Month: June 2016

Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz Question #9

What does God hate?

  1. Divorce
  2. Nicolaitans
  3. a & b.
  4. c and certain people who alter God’s Word.
 Answer: d.

Let’s go right to scripture.

 “For אֱלֹהִים יְהֹוָה, yehôvâh ‘ĕlôhı̂ym[i] of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says יְהֹוָה Yehovah of hosts. Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.” (Malachi 2:16 NKJV)

 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. (Revelation 2:15 NKJV)

 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of יְהֹוָה your אֱלֹהִים Elohiym which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2 NKJV)

 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32 NKJV)

 Every word of אֱלוֹהַּ[ii] Elohahh is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6 NKJV)

 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, אֱלֹהִים[iii]will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; (Revelation 22:18 NKJV)

 YeHoVaH has laid it out well in the Bible. However, let’s drill down to what constitutes a Nicolaitan? Do you remember when the “stage mom” of John and James asked Y’shua if her sons could be seated next to the Messiah in Heaven? I’ll tell you, the ink hit the fan that day. Here is Y’shua’s response.

 “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:22-28 NKJV)

 This passage depicts the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Nico = ruling. Laitans = The Laity or common folk. “Leadership”, in other words. John and James along with Mom tried to get a free pass to exalted leadership.

The Messiah nipped it in the bud with John and James but this doctrine that took root in the church by the time Revelation was written hasn’t left. It’s still stinking up the place. Christian bookstores are crammed to the ceiling with books on Church “leadership”. It’s not about serving, it’s about church leadership to produce church growth as if the church is responsible for its growth.

 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising אֱלֹהִים[iv], and having favour with all the people. And יְהֹוָה[v] added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:46-47 KJV).

 The temple that is mentioned here is the Hebrew or Jewish Temple. The public square, so to speak. The First believers, who were Jewish, did not abandon their Jewish places of worship and build churches and seek isolation. Thank God, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek, that we have Nicolaitan’s today to build all these great walled buildings for us to isolate ourselves in.

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[i] Strong’s Concordance, Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890. eSword version; Derivative Work, Copyright © 2002-2014 by Rick Meyers. All rights reserved; אֱלֹהִים ‘ĕlôhı̂ym is the plural form of the name of God. יְהֹוָה yehôvâh is the banned name of God by the religious elites to keep us in ignorance.

[ii] Ibid. Eloahh, a diety or the Diety. Translated here as God. The concept of the purity of God’s word has to be considered as limited to Hebrew, the direct language that it was delivered to the Hebrews and preserved by them.

[iii] Ibid; The Greek is Theos or God; Strong’s G2316 “Theos” which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for God, Elohiym, found in the Old Testament; from a comparison of Theos G2316 in the Septuagint with Hebrew Elohiym in the original, Strong’s H430.

[iv] ibid

[v] ibid; Lord = Greek “Kurios”; Strong’s number G2962. In the Septuagint, Kurios in the Greek is predominantly used to translate Yehovah in the Hebrew, Strong’s H3069.

Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz Question #8

This is a very exciting day in yours and my life. According to God’s Calendar it is?

 Answer: The date in reference is May 1st, 2016 or by יְהֹוָה God’s calendar[i], Aviv 22, 6016. It is the Day of First Fruits[ii]. Although it is the supposed day that the Messiah arose from the grave on this Sunday morning in actuality He said 3 days and nights. If you don’t know how to count like most of the church, you’ll say He was crucified on “good” Friday and three days and three nights later he arose on Sunday. 1+1+1=2?

Of course, school children can do the math correctly. And if you back count from First Fruits, you can easily find the year that the Messiah was born[iii]. Don’t forget that you have to use the description of the day that was in effect and how the gospel writers understood the day and night at that time.

A full day begins with sunset and ends at sunset.

The Son of Man was laid in the grave at sunset on Wednesday to begin Thursday.

Thursday sunset adds up to day one.

Day 2 starts at sunset on Thursday and runs into Friday.

Day 3 starts at sunset on Friday and runs into sunset on Saturday.

