Passover Time

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Passover (Pesach) is around the corner!

You are invited for our Pesach feast  – be our guest; we have a PLACE for YOU at the table!

Pesach is a family holiday when everyone gets together – let’s build up excitement and anticipation for the holiday by learning about God’s feast days.

Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at sundown (Any time after 3 p.m.), in Phoenix, Arizona.  Please RSVP and we will respond with directions.

Shalom to all ours brothers and sisters in Yeshua Messiah.

Shemitah year September 14, 2015

This is my fourth attempt to finish this article.  I originally started this article in the fall of 2014; at that time I thought it  was the start of the Shemitah year.  In fact, the State of Israel has been keeping Shemitah from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2015.  In doing research, however, I discovered that there was significant controversy regarding the year of Shemitah – that it could be a year later.  At the same time I have been preparing an article on the Jubilee Year and found that the Shemitah should start in September, 2015, and end in the fall of 2016, heralding in the Jubilee Year of 2016-2017.

Warning. We – and I mean all of us – may be out of synchronization with God’s calendar. Nevertheless, there are patterns and symbols to be gleaned.  My personal belief is that September 14, 2015, (Tishrei 1, 5776 on the Hebrew calendar, aka “Rosh Hashanah”) is the first day of the Shemitah Year and October 12, 2016, (Tishrei 10, 5777, which is the “Day of Atonement”) is the first day of the Jubilee Year.  The Jubilee article will be posted shortly.  Most of us from a Christian background have probably not given a lot of thought to the meanings and symbols of the Shemitah and  Jubilee years.  Now is as good a time as ever to learn – the knowledge won’t hurt you and may make you wise.

And the Lord spoke:

“And the LORD spoke unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof. But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto the LORD; thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, and the grapes of thy undressed vine thou shalt not gather; it shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. And the sabbath-produce of the land shall be for food for you: for thee, and for thy servant and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant and for the settler by thy side that sojourn with thee; and for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be for food.” (Leviticus 25:1-7)

Israel's government is helping farmers keeping the Sabbatical Year. (Photo: Wiki Commons) 

Israel’s government is helping farmers keeping the Sabbatical Year. (Photo: Wiki Commons)

The next Shemitah year in the seven-year cycle begins on Rosh Hashanah on 1 Tishrei 5776.  (14 September, 2015), and ends 29 Elul 5776 (2 October, 2016).

The month of Tishrei 5776 will start with a partial solar eclipse, and on the 15th of Tishrei there will be the last of the Tetrad Moons. See my article on the four blood moons.  During the last 100 years, all the occurrences of four consecutive blood moons coincide with God’s holy days of Passover and the autumn’s Feast of Tabernacles (also called Sukkot) in 1949 and 1950, then in 1967 and 1968, and again in 2014 and 2015.  On May 14, 1948 Israel declared her Independence and on June 5, 1967 was the six day war when Israel gained control of the Temple Mount. 

This coming Shemitah may be the only occurrence that a Shemitah happens in conjunction with a blood moon.  It is also interesting to note that the First and the Second Temple, according to the Talmud, were destroyed on the 9th of Av in a Shemitah year”.

The Shemitah represents freedom to the oppressed, food for the poor in the community, rest for the land and work animals, and rest for the farmers. This is a year of sabbatical where one can study what is in ones heart.  It is a year to come closer to God.

The Shemitah and Jubilee year are similar, except that during a Jubilee year the land is returned to its original owner.  Messiah will free us and rule over us in rightness for a thousand years in His kingdom.  There are two great sources one can read to better understand the Shemitah. The first is a book by Jonathan Cahn “The Mystery of the Shemitah”.  I have not yet read this book, but have listened to his presentations and they are, I believe, accurate. The second is an article written by Daniel R. Gregg entitled“ Super cycle.”  This article deals with our present day Super cycles and the practical side of the Shemitah and Jubilee years.

Conclusion

For not letting the land have her sabbaths rest, Judah was put into captivity in Babylon for 490 years (seventy Shemitah years). There is a great price to pay for disobeying God.  If the Shemitah years are not followed than one might expect curses in place of blessings.

What is also interesting to see is how most of our world markets have fallen during a Shemitah year and the majority have fallen in the first month of Tishrei.

