Journey Unto Shiloh: Part 13

The last chapter in this series had encouraging results in that it raised numerous discussions and it was evident that several readers are beginning to think about the relevance of the details being presented. I hope that eventually it will involve all couple of hundred of the readers commenting and sharing in the discussions. In some cases those that have responded argued that the past was irrelevant and that we must in turn forge a new path for Judaism if we are to survive in this modern world. Their point is well taken, if it were not for the fact that what we perceive as the past, this Judaism that so many blindly follow, is not the Hebraic faith intended in the Tanakh and therefore not intended by God. Therefore, it would be incorrect to assume that we need to break free from the old traditions and instructions of the Torah and the past because in actually we have been following not ancient ways but instead a deviation, a pale imitation of Judaism. We only thought this dark reflection was correct because that is what we have been told by the Rabbis. If we were to actually start practicing what was written in the Tanakh we would appreciate that they are instructions for the present as well. My concern is that if you begin to believe that what was true in the past is no longer true in the present or future, then you have failed to understand and appreciate the intent of this series of articles because what you have been following to date in your religious practices is a lie. A travesty of injustice; the same pitfalls of other religions where leaders have vied for control of the masses and in so doing removed any vestige of original thought and so-called free-will that so many want to believe was granted to them by God. How can there be freewill if you have not even been presented with the facts of what is or isn’t proper, moral or desirable conduct according to the Old Testament. Until you know exactly what is written, what God expected of you, then you cannot say you have freewill to choose rightly or wrongly whether you will follow or not, because you have no clear idea on what you should be following in the first place. You cannot say that the concepts and practices of the past are irrelevant because you have not experience what they actually were. If you understand this, then we are making progress.

THE MESSAGE

Now perhaps you can appreciate the intent of this series, why I was instructed by the Most High to teach and present to you what I had been shown. In order to grant you the privilege of making choices, you need the facts on which to base those decisions. You need to know what was our true and intended path, before you decide which way you will journey into the future. By the time, we reach the final steps of this Journey Unto Shiloh you will understand that our destination as a people has been long concealed from us by the designs of certain men that the congregation have followed like sheep to the slaughter. It was not the way it should have been, it was not the way it was meant to have been. That is the past I am committed to show you and in so doing, make you believers. Once that is achieved, then you will recognize that all those things we say we desire in our world, the beliefs we wish to instil in our children, etc., is something we actually had in the past but we permitted our own leaders to take it away from us. We did not object, we did not fight, we bowed our heads, turned our backs and gave up our chance in paradise to men like Ezra because they convinced us that they knew better. As you will see from today’s article, they knew nothing of God’s intent and that message should be loud and clear. As to why those in power would steer us away from the obvious, I have little need to answer that for you. You know the answers already. Why do any men in power do the things that they do? As Prince Machiavelli pointed out, ‘power corrupts’, but I will add, ignorance of the past’s truth turns corruption into putrefaction.

THE FOUR FAMILIES

Continuing from where we were last time, we see that Zechariah identified the four high priestly families that would serve as Kohen Gadolim in the Temple. For those that are not aware of this practice, from the time of the first Zadok, David and Solomon had organized the top position amongst the high priests to be selected from only four candidate families. Even by their time, only 300 years later, there were so many descendants of the original priesthood that had gathered at Sinai, that restructuring was a necessity. The same would be true in the time of Zerubbabel upon the return from Babylon. When we examine the four that were ‘crowned’ of Tobiah, his was one of the descendant lines from Jeshua, the same background as for Jedaiah, except that this Tobiad line was from the son Jehochanan and then his son Meshullam after him. Hen, the son of Zephaniah represented a completely different line, that being from Seraiah, who was a brother to Neraiah, the father of Baruch the Scribe and right hand man to the Prophet Jeremiah. As for Helem, his family is an unknown to me, not appearing on any of my genealogical lists, but like the Prophet Zechariah, himself, this Helem may have been from a very old priestly family. Therein lies an interesting fact in itself. Zechariah was a descendant of Immer (Amariah) a very old lineage that came down from the original Zadok, High Priest to David and Solomon. But whereas the other lines I have talked about descended through Ahitub, the Immer line was from his younger brother Jehoiada. We see no evidence of brother envy from Zechariah, the prophet happy enough to extol the glories of these other four families, but the same cannot be true in the time of Ezra, where the Scribe fans the embers of jealousy and stirs the children of Immer and others to rise up against the appointed high priests of the Temple which will be discussed in an article to follow.

