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A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

The Prophet Isaiah foretells of a marvelous work and a wonder that YHWH will do in among His people:

Therefore behold, I will again do
a marvelous work among this people,
even a marvelous work and a wonder.
And the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid.
(Is. 29:14 HRV)

But what is this “marvelous work and a wonder”?

Notice that Isaiah says that because of this “marvelous work and a wonder” “the wisdom of their wise shall perish, and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid.” (Is. 22:14)

18 For the word of the gallows is foolishness to the perishing,
but to us who are living, it is the power of Eloah.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and I will take away the understanding of the intelligent.(Is. 29:14)
20 Where is the wise? Or where is the scribe? Or where is the commentator of this world? Behold, has not Eloah made foolish, the wisdom of this world?
21 For in the wisdom of Eloah, because the world by wisdom knew not Eloah, Eloah decided that by the foolishness of proclaiming, He would give Life to those who believe:
(1Cor. 1:18-21 HRV)

Note that in 1Cor. 2:7-9 we are told of this same “wisdom of Eloah: “…in the mystery that was hidden … before separates from before the ages… which Eloah had prepared for those who love him.” (1Cor. 2:7-9)

As his first letter to the Corinthians continues Paul also quotes, or perhaps we should better say paraphrases Is. 64:3(4) as follows:

But as it is written:
The eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard,
and into the heart of a son of man has not entered
that which Eloah had prepared for those who love Him.
(1Cor. 2:9 HRV)


The Prophet Isaiah writes:

And whereof from of old men have not heard,
nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen
an Elohim beside You, who works for him that
waits for Him.
(Is. 64:3(4))

There is a Baraita on this verse that appears twice in the Talmud once in the Midrash Rabbah and four times in the Zohar.

The following is the Baraita as it appears in the Talmud:

What is the meaning of “Eye has not seen” (Is. 64:3)
Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said:
This is the wine that has been kept
in its grapes from the six days in the beginning.
(b.Berakot 34b; b.Sanhedrin 99a)

The phrase “wine that has been kept” in the Hebrew is Yayin HaMeshumar “wine of keeping”. The tradition of the Yayin HaMeshumar runs deep in traditional Judaism. It is the wine that will be served at the Messianic Feast when the Messiah re-establishes the Kingdom of Israel on earth.

Note that Paul’s citation is influenced by the Baraita as the actual text of Isaiah says that “eye has not seen… an Elohim beside you” but Paul says “Eye has not seen… that which Eloah has prepared for those who love Him.” And the Baraita has “Eye has not seen… the wine which has been kept…”.

Now lets look at Paul’s quote in context:

But we speak the wisdom of Eloah
in a mystery that was hidden
And [that] Eloah had before separated
from before the ages for our glory.
That not one of the authorities of this world knew,
for if they had known it,
they would not have crucified the Adon of glory.
But as it is written:
The eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard,
and into the heart of a son of man has not entered
that which Eloah had prepared for those who love Him.
(1Cor. 2:7-9 HRV)

When we look at Paul’s context we see an even greater influence from the Baraita of the Yayin HaMeshumar “…a mystery that was hidden and that Eloah had before separated from before the ages… eye has not seen… that which Eloah has prepared for those who love Him.”

It is clear that Paul here must be referring to the Yayin HaMeshumar as his audience is, no doubt, familiar with this Baraita to Is. 64:3.

It is the Yayin HaMeshumar that Yeshua refers to when we read:

And afterwards he took the cup, and blessed,
and gave to them, saying,
“Drink you all of it,
for this is my blood of the New Covenant,
which is shed for many to atone for sinners,
And I tell you, hereafter I will not drink of the fruit of the vine,
until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom
of my Father which is in heaven.”
(Mt. 26:27-29)

The Yayin HaMeshumar is the blood of the New Covenant. At the Passover Sader the wine represents the blood of the lamb. Note that we read in Revelation that Messiah is the lamb slain “before the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:8) his blood is the wine kept in its grapes from the six days in the beginning.

In the Apocryphal Gospel of Thomas Yeshua is quoted as saying:

Yeshua said, "I shall give you what no eye has seen
and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched
and what has never occurred to the mind of man.
(Gospel of Thomas 17)

This Yayin HaMeshumar is the wine that will be served at the “marriage supper of the lamb” (Rev. 19:7) the great Messianic Banquet and Passover Sader.

