If I am a legalist, then the person accusing me must be an illegalist? That is the opposite of legalist, is it not?
Is this something you wish to be? I think not. The father commanded that Israel obey the Sabbath, and had a man
stoned for gathering sticks on the Sabbath.
If I am a legalist, then so is the Father. I feel like that is pretty good company to keep.
The word legal means something that is righteous or right. It is not legalism, it’s called obedience. If I am a legalist,
then I thank you for the compliment. I will wear that badge proudly and courageously. And come judgment day,
when my accusers come calling, saying that I am a legalist, the Righteous Judge will examine His Book, and then ask
the prosecution, "I understand the charge, but can you read this and show me where I have ever outlawed (or made
illegal) obedience to My law or holding my law up before others to obey?"
Are we living under the New covenant today? Please read Jeremiah 31:31-34.
Behold, the days come, saith YHVH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out
of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith YHVH:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YHVH, I will put My law
in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know YHVH: for they
shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, YHVH: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more.
To answer the question, unless every one on planet earth knows YHVH from the least to the greatest, we have NOT
yet entered into the New Covenant. Those that say they are living under the New Covenant speak not according to
the law and the prophets, therefore there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20).
Does the New Covenant replace the Old Covenant?
Not really because the new covenant is identical to the first in every detail except for one. Instead of being written
on stone and parchment, the new covenant is written on our hearts, see Jeremiah 31:31-33 above; and Ezekiel
11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews 8:7-10.
Most folks stop reading once they get to Ezekiel 11:19 and Ezekiel 36:26. Someday you should try reading the
verse after each of these verses. Today is a good day if you have never done so…
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh,
and will give them an heart of flesh: [Keep reading]
That they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be My people, and I will
be their Elohim. Ezekiel 11:19-20
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your
flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. [Keep reading]
And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do
them. Ezekiel 36:26-27
Isn’t it ironic that the people who believe that they are no longer under the Old Covenant, rather under the New,
believe that they no longer have to keep the law, yet Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 11 and 36 all reveal that this heart
transplant that comes with the New Covenant will CAUSE them to walk in and keep the law and statutes? Everybody
wants this heart transplant, but they don’t want to obey Yah’s laws. Sorry, but with the former you get the latter.
When one goes about divorcing parts of the Torah from the Creator’s law [the word Torah is translated as “law” in
the OT], one invites the rebuke of the Author of those laws:
But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of
Levi, saith YHVH of hosts.
Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept My
ways, but have been partial in the law [Torah]. Malachi 2:8-9.
For those who are diametrically opposed to statute/festival observance, you will be sorely distressed as there are
statutes and feasts found in both the Old and New covenants. I adjure you in the Name of the Living Yah to “Come
and see.” You do not want to be found fighting against YHVH. This is information that the Adversary wants withheld
from you because there is saving truths to be found in the covenant and law of YHVH.
The carpenter from Nazareth observed all the feasts. He obeyed the Torah and taught others to obey every jot and
tittle. There are times when Israel was not in the land, or when they were in bondage that the sacrificial law is/was
suspended (Hosea 3:4-5). When Israel was not free to worship YHVH, they were not required to sacrifice. The
sacrifices and oblations were never part of the perpetual covenant. They were given by the bright light of Shekinah
nine months after the Sinai experience. Interestingly, after we are back in the land, there will be sacrifices again at
least for a short time. Read Zechariah 14:16-21, then flip back to 14:3-4. Understand it or not, after YHVH’s foot
touches Mt. Olives cleaving it in two, there are later sacrifices being offered to Him. Disagree? Sorry, I’m just
sharing what Scripture says.
Many teach that Jesus’ death changed the law, or altered the covenant. But this is simply not true. What did he
say: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18
Go outside and look up. Now look down. If heaven and earth are still there, then the law stands. Jesus’ death
could alter no part of the law or the covenant and altered no part of the Divine Calendar. The covenant YHVH made
with Israel can only be changed by YHVH, and He changes not.
Psalm 119:89 Forever, O YHVH, Thy word is settled in heaven.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our Elohim shall stand forever.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever Elohim doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing
taken from it: and Elohim doeth it, that men should fear before him.
Malachi 3:6 For I am YHVH, I change not.
The covenant remains. It was in existence LONG before the temple (only a temporary dwelling place) and will be in
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that
ye may keep the commandments of YHVH your Elohim which I command you.
Ezekiel 17:19 Therefore thus saith the Sovereign Yah; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my
covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
The Father has not abrogated His covenant, men have. Will you be numbered among them? The tablets of the
commandments are called the covenant--if you do not keep the law you are breaking the covenant according to
If you held the first and new covenants in each hand, you would not be able to tell the difference. The only
distinction is where they are written. The first was written on stone and parchment. The new is to be written on our
hearts. The gift of the Set-Apart Spirit was to enable us to receive the law/statutes in our hearts. See also II
“G-d is true. He changes not. The conditions of salvation are ever the same. Life, eternal life, is for all who will obey
G-d’s law..... Under the new covenant, the conditions by which eternal life may be gained are the same as under the
old--perfect obedience.” SDA Bible Ccommentary, Vol. 7, p. 931
But the mercy of YHVH is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto
To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them. Psalm 103:17-18
Boiled down to its two smallest denominators -- “The terms of G-d’s covenant are, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy G-d
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.’
These are the conditions of life. ‘This do, … and thou shalt live.’” SDABC, Vol. 7, p. 932
These are both statutes quoted from the Torah: Deuteronomy 10:12-13 and Leviticus 19:18!
But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments;
And if ye shall despise My statutes, or if your soul abhor My judgments, so that ye will not do all My commandments,
but that ye break My covenant:
I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall
consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
And I will set My face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over
you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. Leviticus 26:14-17.
And even as they did not like to retain Elohim in their knowledge, Elohim gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do
those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder,
debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of Elohim, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of Elohim, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same,
but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:28-32.
Covenant breakers are worthy of death. I don’t think I care to add anything to that.
15. The people who believe in the Lunar Sabbath are legalists. Everyone knows that the
law is no longer binding; we are under the New Covenant.
Objections to the Calendar of Creation: