A Word Study on ‘PRAY’

 Genesis 12:13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

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Genesis 13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. {brethren: Heb. men brethren}

Genesis 13:9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. {obtain…: Heb. be built by her}

Genesis 18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

Genesis 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

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Genesis 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

This word pray is ‘na’ in Hebrew and is a primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered: “I pray,” “now,” or “then”; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction:–I beseech (pray) thee (you), go to, now, oh.

Genesis 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

In this scripture the word is different because instead of pray being between two people, now a prophet is going to do the praying. The word in Hebrew is ‘palal’, a primitive root; to judge (officially or mentally); by extension, to intercede, pray:–intreat, judge(-ment), (make) pray(-er, -ing), make supplication.

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Genesis 23:13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.

This word or combination of the wording ‘I pray thee’ is even different from ‘na’.   This Hebrew word or wording is ‘luw’ or ‘lu’ {loo}; or luw {loo}; a conditional particle; if; by implication (interj. as a wish) would that!:–if (haply), peradventure, I pray thee, though, I would, would Elohim (that).

This is Abraham here, attempting to purchase a plot of land for a burial site. Abraham is trying to get the attention of Ephron to listen to him. He is still beseeching but in a different way because he has verbalized that he wants Ephron to listen , pay attention too him.

Genesis 24:12 And he said, O LORD Elohim of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

This scripture is in the passage where the servant of Abraham has been sent on a mission to inquire of a wife for his son. The servant is calling upon the Elohim of Abraham. This combination of wording, ‘I pray thee send’ is also a besseching, but now it is directed to Yahwey to do something in response to the servan’ts petition on behalf on his master Abraham. He is calling upon Elohim to show favor.

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The word in Hebrew is ‘lu’ , plural (but always as singular) of an unused noun (paneh {paw-neh’}; from 6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.):–+ accept, a-(be- )fore(-time), against, anger, X as (long as), at, + battle, + because (of), + beseech, countenance, edge, + employ, endure, + enquire, face, favour, fear of, for, forefront(-part), form(-er time, -ward), from, front, heaviness, X him(-self), + honourable, + impudent, + in, it, look(-eth) (- s), X me, + meet, X more than, mouth, of, off, (of) old (time), X on, open, + out of, over against, the partial, person, + please, presence, propect, was purposed, by reason of, + regard, right forth, + serve, X shewbread, sight, state, straight, + street, X thee, X them(-selves), through (+ – out), till, time(-s) past, (un-)to(-ward), + upon, upside (+ down), with(- in, + -stand), X ye, X you.

Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

In this passage we find the word pray to be different as well. Job is responding to Zofar’s (The Naameethite} speech. The word for pray here in Hebrew is ‘paga’, pronounced paw-gah’; a primitive root; to impinge, by accident or violence, or (figuratively) by importunity:–come (betwixt), cause to entreat, fall (upon), make intercession, intercessor, intreat, lay, light (upon), meet (together), pray, reach, run. Job is asking why do the sinful ones gain what they gain and what do they get out of asking Yahwey for anything. Sounds like to me that Job is questioning what will be gained by their calling on Yahwey to act?

Job 33:26 He shall pray unto Elohim, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

In this passage the word pray in Hebrew is `athar’, pronounced aw-thar’, a primitive root (rather denominative from 6281); to burn incense in worship, i.e. intercede (reciprocally, listen to prayer):–intreat, (make) pray(-er).

Elihu is telling Job that once a body is on its way to death, it can be revived again if Yahwey decides to allow it to be so and that body will be saved because of a ransom being put upon that one’s life.   Elihu is saying that worship can be restorative to the body because of the favor of Yahwey Who has heard a petition of interceding worship. Yahwey can do this if He decides to.

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.

This Hebrew word is ‘siyach’, pronounced see’-akh . It is a primitive root; to ponder, i.e. (by implication) converse (with oneself, and hence, aloud) or (transitively) utter:– commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk (with).

Wow, this is cool because this word is something that I do more often than anything I do in my relationship. I am a ponder or for sure. I will wrap myself around something I have read in the scriptures like a blanket and sit on it for hours or days and sometimes weeks until either I gather more evidence to support my findings or I just settle in knowing that He will show me somewhere down the road when I know He is ready. This particular verse is one I know by melody.

