The Workers of Torahlessness
James Scott Trimm
The prophet Malachi speaks of the return of the Messiah to judge the earth as follows:
1 Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall clear the way before Me: and the Adon
whom you seek, will suddenly come to His Temple. And the messenger of the covenant,
whom you delight in: behold, he comes says YHWH Tzva’ot.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appears? For
he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi,
and purge them as gold and silver. And there shall be they, that shall offer unto YHWH,
offerings in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Y’hudah and Yerushalayim be pleasant unto YHWH: as in
the days of old, and as in ancient years.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment: and I will be a swift witness against the
sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that
oppress the hireling in his wages; the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the
stranger from his right, and fear not Me, says YHWH Tzva’ot.
6 For I YHWH change not! And you, O sons of Ya’akov, are not consumed.
(Malachi 3:1-6 HRV)
In Matthew Yeshua himself gives a parallel account of this judgment saying:
20 And you, by their fruit, you will know them.
21 Not everyone that says to Me, Adonai, Adonai, will enter into the Kingdom of
Heaven. But he that does the will of My Father, which is in heaven--the same will enter
with Me, into the Kingdom of Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Adonai, Adonai! Did we not eat and drink in your
Name: and have we not prophesied in your Name, and in your Name have cast out
shadim: and in your Name done many powerful works?
23 And then will I profess to them, that I know them not. Depart from Me, all you
workers of Torah-less-ness.
(Matt. 7:20-23 HRV)
Some Greek manuscripts contain a marginal note to Mt. 7:21-23 which reads:
"The Judaikon [Jewish version] has here,
‘if you are in my bosom and do not the will of my Father which is in heaven,
out of my bosom will I cast you away.’”
The “Church Father” Clement (early 2nd cent.) seems to support such a reading. He writes:
"The Lord has said ‘Though you should be joined to me, even in my very bosom and keep not my commandments, I would cast you off, and say to you, ‘Depart from me; I know not who you are, you workers of iniquity.’’”
(2Clement 4:5 (2:15 some editions))
But the Prophet Malachi tells us about a very interesting group among these "workers of Torahlessness"
7 From the days of your fathers, you have turned aside from My ordinances, and have
not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, says YHWH Tzva’ot. But you
say, Wherein shall we return?
(Malachi 3:7 HRV)
Here we have a group among these "workers of Torahlessness" who believed they were Torah Observant even though they are not! They are surprised to be counted among the "workers of Torahlessness" because they thought they were
Torah observant, yet they are among the "workers of Torahlessness" to whom Messiah says "If you are in my bosom and do not the will of my Father which is in heaven, out of my bosom will I cast you away." So they ask Messiah "Wherin shall we return?", they are confused and want to know in what way they have rejected the Torah. And Messiah answers them saying:
8 Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you rob Me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed You?
In tithes and heave-offerings.
(Malachi 3:8 HRV)
So here we are told that when Messiah returns in the last days, he will encounter two groups of "workers of Torahlessness", those that openly taught that the Torah is not for today and rejected the Torah as bondage, and
another group who believed they were Torah observant but were robbing YHWH by stealing His Tithe. The Tithe is not
a gift, the tithe already belongs to YHWH (Lev. 27:30). No one in the Scriptures ever GIVES the tithe, they always
PAY the tithe.
Here the Scriptures give us an amazing prophecy that in the last days, in the Torah Obsevant movement, there would be an attack on the Torah from within, from those who seek to subtract key commandments from the Torah and replace the true Torah of YHWH with their own modified Torah. Of course the Torah tells us that we must not subract form it:
2 You shall not add unto the word which I command you,
neither shall you diminish from it,
that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim
which I command you.
(Deut. 4:2 HRV)
1 (12:32) All this word which I command you, that shall you observe to do;
you shall not add thereto nor diminish from it.
(Deut. 12:32 (13:1) HRV)
We are told that those who subtract commandments from the Torah are to be rejected as false prophets (Deut. 13:1-8).
Specifically Malachi 3 is telling us that in the last days there would be workers of Torahlessness who profess Torah observance, but have subtracted the commandment of the Tithe of YHWH from the Torah, and have instead professed their own modified Torah in place of YHWH's Torah.
This is an amazing prophecy that some in the last days would seem to teach that the Torah is for today, but would also teach that the tithe, for one reason or another, no longer needs to be paid.
To these Messiah says:
9 You are cursed with the curse: yet you rob Me, even this whole nation.
These are counted among the Workers of Torahlessness of whom He says:
I know them not. Depart from Me, all you workers of Torah-less-ness.
(Matt. 7:20 HRV)
And in the Judaikon (Jewish version):
If you are in my bosom and do not the will of my Father which is in heaven,
out of my bosom will I cast you away.
Yet in his mercy YHWH has given us this prophecy as a warning, and thus the text goes on to say:
10 Bring you the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
and try Me now herewith, says YHWH Tzva’ot: if I will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall be more than sufficiency.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your good, and he shall not destroy the fruits of
your land: neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, says YHWH
(Malachi 3:10-11 HRV)
Just as in the Wisdom of Ben Sira (in the Apocrypha) we read:
In a generous spirit pay homage to YHWH,
Spare not freewill gifts.
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to Elyon as he has given you,
generously, according to your means.
For YHWH always repays,
and he will give back to you sevenfold.
(Sira 35:8-10 HRV)
YHWH has blessings for those who pay the tithe, but there are curses for those who so not pay the tithe.
You may have heard that for some reason or another we do not need to pay the tithe today. That teaching is absolutely false. If you have any questions about the Tithe and whether or not we should pay the tithe today, see our article The Tithe of YHWH.
The tithe is the one commandment about which YHWH actually challenges us to test him and see if he will not bless us.
HaSatan HATES the tithe, he wants to steal the blessings that YHWH has in store for us, and he wants to destroy the work of YHWH. He is terrified at the thought of Nazarenes all over the world tithing. If we wish to stand against HaSatan we must start by getting serious about the Tithe. Go ahead... test YHWH and see if he does not repay you seven fold in His blessings!
HaSatan wishes "to steal and to kill and to destroy" (Jn. 10:10) and he knows the time is short and has stepped up his war with those who proclaim both Torah Observance and Faith in Messiah (the two pillars of Nazarene Judaism) (Rev. 12:12, 17; 13:7). But no weapon forged against us will prosper (Is. 54:17).
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