Here's our response to a 24-minute video of Rabbi who insists the whole Bible (not just those five Books of the Bible) are "Torah"; that you are Torah observant by simply “believing in Yeshua”; and that the entire Bible is about Yeshua because he is God:
While Yeshua was “the Word” (John 1:1, 14) and the “arm” (Isaiah 53:1) and as such, a PART OF YHWH, he “alone” was NOT the totality of who “YHWH” is. He is NOT the “whole focus,” as Rabbi Zev Porat asserts. Without YHWH, Yeshua would not exist.
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." (NOTE: He didn’t say he sent himself.)
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
If the entire Bible is “all about Jesus,” where does that leave YHWH - the One who sent Yeshua and to whom Yeshua prayed while on earth? If Yeshua is God, then why were YHWH’s people in the wilderness/desert for FORTY YEARS, being told “there is no other God except for me” (Exodus 20:3; also Isaiah 45:5-6, 21; Psalm 83:18; Mark 12:32, etc.); and WHY do we see HIM calling Himself YHWH, and not “Yeshua, while revealing His Name to Moshe?
Here are YHWH’s words, in black and white:
Exodus 3: 13 And Mosheh said to Elohim, "See, when I come to the children of Yisra'el and say to them, 'The Elohim of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His Name?' what shall I say to them?" 14 And Elohim said to Mosheh, "I am that which I am." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Yisra'el, 'I am has sent me to you.'" (ISR)
NOTE: The Hebrew text reads: ’eyeh ’asher ’eyeh, the word ’eyeh being derived from hayah which means to be, to exist, but the Aramaic text here in v. 14 reads: ayah ashar ayah. This is not His Name, but it is an explanation that leads up to the revelation of His Name in v. 15, namely: .
Exodus 3:15 And Elohim said further to Mosheh, "Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra'el, ' Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Yitsh'aq, and the Elohim of Ya'aqob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.' (ISR)
If what Rabbi Porat asserts is true, then YHWH has been toying with us humans over the millennia to keep us confused and fighting about who He is and who His MESSIAH is!
Let’s take a closer look at these assertions:
If Rabbi Porat is correct and Yeshua is ELOHIM/God, then he sent himself to earth, caused himself to be born via a human woman, had his diapers changed, allowed Satan to “tempt” him; and ultimately – while basically sweating bullets - prayed to himself before he died, begging GOD to “take this cup from me”…
John 6: 35. Y'shua said to them, I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will not hunger. And whoever believes in me will not ever thirst. 36. But I have said to you that you have seen me, and you do not believe. 37. All who my Father has given to me will come, and whoever comes not to me I will cast outside!
38. For I came down from heaven, not to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent me. 39. And this is His will, that of Him who sent me, that all that He has given to me I do not lose even one. 40. For this is the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in Him, will have life that is eternal. And I will raise him up on the last day.(AENT)
Notice, Yeshua keeps talking about the “will of his Father?” If Yeshua himself is GOD, then how can GOD have a Father? And can GOD can be born and die? How does that make him any different from us mere, filthy human beings who are born into a fallen, sin-laden world?
When Moshe wrote the TORAH (the first 5 Books) there were no “writings or prophets” to complete the Tanach! Therefore, there is a reason why the Writings of Paul and James, and John, and the Gospels are NOT considered part of the Tanakh - they were not written by prophets!
The Gospels are the record of the Messiah's birth and his teachings of and about Torah and why he was sent, and the rest (mostly Paul) are about how we are supposed to understand what Yeshua did and said and how we are to incorporate into our lives. The New Testament is NOT "new" Torah or "more" Torah!
So, how can anyone even suggest that the actual Word of God is not just the 5 Books of Moses (which are the ONLY Books that contain YHWH’s original, Divine Instructions!
YES, the entire Bible applies to us, but ONLY those FIRST FIVE Books contain the INSTRUCTIONS OF YHWH (the “Father” – without whom “Yeshua” would not have existed, much less, become our Divine Messiah)!
Rabbi Porat asks: “How do we follow the Word of God, how do we follow the Torah …. And the definition of Torah, according to the Word of God is the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. If you’re born again, if you’re under the blood of Yeshua (Jesus), if you call upon Yeshua/Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, if you believe that he died on the tree and the cross for your sins, he rose on the third day, and if you repent and believe, you have full redemption of sins, then you, according to the Bible, are Torah observant.”
Sorry but that is downright FALSE! This is the typical Christian dogma, because “just believing in Jesus” is only part of the equation to have eternal life! Take a look at Yeshua’s own words and then continue reading ALL of John 17 on your own:
John 17: 1. Y’shua spoke these things and he lifted up his eyes to Heaven and said My Father the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that your Son might glorify you. 2. Just as you have given him authority over all flesh that whomever You have given him, he will give to him life that is eternal.
3. Now this is life that is eternal, that they might know You, that You are the Elohim of Truth, and he alone whom You have sent, the Mashiyach Y’shua. 4. I have glorified You on earth. The work that You have given to me to do I have finished it. 5. And now glorify me my Father with You in that glory that I had with You from before the world was.
6. I have made Your Name known to the sons of those men whom You had given to me from the world. They were Yours and You have given them to me, and they have kept Your Word. 7. Now they have known that everything that you have given to me I have given to them and they received them. 8. And they know that I have truly proceeded from your presence, and they believe that You have sent me.
9. And I plead for them. It is not for the world I plead; rather, for those whom you have given to me because they are Yours. 10. And everything that is mine is Yours, and Yours is mine and I am glorified by them. 11. Henceforth, I will not be in the world, and these are in the world. And I am coming to Your presence. Kadosh Father, keep them by your Name, that which you have given to me, that they may be one as We are. (AENT)
 Kadosh/Set Apart means that YHWH and His Word will never change; we can put our trust in Him knowing He will keep His Word.
 A very key passage. Aramaic literally reads that YHWH gave His Name to Y’shua; therefore, he has the Name of his Father within him.
No, sir, the Bible is NOT all about Messiah Yeshua; it is all about YHWH – who handed down His Divine Instructions and sent His MESSIAH to earth in the womb of a virgin! The life of Messiah is only thoroughly discussed in the New Testament, which is approximately the LAST FIFTH of the Bible. Yeshua does not exist without YHWH. That is a fact revealed in Scripture.