Psalm 122:6 ¶ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

This Hebrew word is ‘sha’al’, pronounced shaw-al’ or shael {shaw-ale’}; a primitive root; to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand:–ask (counsel, on), beg, borrow, lay to charge, consult, demand, desire, X earnestly, enquire, + greet, obtain leave, lend, pray, request, require, + salute, X straitly, X surely, wish. This word sha’al, seems to have a more urgent and forceful tone to it. I suppose that since this scripture is often thought of as a command (And I agree with that) , that perhaps this may be why it has a forceful tone to it. Hmmm. Interesting!

Zechariah 7:2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,

This Hebrew word for pray is ‘chalah’, pronounced khaw-law’ ; a primitive root (compare 2342, 2470, 2490); properly, to be rubbed or worn; hence (figuratively) to be weak, sick, afflicted; or (causatively) to grieve, make sick; also to stroke (in flattering), entreat:–beseech, (be) diseased, (put to) grief, be grieved, (be) grievous, infirmity, intreat, lay to, put to pain, X pray, make prayer, be (fall, make) sick, sore, be sorry, make suit (X supplication), woman in travail, be (become) weak, be wounded.

These folks had been sent by the priest’s to inquire if they should still deny themselves as they had for so many years. They had wept for their sins, and separated themselves from food and ordinary recreations and other work related engagements so that they might spend the day in devotions; and now they wanted to know if they should continue to deny themselves all that they had. They probably did not like to hear the rebuke that came from Yah through the lips of Zechariah. Yahwey replied that they had done all that they had for naught because He did not ask them too. He had told them to obey the voice of the LORD and they came up with this fasting in order to hopefully appease the LORD. He told them that in all their crying out to Him, He did not hear them. Evidently they were grieving in vain. That is interesting because it tells me that if we are not walking in complete obedience, He will not listen to our petitions no matter how great that they seem to appear to us. Hmmm. In order to be an effective witness, our personal life needs to be in His order.

Well I just finished my personal word study into the Hebrew descriptive of the word ‘pray’ and found nine all together in the first part of the testament. They are: ‘chalah’, ‘sha’al’, ‘siyach’, `athar’, ‘paga’, ‘lu’, ‘luw’ (Which perhaps should have been ‘luh’), ‘palal’ and ‘na’ .

A M A Z I N G !

 

 

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PASSOVER by Eudora

Leviticus 23:5 tells us the date

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover.

Exodus 12 tells us what happened

Exodus 13:3 tells us to remember:

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

Deuteronomy 16:12 tells us why to remember

And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

Kiddush:

God uses four expressions of redemption in describing our Exodus from Egypt and our birth as a nation:

1. “I will take you out…” the blessing for providing food

KARPAS: parsley dipped in salt water

Matzot: breaking of the middle bread

Thank You Lord for you have sanctified us with Your commandments

Crackers with Charaset in a sandwich

2. “I will save you…” the blessing for the land

Thank You Lord for bringing us away from bondage and slavery like You did during the Exodus from Egypt. Thank You Father for our crops, the land on which we live and the fruit of the vine.

3. “I will redeem you…” the blessing for Jerusalem

Maror & Chazeret
: 2 types of herbs representing bitterness and harshness of slavery to sin and bondage

Psalm 122:6 ¶ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Z’roa: Shank Bone of the Lamb:

RE: Sacrifice offered in the Temple

4. “I will take you as a nation…” the blessing for being good and doing good
Bietzah: roasted egg
Re: life & Fertility

1st  cup set aside for Elijah There is a fifth cup of wine called “The Cup of Elijah” and it is reserved for Elijah the Prophet, who is believed to visit each Passover Seder that takes place around the world.

Exodus 6:6-8 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

Deuteronomy 27:6
Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God:

Build an altar: I will meet you there and bless you there.

Exodus 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

1Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. {the feast: or, holyday}

Exodus 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) (do not come empty handed) Passover Offering

Exodus 23:20 ¶ Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Exodus 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Exodus 23:26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.