This fulfills the Messiah’s prophecy:

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. (Matthew 12:38-41 NKJV)

 Doing the math has always been a problem for the church because they really want to celebrate pagan holidays like Dagon the fish god whose day of worship is Friday. Let me ask, “Do you know why the Catholics eat fish on Fridays and their leadership wears hats that look like the mouth of a fish?

Y’shua, who as the High Priest, was out of the grave before sunset on Saturday but in isolation readying to perform the presentation of First Fruits before the father. For the Jewish High Priest, who was also in isolation per the commands of יהוה Yehovah, it was food or barley loaves. For the Messiah, it was resurrected saints. (I have food that you know not of[iv]…) These saints had been reported to be seen walking around Jerusalem at His crucifixion.

 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (Matthew 27:51-52 NKJV)

 When Mary tried to hug Him on Sunday morning, He pulled away and said, “Touch me not…[v]” because he had not ascended to the Father. He was still in isolation. He had not yet waved the offering of First fruits before the Father. The resurrected saints that He took to heaven with Him[vi].

Isn’t that GREAT! A down payment on our resurrection to eternal life!

At the same time, the Jewish High Priest went into isolation after Passover to prepare to offer the First Fruits of the barley harvest on that Sunday morning before the altar.

This is one more example of the many God ordained festivals which are types that foreshadow the good things to come. Prophecies in the feasts. Another fulfillment of יְהֹוָה Yehovah’s plan. Another thing the church has blinded itself to by being Greek centric.

The Messiah is communicating to us through His chosen people, the Jews up to and through our present time. He is doing this in the many feasts He asked the Jews to observe throughout the years. And the church, holds its nose and remains stuck in a Greek fixation. It is stripped of God’s messages to us, through the Jews. It is the work of Ha Satan. It is the deception that would snare even the elect[vii].

Jesus may be his English name derived from the Greek translation Iesous but his mama called Him Y’shua. Just another example of how the church is so out of touch with the real Jewish Messiah in the time that He came to speak to us, the first century.

7 weeks and one day later is the Feast of Shavuot, or the wheat harvest First Fruits or the Day of Pentecost[viii]. This year, it is on June 12th according to יְהֹוָה’s Yehovah’s Calendar[ix].
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[i] Rood, Michael, “The Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar”, http://www.aroodawakening.com. In 6016 there was an Adar Bet. An additional month added to reconcile the late barley harvest.

[ii] Bunn, T. Davis, http://www.torahclass.com/other-studies/47-other-studies-text/846-season-of-change. Bunn writes an interesting survey of the festivals of יְהֹוָה Yehovah that were designed for our pleasure and not for His pleasure.

[iii] The correct year requires that a Wednesday Crucifixion and a Saturday afternoon resurrection line up according to יְהֹוָה’s calendar.

[iv] John 4:32

[v] John 20:7.

[vi] according to Michael Rood, are the 24 elders; ibid.

[vii] Pagan festivals such as Halloween, Christmas, Lent, Easter and their world-wide adoption contrary to the word of יְהֹוָה Yehovah speaks to a common and strong deception. Remember that the church going back to the first century has always promoted that the end times were right around the corner.

[viii] Also it is the day claimed to be the day that the Israeli’s received the Torah law from יְהֹוָה Yehovah at Mount Sinai, and the day that Israel, the nation, was reborn in 1948.

[ix] Rood, Michael, Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar, ibid.

Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz Question #7

Today is the Sabbath but it also happens to be a High Sabbath on יְהֹוָה’s calendar. What is today called?

Answer: The date in reference is April 30th, 2016 or by יְהֹוָה’s calendar, Aviv 21, 6016[i]. This is 7 days past this year’s Passover. The answer is: The last day of the Feast of Matzah otherwise known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

It starts with a high Shabbat in which no work is allowed and ends 7 days later with another high Shabbat. Many simply call it the Passover but the actual Passover sacrifice occurs on the afternoon of the 14th of Aviv and the feast went from the 15th to the 21st of Aviv. Don’t forget that יְהֹוָה’s day is from sunset to sunset.

According to Bible chronology, the Last Supper was on the Passover but at the beginning of the 14th day “at even” or after sunset[ii].

