Blinded to the Torah :: By Jeff Van Hatten


It has always been Yahweh’s plan that all people would willingly obey his ways and become his cegullah, his peculiar treasure [H5459]. To accomplish this goal, he gave us his Torah and Mitzvot.

The Word Spoken to Deaf Ears

In the beginning, Yahweh spoke to his people, giving them his Torah and Mitzvot, his commandments, statutes, regulations, and teachings orally. And his people failed to listen and obey.

The Word Written in Stone

Deuteronomy 31:9 – “Moshe wrote down this Torah and gave it to the kohenim.”

Deuteronomy 31:24 – “Moshe kept writing the words of this Torah in a book until he was done.”

Years went by, and evil behaviors became more and more evident as his people continued to do it their way instead of his way. So, Yahweh gave them his Torah and Mitzvot in writing. If they would simply follow Torah, then it would go well with them (Deuteronomy 30:10). But once again, his people failed to listen and obey.

The Word Written in The Heart

Hebrews 1:1 – “Yahweh spoke long ago in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, but now, in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son.”

Hebrews 8:10, 10:16 – “This is the covenant that I will make after those days, says Yahweh, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”

Lastly, Yahweh sent his Son and then wrote his Torah and Mitzvot in his people’s hearts. Scripture calls this the “New Covenant.” Having done so, the Apostle Paul says that the people then became living letters to the world, having the Torah “written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3). Further, he also states that Yahweh’s people are now without excuse for failing to obey! Even the Gentiles who live rightly, he says, who do not have either the oral or written Torah, “show that the Torah is written in their hearts” (Romans 2:14-16).

The Partially Blind Jews

Romans 11:25 –”A partial blindness has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.”

Paul clearly stated that the Jews are partially blind, and it has been well documented in history that a large percentage of the Jews have not yet recognized Yeshua as their Mashiach, their Messiah. Their blindness came as a result of the Jews of Yeshua’s time looking for a King (Melech [H4428]) Mashiach, rather than a Priestly (Kohen [H3548]) Mashiach who is also the Kinsman Redeemer (Ga’al [H1350]). They failed to see that THE Mashiach is both Melech and Kohen, from the order of Melchizedek [H4442] (Hebrews 5:6; 6:20, 7:1)! The percentage of partially blind Jews is growing smaller, however, as many are becoming Messianic Jews, or as some call themselves, Completed Jews.

The Partially Blind Christians

Revelation 3:7 –”Here is the message of Ha’Kodesh, the True One, the one who has the key of David, who, if he opens something, no one else can shut it, and if he closes something, no one else can open it.”

Many Christians have fared no better. They, too, are in partial blindness. They readily accept Yeshua as their Savior, Redeemer, and Lord, but their blindness comes from a lack of understanding that Yeshua is THE High Priest of Yahweh, THE Heavenly Kohen Ha’Gadol [H3548 H1419]. The Older Covenant Levitical priests, and especially Aaron, were patterned after the Heavenly Kohen Ha’Gadol, who is Yeshua. Yeshua can be seen throughout the Book of Revelation performing the duties of the Kohen Ha’Gadol and wearing the High Priestly garments (Revelation 1:13). Yeshua is the mediator between man and Yahweh (Romans 5:11, Hebrews 5:6; 6:20, 7:1 Compare these with descriptions of Aaron in Exodus 28, Exodus 29, Exodus 39, Leviticus 16, and Numbers 8).

This blindness of many Christians comes as a result of the unwillingness to fully comprehend the Jewishness of the Christian faith, a stance which I call an anti-Semitic stance. Won’t they be surprised when Yeshua shows up as THE High Priest (Kohen Ha’Gadol [H3548 H1419]) and Righteous King (Melech Tzaddiyk [H4428 H6662]). Won’t they be surprised when the Moedim are again celebrated during Yeshua’s millennial reign in memorial for what Yeshua accomplished in history.


Romans 11:25 – “Don’t be conceited so you won’t imagine you know more than you actually do.”

Yahweh’s people failed to listen to his oral Torah, so Yahweh wrote his Torah on tablets of stone for them to read. They still failed to obey! Finally, he wrote his Torah on their hearts so that they couldn’t claim, “I never heard it, and never read it either!” But even with the Torah written on their hearts, both Jews and Gentiles still find excuses for failing to obey. How sad.

Many Jews are partially blinded when it comes to Yeshua’s role as their Ha’Mashiach. Sadly, many Christians are also partially blinded about Yeshua’s true nature as their Kohen Ha’Gadol. Both groups exhibit a deliberate failure to recognize the true Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. Neither group has the right to boast.

Final Thought

Prophecy, as foretold by the Hebrew prophets, continues to unfold in an escalating pattern. The stage is nearly completely set. The Laodicean church, sad to say, is becoming more and more prominent. The great and terrible Day of Yahweh, Joseph’s Trouble, hastens forth and will not delay. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.




About Jeff

Jeff is a retired Youth Worker and Christian camp employee/volunteer/board member with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. He has been teaching / writing/blogging about the Pre-Trib Rapture and many other subjects for many years and has written much on these topics. His primary focus is analysis and teaching his favorite subject – the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Retirement allows him to concentrate on studying the Rapture and the Season of Yeshua’s Return, to blog, write, and teach what he learns, and to focus on Biblical exposition of his understanding of Biblical themes and patterns, word definitions, Hebrew idioms, and insights given by the Ruach Ha’Kodesh.