Yom Kippur and Communion

Lev 16:15-22

Heb 10:8-31

1Pt 1:13 – 2:1-10

Zech 12:10-14

1Jn 1:8-10

We are celebrating communion today as a congregation, remembering the Lord’s death until He comes [again]. Yeshua’s death on the cross on Passover in 30 AD was more than the Passover of the many lambs in Egypt around 1446 BC. The Passover was an [unleavened] sacrifice to deliver God’s covenanted chosen people by His sovereign authority and wisdom, long before they were ever born. All they needed to do was to believe what He told them to do, and to obey Him: each family must slay a male lamb of the first year that was without blemish, and sprinkle its blood on the sides and top of the doors at the threshold into their homes. This would protect them from the death of the first-born son in each family, which God was going to do to the Egyptians as the final judgment against Pharaoh and his nation in order for Pharaoh to let Israel go. Continue reading “Yom Kippur and Communion”

First the Natural, Then the Spiritual

All who are born generally have a birthday celebration:  mostly by parents and their friends and relatives around the birth; later by the person him/herself with his friends and relatives each year on the date.

One who has become born-again from Above as a believer in Yeshua/Jesus celebrates his/her new birth as a child of God, and remembers this yearly, even daily. 

Israel/the Jewish people celebrates her birth as a nation at the Passover each year, when YHVH God redeemed and delivered them as a people from Egypt and hard bondage.

The Fall “Feasts of the LORD” — beginning with the Memorial of [Trumpet] Blasts, through the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles — look ahead to the new birth of the nation as the Israel of God, when their sins are forgiven under the New Covenant. 

Double birthdays; double New Years.  Save your people, O LORD, God of Israel!  May many more Jewish people come to know Yeshua/Jesus as their Savior and Lord during this coming year.  It is better to know Him “today” and be found in Christ/Messiah, than to wait uncertainly if any might be shown mercy and included in His salvation of “all Israel” in that Day. 

What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?

(Updated from the article, No One Knows The Day Or Hour – 27 Feb 2015

The Full Moon in September was visible this past Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.  In Jewish terminology, this past Full Moon was on the Sabbath.  This is during the sixth Hebrew month on the Jewish calendar, called Elul.  The next New Moon will mark the beginning of the seventh month of Tishrei, or Etanim.  This New Moon will also fall on Friday night/Saturday, the 27th/28th of September, two weeks following the Full Moon.  Simple, right?  Not for those who simply follow the calendar of modern Judaism for keeping the holidays, the set times of YHVH, the God of Israel, our Redeemer in Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.  Due to reckonings of their own (and sometimes directly connected with rejection of Yeshua as Messiah and Lord), the Jewish New Year — beginning in the 7th month, rather than in the first — cannot fall on a Sabbath or on a Sonday.  So, the Memorial of Trumpet Blasts (the actual name for the New Moon first day of the 7th month) will be commemorated on Sonday evening/Monday, or, on Sept 29/30, two days late (and neither the beginning of the New Moon, nor the “birth”/first thin crescent of light).  Yet, somehow, it will still be considered the first of the seventh lunar month on the Jewish calendar.  (see a fascinating study of this by Hannah Weiss at http://www.restorersofzion.org/NGF_forbidden_passover.htm ) (Note:  I am not advocating for a Messianic halacha in this matter.)

(see also my article about the New Moon here: https://www.streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/the-new-moon-covered-or-revealed/ ) Continue reading “What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?”

On The Other Side

(Rev from April 2007) 

Lk 16: 19-31   the rich man and Lazarus; Abraham’s bosom
Phlp 1: 21-23   with Messiah
Mt 8: 11-12   outer darkness and weeping and gnashing of teeth  

Recently I have gone to five funerals of believers in Yeshua/Jesus. Three had lived to ‘full age’; two were young parents, with their infant son. For us whose sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for our sins, and in His resurrection from the grave, we pass from death to life, awaiting the last trumpet blast for the resurrection of the dead in Christ. (1Cor 15:50-57) Then shall be the victory shout and song of the righteous! For those without that personal relationship with God the Father through saving faith in His Son, they also await a separate resurrection of the unrighteous. Both groups are waiting for the resurrection on the appropriate last day. Continue reading “On The Other Side”

