Moses & The Millenium
Featured Blog by Asher Intrater
The Fullness is Yet to Come
In reading through the Torah, we cannot help but notice that there are several social institutions described that never seem to achieve their fullness in Israel’s history. For example:
Feasts and Calendar
Settlement of Land
If all these elements are in the Scriptures (and “Scripture cannot be broken” – John 10:35), must there not be a time when they will come into their fullness?
Some dismiss all these passages as simply “old covenant,” that are done away with by the “new;” but we believe that through Yeshua, we will see the “fullness of all things,” including everything in the Torah and Prophets, in heaven and on earth (Acts 3:21; Ephesians 1:10.)
With this in mind, we can read the Torah in a “prophetic” way, with a future fulfillment yet to come (Matthew 5:17-18). End times’ prophecies are filled with references to Torah elements: Isaiah 2 describes the millennial kingdom in which “the Torah will go forth from Zion” (verse 3); Isaiah chapters 60 to 66 speak of a renewal of Zion and resettlement of the land; Isaiah 66 makes reference to food laws (verse 17), Levites (verse 21), new moons and Sabbaths (verse 23.)
The last 9 chapters of Ezekiel are perhaps the most challenging. A new Temple is built, described in utmost detail (chapters 40 to 41), that is then filled with the glory of God (chapter 43), with a new priesthood and sacrificial system (chapter 44), including all the feast celebrations (chapter 45), led by the Messianic King (chapter 46), in a renewal of nature and agriculture (chapter 47), and resettlement of the land according to the tribes of Israel (chapter 48). What are we going to do with all these chapters?