יד וְהָעֲטָרֹת, תִּהְיֶה לְחֵלֶם וּלְטוֹבִיָּה וְלִידַעְיָה, וּלְחֵן, בֶּן-צְפַנְיָה--לְזִכָּרוֹן, בְּהֵיכַל יְהוָה.

14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, as a memorial in the temple of the LORD


But what this does tell us is that the old tradition of the four families that would rotate was preserved and therefore the control of the newly rebuilt Temple was well under control and stable contrary to the description by Ezra. Furthermore it gives us an insight into the relationships with the neighbouring peoples since the Tobiads were related to the Samaritan governing family, the Sanballets by marriage. So prior to Ezra, we see that there was a greater acceptance of the Samaritans, a willingness to consider them part of the same Hebraic fabric, and certainly they were not outcasts as indicated by Nehemiah since there would be no way that one of their relations could serve as High Priest in Jerusalem if this were true.

THE IN-GATHERING

This being the case, then the phenomena of rejection of the remnant of the northern tribes was not because of antagonistic attitudes initiated by the Samaritans as we have been told but in reality was the result of their subsequent denial and rejection by the returnees to the land once Ezra attained control. The original rift, which was obviously healing following the first return under Jedaiah was torn asunder, like peeling a scab, only to become a festering sore thereafter. With Ezra’s official excommunication of any of the original inhabitants and prohibition of any marriages that took place with the indigenous population the prospect of peace, and paradise in the land of Israel was destroyed. Furthermore, the construction of walls under Nehemiah intended to keep these ‘others’, these ‘blasphemers,’ these ‘barbarians’ out, ensured that any reunification, consolidation of the Hebrew nation was rendered impossible. But to be more poignant, I will point my finger of accusation and say the construction of these walls were contrary to the word of God as evidenced in Chapter 8:

כ כֹּה אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת: עֹד אֲשֶׁר יָבֹאוּ עַמִּים, וְיֹשְׁבֵי עָרִים רַבּוֹת.

20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Still which to come people, and the inhabitants of many cities;

כא וְהָלְכוּ יוֹשְׁבֵי אַחַת אֶל-אַחַת לֵאמֹר, נֵלְכָה הָלוֹךְ לְחַלּוֹת אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה, וּלְבַקֵּשׁ, אֶת-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת; אֵלְכָה, גַּם-אָנִי.

21 and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying: Let us go speedily to entreat the favour of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; Let us go too.

כב וּבָאוּ עַמִּים רַבִּים וְגוֹיִם עֲצוּמִים, לְבַקֵּשׁ אֶת-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת בִּירוּשָׁלִָם, וּלְחַלּוֹת, אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה. {ס}

22 Yea, many peoples and mighty nations came to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the LORD. {S}

כג כֹּה-אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, בַּיָּמִים הָהֵמָּה, אֲשֶׁר יַחֲזִיקוּ עֲשָׂרָה אֲנָשִׁים מִכֹּל לְשֹׁנוֹת הַגּוֹיִם; וְהֶחֱזִיקוּ בִּכְנַף אִישׁ יְהוּדִי לֵאמֹר, נֵלְכָה עִמָּכֶם--כִּי שָׁמַעְנוּ, אֱלֹהִים עִמָּכֶם. {ס}

23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days that come to pass, ten men from all the languages of nations shall take hold, holding on to the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.' {S

This re-establishment of a single, united people was not only the goal of the original returnees, as Zechariah points out in Chapter 8, but it was also their official mandate under God! Furthermore it was not restricted only to the Judeans and Samaritans that had been left behind, there was to be a unification of all the various peoples of the land under God. This is confirmed in Chapter 7 when we read:

ב וַיִּשְׁלַח, בֵּית-אֵל, שַׂרְאֶצֶר, וְרֶגֶם מֶלֶךְ וַאֲנָשָׁיו--לְחַלּוֹת, אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה.

2 When Bethel-sarezer, and Regem-melech and his men, had sent to entreat the favour of the LORD

We may not know whom these two individuals were that came to Jerusalem and entreated Zerubbabel and the priests to become part of the Children of Israel. All we can tell from their names is that they were probably minor kings, that wanted to join their people to the Jewish nation. We have no reason to believe that they weren’t accepted and every reason to believe from Ezra that they were, because they became part of his accusation that the Jews had become part of an unholy nation, intermarrying with other peoples in the land and committing crimes against the Lord. Except that we can see that there were no crimes and in fact they were doing God’s bidding to integrate other people into ours and bring Judaism to all the nations.

IN CONCLUSION

At this point, I want to wrap up this particular article because I believe it has proven my point. That what everyone is telling me we should be doing now, as in bringing Judaism to the nations, drawing others to the Torah, removing the prohibitions and restrictions of the Rabbis that have isolated us and brought nothing but scorn and hatred upon us for the past 2500 years, is not new, a major redirection in Judaism, groundbreaking, or anything of that nature that we consider it contradictory to our faith. In fact, it is quite old, what was instructed of us, what we were supposed to do in the first place, and what we must do if we are to fulfil our obligations when we made our agreement with the Lord in the first place. As in the Michael Fox movies, I would like to invite you all to come Back to the Future. Let’s turn the hands of time back to the past, do what it is that I hope you all can see now that we were commanded, and in so doing, inherit the future that was promised to us so long ago.

The Journey is Getting Closer,

May God's Peace be With You All

Avrom Aryeh-Zuk Kahana

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Shiloh 3 years ago

Excellent, look forward to it.


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Kahana 3 years ago Author

Shalom Shiloh, presume and assume nothing and life will go far more smoothly. Firstly, I'm judgemental on what articles I will begin on during the Shabbos. But generally, every article I want to be written concisely and with the support of the various versus of the Torah behind them. My opinion matters very little. If it did, then my opinion would have been that I wished I never had to be bothered with any of the visions, the commands, or the headaches associated with them. But my opinion didn't matter, and I certainly wasn't given a choice. Therefore the response will take a little while, and it will be based on what we are told, not what is ou opinion, but the reason I mentioned the Pesher was that everything we are told can also have a second meeting. So wait patiently and the answer will be forthcoming.


Shiloh 3 years ago

Shalom Avrom, I see your answer by your long standing silence is a resounding yes. Ok, let's pretend it takes place, so now tell me how logistically this will take place, assuming the muslim shrine is replaced somehow by the third temple. Also, explain how the millions of Jews and the 100's of million non-Jews will bring their korbanot to the temple, one could say where they are living, but what about sukkot? Also, the condemnation by the prophets which emphatically state, again which you have not really disputed, that the commandments of sacrifice where not given at Har Sinai as the Torah is leading us to believe. At anyrate, have a wonderful week ahead. Shmura matza from your local Chabad is instore for you there?


Shiloh 3 years ago

Shalom Avrom, I asked your opinion. But look forward to your next presentation. Keep up the great articles even when we may not see eye to eye. Shavua tov!


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Kahana 3 years ago Author

Shalom Shiloh, talking about the sacrificial cult and its place in modern society deserves more than a subcomment in another hub. In fact it merits its own article because I believe it is a contentious issue between those advocating it as a necessary part of the rebuilt Temple rituals, and those that see it as archaic and barbaric. THere is an associated Peshur, that does tell us how we should approach this issue and I will attempt to work on an article this week that might help everyone see the forest that's being blocked out by the trees!


Shiloh 3 years ago

Shalom Avrom,

I would like you to clarify your exact stance on the sacrificial cult. Are you in favor of returning to that system?

If we return to the sacrificial cult with no behavior change, we are worse then before as we where warned as this is certainly not what God wants of humanity. We need to change our behavior towards fellow humans, not return to the sacrificial cultic behavior that even pagan cultures practiced to appease the gods.

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