I’m going to borrow from “Believer’s Bible Commentary” by William MacDonald[iii].

 “The Feast of Unleavened Bread occurred in connection with the Passover. It extended over a period of seven days, beginning with the day after Passover—i.e., from the fifteenth day of Nisan[iv] to the twenty-first. The names of these two feasts are often used interchangeably. During this time the Jews were required to put away all leaven from their households. In Scripture, leaven speaks of sin. The feast pictures a life from which the leaven of malice and wickedness has been put away, and a life which is characterized by “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co_5:8). There was no lapse between the Passover (our redemption) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (our obligation to walk in holiness) . . . Even today the Jews eat unleavened bread during this feast. The bread is called matzo. The preparation of matzo involves piercing the bread, and in the baking process it becomes striped. This unleavened bread clearly reminds us of the sinless Messiah. He was pierced for us, and by His stripes we are healed.”

I need to point out that the month of Nisan is an innovation by the Rabbi’s. The Bible calls the first month of the New Year Aviv[v] and the post Babylonian Rabbi’s[vi] moved the New Year into fall contrary to יְהֹוָה’s word. You were probably worried that it was only the church that thought it was necessary to overrule יְהֹוָה and change His word.

If you eat your Passover meal after sunset on the beginning of the 15th day which is the tradition, you eat matzah. If you are celebrating the Last Supper which occurred just after sunset on the beginning of the 14th day, you eat normal puffed up yeasty bread.

Since the church is confused and possibly parsimonious, it routinely serves matzah in the communion. If you are honoring the Last Supper in your communion, the bread that should be served is regular yeasty bread. A little more work for the janitor and the vacuum cleaner but we can’t let the dogs take care of it like they did back in the day.

 

[i]The Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar” Rood, Michael. http://aroodawakening.com; A restoration of the Calendar from the Tanach.

[ii] It was common in Messiah’s day and even unto today for the 14th of Aviv, the day of Passover, to be incorporated into the Feast of Matzah which runs from the 15th to the 21st. This is not according to Moses and accordingly would not be according to Y’shua. The day 14 Passover WAS a day of preparation for the Passover Seder that was eaten on day 15. Part of the preparation was the slaying of the Passover lamb. The Last Supper was not a Passover Seder.

[iii] “BELIEVER’S BIBLE COMMENTARY”, WILLIAM MACDONALD; Edited by Arthur Farstad; THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS

Nashville; Copyright 1995, 1992, 1990, 1989 by William McDonald. All rights reserved. eSword version.

[iv] Takanot: Rabbinical innovation. According to Encyclopedia Judaica, Takanot are “rules enacted by the Pharisees which change or negate Biblical Law.”

[v] Sometimes written as Abib.

[vi] Jewish Rabbi’s are a well known and respected group today representing Jewish thought and Theology but they derive their authority from the Oral Law, collected and written down in the Mishnah and Talmud. The Oral Law is a greater authority than the written Bible according to them. They have several branches with the most prominent branch being the Pharisees. The Pharisees were the most vicious enemies of Y’shua because He called them on their pretense of representing the Almighty and his word. They had a good gig but they were being busted by the Son of man, God Himself! Today’s Orthodox Jew is one and the same Pharisee who celebrate their Holy Mishnah and Talmud and down play the Commandments of God and the Torah of Moses. The Pharisees and the Catholics share at least one thing in common. The use of murder against their enemies as a way to uplift their bloody thrones. OK, let’s throw the Lutherans to the wolves, Martin Luther ordered the murder of the Anabaptists over the question of sprinkle baptism vs. immersion baptism.

Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz Question #6

How many years was the ministry of the Messiah? Support your answer with as many names of the church fathers that support your view.

If you said three and one half years and Eusebius[i],[ii], you would be wrong but correct in the sense that he promoted the idea and that it has been widely repeated as true over the centuries. In fact, Eusebius, who was the apologist of Constantine[iii], came up with this number of years in trying to reconcile Messiah’s ministry to Daniel chapter 9 vs. 27[iv]. But he missed the mark.

The time of Eusebius in the 4th century is far removed from the Messiah’s 1st century ministry. By then it was an acceptable practice in the Alexandrian school of Theology to use allegory, or simply put, to just make it up[v].

Other so called church fathers said Messiah’s public ministry was about a year. They are, Clement of Alexandria[vi], Origen[vii],[viii], Julius Africanus[ix], Philatrius[x], Hilarion[xi] and Tertullian[xii] among others basing their view on Isaiah 61:2:

To proclaim the year of יְהֹוָה‘s[xiii] good pleasure, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (Isaiah 61:2 JPS)

Two events are mentioned here. The Messiah’s ministry or יְהֹוָה YeHoVaH’s “good pleasure” and the second coming right after the day of יְהֹוָה YeHoVaH’s wrath. And in the words of the Messiah Himself in Luke 4:19:

“THE SPIRIT OF יְהֹוָה IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF יְהֹוָה.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. (Luke 4:18-20 NKJV)

 Please notice that the Messiah stopped reading before He got to “the day of vengeance…” indicating a partial fulfillment of YeHoVaH’s pleasure at that time and a second fulfillment or coming of Wrath. Two separate days, in other words.

The Passover lamb was a symbol of the Lamb of God, our Messiah’s sacrifice:

 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats; (Exodus 12:5 JPS)

 Again, 1 year.

If you calculate the time between His baptism by John the Baptist to the Day of Pentecost or a/k/a the Feast of Shavuot where the Spirit was given as promised, His ministry is exactly 70 weeks[xiv] fulfilling Gabriel’s prophecy to Daniel in Daniel 9 in a sub context and in a different way than what was understood and taught by Eusebius. These church fathers already had created the doctrine of Amillennialism meaning that Y’shua’s second coming had already taken place in a secret coming into the believer’s heart.

A controversy over whether the Apostle John actually wrote John 6:4 where a third Passover that the Messiah attended has been refuted by Bible Chronologist, Michael Rood. This is either an error or an insertion into the original text[xv] and it has made it difficult to restore chronology to the Gospels until now. Textual differences are not uncommon in the Greek fragments.

The correct answer is 70 weeks.

[i] Eusebius Bishop of Cæsarea in Palestine, the “Father of Church History” according to the Catholic Encyclopedia; b. about 260; d. before 341. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05617b.htm, accessed 6/24/2016.

[ii] Eusebius was for a 3 and one half year public ministry of Jesus and was influenced by Origen’s later views. But he did write, “And this indeed is true. For it is evident that the three evangelists recorded only the deeds done by the Saviour for one year after the imprisonment of John the Baptist, and indicated this in the beginning of their account.” Church History, Book III, chapter 24:8, Eusebius Pamphilus, via the Catholic encyclopedia; http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/250103.htm; Accessed 6/24/2016.

[iii] The Life of Constantine, Books I, II, III, IV; Eusebius Pamphilus.

[iv] “The beginnings of this “sacred cow” go back to Origen in the third century, and it was popularized by Eusebius in the fourth century. The authenticity of the three-year ministry is seldom questioned. [so] It must be true. Origen and Eusebius related Jesus’ ministry to Gabriel’s prophecy to Daniel about the Seventy Weeks (Dan. 9:24-27). Half the final week was three and a half years. Since Jesus must be the fulfillment of that prophecy, His ministry lasted three and a half years.” Kenneth Frank Doig, http://www.nowoezone.com/NTC16.htm; accessed 6-24-2016. [Sarcasm from the source].

[v] Ante-Nicene Fathers (Volume 9), 9.13.01, Commentaries of Origen – Introduction. eSword version.

[vi] Clement of Alexandria, Ante-Nicene Fathers (Volume 3), 2.05.47 Clement – Stromata, Book 7 –Ch 15 –End. Footnote 119. eSword version.

[vii] Origen originally believed that Messiah’s ministry was about a year. Ante-Nicene Fathers (Volume 4), 4.04.24 Origen – Against Celsus; Book 2 – Ch 1 – 20. Footnote 18. eSword version;

[viii] Origen, later in his life changed his view to a three and one half year period. “The first one to mention a three-year ministry might have been Origen (changing his mind!) in ‘Commentary on Matthew’ (Book XXIV), written late in his life, but Eusebius (early 4th cent.) was the first to argue for it.” Bernard D. Muller, http://historical-jesus.info/appb.html, accessed 6/24/2016.

[ix] Julius Africanus, Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08377a.htm, accessed 6/24/2016. According to this source, Julius Africanus “is the father of Christian chronography.” http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08565a.htm, accessed 6/24/2016.

[x] Philatrius, Bishop of Brescia, died before 397. Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11797a.htm. Accessed 6/24/2016.

[xi] Hilarion; Born in Israel (Palestine) in 291. Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07347a.htm, accessed 6/24/2016.

[xii]Other early Christians believing an one-year ministry include the followers of (gnostic) Basilides (active 120-140) (according to Clement’s ‘Stromata’, I, 21, 146) and the ones of (gnostic) Valentinus (active 120-160) (according to Irenaeus ‘Against Heresies’, I, 3, 3), Origen (185-254) (De Principiis, IV, 1, 5 “[Christ] taught about a year and a few months“), Tertullian (160-220?), Lactantius (late 3rd to early 4th cent.), St Gaudentius (died c. 410), Evagrius (4th cent.), Orosius (375?-418?) and St Ephraem (306?-373).” Bernard D. Muller, http://historical-jesus.info/appb.html, accessed 6/24/2016.

[xiii] The true name of God. Not deflections like Ha Shem or Adonai to the Jews or Lord to the Christians. Yehovah to those of us who respect His name. Sometimes written as YeHoVaH.

[xiv] According to “The Chronological Gospels, The Life and Seventy Week Ministry of the Messiah”, Introduction, “Daniel’s Seventy Sevens Messianic Prophecy, Page 15-16; Michael Rood; http://www.aroodawakening.com.

[xv] John 6:4, ibid. Rood asserts that the context of this passage is against an actual Passover at this time and the verse is a forgery to sustain the views of Replacement Theology; “The Chronological Gospels, The Life and Seventy Week Ministry of the Messiah”, Introduction, Page 5; http://www.aroodawakening.com.

Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz Question #5

 According to the way that יְהֹוָה’s[i] calendar works, what major nation was born on the feast of Shavuot?

Answer: First, let’s determine what the feast of Shavuot is. I’m going to borrow from two of my eSword commentaries.

 The Feast of Weeks (cf. Num_28:26; Deu_16:10) was known in New Testament times as the day of Pentecost (Act_2:1; Gr. pentēkostē, “50th,” from which comes the Eng. “Pentecost”) because it was celebrated seven weeks plus 1 day (50 days) after the wave offering of the barley sheaf during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev_23:15-16).[ii]

The waving offering of the barley sheaf happens on the feast of First Fruits.

The Feast of Weeks (Heb., Shãvûôt) or Pentecost (Gk. for “fifty”) was held fifty days . . . after the Passover Sabbath. It was a harvest festival thanking God for the beginning of the wheat harvest. The firstfruits of the wheat harvest were presented at this time, along with a burnt offering, a new grain offering, drink offerings, and a peace offering. According to Jewish tradition, Moses received the law on this day of the year. The Feast is typical of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, when the church was brought into existence.[iii]

There has been some controversy on when First Fruits occurs but it is always on the first day of the week.[iv] This Feast of Shavuot occurs 50 days later. 7 weeks and 1 day from the Feast[v] of First Fruits. Shavuot is also known in Greek as Pentecost.

Please note that Passover is not a Sabbath although it can occur on a Sabbath in some years.[vi], [vii], [viii]

In our last quiz question I explained a little bit about the different calendars. I told you of the importance of יְהֹוָה‘s Yehovah’s calendar. I told you that very few have paid any attention to יְהֹוָה‘s calendar since Ha Satan through the Roman empire in the third century forced the disbanding of the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin, that kept it.

It turns out that if you project יְהֹוָה‘s calendar back to May 1948, the nation of Israel was reborn on the Feast of Shavuot![ix] So the answer is the rebirth of Israel occurred on Feast of Weeks, Shavuot or Pentecost. However you prefer to refer to it.

