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We welcome all our Christian and Messianic brothers and sisters, who are returning to that 1st Century Church environment to restore the faith once delivered to the saints. That is the faith of Jesus Christ and the apostles. Foundational to our faith is accepting the whole of the Bible – the Tanach (Old Testament) and Brit Chadasha (New Testament) as one book - the inspired, inerrant Word of God. According to II Tim 3:16 – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” There was no New Testament at the time that Paul penned these words to Timothy. Therefore, “all Scripture” was the Tanach. That is not to say that the New Testament is not inspired. However, one cannot fully understand the message of John 3:16 unless he understands Genesis 3:15 – that salvation began with the “seed of the woman.” Interpretation and understanding of the Scriptures and prophecy is incomplete unless the Body of Christ removes the scales from their eyes that have indoctrinated them to the traditions of man. These scales originated from generations of habitual indifference to God’s immutable Scriptures – an integrated Salvational message from a Creator God. Except for a chapter in the book of Daniel, and the book of Luke (who was a proselyte), the entire Bible was written by Hebrew-Jewish men. Yeshua Jesus, is hidden in the Old Testament verses, for your discovery. Understanding the Hebraic-Jewish idioms and culture of both the Old and New Testaments will bring greater insight for understanding Biblical interpretations. You will be rewarded with deeper understanding and divine revelation of the Scriptures when you understand the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith. Isaiah 58 is a call to restore these ancient foundations.

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SHEMINI ATZERET........THE EIGHTH DAY

SHEMINI ATZERET........THE EIGHTH DAY

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What is the 8th day?

ü  Why wear white? How is it a culmination of God’s Plan? Yes, It is an encrypted message from our Creator God!  A Fulfillment of the promise of an eternal destiny. The ultimate understanding between the Tzadek and the Rashe - the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.  Shemini Atzeret is the deciphering of a mystery encrypted. That mystery is found is the Chet

CHET --New beginning…

Ø  To be separated unto God as by a fence- a protection, to be encompassed in God’s Glory; separated in His enclosure, His Chuppah- His chamber.

Ø  Divine Grace. Salvation from being mortal to immortality.

Ø  Transcendence to God’s Kingdom.

Ø  “absence from body and present with the LORD.”

Ø  Transcending the limits of the physical to the supernatural.

Ø  Chet is the eighth number of Hebrew alephbet.

Numerology … The number 8: Superabundance; First of a new series; New life; New Beginning; Infinity;  It speaks of life, alive, to live, redemption and salvation as our new beginning looking forward to the Kingdom of Heaven as being forever and forever - The Olam Haba.

Ø  Eight is sh’moneh in the Hebrew. Its root word is shemeyn … shemeyn zait is olive oil! 

Introducing Hebrew octaves: God’s signature is the number 7…His focal point…His menuchah (rest). Octaves are runs of seven with eight as a new order or the beginning of another run of sevens.

EXAMPLE: Saturday is the 7th day of the week. Hence, the next day would be the eight, as it is a new set of seven’s or an octave increment  WHEREIN it becomes the first day of the week.
Table  of alephbet.


7 days of Creation:
What happened on the 8th day after Abba Father’s rest?  The eighth day was the beginning for humans to inhabit a reformed Earth and dominion was given over it to Adam and Eve who were in fellowship with God. The first Adam sinned in an allegiance and submission to Satan. A dilemma for God to have a people to Himself!  Now, we needed a new spiritual beginning - our new beginning was provided by the second Adam- Jesus Christ who took captive sin and death. He rose from the dead on the weekly Sabbath to present Himself as the Firstfruits of the resurrection on the 8th day (Sunday)

 

Abraham: The LORD spoke eight times to Abram/ Abraham. The eighth time was the prophetic binding of Isaac. (Genesis 22:1-18)
God’s instructions to Abraham: Gen 17:12  “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations,”

ü  Lev 12:3  “And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.”

ü  Luke 2:21  “And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

 

Noah: 2 Peter 2:5  “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;”

ü  1 Peter 3:20  “…..when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

ü  Just as the man, Adam, was corrupted by Satan so also was all mankind in the days of Noah when “giants” were amongst the people. ( Genesis 6:1-7; Parasha 5772 #35; Parasha  5767 #2; Torah Study 5771 #1 & #2)

ü  But God spared a remnant to restore humankind upon the earth! Eight persons were the vanguard of new life- our new beginning.  The human race was not eliminated by Satan for through the line of Shem would come the Mashiach - The Anointed One, our Savior. The Redeemer of the lost.

 

Anointed agents: Purification of Tabernacle and Priesthood. (Leviticus 8:6-12 (KJV))

ü  Verse 8:8 is the middle verse of Torah. Can you see the spiritual significance?

ü  Lev 8:8  “And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim.” God supernaturally communicated with the High Priest thru the breast plate and the Urim and Thummim- the instruments of God’s voice.

