“Is There Really Oil In Your Lamp?” by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

This weeks Torah Portion is “Tetzevah: You Shall Command”

Exodus 27:20—30:10

Haftarah: 1 Samuel 15:2-34

Priestly Instructions Romans 9-12

Today’s Reading is Exodus 29:1-9 and Matthew 25:1-13

“Is there really Oil in your Lamp?”

1 “This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect. 2 And from fine wheat flour, without yeast, make bread, and cakes mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil. 3 Put them in a basket and present them in it—along with the bull and the two rams. 4 Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and wash them with water. 5 Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece. Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband. 6 Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred diadem to the turban. 7 Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head. 8 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics 9 and put headbands on them. Then tie sashes on Aaron and his sons. The priesthood is theirs by a lasting ordinance. In this way you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.

Matthew 25: 1-13 says 1″At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6″At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7″Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’  9″ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10″But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11″Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ 12″But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’  13″Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

1.  In this Torah portion Moses is commanded to “command” the Children of Israel the way to consecrate Aaron and His sons for their activity as Priests in the mobile moving Tabernacle in the wilderness.  The Children of Israel are to follow very specific steps in dealing with the Kohen Gadol—the Levites and all details of the Priesthood.  YHWH calls this “a Tutor” that would point us to “That which is perfect” and “when the perfection had come.”  In this portion the Sons of Aaron are to be taken before a ritual bath –which we call a Mikvah—for the purposes of setting them apart BEFORE they go through the anointing ceremony.  The anointing is something that has seemed to elude the nations and they have associated the “anointing” with everything from a “feeling” that made the hair rise on the back of your neck—all the way to how a certain Shepherd made us swoon with his highly powered oratory.  But the anointing that Messiah had and the anointing that You and I have are supposed to be a special empowering from the Spirit of Yeshua that lives within us—that makes the Torah come to life within us and makes us vessels of the Most High Elohim in the earth.  This “anointing” is pictured throughout the Scriptures as “Olive Oil” and in this Torah portion we are told to use the very finest Olive Oil to “Anoint YHWH’s Priests” and this “anointing would be a “sign” or a Teacher that would teach the people of Israel until that which is perfect—or the Messiah that was promised had come.  If this pattern—the Priesthood and the Temple Sacrificial System was to teach us—why do we just blindly accept the Marcionic interpretation of the Pauline writings that states that this system is somehow a “horrific bondage” that we need to be free of?  The actuality is that in this portion YHWH commands Moses to “command” our forefathers to follow this specific pattern for dealing with consecration of the Priesthood.  Israel was chosen by YHWH—not because they were the largest and greatest people on the planet—but because they were the smallest and most needy people on the earth.  Abraham was chosen because YHWH knew he would “TEACH HIS CHILDREN” the ways of YHWH.  The point of the this teaching was to lay out a systematic pattern of instruction for us to follow so that we would not be fooled by the ways of the differing peoples that we would encounter—and so that we would not take on their ways—meaning that YHWH’s purpose for your life is that your life be different from the other lives around you.  He has many ways of accomplishing this.  One of the ways of accomplishing this is through the process of manufacturing the precious “pure” or “virgin olive oil” that was to burn 24 hours per day in the Holy Place just outside the curtain that separated the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place in the Mishkon.  Jews everywhere and the children of Israel were to be able to see this light when ministering unto YHWH in the “Tent of Meeting.”  This light would illuminate the Tabernacle, and this is a type and shadow of not only the Holy Spirit—or the anointing in your life, but it is also a sign that your way has been illuminated and you are no longer groping around in darkness—like someone with no education might act in a spelling bee—but that you are to know the function of the ways of Your King and you are to be able to live them for the world.  The Oil is representative of the WAY—the DEREK of the Jewish people—who have circumcised their hearts and are following the Torah and Testimony of Yeshua YHWH.  The ability to come in an live as a native born member of the Jewish people is a sign of Yeshua’s “oil” burning in the Lamp—or Menorah that is in your Temple.  No matter where you go and no matter what you encounter in your life—you are going to interact with it one of two ways—either as a Jew or as a Goyim—a person of the Nations.  Yeshua YHWH desires for you to be a part of His ROYAL PRIESTHOOD….His HOLY NATION called Israel.  Yeshua is Judah’s great King and the promised One that would come—and each day He is closer than the day before in coming again.  The battle for all mankind us upon us—and it is a battle between the followers of Jesus and the followers of Yeshua YHWH.  You are currently carrying a mark that will tell the Principalities and Powers and Rulers of the Spirit Realm—who you belong to.  What does your mark say about you?  Is your Oil burning with the purity of extra virgin oil—or is your lamp out because you fail to follow the pattern set before you by Moses in the Torah—YHWH’s teaching and instruction?

