*All Scripture References from The Orthodox Jewish
Bible- Referred To As OJB- unless otherwise noted
Joe Snipes (Torah Teacher) Gates To Zion Ministries
We are now at the next to our last parasha for this year’s cycle. The last parasha, V’Zot HaBrachah/This Is The Blessing is read at the end of Sukkot/Tabernacles. This is the time, traditionally, that the parasha is read at the celebration of Simchat Torah/Rejoicing In Torah. Afterward, the Torah scroll is rolled back, and the cycle begins again. YHWH’s ways are cyclical, not linear. It is amazing that every year there is always some insight into the Torah parashot/portions that was not seen the last time through. The Torah is eternal. (Tehillim/Psalms 119:52; 89; 152; 160) Even with all we may have come to understand, it is only as much as YHWH has allowed us to know. It is NOT as much as can be known. The end is ad infinitim/again and again, forever.
Our present Torah parasha always falls after the first of the fall feasts, Yom Teruah. At this point, we will have entered into the Yamim Noraim/Ten Days of Awe. These are days of intense introspection between the believer and YHWH by the Ruach HaKodesh leading up to Yom HaKippurim/Day of Atonements. All in preparation for the final feast celebration, Sukkot/Tabernacles. The end of this feast is capped off by the mini-feast of Sh’mini Atzaret/ the Eighth Day Assembly. All of the feasts are in preparation for the return of our blessed M’lech Mashiach/King Messiah.
The Shabbat immediately following Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah is known as Shabbat Shuvah/Shabbat of Return. This is because the HafTarah portion for this week begins with the first verse of the sefer/Hoshea/Hosea the fourteenth chapter,
“O Israel, return unto Yahweh thy Elohim [Mighty One]…” (Hoshea/Hosea 14:1a Word of YHWH- definition mine)
As a reminder, we have learned that the House of Yisrael as a divided entity exists in the form of two distinct, but separate lesser houses. Each has their designations throughout the Nevi’im/Prophets and the Kethuvim/Writings of the TaNaKh/Hebrew Scriptures. The Jewish house, the house of Yehudah has been dispersed throughout the nations of the world. However, they have managed to retain their identity and Hebraic heritage. The other house, is that of Yosef-Ephraim who maintained their name as Yisrael. This house, by virtue of its separation from the house of Yehudah/Judah, is essentially the non-Jewish house. Because of YHWH’s judgment for this houses’ penchant toward idolatry, paganism and sexual immorality they were taken captive into the nation of Assyria.
In time the house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael was scattered throughout the multitude of the nations. Their identity as Yisrael and their Hebraic heritage was forgotten. They were written off by the Jewish house and considered as outcasts. However, YHWH never forgot them (Amos 9:9). All through many of the nevi’im/prophets promises were made of the house of Yosef/Ephraim/Yisrael’s return and restoration with the house of their elder brother, Yehudah/Judah. The divided house was to be reunited as ONE whole house again. We saw in last week’s Torah parasha Nitzavim, which promised the return of both houses is spoken of. [Devarim/Deuteronomy 30] These are the days in which this promised reunion and restoration will happen. We are seeing these things before our very eyes.
The sefer/book of Hoshea/Hosea was/is written specifically to the non-Jewish house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael. It speaks clearly of their/our return and repatriation to their/our identity and Hebraic heritage. Both houses of Yisrael are destined for this experience. YHWH will have a WHOLE house once again. However, He tells the WHOLE story of His people Yisrael’s terrible failures along the way. He pulls no punches. Our present parasha is no exception. A word of warning. Read ALL of this important parasha. The chapter is dark, and if you stop short then you will make the same mistake that most of the theologians of the church of Christendom have made…Yisrael is done! But, KEEP reading. There is hope. As deep as the nation of Yisrael has fallen, will only be measured by the height to which YHWH will bring it. It’s all about His glory! Let’s look into our parasha and watch the darkness give way to the light of YHWH’s promise of restoration.
The Song Of Moshe
We remember from last week that YHWH tells Moshe to write Him a song. Yet, there is also another song that is ascribed to Moshe. We find it back when YHWH delivered Yisrael from the Mitzri/Egyptian Army at the Sea of Reeds. (Shemot/Exodus 15) But this second song carries a special instruction. After Moshe wrote the song down, he was to call all of Yisrael to memorize it. The song would literally be a witness against, or to the children of Yisrael. What does that mean?
First, we remember that these final words of Moshe held quite an interesting purpose. The words of the covenant which YHWH was about to renew, make/cut with those of this Second Generation here on the plains of Moab, would not only be for those who were present that day and heard them. The renewal of this covenant would have two new additions. The renewal of this covenant included forgiveness like before, but it also included:
1) Generational Connectedness so that ALL of Yisrael, even the future generations that were not yet present, but there potentially within the seed of the avot/fathers, would be considered included in this covenant
2) There was also the provision of restoration for the future generations of Yisrael toward the end of days. They would be regathered from the judgment of having been scattered and dispersed among the nations. This provision guaranteed that Yisrael would survive, be called through teshuvah/repentance to return to YHWH’s Torah, and be restored to The Land of their inheritance. This last generation would see the fulfillment of ALL that YHWH had promised from the beginning through Moshe.
The memorization of this song of Moses is for ALL the generations of Yisrael. It is for those of the Second Generation, to those of the last generation. Remember we saw this last week in our Torah parasha Nitsavim.
“So that the dor ha’acharon (later generation) to come…” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 29:22a (21)a)
The Hebrew phrase dor ha’acharon is translated in most Bibles as the generation to come or the next generation. The Orthodox Jewish Bible that I mainly use gets pretty close. It says later generation. However the literal transliteration of the phrase is the generation that is last. Beloved, there is to come a last generation just as the Torah says. This last generation will see things from a unique perspective. They will see the consequences and curses that the nation of Yisrael has suffered through all its generations. They will see the plagues, the judgments, and the scattering of YHWH’s people. They will understand that the severity of these things is the result of Yisrael having abandoned YHWH’s Torah. They will see all these things as the result of YHWH having hidden His face (His presence) from Yisrael.
“And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:20 Hebraic Roots Bible)
Beloved, we are to learn this song. We are to recite it from memory from our mouth. Why? Who wants to think on such dark things? It is because there is a hope in all of this. This song will stir up our hearts to believe YHWH. He has promised dark days and times because of our rejection of Him and His Torah. Yet, He has also promised He would return to us as we, at His appointed time, return to Him. He would no longer hide His face. We don’t deserve it. Yet, this song tells us that there is generation of Yisrael that will see His mercy. The last generation. I believe we are that generation!
The Song Of Moshe And The Song Of The Lamb
“And I saw another ot (miraculous sign) in Shomayim [Heavens], great and marvelous: shiva (seven) malachim (angels) having sheva (seven) makkot (plagues), the last makkot (plagues), because by them is completed the Charon Af Hashem (the burning fury of G-d). And I saw, as it were, a yam (sea) of glass, having been mingled with eish (fire); and I saw the menatzakhat HaChayyah (overcomers of the Beast, Anti-Moshiach) and of its Atzav (image) and of the mispar (number) of its name; and I saw them having taken their stand on the yam (sea) of glass, holding nevalim (harps) of Hashem [YHWH]. And they sing the Shir [Song] of Moshe [Rabbeinu/Teacher], the eved Hashem [servant of YHWH], and the Shir [Song] of the SEH (Lamb), saying, “Great and marvelous are your ma’asim (works), Hashem Adonoi Tzva’ot [YHWH Master of Hosts]; Tzedek (Righteousness) and Emes (Truth) are your derakhim (ways, paths), Melech kol HaGoyim (King of all the Nations). “Adonoi [My Master], who would not fear You and ascribe kavod [glory] to your Name? Because You only are HaKadosh [The Holy One], for kol HaGoyim [all the nations] will come and will worship before You because Your tzedakot (righteous acts) were made known.” (Hitgalut/Revelation 15:2-4 OJB- definitions mine)
Now we fast forward to the sefer/book of Hitgalut/Revelation. This of course is the book associated with the end of days. In our passage we see a very profound situation. The scene pictures those overcomers who are gathered together in worship and praise to YHWH. They have overcome the Beast/the Anti-Messiah, his image, and the number of his name. They are standing on a sea of glass with harps, instruments of worship. They are singing. What is the song? It is actually two songs. The Song of Moshe, and the Song of the Lamb.
These overcomers are standing on a sea of glass. In the Scriptures, the sea is a type or picture of people. In this case, this sea is a picture of a people who have been through the fiery dealings of YHWH. Fire is used to purify. Fire is used to purify gold and silver. Gold is purified in the oven. Silver is purified in the melting pot. When gold is purified it becomes transparent. When silver is purified, the dross rises to the top and is scooped off. The last stage of purification is achieved when the reflection of the refiner’s face appears in the molten metal. Gold and silver are representative of our works. However, the sea is representative of people. The sand is a picture of the nation of Yisrael, the seed of Abraham. (B’resheet/Genesis 22:17; 32:12) They have been through the intense heat of affliction and suffering, this fire is even hotter than the fire it takes to purify the gold and silver. When the sand has reached purification, it does not reflect or mirror the refiner’s image. He is seen clearly through it! (B’resheet/Genesis 1:26-27)
Why the two songs? The sefer/Hitgalut/Revelation is the book of the end, or at the end. It is a picture of the fullness, the completion of the redemptive process which YHWH started among Yisrael by His faithful servant Moshe. Remember when the Second Generation got down to the plains of Moab on the banks of the Yarden/Jordan, who brought them over into The Land of promise? It was Yahushua/Joshua! The full Hebraic Name of our blessed Master Yeshua is Yahushua. Yeshua is the shortened Aramaic version. Moshe prepared the people. Yahushua/Joshua brought them over. For us today, the regathering nation of the Whole House of Yisrael, the Torah of Moshe is preparing us for the return of our blessed Master Yahushua. He is our Joshua who will bring us completely over into the fullness of our redemptive inheritance. At His physical return He will bring the fullness of our salvation with Him. (Ivrim/Hebrews 9:28) The completion of the promised final ReNewed Covenant (Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:31-34) between the house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael and the house of Yehudah/Judah will be inaugurated. The Kingdom of Elohim/The Mighty One will be established in Yerushalayim/Jerusalem. M’lech Mashiach/King Messiah Yahushua/Yeshua Ben David will rule on His throne upon Mt. Tzion/Zion. All the nations of the earth will flow to Him, and He will teach us YHWH’s Torah, and that Torah will flow out into all the nations. It will cause the glory of YHWH to cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea! (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 2:2; 16:5; Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 3:17; Chabakkuk/Habakkuk 2:14)
The Witness Of The Song of Moshe In The Torah Scroll
The picture above is from a Torah scroll where the parasha Ha’azinu is written. You will take note that it is written in a very peculiar manner. The verses at the top (remember Hebrew is read right to left) and at the bottom are written as the regular passages in the Torah scroll. However, the verses that contain the actual song are written in two columns. (verses 5-45) Why?
Well, what did YHWH say that this song would be for Yisrael? A witness? Yes, and the number two (2) is a picture of that. The Song of Moshe is a poetic prose. In it YHWH reveals His all-encompassing glory. From start to finish all that YHWH does is about His glory. Yisrael is His prophetic instrument by which His glory will be revealed to all the other nations. Whether that is by their obedience resulting in blessing, or their disobedience and rebellion resulting in curse and judgment. Everything YHWH does ends in redemption. Even in this song, if you read to the end and allow the Ruach HaKodesh to make it known, you will see it. You will hear it as the words of this song are uttered out of one’s mouth. It’s about YHWH and His Name. He is jealous for His Name. Now, with this in mind, let’s look at something very interesting.
Hoshea Ben Nun
“And Moshe came and spoke kol divre hashirah [all the words of the song] in the hearing of the people, he, and Hoshea ben Nun.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:44 OJB- dfienitions mine)
At the end of the song the Torah reverts back to Yahushua as Hoshea. The latter is the name before Moshe added the yod. Why? Because in this form it refers to his humanity. By adding the yod Hoshea is elevated above humanity. He becomes an image of the Mashiach in glory…Mashiach Ben David. By Moshe referring to him by his former name, it is a reference to our blessed Master Yeshua and His humanity as Mashiach Ben Yosef. Again, a reference to YHWH’s redemptive motives.
Yes, He handles Yisrael harshly. He blesses them initially, but when they turn from Him, despise Him and run after other mighty ones who, in fact, are no mighty ones at all, then He responds as a jealous Husband. In His anger He unleashes His judgment. He seeks to awaken them out of the drunkenness of their sinfulness. Yisrael exists to reveal YHWH’s glory among all the nations. Yet, they have become just like the nations. Therefore, He withdraws and hides His face (His presence). (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:20) He stirs up the nations around them. They are allowed to attack Yisrael. They are seemingly merciless, but it is all designed to awaken Yisrael out of their stupor of unfaithful behavior. They do not exist for themselves. They have accepted YHWH’s blessings. He calls them Yeshurun, a pet name of endearment, but they grew fat and rebellious. (vs. 15) Yisrael became twisted in their heart. They came to believe the blessings were of their own making. They became perverse and crooked. All that they have suffered is designed to reveal what it is like to be on their own, without provision, without protection, completely vulnerable. Yet, in the midst of their pain and suffering YHWH returns to Yisrael. He will avenge His people and provide atonement for them.
This is why Moshe reverts back to Yahushua’s former name, Hoshea. It speaks of Mashiach Ben Yosef, the suffering Servant who takes Yisrael’s punishment on Himself. As the manifestation of YHWH in the flesh He can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and, yet, do so without sin. As our Mediator, He is able to put one hand in the hand of YHWH and the other in our hand and bridge the gap between us caused by our sin. (1 Timothy 2:5) This is pure redemptive love. YHWH provided this even before we had even shown any willingness to make teshuvah/repentance. (Romans 5:8)
This is what He has done for us as individuals, but He will yet see Yisrael through to their redemptive end. He has made provision through Mashiach Yeshua for the awakening and restoration of Yisrael among the nations. Look at this verse from the song.
“Remember the yemot olam [ancient days], consider shenot dor v’dor [years of many generations]: ask Avicha [your fathers], and he will show thee; thy zekenim [elders], and they will tell thee. When HaElyon [The Most High] divided to the Goyim [Nations] their nachalah [inheritance], when He separated the Bnei Adam [Sons of Man], He set the gevulot (borders) of the people according to the number of the Bnei Yisroel [Sons of Yisroel].” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:7-8 OJB- definitions mine)
Imagine, when YHWH was setting the boundaries for the nations, He knew that the day would come that Yisrael, both houses, would be scattered and dispersed. He actually set the size of the borders of the nations according to how many Yisraelites would make their way there! Is that not amazing? YHWH has already made plans for the regathering of the Whole House. Though as He says in verse 39, He is the one that kills and makes alive. He is the one that wounds and heals. All that Yisrael has been through is to make one point abundantly clear: There is NO Mighty One but YHWH!
The Sovereignty Of YHWH
“Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should misinterpret, and lest they should say, Our hand is triumphant, and Hashem [YHWH] hath not done all this.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:27 OJB- definitions mine)
YHWH realizes the ability of the mindset of fallen mankind to misinterpret their superiority over His nation Yisrael. He relents in His judgments lest they take credit for their victories. The hand of the flesh will be crushed in its time. The whole earth will know of YHWH’s sovereignty. They could have never touched Yisrael if it were not for their sin. It was their sin that had caused Him to remove His hand of protection. This all becomes clear in the last verse of the song.
“Rejoice, O ye Goyim [Nations], with His people: for He will avenge the dahm [blood] of His avadim [servants], and will render nakam (vengeance) to His adversaries, and will make kapporah [atonement] for the land of His people.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:43 OJB- definitions mine)
Beloved, punishment is for correction. Correction is for YHWH’s people. Vengeance is for those who will not learn. Vengeance is for YHWH’s enemies and for the enemies of His people. The days of tribulation, Ya’akov’s/Jacob’s Trouble are NOT for YHWH’s people. YHWH’s plan is not some secret rapture whereby a church is suddenly whisked away. No, there is a planned means of deliverance for those who know themselves to be Yisrael. Those who have returned to YHWH’s Torah and have been repatriated to their Hebraic identity and lifestyle. It is what the words of YHWH through the navi/prophet Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah calls The Second Exodus. A plan where those who know their true Hebraic identity and heritage as Yisrael, will be taken by YHWH to a special place of safety in the hills of Samaria. You can read the prophecy in Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah chapter 16:14-15 and 23:3; 7-8. All of the fine points of this plan are still being worked out, but the safest place in the world will be where YHWH’s manifest presence is dwelling.
Many in this hour are seeking out safe places and havens in the mountains, wilderness…etc. and in many different places. These things are vain attempts at survival. It will end in the same bitter disappointment that so many will have when their rapture expectations fail. The call is being sounded. It is time to return to the Ancient Paths of YHWH’s Torah that brings rest to the soul. (Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 6:16) Only those who teshuvah/return and take their place among YHWH’s nation will escape the evil to come during the days of great tribulation that lie ahead. May we learn the words of this song and rehearse it daily. Those who sing it, will be able to join in with the final chorus. The Song of the Lamb. Amein.