As always, I try and keep articles short and to the point. I encourage you to read the two articles mentioned above. I also have available Shemitah years transposed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average that I will email you on request.

I will soon put an article on the 2016 (5777)  Jubilee Year.

Shalom

EXPOSING SATAN

 

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How often have you considered why there are so many denominations in Christian, Jewish,  and Islam? These three major belief systems all originated from Abraham’s seed. Which belief is the correct one? Each one will most likely say his is. Oh really? Let’s look at what has divided the people and why.

The one doing the dividing is non other than Satan, the serpent, the Slanderer, and accuser of man. Once you grasp what slander really is, you will understand how we got to where we are, divided.

One will ask, “How did we become so divided?” Easy, we followed man’s interpretations instead of God’s instructions.  As I am writing to my Christian brothers I will use Christianity in a broad sense, as some denominations are closer to truth than others; not withstanding, all denominations have erred. And this does include Judaism and all other religions. Simply put, one God only gives one set of instructions. He is not a God of confusion:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6

The Bible has many places were it alludes to the fact that not knowing what is in the Bible causes spiritual blindness:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:5
 

I see this referring to those denominations who say, “Believe in Christ – and let me tell you why our denomination is the right one and why you must join us to maintain your salvation.”  They do this so that there will be a congregation to support the minister. Note: there has to be some belief that is different from other beliefs in order for you to join theirs. In most cases they will use Satan’s tactics of slander and lies, twisting the truth to fit their doctrine and your needs.

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1John 2:19 

Where is this leading? Do we realize that its Yeshua’s body that is divided? It is his Kingdom that is divided. Yeshua is not going to force any man to accept his kingdom over Satan’s kingdom. As things stand, most, if not all, of us have our feet planted in Satan’s kingdom, a mixture of God’s instructions with man’s customs.  We need to repent and return to God’s instructions and stop mixing the profane with the holy.

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” Matthew12:25

”Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Philipians 2:2

 

We need to be one in Yeshua. We are not. How did this confusion happen? The slanderer, Satan, that’s how. We all fell into his trap.  Let us look at how he accomplished this:

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5

Satan is slandering God, and man buys into the slander. And so it is today. As a result we are destroyed for lack of knowledge. We will have no excuse because all truth and instructions are found in the first five books of Moses and confirmed in the rest of our Bibles. In fact it is Yeshua that established the Torah. We need to repent and return to God’s instructions and stop mixing the profane with the holy.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17 

See my article “Slander / Gossip” for more insight.

My own thoughts on closing: Adam and Eve desired to listen to Satan, thereby taking honor from God and giving honor to Satan. My question to all, “What has changed?”

Shalom,

Religious Freedom vs. Gay Rights

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The issue at the core of the controversy created by the religious freedom laws in Arkansas and Indiana is not simply about cakes for gay people. I have lived for extended periods of time in both Arkansas and Indiana and gay people have no trouble purchasing cake or otherwise getting served in places of business in either state.

No, the issue at the core of this whole thing is rooted in the fact that the “gay community” has been trying to force everyone to affirm their lifestyle. Furthermore, they have been trying to utilize the force of the state to do it — with a measure of success…

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Are People Being Hypocritical About Passover?

Are People Being Hypocritical About Passover?

How often are we confronted with statements like: “Passover is a Jewish thing,” “You can’t eat lamb for Passover,” “You must keep Passover on a certain day,” and on, and on, and on? The “weightier matter” is to keep Passover as a reemergence of the original Passover, in the same spirit as Americans keep Thanksgiving.

Let’s look in Acts 15 to see what Paul was contending with. Some believed it was necessary to keep the Law to be saved. Paul knew that the law can’t save and further that those who were saved did not know the Law yet.  First, one is freed from Egypt, then taken to the Law.  Paul in wisdom makes these connections in all his teachings.

Act 15:1-2 “1) And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2) When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.”

We might ask if the question is so obvious, why would Paul and Barnabas need to go to Jerusalem to get clarification. Simply put, it was not that clear, because we are dealing with people who know the laws of Moses, AND those who are new to the ways of the Father. To make matters even more difficult, a lot of Jews were also flowing Pharisaical law, NOT the laws given to Moses.

In any case, Paul and Barnabas go to Jerusalem and present their case to the apostles and elders of the church. After much discussion, James gives a solution.

Acts 15:13-21 “13) And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 14) Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15) And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16) After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 17) That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 18) Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 19) Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20) But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21) For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.”

My take on Acts 15 is: The law given by Moses was after salvation from Egypt. Salvation first, than the instructions from God. Simply put, you have to be free to learn before you can do.

In the same way, by keeping Passover by faith, you learn about it. Keep Passover however you are comfortable with keeping it. As you start honoring the Lord’s Passover you will have people telling you: “The Passover is no longer to be honored,” “You must keep it on a certain day,” “You can’t have a lamb on a spit for Passover,” “You must buy your leg of lamb from a butcher who will do the sacrifice (slaughter) for you,” and so it goes. Whatever you do, don’t bring pig to the feast of the Lord, as it is an affront to Him! The Lord will be much more lenient with those making mistakes in keeping Passover than he will to those who simply ignore his instructions to keep Passover forever.

Treat Passover like you treat Thanksgiving. It is God’s family get-together.

Shalom

See other articles on Passover:

Should the followers of Yeshua (Jesus) keep Passover?

Two Passovers

DON’T BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NATIONS TURNING AGAINST ISRAEL

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DON’T BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NATIONS TURNING AGAINST ISRAEL

You may be thinking from recent events that the US administration and the rest of the world are against Israel and Jerusalem. What does this mean to you and your brothers, fellow believers in Yeshua? How concerned are you about our administration turning its back on Israel? Bible students know that all nations will turn against Israel at the time of the end; But you may not have considered this may include the United States.

“For behold, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people, and for My heritage, Israel.” [Joel 3:1-2; ]

Verse 1 was fully fulfilled in May, 1948. For the last 67 years, God has allowed Israel’s enemies to fight against Israel. God promised Israel originally that He would never allow their enemies to achieve military victory over Israel as long as they followed God’s commandments and loved Him with all their hearts.

“The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” [Deuteronomy 28:7]

for the Lord dwells in Zion.” People who hate the Jews and are trying to annihilate them on the basis of Anti-Zionist feelings should understand that God is the biggest Zionist in the world today, and shall be for eternity.

“And I will bring back the exiles of My people Israel … and I will plant them upon their land and they shall no more be torn up out of their land which I gave them, says the Lord your God.” [Amos 9:14-15]

God will bring back all the tribes of Israel; this includes not only the house of Judah (the Jews) but also The House of Israel.

God has clearly stated that He will defend Israel so that no combination of armies can defeat her once He has brought her back to her land, an event that Yeshua stated [Matthew 24] would begin the End of the Age. In fact, God has said He will personally see to it that Israel is never defeated. Listen to several verses:

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Dan 12:1

Michael the Archangel will stand up in heaven to take personal charge of defending Israel. He shall marshal all the armies of Heaven to aid him in his defense of God’s Chosen Nation. Without warning, as the survival of Israel seemingly hangs in the balance, and the future looks mightily bleak, the world armies (most likely including the US) will abruptly be facing a supernatural foe. God tells us how it will be:

“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. Zec 12:8

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zec 12:9

The leaders of the nations, who directly or indirectly wage war with Israel, will be destroyed. Consider what happened to the people of Egypt during Pharaoh’s hard- hearted attitude to God’s request to let Israel go. The people of Egypt paid the price.

If you have accepted Yeshua as your personal Savior and master, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to repent and turn back to his instructions given to Moses at Mount Sinai. Then, you need to begin a daily walk in Yeshua’s rightness (walk as He walked).

You have only two choices: God’s kingdom with Yeshua as our King, or man’s ways by determining what is right and wrong, holy or unholy, and clean or unclean – contrary to God’s instructions. Most of you reading this instinctively know that we are close to or in the final days. One last thought:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hos_4:6

Shalom

Two Passovers

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Two Passovers by Jerry and Kitty revised 12/19/2014

The purpose of this article is to show that there are two Passovers in the Bible. (This does not include the “makeup” Passover on the 14th of the following month for those who are ritually unclean and unable to participate in Passover at the proper time.)

