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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Is Revelation 4:1 The "rapture"?




"Revelation 4:1 is the rapture?"

Many have assumed Revelation 4:1 is the rapture, or at least a figure for the rapture of the church.
We will show from scripture what is true, and give many reasons.


Here is the passage in Revelation 4:

After these things I saw, and behold, a door opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard, a voice as of a trumpet speaking with me, one saying, Come up hither, and I will show thee the things which must come to pass hereafter.  Straightway I was in the Spirit: and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne;

1.   Is  “Come up hither”  the same as “caught up” as in 1st Thessalonians 4:17?
(17  then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds

   Here are the two words from the Greek:
 “caught up”  is “harpazo” Def. to seize, carry off by force, claim for one's self eagerly, to snatch out or away  Strongs #726
 “come up” is “anabaino” Definition: ascend , to go up , to rise, mount, be borne up, spring up. #305

The “catching away” is the church remnant being caught up in the twinkling of an eye.
The “come up” hither” is an ascension going up, like smoke.
It may not fit the definition of the “rapture”.
2.    After John went up,  he saw elders, but does it say he saw the churches that he just
  was given a message for in chapter 3 right before going up?

Rev. 3:21   He that overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne.
22   He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


Next, immediately after being told to write what the Spirit said to the churches, he hears a voice.
3.   Was it a "voice" he heard or a trump that is written that precedes the rapture?

Notice this and ask yourself,  is the "FIRST" voice the "last trump" ???
 
Rev. 4: 2" and the first voice that I heard, a voice as of a trumpet"
1Cor 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
                 for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
                 incorruptible, and we shall be changed
John does not say the voice speaking "come up hither" is the archangel.
He said   the "first" voice is "as" a trump, but is not identified as "the last trump AND a voice of the archangel, as it says regarding the real rapture in 1Thess. 4:16:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shoutAND with the voice of the archangel
4.  Is "Come up hither”  mis-identified a "rapture?

    In the Greek, "come up" is "anabaino", and the rapture is "harpazo".      
     Here  is “anabaino: (www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/anabaino.html)
     Definition:  to ascend, to go up, to rise, mount, be borne up, spring up.

5. “anabaino” is never used where there is a “harpazo”.

 Acts  10:9  On the morrow, as they went on their journey , and drew nigh unto the city,
                   Peter went up upon the housetop to pray (anabaino)
Galatians 2: 1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
                   2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach
                       (both are “anabaino” ).
  John went up (anabaino)  in the Spirit, but was not raised (harpazo)  up along with the last trump/ the dead raised first/ the clouds, or the numerous signs that accompany the rapture. 

 6.   The Signs.
        Compare “come up hither” with the real "rapture" and the signs that go with the rapture:
    
        In 1Thessalonians 4: 16
          For  the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shoutAND with
          the voice of the archangel, AND with the trump of God:

 AND
    the dead in Christ shall rise first;
       (17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up (harpazo)
          in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

7. The English expressions:
    The confusion is introduced by the translators when they translate two different words into similar
     English expressions
.
     Our example here of “caught up”, which in the “rapture” verse in 1Thessalonian 4 is “harpazo”,
     is accompanied by many signs.  Harpazo is a sudden seizure, a forceful action. 
  The "pre-trib" folks who want to make "come up hither" into the rapture, but Anabaino is more leisurely like smoke going up, climbing a mountain, arising, or ascending..
   The actions are very different.
8.  Questions:
     In Revelation 4:1, where does the Lord descend?
     Where is the voice of the archangel AND the trump of God?
     Where are the dead that “rise FIRST”?
     Where is the SHOUT?
     Where is “the cloud of witnesses”?

Without any other “rapture” signs that all of the other “rapture” verses mention, any attempt to turn 4:1 into a pre-trib rapture is blatant “twisting”, that is, the “wrestling”  of another meaning into the passage.

9.    At the “rapture” ,  what happens to the physical body?
     In Revelation 4:2 Straightway I was in the Spirit.
     
The resurrection is not spoken of until Revelation 20:4, in the first resurrection…”

     Compare with 1Corinthians 15:
51   Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52   in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,
       and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

There is no mention of a resurrection or a “changed” body in Rev. 4:1-2.
10.  Now compare the same word used in the “rapture” texts
       with the same word used in Revelation 4 as “come up hither”. 

