The Anti- Messiah Spirit is the Anti-Sabbath Spirit

The scripture passage that follows describes for us the character of the ‘man of sin’ who is also called the ‘son of perdition’ (vs. 3). Perdition means to be lost, and a ‘man of sin’ is the opposite of a man of righteousness, one who obeys the law, ‘the son of man’. The end times are characterized by false religion, and this is because of the falling away (vs.2), the Great Apostasy, that is coming.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasia) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

In Greek an apostasian is a divorce, a false woman being put away by her faithful husband. The man of sin lives with another man’s wife and uses her for his own pleasure, and she uses him for her pleasure. The man of sin rebels against the law of the husband and opposes and exalts himself against everything pertaining to the true husband. The Greek word translated ‘who opposeth’ here is antikeimenos which means an adversary, which in Hebrew is satan. The satanic nature is to oppose everything that is associated with the name of the husband: his wife, his law, his house, his children, his relatives, his ancestors, etc.

2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim, or that is worshipped (sebasma, Sabbath-related); so that he as Elohim (ca-Elohim) sits (yashav; sabbaths) in the temple of Elohim, shewing forth himself, that he is Elohim.

The next phrase contains a false translation. The word ‘worshipped’ in Greek is sebasma, and it means everything that is related to YHVH’s true Sabbath. The anti-Messiah spirit rises up in people who are involved in ‘unrighteousness’ (false religion) whenever anyone brings up any topic about Sabbath to someone who does not observe it. This means the anti-messiah spirit is identified by its opposition to YHVH’s Sabbath on every level. Those who hate the moon being used to determine the day of Sabbath, are as anti-messiah as any church going person who rejects the Fourth commandment, who is also an anti-messiah.

The seb root in the Greek Textus Receptus (Received Text), the source document behind the KJV New Testament, means Sabbath, and has been suppressed by translators throughout the New Testament. A whole book can be written on this topic alone. The anti-Messiah spirit is responsible for the suppression of Sabbath in all English bible translations. The word ‘sitteth’ (sits) in Hebrew is yashav and contains the letters shin bet which are also at the root of the word Shabbat, which is Sabbath.

The son of perdition hates YHVH’s Sabbath, which really is no more than doing the will of YHVH, including observing His commandments, and His signs and appointed times (moedim). In this manner the ‘man of sin’ puts forth himself as Elohim. The ‘man of sin’ is the opposite to the ‘son of man’, who obeys his Father’s commandments and loves not his own life unto death (Rev. 14:10).

The original lie that the serpent told to Eve was that she would not die, that she would become ca-Elohim (as ‘God’, like ‘God’); and that she would also know good and evil. Previously she had only known good. The anti-messiah spirit teaches and believes the original lie and no liar has a place in the kingdom of Elohim.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: 5 for Elohim doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods (ca-Elohim), knowing good and evil.”

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not (did not rest, sabbath) in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but those that are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholds (katechon) that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity (anomias; lawlessness, namelessness) already works: only he who now lets (katechwn) will let (added by translators, but same), until he be taken out of the way.

The man of sin, son of perdition spoken about in verses three and four is still in view in verses five, six, and seven. The word ‘withholdeth’ in Greek is derived from the root katecho which means to hold, to hold down, to keep back, to restrain, to suppress, etc. This is where the idea of the ‘restrainer’ comes from, however, nowhere is the Holy Spirit mentioned in this context. The ‘restrainer’ in this context is the man of sin, the son of perdition; and what is being suppressed by the ‘restrainer’ is YHVH’s Sabbath, and His Law, and His commandments.

Sabbath has been suppressed in the entire New Testament versions for four hundred years (KJV 1611- 2011). The exact same word (katecho) is found in the next verse (7) where it has been translated ‘letteth’, and implied ‘will let’. Why, in two consecutive verses in the Greek (vss. 6 and 7) is the identical Greek word translated with two different English words that do not resemble each other in the least? It is because Sabbath is being suppressed in the translation. This is the Truth that has been changed into a lie. The anti-messiah spirit hates the Truth of His Law and most especially His Sabbath.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord,” have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works?” 23 And then will I Am profess unto them, “I Am never knew you: depart from I Am, ye that work iniquity (anomian).”

 The mystery of iniquity mentioned in 2 Thess. 2:7 is an echo of what was originally stated in Matthew 7:23. There is found the same word and in Hebrew it is avon which means to ‘miss the mark’, the exact same meaning as the Greek word for ‘sin’ hamartia. The idea behind this word is that one interprets for himself what he is commanded to do by a higher authority. One who leans unto their own understanding commits iniquity. Everyone who does what is right in his own eyes is iniquitous.

Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. 9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which YHVH your Elohim gives you.

Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in YHVH with all your heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise.

Proverbs 21:2  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but YHVH ponders the hearts.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked one be revealed, whom YHVH shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness (false religion) in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause Elohim shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (adikian; false religion).

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The Dragon that Desolates the Whole Earth

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the Dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon; and the Dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell (shaken; tabernacle) in them. “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” 13 And when the Dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the manchild. 17 And the Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Elohim, and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah.

All of Revelation, chapter 13, describes the time when the earth becomes desolate. There we see the mark of the beast being used as the medium of exchange in the economy of the earth. The medium of exchange in the kingdom of Elohim is the Word of Elohim.

Exercising faith in His Word will provide for all the needs of His obedient children who dwell ‘in the heavens’, which means ‘who walk spiritually’ and partake of His Kingdom. In the book of Revelation we often see the phrase, “them that dwell on the earth.”

Them That Dwell In the Earth

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of Elohim, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the Elohim of the earth.

11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the Dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Elohim, to blaspheme His Name, and His Tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the Ages-lasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” 8 And there followed another angel, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice: If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim that is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up from Age to Age: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

In the Greek this phrase “them that dwell on the earth” can mean ‘those who participate in the global economy’. In Hebrew, this phrase can mean ‘all who partake of the WORLDLY Sabbath’ which is the Sabbath of tradition (Saturday Sabbath).

Many peoples in the last days will desolate themselves, their sanctuary, their personal tabernacle, by receiving the mark of the beast so they can participate in the global economy and buy and sell. The global economy is a system of fraud and deceit. We cannot separate the idea of an economy from timekeeping; they reflect each other, as scripture shows us.

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, 5 saying, “When will the new moon (chodesh renewal) be gone that we may sell corn? And the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? 6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse (spoiled) of the wheat?”

Joseph was bought for a pair of sandals. Today international shoe businesses in poor countries operate huge sweat shops and pay their workers very little for basketball shoes that sell for hundreds of dollars a pair. This is but one example of the oppression of the poor found in the global economy. The global economy keeps time by the pagan Elohim Chronos/Saturn.

Amos 2:6 Thus says YHVH; “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I Am will not turn away the punishment of it; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; 7 that pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane My Holy Name.”

The word ‘deceive’ is the word plahnes in Greek. The global economy uses the planets for their timekeeping, and in Greek, the phrase ‘wandering star’ (Jude 1:13) is plahnetes. Wound, wind, wonder, wander, wand, all contain n-d. This is the same n-d found in the words Nod (Gen 4:16) and Hindu. Cain wandered in the land of Nod, east of Eden, today’s India, and it is there we find the religion of the Hindus. Cain would not offer the firstfruits of his flocks, a blood sacrifice, but he would kill his brother out of Envy, which is what the word qayin means. Today if you kill a cow in India, it will cause a riot among the Hindu peoples for the same reason.

The global economy operates on pagan timekeeping that calls days by the names of pagan gods. Liars insist the whole world over keeps the seventh day as a sabbath, in never ending cycles of seven, independent of the moon that was made for determining ALL moedim (Ps. 104:19), not just feasts. The world’s week is a never-ending cycle of seven days and the world’s Sabbath is not YHVH’s. It’s ‘sabbath’ has no relationship with the moon that was made for signs and appointed times. The worldly Sabbath is according to the names of the Edomite pagan Elohim of time, Chronos, Saturn.

Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, “Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate!”

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The Abomination of Desolation

There is a personal ‘abomination of desolation’ that some bring on themselves, that parallels the one mentioned for the city of Jerusalem. A description of it would be to become ‘unborn again’, a process that results in the ‘second death’, a death of spirit that occurs after one had been born again, and then subsequently commits the blasphemy of the spirit.

Matthew 12:30 He that is not with I Am is against I Am; and he that gathers not with I Am scatters abroad. 31 Wherefore I Am says unto you: All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men.  32 And whosoever speaks a word against the ‘son of man’, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, neither in the age to come..

Matthew 12:43 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none, 44 then he says, “I will return into my house from whence I came out,” and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goes  he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Luke 11:23 “He that is not with I Am is against I Am: and he that gathers not with I Am scatters. 24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, “I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and garnished. 26 Then goes he, and takes to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and tabernacle there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

Luke 12:8 Also I Am says unto you, “Whosoever shall confess I Am before men, him shall the ‘son of man’ also confess before the angels of Elohim: 9 But he that denies I Am before men shall be denied before the angels of Elohim. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the ‘son of man’, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven.”

We note that these passages are in reverse order in the books in which they appear. The ideas presented in both are speaks to an offense that happens in real time. Whereas a person who denies the ‘son of man’, such as did Peter in the garden and around the fire, can be forgiven, the blasphemy against the holy spirit that occurs in real time is not forgiven. The other condition that shows this to us is that of Judas Iscariot, called a ‘son of perdition’ who betrayed innocent blood unto death.

We also notice that Mary Magdalene had seven devils within her, and had to have them cast out of her. This means her ‘house’ had once been swept clean, and the devil that had left her came back to her, and took up residence once more, seven devils residing within her. But she too obtained forgiveness when she turned to YHVH with all her heart.

Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of Elohim: and the twelve were with him, 2 and certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Miryam called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3 And Yochanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Shoshanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Mark 16:9 Now when Yeshua was risen early the One of Weeks, he appeared first to Miryam Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

The other condition that is called ‘blasphemy of the spirit’ is permanent and irrevokable. When described in the passages above, Yeshua tells his disciples that all manner of evil speaking against the Father and the ‘son of man’ would be tolerated and forgiven, but blasphemy against the ruach haQodesh would not be tolerated and result in the permanent state that is called perdition.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 And the very shalom of Elohim will sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Yeshua Messiah.  

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy spirit of Elohim, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

The sealing of the Holy Spirit is nowhere stated in the Scripture to be inviolate. Compare it to a letter in the mail or a cap on the bottle of a soft drink. If the seal is broken the contents inside are not guaranteed and an inspection and investigation must ensue to find out why the seal has been broken, and what are the consequences of having found the seal broken. In former times, a young girl would be pure at the time of her marriage, her seal intact.

This condition of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, only results when a human is confronted by the Holy Spirit in real time, in the here and now, and calls that spirit by which he is confronted, an evil thing.

When a person becomes ‘born again’ the Holy Spirit quickens them upon their confession of faith and yielding to His spirit which causes the change within them. The opposite of this is true when the ultimately cast off the Holy Spirit from their lives, and turn completely away after having been warned time and time again, resulting in the position we can call ‘unborn again’, or scripturally ‘twice dead’, plucked up by the rooots, having no chance of repenting after having quenched and grieved the Holy Spirit one too many times. Only the Father knows when this time comes but it comes upon them on a day and an hour in which they are neither looking for, nor aware of when it comes.

Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, “My lord delays his coming,” and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he  is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant that knew his lord’s will, yet did not prepare himself, neither did according to his will shall be beaten with many  stripes48  and he that did not knew, and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of Elohim is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Though many may deny that He is able to know the thought of their heart, or reveal it to His servants; the Scripture makes it plain that this is not so.

1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one who does not believe, or one unlearned, he is convicted of all, he is judged of all: 25 and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling face down he will worship YHVH Elohim, and report that Elohim is in you of a truth. 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

In the American classic song, Bye Bye Miss American Pie, a certain lyric goes, “the church bells all were broken.” In terms of metaphor and allegory, this phrase means that none of the spiritual gifts were any longer in operation in the local assembly, because the people had all turned away from Him.

Frequently it is the ‘churches’ that teach the ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’ that early on TURN AWAY FROM the authentic Holy Spirit in favor of a replacement Jezebel spirit that hates the prophets (truth tellers) of YHVH, sent to warn them to turn back before its too late.

Revelation 2:20 “Notwithstanding, I Am has a few things against you, because you suffer that woman (spirit of) Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”

Such groups can readily identify the ‘spirit of truth’ as it manifests in their midst, but they heavily persecute those under its influence in the attempt to drive it off, extirpate it, and eradicate it from their midst.

The prototypical type for this kind of wickedness is recorded in John’s gospel.

John 8:12  Then spake Yeshua again unto them, saying, “I Am is the light of the world: he that follows I Am shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, “You bear record of yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Yeshua answered and said unto them, “Though I testify of self, yet my witness is true: for I Am knows whence I Am is come and where I Am goes; but ye cannot tell whence I Am comes, and where I Am goes. 15 Ye judge after the flesh; I Am judges no man. 16 And yet if I Am were to judge, my judgment is true: for I Am is not alone, but I Am and the Father who sent I Am are Echad. 17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I Am is one that bears witness of myself, and the Father who sent I Am bears witness of I Am.” 19 Then said they unto him, “Where is your Father?” Yeshua answered, “Ye neither know I Am, nor my Father: if ye had known I Am, ye should have known my Father also.” 20 These words spake Yeshua in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. 21 Then said Yeshua again unto them, “I go my way, and ye shall seek I Am, and shall die in your sins: where I Am goes, ye cannot come.” 22 Then the religious Jews said, “Will he kill himself?” because he said, “Where I Am goes, ye cannot come.” 23 And he said unto them, “Ye are from beneath; I Am is from above: ye are of this world; I Am is not of this world. 24 I Am said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not That I Am he, ye shall die in your sins.” 25 Then said they unto him, “Who are you?” And Yeshua said unto them, “Even that which That I Am said unto you from the beginning. 26 I Am has many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent I Am is true; and I Am speak to the world those things That I Am has heard of Him.” 27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 28 Then said Yeshua unto them, “When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know That I Am he, and that I Am does nothing of self; but as my Father has taught I Am, I Am speak these things, 29 and He that sent I Am is with I Am: the Father has not left I Am alone; for I Am always does those things that please Him.” 30 As he spake these words, many believed on Him. 31 Then said Yeshua to those Jews who believed on him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how is it you say, “Ye shall be made free?” 34 Yeshua answered them, “Awmein, Awmein, I Am says to you: Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 And the slave does not abide in the house l’olam: but the son abides l’olam. 36 If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I Am knows that ye are Abraham’s seed physically; but ye seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you. 38 I Am speaks what That I Am has seen with my Father: and ye do what ye have seen with your father.” 39 They answered and said unto him, “Abraham is our father!” Yeshua said unto them, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth That I Am has heard from Elohim: Abraham did this not. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father.” Then said they to him, “We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even Elohim!” 42 Yeshua said unto them, “If Elohim were your Father, ye would love I Am: for I Am proceeded forth and came from Elohim; neither came I Am of myself, but He sent I Am. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not abide in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it; 45 and because I Am tells you the truth, ye do not believe I Am. 46 Which of you can convict I Am of sin? And if I Am says the truth, why do ye not believe I Am? 47 He that is of Elohim hears Elohim‘s words:therefore  ye do not hear them, because ye are not of Elohim.” 48 Then answered the religious Jews, and said unto him, “Do we not well say that you are a Samaritan, and have a devil?” 49 Yeshua answered, “I Am is not a devil; but I Am honors my Father, and ye do dishonor I Am. 50 And I Am does not seek my own glory: there is one who seeks and judges. 51 Awmein, Awmein, I Am says to you: If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” 52 Then the Jews said unto him, “Now we know that you have a devil! Abraham is dead, and the prophets also; yet you say, “If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.” 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead, and the prophets that are dead? Whom do you make yourself to be?” 54 Yeshua answered, “If I Am honors myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors I Am; of whom ye say, that he is your Elohim. 55 Yet ye have not known Him; but I Am knows him: and if I Am should say, “I don’t know Him,” I Am would be a liar, like unto you: but I Am knows Him and keeps His saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” 57 Then the Jews said unto him, “You are not even fifty years old, yet you have seen Abraham?” 58 Yeshua said unto them, “Awmein, Awmein, I Am says to you: Before Abraham was, I AM.” 59  Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Yeshua hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

The denial on the part of the Pharisees, that this truth-teller before them had the Holy Spirit operating in him, and through him, was their undoing. They sought to stone a son. Misapplied scriptures on the part of the multitude frequently results in ugly mob action against the ones who are bold enough to confront the false mindset of a group of religious bigots, who think themselves right, when their whole character is false. His words cut to their hearts with the finely honed blade of a two-edged sword that could divide soul from spirit. They were ‘cut to the heart’ under the conviction of the Holy Spirit that brings such words, the secrets of their hearts being revealed. Though Elohim was inside of Messiah, reconciling the world unto himself, they stubbornly resisted the conviction of the holy spirit as their fathers before them were always known to do.

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that Elohim was in Messiah, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Acts 7:51 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 who have received the law by the disposition of angels, yet have not kept it,” 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of Elohim, and Yeshua standing on the right hand of Elohim, 56 and said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the ‘son of man’ standing on the right hand of Elohim.” 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 and cast him out of the city, and stoned him, and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

Saul was one of them, and later on the road to Damascus, where he was headed to further persecute the followers of Yeshua, he was knocked ‘off his ass’, on his ass, so to speak. Later he would become known to the world as Poulos (Paul) the apostle, and he would spread the faith he had once persecuted. Paul warns of the severity of mishandling and persecuting the truth from the position of religious bigotry and hypocrisy.

The ‘mark of the beast’ is a moment in time when all living then must make their choice as to which way they will go. The particulars involved with that choice are given in the passage below. Many time clues and timekeeping concepts are involved in knowing exactly what is to transpire in the days and years leading up to that fateful decision. For many, they will make the wrong choice, damning their own souls, because they will fully be fore-warned of the consequence of making such a choice. The receiving of the mark is tantamount to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and all them that dwell on the earth, will have the opportunity to know the truth with the preaching of the everlasting gospel, as given in Revelation 14:6-16, in which is described the deaths of martyrs for Yeshua, who would not give up their faith and their testimony in the face of such an horrid choice.

Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the Dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the Dragon who gave of his power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”  5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Elohim, to blaspheme His Name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all tribes, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a Dragon. 12 And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13  And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14  And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, who had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear YHVH Elohim, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea (4th Commandment; keep His Shabbat, and none else), and the fountains of waters.”  8 And there followed another angel, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”  9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 the same shall drink of the wine of the Wrath of Elohim, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up from Age to Age: and they have no rest (Sabbath) day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Elohim and the faith of Yeshua.” 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, “Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea,” says the spirit, “that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” 14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the ‘son of man’, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, “Thrust in your sickle and reap, for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Tares are upright stalks in and among the ripened heads of grain that bow when the time of the harvest is come. Apostate christianity thinks only in terms of a global television revival as an endtime harvest of souls. But when we consider the sparse words of the imagery contained here in this passage, it speaks of a global beheading of those who refuse the mark of the beast, and this is attributed to the ‘patience of the saints’. And what follows this time, is the harvesting of the grapes of wrath, of those who are appointed to wrath because they forsake the gospel of the Ages-lasting kingdom of Elohim.

Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the Wrath of Elohim. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlong (200 miles).

Saturn is the ancient pagan, Roman deity of material prosperity, another word for which is mammon.

The treasury of Rome was at the temple of Saturn, who was also considered a ‘god’ of agriculture, commerce, and prosperity. Saturn worship is what the world now does as all globally ply their wares on high seas and the internet, which are governed by a time-keeping system that honors Saturn’s day above all others, in never-ending cycles of seven.

The Scripture declares: He made the moon for moedim (Ps. 104:19) taken from Genesis 1:14-16. There it states that the ‘lesser light’ (the moon), along with the stars, rule over the night, and that it was given for SIGNS (Otot) and APPOINTED TIMES (moedim). His Shabbat is both an Ot (Ex. 31:13-17) and a Moed (Lev. 23:2-4), and has nothing to do with Saturn, the deity of Esau, whose children, the b’nei Edom, have brought the ‘whole world to wander’ after the image of the beast, through their timekeeping.

Luke 16:12 “And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve Elohim and mammon.” 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, “Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but Elohim knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of Elohim.”

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yeshua, and for the word of Elohim, and who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Messiah a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the First Resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the First Resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

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The Star of Your God

It was ancient tradition that caused Israel to re-adopt a Saturday Sabbath that was forbidden them in the Torah. 

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. 42 Then Elohim turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the Prophets, “O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to I Am slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? 43 Yea, ye took up the Tabernacle of Moloch (Chronos, Saturn), and the star of your Elohim Remphan (Saturn), figures which ye made to worship them: and I Am will carry you away beyond Babylon.”

Amos 5:25 “Have ye offered unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch (Saturn) and Chiun (Saturn) your images, the star (six pointed) of your idol, which ye made to yourselves. 27 Therefore will I Am cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,” says YHVH, whose Name is The Elohim Tzevaot.

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

Malachi 2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and shall take you away with it.

The penalty for practicing false timekeeping, and observing the false feasts of the heathen, is captivity and exile. The Romans called the Greek Elohim Chronos, Saturn. Chronos is a Greek word for time and timekeeping. He is often pictured as an old man with a scythe and a young child is there also. The ancient Greek Elohim Chronos is famous for eating his own children. The ‘grim reaper’ is Chronos, Saturn. Words like chronometer, chronology, synchronize, and chronicle all have the same root.

Psalm 74:5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. 6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. 7 They have cast fire into Thy sanctuary bemiqdash, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place mishkhan of Thy Name shimkha to the ground.

In verse 7, the word for the temple in Jerusalem is the miqdash and the word for a tabernacle is mishkan. The word for ‘Thy Name’ (Shimkha) is related to the word for anointing oil shemen. The wicked enemies cast fire into the Holy place, a picture of their wrath, to burn up the holy anointing oil, which is symbolic of His Name.

They cut down the ‘carved work thereof’ with their axes and hammers, means ‘with their false interpretations’. Abraham destroyed his father, Terah’s idols with a hammer (book of Jasher) and Jeremiah was told the word of YHVH is like a fire and a hammer (Jer. 23:29). These wicked enemies make counterfeits to all truth; they can only imitate what they see, and what they hear others teach; their love for pre-emminence and recognition supercedes any love they publicly claim they have for YHVH and His Torah. It is in their heart to ‘cast down to the ground’ any who stand in their way, because the fallen angels that possess their dirt, is cast down to the earth from out of heaven. The earth also is a Holy place that becomes totally defiled when the angel Lucifer is cast down to the earth (Rev. 12:12).

Psalm 74:8 They said in their hearts, “Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all ‘the synagogues of God’ moadei El in the land. 9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any who knows how long. 10 O Elohim, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme Thy Name l’olam?

Verse 8 contains a false idea. Synagogues did not come into existence for Jews until after Solomon’s temple was destroyed and the Psalms were written in the time of Solomon. The synagogues came into existence hundreds of years later (Ezekiel 11:16).

Ezekiel 11:16 Therefore say, Thus says Adonai YHVH: Although I Am has cast them far off among the heathen, and although I Am has scattered them among the countries, yet will I Am be to them as a ‘little sanctuary‘ in the countries where they shall come.  

