Most probably, you have seen a copy of the “New Testament” printed without the “Old Testament”. You may even own a copy, as I do. The question we must ask ourselves is, “why would this be.” The Renewed Covenant (New Testament) has it’s very authenticity in what is commonly called the Old Testament. The actual name of the “Old Testament” is the Tanakh, which consists of: the Torah (the “Law”–Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), the Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve “Minor Prophets”) and the Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicles ). If the Renewed Covenant (New Testament) did not align with the “Old Testament” (Tanakh), then the Renewed Covenant (New Testament) would be a fraudulent document.
That is why the Apostle Paul commended the Bereans for their diligence in searching the Scriptures daily to see if what they (the Apostles) were saying was in accordance with the Truth of Scripture. The Scriptures they studied so as to verify what was being said, was the Tanakh (Old Testament). The Renewed Covenant (New Testament) was largely unwritten and certainly not compiled. They were making reference to that which they knew to be the Standard for the Truth–the Torah(Law)which consists of the first five books of the Bible, in addition to the Prophets, and the Writings.
Acts 17:11 “Now these were more noble-mined than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all eagerness, and searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”
Study of the Renewed Covenant to the exclusion of the very source for the text is an error which facilitates private interpretations of the Scriptures resulting in vain imaginations such as a “pre-tribulation rapture” and “the Law has been done away with.” If we are to adhere to Scripture, then we must remember that only Scripture interprets Scripture. And there is no Scripture precedence for either of the aforementioned theories. Proper understanding of both subjects is firmly rooted in the Tanakh and will be a matter of examination.
One Book written by One Author…and the fullness of the Revelation of Messiah YAHUSHA, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God and His Eternal plan of salvation is skillfully interwoven throughout both the “Old” and the Renewed Covenant in types and shadows–first the natural, then the spiritual–once concealed is revealed by the illumination of His Holy Spirit and His Word.
Abba ELOHIM, (Father God) masterfully orchestrates His sovereign plan of salvation for His Creation in such a way as to accommodate His gift of freewill to mankind, and that He does without foregoing His ultimate final Word in any given situation; thus, only HE is able to tell HisStory (history) as a ribbon flowing consistently throughout time while told from Eternity…For HE is Alpha and Omega, Aleph and Tav, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last…HE is the One who conceals in the “Old Testament” so as to reveal in the Renewed…
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, But the glory of kings to search out a thing. “ So may we encourage and exhort each other in glorifying our King, Messiah Yeshua, Jesus, the Christ, as we are further nourished by the meat of the Word…ever mindful that by the time one studies the Book of Revelations it is certainly not the first time that we have encountered the various figures found there…not a trumpet, not a menorah, not a seal, not a Sabbath nor a Feast Day is without prophetic significance…found first in the Old and then revealed in the New, not for intellectual consideration, but rather for our benefit…that we not be caught unaware.
Let us make a closer examination.
The New Testament book of Romans, chapter 11, verse 17 and the subsequent verses make reference to that part of the Eternal plan of Salvation which reveals that some of the natural branches would be broken off while a wild olive tree would be grafted into God’s Family Tree, the Olive Tree–His Menorah. And as pertains to this spiritual truth, in the Old Testament book of Joshua, chapter 7, verses 11 through 26 tell of Achan, a “natural branch” being “broken off” while Rehab in the book of Joshua, chapter 6, verse 25 tells of a “wild branch” being grafted in. How interesting, that in the very first battle that Israel enters after crossing the Jordon river to possess the Promised Land that a “natural branch” is broken off and a “wild branch” is grafted in. Furthermore, why is that in the same first city of battle in possessing the Promised Land that Rehab, the harlot, was “saved” and Achan, the thief, was “lost” or put to death. Could this be further depiction of the Eternal plan of Salvation, with Rehab, the harlot, a picture of the harlotry or breach of the Adamic Covenant which includes all of mankind up to the moment of each individual’s coming back into right relationship with the Father through our new Covenant ratified with the blood of the Lamb. Selah…
At another time, there is more that I have to share on this topic. And now, I am blessed to share the following video on the same topic…
ONE BOOK…ONE AUTHOR