Consecrated unto the LORD: A Seven day sanctification procedure before beginning a ministry.

Arron and sons:

ü  Lev 8:35-9:2  “Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded. So Aaron and his sons did all things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses. And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.”

ü  Lev 8:30  “And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons' garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him.”

ü  Aaron’s duties as High Priest began on the eighth day.

A Seven day procedure before using holy items: Millennial Altar- purified for 7 days before use on 8th day. Lev 8:10  “And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.”

 

King David  was chosen of God as the 8th son of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10-13)

1 Sa 16:13  “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. (anointing oil… shemeyn zait is olive oil). Hence, anointing and supernatural endowment is seen in Aaron and King David as the spirit of God was upon His anointed.

 

Yeshua Jesus: Jesus’ name in Hebrew is salvation (ישׁוּעה)  - Salvation is a metaphor of the chet for us as our old man is gone- now you are a new man- a ne2 creation in Christ. Jesus’ name in Greek is  Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), a rendition of the Hebrew Yeshua שוע)). The Greek gematria for Iēsous is 888. Some Eight events in Yeshua’s Ministry. Note how the apostle John writes in a mystic manner to code spiritual rebirth using the chet. A Divine design to the Scriptures!

ü  On the 8th day doubting Thomas received divine revelation. (John 24-28).

ü  Stressing the supernatural .. “born-again” used 8 times to Nicodemus. (John 3-1-8).. note 8 verses!

ü  Note, supernatural “living water” of Holy Spirit. Water is used 8 times in dialog with woman at the well (John 4:7-15).

 

SUKKOT:  Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Follows the 7 years of Tribulations (Days of Awe); New beginning for 1000 year reign of Christ; He establishes His Millennial Kingdom on Earth; After the 1000 years then the “8th day;” Jesus returns Kingdom to Father as all things have been put under His foot (1 Co 15:28);  A new beginning in the Olam Haba; We shall see the Father -  Face to face. 
 

What are we rehearsing today?

ü  We are given afore knowledge of God’s completed plan for believers.

ü  The Bride is unveiled for all to see.

ü  She is in white linen.

ü  She has been faithful and true.

ü  During the 7th millennium the family of God will rule on earth (mishpochah) with Yeshua.

 

Foundations #9 Clean and Unclean Foods

THE CLEAN & UNCLEAN FOOD LAWS (Leviticus 11)

Biblical Foundations Session #9 - teaching by Pastor Laurel 

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Many believers have been taught that the Old Testament laws (the Torah) are “done away” after the cross.  “Did Yeshua really do away with the food laws? The goal of this study is to examine the Scriptures to determine whether the law was done away by either Yeshua or Paul.

Matthew 5:17-20 - “Think not that I am come to destroy the law....”

II Tim 3:16 - “All Scripture (there was no New Testament at that time) is given by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

 

The Purpose of the Food Laws:

 

The Word instructs God’s people in holiness. The food laws are defined in Lev 11:1-41. Though the prohibiting of eating most of these unclean animals could be considered to be related to health issues, as most of the unclean animals are scavengers, this is not the reason given in the Scriptures for avoiding them.  Obedience to God’s Word does, however, bring blessings.

 

Leviticus 11:43-44 - “Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make your selves unclean with them that ye should be defiled thereby.  For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.” It is repeated in Dt 14:2-3 - “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.”

 

Did Yeshua do away with the food laws?

Mark 7:1-5 - Pharisees found fault with Yeshua’s disciples for eating with “unwashen hands” according to the “tradition of the elders.” Yeshua’s response was “Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:7). Yeshua’s statement in Mark 7:15 has caused many to believe that He did away with the food laws when He states, “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him, but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.” The subject of the conversation is not “clean and unclean foods” but “eating with unwashed hands.” 


Likewise, Acts 10 gives account of Peter’s vision of all kinds of unclean animals, and a voice saying “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”  Through this, the Lord revealed to Peter that he should not call any man common or unclean for Peter had been taught that “a man that is a Jew is not to keep company or come unto one of another nation”(Acts 10:28).   The oral tradition prohibited the Jews from having any social contact with the Gentiles out of fear that the would become ritually unclean, and unable to participate in Temple or synagogue worship. Much had to do with the ritual washing of cups and dishes, etc.  In Acts Council in Acts 15:2 instructions to Gentile believers were to accept  4 minimum requirements listed in order to enter into fellowship with the Jews: (1) To “abstain from meats offered to idols, (2) from blood, (3) from things strangled, and (4) from fornication “for Moses is read in the synagogue every Sabbath.”  At that time, they would have been taught the Word regarding the clean/unclean food laws.

Eph 2:15
addresses that He (Yeshua) “abolished in His flesh, the enmity even the law of commandments contained in ordinances (“dogma” - from “dokeo” meaning  “to think, imagine, consider, expresses the subjective mental estimate or opinion which men form about a matter.  Such recognition may be correct or incorrect, involving error”) for to make in Himself of twain, one new man, so making peace.” Col 2:20-21 further defines these “ordinances” - “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances....after the commandments and doctrines of men.
Meats to be received with thanksgiving (I Tim 4:1-5):

I Tim 4:1 - “.....in latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils...”

I Tim 4:3-5 - “Forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving.  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”  This verse is typically interpreted by Christians to mean that the clean and unclean food laws of the Old Testament are done away, that all foods are now permissible, and to “abstain” from the unclean foods is the “doctrines of devils” for every creature of God is good.” However, every creature has a defining word following it (of God) which would pertain to the food laws which were given by God in His Word.  These are the meats  sanctified” or “set apart” in Leviticus 11 which are (of God).   The Hebrew word, “sanctified is (“hagiozo” - to make holy, consecrate, hallow, be holy, sanctify; set apart). God “set apart” sanctified, the animals that were rendered clean for food consumption.  Yeshua’s prayer to His Father in John 17:17 shows that one is “sanctified” through the Word of truth , “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.”  To say that keeping the clean food laws are the “doctrine of demons” is bordering on blasphemy. That is part of the “Replacement Theology” taught in much of Christianity.

 

II Cor 6:16-18 - “Ye are the temple of the living God.  Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing (“akathartos” - impure, lewd (or demonic); fowl, unclean) and I will receive you and I will be a Father to you....”

II Cor 7:1 - “....let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh (“sarx”) and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (“sarx” - the meat of an animal (as food) or by extens. The body as of what is external, carnal human nature with its fleshly passions) 


I Cor 10:25-26
- “Whatsoever is sold in the meat market, that eat” (food sacrificed to idols).

I Cor 10:27 - “If an unbeliever invites you to a feast, whatsoever is set before you eat” (regarding food sacrificed to idols).

I Cor 10:32 - “Give none offense neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God.  Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved” (i.e., missionaries in foreign countries have to eat unclean foods in order to be able to share the Gospel).

 

According to Is 66:16-17 and Ezek 44:23 - the clean food laws have not been done away, for they will be observed in the Millennial reign of Christ.

Ezek 4:23 - “And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them too discern between the unclean and the clean.” 

 

 

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot)

  THE FALL FEASTS OF THE LORD 

Just as the Spring Feasts were literally fulfilled at Jesus Christ’s first coming, so, too, we can anticipate the Lord’s appointed Fall Feasts will be literally fulfilled at His second coming. 

   THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot)
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Leviticus 23:34 (KJV) "Speak unto the children of Israel saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD." 

Leviticus 23:39 (KJV) "Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days..."

The seven-day Feast of Tabernacles is a portrayal of the Lord dwelling with His people, as He led the children of Israel in the wilderness by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  In the wilderness, the children of Israel were dependent entirely upon Him for all their sustenance.  The Lord instructed the children of Israel to remember this time in the wilderness by dwelling in booths for seven days - the Feast of Tabernacles. “Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Ex 23:42-43).  In Temple times, this was the season for the ingathering of the harvest, and a time of giving thanks for His provision and praying for the rains for the next season - recognizing their total dependence upon the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It was also to be a time of rejoicing - a “season of joy.”  Exodus 23:40 - “And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the bough of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.”

PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT: This season is also thought to be prophetic of the birth of Jesus Christ. It would seem likely that Caesar would have taken advantage of the timing of this feast to take a census, as all male Jews were required to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus was most probably born in a “sukkah” (temporary shelter).  The Scriptures hints at this,  “And the Word was made flesh, and “dwelt” (tabernacled) among us” (John 1:14). This Feast, known as the “season of our joy” is even portrayed in the words of the angel that appeared unto the shepherds at the time of Christ’s birth: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy...” Jesus Christ came to earth to dwell with His people - “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, "God with us” (Matthew 1:23). He took upon Himself a mortal body to “tabernacle” on earth, as the son of man, and Son of God.

FUTURE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT:  The Feast of Tabernacles prophetically also begins the 7,000th year from creation (one day = a year, Ps 90:4) - the “Seventh Day” - the Millennial reign of Messiah Yeshua Jesus - known in Hebrew as the athid lavo (the coming age). The weekly Sabbath might be considered a “mini-rehearsal” for this Feast - a time when we enter into His rest physically and spiritually. This will be the great harvest of souls at the consummation of the age - a time of joy.  Once again, in the pattern of the ancient Jewish wedding, after the consummation of the marriage, a week-long celebration would begin, known as the marriage feast. Prophetically, this Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), symbolizes the marriage supper of the Lamb, when Jesus Christ and His bride (in their glorified bodies) will celebrate their marriage with their guests and servants.  Believers will no longer have their earthly “tabernacles” but will be clothed with their immortal bodies.  Paul states in II Cor 5:1 - “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”  They will dwell (Tabernacle) on earth and rule reign from Jerusalem for 1,000 years.  The earth’s ecology will be reset to an environment similar to the days of Adam when it is thought that the earth was protected by a canopy,  allowing longevity of life. “The wolf and the lamb will feed  together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock....” (Is 65:25). “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth” (Zech 14:9). His Feasts will be re-instituted as all the nations are required to come to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles according to Zech 14:16.
After the 1,000 years, when Satan and the wicked are eternally judged, there will be a new heaven and a new earth - eternity (the olam haba).  The observance of the Feasts of the Lord will continue into eternity according to the Prophet Isaiah.  Isaiah 66:22-23 refers to the time of the new heaven and the new earth wherein, “it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the LORD.”  In the new heaven and new earth, Revelation 21:3 states, “...Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  This is the ultimate goal of God’s plan for man through the ages - complete reconciliation and restoration - that He might dwell with men forever.

