(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, מַה–זֹּאת 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: behold, he 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 donkey; a 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 be, all 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 temple. 2 And 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 eat. 7 And 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 flesh, a 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 it; 2 but 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 months. 3 And 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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