Exodus 23:29-30 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

Exodus 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

1. I will dispatch an angel

2. I will be an enemy to your enemies

3. I will bless your… bread and water

4. I will make you well

5. I will give you long life + no miscarriages

6. I will bring increase and inheritance ( an anointing )

7. I will place a 12 month blessing upon you

 

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New Moon

Genesis 1: 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

We only have to go back to the beginning to know that the lights in the heavens have always been there to tell time. This is how the Jewish nation determines the holy days, according to the moons and the seasons. The only one that they could not tell was the day of the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets. Leviticus 23: 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.

It is the only Hebrew feast to occur on a new moon. This is what Jesus meant when He spoke of the idiom: “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” ~ Matthew 25:13 No one knew when the exact day or hour when the new moon occurred.

 

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The Hope and Glory of His Return

FEAST of TRUMPETS

Leviticus 23:24 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.

It is the only Hebrew feast to occur on a new moon. The Feast of Trumpets is specifically and biblically the first day of the month of Tishri. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Numbers 29:1 ¶ And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

Servile , according to dictionary.com means: pertaining to a condition of servitude or property ownership in which a person is held as a slave or as partially enslaved. We can still go out and minister as Jesus did on the Sabbath, but work for no man.

The original Hebrew word that is translated as “convocation” is (pronounced) mik-raw means a called assembly. Another literal meaning of the original Hebrew word is a rehearsal – rehearsal meaning to “re-hear” what has been taught. perhaps as many do think and I am one who agrees that we are going to a wedding feast, when we will all hear all the stories of adventure, fist hand, from those who lived them. Before the Lord comes, many trumpets are blown before that day arrives. Similar to the Assembly that we are called to when we gather at the Wedding Feast.

The Spring Feast’s are Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost. These days are a reminder of past events of the movement of God and His people, by His Spirit, that were fulfilled in Christ Jesus

The Fall Feasts, are yet to be fulfilled and are glorious days indeed! The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, The Festival of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day –

A hope and a glory of the sound of His return.

Numbers 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

The word ordinance is defined at dictionary.com as: an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.

Leviticus 23:2-3 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

There is an eternal rest when we have finished our job here on earth. (our works) Not our works of fulfilling the law, but the works that God has purposed with-in us to fulfill His desire. This fourth commandment is the only God-commanded convocation that is weekly, rather than annual, portrays a future event, an ultimate “day of rest”

Hebrews 4:9-11 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Yahushua sat down at the right hand of the throne and entered into His rest. He is waiting for the sound of the trumpets, to begin the Wedding Feast. Anything we do here on earth, is a dry run, a rehearsal for things to come and when we stop to celebrate the Feast of the Trumpets, when we gather together in an assembly, we are also preparing ourselves for the ultimate day of rest.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The word trump: salpigx, sal’-pinx :through the idea of quavering or reverberation); a trumpet:–trump

A meeting of a religious character as distinguished from congregation, which was more general, dealing with political and legal matters. Hence it is called an “holy convocation.” Such convocations were the Sabbaths (Lev. 23:2, 3), the Passover (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:7, 8; Num. 28:25), Pentecost (Lev. 23:21), the feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24; Num. 29:1), the feast of Weeks (Num. 28:26), and the feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:35, 36). The great fast, the annual day of atonement, was “the holy convocation” (Lev. 23:27; Num. 29:7).

“convocation.” Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary. 07 Sep. 2007. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/convocation>.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory.

Ps 16:9 (KJV), Ro 5:2 (NLT), Eph 1:18, (Amplified) Col 1:27, (KJV) Tit 2:13 (KJV), 1Pe 1:21 (NLT

The Spring Holy Days symbolize the events related to the

First Coming of Jesus Christ:

Passover – The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ to pay for the sins of all humanity.

(Exodus 12:13, John 1:29)

The Days of Unleavened Bread – the removal of sin from the lives of converted, repentant people.

(Exodus 12:15, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8) (see Unleavened Bread and What Is Sin?)

Pentecost – the “first fruits” harvest, the coming of God’s Holy Spirit upon conversion.

(Leviticus 23:16-17, Acts 2:1-4)

The Autumn Holy Days symbolize the events related to the

Second Coming of Jesus Christ:

The Feast of Trumpets – The Return of Jesus Christ.

(Leviticus 23:23-25, Matthew 24:30-31)

The Day of Atonement – the judgment and sentencing of Satan after his removal as “the god of this world.”

(Leviticus 23:26-32, Revelation 20:10)

The Feast of Tabernacles – the first 1,000 years after The Return of Christ.

(Leviticus 23:33-36, Revelation 20:2-4)

The Last Day – the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles picturing the later physical resurrection of the vast majority of humanity who were not resurrected to spirit at the Return of Jesus Christ.

(Leviticus 23:39, Revelation 20:5, 11-15, John 7:37-39)

In case anyone doesn’t know, the feast’s do not belong to the Jews, the feasts are the feast’s of the Lord.

Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.

The Punishment for not observing the Holy Feast of Convocation

Zechariah 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles

Zechariah 14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zechariah 14:15-17

And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain

 

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The Feast of Tabernacles

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

God wanted His people in Jerusalem to witness when Jesus was born. He wanted people to be there to witness His sons death on the Passover. He also wanted people to be in Jerusalem to witness when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Feast of Pentecost. These times were His divine appointed times and He had a purpose for these events He wanted us all to know. This will be pointed out in the definition of ‘feast’ which is later in this study.

Josepheous recorded that 2 1/2 million people would be there during the time of the festivals. This is not counting the priests, who offered the sacrifices among their other priestly duties.

Luke 1: 5 ¶ There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zechariahs, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

What is the course of Abia and what does it mean?

During the time of King David’s reign, he had the priest’s duties divided into 24 separate groups of about 1,000 each. This is all explained in the book of 1 Chronicles, chapter 24. Zechariah (z’kharyah), whose name means, “Yahweh remembers”, was a Jewish priest who was a minister of God who worked in the temple, managing it’s upkeep and teaching the people the scriptures and directing the worship services which always included the sacrifices, as well as other priestly duties. He was married to Elizabeth (elisheva, whose name means “His oath”) who was also the daughter of a priestly line. Zechariah was a member of the Abijah division on duty during the week that is mentioned here in Luke. In the morning, the priest would enter the Holy Place in the temple and burn incense. The incense was offered daily before the morning sacrifice at about 9 AM, and after the evening sacrifice, about 3 PM in the afternoon. It was probably the evening offering that was assigned to Zacharias.

Lots were cast to decide who would enter the sanctuary, and one day the lot fell to Zechariah. It was not by chance that the lot fell to him. They threw the lots, it was always up to God how they landed., so this may have even been a once in a lifetime experience that Zechariah served in the Holy Place at this time of the year, when the angel of the Lord ( Gabriel) appeared to him to tell him that God had heard the prayers of his wife Elizabeth, for a child and that she would soon bear a son and give him the name of John. (John the Baptist) After four hundred years – God’s silence was broken. Zechariah was standing next to the altar of Incense when all of this happened. Silence fell upon Zechariah.

What we do not want to miss is that God often calls upon His chosen while they are busy with their daily tasks. Moses and David were called while they were caring for the sheep; Gideon was called while he was busy threshing wheat; Peter and his partners were called while mending nets; and Paul was on a business trip out of town when he got called upon. God guides the events of history and He was at this time, preparing the way for Jesus to come to the earth.

Psalm 89:34-37 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. {that…: Heb. if I lie} His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

According to David’s guidelines, each division served at the temple twice a year and at the major holidays. Fifty-six priests from one of the divisions served each day. It has been estimated that there were as many as 8,000 to 18,000 priests throughout Israel at that time. During the festivals, all the priest would minister together. Passover begins the first month of the Hebrew calendar. The first week is the first course of April and the second week would be the second course and so on, all having different names. Zechariahs and Elizabeth were both descendants of the Levitical priestly line. The Holy Spirit tells us through Luke in chapter 1 that God considered both of them to be righteous individuals. It was this righteous couple that God had chosen to break through His silence and keep his oath to David that His dynasty will go on forever; his kingdom will endure as the sun and that it would be as eternal as the moon, because God is the faithful witness in the sky. We must not forget as well that the mother of John the Baptist was the first person mentioned in the New Testament that was filled with the Holy Spirit of God and the first women of faith, recognized in scripture, even when her husband did not have faith in God and was struck dumb because of his disbelief, and could not speak until John was given his name after his birth.

Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

Luke 1:24-25 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men

Chronicles 24:1-3 ¶ Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest’s office. And David distributed them, both Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, according to their offices in their service.

Every one of these courses ministered its week from Sabbath to Sabbath. The course which went out did not depart till the Sabbath was over, and that which came in, entered when it began. They served a week only at a time, so that the attendance of each course was required twice in the year. Eleazar’s descendants were divided into sixteen groups and Ithamar’s into eight, because there were more family leaders among the descendants of Eleazar.

1st Chronicals 24:4-6 And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and thus were they divided. Among the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen chief men of the house of their fathers, and eight among the sons of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers. Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar. And Shemaiah the son of Nethaneel the scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and before the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites: one principal

All tasks were assigned to the various groups by means of sacred lots so that no preference would be shown, because there were many qualified officials serving God in the sanctuary from among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar. Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, acted as secretary and wrote down the names and assignments in the presence of the king and the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the family leaders of the priests and Levites. It was the descendants of Eleazar and Ithamar who took turns casting lots. Eleazar was the first-born of Aaron so Ithamar’s family was the second in order so it was one of the principal families of Eleazar that was first taken, and then one of Ithamar’s, and then alternately till all was finished.

1st Chronicals 24:7-18

The first lot fell to Jehoiarib.
The second lot fell to Jedaiah.
The third lot fell to Harim.
The fourth lot fell to Seorim.
The fifth lot fell to Malkijah.
The sixth lot fell to Mijamin.
The seventh lot fell to Hakkoz.
The eighth lot fell to Abijah.

(Eighth, which by the way the

number of new beginnings)

The ninth lot fell to Jeshua.
The tenth lot fell to Shecaniah.
The eleventh lot fell to Eliashib.
The twelfth lot fell to Jakim.

The thirteenth lot fell to Huppah.
The fourteenth lot fell to Jeshebeab.
The fifteenth lot fell to Bilgah.
The sixteenth lot fell to Immer.
The seventeenth lot fell to Hezir.
The eighteenth lot fell to Happizzez.
The nineteenth lot fell to Pethahiah.

The twentieth lot fell to Jehezkel.

The twenty-first lot fell to Jakin.
The twenty-second lot fell to Gamul.
The twenty-third lot fell to Delaiah.
The twenty-fourth lot fell to Maaziah.

1st Chronicals 24:19 These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.

Passover week: beginning the second Sabbath in Nisan (March-April).

1st course: Sabbath to Sabbath 1st week of April Jehoiarib

2nd course 2nd week of April Sabbath to Sabbath Jedaiah

3rd course – Week long feast of un-leaven bread Sabbath to Sabbath Harim

4th course 4th week of April Sabbath to Sabbath Seorim

5th course 1st week of May Sabbath to Sabbath Malkijah

6th course 2nd week of May Sabbath to Sabbath Mijamin.

7th course 3rd week of May Sabbath to Sabbath Hakkoz

Pentecost week: beginning the first Sabbath in Sivan Aprox May-June depending on a leap year.

8th course 4th week of May Sabbath to Sabbath Abijah

The Course of Abijah, Zechariah was serving in the last week of May beginning on the Sabbath that began the Feast of Pentecost

9th week: Feast of Pentecost 1st week of June Sabbath to Sabbath Jeshua Pentecost ended.

Luke 1: 10-11 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

The whole multitude was there at the Feast of Pentecost. Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

Luke  1:6-7 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

Luke 1:24-26 And after those days (After he finished his course) his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

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Taking us to the end of November: June to July- July to August- August to September-

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September to October October to November (five months) second week of November

We also know that Elizabeth carried her child to it’s full term. Luke 1:57 ¶ Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

Full time tells us that Elizabeth’s child came at the appointed time, which means 38 weeks of gestation.

Luke 1:26-27 ¶ And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

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November to December

The end of December , Mary conceives. It takes 9 months to carry a child, (Normal human gestation period is considered to be 38 weeks from conception.) which takes us to the end of September, first of October: Feast of Tabernacles. Emanuel… God with us! Have we not read in the book of John?

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The word dwelt is skenoo, pronounced skay-no’-o in Greek which means to tent or encamp, i.e. (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion) or (specially), to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion):– dwell. Of course we have reason to rejoice !

Deuteronomy 16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.

God wanted the whole house to rejoice. All peoples of the earth!

Psalms 113 through 118 are the ‘Psalms of Hal’ El’ which is Hallelujah = Hebrew meaning Praise Ye. These Psalms are Sung during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Psalm 118:14-15 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation <y@shuw`ah> is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

Psalm 118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

The word salvation in these Psalms is <y@shuw`ah> in Hebrew. Do you see that? Yah’shua

Psalm 118:24 This is ‘the day which the LORD hath made‘; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (His birthday is ‘the day’ that the Lord hath made) Yahoo, it’s a birthday party!

Luke 2: 8-11 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

‘great joy to all people’

Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

We can imagine thousands of little hut like creations of succah’s all over Jerusalem , all over the Mount of Olives with aprox 2 1/2 million Hebrew celebrating. The festival of sukot (Tabernacles) would cause every inn to be full, and the shepherds abiding in their fields watching over their flocks could have also been in succah’s too. The Bible does not tells us that they were, but this is the rainy season in Jerusalem.

In the book of Exodus, the tabernacle began to be built on the Feast of Tabernacle. This is where God dwelt by His Spirit.

Luke 2:6-7 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

“The days were accomplished that she should be delivered” These words confirm to us that Mary, like Elizabeth, carried her child to full term.

People were there in Jerusalem in the droves during this time: The Feast lasted eight days.

Swaddling clothes: in the Greek is sparganoo, pronounced spar-gan-o’-o which means: (a strip; from a derivative of the base of 4682 meaning to strap or wrap with strips); to swathe (an infant after the Oriental custom):–wrap in swaddling clothes.

The wicks in the tabernacle were the used and worn out garments of the priests, torn in strips. So Yah’shua was wrapped in priestly garments.

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.

So on the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles, we find Yah’shua in the temple, shedding his blood confirming His covenant with Abraham.

We have been taught that the Feasts are for the Jews but when we read the truth, it says this:

Leviticus 23:1-2 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.

If we are children of the Lord God of Israel, these days are to be holy convocations celebrating the ‘feasts of the Lord‘. He said… “even these are my feasts”.

The word feast may make us think of food, but the word in Hebrew is mow`ed, pronounced mo-ade’ which means moled {mo-ade’}; or (feminine) moweadah (2 Chronicles 8:13) {mo-aw-daw’}; properly, an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand):–appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn(-ity), synogogue, (set) time (appointed).

It is a divine appointment.

The word mow’ed comes from the root word ya`ad, pronounced yaw-ad’ which means to fix upon (by agreement or appointment); by implication, to meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage): -agree,(maxke an) appoint(-ment,a time), assemble (selves), betroth, gather (selves, together), meet (together), set (a time).

Now lets look at what happened about a month after the birth of Jesus?

Luke 2:22-24 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

If we look at the truth of what was supposed to be offered after the days of purification , after the birth of a child, we can look in Leviticus 12: 6-8 we read this: ¶ And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

A lamb of the first year… AND a young pigeon or a turtle dove, for a sin offering. If she is not able to bring a lamb.. she could bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering. Evidently the kings had not arrived yet to bring Him the gold, myrrh and frankincense. We do not know why Joseph & Mary did not bring with them a lamb, but what we do know is that right there in her arms, she held ‘The Lamb of God’

I would not know how to go about proving this but because He is the Lord of the Sabbath, It is of my own opinion that Yah’shua was born at the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles, which would be the Sabbath and was circumcised at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles on the Sabbath, on the eighth day.

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.

There are two interesting side notes that might be pointed to. They are only pointed to as possibilities.

It is possible that because Mary’s conception was in the vicinity month’s Nov/Dec, it is possible that perhaps her conception is during Chanukah (the dedication of the Temple celebration, a.k.a. the feast of lights)

It is interesting to note that John the Baptizer, could have possibly been born during Passover, the other eight day feast. All of these “coincidences” are possible if Zechariah is serving in the Temple during Pentecost and I believe that he is.