Gen 12: YHVH’s Call To Abram, Son of Eber, Son of Shem

Gen 11:31 – 13:1 

From the genealogy in Gen 11, we learn that Abraham (Abram) was born 352 years after the Flood. Noah died only two years before the birth of Abraham! Shem and Eber were still alive (even during Jacob’s life)! Truly, Shem is the father of all the sons of Eber, father of the Hebrews. We do not know for certain whether they ever met and spoke with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob (or even with Ishmael and Esau), but it is likely, and they would have had eye-witness accounts of pre-Flood and post-Flood people and events, as God maintained His witness and passed it on to His chosen persons and family. Noah was the tenth from Adam, and was protected through the judgment of the Flood; Abraham was tenth from Shem, who also was saved out from the Flood. Ch 12 carries on with God’s redemptive plan, choosing Abram – son of Eber, son of Shem, son of Noah — from among all the Gentiles, through whom He would bless the world through covenant and promise – and lots of controversy. Continue reading “Gen 12: YHVH’s Call To Abram, Son of Eber, Son of Shem”

Gen 11: Progressing From The General To The Chosen

Gen 10:32 – 11:32

10:32 – 11:1 After The Flood, the nations, established by the 70 sons of Noah’s sons and their families, were separated on The Earth.  But before that separation took place, they all had one language and the same words. They all understood each other perfectly. Today, even in English, the words are not ‘the same’; for example, to stand in a line vs to stand in a queue. And there are many more examples of this confusion even within language groups.  Their separation become more pronounced after the Earth/Dry Land was divided in the days of Peleg, after the judgment for the rebellion of the Tower of Babel. Continue reading “Gen 11: Progressing From The General To The Chosen”

Gen 10: History of Origins, Roots of Humanity and Nations

(Updated Dec 3, 2019) 

Gen 10

Chapter 10 of Genesis is also referred to as the Table of Nations (70, the same as the number of the children of Israel (Ex 1:5; Dt 32:7-9)). All of us come from at least one of Noah’s three sons — Shem, Japheth, and Ham (there have been mixed marriages along the way), whose own children were all born after The Flood. (The Hebrew word used for The Flood in Noah’s day is hamabool/המבול , and is not used for any other type of flood or flooding in The Bible. See also Ps 29:10) The covenant promise of God to Noah and to his sons with him, and to their descendants after them, is never again to destroy all flesh and the earth by a flood (mabool). (Gen 9:8-17) There have been many other lesser floods which have destroyed cities and islands, but none of these have been world-wide, nor are they called a mabool. Yeshua has promised to return in time to prevent all flesh from perishing during the Great Tribulation before God’s wrath. (Mt 24:21-22) Continue reading “Gen 10: History of Origins, Roots of Humanity and Nations”

Shavuot/Pentecost – Feast of [Seven] Weeks/50 Days

Lev 23:9-22

2Cor 5:13 – 6:2

Tomorrow, Sonday, is the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and the Christian holiday of Pentecost.  They are one and the same, except that the two calendars have diverged.  In this case, the celebration on the Sonday, the 50th day of the seven weeks since the resurrection of the Passover Lamb of God, is in line with the Word of God through Moses to Israel, and to us who believe in Yeshua/Jesus as both Lord and Messiah, our God and Savior.  He is YHVH who came in flesh and blood to redeem us from our sins. Continue reading “Shavuot/Pentecost – Feast of [Seven] Weeks/50 Days”

1John 3:1-12 — Sons of God, or Sons of the Devil

(Presented at Kingdom First Conference – May 2019)

1Jn 3:1-12

1. See what manner of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God! Because of this, the world does not know us because it did not know Him.
2. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet manifested what we shall be; but we know that when He shall be manifested we shall be like Him! For we shall see Him as He is.
3. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure.
4. Everyone that practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
5. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him is no sin.
6. Whoever abides in Him does not sin; whoever sins has not seen Him, nor knows Him.
7. Little children, let no one lead you astray: he that practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.
8. He that practices sin is of the devil, because from the beginning the devil sins. For this the Son of God was manifested, that He might undo the works of the devil.
9. Whosoever is born of God does not practice sin, because His seed is in him; and he is not able to sin because he is born of God.
10. In this are manifested the children of God and the children of the devil. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, and he who does not love his brother.
11. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
12. not as Cain who was of the wicked one and slew his brother.  And why did he slay him?  Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

The Apostle John writes in his gospel account, and in his letters to those in the household of faith, in terms of black-and-white. There is no middle ground with him. You are either in, or out of, the Kingdom of God. Continue reading “1John 3:1-12 — Sons of God, or Sons of the Devil”