Harpazo(to seize, carry off by force to seize on, claim for one's self eagerly to snatch out or away)
Acts 8:39   And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip;
                  and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.
 2nd Corinthians 12:2  I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body,
                                   I know not; or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth),
                                   such a one caught up even to the third heaven.
 2 Cor 12:4      how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words...
 1Thes 4:17      then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them
                        be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:...
 Revelation 12:5  And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations
                          with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne.

Anabaino:  (ascend to go up , to rise, mount, be borne up, spring up)
Mat. 14:23    After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray
Mat. 20: 17  As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by
                    themselves, and on the way He said to them,
             18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem
John 1: 51    And He said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and
                    the angels of  God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
John 6: 62   "What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before ?

Rom 10:6    But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows :
                   "DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN ?'

Eph. 3: 8       Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
                       HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."
            9   (Now this expression, "He ascended," what does it mean except that
                 He also had descended  into the lower parts of the earth ?
          10   He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens,
                 so that He might fill all ...)
Rev 4:1 …and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me said,
                         "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place …"

11.  And here, incredibly,  “anabaino” and “harpazo” are used --->  in the same verse! <---

Acts 8: 39 39 When they came up out of the water,  (ANABAINO) 
                      the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away (HARPAZO)
                      and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.
Do you still want to say John was “raptured” in Revelation 4:1?
 –Clearly, “anabaino” is NEVER used as a “rapture” verb anywhere in scripture.. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Theatrical Christianity




IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOW 



Ask any pastor or church leader "Why do we have a raised platform, focused special lighting, a sound system, and (maybe) cameras and video monitors"?  

More than likely they will answer that is so they can further the gospel or something similar.
"It's all for Jesus"?


It is?

WHO benefits from the electronics, video monitors, platforms, and is the center of focus for a congregation?  Jesus or the man on the stage? Does God's Word need the special effects, sounds, and lights or if we are honest, does it cross the line into fleshly entertainment?
Do you realize that many Sunday Sermons are delivered by professional orators (called preachers) who have not only crafted and polished the message, have rehearsed in front of a mirror, and many are even imitating some other preacher they admire?


In today’s visible church world we find many “alternate realities” under the guise of winning souls, "growing God's kingdom", growing one’s ministry, "going to the next level", achieving some sort of destiny,
and having a successful church (and church business). 


This point was driven home one night as we watched one of Americas Best Selling Christian pastor-authors, one Sunday night television.  Not being much of a TV watcher myself, this was a revelatory mind-boggling view of what has become “Christian”.
The speaker (who rarely, if at all, even quoted from the Bible) appeared on the stage of one of the most elaborate settings this side of heaven itself.


The huge auditorium must have seated tens of thousands of people, ceiling lighting that looked like a starlit night sky, and was enhanced by state of the art lighting, and sound, and center stage of it all was the humble hero of the day. Every facial expression and every timely pause was choreographed and delivered flawlessly


Luke 7:25 But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment?
      Behold, they that are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

Acts 12:21  And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration unto them.



The “sermon” began with a cute little joke that sent ripples of chuckles through the huge auditorium. 
He went on to encourage the folks to achieve a better life, live happy, and have a winning attitude.  His message really impacted those watching from their pews and televisions as reflected in the sales of millions of his books and DVD’s.
His highly polished and timely delivery, accompanied by appropriate hand gestures and facial expressions, just made you feel good.

Surely many of the good folks drove home with anticipation of how they were now motivated and equipped to succeed in life.  

Likewise we recall how we desired our building to be improved in looks, comfort, and with the electronic necessities of modern churches. 
Better lighting, better cameras, better sound equipment, better presentation were all sought after. 

One year, we even did a major theatrical presentation called “Hotel Hallelujah” in which the majority of the membership played in various roles of the saints and sinners of our day.
I was the voice of the emcee.
We portrayed Elvis, Lady Di, Willie Nelson, Kurt Cobain, Selena, and many others as they met their fate. 

It was a huge effort by our church with rehearsals, stage props, and advertising in an effort to “reach” people for Christ.  (We were copying another church in this production).
Despite the advertising, rehearsals, and the expense, there was only moderate attendance and it is highly questionable that anyone actually got “saved”. 


But it sure was a great show.

We use these two illustrations to demonstrate how shallow church has become as the focus has shifted from “a temple made without hands” to the works of men’s hands. So much time, effort, and finances go in to support the typical “church” operation which culminates in the Sunday Show Case.
There are other matinées such as classes, special groups, etc., but The Sunday Show is the Big One.