The first Passover, a memorial, is performed by the head of the household on the 14th of Nissan (Ex 12:6), starting on the sunset of the 13th of Nissan. This “First Passover” is NOT part of the 7-day Feast of Unleavened Bread.

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The “second Passover” is a ritual sacrifice, performed at the Temple and is on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread (Nissan 15th).

Deu 16:6 But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt

Please note: I am not sure of how and why there is the Passover of Deuteronomy 16. However, it appears that the Passover recorded in Deuteronomy 16 is on the 15th day of Nissan, starting at sunset on the 14th of Nissan, performed as a sacrifice, and eaten in the temple in Jerusalem. This “second Passover” is also called a High Holy day as it falls on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is a Sabbath day. In any case, during Yeshua’s time and even today, the Jews keep the Passover on both days. The first is a family gathering and the second is at a public gathering on the High Holy Day, which begins at sunset on the 14th of Nissan – the dawning of 15 Nissan.

I feel there is a misunderstanding of the two Passovers; many of those who are trying to keep God’s feast days are not keeping the 1st day of Passover, at home, as a memorial, as was the instructions. This misunderstanding also leads people to believe that Yeshua had a “last supper” and not a Passover as Yeshua said he did in Luke 22:15 – And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”

In support of my thesis, the following is a collection of verses with my commentary:

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Exo 12:6 And ye shall keep it [the Passover lamb] up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

The 14th of Nissan, at night, is the time that the Passover is to be eaten. Remember that the “day” begins in the dark – at sundown on the 13th of Nissan going into the dark period of the 14th.

Num 33:3 And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the Passover [emphasis added] the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.

Israel left Egypt at night – with the light of the full moon! – on the day after Passover, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which God has established as a Sabbath and high holy day:

Exo 12:14 And this day [Passover] shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.

This is the Passover on the start of Nissan 14th and the night that Yeshua eat Passover with his disciples. This is more commonly called the Last Supper by the Christen community.

Exo 12:42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

The “night to be observed” (sunset of Nissan 14th being the start of the 15th) is the night they left Egypt. This night is when the plagues and Passover are to be remembered and talked about.

Exo 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

The 14th of Nissan is the Passover. The next seven days is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when no leaven is to be eaten. The point should be made clear that the Passover is one feast and Unleavened Bread is a separate feast and should be treated so.

There are eight days between the 14th of Nissan and the 21st that we are commanded to eat unleavened bread. This would indicate that the Passover eaten during the dark period of the 14th was eaten with unleavened bread.

Mat 26:17 Now the [first] day of [the feast] of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

Note: The bracketed words above were added by the translators. The sentence should read: “Now the day of unleavened bread…” The “day of unleavened bread” is a way of referring to Passover and the 7 days of unleavened bread.

Exo 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

For this reason, Yeshua CANNOT have eaten leavened bread during the Passover (last supper), as the sacrifice cannot be offered with leaven! He was eating a Passover meal with his family, before going forth to be offered as willing Passover Lamb for all the next day.

Passover (last supper) cannot be eaten with leavened bread. Knowing there are eight days of unleavened bread with Passover being the first day.

Mar 14:14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

Mat 26:18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

Luk 22:8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.

Yeshua is clearly stating that he will keep the Passover.

Mat 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

Luk 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

Yeshua is clearly stating that he is eating the Passover already prepared by his disciples.

Mar 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

The Preparation day is the day the Jews were preparing the lamb for Passover and the Sabbath is the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Deuteronomy 16:6). At this time Yeshua is crucified and put into the tomb, before sunset on the 14th Nissan. This is referring to the 1st day of the feast of unleavened bread, the 15th Nissan, a Sabbath.

Joh 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.

Note that the Yeshua has already eaten the Passover and the Jews are preparing to eat. The Jews are eating Passover on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread – Nissan 15th.

Joh 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

For Yeshua to be our Passover, He would have to be killed on the day of Passover – the 14th.

Passover forever

Num 9:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

Num 9:2 Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season.

Num 9:3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at even, ye shall keep it in his appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye keep it.

Num 9:4 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover.

Num 9:5 And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.

Passover in the New Testament

1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

The holydays, new moons, and Sabbaths are shadows of Yeshua.

It is important to understand the 3 days and 3 nights.

Mat 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Mat_12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

See our article on “THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS”