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The Lord Jesus Christ refers to this crisis before the Millennium as the “Great Tribulation”, and warns his disciples about it that they who will experience it should flee and pray that their flight be not in the winter or on the Sabbath day (Mt. 24:20), which is another indication of the enduring validity of the Torah, confirmed by Apoc. 12:17, where we find a faithful Jewish remnant, of which it is said that it is the remnant of the woman’s seed, “which keep the commandments of God (i.e. the Torah) and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. The woman here is clearly a symbol of national Israel which brings forth the man child, i.e. Messiah (Apoc. 12:5).
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The text concerning sacrifices and offering not willed by God in Hebrews ch. X should be carefully interpreted, because it is a quotation from Ps. XL, when the Torah and sacrificial worship were indisputably in force. This text therefore doesn’t deny the validity of ongoing sacrificial worship, but only states that, ultimately, everything is about the direction of our hearts and minds. The Apostle uses this text to point to the definitive sacrifice of Messiah. We have another example of this relativizing in Ps. LI, where David says: “thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Ps. 51:16-17). But notice that this Psalm ends with mentioning the buikling of Zion and Jerusalem, and the sacrificial worship to be brought there: “Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar”. So this relativizing of sacrificial worship is itself also relativized. Its main point is simply to emphasize that worship must be free of hypocrisy and cannot remain only an external act. Our hearts and minds have be involved in it.