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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WHAT ARE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?

A description of God’s unchangeable character and ways of life and thinking. are found in the book of Exodus, chapter 20.

20: 1 And God spake all these words, saying,

20: 2 I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

20: 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

20: 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth:

20: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate Me;

20: 6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep my commandments.

20: 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

20: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

20: 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

20: 10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:

20: 11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

20: 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

20: 13 Thou shalt not kill.

20: 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

20: 15 Thou shalt not steal.

20: 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

20: 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.

20: 18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw [it], they removed, and stood afar off.

This law can never be changed by man. Every piece of it is important to God and should be extremely important to us. We may have to die for our belief. Ten people were killed in October last year right here in Oregon at a community college in Douglas County. They died because they were singled out and asked if they were a Christian. If they said they were Christians, they were shot … Are you prepared?

Some day I might be called upon to be faithful unto death. But in the words of Yahushua Himself, He will give me the crown of life. What folks may not understand or comprehend is that this life is only a temporary life. When we die, one day we will be resurrected from the grave. This is when the life that we are really meant to live will truly begin. in the mean time, all God asks is that we show Him we love Him by keeping His commandments. ALL of them.

When I begin to doubt, I often ask myself these questions. Eudora, doesn’t the word of God say that you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you? Is God a man of His word or not? And didn’t Jesus say that with God, ALL things are possible? Is He to weak to be able to keep my feet on that narrow way towards that straight gate? Do you have the Spirit of truth or not? Do you worship a God whose arm is too short to save you? Are you going to love your life unto death or love your life unto life? I begin to perk up because I KNOW that He is faithful to keep His word and that He never changes.

Please keep this in the forefront of your mind. Man may THINK that He has changed God’s law but he hasn’t and will never do so. God’s law is eternal just like His love is eternal.

It was when I began to really focus on the ten commandments that God spoke to me through His Spirit. I knew that because of His power, I could certainly honor and observe His commandments. Really when you think of it, how hard is it to resist the temptation to steal, lie, not commit adultery, lie about your neighbor and covet what God gave him. How hard is it to make it through a year without killing someone? When it came to the fourth commandment, I began to get very uncomfortable.

I grew up in the church. My father was an ordained minister and my mother taught Sunday school. I grew up believing in the scriptures and what I was taught. I was told many times that the scriptures were ordained by God. It was not until I was fourty eight years old that I began to read the Bible for myself under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I learned in those first six months that if I kept God first and foremost as the God who I had been chose to follow, that He would take care of the rest. All I had to do was love Him more than life itself and not to love my own life to death. That is exactly what the Bible says.

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How Did We Get Here?

So exactly how did the bulk of humankind go from observing Sabbath as a seventh day of the week as God commanded, to observing the first day of the week on a Sunday?

Let’s look at the Protestant Ten Commandments next to the Ten Commandments

Yahushua commented the following in regards to putting human traditions in place of His law. I don’t think that He was only speaking to the teachers of the oral law. I think He was also prophesying into the future when the Catholic church would THINK to change God’s law and seasons, just as Daniel said.

Mark 7:6-9 GNB says, “Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are hypocrites, just as he wrote: ‘These people, says God, honor Me with their words, but their heart is really far away from Me. It is no use for them to worship Me, because they teach human rules as though they were My laws!’ “You put aside God’s command and obey human teachings.” And Jesus continued, “You have a clever way of rejecting God’s law in order to uphold your own teaching.”

If a person does a Google image search, you can easily find this photo used at several different web sites. If I knew where it actually came from I would certainly credit that person. I had a Catholic Bible in our home that I purchased for five dollars. It was a very old one dated back in the late 1800’s. It had already been monkeyed with and the Sabbath made to sound as if it could be any day that one might choose. I promptly got rid of it. Some of the newer modern day Bible’s like for instance the Saint Joseph Edition, the new American Bible published by the Catholic Book Publishing Company copy written in 1970 is not so bad in its wording.  It still resides in our home with my vast collection of Bibles.

I honestly believe that Isaiah was prophesying into the body that there would come along a group of people who would begin teaching a doctrine that was contrary to God’s instructions. In the time that Jesus walked this earth and had His ministry, this contradictory teaching had already begun. This is why Jesus reiterated the words of the prophet Isaiah saying that Isaiah was right in calling them hypocrites because even though they honored Him with their lips, their heart was far away from Him and that it was no use to worship Him because they taught human rules as though they were God’s laws! He even told them that they had a clever way of rejecting God’s law in order to uphold their own teaching.

A QUOTE FROM Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.

“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.”

But here is the thing. If we obey God and keep His Sabbath day Holy, we give our allegiance to God. If we obey the Commandment of the Catholic Church and keep their day Holy, who do we give our allegiance to then?

—I do not intend to offend any of my Catholic friends or even my Christian friends but the truth is that the catholic church actually changed the Ten Commandments of God that were given to Moses and all the churches different denominations stemmed off from the catholic church. Don’t believe me, look it up for yourself. Do your own research.

The Catholic Church even admits that they have changed the seventh day Sabbath to the first day Sunday. Anyone can look it up on the internet. The church has their reasons and I will not go into it, only to say that it is fully the intention of the Devil himself to divide the body because it is the fourth commandment that is a SIGN as to who we worship and give our allegiance to.

Here is a quote from father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802

“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.”

Like I said, anyone can search the internet and find this information on their own. The problem is that the catholic church has believed for many years that they have the right to change God’s law. In my personal opinion, it is completely ‘silly’ to think that mortal man can change the laws of the Creator of this universe.

The ten utterances that He spoke to Moses, are laws which God personally wrote in stone. Of a truth, —a copy of the original set of the Ten Commandments that remain unchanged in the heavenly sanctuary are seen by John in His Revelation letter from Messiah Yahushua. Something else to be aware of is that we also never find anywhere in the New Testament where Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. But we do have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day – the 7th day of the week, Saturday.

I will say one more thing regarding the catholic church and it is this: Most Catholics are not aware of these things because they are not spoken of or taught in Sunday Mass. Nor is it told to their followers that millions of people like myself were tortured and murdered by the catholic church. This is a matter of historical record which can be found in thousands of history books. The Catholic Church used to persecute whoever didn’t agree with it. But make no mistake about it, many Christians have been murdered in the name of atheism too. Here we are in our own life time hearing and seeing videos of Muslims being beheaded because they have apostatized from Islam. ISIS will kill their own if they do not agree with them. They are even killing Christians. Out of all organized religions, the Hebrew nation as a people, have by far suffered the worst oppression and this will escalate even more so the closer we get to the return of Messiah. How do I know? I read the Bible.

I keep hearing that the catholic church is at this moment in time, trying to establish a ‘law’ that every human observe Sunday rather than God’s instructed commandment of the seventh day Sabbath. I personally believe that there will come a time when history will repeat itself. Each one of us who confess Yahushua (Jesus) as our savior will one day have to make a choice. I do want to warn you though that you should not read these truths on an empty stomach because the things that went on will make you physically sick.

There appears to be no consensus on whether Jesus, His disciples, or apostles celebrated the Lord’s Day on Sunday. There seems to be no internal scriptural evidence that would justify the Christian church changing the day from that commanded in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).

I suppose that in later centuries, moving from Saturday to Sunday may have been beneficial if for no other reason than to improve the security of Christians by distancing Christianity from Judaism in the eyes of the government. It certainly did not help to be considered a Torah observant believer during the Dark Ages. The entity (Catholic Church) that officially changed Sabbath to first day observance was done so purely out of Roman Greek thinking. For the Romans, religion was first and foremost a social activity that promoted unity and loyalty to the state. If one was not loyal, they were dealt with. There is physical documentation out there now proving that Constantine did not actually convert to Christianity but that he used Christianity to establish the Christians loyalty to Him because both the army that he fought with and the men in his own army were vastly Christian. He couldn’t beat them so he made it appear as if he were a Christian in order to win them over so that he would become the Emperor of the Roman Empire. In the arc that he erected in his own honor, no evidence of Christianity is seen. This was just discovered here recently when the arc was closely examined by archeologist.

WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF YOU? Deuteronomy 10:12 & 13

10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

10:13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and His statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

  1. Fear God . (respect, holding in highest honor, and loyalty)
  2. Love God.
  3. Serve God with all your heart and soul.
  4. Keep the commandments, all ten and not just nine.
  5. Not forgetting to shew mercy and walk humbly. Mathew 22:36-40, Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

My suggestion to everyone is look up the definition of what sin is, according to the scripture. I also personally do not hold a grudge against the catholic church as an organized religion because I am fully aware that the enemy of God is the devil and He is the one who is working behind the scenes and is using the catholic church to do his work. All of this that is going on behind the scenes was prophesied in BC 555: “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change TIMES and LAWS: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” ~ Daniel 7:25

But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

– Deuteronomy 5:14

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