In 1Corinthians, Paul has brought up the Yayin HaMeshumar at the beginning of his letter because he will be addressing this wine throughout his letter. In 1Cor. 5 he will discuss the recent Passover Sader at Corinth. In 1Cor. 11:23-34 he addresses the significance of the Passover and especially being worthy to drink the wine which is the Yayin Hameshumar.

In 1Cor. 15:54 he cites Isaiah 25:8 a passage of Isaiah which immediately follows the description of the Messianic Banquet in Isaiah 25:6-7:

6 And in this mountain shall YHWH of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
8: He will swallow up death in victory; and the Adonai YHWH will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for YHWH has spoken it.

Notice that the Yayin HaMeshumar is something which “from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen” (Is. 64:3) elsewhere Isaiah writes:

So shall he sprinkle many nations, kings shall shut their mouths
because of him, for that which had not been told them shall they see and that which they have not heard shall they perceive.
(Is. 52:15)

Thus the “suffering servant” song of Isaiah 53 is the message that “eye has not seen”, it is the Yayin HaMeshumar.

The Midrash Rabbah to Num. 13:2 (500) says:

Because hr bared his soul unto death (Is. 53:12)
and bruised themselves with the Torah which is sweeter than honey, the Holy One, blessed be He, will hereafter give them to drink of the wine kept in its grapes since the six days in the beginning....
(Midrash Rabbah to Numbers 13:2 (500))

Thus Paul writes:

But we speak the wisdom of Eloah
in a mystery that was hidden
And [that] Eloah had before separated
from before the ages for our glory.
That not one of the authorities of this world knew,
for if they had known it,
they would not have crucified the Adon of glory.
But as it is written:
The eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard,
and into the heart of a son of man has not entered
that which Eloah had prepared for those who love Him.
(1Cor. 2:7-9 HRV)

Not only is the Yayin HaMeshumar the blood of the Messiah, but it is more. It is the “mystery” of which the blood of Messiah is only part:

The Zohar says:

The Tzadik (The Righteous) is the Yesod (foundation) in Yah,
the mystery (SOD) which is the wine which has been kept
in its grapes from the six days in the beginning.
(Zohar; Roeh M’haimna on Pinchas)

There is a clear connection here because SOD (“mystery”) has a gematria (numerical value) of 70 which is also the gematria of YAYIN (“wine”). Just as the Zohar identifies the “mystery” with the Yayin HaMeshumar, so does Paul in 1Corinthians.

For Paul goes on to further identify the Yayin HaMeshumar as follows:

10 But Eloah has revealed [it] to us by his spirit, for the spirit searches into everything, even the deep things of Eloah.
11 For who is the son of man who knows what is in a son of man except the spirit of the son of man that [is] in him? So also, that which is in Eloah, no man knows except the Spirit of Eloah.
12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is from Eloah, so that we might know the gifts that were given to us from Eloah;
13 Which also we speak, not in the teaching of words of the wisdom of sons of men, but in the teaching of the spirit, and to spiritual men we compare spiritual things.
14 For the son of man who is in the nefesh does not receive spiritual things, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to know that which is judged spiritually.
15 Now the spiritual man judges all things, and is not judged from man.
16 For who knows the mind of YHWH that he might instruct him? (Is. 40:13) But we have the mind of the Messiah.
(1Cor. 2:10-16)

Paul identifies the Yayin HaMeshumar with the “words of wisdom” (2:13) as well as the “mind of YHWH” or the “mind of Messiah” (1Cor. 2:16) and with the spiritual “gifts” (1Cor. 2:10-16) which he will elaborate upon later in the letter (1Cor. 12-14).


THE OLIVE TREE

This Marvelous Work and a Wonder, which YHWH mentions in Isaiah 29:13 is part of a restoration from a great apostasy spoken of in the previous verses:

10 For YHWH has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your heads, the seers, has He covered.
(Is. 29:10 HRV)

This very verse is site by Paul in his Olive Tree Parable in Romans 11:

7 What therefore? Yisra'el did not find that which it was seeking, but the chosen found it: and the rest of them were blinded in their heart.
8 Thus it is written: Eloah gave them a blinding spirit, and eyes that they might not examine, and ears that they might not hear, until this very day. (Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10)
9 And David again said, Let their table be a snare before them, and their reward a stumbling stone.
10 Let their eyes be darkened that they not see, and their back always be bowed. (Psalm 69:23-24 (22-23))
11 Now I say, Have they stumbled so as to fall? Absolutely not! But in their stumbling, life has come to the Goyim; for their jealousy. (Deut. 32:21)
12 And if their stumbling became riches for the world, and their loss, riches to the Goyim: how much more therefore, their fullness?
13 But I speak to you Goyim--I, who am the emissary of the Goyim. I am glorifying my service,
14 That perhaps I might provoke my kinsmen to jealousy, (Deut. 32:21) and give life [to] some of them.
15 For if their reprobation was reconciliation to the world, how much more therefore, their return, but life that is from among the dead?

This apostasy causes the message to go out to Ephraim, but the restoration of the apostasy will bring something even better!

16 And if the first is Set-Apart, the lump of dough is also: and if the root is Set-Apart, the branches [are] also.
17 And if some branches were broken off, and you who are a wild olive [tree], were grafted into their place and became partakers of the root and of the oil of the olive [tree],
18 Do not boast against the [natural] branches. But if you boast, you are not bearing the root, but the root bears you!
19 And perhaps you should say of the branches that were broken off, I will be grafted in their place.
20 These [matters] are beautiful. They were broken off because they did not have trust, but you stand, by trust. Do not be exalted in your mind, but fear:
21 For if Eloah did not spare the natural branches, perhaps He will also not spare you.
22 See then the gentleness and the harshness of Eloah: upon those who fell, harshness, but upon you, gentleness, if, you remain in the gentleness. And if not, you will also be broken off.
23 And those, if they do not remain in their lack of trust, also will be grafted in: for Eloah is able to graft them in again.
24 For if you, who are from the olive [tree] that was wild by your nature, were cut off and were grafted--contrary to your nature--into the good olive [tree], how much more then, those, if they be grafted in their natural olive [tree]?
25 For I want you to know this mystery, my brothers, so that you will not be wise in the thought of your nefesh: that blindness of the heart, in part, has happened to Yisra'el until the fullness of the Goyim (or "a multitude of nations" Gen. 48:19) should come,
26 And then all Yisra'el will have Life. Thus it is written, From Tziyon a Deliverer will come, and turn iniquity from Ya'akov.
27 And then they will have the covenant that is from Me, when I forgive them their sins. (Isaiah 59:20-21; 27:9)
(Rom. 11:7-27 HRV)

This restoration will be characterized by “wild branches” being grafted into the cultivated olive tree (Judah) while being fed by the oil and the root of that tree and by “natural branches” (Jews) being grafted back into their natural olive tree. And this will happen at the time of the “fullness of the goyim” (compare Gen. 48:19).


THE SEALED BOOK REVEALED

Isaiah also tells us this restoration will occur with the revealing of a sealed book:

11 And the vision of all this is become unto you as the words of a writing that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray you. And he says, I cannot, for it is sealed.
12 And the writing is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray you. And he says, I am not learned.
(Is. 29:11-12 HRV)

And then in verse 18 we read:

18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of a book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
(Is. 29:18 HRV)

A sealed book is a book, the contents of which, Elohim will not reveal until the time Elohim appoints for it to be unsealed (see Dan. 12:4, 9 & Rev. 22:10). This sealed book is also mentioned elsewhere in the Scriptures, in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 5:1-5; 6; 10:1-11). Due to various correlations we may also identify the sealed book as the book in Ezekiel 2:8-3:6 which is, like the sealed book, written on front and back (See Ezkl. 2:10 & Rev. 5:1) and eaten by the prophet writing (Ezkl. 3:1-3 & Rev. 10:9-10). Likewise the "flying scroll" in Zechariah 5:1-4, which is also written on both sides, may also be identified as the sealed book.

Paul quotes Isaiah 29:14 in 1st Corinthians 1:19 referring to the restoration resulting from the sealed book and describes the book's contents as "the words of the gallows" (i.e. an account of the Crucifixion) (1Cor. 1:18-19). Another important fact is that the sealed book is written in Hebrew. In Ezekiel 3:4-6 Ezekiel is told to go teach the words of the book, and that the language of the book is the language of Israel.

The sealed book opens the eyes of the blind and helps facilitate the restoration. It is (in part) an account of the crucifixion in Hebrew and Aramaic. It is the original Hebrew and Aramaic of the so-called “New Testament”. It is the revelation of the original Hebrew and Aramaic “New Testament” which leads to the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.


ERRANT HALACHA PASSES AWAY

Isaiah goes on to describe this apostasy further, saying:

13 And YHWH said: Forasmuch as this people draw near, and with their mouth and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear of Me, is a commandment of men learned by rote, (Mt. 15:8-9)
(Isaiah 29:13 HRV)

Yeshua quoted this verse as speaking of “Decrees of the Elders” in Rabbinic (Pharisaic) Judaism which violate the precepts of Torah. Matthew records the exchange as follows:

1 Then came near to Him scribes and P'rushim from Yerushalayim, saying,
2 Why do your talmidim transgress the decrees of the elders? For they clean not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But He answered them and said: And why do you transgress the commandments of Elohim--by means of your decrees?
4 Is it not written in your Torah from the mouth of Elohim, Honor your father and
your mother? (Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16) And moreover written, And he that curses his father and his mother will surely die? (Ex. 21:17; Lev. 20:9)
5 But you say, Whoever says to father and mother, It is all an offering-- whatever of mine might profit you,
6 And he honors not his father and his mother. Thus have you made void the
commandments of Elohim, on account of your judgments.
7 You hypocrites! Yesha'yahu did well indeed to prophesy concerning you, saying,
8 This people honors Me with their mouth and with their lips, but have removed
their heart far from Me.
9 And their fear of Me, is a commandment learned of men. (Isa. 29:13)
(Matt. 15:1-9 HRV)

This means that the Marvelous Work and a Wonder prophesied of in the very next verse (Isa. 29:14) would cause the bad halachic rulings of Pharisaic Judaism to perish in favor of halacha inspired by the Wisdom of YHWH. Thus “the wisdom of their wise men” and the “prudence of their prudent men” (Is. 29:14) refers to bad halachic rulings of the Pharisees like that depicted in Matthew 15:1-9. The Marvelous Work and a Wonder will cause these false halachot to perish.

Then in verses 20 and 21 Isaiah goes on to say:

20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner ceases, and all they that watch for iniquity are cut off:
21 That make a man an offender by words, and lay a snare for him that reproves in the gate, and turn aside the just with a thing of nought.
(Is. 29:20-21)

The ancient Nazarene Commentator is quoted by Jerome as saying of this passage:

What we have understood to have been written about the devil and his angels, the Nazarenes believe to have been said against the Scribes and the Pharisees, because the deutrotai passed away, who earlier deceived the people with very vicious traditions (And they watch day and night to deceive the simple ones), who made men sin against the Word of Elohim in order that they should deny that Messiah was the Son of Elohim.
(On Is. 29:20-21)

The word DEUTROTAI is a Greek word which appears in Jerome’s quote. Deutrotai is a Greek word which refers to something that is repeated, it is an exact Greek equivalent for the Hebrew word “Mishna”. The Nazarene Commentator confirms our understanding and tells us that the Marvelous Work and a Wonder will bring about the passing away of the Mishna by restoring true Halacha to the YHWH’s people.

Finally Isaiah concludes:

22 Therefore thus says YHWH, who redeemed Avraham, concerning the house of
Ya’akov: Ya’akov shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
23 When he sees his children, the work of My hands, in the midst of him, that they sanctify My Name--yes, they shall sanctify HaKadesh of Ya’akov, and shall stand in awe of the Elohim of Yisra’el.
24 They also that err in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmur shall learn instruction.
(Is. 29:22-24 HRV)

Israel shall be restored to sanctify the Name of YHWH and a Marvelous Word and a Wonder shall be worked by YHWH among His people.

The Sealed Book has been opened and the errant Decrees of the Elders of the Pharisees recorded in the Mishna are being replaced by true halachot by a restored International Nazarene Beit Din. If you thought the apostasy of Judah brought a blessing to Israel, wait until you see what the Restoration of Judah brings!

The Marvelous Work and a Wonder is a restoration work of YHWH. The words of the Sealed Book (the Original Hebrew and Aramaic “New Testament”) are being heard (Through the Hebraic Roots Version Scriptures), and the halachot of the Mishna are passing away as the International Nazarene Beit Din correct its errant decrees with true halachot from the Wisdom of YHWH!

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