Exodus 30:30-33 says of this Oil “30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. 31 Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32 Do not pour it on men’s bodies and do not make any oil with the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred. 33 Whoever makes perfume like it and whoever puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from his people.”

  1. A. Living a “Jewish Lifestyle and not a Christian one” is the “oil” that lights the lamp of the bride.  The Bride are those who have made it out of pagan idolatry worship and are in possession of His menorah–with its seven golden lamp stands [Love-{the Shamash=middle candlestick of the Menorah} -Joy–Peace–Longsuffering–Patience–Gentleness and Goodness] –which is what the Shaliach Kepha ask us to “add to our faith.”  This is what Messiah said would “make you perfect.”  If you remember Yeshua’s interaction with the rich young ruler….He said “Master what must I do to have eternal life?”  And Yeshua said “Keep the Commandments.”  The young man replied “Which ones?”  and Yeshua said “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal.”  The Young man replied “I have kept all of these since I was a boy [pre-bar mitzvah]” and Yeshua did not correct Him, but said, “If you wish to be perfect….go sell all you have and give it to the poor–and come and follow me.”  Messiah was laying out the two sides to the Torah’s sword.  One side is simple……Keep the Commands….do–don’t do.  Easy to understand.  The second edge of the Torah’s clean blade is done ONLY by His Spirit–that of GRACE–MERCY and FORGIVENESS.  You cannot Love without it…You will have no Joy without it…no peace….no patience…no gentleness or goodness without Grace–Mercy–and Forgiveness.  We know we are to live “Clean” and avoid “unclean” as part of this walk—but what does it mean to “live clean?”  In classic Judaism something is “Clean” and it can be defined “clean” when measured against YHWH’s commands in the book of Leviticus and Unclean can be defined as anything defined as “unclean” by Leviticus. [ i.e.  Blood is unclean……Lust is unclean…Slander is unclean….perfect offerings without spot or wrinkle are “Clean”– but in the broader Halachic sense…..anything that violates Torah’s black and white “commands” is “unclean” and thus, so is “not loving–having no joy—having no peace—having no patience—displaying no gentleness–and living no goodness—for you can be certain that having these missing from your walk will make you unclean.

2 Peter 1:5-11 says “5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Adon Yeshua Mashiach. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Adon and Deliverer Yeshua Mashiach.

B. In the Mattit’yahu 25 recollection of our Rabbi’s parable of the 10 virgins—this is a story about the 10 lost tribes of the North of Israel that have until now—been scattered to the wind.  Yeshua is describing for us how this group will respond to the return of the long awaited Bridegroom.  Each of these “virgins” has a Lamp—which is actually a “Menorah.”  They all fall asleep waiting for the return of the Bridegroom—which is a type and shadow of how the 10 Tribes of Ephraim—or the House of Israel would fall away from the Torah over the years waiting for the Bridegroom to come again and celebrate the consummation of the wedding.  The Jars are full of the oil that is the purest oil that lights and fuels the wick of the Menorah [or “Lamp”] of the Virgins.  The 5 wise have JARS that accompany their  Menorim– and this is a depiction of half of the 10 tribes that were prepared for the return of the JEWISH MESSIAH…are living like the Jews—who are the ones in possession of the “oil” for the Lamp.  The 5 Un-wise are in possession of the Menorah…..but they have no oil [meaning they are not living in the manner of the Jewish people–as lived by Yeshua and the Apostles] and when the Bridegroom comes…..the “Shamash” to unite the three candles of the House of Israel and the three candles of the House of Judah–the unwise virgins will be trying to find “an oil merchant” or someone to teach them how the live the Hebrew/Jewish lifestyle….the oil…….but they will be closed out of the Bridal Chamber…..only those who “walk like Yeshua walked–will enter the inner court…..the bridal chamber.

Zechariah 4: 8-12 says “8 Then the word of YHWH came to me: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that YHWH Almighty has sent me to you. 10 “Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. “(These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range throughout the earth.)” 11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lamp stand?”

12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”  13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?” “No, my lord,” I said.  14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”

Mattit’yahu 7:22-23 says “22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?, And in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’  [“Evildoer” comes from the Greek word “Anomos” Strong’s 459 meaning “Destitute of the Mosaic Law.”]

C. The Secret of the Olive Oil…that is found in this week’s Torah Portion.  Olive Tree’s are harvested by a process of “beating” by the Olive Farmer.  This “shock” causes the ripened Olives to fall away from the tree’s life giving sap.  They are collected by the Olive Farmer…..who then treads them under foot……breaking the Olives open and removing the pits–this is when things happen that seems as though they are defeats……but are really nothing more than preparation…….for the last step……the “milling” of the Oil…..the olives that have been broken open…..and are exposed……are taken to the Millstone….a large round wheel that is used to crush out the common olive oil.  But the precious “Virgin” olive oil from the remnant of the Olive that once was upon the natural Olive Tree is not crushed by the Millstone.  It is actually “Beaten” in a mortar to extract the purest virgin Olive Oil.  This is a picture of what the Torah does in daily application of our life.  When we have been connected to the “Natural Olive Tree—our lives begin to become the “Fruit” of the Olive Tree—which is the pure provider of the Olive Oil that is necessary for lighting the lamp of the Menorah that will carry the light “To the World.”  When you are faced with a situation that YHWH uses to stretch you—and test your Faith—you are being beaten in the mortar of Torah—and when you surrender to the Torah’s righteous commands—you are then beginning to extract the “purest extra virgin Olive Oil” from your life..  The purest olive oil was used to light the Lamp of the Mishkon Menorah.  This is the “Light of the World” that Messiah said you would be……a light for the Goyim to follow as they return from the Nations…….Romans 2:28-29 says you are now a Jew by circumcision of the heart….and even as Aaron and His sons were presented for bathing…..to be consecrated as Priests in this Portion…..so to are you “bathed” as your “sign” of the internal circumcision of the heart.  Then your daily adherence to the lifestyle of the Jewish people…the royal priesthood…..the Holy Nation…..by obeying Torah through the seven spirits I shared with you before…..is the sign that your Olive Oil has been accepted as “Pure” and “Virgin”  by the Kohen Gadol–Yeshua Messiah.

Isaiah 63:1-7 says “1 The Spirit of the Sovereign YHWH is on me, because YHWH has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of YHWH’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our Elohim, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,  the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of YHWH for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. 5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. 6 And you will be called priests of YHWH, you will be named ministers of our Elohim. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.  7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”

