Addendum to Hebrew Yisraelites and Atonement – A Message to Christians


By Yehudah Benyamin ben Yisrael

Revised Sept 2010



As a Torah based Yisraelite since the penning of this article in 1999, I still receive questions from people asking me, “How are the sins of Torah based Yisraelites atoned for since they reject the New Testament that teaches Jesus or Yahoshua died and made atonement for sins and for all time?” For the sake of our Hebrew Yisraelite brethren that refer to the personage written about in the New Testament, I will refer to him as Yahoshua, although personally I see no difference.


The New Testament teaches that when Yahoshua died, that he became immortal, i.e., able to disappear and appear at will.


2 Timothy 1:10but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Yahoshua Ha Masheakh, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel”.


1 Timothy 6:16who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen”


Ok so he was according to Paul “immortal” and dwells in “unapproachable light whom no man has seen nor can see.” But his disciples saw and touched him after he was resurrected in the tomb?


So when was he dwelling in unapproachable light? When he accended? If so, then how will the world see him coming on the clouds of heaven with HIS angels? I thought immortals dwelled in unapproachable light that no man has seen or can see?


Mathew 24:30 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”


The reason the New Testament verses are cited here is because the premise is that Yahoshua gave his life as a sacrifice for sin and became an immortal in human flesh.


Ephesians 5:2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”


Humm?? A sweet smelling savour?? I though his body was put in a tomb??




The book of Hebrews correlates the law of the Day of Atonement to support the premise that Yahoshua was the ultimate atonement for sins and offered himself, thereby, completely eliminating the need for a bull or a goat or their blood being sprinkled inside the holy of holies to atone for sins.

Heb 9:11 “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;”

9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].


9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:


9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?



Clearly the New Testament is teaching that the offering of himself (Yahoshua,) (to the Most High,) made the law of the sin offering or sacrifice or atonement  no longer necessary. This thought is why Christians and Messianic Hebrew Yisraelites challenge Torah based Yisraelites on how we atone for our sins. This thought is the basis.


Here is what the LAW says:


Lev 6:30 And no sin offering, whereof [any] of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile [withal] in the holy [place], shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.


The Most High says he does not change and that his LAW IS PERFECT.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a Elohim of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Malachi 3:6 For I am YHWH, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

2 Samuel
22:31 As for YHWH, his way is perfect; the word of YHWH is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Psalms 19:7 The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple.


If according to the New Testament, Yahoshua’s death “obtained eternal redemption” and cleansed us from our sins and his death and shed blood served as an atonement for sin for ever, it would mean that the Creator changed the law of atonement for sins; particularly the law governing the DAY OF ATONEMENT.


1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (NAS)

Lev 16:27 And the bullock [for] the sin offering, and the goat [for] the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy [place], shall [one] carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.

The Law required the “FLESH” OF THE SACRIFICE who’s blood was sprinkled in the Holy of Holies; to be completely destroyed by fire.

According to Peter, Yahoshua was made alive IN THE SPIRIT having been put to death in the FLESH. The New Testament as will be shown, teaches Yahoshua’s body of flesh and bones WAS NOT DESTROYED and the Creator raised his body of flesh from the grave or from the tomb. Not another human body but the same human body of flesh and bones that was in the tomb. 

The NT seems to contradict itself on whether Yahoshua raised himself from the dead, or if the Most High raised him from the dead.

Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. (Acts 10:40-41 NKJV)

John 2:18 NAS: The Jews then said to Him, "What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?" 19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." 20 The Jews then said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

According to the book of Luke, Yahoshua was in human form and not in spirit form after his resurrection.

Luke 24:39 NAS "See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."

So according to Luke, Yahoshua was not a spirit but flesh and bones, and by Yahoshua’s own admission, he said he was not a spirit.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (NAS)

So here are some questions to my messianic hebrew brethren.

1.    If Yahoshua’s body was not completely destroyed as the LAW commanded, then how could his shed blood  be an atonement for sin?

2.     If his body of flesh and bones was shown to his disciples ALIVE what was sacrificed?

3.    Was the Most High changing His law regarding sacrifices on the Day of Atonement for sin in that Yahoshua's death did not occur on the Day of Atonement but during Passover?

4.    Can a body of flesh and bones live without blood in it?

5.    Was it new blood? Did he only shed some of his blood?

The claim is made by adherents of the New Testament that there is no evidence that this would in some way nullify the sacrificial value of Yahoshua’s death, as he could certainly appear in human form in any body of his choosing.


However, there is no evidence that he appeared in human form in any other body of his choosing either. The view above is conjecture and still does not reflect the arrangement the Most High gave to the Nation of Yisrael that required the sin offering be completely destroyed.


As Torah based Hebrew Yisraelites, we are often asked, “How do we receive atonement since we do not sacrifice animals?”  I would ask, “How can you claim Yahoshua died for you and atoned for your sins when the New Testament tells us he took his body back? When it tells us HE IS ALIVE IN THE SAME BODY OF FLESH AND BONES??”


Did he take his body back?

According to the New Testament, Yahoshua had the authority to TAKE BACK his sacrificed human life.

John 10:18 "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."

If he took his sacrificed human body back as the New Testament teaches, then how was it a sacrifice? Is this a New Commandment?

Quite often I hear our people say “Yahoshua followed the law, and “he did not add to the law.”  Clearly if, as the NT says, Yahoshua said he had the power to take it back and that he received that commandment from the Most High, then how can it NOT be a NEW COMMANDMENT, since no where in the Hebrew Scriptures does the Most High give such a commandment to anyone else?

Does the NT teach that the law was changed?  YES!!

Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The Greek word for “sacrifice” is “paradidomi and has the meaning of “to surrender, i.e yield up, intrust, transmit:--betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver (up), give (over, up), hazard, put in prison, recommend”, according to Strongs Greek Dictionary.


The premise here is that Yahoshua voluntarily “gave up,” or yielded up,” or “surrendered” his human life to cover sins, and that his death atoned for sin through the shedding of his blood.


According to the NT the only recorded incident of Yahoshua shedding his blood is in the account of John where the soldiers jabbed him after he had already died.


John 19:33: "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:


34 "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.


Colossians 1:20     And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.


Colossians makes the connection of the Cross with the blood.


Ok he was already dead. His life was gone. An enemy came along afterward and pierced his side and blood and water came out. This is suspose to be a Holy representation of shedding blood on the Day of Atonement? To fulfill the Day of Atonement? That hardly fits the description in the Hebrew Scriptures.


Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


Did we forget too that the blood of the bull and goat (not lamb) was used only to cleanse the tabernacle? Did we forget that a live goat (not  a lamb) was sent away live into the wilderness and its blood was not shed even though the high priest confessed the sins of the nation of Yisrael over it? Where in the NT other than this account, is there an account that blood was shed? I thought he was beaten and scourged?  His sacrificial body was never in the ground nor destroyed but was laid inside of a tomb rapped in cloth and later he rose!


Here is what the New Testament teaches:

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Ok so let me get this straight.

According to the NT, blood had to be shed to atone for sins (which is not true) and Yahoshua’s blood was shed when he died on the stake/cross. His death became a sacrifice because he gave up his life and his shed blood was placed on the altar in heaven when he was pierced. But the Most High allowed him to take his sacrificial body/life back or the Most High gave him his life/body back, but kept the blood part of his body in heaven? No, I mean part of his blood, the part that atoned for sins that came out of his side?. He appeared in the same body that was sacrificed to his disciples and even explained to them he was not a spirit being but a human being of flesh and bones.

John 20:25 "The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”

There is no mention of him appearing in a body without the blood in it, so it would be safe to assume that the body of flesh and bones also had blood in it. Can a human or animal live with out blood?

Lev 17: 4 "For [it is] the life of all flesh; the blood of it [is] for the life thereof: ..”

Since he was only in the tomb 3 days,? his body would still have blood in it.

So then we can assume that not all of his blood was shed but only a small part of it was take to heaven to be sprinked in the Most Holy in the heavens. The part that hit the ground when the soldiers jabbed his dead body with a spear? He kept the rest?

Some other points I want to mention since I am quoting the book of Hebrews.

In Hebrews 9:19-23 it claims to quote the book of Exodus as regards the sprinkling of blood.

19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
Exod 24:8

21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Moses did not sprinkle the book nor the tabernacle nor the items inside the tabernacle with blood.

Now lets read Exodus 24: 6-8

6. And Moses took half of the blood, and put [it] in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that YHWH hath said will we do, and be obedient.

8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled [it] on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which YHWH hath made with you concerning all these words.

9 Then went up

Exodus 30: 25-29

25  And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,

27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,

28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.

29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.

Here we can see that according to the book of Exodus, the BOOK OF THE LAW was NOT sprinkled with blood. The tabernacle and all of its vessels were dedicated by being ANOINTED WITH HOLY OIL for dedication NOT WITH BLOOD.

Now come on brothers and sisters!! The book of Hebrews totally does not even come close to the arrangement mentioned in Exodus 24. Where did the writer get the idea that ‘blood” was sprinkled on the book of the law and the tabernacle and all of the vessels???? Where does it say that???? And yet you trust your salvation to what is said in this NT book about Yashoshua regarding his blood being shed?!! Who gave the writer of the book of Hebrews the authority to ADD to what was written in the Torah???

Here is another one.

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Where in the Holy Scriptures (Hebrew Scriptures) is that taught? That Law was a shadow? That the Law could never make comers perfect?

Psalms 19:7 "The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple."

Deut 18:13 "Thou shalt be perfect with YHWH thy Power.

Lev 19:2 "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I YHWH your Power am holy."

 Again, I ask, “Who gave the writer of the book of Hebrews the authority to ADD to what is written in the Torah???

The Sacrificial Hoax

It was necessary for the writers of the New Testament to establish the need for Yahoshua to die for sins but they do not do a very good job because his body was not destroyed. The account of him actually shedding blood was an unholy act not mentioned in the books of Matthew, Mark or Luke and we are led to believe that unholy act purge or atoned for the sins of the world. Thus, the way to accomplish Yahoshua’s death as being a factor, was to distort the law and claim the law required blood as the only means to atone for sin and that Yahoshua’s death accomplished that.

The NT also erroneously makes the claim that according to the law, all things had to be purged by blood. It attempts to add support for this by declaring this was done in the covenant with the Most High by referencing Exodus 24: 6-8. However, as we have seen, with the exception of half of the blood being sprinkled on the altar, the tabernacle and all in it were not sprinkled or purged with blood, as the Book of Hebrews claims and neither was the book of the law. The Book of Hebrews once again fabricates the arrangement of the Most High.

Matt 26:28 "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

The Greek word used here for "shed" is ek-kheh'-o, or ekcheo which means: "(to pour); to pour forth; figuratively, to bestow:--gush (pour) out, run greedily (out), shed (abroad, forth), spill.

By it’s own record, the NT failed to show a shedding of blood by its very own definition with the exception of the book of John and missing in all of the other gospel accounts. The NT wants the reader to equate “shedding blood” with the unholy act of his stabbing after he was already dead. A RANDOM ACT. In this case Yahoshua’s blood that was supposedly used to atone for sin after the soldier stabbed his side after he had already died. It wants us to assume that this was the blood that atoned for the sins of all mankind. That is absurd.

As the story goes, Yahoshua entered into the Most Holy now in the invisible heavens to do the real thing the law only was a shadow of. The problem is it’s not a shadow at all. The NT makes Yahoshua a High Priest, a Prophet and a King, nullifying the need for a High Priest of the line of Levi and also a King of the line of David.

The NT idea that jc/y can be both High Priest and King it totally absurd. When in the history of Israel was a High Priest made King? When in the history of Israel was a King also a High Priest? Either you are from Yehudah or from Levi, You cannot be from both.They try to say he is from David and then claim he is also a High Priest!!!

Again I ask did the Most High change his LAW???


Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;


2 Tim 2:8  Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:


Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;


Heb 3:17 "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.


Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

The Most High said that the Levitical line would be re-established in the latter days. 

Jeremiah 33:18 "Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually."

Ezekiel 48:11 "It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

Ezekiel 46:19 "After he brought me through the entry, which [was] at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north: and, behold, there [was] a place on the two sides westward.

20 "Then said he unto me, This [is] the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear [them] not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people.

Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48 were visions the Most High gave to Ezekiel concerning the re-establishment of the whole house of Yisrael. These prophecies have yet to be fulfilled

Why would there be a need for priests to offer “sin” sacrifices if Yahoshua abolished sin offering??

He also said the SEED of David would be earthly KING of Yisrael forever. In my original thesis, I proved that Yahoshua was not of the line of David but that the genealogy in the NT is fabricated.

Jeremiah 33:17” For thus saith YHWH; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

The NT writers try to make Yahoshua  King AND Priest not understanding how a Kingdom of Priests, a ruler of nations, i.e the nation of Yisrael can fulfil this role. The Most High established the Levitical Priesthood wholly separated from the other familes or tribes including the tribe of Yehudah. This leadership distinction called for them to serve the spiritual needs of the people. They were the teachers of the Law as commanded by the Most High through Moses.

Deut 33:10 "They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.”

Lev 10:8 "And YHWH spake unto Aaron, saying,

9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations:

10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which YHWH hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.”

The King through the line of David served the political needs of the people.

Deut 17:14 "When thou art come unto the land which YHWH thy Power giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom YHWH thy Power shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear YHWH his Power, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

Together this arrangement would serve the needs of the nations.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the YHWH thy Power, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the YHWH thy Power will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:” (Deuteronony 28:1)

Isaiah 41:8 - 10

“But thou, Israel, [art] my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

[Thou] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou [art] my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy Power: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

This is the arrangement that the Most High established for the nation of Yisrael forever.

This document would not be complete without addressing Psalms 110:1,4

Almost every explanation given about this verse applies it to J/Yahoshua on the part of both Christians and Messianic Hebrews. Also, Hebrew scriptures only based Yisraelites say this is referring to David. Is it?

Just as Christians and Messianic Hebrews, claim that Isaiah 53 and other passages in the Hebrew Scriptures are talking about the NT saviour, they do the same thing with Psalms 110.1

"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

The word “Lord” means King/Master; and has the understanding of one who has authority, over another.
master, husband, prophet, governor, prince,king.  aw-done'shortened) adon {aw-done'}; from an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, i.e. controller (human or divine)

Here we can see Strongs says the meaning of the word Adon means"King”,“Master”.  In the NT the NT saviour is referred to as “Lord”(Kyrious-Master). The claim is that David could have not been talking about himself but to his King or Master who of course would be the NT saviour. But that could not be correct because the saviour had not even been born yet and David had no reason to look for a future King/Master that would be sitting at the right hand of the Most High.

This is called super imposing a view on the scripture that has no foundation in the Hebrew Scriptures.

This was a song, a melody Daweed wrote for the singers. That is why it was a melody. Daweed did not sing it himself. The singers would sing "And YHWH said unto My "Adone" (King/Master) (David) sit thou at MY Right Hand, until I make thine enemies thy Footstool.

There are many places in the Hebrew Scriptures where Daweed was at the right hand of YHWH.

Psa 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Psa 20:6 Now know I that YHWH saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand /o:p>

Psa 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Psa 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

Psalm 110 was not a prophecy that would be fulfilled over 700 to 800 years in the future. The Hebrew scriptures do not record anywhere that Daweed was looking to the future for a King/Master. Daweed's King or Master. i.e "Lord".

Psa 22:28 For the kingdom [is] YHWH'S: and he [is] the governor among the nations.

Psa 33:20 Our soul waiteth for YHWH: he [is] our help and our shield.

Psa 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

No where in the Psalms does Daweed refer to anyone being his MASTER/KING but YHWH. So the application to Yashua was borrowed from NT theology.

Psa 8:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.]] O YHWH our Master, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Psa 47:6 Sing praises to Elohim, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

Psa 47:7 For Elohim [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

Melchizedek according to the scriptures was both a king and priest of the Most High. “Melchizedek” means in Hebrew “my king he is righteous” or “my righteous king.” Now we know that David was a righteous King but he was not a priest that would perform priestly functions as the sons of Aaron or the Levites. So how do we understand vs 4?

" YHWH hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek""

The word translated as “priest” is “kohayn”. In the Hebrew Scriptures this word can also be applied to chief rulers, such in the case with 2 Samuel:

2 Samuel 8:18 “And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers [ (kohanim)].

2 Samuel 20:26 - And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler [ (kohayn)] about David.

1 Kings 4:5) - And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer [ (kohayn)], and the king's friend:

King David was certainly a “chief” ruler” and also the Nation of Yisrael is also to be a “chief ruler”.

The Hebrew names bible translates Psalms 110:4 this way:

“The LORD ( YHWH) has sworn, and will not change his mind: "You are a Kohen forever in the order of Malki-Tzedek."

 The word “in the order of ” in Hebrew is “dibrah” and it means “cause, manner, reason”. So here Psalms 110:4 is saying simply “You will be a Chief Ruler forever and your cause/manner will be righteousness because my king he is righteous”.

After the Most High brought the nation of Yisrael out of the land of Egypt in Exodus 19:6 is recorded these words:

":And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, {Kohanim} and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel."