Nobody was paying attention to יְהֹוָה‘s calendar at the time and only a select few are today. What else are Israel and the Gentiles missing by not honoring time the way that יְהֹוָה has organized time?

My favorite part of our recent trip to Israel was visiting the home[x] in Tel Aviv where the famous Israeli independence declaration was made by Ben Gurion. יְהֹוָה was most certainly in the announcement as it fulfilled a major Prophecy[xi] on a Feast day and caused millions around the world to wake up to what Yehovah is doing in our time.

I don’t mean to be down on the poor uninformed people of the Orthodox and the confused who follow the Catholic Gregorian calendar or the Roman Julian calendar or the Hillel II Hebrew approximation calendar. The thief comes to steal, lie, cheat, obfuscate and destroy our knowledge of God’s word and His timing of fulfillment of His word.

There’s a blessing when we honor God’s Calendar according to His way. When are we going to wake up to realize that our trained Christian leaders, who are being true to their anti-Semitic seminary theology, have accordingly led us astray from the timing of יְהֹוָה’s fulfillment of prophecy through His calendar?

O יְהֹוָה,[xii] my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say,  “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” (Jeremiah 16:19 NKJV)

 

[i] The Hebrew name of God. Its English form is Yehovah as found in Strong’s concordance. I like to write it as YeHoVaH according to the translation of the Hebrew characters Yod Hey Vav Hey. Hebrew characters also have word pictures associated with them and in this case they are Yod = hand, Hey = behold, Vav = nail. “Behold the hand! Behold the nail!” After the Babylonian exile and after having lived in a country with many God’s and supporting factions, the Jews adopted a practice of not mentioning YeHoVaH’s name. The pagan’s taught that revealing their God’s name to their enemies would lead their enemies to invoke the power of their God’s name to defeat them. Do you think YeHoVaH would favor our enemies? To this day, Orthodox Jews who read Hebrew skip over the letters yod hey vav hey and transliterate it to the word Adonai or Ha Shem – the name. Pope Benedict the 16th banned the use of God’s name in a recent Papal Bull before he was sent packing. I’m hoping you are picking up a clue here. A very good book on the history of the banning and restoration of God’s name, יְהֹוָה, Yehovah can be found in “His Hallowed Name Revealed again”, by Keith E. Johnson, 2nd edition published by Biblical Foundations Academy in 2011. http://www.biblicafoundationsacademy.com.

[ii] The Bible Knowledge Commentary, An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty, Based on the New International Version, by John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck. Cook Communications Ministries. eSword version.

[iii] BELIEVER’S BIBLE COMMENTARY, WILLIAM MACDONALD. Edited by Arthur Farstad. THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS. Nashville. eSword version. Copyright 1995, 1992, 1990, 1989 by William McDonald. All rights reserved.

[iv] I should mention that the church has its own unique calendar in regards to Easter. It was deliberately designed to keep Easter and Passover away from each other. This is Anti-Semitism, my friends. Not only is the celebration of egg laying bunny rabbits a pagan practice, your pastors are taught to distort the most important day of history, the Passover by both pagan symbolism and day of occurrence. Somehow the church thinks it has the authority reserved for the anti-Christ to change times and seasons. It may be that they do.

[v] The words Biblical feast sounds like such a drudge of a responsibility. So, a party of 250,000 men, your closest friends, on the Temple mount with a menu of barbecue over a wood fire and other delights served by your priests with the women entertaining the children and all basking in a God ordained activity? You have got to be kidding. What a thrill. I hear the wine was good, too!

[vi] This year, Passover was on a Saturday Shabbat, the 14th of Aviv corresponding with April 23rd, 2016. The High Shabbat of the Feast of Matzah was on the next day, Sunday, Aviv 15. The last High Shabbat of the Feast of Matzah was on Saturday, Aviv 21 and the Feast of First Fruits was on Sunday, Aviv 22.