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Yom Kippur ~ Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is a “Shabbat Shabbaton” – a “Sabbath of Sabbaths”; a High Holy Day, the “Day of Atonement.” It is a special day set aside to atone for our sins of the past year.

People might wonder why a Christian would celebrate the Day of Atonement. Some might think this is a Jewish holiday. They would be absolutely in-correct. The Feast Days and Holy Days are set aside by the God of the Universe, the God of Israel. Here is a sentence from the Bible when Yahwey; the God of Israel, was speaking to Moses.

Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.

Some might also incorrectly think that these days are only set aside for the Jewish peoples. If that were true, God would have only spoken to the tribe of Judah.

Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. ~ Revelation 22:14

If we intend to enter into the gates of the city, we too must do the same works as Abraham, just as Yahushua said to those Jews which did believe on Him. He told them, “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”   They answered Him, “We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?” Yahushua told them that He knew that they were Abraham’s seed but that they seek to kill Him. He told them that He spoke what He had seen with His Father and they spoke what they had seen with their father and that His word had no place in them. Again they said to Him, “Abraham is our Father”, to which Yahushua replied, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”

So… what are the works of Abraham?

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.

Abraham adhered to every word that came from the mouth of His Holy God and Abraham was not a Jew. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. So if we are Christ’s and Abraham’s seed, then shouldn’t we also be obeying every word that comes out of the mouth of God, just like Abraham?

Yom Kippur is known as a day of prayer and has numerous prayers associated with it. Most revolve around the central theme of repentance and return.

This is the season to be reconciled to our Holy God. Back in the day, this was the time of year when the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies and make atonement first for himself and then for the children of Israel. Yahushua has entered once into the Heavenly Sanctuary after making atonement with His own blood. Christ offered His own blood through the eternal Spirit, without spot; thereby purging our conscience from dead works so that we might serve the Living God. Rules and rituals could never have cleansed the heart, but the blood of Yahushua is more than capable to allow us to enter boldly into the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find His grace. However, just like the children of Israel waited outside both the tabernacle and the temple annually, we are still awaiting for His return to come out of the Heavenly Sanctuary.

Hebrews9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

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Is Sabbath A Sign?

According to the book of Revelation, whom did John specifically see in God’s eternal kingdom?

Answer:   The answer is threefold and very clear:

  1. Those who have God’s mark, or sign (His Sabbath), in their foreheads (Revelation 7:3).
  2. Those who refused to identify with the beast or his image and who refused to have his mark or name in their foreheads (Revelation 15:2).

This is a sign that we who gather on His set aside days, are His people and that we specifically belong to Him

His Sabbath is a sign that establishes us accordingly, as part of the family.

Now about the Sabbath being a seal:

There are three essential components of a royal seal: the name of the ruler, his official title, and the territory over which he governs. An example would be ‘Cyrus, King of Persia’. In the fourth commandment given to Moses, we find these three elements at the heart of God’s law. “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” Exodus 20:11.

Name—”Lord” (Yahweh)

Title—”Maker, or Creator”

Territory—”heaven and earth”—the whole universe. See Exodus 20:8-11; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:1-4.

The fourth commandment contains God’s name, title and dominion. It is His seal, stamped in the midst of His ten commandments, proclaiming the authority of God’s law. It is through Jesus that we learn that the God of creation is our father because of when He taught the disciples how to pray. He began the prayer by saying to pray in this way: ‘Our Father, which art in heaven.’ The word Father in Hebrew is Abba. In the word ‘Sabbath’, we see the word Father clearly written with our own eyes- S ‘abba’ th.

The fourth commandment, written in our heart and mind, proclaims God’s sovereignty in our life and seals us as one of His children, a citizen of His kingdom.

“I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign (seal) between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord Who sanctifes them…. Hallow My Sabbaths, and they (Sabbaths) will be a sign (seal) between Me and you, that you might know that I am the Lord your God.” Ezekiel 20:12, 20; see also 36:26-29.

Note: Sign and seal are used interchangeably in Scripture. See Romans 4:11.

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