of Exodus) pass over their homes, so to must the SPIRITUAL children of Israel of today must keep the commandments (Torah) to have death pass over them. So what the above scripture is clearly telling us is that thru the Messiah's sacrifice we calm and placate the wrath of God Elohim but ONLY if we keep the Son of God's commandments as proof that we have truly known Him.
1 John 3:3-4
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (TESTIMONY) 4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (WITHOUT THE LAW/TORAH)
Clearly, the above scripture is defining sin for us: sin is a violation of the Law and by extension, not keeping the Law is sinning. This is how sin is defined and is only defined.
1 John 5:1-2
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, (TESTIMONY) and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH) and His commandments are not burdensome.*
"You are the light of the world (the example to the rest of the world). A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works (fulfilment of the Law), and glorify your Father who is in heaven.17"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets (did not come to put an end to the Mosaic Law); I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away (New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 21:1-2), not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (See Rev. 21:6). 19"Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20"For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
He said to them, (TESTIMONY OF THE LAW/TORAH) (THE LAW/TORAH) OF THE FATHER)"
Editor's Note: The Messiah is telling us with the above scripture THREE very important things: 1st:The Law is the old treasure and a conditional requirement to become a disciple of heaven, 2nd: the new treasures are the testimony that He is the Son of the living God and 3rd: Those who teach and preach (i.e., given Testimony) of the Law (Torah) becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven.
31"But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:32'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB '? He is not the God of the dead but of the living. (TESTIMONY) " 33When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. 34But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' 38"This is the great and foremost commandment. 39"The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40"On these two commandments depend the whole Law (THE LAW/TORAH) OF THE FATHER) and the Prophets."
Editor's note: Contrary to what Christians claim, the Messiah did not do away with the Law or created 2 new commandments of "love"in their New Age twist of this scripture - He simply summarized the Decalogue and He is making very clear in verse 40 which Christians ignore.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. 28"So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Editor's Note: Most will miss the point above - one is a modern-day "Pharisee" regardless of your faith if you claim to be righteous yet are a hypocrite who does not keep God's Law.
1 Peter 1:1-2
Petraus, an Apostle of Yeshua The Messiah, to The Chosen Ones and Pilgrims who are scattered in Pontus and in Galatia, in Qapadoqia, in Asia and in Bithynia; God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Him (KEPT THE LAW/TORAH) and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. (TESTIMONY) May God give you more and more grace and peace.
The Father and Messiah's Commandments (Law/Torah) are PRECISELY THE SAME in the Old and New Testament. They are the Word of God – the Messiah is the Word made flesh (John 1:14) and it is crystal clear we show our love to both of Them by KEEPING Their Commandments which is the Law (i.e., Torah). We are to keep them Forever. The Bible clearly points out that the True Apostles continued to abide by the Messiah's commandments after His departure. Further below we will see how in the Book of Revelation there is once again synchronicity of the scriptures there as there are in the Old and New Testament.