Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Shaleeakh - Korach "Korah"
Understanding the prophetical warnings that are in the scriptures can be difficult. This is particularly true with those prophetical warnings concerning the end times. Finding passages that help us understand these warnings is a crucial part of understanding and being prepared for the future. One place where we can find a passage that enlightens our understanding of the anti-Christ is in Korach. The similarities that exist between Korach's rebellion against God and the anti-Christ's rebellion against God are amazing. Through Korach we can see how the anti-Christ will manipulate people and pretend to be the true Messiah as 2-Thessalonians 2:3-4 states "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God" To understand how Korach committed sins similar to the anti-Christ we must understand how falling away from HaShem, leads to denial and rebellion.
The generation that exists before the return of Yeshua will fall away. This falling away is the direct result of the inability of religious people to discern between the power and the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh and the power and authority of man. In other, words this falling away corresponds with replacing the word of God with the doctrines of man. Yeshua understood and recognized this problem. Therefore, He warned us when He said the "love of many will grow cold" (Mathew 24:12). During the end times many individual's love will grow cold because they reject the teachings of HaShem. As a result, people will separate themselves from the Torah and cut themselves off from the transforming power of the Ruach HaKodesh. Ultimately, this separation will lead to the unpardonable sin, which is the falling away. During this time period people consider the work of the Ruach HaKodesh equal to the works of other deceiving spirits. When the work of the Ruach HaKodesh is considered equal to the work of other spirits, people do not recognize when the miracles of HaShem are occurring. Shemot 7:20-22 states "Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said." The anti-Messiah will use deception similar to the way the Egyptian Magicians used deception. The goal of the anti-Messiah is to prove he is equal with HaShem. In fact, his heart will be so hardened he will proclaim himself as God. This attitude that all spiritual doctrines are equivalent is dangerous.
The denial of the exclusive power and authority of the Ruach HaKodesh shows that Korach had fallen away. In fact, Korach gathered individuals to challenge the anointing that HaShem had placed on Moshe. B'Midbar 16:3 states "they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, You take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?" Korach allowed his jealousy of Moshe's anointing to cloud his judgment. Therefore, Korach could not see the work and the power of the Ruach HaKodesh occurring in Moshe. Therefore, Korach claimed that Moshe had exulted himself above the rest of the congregation. In essence Korach was saying that everyone was equal with Moshe in power and anointing. This attitude made Korach guilty of blasphemy of the Ruach HaKodesh. Korach denied the power and authority of the Ruach HaKodesh. Individuals that deny the power and authority of the Ruach HaKodesh this way eventually deny the anointing that HaShem has given to them. Thus completing the cycle of blasphemy of the Ruach HaKodesh. B'Midbar 16:9 states "Is it a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?" Korach's attitude made it easy for him to turn against the Ruach HaKodesh. As a result, Korach removed himself completely from HaShem's protection and from his anointing. Korach put himself in a position where he could not repent. This is because Korach was denying power and the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh. Falling away is when an individual will not listen to HaShem, because he or she denies the power and the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh.
Korach's falling away led him to public rebellion. As a result, HaShem judged him publicly. B'Midbar 16:29-30 states "If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods."The beast and the false prophet will also fall into the pit alive. Revelations 19:20 states "the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." The beast and the false prophet will also lead a public rebellion that denies the power and the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh. Therefore, the beast and the false prophet are also judged publicly. The beast, the false prophet, and Korach's group are the only recorded occurrences of individuals descending into the pit without first experiencing physical death. Committing blasphemy against the power and the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh destroys the individuals spirit from within. As a result, the individual falls away with no hope of return.
The prophetical warnings that exist in the scriptures can be difficult to understand. When we rely on the Ruach HaKodesh to show us the similarities between past occurrences and future warnings, the prophetic picture becomes more clear. The correlation that exists between Korach's sin and the anti-Christ's sin are a good example of this. We must learn to surrender all authority and power to HaShem, through the study of the Torah and reliance on the Ruach HaKodesh. When we do this we are not caught in the trap, that makes all spirits equal in authority and leads to blasphemy of the Ruach HaKodesh.
By Rabbi Yaakov benYosef ABOUT-Torah.org