Later the Prophet Isaiah in referring to the entire nation as Priests of the Most High, said,

"But ye shall be named the Priests {Kohamin} of YHWH: men shall call you the Ministers of our Power: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves." (Isa 61:6)

David as King of Yisrael never lost his rulership as king and never had to stand by as king at the right hand of the Most High until he made David’s enemies his foot stool. He was King of Yisrael up until he died.

The First Book of the Chronicles  records the battles in David’s time as King.

Chapter 18

Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines.

And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became David's servants, [and] brought gifts.

And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euphrates.

And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen:  David also houghed all the chariot [horses], but reserved of them an hundred chariots.

And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

Then David put [garrisons] in Syriadamascus; and the Syrians became David's servants, [and] brought gifts. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brasen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.

Now when Tou king of Hamath heard how David had smitten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah;

He sent Hadoram his son to king David, to enquire of his welfare, and to congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadarezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had war  with Tou;) and [with him] all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

Them also king David dedicated unto YHWH, with the silver and the gold that he brought from all [these] nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the Edomites in the valley of salt eighteen thousand.

And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became David's servants. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went

So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his people.

1 Chronicles 29:29:

“ Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,

2 Chronicles 21:7 Howbeit YHWH would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

1 Kings 2:11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

So therefore Psalms 110:4 could not have been referring to David prophecying about a future saviour/King   sitting on the right hand of the Most High UNTIL his enemies were his footstool. A better view, one that is supported in the Hebrew language is [“wait for] my right hand when I make your enemies a footstool at your feet”.

David always waited for the right hand of the Most High.

Psa 16:8    I have set YHWH always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Psa 17:7    Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust [in thee] from those that rise up [against them].

Psa 18:35  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Psa 20:6    Now know I that YHWH saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand

Psa 63:8    My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Psa 138:7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

The Christian/Messanic view is that “J”/Yahoshua is in heaven sitting at the right hand of the Most High until final judgement. That is why they claim this Psalms is a reference to their saviour.

Isa 41:10    Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy Power: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

There is no mention in Isa 41 about any help but YHWH!

NT proponents claim that J/Yahoshua became High Priest AND King fulfilling the Order of Melchizedek, claiming that because he had no beginning or ending to his rule, nor end to his life J/Yahoshua became a priest just like Melchizedek. However as we will see the Most High established the Aaronic priesthood forever through the tribe of Levi.

Furthermore, If Melchizedek has no beginning or end to his rule or life, shouldn’t he still be ruling as a King-Priest?

 Hbr 7:3      “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Who then should be a priest over us Melchizedek or J/Yahoshua? Nevermind..

Exodus 40:15 - And you shall anoint them [Aaron's sons], as you anointed their father, and they shall serve [as priests] unto Me; and their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

Numbers 25:12-13 – (12) Therefore say, "Behold, I give him [to Phineas] My covenant of peace; (13) And it shall be for him and for his descendants after him a covenant of an eternal priesthood; because he was zealous for his Elohim, and atoned for the Children of Israel.

Having a priestly order outside of the Aaronic Priesthood that pre-dated the tribe of Levi, is ruled out in the Hebrew Scriptures. Period.

Jer 33:17   For thus saith YHWH; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

Jer 33:18   Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.

Jer 33:19   And the word of YHWH came unto Jeremiah, saying,

Jer 33:20   Thus saith YHWH; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;

Jer 33:21   [Then] may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

Jer 33:22   As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

The Most High does not break HIS covenants, WE broke HIS covenants but HE has never broke not one covenant He has ever made!

 If J/Yahoshua was a Jew/Hebrew Yisraelite as both Christians and Messanics claim, then he cannot change to a priesthood outside of the Law (Torah) that was given to the children of Yisrael.

That is especially true in that it is
a covenant of an eternal priesthood.

7:12 “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law”.


The NT thus as has been shown, concocted the notion that a man can die for sins by distorting the Hebrew Scriptures and fabricating that Yahoshua shed his blood to atone for sins for all time by his death. It lied by claiming the law was changed and the priesthood was changed. It lied by claiming all things had to be purged or cleansed with blood,

It is my hope and prayer that this article will provide food for thought to our messianic family who truly have a love for truth.

All Praises to YHWH

Yehudah Benyamin ben Yisrael

Hebrew Israelites and Atonement - A Message to Christians