[vii] Let’s compare the 2016 Passover to the 0028 or the Jewish year 4028 Passover when the Messiah gave His life for us. The last supper was at Sunset on Tuesday, Aviv 14, the beginning of Passover day. He was in the grave by the end of Passover nearly 24 hours later at Sunset. The Feast of Matzah commences with a Sabbath on Wednesday night-Thursday, Aviv 15. Messiah’s 3 days and three nights is over before Sunset on Saturday, Aviv 17. At Sunset on Saturday is the day of First Fruits on Aviv 18. By the middle of the day (sunrise), Messiah has presented the first fruits of salvation and waved these saints before the altar. Wave here should be considered bowing in deep humility before the Throne by these grateful saints. The Feast of Matzah concludes Wednesday at sunset, Aviv 21 with another High Sabbath.

[viii] Because the Passover rolled into the Feast of Matzah or Unleavened Bread, they are treated as one feast today. However, please note that Passover is on the 14th of Aviv and the beginning of the week long Feast of Matzah begins on the 15th of Aviv. With the next day beginning at sunset as is the normal Hebrew custom of days.

[ix] This is according to Michael Rood who has recreated God’s calendar and applied it retroactively to May 1948. More can be found at www.aroodawakening.com including how to obtain a copy of his calendar, “The Astronomically and Agriculturally corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar.

[x] Now a museum.

[xi] The return of the nation and language of Israel.

[xii] I reserve the rights to correct the spelling of God’s name in otherwise good translations.

Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz Question #4:

My wife and I are sitting down to eat a nice lamb dinner. What Biblical feast are we celebrating today?

Answer: Passover. The Gregorian calendar date for this question is April 23rd, 2016 at 6:34 PM.

I suppose the big sin of the church is that it assumes it can write the rules and overrule YeHoVaH. When Y’shua tabernacled with man (born during the Hebrew Feast of Tabernacles), the Roman Julian calendar was in effect but only for a few decades. God’s biblical calendar was universally followed by Y’shua and Israel.

The Messiah was obedient to attend the 7 YeHoVaH appointed feasts and festivals that He instituted in the Tanak for his followers to party by. They are like dress rehearsals. “They are the foreshadowing of good things to come.”[1]

A Roman edict in the 3rd century forced the Sanhedrin to give up control of the biblical calendar. Once again Rome jumps in with force, you’ll follow our pagan ways or you will be hunted down and murdered. From that prohibition, the Jews came up with an astronomical calendar that is keyed on the lunar eclipse or the dark side of the moon. This pre-calculated Jewish calendar can be off by as much as 30 days of the biblical calendar and usually it’s off by about 1 or 2 days.[2]

In the past 20 years an effort has arisen in Israel to bring back and live by the God established biblical calendar. My wife and I were a part of this restoration when we were recently in Israel. It was exciting.

The Biblical calendar is based on observations of the new moon from Israel. The Hebrew New Year is based upon the ripening of barley, the poor man’s grain. If enough barley has ripened or become aviv before the new moon is sighted, then it becomes the new moon of the 1st month of the New Year. This is the month of Aviv. Passover takes place on the 14th of Aviv. This was the Hebrew calendar in the days of Y’shua.

Sometimes it’s cloudy or the aviv barely is not quite ready so the New Year is delayed. Both of these events happened this year. There had to be enough ripe barley found to allow for the priest to make barley cakes and wave them before the altar on the Feast of First Fruits like back in the days of the Temple. That was not the case this year and the month of Aviv was delayed by a moon cycle.

The next new moon fell on the time that we were on tour in Israel. Our tour guide and internet teacher, Michael Rood, is a member of the Israeli New Moon Society. He took us on the bus up the hill from our Dead Sea hotel (1700 feet below sea level) but it turned out that the haze was too strong and no new moon was sighted. This then moved the first of the month ahead by one day.[3]

So on Saturday night, April 9th, we celebrated the New Year of Aviv 1, 6016, with the blowing of the Shofar and several glasses of wine each in our party of 50. YeHoVaH answered with several thunder storms and cloud bursts. It was a crazy windy New Year celebration along the shores of the Dead Sea.