There were no synagogues when Psalm 74 was written. The words moedei El simply means ‘the appointed time assemblies of Elohim’, the assembly of meetings that took place on the Sabbaths and feasts. The ‘little sanctuary’ in Ez. 11:16 foretold the coming of a synagogue system of assembly and gathering that Jews in exile, and later, christians with their churches, would adopt and call their buildings temples.

This particular psalm (74) describes things that happened ‘of old’, that is, in ancient times before the earth was re-created. Verse 9 states, “we do not see OUR signs,” which means ‘our timekeeping’, the true timekeeping. Then it says, “neither is there any man who knows how long.”

The judgments of the Torah, are judicial sentences given to those who offend, and these sentences are punishments. The children of Israel, as all good children, must accept their punishments that are designed to give them discipline. The verse is telling us that the men have forgotten how long the sentence made against the children of Israel would endure. The wisdom of their wise men had perished (Is. 29:14), and none of them knew ‘how long’ the punishment would last, and when it was completed.

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I Am will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

Psalm 74 also prophesies of a future ‘abomination of desolation’ (Daniel 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14; Luke 16:15; 2 Thess. 2:3-7; Rev. 21:7). Chittim is ancient Cyprus, and before there ever was Rome, the Edomites ruled in Chittim (also spelled Kittim). Daniel 11 has much prophecy in it about the end times and an ultimate abomination of desolation that is yet to come. The book of Revelation, chapters 12 thru 18, also describes these things in great detail.

Daniel 11:30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary miqdash of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate. 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their Elohim shall be strong, and do exploits.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things that are written may be fulfilled.

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Enemies in the Sanctuary

Psalm 74 speaks of many mysteries, as ancient as they are deep. When we consider the first nine verses, there are several phrases and terms we must familiarize ourselves with to understand what is being said.

Psalm 74:1 Maschil of Asaph. O Elohim, why hast Thou cast us off forever?                     Why does Thine anger smoke against the sheep of Thy pasture?                                                2 Remember zachor Thy congregation eduteika that Thou hast purchased qan’it of old qedem; the rod shevet of Thine inheritance nachalateika that Thou hast redeemed geulah; this mount Zion har Tsion, wherein Thou hast dwelt (tabernacled). zeh shekanta bo

Let’s look at the word ‘remember’ in the Hebrew supplied in transliteration for verse two.

‘Remember’ (zachor) is a time keeping term that refers to: how one keeps track of time (Ex. 20:8; 23:13). It is also similar to the word for a male child, zakar (Gen. 1:27; 5:2).
Exodus 20:8Remember the day of sabbath, to keep it set apart.”                                       Zachor et-yom haShabbat le’qadsho

Exodus 23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention (lo-tazkiru) tof the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

The word ‘zachor‘ in Ex. 20:8 means ‘keep track of time’ and the Hebrew lo-tazkiru in Ex. 20:13 is the negation of zachor; meanin that the former is stated positively and the latter, in the negative. One is to be done, the other is not to be done. What is specified not to be done is marking (mentioning, keeping track of) time by pagan deities; specifically by not mentioning the names of pagan deities that are associated to planets and days of a pagan calendar

A male child in Hebrew is a zakar, and he is to be a deliverer; and all the first born males that opened the womb were ‘purchased’ (Ex. 13:2; bought back, ‘redeemed’) by the parents. He is taught, and remembers, the covenant of his fathers. He brings his sons into the covenant by circumsizing them, and they are expected to remember, that is ‘pass it along’ to their sons from generation to generation. The son delivers his mother from want and privation in her old age, especially after that her husband has died. These redeemed sons were given a double portion inheritance with which they are responsible for the welfare of the mother in her old age; and also the widow, the orphan and the stranger in the gates.

This care or welfare, is what is meant by the idiomatic phrase found in James, ch. 1, ‘pure religion’.

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before Elohim and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The word edut is translated as ‘congregation’, an English word that means ‘an assembly of alert watchmen’. The syllable ‘ed’ means to stand amad and is the root for ‘testimony’ edut, which means ‘witness’.  Eduyot is its plural; and these are words are related to the word for the Norse sagas, the ‘Eddas’, as well as the Sanskrit word for testimonies, the Veddas. The English words educate, edify, edifice, all come from this same root. A false witness in Hebrew is ed sheqer.

Ps. 74:2 says, “which You have possessed qanit from ancient times qedem”.

Genesis 14:19 And he (Melchizedek) blessed him (Abram) and said, “Blessed be Abram of the most high God possessor (El Elyon Qone’eh) of heaven and earth,”  

This takes one back to a time before time, to ancient things before the Creation. El Elyon Qone’eh is the most High Elohim who possesses (qanit) all things as they were made by Him, and for Him, and through Him all things exist. The word qedem (also in vs. 10) is translated in places as the direction east, but figuratively speaks also of former things, things that existed before the creation of the current world. The gematria (numeric value) of qedem is 144, a number that preeminently identifies the sons of Elohim.

Shevet in Hebrew is either a rod or a tribe. Twelve rods, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, were laid up in the Ark of the Covenant and Aaron’s rod blossomed to signify that the tribe of Levi was chosen to be the priests. The phrase “the rod shevet of thine inheritance nachalateika which you have redeemed geulah” is translated as a complete thought; however, it can be expressed as two thoughts: “the tribe of your inheritance.” “You have redeemed this mount Sion, wherein you have tabernacled.”  (Ps. 91:1; Rev. 21:3) This is directly to where John refers to in Rev. 14:1-5.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty four thousand who have his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred forty four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto Elohim and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Elohim.  

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth yoshev (v.i. ‘Sabbaths’) in the secret place besitar of the most High El Elyon shall abide (forever remain) under the shadow betsel of the Almighty El Shadai.

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, the Tabernacle of Elohim is with men, and He will dwell shakein with them, and they shall be His people, and Elohim Himself shall be with them, and be their Elohim.”

The first phrase describes the edut, the assembly of alert watchmen, who are His ‘tribe (rod) of inheritance’, the heirs. This idea is further addressed in Isaiah 56. The next phrase, “you have redeemed this mount Sion wherein you have tabernacle,” contains the idea that those assembled on mount Sion (Heb. 12:22-23; Rev. 14:1-5) not only keep the appointed times moedim of the Lord, but He ‘dwells’ (tabernacles) in them also. It is worthy of note that the days of the lunar Shabbat each month (days 7, 14, 21, and 28) coincide with the mention of the one hundred forty-four thousand in Revelation.

The Hebrew word for a ‘tabernacle’ is mishkahn, from which the word ‘skin’ comes; the Greek word for ‘tent’ in the New Testament is skene.  Tabernacles are covered with skins. The ‘Divine Presence’ is manifested in tents of skin, men’s flesh when they are truly ‘born again’. The Holy One appears suddenly in His temple, our flesh bodies are the temple of the holy spirit, manifesting in tents of skin.

Furthermore, the Greek word for ‘worship’ in the KJV New Testament, is proskuneho. This is not the normal word for worship in Greek. When correctly divided, this Greek word means ‘before the tent’ (pro skun eh o), and many reference books make a false division (pros kun eh o); they redefine the word to mean ‘lick the boot of the master’ like a dog.

Jews worshiped at the Door (John 10; I Am is the Door) of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle; they did not ‘lick the boot’ there. Greeks worshiped idols in their temples; they did not worship in tents. Maybe this is why Jews called them dogs.

Psalm 74:3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the sanctuary qodesh. 4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of Thy congregations moedeika; they set up their ensigns (otot) for signs (otot).

The Hebrew of verse four is difficult. The term ‘perpetual desolations’ indicates what the ‘wicked enemies’ intend to accomplish in their destruction of whatever is qodesh (holy); this especially includes holy appointed times and the assemblies that take place on them.

These enemies intend to make an offense that desolates the sanctuary (qodesh, Holy things), to accomplish the ‘abomination of desolation’ in a premeditated fashion. The heart of Satan expresses this in Isaiah 14, verses 11 thru 15. This is the original ‘wicked vinedresser’ who seeks to dispossess others to take for himself. There is also a picture here of a wife, the ‘holy place’ of the husband, being sexually violated by another man.

Isaiah 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation (moed), in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit (read Ez. 32).

The character of hasatan that is harbored in the heart of every anti-messiah lashes out against YHVH’s Scriptural Timekeeping, especially against His true Sabbath and moedim.

Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times (moedei) and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Elohim, to blaspheme His Name and His Tabernacle, and those who dwell (shakein) in heaven.

Psalm 74:3  “Your enemies create tumult in the place of Your moedim, they set up their ‘signs’ for Your signs.” This is a better translation of verse 4 above.

The word ‘signs’ is a timekeeping term. Sabbath is a sign (Ex.31:13-17), and the signs related to the moon that show when these days come are the phases of the moon. The first crescent indicates the first day of the month. The first quarter points to the first Sabbath, day seven of the month. The full moon is the sign when the pilgrim feasts (Passover Pesach; Weeks Shavuot; and Tabernacles Sukkot) occur, the fifteenth day of the first, third, and seventh months of each year; which are always preceded by the second weekly Sabbath of the month.

The ‘signs’ of the wicked enemies, are the planets (Heb. kochavim) especially the planet Saturn. Saturn is the Roman Elohim of material prosperity. The treasury where they brought Caesar’s coins to store, their bank, was in the temple of Saturn. The rabbis teach that Rome is Edom, which means that Rome was founded by the children of Edom (Aeneas was descended from Esau). The words ‘satyr’ (a hairy goat), satan, and Saturn all are derived from the Hebrew word nistar, which means hidden, secreted, occluded. We see this in the words star, mystery, history, mist, etc. Also, the word Ishtar comes to mind, as does ‘ester’ (oil based molecule), and also ‘destruction’ as below.

Saturn worship was started by the children of Esau, Edom. It was carried throughout the Mediterranean Sea from Crete, and there was a temple to Saturn on mount Ida. This word ‘Ida’ relates back to Idumea, the ancestral homeland of the Edomites. In Latin, Jews were called Iudaioi which is very similar to Idumea. Because Jacob and Esau were twins, they closely resembled each other. Jacob pretended to be Esau when he put on a goat skin so that his father Isaac would give to him the blessing that belonged to the birthright that Esau had sold to Jacob. Ever since then, the children of Esau – Edom, hid themselves by living among the children of Jacob, and pretending to appear as them. They put on a false covering also. Today they are now become the extremely wealthy people of the earth who own and control international banks.

The children of Edom in the First century B.C. were well established in Rome. From them came all the Caesars. The house of Herod in Judaea ruled over first century Israel by an Edomite king, Herod the Great, who was from Idumaea, the land of Edom. In the land of Israel, the Edomites sought to control the religion of the Jews and many Jews who loved money and power, succumbed to them. It is by them that Saturday worship entered into Jerusalem following the destructions of the likes of Antiochus IV of Syria.

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Return to Judaism? NO!

I have seen many  leave the churches of Christianity in America and become ‘messianics’. This happens because the churches teach against the Torah, the Law of God, and those who leave cannot agree with the lies the preachers speak. The Messianic Jews and christians then attempt to return to the Torah to reclaim their ‘lost’ faith. Many of them turn to the religious Jews for this purpose, though they full-well know that these Jews reject the gospel of Messiah. It is wrong to trade one false religion for another.

This brings us to another misunderstood passage that is often used by christians in an attempt to avoid keeping the appointed times of YHVH Elohim Israel. The following verses do not prohibit christians from keeping His appointed times, but rather, they prohibit believers in the Gospel from being judged by unregenerate, albeit religious, men as to HOW they observe His appointed times.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths: 17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Messiah.

First, we must say that these two verses make only one sentence. This sentence contains a description of things that men want to judge. The things that are to be judged are meat and drink, and the observance of holy days (moedim), new moons (renewals), and Sabbaths. Furthermore, the word ‘is was not found in the original language, neither is found there the word ‘days’; both words were added by the translators.

The term ‘body of Messiah’ here does not mean his physical flesh, but the body of anointed believers who are led by the spirit of the Holy One. When we read this sentence without the things men like to judge, it reads:

Let no man therefore judge you …. But the body of Messiah.

This means the ‘body of Messiah’ is to judge; not Jews who reject Messiah, nor christians who pretend outwardly to be ‘messianic’ but inwardly bring in their Babylonian baggage.

Colossians 2:16-17 (corrected) Therefore let no man judge you concerning food and drink; or in regard to moedim, or renewals, or Sabbaths, which are shadows of things to come; but let the body of Messiah. 

Christian doctrine likes to teach that “let no man judge you” means that believers should not let anyone tell them, to not eat pork or other unclean foods. This verse is declaring that no unregenerate man is to sit in judgment of HOW those children of Israel who believe the Gospel and the Torah, are to observe dietary matters and the appointed times of YHVH Elohim Israel. The children of Israel that return to YHVH and come out from Babylon (churchianity) must not go to the Jews who reject the Gospel, otherwise they will become further ensnared in the trap of religion, that is devoid of His spirit.

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and saviour Yeshua Messiah, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb: The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

There are but two considerations for what is the ‘holy’ commandment; they are as follows.

Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I Am is YHVH Elohim.

Exodus 20:8 Remember the day of Sabbath, to keep it holy.

The holy commandment is to sanctify Him in our hearts in everything, especially in remembering His Sabbath. There is a a gross contradiction amongst messianics who say that we are not to follow the rabbis, but who then turn around and teach and practice feast observance according to the rabbinic calendar, one that is based on calculation and not observation. Thereby do they lead whole congregations in submitting to orthodox rabbinic understanding in the very timekeeping matters of which Paul said we are not to submit unto unregenerate men. This must be corrected.

Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

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

The Elohim of Ya’aqov told the children of Israel to remember His Sabbath. In Psalm 81, verses 3 thru 5, we see that the proper commemoration of His moedim by the children of Israel, is both a commandment and a testimony. Testimony means that when they obey His commandments to remember and keep His appointed times, then all the heathen will see that the children of Israel testify to their Elohim. How will the heathen ever come to know the Elohim of Israel if the children of Israel do not testify the Truth?

Psalm 81:3 Blast on the shofar in the renewal (chodesh), in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. 4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the Elohim of Ya’aqov. 5 This he ordained in Yoseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

The Elohim of Ya’aqov revealed His statutes and laws to Joseph in Egypt. He taught Joseph how to observe the feast and exactly when to blow the trumpet, blasting the ram’s horn (shofar) at the time of the renewal.

Numbers 10:1 And YHVH spake unto Moses, saying, 2 “Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. 3 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”

Numbers 10:10 “Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days (moedim), and in the beginnings (roshei) of your months (chodeshim, renewals), ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your Elohim: I Am is YHVH your Elohim.

Two thousand years ago, the Elohim of Ya’aqov suddenly appeared inside the man we call Messiah, His temple (Mal. 3:1), at the Jordan river baptism (Matt. 3:16). This is the single most important event in history. Elohim was in (inside of) Messiah (2 Cor. 5:19) reconciling the world to Himself. Elohim was manifest in (inside of) the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16). The Elohim of Ya’aqov is ‘the son of man’ (Num. 23:19) and ‘the son of man’ is also ‘Lord also, of the sabbath’ (Mark 2:28).

Mark 2:28 Therefore ‘the son of man’ is Lord also, of the Sabbath.

Numbers 23:19 Elohim is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

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The Triumphal Entry

(rewritten, revised, and further updated 02/19/13)

Exodus 12:3 “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying: In the tenth day      from this renewal they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house           of their fathers, a lamb for an house.”

The lambs destined to be slaughtered on Aviv 14 each year, were selected on the tenth day of the first month (Aviv 10; Ex. 12:3). In Jewish tradition, it is also the anniversary    of the date of Miryam’s death, as well as that of the children of Israel crossing the Jordan river and entering the Promised Land (Canaan). I believe also, this to be the date of the birth of Yochanan haMatbil (John the Baptist), as well as know it to be that of my own.

Numbers 20:1 Then came the b’nei Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert     of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Qadesh; and Miryam died there,    and was buried there.

Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day from the first renewal, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Yericho.

Regarding spiritual things, certain times are more important, carrying much more strategic relevance, than others; times of testing; foreboding times of momentous change.

Eve had such a moment in the garden when she was beguiled by the Serpent, the Devil. “And said YHVH Elohim unto the woman, “What is it that you have done?” And said the woman, “the serpent deceived (seduced, beguiled, transfixed, hypnotized, distracted, mesmerized, lulled me, etc.) and thus I did eat.”

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים לָאִשָּׁה, מַהזֹּאת עָשִׂית; וַתֹּאמֶר, הָאִשָּׁה, הַנָּחָשׁ הִשִּׁיאַנִי, וָאֹכֵל.

vayomer YHVH Elohim la’ishah mah-zot assit? vatomer ha’isha hanachash hishi’ani va’okel

The remarkable thing here, is that the Hebrew word hishi’ani that is translated as ‘deceived’ in the KJV O.T., is closely linked in sound, to the word hoshe-anna (Hosanna).

This represents two very powerful, spiritual dealings that occur in close proximity to each other, at such epochal times. With opportunity to receive the revealation of Truth, also comes a powerful, deluding influence to all who, once having heard it, reject it.

2 Thessalonians  2:7 For the Mystery of Iniquity does already work: only, he who now suppresses will continue to suppress, until he is taken out of the way, 8 and then shall that Wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 whose coming is after to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness (adikia; false religion) in those who perish; because they would not receive the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause Elohim shall send them strong delusion, that they would believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who would not believe the Truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.

When comparing this to what Eve said, regarding her being seduced by the Serpent in  Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden), we see the focus became all about her, as she confessed when she said, “the Serpent deceived me, and I did eat.”

There are critical times in history when the people of YHVH must be alert and aware    of what is to go down spiritually pertaining to them; alas, we live in such times today.

The same people who had welcomed him as he made entry into Jerusalem in fulfilment of ‘Daniel’s Seventy Weeks’ prophecy, abandoned him within the very same week;          he was interred in the tomb, before that weekly Shabbat ever arrived.

(For more background on the fulfilling of Daniel’s Prophecy, return to the earlier link,       A Different Drummer )

We must be aware, that welcoming the Truth, whether that means the fulfilling of prophecy, or even the coming of Messiah himself, is not enough. We must remain consistent and constant with him, and that with his coming to us, in spirit, before his coming in physical fulfilment, we have the responsibility to maintain our testimony over the entire duration of our existence.

We must never put the focus on ourselves, lest we too, declare as Eve, “me, I.”                It’s not about us; it never was, and never will be. Self-focus is pride and rebellion.

All of first century A.D. Jerusalem should have been alert and aware spiritually,        eagerly anticipating the arrival of that specific day, knowing the Torah, knowing                the prophecies of Moses, Daniel and Malachi (and many others); that in their day              it was expected that their Messiah would come to them, even as he did.

Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I Am will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before   I Am: and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple (Messiah), even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in: beholdhe shall come,”   says YHVH Tzevaot.

Yeshua rode into Jerusalem on Aviv 10 that fateful year, fulfilling the ‘seventy-sevens’      in Daniel’s prophecy, as well as many other prophecies in the TaNaK (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim; the Law, Prophets and Writings). Let’s read the Gospel accounts of this.

Matthew 21:1 And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and were come to Beth-Phage,        to the mount of Olives, then Yeshua sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them to me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say,        “The Lord has need of them,” and straightway he will send them.” 4 All this was done,    that it might be fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “Tell ye the daughter   of Sion: Behold, your King comes unto you, meek and sitting upon a donkeya colt        and  the foal of an ass.” 6 And the disciples went, and did as Yeshua commanded them, 7  and brought the donkey, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him on it. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down fronds from the trees, and strew them in the way. 9 And the multitudes who went before, and those who followed, cried, saying, “Hoshe annah to the son of David: Blessed is he who comes in the Name YHVH! Hoshe annah in the highest!” 10 And when he was come      into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the multitude said,     “This is Yeshua, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Mark 11:1 And when they came near to Jerusalem, unto Beth-Phage and Beth-Aniah,        at the mount of Olives, he sent forth two of his disciples, 2 and said to them, “Go your   way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. 3 And if any man says to you, “Why do ye this?” Say ye that YHVH has need of him; and straightway he will send him here.” 4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside,               in a place where two ways met; and they loosed him. 5 And certain ones of those who stood there said to them, “What do ye, loosing the colt?” 6 And they said to them even as Yeshua had commanded; and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Yeshua,   and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down fronds off the trees, and strewed them in the way. 9 And those who went before, and those who followed, cried, saying, “Hoshe annah! Blessed is   he who comes in the Name YHVH! 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David, who comes in the Name YHVH! Hoshe annah in the highest!” 11 And Yeshua entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things,   and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Beth-Aniah with the twelve.

Luke 19:28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when he was come near to Beth-Phage and Beth-Aniah, at the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30 saying, “Go ye into the village over against;   in which, at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereupon no man ever sat: loose him, and bring him here. 31 And if any man ask you, “Why do ye loose him?thus shall ye say unto him: Because the Lord has need of him.” 32 And they that were sent went their way, and found it to be even as he had said unto them. 33 And as they were loosing the colt,   the owners of it said to them, “Why loose ye the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” 35 And they brought him to Yeshua: and they cast their garments upon     the colt, and they set Yeshua on it. 36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37 And when he was come near, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise YHVH Elohim with a loud voice      for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes      in the Name YHVH!” “ShalombehaShammayim!” (comp. 1 Chron 29:11, below) and, “Glory in the highest!”

John 12:12 On the next day (Aviv 10) much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Yeshua was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took fronds of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, “Hoshe-annah: Blessed is the King of Israel who comes in the Name YHVH!” 14 And Yeshua, when he had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, 15 “Fear not, bat Sion: behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

In Hebrew the word phage is the root from which comes several English words: fig, pig, pagan, among them. A test was being conducted the fateful day that Yeshua rode into Jerusalem. Would they receive the one who suddenly appeared in his temple? Or would they reject I Am inside of him, and call for the crucifixion of their own Father?

Exodus 4:22  “And you shall say unto Pharaoh; Thus says YHVH: Israel is My son,       even My firstborn.”

1 Chronicles 29:10 Wherefore David blessed YHVH before all the congregation: and David said, “Blessed are You, O YHVH Elohim Israel, our Father, mishaleim v’ad shaleim!” 11 Yours, O YHVH, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all who are in the heavens and in the earth is yours; Yours is the kingdom,    O YHVH, and You are exalted as head above all!”

Within one week’s time, of all those who had praised him at his coming, by waving palm fronds and shouting, “Hoshe-annah!” the majority of them were now abandoning him      in his hour of greatest suffering. Some of them had even called for his death, and accused him of being a false prophet. In this, they followed their religious leaders blindly,            even as men frequently do today.

For the most part, they failed that test that week, eating the forbidden fruit of trees that bear no fruit unto spiritual life, trees that are twice-dead, and withered up from the roots, and ready to be plucked up and burned in the siege fires laid against the cities of those    who would refuse the offer of His shalom after it had been extended to them.

Deuteronomy 20:10 “When you come near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim shalom unto it. 11 And it shall be, if it makes to you an answer of shalom, and opens       its gates to you, then it shall beall the people found in it shall become your tributaries,      and they shall serve you. 12 And if it will not make shalom with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it.”

Within just forty years after being given the offer of shalom, at Yeshua‘s Triumphal Entry, the temple that was a leprous house, perpetually breaking out with the green and red streaks of envy and hatred, was torn down.

Matthew 24:1 And Yeshua went out and departed from the temple: and his disciples came for to shew him the buildings of the templeAnd Yeshua said unto them, “See ye not    all these things? Awmein, I Am says unto you: There shall not be left here, one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

This he proclaimed, as the High Priest of the Melchizedek Order, according to the Torah.

Leviticus 14:33 And YHVH spake unto Moshe and Aharon, saying, 34 “When ye be come into the land of Kana’an That I Am gives to you for a possession, and I Am puts the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; 35 And he that owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, “It seems to me there is as it were, a plague in the house,” 36 Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: 37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall; 38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door    of the house, and shut up the house seven days: 39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; 40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place outside the city: 41 scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other mortar, and shall plaster the house. 43 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered; 44 Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. 45 And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber of it, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place.”

Even now, the fig tree is putting forth the fig leaves (false religion) that last days Adam and Eve will sew together to make aprons in an attempt to hide their nakedness by their own works.

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit of it, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eatAnd the eyes of them both were opened; and they knew that they were naked; and fig leaves they sewed together, and made themselves aprons.

Other such crucial times are recorded in the scriptures and some of the people passed     the test, and some failed. As the children of Israel left Egypt, all who put the blood on the doorpost, and obeyed the command to keep the Pesach, were rewarded with freedom. They journeyed to Mt. Sinai where they ate of the Tree of Life, but a short time later they were eating the forbidden fruit of a pagan sacrifice at a feast of their own making at Choreb: the gold calf.

The English word raven in Latin is Chorvus Chorax, and what is indicated by this,          is that while the people await the return of the messenger, in this example at Mt. Sinai, there is a nearby experience at the mount of the raven, a scavenger bird that feeds on dead flesha deluding spirit that comes against the majority of the people, that will cause them to yield to temptation, to make their own feast, if their heart is not steadfast in obeying YHVH. Such a feast is false timekeeping, an idolatrous/adulterous that resulted in the wicked revelry of the Gold Calf incident.

What will you receive? Messiah coming on a colt, the foal of a donkey, as a redeemer      who is meek and lowly in heart? Or will you prefer a Gold Calf and the merry-making         of a people who think they are freed to indulge their lusts?

In the next passage, we see that the 10th day of the first month, is the time when the people who claim to believe, are to be spiritually measured by a cherub with a reed.

Ezekiel 40:1 In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year,   in the tenth day from the renewal, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of YHVH was upon me, and brought me there. 2     In the visions of Elohim, brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. 3 And he brought me there, and, behold, a man appeared with a line of flax in his hand, whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, and he also had a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. 4 And the man said unto me, “Son of man, behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all That I Am shall show you; for to the intent That I Am might show to you, you have been brought here: Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.” 5 And behold, a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building: one reed; and the height: one reed. 6 Then he came to the gate that looks toward the east, and went up the stairs of it, and measured the threshold of the gate: one reed broad; and the other threshold: one reed broad. 7 And each small chamber: one reed long and one reed broad; and between the small chambers: five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate inside: one reed.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Micha’El stand up, the great prince who stands for    the sons of your 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 your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found, written in the scroll. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to ages-lasting life, and some to shame and ages-lasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars from age to age.

We see similar wording to this in the book of Revelation, at the commencement of the time of Jacob’s Trouble. Then the Two Witnesses will effect that judgement upon the apostates as a cherub measures those who worship at the temple. It is of interest that a reed is six cubits length, and each cubit is of 24 fingers in length, for a total of 144 (6 x 24) fingers.

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, “Rise, and measure the temple of Elohim, and the altar, and those who worship on itbut the court that is outside the temple leave out, and measure it not;   for it is given unto the nations: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two monthsAnd I Am will give command to My two witnesses and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred threescore days clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the Elohim of the earth.” 

Here we note that when the time came for the Israelites to enter the land of promise, Cana’an, they crossed over and camped in the land, they did so on the tenth day of the first month, which is the third day of the second week of the first month of the year.

One generation perished in the wilderness, and now their children would enter the land of Promise and keep YHVH’s feast of Passover in it.

Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day from the first renewal, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Yericho.

Numbers 14:26 And YHVH spake unto Moshe ve’Aharon, saying, 27 “How long shall          I Am bear with this evil congregation, who murmur against I Am? I Am has heard their murmurings, of the b’nei Israel that they murmur against I Am. 28 Say unto them:           “As truly as I Am lives,” says YHVH, “as ye have spoken in My ears, so will I Am do to you: 29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against I Am, 30 Doubtless, ye shall not come into the land That I Am sware to make you dwell in it, except Caleb ben Yephunneh, and Yehoshua ben Nun. 31 And your little ones, whom ye said should be a prey, them will I Am bring in, and they shall know the land that ye have despised. 32 And you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities forty years, and ye shall know My breach of promise. 35  I Am YHVH has said   I Am will surely do it to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against I Am: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.”

Few readers are aware that when they encounter the phrase ‘the third day’ in the Scripture that the intent of it is ‘the third day (of the week)’.

There is only one way to count weeks in Scripture and that is weeks of months.

The first day of the month is always the first day of the first week of the month. Therefore, third day of the first week of each month, is obviously the third day of the week. And the third day of the week in the second, third, and fourth week of each month, are days 10, 17, and 24 respectively.

Many different schemes of counting weeks are proposed and regarded by those who do not hold to the foundation given above. The most common of these is never-ending, perpetual cycles, of seven days based on naming days for planets and the pagan deities associated with those planets.

Scripture declares, “The moon was made for moedim,” – Psalm 104:19; and YHVH’s Shabbat is the first moed given in the list of moedim found in Leviticus 23.

There is only one way to count weeks in Scripture and that is His way, not man’s clever way of complicating YHVH’s commandments. As each month has four weeks, the third day in the second week is the tenth day of the month; the third day in the third week       of each month is the seventeenth day of the month; and the third day of the fourth week    of each month is the twenty-fourth day of the month.

Let us consider the very next occurrence of the phrase ‘the third day’ of the week that    is mentioned in scripture, and there we find it is given to us in the form of ‘the seventeenth day of the month‘ (from the renewal).

Genesis 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah‘s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon      the earth forty days and forty nights.

Genesis 8:1 And Elohim remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and Elohim made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; 2 the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; 3 and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. 4     And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month,        upon the mountains of Ararat.

Here we see it was the seventeenth day of the second month on which the fountains      of the deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened; this happened       ‘the third day’ of the third week, of the second month. Astronomical information is given in these verses that seem to associate the ‘windows of heaven’ being opened and closed, at a specific time of the year that coincides with either the heliacal setting of the constellation Pleiades in the mid spring skies (that time, is now annually around June 10, which makes it very close to the time of Shavuot – Pentecost), or with the constellation rising as it does annually around the eighth month, the month that follows Tishri, which is also the month in which the fall feasts are held.

“Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Eliezer are herein consistent [with views expressed by them elsewhere], as it has been taught: ‘In the sixth hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month. R. Yehoshua said: That day was the seventeenth day of Iyyar, when the constellation of Pleiades sets at daybreak and the fountains begin to dry up, and because they [mankind] perverted their ways, the Holy One, blessed be He, changed for them the work of creation and made the constellation of Pleiades rise at daybreak and took two stars from the Pleiades and brought a flood on the world. Rabbi Eliezer said: That day was the seventeenth of Marheshvan (8th month),        a day on which the constellation of Pleiades rises at daybreak, and [the season] when the fountains begin to fill.” – Babylonian Talmud; Tractate Rosh haShanah 11b.

The Pleiades are also called the ‘seven sisters’, or ‘seven stars’, and would be the same time-wise as the seven stars held in the hand of the son of man in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the qahal (assembly) of Ephesus write: These things    says he who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 3:1 “And unto the angel of the qahal in Sardis write: These things says he   that has the seven spirits of Elohim, and the seven stars; I Am knows your works, that you have a name that you live and are dead.”