SPIRITUAL APPLICATION: Spiritually, this feast portrays a mature believer, who is intimately familiar with her Bridegroom (the King)  and His ways.  It is a place of rest, and walking daily in fellowship with Him.   We walk in loving obedience to His commandments, as led by the Holy Spirit.  Just as a home is to provide a safe and secure environment, so too, there comes a time when the believer is at peace, dwelling in the “secret place of the Most High” (Ps 91:1-2).  His walk with the LORD is one of knowing His love and loving Him with all his heart, soul and mind.  He trusts in the Lord with all his heart.  He knows he is safe and secure in the knowledge and wisdom of the LORD, walking and dwelling with Him as a way of life.  He longs for the day when he will be able to dwell with the Lord forever. 

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur)

                         THE FALL FEASTS OF THE LORD

Just as the Spring Feasts were literally fulfilled at Jesus Christ’s first coming, so, too, we can anticipate the Lord’s appointed Fall Feasts will be literally fulfilled at His second coming. 

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur)
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Leviticus 23:26-32 (KJV) 26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. 29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your soul


This Day of Atonement occurs ten days after the Feast of Trumpets.  It is known as the “Day of Covering” or “Face to Face.” It is the one day in the year that the sacred ceremonial tasks were carried out by the High Priest, alone, to make atonement for sin. According to the Mishnah, (Tractate Yoma), the High Priest would have to leave his home and family seven days before Yom Kippur in order to prepare (Lev 8:33). On the Day of Atonement, he would enter into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, clothed in white linen, to make atonement first for himself & his family, then for the nation of Israel.  He would sprinkle the blood upon the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.  The High Priest would enter through the veil into the holy place to offer incense. He, alone, was responsible for every aspect of this holy service. There were 15 separate sacrifices to perform, along with the lighting of the menorah, the incense and other services. On this day, lots were cast for two goats - one as a sacrifice for the Lord, and one for Azazel (the scapegoat). A string of crimson-dyed wool was tied to the horns of the scapegoat and around the neck of the goat for sacrifice. The scapegoat was led out to the wilderness, the string was removed from around his horns and tied to a nearby rock.  Then the scapegoat was pushed off backwards from a high cliff to its death. On the death of the scapegoat, the crimson wool turned white. This is the portrayal of Isaiah 1:18b - “...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” 

PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT: This Feast is spiritually fulfilled in Jesus Christ as He was the atoning sacrifice for the Lord, and the scapegoat that took on the sin of the world (Heb 9:28; I Pet 2:24).  His shed blood provides atonement for our sins. “Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow” (Is 1:18). Jesus Christ has ascended to be at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  His blood was accepted upon the mercy seat in the Heavenly Holy of Holies. He has become the High Priest, making intercession to the Father in Heaven.

FUTURE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT: At His first coming, Jesus Christ spiritually fulfilled all the sacrificial laws of the Temple.  He made atonement for our sins by His shed blood.  The idioms for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) would seem to represent the 2nd coming of Christ, when the nation of Israel will accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and receive forgiveness for their sins.  They shall be white as snow (Is 1:19). Christ will come as King of Kings with His bride to earth to rule and reign on earth (Rev 19:5-17).  “His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives..” (Zech 14:4).  On this day, the Great Shofar (Shofar HaGadol) is blown to gather His people from all four corners of the earth. On this day in the 50th year of Jubilee, the Trumpet of Jubilee shall sound to proclaim liberty throughout all the land for all the inhabitants thereof (Lev 25:9-10) and every man will return unto his possession (Lev 25:13).  Christ will return to take His rightful possession of planet earth.  He will proclaim liberty to the captives - the fulfillment of Isaiah 61:1-2 - “the day of vengeance of our God..” Christ will return to judge the nations, and they will live under His law (the Torah) for He will be “King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and His name one” (Zech 14:9). Satan will be bound for 1,000 years, and at the end of 1,000 years will be cast into the lake of fire.

SPIRITUAL APPLICATION: Believers in Jesus Christ are clothed in the white linen of “righteousness” by the blood of the lamb (Rev 19:8). The Bride is sanctified, set apart, and clothed in white linen. Just as the High Priest had to prepare for this service by separating from his home, so, too,  believers must separate themselves from the things of the world, seek to draw near to the Lord, and to serve Him - a sanctification process. Believers must also enter into the Holy Place to offer incense (intercessory prayer) in behalf of themselves and others.  The bride is also clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, her covering, so that she can come boldly before the Throne of Grace.  This Day of Atonement is a spiritual picture of a pure and spotless bride adorned in the white linen of righteousness.  Just as a married couple become “one flesh” so too, the bride and bridegroom and considered to be one.  The word “atonement” now in its fullness - “at-one-ment.” The Hebrew word for a plural one is “echad.” The two have become One (echad). 

THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Yom Teruah)

THE FALL FEASTS OF THE LORD 
by Pastor Laurel Hofeldt

Just as the Spring Feasts were literally fulfilled at Jesus Christ’s first coming, so, too, we can anticipate the Lord’s appointed Fall Feasts will be literally fulfilled at His second coming.

       THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Yom Teruah)

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Exodus 23:23-25 (KJV) 23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), also known as Rosh Ha Shana is prophetic of a Coronation and of a Wedding. According to the Jewish sages, it also represents the “day of judgment” and “resurrection of the dead.”  It is known as a day when the "books are opened" and the "gates/doors of heaven are opened." It is referred to as “the day no one knows” because it falls on the beginning of the month - a New Moon, and one is never certain of the siting of the new moon. The Minor Prophets (Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, & Malachi) all refer to a time known as “the day of the Lord, or on “that day.” This “day” begins with the sounding of the trumpet. In Judaism, there are three recognized shofarim (ram’s horn trumpets) - known as the First Trump, the Last Trump, and the Great Shofar (the Shofar HaGadol). According to the Jewish writings, the First Trump was blown at Mount Sinai. The Last Trump will herald the coming of the Messiah. The Great Trump is blown at the conclusion of Yom Kippur referring to the ingathering of the exiles at the Messiah’s literal second coming. The writings of the Jewish sages speak of the sounding of the Trumpet (Shofar) as a call to assemble, and a call to awaken from sleep (a resurrection) - known as “the day of the awakening blast” and the “last trump.” On this day, during Temple times, and in synagogues today, the shofar is sounded100 times.

PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT: Jesus Christ spiritually fulfilled this feast by being the Messiah represented by Abraham’s ram caught by his horns in the thicket (thorns) who became the substitute sacrifice for Isaac.  The ram’s horn (shofar) is an idiom for the Messiah.  He was the Passover Lamb, who wore a crown of thorns upon His head, who was the substitute sacrifice for all men. He is the Lamb of God (Rev 5:5-6)  who is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  He came to call (awaken) all who would have ears to hear - to come to Him for salvation, that they may be written in the Lamb’s book of life.  He will soon return with the awakening blast.  He will sound the trumpet at His return for His bride, the "last trump," and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we who are alive shall be changed (I Cor 14:52).  Jesus Christ has made a way for sinful man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, to dwell with a Holy God, through His atoning death at Calvary.  Jesus Christ has become “the door” that was opened by His shed blood (John 10:9).  He is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).  He sits as King and Judge.  He is the righteous judge (Rom 14:10, II Tim 4:8) who will judge both the righteous and the wicked.

 FUTURE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT: This Feast of Trumpets may be the “last trump” referred to by the Apostle Paul in I Cor 15:50-55. Paul understood the original Jewish writings that this last trump was associated with the “day of the Lord,” and that it referred to a day of judgement - a time of a resurrection of the dead, and the coming of the Lord (I Thes 4:13-5:11). According to Acts 10:42-43, Jesus Christ is “ordained of God to be the Judge of the quick and the dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”  He is the righteous Judge who will reward the faithful saints. This is symbolized in Revelation 4:1 "a door was opened in heaven...a trumpet talking with me which said, ‘Come up here.’" This scene in Revelation 4 shows there has been a resurrection, as the 24 elders, representing the priesthood of Melchisedec, are bowing to the Lamb upon the throne - a KING (the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lamb who was slain - Yeshua Jesus Christ). They have received their rewards, and are wearing white raiment and crowns of gold, which they cast down before Him (Rev 4:4).  They have received their “crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to all them that love his appearing” (II Tim 4:6). They declare, “We have been redeemed by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people, and nation, and has made us unto our God kings and priests" (Rev 5:9).  They have arisen and ascended to heaven as the  completed “body of Christ” -  now joined to the head, who is Jesus Christ (Col 3:1). They are the “church of the firstborn (Heb 12:22) who have been “born of the spirit,” children (sons) of God by faith in Jesus Christ (Gal 3:26-4:6).  They will return with Him as the army of the King of Kings in Revelation 19:11-14. The Feast of Trumpets is known as the “day of judgment” when “the books are opened.” The redeemed  are before the throne as the seven-sealed book is opened.  The Lamb (Jesus Christ) opens the seven-sealed book, judgements come upon the earth.  They will return with Him to rule and reign 1,000 years. After His 1,000 year reign, Jesus Christ is seated on the Great White Throne, who opens the books to judges those whose names are written in the book of life, according to their works. Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

SPIRITUAL APPLICATION: An Army and a Bride:
An Army: Having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the believer is empowered for spiritual warfare - the sound of the trumpet. As a good soldier in the LORD’S Army, he must be awake and alert as a watchman, and be prepared for warfare to advance the Kingdom. He must be disciplined to walk according to the Word of God as an overcomer, to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  He must have the mind of Christ, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. He must be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, put on the whole armor: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sandals of the gospel of peace, and he must take up the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph 6:10-13).  The blowing of the Trumpet points to a time of judgment. The believer must also judge his own actions, walk in truth and righteousness, so he will be prepared to stand before the judgement seat of Christ (Rom 14:10).
 
A Wedding (a Bride): In the ancient Jewish wedding, when the preparation for his bride is complete, and his father gives the order.  The bridegroom comes for his bride with the sound of the Trumpet. He comes “as a thief” in the night and “steals away” his bride. The bride is veiled, so no one knows who has been taken until she emerges later, out of the wedding chamber, with her bridegroom for the wedding feast. The bridegroom takes her to his father’s house where they then spend seven days together in the wedding chamber (chupah). 
So, too, the bride of Christ (born again believers) must also be watching for her Bridegroom to come to take her to his wedding chamber (John 14:1-3; I Thes 4:13-17). She must be prepared, for she does not know the day nor the hour in which He will come. She looks forward to the day when she will stand before her Bridegroom/the King, and he will reward her for her faithfulness. She must prepare for her wedding day - making sure her wedding garments are without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27) - the white linen of righteousness. She must have oil in her lamp (be filled with the Holy Spirit) - watching and waiting for the sound of the trumpet of the Bridegroom (the “last trump” - I Cor 15:52). 

THE SUMMER FEAST OF SHAVUOT/PENTECOST

   THE SUMMER FEAST OF SHAVUOT/PENTECOST

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Leviticus 23:15-16 (KJV) 15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

This feast may have originated with Abraham, one man, who was called out of the heathen nations by God, set apart and chosen to be the father of many nations. According to Jewish writings, when Abraham went up to offer Isaac as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah, the ram caught in the thicket represented the Messiah. This ram became a substitute for Isaac, just as the Messiah became a substitute for us, and provided life by his death. Abraham’s sacrifice of his only son, Isaac, was prophetic of the offering of another Father of His only Son on the same mountain (Gen 22:14). According to Rabbi Pirke deR’ Eliezer the left horn of that ram is the “First Trump” and the right horn is the “Last Trump” which will be blown to herald the coming of the Messiah. The First Trump (the left horn of the ram) was blown on Mount Sinai with the giving of the Torah. In keeping with His promise to Abraham, Abba Father chose (set apart) a nation, the Children of Israel, to enter into a covenant relationship with Him.  The children of Israel were redeemed from Pharoah in Egypt by the mighty hand of the Lord.  The Lord provided a place for them in the wilderness.  Fifty days after crossing the Red Sea on the Feast of Firstfruits, the Lord gave them the Torah (the Commandments) at Mt. Sinai, on the Feast of Shavuot. The Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel. In the ancient Jewish wedding, this would be considered a “ketubah” (a marriage contract), in which a bridegroom and bride are betrothed (engaged).  The Marriage Contract elevates the bride (the woman) to a new status, and sets her apart to the one to whom she is betrothed.  She is considered “married.” even though the marriage ceremony has not yet taken place.  In this covenant with Israel, the Lord (the bridegroom) chose Israel to be His bride, and set her apart unto Him.  He promised Israel His love, His protection, and a home (a land), establishing them as His people - a kingdom of Kings and Priests (Ex 19:6).

PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT IN CHRIST: The Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits.  After Jesus Christ's resurrection on Firstfruits, it was fulfilled 50 days later at the time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit recorded in the book of Acts.  This feast is still being fulfilled as “whomsoever will”  come to Jesus Christ for salvation, and receive the New Covenant of His blood for redemption. At the first Feast of Shavuot at Mt. Sinai, the Torah was given to a people who had been redeemed by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and who were betrothed to Him.  It was the "letter of the law" written on tablets of stone. It was a marriage covenant. This was prophetic of a time when a people redeemed by the outstretched arm of the Lord (Jesus Christ) would receive the "spirit of the law" (the Torah) written on the tablets of hearts of flesh.  This, too, is a marriage covenant - the New Covenant.   The Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost comes at the end of the barley harvest, and the beginning of the wheat harvest.  At this time, the book of Ruth is read in the synagogues - a picture of a Gentile bride being purchased by a Jewish kinsman redeemer, Boaz.   In Temple times, the service for the Feast of Shavuot included an offering of two loaves of "leavened" bread. The "leavened" bread could very well represent Jews and Gentiles who are not without sin (leaven)  but are made perfect by the blood of Jesus Christ, saved through faith.  The two loaves are "one offering" - Jew and Gentile as the "one new man" (Eph 2: 11-22) who are the body of Christ.   It was at the Feast of Shavuot that the Torah was given.  God gave the Israelites a way, through obedience to the Torah, to make peace with Him.  The sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple were offerings which would make peace/reconciliation with the Lord, for without the shedding of blood, the Scriptures say, there is no remission of sin.   Interestingly, Shavuot/Pentecost was the only feast, during Temple times, in which a "peace" offering was made.  Jesus Christ was that once-for-all sacrifice that satisfied God, the Father's requirement to pay the sin debt so that mankind could once again be reconcile to God.  It is evident in Ephesians 2:14-15 that Jesus Christ accomplished this task, as it states,  "He is our  peace.....to make in Himself of two, one new man, so making peace."  He is the bridegroom who will return for His bride.

 
SPIRITUAL APPLICATION - Consecration: Being set apart - Baptism of Holy Spirit:  Messiah Yeshua Jesus betrothed Himself to a bride, the body of believers known as “called out ones,” - made up of both Jews and Gentiles, who are "one in the body of Christ."  He also gave a Covenant (Marriage Contract - I Cor 6:20; 7:23).  Believers are considered to be married.   We are set apart, “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of His purchased possession” (Eph 1:13-14).  Our bridegroom is Jewish, so the custom of the ancient Jewish wedding was familiar to Yeshua Jesus.  He uses that idiom in the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25: 1-13).  In the ancient Jewish wedding, after the bridegroom is betrothed to His bride and has paid the redemption price, he goes to his father’s house to prepare a place for her.  The bridegroom will not return until the place for his bride is prepared.  This same idiom is used when Jesus states in John 14:1 - “And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).  The bridegroom does not know the day nor the hour when he will return for his bride, for only his father knows.  So, too, Jesus says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).  While the bridegroom is away, the bride prepares herself for the day her bridegroom will return.  She desires to be pleasing to her bridegroom, and she seeks to be obedient to Him.  She makes sure there is no spot or wrinkle in her wedding garment.  She keeps oil in her lamp and trims the wick, for she does not know at what hour the bridegroom will come for her.  She awaits the sound of the trumpet, and the cry - “Behold the bridegroom cometh” (Matthew 25:1-6).   The Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, has returned to His Father’s house to prepare a place for His bride.  While He is away, the bride, the body of Christ, must prepare for His return.  She must be clothed with His righteousness through His shed blood, walking in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that He has given, and because of her love for the Bridegroom, the bride desires to be obedient to His word, so that she represents her Bridegroom in spirit and truth.  Jesus Christ (our bridegroom) paid the “bride price.”  His shed blood at Calvary was the redemption price. The believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit, and through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, receives the gifts of the Spirit.  The bride eagerly awaits the sounding of the Trumpet - when her bridegroom will return for her, and take her to His Father’s house - “the place He has prepared for her” (John 14:1-3; I Cor 15:50-53; I Thes 4:14-18).  She waits from season to season to hear the sound of the Trumpet.  The Fall Feasts begin with the Feast of Trumpets.  Is this the season of the coming of the Bridegroom?  No one know the day nor the hour. 

THE SPRING FEASTS OF PASSOVER, UNLEAVENED BREAD AND FIRSTFRUITS

THE SPRING FEASTS
by Pastor Laurel Hofeldt

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SCRIPTURES:
PASSOVER:  Exodus 12:1-14; Leviticus 23:5-22 (KJV)
UNLEAVENED BREAD: Leviticus 23:6-8 (KJV)
FIRSTFRUITS: Leviticus 23:9-14 (KJV) 

PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT OF SPRING FEASTS:  In His First Coming, as the Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ fulfilled every prophecy in the Torah pertaining to the sacrificial lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.  He fulfilled all the sacrificial laws of the Tabernacle/Temple.  In fact, the Spring Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits were fulfilled, literally, to the most minute detail.  That being true for the Spring Feasts, then we can anticipate that His second coming will also fulfill the prophecy for the Fall Feasts.  The book of Exodus is the historical account of the children of Israel being led out of Egypt by Moses (a prophetic type of Messiah) who was sent by the Lord to deliver His people from the bondage of slavery to Pharaoh (a prince of this world). By His mighty hand and outstretched arm, the Lord brought His people out of Egypt.  The blood of the Lamb over the doorposts of their houses saved the firstborn from death when the angel of the Lord passed over. The children of Israel had to leave Egypt in haste before their bread dough could rise (unleavened bread), and they crossed the Red Sea three days later on the Feast of Firstfruits.  The Lord’s deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt was to be a memorial forever for them.  This deliverance was pointing to a greater deliverance to come through the Messiah. 
 
The Spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits were literally and spiritually fulfilled in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice as the Passover Lamb, the unblemished, perfect (unleavened) sacrifice, who became “sin” (leaven) for us, who died and was resurrected three days later to life (the firstfruits of the resurrection) on the Feast of Firstfruits. 

SPIRITUAL APPLICATIONS OF THE SPRING FEASTS

PASSOVER (Pesach) - Redemption and New Life: The children of Israel were in bondage to Pharoah in Egypt.  In Exodus Chapter 12, the Israelites were instructed by the Lord to kill a lamb, which had no blemishes, and apply the blood over the doorposts of their houses so that the death angel would pass over, and their firstborn would be spared from death.   Spiritually, since the fall of Adam, mankind, is in bondage to sin and Satan, the “Prince of this world.”  “Wherefore as by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12). Therefore, each one of us is under a curse, and deserves death. When we acknowledge this, and repent of past sins, and accept the atoning blood of  Jesus as payment for our sins, we spiritually apply the blood of the unblemished (sinless) Passover Lamb to the doorpost of our heart. We are redeemed -  “born again” of the spirit unto eternal life.  Only the blood of Jesus Christ (the Passover Lamb and Firstborn of the Father) can take away our sin with its inherent death penalty, and give us life.  We become children of God - the “general assembly of the church of the firstborn” (Heb 12:23).  We shall not be “hurt by the second death” (Rev 2:11; 20:14).  The death angel must pass over us.

UNLEAVENED BREAD (Chag Hamatzot) - Purity, Dying to sin and self:  “And the people took up their dough before it was leavened” (Ex. 12:34). In the Exodus (Passover) story, the children of Israel had to flee from Egypt before their dough was leavened - So, too, believers must be quick to flee from Egypt (a type of “the world”). One must flee from sin (leaven). I John 2:15 - “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.....” The Apostle Paul exhorts the church at Corinth to “keep the feast, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. “Leaven” in Scripture refers to sin.  Leaven “puffs up” - as does the sin of  pride. Jesus Christ was the perfect, sinless (unleavened) sacrifice for sin. Jesus Christ bore our sins in His own body on Calvary “that we, being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness” (I Peter 2:24).

FIRSTFRUITS (Yom Habikkurim) - Resurrection - New Man, Water Baptism: Moses and the children of Israel crossed over the Red Sea three days after Passover. They were all “baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (I Corinth 10:2).  Jesus Christ was crucified on Passover as the Passover Lamb.  Three days later, He was resurrected to new life on the Feast of Firstfruits, and ascended to the Father in Heaven as the firstfruits of the resurrection.  Just as Christ died, so, too, a believer must die to his fleshly desires, and be raised to “new life” in Christ by being  “born again" of the spirit (believing in your heart that He died and rose again).   When a believer is immersed in the waters of baptism, he is identifying with Christ in His death and resurrection. “He who believes and is baptized, shall be saved” (Mark 16:16

Biblical or Traditional Jewish Passover? Examine God's Word!

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Feast of Unleavened Bread..15th Nisan (Aviv)

 

Leviticus 23:6-8 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (KJV)

 

The Biblical Passover is on the Erev 14th Nisan as instructed in Exodus 12:1-39 (KJV). The Traditional Passover observed by the Jewish people is on the Erev 15th Nisan!

Jesus’ "Last Supper" was the Biblical Passover. In Jesus' own words He knew the Biblical Feast Day and sent His disciples to prepare the “Passover” for Him.

Matthew 26:18 (KJV)
Mark 14:14 (KJV)
Luke 22:8 (KJV)
Luke 22:11 (KJV)
Luke 22:15 (KJV)
  "And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:"

How did Jesus keep Torah Obedience by keeping the Passover and yet, still be the Passover Lamb? Jesus kept Torah Obedience By keeping The Biblical  Passover and wasThe Pesach Lamb For the Traditional Passover.

Let us examine the Hebrew Calendar and reckoning of days.

 

Erev.. New day when 3 stars in evening sky.
Bo ..come eat Passover lamb.
Ben ha’ arbayim ... at dusk
Laylah .. night
Boker
.. morning
Yowm (yom) ..day

 Let's examine the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread week.

 

John 11:9-10 (KJV) “Jesus answered,  “Are there not twelve hours in the day?If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not,  because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him .”

Prophetic of what? Numbers 21:5-9 (KJV)

On the way to the Cross
Were it possible let this cup Pass ..  “not my will but Thine.”   Why let cup pass?? Why? What were Jesus concerns?
He, Who, was without sin was to become sin. The Hope of the human race was in the Hands of the Son of God…Salvation by propitiation to the Father. Our sin price was paid in full (justified) with a personal relation through Jesus. ..that we might have  eternal fellowship with Abba Father.  God will provide Himself a Lamb (Genesis 22:7-13).