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The final fall celebration – ‘Simchat Torah’

The TORAH of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul. – Psalm 19:7

We are now in the midst of the final Moed (Feast) of the LORD – Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot ends at sunset of the 7th day which is Wednesday, and the next day is also a Holy festival called Simchat Torah or the Joy of the Torah. Just the name of this festival tells us that the Jewish people who love YHVH have a very different attitude towards the Torah than the majority of Christians have. For almost 2000 years non-Jewish believers in the Jewish Messiah (Yeshua / Jesus) have declared “We are not under the law, but we are under grace!” thus rejecting the ‘Maker’s Manual’ for the best life we can enjoy while alive on Planet Earth.

The Greek sighted Church calls it ‘the law’ but the Hebrew word is Torah, which more accurately means ‘instructions’ and King David summed it up nicely when he said in Psalm 19:7 “The Torah of YHVH is perfect restoring the soul.” And David continues all through Psalm 119, to express the love for the Torah of YHVH, that every person who claims to love God ought to also have David’s attitude towards the Torah which is reflected in the Jewish celebration of Simchat Torah. The reason behind this special day is that the annual reading cycle of the Torah scroll has come to its end and the scroll is rolled back to the beginning, and the reading cycle begins again. Not everyone of course, but many of the religious Jews love the Word of God so much that to start reading again from Genesis is a cause to rejoice. In every synagogue in Israel and around the world on Simchat Torah, the Torah scroll is taken out and rolled back to the start and is carried around the sanctuary. Many people will reach out to touch the scroll and then kiss their hand that touched the Word of God. If this is done only for the sake of tradition, then it just a religious act, but we believe that the majority of Jews who do love the LORD, do this because they really are grateful and appreciative that the Creator of the Universe, the God of Israel, had the grace to give us his Torah – instructions to help us live the best life we can while on Earth. I have seen people with tears of joy in their eyes as the Torah scroll is carried around the sanctuary. In Jerusalem on Simchat Torah you will see Orthodox Jewish men carrying the scrolls around and dancing with great joy and fervor.

My point is this – if Jewish people who don’t have the Holy Spirit living inside of them can have the right attitude to the Torah, then why do most Christians want to have nothing to do with it? Why is it that most non-Jews want to have nothing to do with the Creator’s manual for life? Do we really believe that YHVH is so gracious that He doesn’t care if His sons and daughters choose to ignore His instructions, many times causing sickness and grief in their lives and the lives of their families?

If we truly are living in the End Times as many believe, then the Restoration of Israel which must be fufilled before Heaven will release Yeshua to return to Jerusalem, (Acts 3:21), must surely be followed by the Restoration of the ‘Church’ back to the days of signs wonders, and miracles being the ‘norm’ rather than the exception, then now must surely be the time for the appreciation of the Torah to be restored to every born-again Christian. In fact, the Torah is the very essence of the New Covenant – Jeremiah 31:31 “behold the days are coming says YHVH, that I will make a New Covenant… I will write my Torah in their hearts.”

I believe that I am called as an ‘apostolic’ Messianic Levite to be teaching these things to the Nations as an End Time ministry. Isaiah 2:2-3 “It shall come to pass in the latter days… that the Torah shall go forth from Zion…”

Josie and I, and a steadily growing number of Believers sense that the LORD desires that the entire Body of Messiah would celebrate all of His Moedim, as well as Simchat Torah, in Spirit and in Truth be able to declare along with King David in Psalm 19:7 “The TORAH of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul.”

If you want to read more about the restoration of the Church you can read or download my new booklet from our website and click on The Restoration of the Church in your language.

This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, October 6, 2017, and reposted with permission.

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David Silver
David together with his wife, Josie, founded Out of Zion Ministries, whose mission is to fulfill God’s call on Israel as His ‘Chosen Nation’ to be a light to the Nations as well as to encourage the Church to fulfill God’s call to the Gentiles to assist in the spiritual ingathering of the Jewish people.

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