Revelation 3:7 “And to the angel of the qahal in Philadelphia write: These things says       he who is Qadosh, he that is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and         no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;”

We can further link other verses to our understanding that contain similar wording, and thereby gain insight as to what time of year is being indicated. We see this in the concept of the ‘windows of heaven‘ as the expression refers to seasonal rains or even judgments.

Isaiah 24:18 And it shall come to pass, that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall   fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in          My house, and prove I Am now herewith,” says YHVH Tzevaot, “if I Am will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Acts 2:1 And when the day of the fifty (Shavuot) was fully come, they were all with    one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Yo-El: 17 “And it shall come     to pass in the last days,” says Elohim, “I Am will pour out of My spirit upon all flesh:     and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens, will   I Am pour out in those days of My spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I Am will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire,         and vapor of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,   before that great and notable Day of YHVH is come,” 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name YHVH, shall be saved.

Yo-El (Joel) 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I Am will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; your old men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see visions. 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I Am pour out My spirit. 30 And I Am will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon turned into blood before the great and the terrible Day of YHVH is come.” 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name YHVH shall be delivered: for in mount Sion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as YHVH has said, and in the remnant whom YHVH shall call.

Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at My reproof: Behold,                       I Am will pour out My spirit unto you, I Am will make known My words unto you.

Recall here the things that get shut, which no man can open; or alternatelly, things that are opened which no man can shut: the womb of woman, the ark of Noah, the windows    of heaven, eyes and ears, etc.

We detect a wonderful, even miraculous connection here, with the idea of the windows     of heaven being opened and His spirit being poured out, the working of miraculous things. This brings us to our next point for consideration, the ‘revelation’ at Mt. Sinai.

Timekeeping clues are given to us in the passage that follows that indicate that several days transpired as recorded in the biblical narrative that begins with the first day       of the third month in Exodus 19, and the time when the feast of Shavuot was held on the mount, that is, Mt. Sinai, in Exodus 24:9.

These clues are in the phrases:  ‘went up’, ‘came and called’, ‘returned’, ‘Go to the people’, ‘today and tomorrow’, ‘the third day’ (of the week), ‘Moshe went down’, ‘on the third day’, ‘Go down’, ‘get thee down’, ‘Moshe went down’; clues provided in such a manner that it appears as someone’s personal diary. Each clues given suggests the time it takes to do something in a particular day. For example: it takes a day to go up a mountain, or to go up and return.*

* I am well aware of the stupid arguments people would make of this information, but on my part, I would make known that the ‘revelation at Mt. Sinai’, as Jews like to call this episode, did not take place on the day of Shavuot as they insist, but it took place on the tenth day of the third month of the year. Shavuot followed five days later (Exodus 24:9).

Exodus 24:9 And Moshe went up (aliyah), and Aharon, and Nadav and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel. 10 And they saw the place where the Elohim of Israel stood; and under His feet was as it were a work of sapphire slabs, and as it were the appearance of the firmament of heaven in its purity.11 And among the chosen ones of Israel, there was not even one missing, and they appeared in the place of Elohim, and did eat and drink.

Here is the passage that pertains to the giving of the Covenant at Mt. Sinai that occurred on the tenth day of the third month, in the year the children of Israel came out of Egypt.

Exodus 19:1 In the third month, when the b’nei Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, that very day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. 3 And Moshe went up unto Elohim, and YHVH called unto him out of the mountain, saying: “Thus shall you say to the house of Ya’aqov, and tell the b’nei Israel: 4 “Ye have seen what I Am did unto the Egyptians, and how I Am bare you on eagles wings, and brought you unto Myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto I Am above all people: for all the earth is Mine: 6 And ye shall be unto I Am a kingdom of priests and an holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak unto the b’nei Israel.” 7 And Moshe came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which YHVH commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, “All that YHVH has spoken we will do.” And Moshe returned the words of the people unto YHVH. 9 And YHVH said unto Moshe, “Lo, I Am is come to you in a thick cloud,  that the people may hear when I Am speaks with you, and believe you l’olam.” And Moshe told the words of the people unto YHVH. 10 And YHVH said to Moshe, “Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 and   be ready against the third day: for the third day YHVH will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And you shall set bounds unto the people round about, saying, “Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever touches the mount shall be surely put to death.” 13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live. When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come up to the mount.” 14 And Moshe went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.” 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet was exceedingly loud; so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 And Moshe brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with Elohim; and they stood at the lower part of the mount. 18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke because YHVH descended upon it in fire: and the smoke of it ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moshe spake, and Elohim answered him by a voice. 20 And YHVH came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and YHVH called Moshe up to the top of the mount; and Moshe went up. 21 And YHVH said to Moshe, “Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto YHVH to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 And let the priests also, who come near to YHVH, sanctify themselves, lest YHVH break forth upon them.” 23 And Moshe said unto YHVH, “The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for You charged us, saying, “Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.” 24 And YHVH said to him, “Away, get yourself down, and you shall come up, you, and Aharon with you: but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up unto YHVH, lest He break forth upon them.” 25 So Moshe went down to the people and spoke to them.

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moshe, “You speak with us and we will hear: but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die.” 20 And Moshe said unto the people, “Fear not: for Elohim is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moshe drew near unto the thick darkness where Elohim was.

Next we note that it was on the third day of the second week of the fifth month,     that Nebuzaradan, who was general to the forces of Nebuchadnezzar, and the Babylonian hosts came and entered into Jerusalem. This was in 585 B.C. and we likewise see that same anniversary date in Ezekiel 20:1, though it may not have been the same year.

It must be noted this is the time of Tish b’Av, and while that date specifies the 9th of Av,  the fifth month, the destruction and burning continued through the 10th of Av. And so we see a distinguishable pattern that shows a connection between the tenth day of the first, third, fifth, and seventh months of each year.

Jeremiah 52:12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, that was the nineteenth year of Nebu-Chad-Rezzar, king of Babylon, came Nebu-Zaradan, captain      of the guard, who served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

Ezekiel 20:1 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of YHVH, and sat before me.

The tenth day of each month is always the THIRD DAY of the second week of that respective month. This fact immediately draws our attention to other passages wherein scripture designates the tenth day of the month for the observance of commandments; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Leviticus 16:29 “And this shall be a statute forever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether  it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourns among you,”

Leviticus 23:27 “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day            of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls,         and offer an offering made by fire unto YHVH.

Leviticus 23:32 “It shall be unto you a Shabbat sabbaton; and ye shall afflict your souls    in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even  (all through the tenth), shall ye celebrate your Shabbat.”

Leviticus 25:9 “Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth    day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.”

Numbers 29:7 “And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month, an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work in it:”

Jeremiah 52:4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month,        in the tenth day of the month, that Nebu-Chad-Rezzar, king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel, Haggai, and Zechariah lived contemporaneously from the last days of Jeremiah and the Babylonian captivity and exile, through the time of the return. Also alive at that time, were Yeshua the high priest; Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe; Haman, Esther, Mordechai, Chananiah, Azariah, Mishael, Darius the Mede, and Achashverosh the Persian king.

In their collective writings, we notice a peculiar ‘third day’ pattern that is of special meaning to that particular time in history. The twenty fourth day of the month               is always the third day of the last week of the month. What we see here is the significance of that as the third day of the week, in relation to seeking YHVH and being given prophetic insights, in the first month, the sixth month, the seventh month, the ninth month, and the eleventh month. We also see that the temple was finished being restored on the third day of the twelfth month (Adar), which is listed first.

Ezra 6:15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar that was       in the sixth year of the reign of Darius, the king.

Nehemiah 9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this (7th) month the b’nei Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sack-clothes, and earth upon them.

Daniel 10:4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

Haggai 1:15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year        of Darius the king.

Haggai 2:10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year        of Darius, came the word of YHVH by Haggai the prophet, saying,

Haggai 2:18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of YHVH’s temple was laid, consider it.

Haggai 2:20 And again, the word of YHVH came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

Zechariah 1:7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shevat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of YHVH unto Zechariah ben Berechiah ben Iddo the prophet, saying,…

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