The Torah was given as a blessing by God “that it might be well with you and your children,” (Deut. 12:28) not as a punishment, which so many Christians have wrongly proclaimed. The opposite of the Law is Lawlessness (Gr. anomia), which is the same term used by Yeshua describing those to whom he will say, “Get away from me, I never knew you, you workers of lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23) and the very same word used to describe the Antichrist, “the man of lawlessness – anomia – (1 John 3:4), and what we are seeing in many liberal churches today who say the Law is abolished: lawlessness forming the church of the Antichrist, and “another Jesus” that Paul referred to (2 Cor. 11:4).
We are seeing as never before the acceptance of false teaching including, Replacement theology, and false prophecies, the tolerance of perverted lifestyles and nature in homosexuality in all its forms in clergy and laity, and its acceptance of same-sex ‘marriage’ among many western Christians, along with the steep divorce rate and general decline along with the rest of western society. Many churches are becoming a place of amusement and entertainment, often confusing loud music for the spirit of G-d. When the church becomes lawless, misinterpreting “under grace” as license to practice any behavior that pleases the inclinations, then the society at large is also released to the ignoring of civil law and authority, as we are also seeing today. Jesus warned us, “Because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). And we are warned of a time of a “great falling away” of which we are now witnesses (2 Thess. 2). John warned us, “you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists…they went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” (1 John 2). But, thank G-d, there is always a remnant who will hold on and overcome.
The sword that Yeshua said he came to bring is a divider (Matt. 10:34), as is the function of a sword. It would divide sin from sanctity, holy from profane, light from darkness, clean from unclean and lies from truth. It is my understanding that the same sword today is dividing the lawless church, which is returning to the darkness of the paganism of Rome, Egypt and Sodom, from that part of the church that is turning to face Jerusalem restored, where it all began, and returning to the Jewish roots of the faith.
Few realize that when Yeshua said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” he was quoting directly from the Ten Commandments- the Law: “but showing grace (hesed) to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments” (Exod. 20:6). We are no longer “under” the Law, but the Law is under us like a track beneath a train, giving it direction and stability. Of course living in Israel we live in the biblical rhythms, so it is much easier, as it comes with the territory.