Acts 15 & Christmas

Should believers in Messiah Celebrate Christmas…?

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In recent years with the explosion of social media more and more Christians are starting to ask serious questions about Christmas and other traditional holidays.

Many have been greatly concerned and disturbed about what they have found…

Their concerns are not unwarranted!

Let’s take a brief look at some key Scriptures that shed light on this important question!

Should Believers in Messiah Celebrate Christmas…?

In the Book of Acts, chapter 15, the early believers had a meeting to decide what “direction” they would take with new believers in the body of Messiah.

In the end the following was decided:

“Therefore my judgment is not to trouble those from among the gentiles who are turning to Elohim, but that we write to them to abstain from the defilements of idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what is strangled, and from blood. “For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” ~Acts 15:19-21

These 4 requirements were not the endgame, but a starting point for new believers to enter into fellowship.  …Thus James’ statement “For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.”  This implies the new believers would grow in the faith by hearing the Word (The Torah) in the congregations every Sabbath day.

A careful study of the Scripture reveals these 4 requirements were nothing new, but instead instructions taken straight from the Torah.

As a Matter of fact these Torah instructions are known as the “Core of the Torah”

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Our Creator is totally Set-Apart! 

We are also instructed to be set-apart:

“as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also should become set-apart in all behaviour, because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.~1 Peter 1:14-16

As believers in Messiah…
Q: How do we start to become set-apart like Him?

A: Acts 15:19-21, the 4 requirements for fellowship, the Core of the Torah

For the sake of time, space, and keeping with our question above… We’ll just look (briefly) at fellowship requirement #1:
abstaining from the defilements of idols

Idolatry = Heart Issues

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It’s been understood by many that the 1st thru 4th Commandments emphasizes our relationship with the Creator, whereas the 5th thru 10th Commandments emphasizes our relationship with man.

Here are the 1st and 2nd Commandments:

“And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, “I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. “You have no other mighty ones against My face.  “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under
the earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands. ~Exodus 20:1-6

Important Questions to ask yourself:
1. How is my relationship with the Creator?
2. Is He number 1 in my life?
3. What is my heart’s desire?
4. Do I have any Idols “things” that draw me away from Him?
5. How committed am I to following Him?

We are also instructed in Deuteronomy 16:21, 22:
“Do not plant for yourself any tree as an Asherah near the altar of יהוה your Elohim that you make for yourself. “And do not set up a pillar, which יהוה your Elohim hates.”

Asherah =Strong’s #H842

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Unbelievably in many churches, they actually erect trees right next to the s0-called, “altars”… (I’m not making this stuff up)

“Do not plant for yourself any tree as an Asherah near the altar of יהוה your Elohim that you make for yourself. “And do not set up a pillar, which יהוה your Elohim hates.” ~Deuteronomy 16:21, 22
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We are also instructed in Deuteronomy 7:26:
“And do not bring an abomination into your house, lest you be accursed like it. Utterly loathe it and utterly hate it, for it is accursed.”

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Tree Idolatry is nothing new…

The Prophet Jeremiah warned Yisrael against the “way of the gentiles”…
“Thus said יהוה, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them.  For the prescribed customs of these peoples are worthless, for one cuts a tree from the forest, work for the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. “They adorn it with silver and gold, they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it does not topple.” ~Jeremiah 10:2- 4

The Prophet Isaiah also rebuke Yisrael for their evil ways…
“Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree…” ~Isaiah 57:5

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(Pictured above is one of the best examples of a Scriptural Idol)

Yisrael was plagued with Idolatry in the past…
And Ahab made an Asherah.  And Ahab did more to provoke יהוה Elohim of Yisrael than all the sovereigns of Yisrael before him. ~1 Kings 16:33

 יהוה warned us not to worship Him in the way the gentiles worship their gods…
“Guard, and obey all these words which I command you, that it might be well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the eyes of יהוה your Elohim. “When יהוה your Elohim does cut off from before you the gentiles which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these gentiles serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’ “Do not do so to יהוה your Elohim, for every abomination which יהוה hates they have done to their mighty ones, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones. “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.” ~Deuteronomy 12:28-31

In order to have fellowship with Messiah and His Body one must abstain from Idolatry (Acts 15:19-21)…

“What then do I say? That an idol is of any value? Or that which is offered to idols is of any value? No, but what the gentiles offer they offer to demons and not to Elohim, and I do not wish you to become sharers with
demons. You are not able to drink the cup of the Master and the cup of demons, you are not able to partake of the table of the Master and of the table of demons. Do we provoke the Master to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” ~1 Corinthians 10:19-22

Idolaters Will Not Enter The Kingdom of Elohim
“Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the reign of Elohim? Do not be deceived. Neither those who whore, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor greedy of gain, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall inherit the reign of Elohim.” ~I Corinthians 6:9, 10

…So Back To Our Question:

Should Believers in Messiah Celebrate Christmas?

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The Answer Is Obvious…

No!  We as believers in Messiah are not allowed to worship idols or participate in pagan rituals, bowing down to images “trees” and receive blessings (gifts) from under the tree, or singing to a tree “Oh Christmas Tree…”, worshiping false messiahs, or the like…

I won’t go into all the details now about what these images represents, but in short these practices are disgusting and sexually perverted…

According to Acts 15:19-21 New Believers must abstain from Idolatry!

Apostle Paul gives us some encouraging words for New Believers:
“So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of
their heart, who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Messiah, if indeed you have heard Him and were taught by Him, as truth is in יהוה : that you put off – with regard to your former way of life – the old man, being corrupted according to the desires of the deceit, and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the renewed man which was created according to Elohim, in righteousness and set-apartness of the truth.” ~Ephesians 4:17-24

Final Thoughts…
Some that participate in the “Christmas Idolatry” often say they do it to honor the birth of Messiah…
I hate to be the one to burst anyone’s bubble, but יהושע Messiah was not born on Dec 25th…
In reality He was born on Yom Teruah (An Appointed Time of the Creator See Leviticus 23) in 3 B.C.E.
For More Information about that click on the image below:
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Q: So if Messiah wasn’t born on December 25, then who’s birth are people actually celebrating…?

A: Sol Invictus / Mithra (the sun god)

If you’re interested in learning more about Christmas and Easter and other Pagan Holidays check out Todd D. Bennett book “Pagan Holidays”

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3 Days and 3 Nights (The Historic Resurrection on Sabbath Morning)

Shalom Shalom Yisrael,
Today is Day 17 of Month 1 (in 2016 C.E.)
Day 17 / Month 1 is always the 3rd Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Day 17 / Month 1 is the Historic Date of the Resurrection of יהושע Messiah!

“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it has been written, and so it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning at Yerushalayim.” ~Luke 24:45-47

יהושע Messiah rose from the dead on the third day of Feast of Unleavened Bread in 34 C.E.

HOWEVER, the 3 Days and 3 Nights prophecy is not exactly the same as the 3rd Day prophecy…although they conclude on the same day.

“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.” ~Matthew 12:40

The Historic Resurrection in 34 C.E. 3 days and 3 nightspicture from www.torahcalendar.com

The 3 Days and 3 Nights:
Messiah was crucified on Day 14 / Month 1 (Passover Day)
which corresponds to a Wednesday on the Gregorian Calendar.

Wednesday Day = Day 1
Wednesday Night = Night 1

Thursday Day = Day 2
Thursday Night = Night 2

Friday Day = Day 3
Friday Night = Night 3

*Note: Sabbath starts (Friday) at sunset.

It was after the conclusion of the 3 Days and 3 Nights that יהושע Messiah rose from the dead on Sabbath Morning in 34 C.E!

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Just as the Scripture tells us:

“And on the latter of the Sabbaths [the weekly Sabbath following the High Sabbath on Day 15 / Month 1], in the morning on the First Sabbath [of seven weekly Sabbaths counting to Shabuot], Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of יהוה descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek יהושע who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Master lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.~Matthew 28:1-9

Very early in the morning, on the first of the Sabbaths [of seven weekly Sabbaths counting to Shabuot], they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek יהושע of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” ~Mark 16:2-8

Now on the first of the Sabbaths [of seven weekly Sabbaths counting to Shabuot], very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Master יהושע. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day [of Unleavened Bread on Day 17 / Month 1] rise again.'” And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.” ~Luke 24:1-10

Now the first of the Sabbaths [of seven weekly Sabbaths counting to Shabuot] Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom יהושע loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” ~John 20:1-2

At the conclusion of the 3 Days and 3 Nights on the First Sabbath “Mia Sabbaton” [the 1st of 7 Sabbaths leading to Shabuot] at the dawning of Sabbath morning on the (((3rd Day))) of the Feast Unleavened Bread יהושע Messiah rose from the dead!

In 34 C.E יהושע Messiah confirmed the Abrahamic Covenant that was made with many when He offered Himself as a sacrifice in the midst of a seven day week to fulfill the prophecy of Daniel 9:27.

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Day 16 / Month 1 (Wave Offering Day)

Shabbat Shalom Yisrael,

Today is Day 16 / Month 1!
The Day of the Omer Wave Offering.

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Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:6-16

6 “And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to YAHUAH – seven days you eat unleavened bread. 7 ‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.  8 ‘And you shall bring an offering made by fire to YAHUAH for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’ ”  9 And YAHUAH spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.  11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before YAHUAH, for your acceptance.  On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.  12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as a burnt offering to YAHUAH,  13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to YAHUAH, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one fourth of a hin of wine. bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day you have brought an offering to your Elohim- a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to YAHUAH.”

It is important to understand that the phrase “the morrow after the Sabbath” is a reference to the 16th of the 1st Month (Abib).  The word “Sabbath” in this phrase referrs to the 1st day of Unleavened Bread/15th of Abib.

…If you remember, YAHUSHA was killed around 3:00 P.M. on the 14th of Abib… They had to get Him down from the stake before the High Sabbath of the 1st day of Unleavened Bread/15th of Abib:

“30 So when YAHUSHA took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.  31 Therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the stake on the Sabbath – for that Sabbath was a high one – the Yehudim asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away.  32 Therefore the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was impaled with Him,  33 but when they came to YAHUSHA and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.” ~Yohanan/John 19:30-33

 15th of Abib = Sabbath

Here is another look at Leviticus 23:9-16 from the Brenton translation of the LXX: 

9 And the [YAHUAH] spoke to Moses, saying,  10 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, When ye shall enter into the land which I give you, and reap the harvest of it, then shall ye bring a sheaf, the first-fruits of your harvest, to the priest;  11 and he shall lift up the sheaf before [YAHUAH], to be accepted for you. On the morrow of the first day the priest shall lift it up.  12 And ye shall offer on the day on which ye bring the sheaf, a lamb without blemish of a year old for a whole-burnt-offering to the Lord.  13 And its meat-offering two tenth portions of fine flour mingled with oil: it is a sacrifice to [YAHUAH], a smell of sweet savour to [YAHUAH], and its drink-offering the fourth part of a hin of wine.  14 And ye shall not eat bread, or the new parched corn, until this same day, until ye offer the sacrifices to your [Elohim]: it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  15 And ye shall number to yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day on which ye shall offer the sheaf of the heave-offering, seven full weeks:  16 until the morrow after the last week ye shall number fifty days, and shall bring a new meat-offering to [YAHUAH].

Notice in verse 11 how the LXX uses the phrase, “on the morrow of the first day”, in place of “the morrow after the sabbath”…  These two phrases are in complete harmony, if you understand the first day of Unleavened Bread is the sabbath in question.

Also notice that in verse 15 that the LXX uses “the day after sabbath” interchangably with verse 11’s “on the morrow of the first day“…

Again notice in verse 15 & 16 how the LXX uses the word week/weeks instead of sabbath/sabbaths

Compare verse 15:

“…count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.” ~The Scriptures

“…seven full weeks:” ~LXX

Compare verse 16:

“Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days,” ~The Scriptures

“until the morrow after the last week ye shall number fifty days,”  ~LXX

The LXX clearly shows that the word sabbath(s) mentioned in Leviticus 23:9-16 in the Masoretic text can mean “week(s)” and that the sabbath of reckoning being referenced in verses 11 and 15 refers to the first day of unleavened bread, thus clarifying the Masoretic text.

This also agrees with the historian Josephus:

“But on the second day of unleavened bread, which is the sixteenth day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth, for before that day they do not touch them. And while they suppose it proper to honor [Elohim], from whom they obtain this plentiful provision, in the first place, they offer the first-fruits of their barley, and that in the manner following: They take a handful of the ears, and dry them, then beat them small, and purge the barley from the bran; they then bring one tenth deal to the altar, to [Elohim]; and, casting one handful of it upon the fire, they leave the rest for the use of the priest. And after this it is that they may publicly or privately reap their harvest. They also at this participation of the first-fruits of the earth, sacrifice a lamb, as a burnt-offering to [Elohim].” ~Josephus Antiquities 3 250-254

In the Aramaic Targum Onkelos Leviticus 23:15-16 is translated:

“And you shall count to yourself from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offeringseven weeks shall be completed: Even to the morrow after the seventh week shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering to YAHUAH.”

A CLOSER LOOK:

“10 “Speak to the children of Yisrael, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.  11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before YAHUAH, for your acceptance.  On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.” ~Leviticus 23:10, 11

SO HOW DID YISRAEL KEEP THIS COMMANDMENT WHEN THEY CAME INTO THE LAND??? 

LET’S GO TO THE SCRIPTURES!

“10 And the childen of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the Passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. ~Joshua 5:10-12 (KJV)

Well verse 10 seems straightforward…Passover on Day 14 / Month 1

In verse 11 the phrase “the morrow after the Passover” refers to Day 15 / Month 1 which is also used in Numbers 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))) the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.”

This would also explain the reference to the (((unleavened cakes))) and the eating of the (((old corn))), since Yisraelite were not permitted to partake of the new first-fruits until the priest offered Omer Wave Offering on Day 16 / Month 1 (Leviticus 23:10, 11).

In verse 12 it refers to the manna ceasing on the “morrow after they had eaten of the old corn”, which was Day 16 / Month 1… It is interesting to note that the manna was sent on Day 16 / Month 2 in 1437 B.C.E. and ceased on Day 16/ Month 1 in 1397 B.C.E.  It is like YAH is trying to get our attention… (((Day 16))) was the Start & End of the Manna Cycle and the Start of the First Fruits of the Land.

The Day 16 Connection
Day 16 / Month 1 connects all 3 Feasts together
Day 16 is the “morrow after the Sabbath” within the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Day 16 is the start of the 50 Day Omer Count, which directly links the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). On Day 16 / Month 1 in 1437 B.C.E. the children of Yisrael camped at Sukkoth, which gives us mental connection to the Feast of Sukkot!!!

Day 16 / Month 1 = Omer Day 1

“COUNT SEVEN WEEKS  FOR YOURSELF.  BEGIN TO COUNT SEVEN WEEKS FROM THE TIME YOU BEGIN TO PUT THE SICKLE TO THE GRAIN. AND YOU SHALL PERFORM THE FESTIVAL OF WEEKS TO YAHUAH YOUR ELOHIM, ACCORDING TO THE VOLUNTARY OFFERING FROM YOUR HAND, WHICH YOU GIVE AS YAHUAH YOUR ELOHIM BLESSES YOU.” ~DEBARIM/DEUTERONOMY 16:9, 10

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Shabuot (Feast of Weeks) 2016 starts May 13th at sunset!

Do You See The Door of the Covenant Yisrael?

Do you eye the door to the covenant Yisraelshema

In the original Hebrew Scrolls the Ayin at the end of the word “shemA” is enlarged and at the end of the word “echaD” the Daleth is enlarged.  The Ayin-Daleth (עד) together make the word for witness or watchman!  In the Ancient Picto-graph Ayin (eye) and Daleth (door) express “See the Door”

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Do you See the Door in the Moadim?

“And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then all the assembly of the congregation of Yisrael shall kill it between the evenings.” ~Exodus 12:6

והיה לכם למשמרת עד ארבעה עשר יום לחדש הזה ושחטו אתו כל קהל עדת־ישראל בין הערבים׃

…We are to guard the lamb and to be like watchmen “until” (עד) the fourteenth day.  Do you see the door?  …We also see in Exodus 12:6 that the word Yisrael has a (עדת) attached to it (see picture below)….which expresses “Do You See The Door of The Covenant  Yisrael?”


Do you eye the door to the covenant Yisrael

The Door

Is Passover on the 14th or 15th?

I’m amazed every year that even the date of Passover is debated amongst some…

Is Passover on the 14th or 15th?

Let’s go to the Scripture!

“On the fourteenth day of the first month between the evenings is the Passover of יהוה.” ~Leviticus 23:5

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Picture from www.torahcalendar.com

A Hebrew Day begins at sunset and transitions from evening twilight to night to morning twilight to day to sunset.  The first half of a Hebrew Day lasts from the moment of sunset to the moment of sunrise.  The second half of a Hebrew Day lasts from the moment of sunrise to the moment of sunset. The period between sunset and night is defined by the Hebrew phrase  בין הערבים – between the evenings. This is the time of evening twilight.

It was בין הערבים – between the evenings that the children of Yisrael ate the quail:
“I have heard the complaints of the children of Yisrael. Speak to them, saying, ‘Between the evenings you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am יהוה your Elohim.” ~Exodus 16:12

It was בין הערבים – between the evenings that the Menorah was lit:
“And when Aaron lights the lamps between the evenings, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before יהוה throughout your generations.” ~Exodus 30:8

It was בין הערבים – between the evenings that the evening sacrifice was to be offered:
With the one lamb shall be one-tenth of an ephah of flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering.  And the other lamb you shall offer between the evenings. And you shall offer with it the grain offering and the drink offering, as in the morning, for a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to יהוה.”
~Exodus 29:40, 41

It was בין הערבים – between the evenings that the Passover was to be slain:
“And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it between the evenings. ~Exodus 12:6

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Take note Exodus 12:6 states “keep it UNTIL the fourteenth day…Then kill it between the evenings.”

Q: When does the 14 Day start?
A: At sunset

The period between sunset and night is בין הערבים – between the evenings.

The Passover lamb was slain at the beginning of the 14 Day right after sunset – between the evenings.

“but at the place where יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell, there you slaughter the Passover in the evening, at the going down of the sun, at the appointed time you came out of Mitsrayim.”
~Deuteronomy 16:1

In the Passover of the Exodus, a lamb was slain after sunset, the death angel passed over at midnight, and the leftovers were burnt before morning on Day 14 of Month 1 (Exodus 12:3-29). 

יהוה said that all of the ceremonies of the Passover occur on Day 14 of Month 1:
“On the fourteenth day of this month, between the evenings, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it.” ~Number 9:3

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Again the book of Numbers states:
“And in the first month, on the fourteenth day, is the Passover of יהוה,” ~Numbers 28:16

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…However the best proof that the Passover is celebrated at the beginning of Day 14 of Month 1 is found in the Renewed Covenant Writings!

Even if your confused on the timing of the Passover…just follow the example of the Messiah and you’ll get it RIGHT!

Messiah יהושע kept the Passover with his disciples at the beginning of Day 14 of Month 1 in 34 C.E:
“…“Where do You wish us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I am to observe the Passover at your house with My taught ones.” And the taught ones did as יהושע had ordered them, and prepared the Passover.” ~Matthew 26:17b-19

“Where do You wish us to go and prepare, for You to eat the Passover?” And He sent out two of His taught ones and said to them, “Go into the city, and there a man bearing a jar of water shall meet you, follow him.
“And wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I am to eat the Passover with My taught ones?”  “And he shall show you a large upper room, furnished, ready. Prepare for us there.” And His taught ones went out and came
into the city, and found it as He said to them, and they prepared the Passover.” ~Mark 14:12b-16

“And the Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover had to be slaughtered. And He sent Kepha (Peter) and Yahucanan (John), saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” And they said to Him, “Where do You wish us to prepare?” And He said to them, “See, as you enter into the city, a man shall meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house he enters. “And you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I might eat the Passover with My taught ones?”  “And he shall show you a large, furnished upper room. Prepare it there.”  And going they found it as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. And when the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve emissaries with Him. And He said to them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering, for I say to you, I shall certainly not eat of it again until it is filled in the reign of Elohim.” ~Luke 22:7-16

It is crystal clear from the Scripture that Messiah ate the Passover with his disciple BEFORE His suffering…

However some get tripped up on the fact that the Scripture interchangeably uses Passover and Unleavened Bread.

“And the Festival of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called
Passover.” ~Luke 22:1

Passover (Day 14 /Month 1) and Unleavened Bread (Day 15 -Day 21 / Month 1) although distinct & separate Appointed Times together collectively they make a 8 Day Festival!

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.” ~Exodus 12:18

14- eat unleavened bread with Passover
15- eat unleavened bread
16- eat unleavened bread
17- eat unleavened bread
18- eat unleavened bread
19- eat unleavened bread
20- eat unleavened bread
21- eat unleavened bread
Total 8 Days

We are to eat unleavened bread at Passover Day 14 / Month 1:
“And they shall eat the flesh that night, roasted in fire, with unleavened bread, and they shall eat it with bitter herbs.” ~Exodus 12:8  

We are to eat unleavened bread for 7 days during the Festival of Unleavened Bread (Day 15 – Day 21 of Month 1):
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.” ~Exodus 12:15

The historian Josephus also said the feast of Unleavened Bread lasted for 8 day. “Hence it is that, in memory of the time of scarcity, we keep for eight days a feast called Unleavened Bread.  Now the entire multitude of those that went out, including women and children, was not easy to be numbered; but those that were of an age fit for war, were six hundred thousand.” ~Josephus, Antiquities, 2 / 317.

It was after the Passover Meal in 34 C.E. that Messiah יהושע took up the bread…
“And taking bread, giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood which is shed for you.” ~Luke 22:19, 20

Shaul (Paul) also wrote:
“For I received from the Master that which I also delivered to you: that the Master יהושע in the night in which He was delivered up took bread, and having given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of Me.”
~1 Corinthians 11:23-25

The Messiah ate the Passover at night on Day 14 / Month 1 after the time period referred to as בין הערבים – between the evenings as it takes several hours to prepare the Passover lamb roasted with fire.

Later on that same night He was delivered up to his enemies
(1 Corinthians. 11:23-25).

On Passover Day, He died about 3 hours before sunset which was about 3 hours before Day 15 / Month 1.

“Therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the stake on the Sabbath – for that Sabbath was a high one – the Yahudim asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away.” ~John 19:31

The Yahudim were in a rush to get them down from the stake, because the High Sabbath – The First Day of Unleavened Bread was quickly approaching at sunset!

The Torah instructs one must be buried the same day:
Let his body not remain overnight on the tree, for you shall certainly bury him the same day – for he who is hanged is accursed of Elohim – so that you do not defile the land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you as an inheritance.” ~Deuteronomy 21:23

John 19:31 also provides more evidence that the Hebrew Day starts at sunset.

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According to the Scripture Passover is on Day 14 of Month 1!
It’s time we stick with the Scriptures and toss the traditions of men.

Final Word:
“Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us. So then let us observe the festival, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
~1 Corinthians 5:7, 8

*For more info on this subject check out
Todd Bennett’s article Calendar Confusion

The First Verse

The First Verse of the Scripture is quite telling…

First Verse

There are 7 Words in the First Verse!

The number 7 has to do with the Perfect Plan of יהוה.

It is important to understand that the את points to the Messiah throughout the Scripture…He is the Living Word (Alef thru Taw), the First and the Last, the Beginning and End.

The prophet Yashayahu (Isaiah) has told us that “יהוה has declared the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10).

Yahuchanan (John) stated:
In the beginning was the Word (את), and the Word (את) was with Elohim, and the Word (את) was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be.” ~John 1:1-3

“And the Word (את) became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought forth of the Father, complete in favour and truth.” ~John 1:14

In the Hebrew Scripture we definitely see the Word (את) in the beginning!

“יהוה has declared the end from the beginning”

The First Verse is a Prophecy!!!

“But, beloved ones, let not this one matter be hidden from you: that with יהוה one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” ~2 Peter 3:8

Notice that the (את) is the 4th Word in The First Verse.

The numbers 4, 40, 400, and 4000 all point to Messiah!

Number 4:
The 4th Letter of the Hebrew Alephbet is a Daleth.
Daleth = 4
Daleth = Door

Interestingly enough the 4th child of Yisrael was Yahudah!
Yahudah is the tribe (the door) the Messiah would come through!
Messiah יהושע (Yahusha) is the Door that we Must Enter (See John chapters 10 & 14)

On the 4th Day of Creation, light was given to shine upon the earth…
In the 4th Millennial Day, Messiah was born (as the light of the world) to give light to men…

Number 40:
The Hebrew Letter Mem = 40
Mem = water
Women are pregnant for 40 weeks…which links to one of the first prophecies of Messiah found in Genesis 3:15:
“And I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.”

Messiah began His ministry with 40 days of fasting and ended His ministry with 40 days of teaching about the Kingdom of Elohim.

Number 400:
“And He said to Abram, “Know for certain that your seed are to be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years.” ~Genesis 15:13

“For I do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were immersed into Mosheh in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed, and the Rock was Messiah.” ~1 Corinthians 10:1-4

יהוה is a man of battle, יהוה is His Name.” ~Exodus 15:3

Your right hand, O יהוה, has become great in power. Your right hand, O יהוה, has crushed the enemy.” ~Genesis 15:6

Number 4,000 ties into the 4th Millennial Day…Messiah was born (came into the flesh) at the end of the 4th Millennial…

We see the (את) appear the first time in the 4th Word of The First Verse.

What’s quite amazing…the (את) appears a second time in the 6th Word of The First Verse.

The second appearance of the (את) is attached to a Waw. Waw = nail.

The (את) is positioned between “the heavens” the 5th Word of The First Verse and “the earth” the 7th Word of The First Verse.

Messiah יהושע (Yahusha), who is the (את) will appear a second time (with nail pierced hands) at the conclusion of the 6th Millenial Day… coming from “the heavens” to “the earth” in the 7th (Sabbath) Millenial Day to give Rest to the Remnant and to Set Up His Kingdom which will have no end…..

Fishers of Men

After rescuing the children of Yisrael from Mistrayim (Egypt), יהוה brought them to the mountain as He had promised Moses (Exodus 3:12). It was there on the mountain that יהוה proposed to Yisrael and Yisrael accepted by saying “all that יהוה has spoken we will do” (See Exodus 19).

Yisrael would be blessed if they obeyed the voice of יהוה
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they would be cursed if they disobeyed the voice of יהוה.

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One of the curses for disobedience was EXILE

Well in 722 – 714 B.C.E. that’s exactly what happened to the Northern House of Yisrael…the were Scattered to the 4 Winds.

It is interesting to note that the lead tribe of the Northern House of Yisrael was Ephrayim and the tribe of Ephrayim was prophesied to become a multitude of fish in the midst of the earth and to become the fullness of the nations (goyim, gentiles) way back in the book of Genesis.

fish prophecy

יהוה rose up the prophet Hoshea to tell those FISH (The Northern House of Yisrael) that they were going to be scattered into EXILE.

…But That’s Not The End Of The Story…

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“And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I shall make you fishers of men.” ~Matthew 4:19

Yahusha calls the fishers

“And He answering, said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Yisrael.” ~Matthew 15:24

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