The Feast of First Fruits is fascinating. Like Passover, which was the redemption of the earth and man, First Fruits was a down payment on the promise. You may remember that a number of Saints were seen resurrected in Jerusalem at this time. These Saints were the First Fruits. Y’shua took them to Heaven and presented or waved them before the Father on that Sunday morning. Sorry that this has to be pointed out but he was out of the grave before sunset on Saturday.[4]

I believe this YeHoVaH designed calendar is part of the reason why the Messiah said that no man will know the day or the time of His coming even though we know he is coming on the feast of trumpets. That is when the Last Trump in the Bible will sound in some future year.

Why won’t we know? Because Jews and the Gentiles don’t follow God’s calendar.

Unfortunately, the church has told you not to think about the end times for their own promotional purposes.[5] It could be that it is a distraction from the church “growth” agenda and it could be that, the day and the hour can’t be known.[6] This is part of the anti-Semitic deception that the church lives under.

But the time of the season can be known including the year, month or month plus 1 and day or day plus 1. We will know when we are getting close but because the church has thrown away all Jewish Bible understandings of time, the church is misinforming the pew sitters and is deeply in the dark on this one.

Today, when I talk with churchmen, I hear the long echoes of the deep isolation that they’ve been living in for centuries as they hide from YeHoVaH and the full council of His word given to the Hebrews and written by Hebrews. It’s very important to realize that Israel does not get saved and join the church as most Christians are taught. The Gentile and Jewish righteous are grafted onto the Jewish root!

And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. (Romans 11:17-18 NKJV)

And let me point out to you that the term Zion, means grafting.[7]

 

[1] Quote from Michael Rood of Shabbat Night Live. http://www.aroodawakening.com

[2] If you think about the existing technology in the 4th century, this was an amazing mathematical feat. But the Jews know they are off kilter with the universe. It is a common practice in Orthodox Judaism to celebrate a festival over two days in hopes that one of the days would line up with the actual God appointed day.

[3] Michael Rood is publisher of “The Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar” available from http://www.aroodawakening.com.

[4] When Y’shua said 3 days and 3 nights, he meant 3 days and 3 nights!!!

[5] The church wants you involved with their activities instead of you spending appropriate time on protecting your family from Ha Satan’s last stand.

[6] Mark 13:32 indicates that we won’t know the precise time.

[7] Another agricultural term that allows, for instance, the splicing of a pear branch into the branch of an apple tree. What a great metaphor for the future of the church. Get on board, guys!

Bible Quiz

Quiz Question #3:

Where in the Bible was the first day of rest, the Sabbath, first established?

The answer is Genesis 2:1-3.

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day אֱלֹהִים Elohiym ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then אֱלֹהִים Elohiym blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which אֱלֹהִים Elohiym had created and made. (Genesis 2:1-3)

Of course, this is not the only place where the Sabbath is mentioned in the Bible. Here is another citation from one of the many places.

Then he said to them, “This is what יְהֹוָה Yehovah has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to יְהֹוָה Yehovah. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'” (Exodus 16:23)

En Español, Saturday is known as Sábado. If you are a believer that is more appropriate than our “Saturn” day. Now, I have not yet mentioned the “commandments” which I believe were not given to us to constrain us but to bless us. I will remind you that the Sabbath is required in the 4th commandment. There are theological land mines that I will tackle later. There is plenty of evidence in the Gospels that the Messiah expects us all to follow the law including setting apart the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is found in many more scripture passages than the 10 commandments but it was first established by YeHoVaH in Genesis 2. It was honored by Y’shua…

And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” (Luke 6:5 NKJV)

“Lord” of the Sabbath can be translated as יְהֹוָה or YeHoVaH. You could also translate this word as Creator of the Sabbath.

It is notable that in Messiah’s confrontations with the Pharisees it’s not apparent on the surface that this is a battle of 2 sets of laws. But it was and still is! It was all about the Pharisee man made “oral” law vs. the Mosaic God given written law. The Mishnah verses the Torah. The Pharisees vs. the Messiah.

And Sha’ul customarily kept the Sabbath and went to Synagogue…

Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (Acts 17:2 NKJV)

And it is commanded for us to observe it as a blessing to us.

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2:27 KJV)

Thank you, Y’shua!