D.  There is a plan in the world today to supply less—than—pure Olive Oil and try to pass it off as “Holy unto the Lord Yahweh.”  Even as Israel has a Messiah and a Messianic period to come—there is an ANTI-MESSIAH and a period of the anti-messiah that has come upon the earth.  The average christian is completely innocent, until they are told….but the Shepherds are guilty as Hell itself…..this is why Jeremiah prophesied “Woe to the Shepherds” at the beginning of His lament.  The average christian is innocent….It is not their fault; they have fallen for the Anti-christ.  The “Christ” is no christ at all–but a cheap imitation.  So how do you know He is a cheapened imitation…..the Christ–Jesus–has NO TORAH.  Yeshua Ben Yosef was–is–and forever will be the living Torah.  Yeshua is Messiah of all Israel and Savior of Israel–Jesus Christ is the personal savior of the “self enlightened ones” called “Christians” that have been led away from Torah to their eventual slaughter.  The reason they act like the Goyim is because they are Goyim–with religious spirits. Which are the most dangerous spirits of the unclean realm….and their god is the exact opposite of what Yeshua was.  Jesus is not Jewish–ever seen his picture?  He is some tall skinny white guy with long hair and is kind of homosexual looking.  Yeshua was and is a man’s man–a carpenter by trade….a Pharisee–who wore his hair short and had payos.  The great Whore is the Roman Catholic Church and their god is Jesus Christ–who is “Anti” Christ–even as Yeshua “is Mashiach” to the people of Israel.  The Anti-Mashiach is Anti–everything that the Living Breathing Walking Talking Torah was–is and is to come.  The daughters of the great whore are the evangelicals–who have agreed to doctrinal statements about why they will not obey the Torah–or more directly…why they “do not have to.”  HaSatan–is their god–and you can tell this because they practice the same behavior…..HaSatan knows the Torah–BUT–satan–refuses to obey the Torah.  Christians have been seduced by THE seducing spirit….just like Chavah long before them …..into thinking that even though YHWH said “do not to do this”–or “do that”–that “They really do not have to obey him because Paul said so.”  Paul becomes the patron saint of the roman catholic whore and is worshipped as a god–like the same principality attempted to get people to do in several places in the book of Acts–which Rabbi Shaul responded to by tearing his clothing in the ultimate expression of “horror” and begged the people who were succumbing to this spirit to “repent” and follow Yeshua YHWH their Creator. In fact, spirit of satan goes sinisterly beyond that when it says to the average christian, if you live like Jesus–“you will be just like G-d”  The Son of Adam {Man} is ALREADY “like G-d” in that He is a living spirit, made in YHWH’s image and likeness”  but our Heart–which is our mind, will and emotions– are “exceedingly wicked above all repair.”  The mind of Yeshua–IS–YHWH…..and the mind of the average Christian is categorically opposite to an orthodox first century Jewish Rabbi; they do not even begin to think in the same dimensions.  The followers of Yeshua practice the Amidah and the Shemonei Esrei prayers on the watches–say and live by the Shema–keep clean from unclean, holy versus unholy and celebrate the festivals and feast days of the natural olive tree into which they have been grafted called the “Jewish” people or “Israel” today.  Followers of Yeshua live LIKE Yeshua did.  In striking contrast, Christians want to escape this world through something they call the “rapture” that does not even exist in Scripture,  and through this “great holy escape”…they desire to go to heaven….Yeshua wants the righteous to “Rule” the world–not leave it.  Christians can eat whatever they want, but end up dying of cancer and other food related illnesses…..whereas Yeshua did not violate Kashrut restrictions…….Christians practice easy grace which is nothing more than the appearance of a “get out of jail free card” except you never really get out of jail….and the weekly ‘repentance of Christianity” is nothing more than getting a “dog” (which is what Yeshua called a person who is “outside the nation of Israel)  to turn around…again and again…..which is nothing more than “chasing their tails” and why nothing ever changes in your life in a supernatural way……Yeshua said that whoever lives like this “does not know me or my Abba.”  Christians celebrate Pagan festivals like Ishtar (easter) and Tammuz (christmas) while changing the Shabbat from when YHWH said it was…on “the 6th Day (Friday) sundown to the 7th Day (Saturday) at sundown”–to the 1st day of the week (Sun-day)–which Constantine called the “venerable day of the Sun” a pagan holiday in 325 C.E., and thus they spurn YHWH and turn their back on His Holiest Day which is the Shabbat;  but Yeshua celebrated the festivals and feast days of Yahuah–only–and never violated a Shabbat, but cherished it with great joy and taught others to do so!  Christians–have the mark of the beast which simply means they “know what the Torah says, but they simply will not obey.”  Anyone without the “mark of the beast” will NOT be able to “buy and sell” in the last days—which means that they will not be able to transact financial transactions on the Sabbath–which means they have a mark of YHWH which will not allow them to desecrate the Sabbath–as Jews will not even carry money on the Sabbath in Israel.  The followers of Yeshua know and wouldn’t think of willfully disobeying Yahweh and buying or selling on the Sabbath.  Jesus Christ–is the anti-messiah and Yeshua Ben Yosef is Mashiach.  2 Thessalonians speaks of this “delusion” that will lead the whole world astray.  There is NO POWER for life change in Jesus Christ……..POWER only comes from implementing Torah by faith like Abraham did….and this is why the “Name of Jesus” never did anything you tried to make it do…….and why Yeshua is a name that is a strong tower–the righteous run to it and are delivered!  Jesus is okay until it begins to cost you something, then that means you “must be going the wrong way;” However, Yeshua said that following Him would cost you everything–that you would be persecuted and hated by all men because of Him….once you start keeping the Jewish lifestyle–you begin to be treated like the Jewish people have been treated by Christians for 2000 years.  Jesus is all about rabid “individualism” where as Yeshua is completely about community, and how our actions move to either repair of destroy the world.  Jesus is a false god–a personal god–a myth, a creation of the roman catholic whore of the last days, whereas Yeshua is the Master and Savior of a united Israel who sits upon the throne of David.  A tree can be known by its fruit, where Jesus and his followers have only produced violence and unspeakable things to the Jewish people—Yeshua brought salvation to the Jewish people simply because of the Patriarchs.  Yeshua is returning for a Bride called Israel–without spot or wrinkle, and only those who KNOW Yeshua will be allowed in, and many will be told “Depart from me you workers of iniquity—I–Yeshua–never knew you and the rest will be cast into darkness where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Moses asked YHWH to teach Him His Torah–so that He might know Him.  Yeshua Ben Yosef said that those who know him will do the “things He did.”  Yeshua was a completely Torah Observant Jew–and those who follow him will live a life reflective of that fact.  Jesus is the buddy of the world–the oooie goooie brotherly “imitation love” ball, and is the Anti-Messiah that is unrecognized by the Jewish people and rejected by all who follow the Elohim of Israel.  Turn away from the Roman Catholic god called Jesus Christ–and repent and follow the Adon Yeshua Yahweh–who is YHWH who came in the flesh and is the one and only G-d of the people of Israel: those born Jewish and those who were ‘reborn’ into the faith of the Jewish people and were grafted into the natural Olive Tree that is the “Royal Priesthood” and “Holy Nation” of people who are called out to be Priests to the entire world.  The Prophet Zechariah 8:23 says “Thus saith YHWH of hosts; In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard [that] God [is] with you!”      Beloved, this day is upon you.  Leave the pagan ways of the roman catholic whore and call out to Yeshua YHWH and be delivered with the Jewish people of YHWH.

2 Corinthians 4:1-7 says “1Therefore, since through Elohim’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of Elohim. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of YHWH. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Mashiach, who is the image of Elohim. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Yeshua Mashiach as Adon, and ourselves as your servants for Yeshua’s sake. 6For Elohim, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of Elohim in the face of Mashiach.  7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from Elohim and not from us.”

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