Can there any doubt who the focus is on?




Do we realize how vain it has become?
We now have the spectacle of SUPERSTAR PASTORS.  

The Sunday show determines the financial success of the business side of the ministry and how the players performed. 
In some churches efforts are made to "follow-up" with visitors and those who may have made a "profession of Christ".  
You  can sugarcoat the "show" with words of concern for souls and changing lives, but if you were to strip away the tithes, salaries, buildings, and lifestyles from the typical evangelical pastor, how many real servants of God do you think would be left?   


People know something is terribly wrong with the theatric Christianity
that is so prevalent, but they have nowhere to turn, so they think.  For many of us the thought of not attending church was off the radar and it was only by God's grace were we delivered from institutional Christianity and have found wonderful simplicity in gathering with others away from the Institutional Church. 


Monday, April 11, 2011

Hidden Manna, a White Stone, and a New Name (short version)


Hidden Manna, a White Stone, and a New Name (short version)
Rev. 2: 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.

What the Spirit saith:
The Spirit-taught revelation from the Word: Jn 14:26 "But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, " 1Jn2:27 And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teacheth you; concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him.

To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna
What do they overcome to eat of the hidden manna, the hidden Word of Truth? In other words, leaving the apostate system that calls itself Christian and is headed by "false apostles 'messengers', the Nicolaitane error (false church government), and the the married-to-the-world Balaam ministry that sold itself for hire, given in the previous verses in Rev. 2.:2/6/14

I will give him a white stone What do they that eat of that "hidden manna" receive? Nothing less than the "white stone", i.e. the pure Jesus:  "The Stone that the builders rejected who is become the Head of the corner". Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you (apostate) builders, which is become the head of the corner." 
-Indeed, set at nought by the builders who substituted their version of Jesus as they built their churches, organizations, and ministries. 

a new name written
The "new name" IS the Pure Jesus (the white stone) of the "hidden manna" of the Word of God. Can "another Jesus slip in through the church door?
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached.   Ahhh, not every "Jesus" preached is The "White Stone" Jesus that Paul preached!

which no one *knoweth but he that receiveth it.

What an awesome revelation to recognize the Pure Jesus of the Hidden Manna one may receive after overcoming the Nicolaitane error and the preach-for-reward ministry! Knowing the "new name", in truth, cannot be learned from books or a man, it can only be imparted by the Spirit of God. Men may teach and repeat, but the Lord God gives revelation

A Secret Revealed: Hidden Manna, a White Stone, a New Name?

Hidden manna? A white stone? a new name?


In our personal study Revelation chapters 2 and 3,  we are seeing many exciting things as the Lord opens our understanding of the hidden manna found in the Word of scripture.  The Lord has hidden many secrets within His Word and He reveals them.

"He reveals the deep and secret things"
When a truth is revealed it becomes simple and obvious.  We were puzzled for many years by some of the sayings to the churches.  The mysterious language of the Revelation is not a mystery to God who gave it, and He reveals His secrets as it is written


The passage in Revelation 2 that follows baffled me for many years.  Then one day the Lord opened our understanding and we now share this with you from a portion of our study


 Hidden Manna, a White Stonea New NAME?

Rev. 2: 17   He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
 To him that overcomes, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows except he that receives it.     


What the Spirit says
   is what God has hidden in His Word and revealed by Holy Spirit-taught revelation.
John 14:26  "But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things" 

and again
1Jn2:27  And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abides in you,
               and you do not need that any one teach you; but as his anointing teaches you 
               concerning all, and is true
, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, so you abide in him.



There are truths hidden from carnal eyes and understanding.
Those who see only the "letter" of the Word and do not see what the Spirit says, and will be blind to deeper revealed truth in the Word itself. Most people only learn and repeat what others teach them.

The religious leadership of Jesus' day were declared spiritualy blind by the Lord, and so were those who put their trust in them

He spoke to them in parables but to His disciples He  said this in Matthew 16:17
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon (Peter): for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father who is in heaven.


-Now any true revelation will always agree and be witnessed by the Word in multiple places.


"To him that overcomes...What must they "overcome" to eat of the "hidden manna", i.e. the hidden Word of Truth? 


Within the passage itself is the answer and according to other passages such as Rev. 18:4, God's people must separate from the harlot system that calls itself Christian and is headed by "false apostles"  (i.e. "messengers"), which in the previous verses are referred to as "the  Nicolaitane error"  (which is the false church government, i.e. the clergy over laity ruler-ship),  and also the the married-to-the-world Balaam ministry that sold itself for hire, as in previous verses in Revelation 2: 2,6,14 , and other places such as 2Peter 3:2-3 and in Jude.
In our day we include the 501c3 incorporated groups that married them-self to the State.



We overcome the ministry of the Nicolaitanes,  and Jezebel, i.e., the manipulating-controlling-dominating leadership that asserts carnal authority over God's people as did the pharisees and clergy of Jesus' day through Titles, and mans devices as Jesus said.

As we overcome the typical list of church doctrines, creeds, statements of faith, and belief systems of our fathers traditions, God will open our eyes to behold "what the Spirit saith to the churches".


As long as we look at scripture through "lenses" of tradition learned in church,our spiritual vision will be obscurred.
We exhort you to take those religious glasses off and pray a Luke 14:33 prayer..

When you overcome the Nicolaite error/ doctrine that Jesus "hates", you are on your way to understanding God's Word as the Holy Spirit teaches. 


Galatians 1:12 For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul did not go to church. He went to God in prayer and study


A personal example of this was a question about "the deeds of the Nicolaitanes which I hate" in Rev. 2:6. For 24 years I always wondered what that was. 
After all, if Jesus "hated" it, I certainly did not want to be doing that!
But what was it?


One day the Lord directed me to read Revelation 2 and as I read Christ's words about the "Nicolaitane error", I wondered yet again what it meant.
Suddenly the Lord imparted great understanding and I saw it revealed and the Nicolaitanes were all through the scriptures!
They were the ones who persecuted Jesus. King Saul was an early prototype. Diotrephes in 3John was one. Paul warned of them in Acts 20:33-35.
It all fell into place and also the fact that the most common form of church government is the Nicolaitane error.  This was all revealed from the Lord in a few moments.


A white stone:
What do they that eat of that "hidden manna" receive?
He said they would receive a "white stone".

This is the pure, unleavened Jesus of the scripture.  
"The Stone that the builders rejected who is become the Head of the corner". Acts 4:11 
This is the stone which was set at nought of you (the apostate) builders, which is become the head of the corner."  
-set at nought by the builders then, and now, who substitute their version of Jesus as they built their churches, organizations, and personal ministries within Nicolaitane-run churches. 


The pure Jesus is not the denominational, sectarian church version which includes unscriptural terms presented by titled church officials like "Reverend", "Pastor", "Apostle", "Rabbi", and a dozen other titles worn by men and women in the church system, collectively known as the "harlot", "mystery Babylon", "the woman", and "Jezebel".


The "white stone" is not simply repeating the name of Jesus in pronouncing the syllables.

How can we say that? 
As you look at the "Not In Scripture List" on our web page, you will see some of what has been substituted for the pure Word
 (i.e. by adding to or diminishing from what scripture says apart from a systematic belief formula, our own explanation, or others definitions ") 



a NEW name written:

The "new name written"  was there all the time; it was veiled by religion.
It is the Pure Jesus  (the white stone) of the "hidden manna" of the Word of God "that which is written".  -in the scriptures. "in the beginning was the Word and the WORD was with God and the WORD was God".

The Word came to us through the written scriptures.

Can "another Jesus slip in through the church door? 

2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached.  
Not every "Jesus" preached is The "White Stone" Jesus that Paul preached and the writer John knew!

Every sect an denomination presents Jesus as they see Him.

Some view him as led by a pope, some by a denominational statement,
some by their Ministers Manual,
some present Jesus as their pastors ministry,
some present him as without power to heal or do miracles, some present him as Jesus will make you rich, some put him in their particular "uniform" of dress, style, and speech.

Some want to keep him Jewish and under the Old Testament law,
some put him in a clergy collar,
some present him as so bland and generic that anyone can assimilate into the group,
and some will homogenize Jesus into an accepting community of all faiths/ tenets/ and religions just in time for a New World Order Religion for everyone to bow down and worship, upon threat of death.   



"which no one *knoweth but he that receiveth it"
How do you get that? 
When we "renounce all that you have" in order to become a disciple, as Jesus taught in Luke 14:33, it even includes our church doctrine.
This is how we empty of ourselves in surrendering "all that we have" and believe in order for the Lord to renew our minds in His Word



Every formula, every manmade list, creed, and statement no matter how seemingly important.  Just believe the Word even when you do not understand it,  and what you do understand from the Lord, walk in it and do what He told us.  People will make excuses for their religious tradition as Jesus said in Mark 7:8 Ye leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.


"which no one *knoweth but he that receiveth it"
Revelation is to recognize the Pure Jesus of the Hidden Manna one may receive after overcoming the Nicolaitane error and the preach-for-reward ministry!


The new name that only the overcomers have and know is the nature, character, and authority of an unleavened Jesus, purged from the sectarian traditions and doctrines of religion.


"Knowing" the "new name", in truth, cannot be learned from books or a man, it can only be imparted by the Spirit of God, as it is not found in repeating the syllables "Jesus" or a variant.
Men may teach and repeat their ideas, but the Lord God is the One who gives revelation.


 *knoweth: (G1097
 A prolonged primary verb; to "know" (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications, with others not thus clearly expressed):  perceive, be resolved, be sure, understand.)  


Now that you know, here is the passage in Revelation:
11   He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.
       He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

12   and to the angel of the church in Pergamum write
        These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword:

13   I know where thou dwellest, even where Satan`s throne is (satan rules from his throne in the heart of the natural, carnal-minded man)  and thou holdest fast my name,
       and didst not deny my faith, even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one,
       who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14   But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold
        the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock
        before the children of Israel,
       to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.

15   So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner.
16   Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them
        with the sword of my mouth.

17    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.





Sunday, April 10, 2011

The UN-Bible Dictionary





A Dictionary of words, teachings, or beliefs which cannot be either affirmed or quoted in scripture

1Peter 4: 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of GodDeuteronomy 4:2          Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you,
                                   neither shall ye diminish ought from it,
                                   that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God
                                   which I command you

In today's homogenized, packaged-faith, divided and sub-divided Christianity, we find many terms, phrases, and overlooked words that are assumed to be "Christian". Some of these may surprise you.
Many words, phrases, and assumed Church-speak catch-phrases are simply not in God's Word.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Old Testament Law and Us








Galatians 5:9 - A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
          The leaven here is adding a little law.

3  I testify again to every man that receiveth circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole (OT) law.
     4  Ye are severed from Christ, ye would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.

Simply put:
In case some are not clear on the New Testament in regard to the Old Testament laws and ordinances please carefully read what we are bound to and what we are loosed from. For many this is not an issue. For many, there is much confusion and some sects would bring you back under the law and a covenant God never made with Christians, either Jewish ones or gentile.

The following are NT verses to clarify Christians relationship to the laws of God as given in the Old Testament:
 (OT is used and abbreviated from the words, "OLD TESTAMENT")

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law......
What follows is verse after verse that the Spirit of God spoke through Jewish apostles.

How serious is this?   Do you want to be under a curse?
Galatians 3:10-11
 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:
for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written
in the book of the
(OT) law to do them.
5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the (OT) law.

Romans 10: 4   For Christ is the end of the (OT) law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Romans 7:6     But now we have been discharged from the (OT) law, having died to that wherein we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the (OT) letter.

Col. 2:20  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to (the OT LAW) ordinances?
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (contained in the law)
that was against us, which was contrary to us,
and took it (the law) out of the way,  (OUT of the way.)
 nailing it (the law) to his cross;

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;  for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Hebrews
7:12 - For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
8:7  For if that first covenant had been faultless (the OT law), then should no place have been sought for the second (Covenant).
  :8   For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
  :9  Not according to the covenant
(contained in the law)  that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.
Now that
(the OT law) which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Why was it getting ready to to vanish away?
At the time the NT scriptures were written, the nation of Israel, the temple, and the OT priesthood still stood and outwardly functioned.  But Christ had already pronounced Jerusalem and the House of God there "desolate" and the Romans would come and wipe national Israel and the temple, off the map in 70 ad.

When that took place, it became IMPOSSIBLE to observe even a form of the OT law that required a temple, priesthood, sacrifices, feasts, tithing, and many other ordinances specifically required by God's OT laws, statutes, ordinances, and commands.

And so we read regarding the priesthood and sacrifices under the law:

Hebrews
9:9  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
:10  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances,
        imposed on them until the time of reformation.


Col. 2: 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink (from the law) , or in respect of an holyday(from the Law), or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days (from the Law):
 17  
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. "

The law was "the shadow", The Body of Christ is LIGHT.
 
Col 2: 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in (self-) will worship

Paul appeared to go back to the law in Acts 21. (remember, the OT temple was still standing)

Acts 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the(OT)  law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22 What is it therefore?  the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee:  We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the
(OT)  law.

(which was in the process of “decaying” and “vanishing away” as the Jewish temple and nation had been “desolated” by Christ, but still existed at the time scripture was written)

 25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing (the OT laws) , save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

But why would Paul appear to go back under the OT law?
He told us!
1st Corinthians 9:19     For though I was free from all men, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.
Here it is:
:20      
And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews;
to them that are under the law, as under the law,
not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

He went back under the OT law in order to lead his Jewish brethren out from it to Christ!

Gal. 2:
15  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (to the law)
:21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Gal.3:3
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit,
are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
 ("perfect" meaning complete,in works of the flesh, by keeping the OT law the Lord abolished)

4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God
 how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,  (the OT law)
 whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?  (the OT law)

5: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.   (to the OT laws)

2Cor 3:7
But if the ministration of death
(the OT law), written and engraven in stones (the law), was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
 9 For if the ministration of condemnation
(th OT law)  be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For
if that which is done away (the law) was glorious, much more that which remaineth (NT faith) is glorious.
 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end
of that which is abolished:  (the OT law)
 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail  
(the OT law)
   
untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.              (By observing an OT law we veil the face of Christ)

Gal. 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised (or tithes, or keeps sabbath, or other points of the law)  that he is a debtor to do the whole law.




Do you really want to be a debtor to do the *WHOLE law, as the law itself commanded?





5:9
   A little leaven (from OT law) leaveneth the whole lump.
3:10  For as many as are of the works of the (OT law) are under the curse:
for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Just a little law such as tithing/sabbath/ dietary /feasts, etc., leavens, it vails, it makes Christ no effect, it brings us  under the curse, etc....

Paul testified of his very Jewish pedigree:

Phil. 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me (the righteousness of the OT law),  those I counted loss for Christ.

Why would he count the OT law “loss”?
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
 but that which is through the faith of Christ,  (is) the righteousness which is of God by faith

Therefore Christ, in Col. 2:14
 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us  (in the law),
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross
;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days
(as given in the law):
17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

When Christ, the LIGHT comes, the shadow goes away.

Hebrews and the “BETTER COVENANT” than the Old one.

7:22   By so much was Jesus made a surety of
a better testament.  (the NEW one)
8:6     But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,
by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Heb. 8:7
For if that first covenant  (the OT law) had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant (the law) that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt (the law) ;
because they continued not in my (OT) covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old  
(the law) .
Now
that which decayeth and waxeth old (the law) is ready to vanish away.

GAl. 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law;
 ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

If any part of the law does not justify us, and was: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances,"  then
WHY CONTINUE DOING THAT WHICH WAS ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH,
which will cause you to be “fallen from grace”, brings you into  a “yoke of bondage”,   by which “shall NO flesh be justified”, and brings you “under a curse” for not “doing ALL things that are written in the law to do them”
?
addendum for those that may doubt me yet:

*the WHOLE law:
If you have even a FLICKER of doubt in your ability to keep, observe, and do ALL that is written in the law, please read carefully the following:
Does all really mean "all", when God said "do all", "keep all", "observe all"?

H3605 כּול כּלo
kôl kôl kole, kole From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense): - (in) all (manner, [ye]), altogether, any (manner), enough, every (one, place, thing), howsoever, as many as, [no-] thing, ought, whatsoever, (the) whole, whoso (-ever).
Let's be clear about "all". כּול כּלo
I used the Gesinius lexicon.
Definition
:
all, the whole all, the whole of, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything
 
It was used in 4,221 verses.
 -No splitting hairs on this one, God meant "all" when He commanded "all"
.

And the penalty for breaking and not doing "all" the way He gave "all" in the laws, staututes, commandments, and ordinances" was often death and being "cut off" from Israel.
Exodus 15:26 and he said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of Jehovah thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his eyes, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians: for I am Jehovah that healeth thee.
Leviticus 20:22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all mine ordinances, and do them; that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, vomit you not out.
Deuteronomy 5:29 Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
Deuteronomy 6:2 that thou mightest fear Jehovah thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
Deuteronomy 11:8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandment which I command thee this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go over to possess it;
Deuteronomy 11:22 For if ye shall diligently keep all this commandment which I command you, to do it, to love Jehovah your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
Deuteronomy 13:18 when thou shalt hearken to the voice of Jehovah thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of Jehovah thy God.
Deuteronomy 17:19 and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear Jehovah his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them;