Behold my SALVATION!

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“Behold, G-d is my “Yeshua” [Salvation], I will trust and not be terrified. For my strength and my song is Yah, יהוה , and He WILL BECOME FOR ME “Yeshua”. And we will drink water with JOY from the wells of Yeshua.” Yesha-Yahu 12:2-3

And on the day of the “water pouring” of Sukkot, on the Great Day, Yeshua said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. And if anyone trusts in me, as the scriptures say, ‘out of his belly shall flow rivers of Mayim Khayim [living water].” Yokhanan 7:38

Many rejected Him, and the next day they “departed from Him one by one, from the eldest to the youngest.”

The Pharisees were at that time teaching about “Mayim Khayim”, or “Living Water”. All of Yisra’el would have fresh in their mind this verse on that next day, when they challenged Him in the Torah:

“You, the hope of Yisra’el, יהוה ! All that forsake You shall be ashamed; they that depart from You shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken יהוה , the fountain of Mayim Khayim.” Jer 17:13

Isn’t it interesting that Yeshua was writing in the earth when they turned away from Him “one by one”.

“Every knee shall bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Yeshua HaMashiakh is יהוה , to the glory of Elohim, His Father.” Phil 2:10-11

It’s best to do it now…. know Him.

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How I ‘see’ christians… just so you know…
Many people over the years have misunderstood me, and it is because they have in their own head preconceptions and misconceptions about what it is to keep the Torah of Elohim [Instructions of G-d].
There are thousands of years of theological banter that get in the way of good communication on this matter.
Last night, I awoke in the middle of the night with this on my mind. I don’t know if a dream prompted it, or why I had this in my mind so strongly.
Perhaps it is because of the season we are now in, The Season of Our Joy, the time of the Jewish Messiah’s birth, as recorded in SCRIPTURE, and how many who profess faith in Him will not even acknowledge it, but will ‘try’ to celebrate it on the day of the birth of the chief god of Roman/Egyptian paganism, the ‘son’ of a ‘trinity’ of Mithraism, in a few months.
Many think that by my previous statement, and generally my support of His Torah, that I condemn or ‘judge’ those who follow these teachings.
I DO NOT.
I merely do not hesitate to point out the error and hypocrisy of the DOCTRINE of men. If one chooses to abide in the DOCTRINE, that is between them and The Creator, who does indeed look into the heart. But, He judges our hearts according to HIS TORAH, and NOT according to our understanding, nor our ‘desire.’
I see that many among western ‘christianty’ are really Torah Keepers… they just do not realize it!
The Torah, or the “Instructions” of G-d, are summarized in the Ten D’varim.
Here is where the confusion begins. Christianity calls these the Ten Commandments. In Hebrew, they are “The Ten Words,” or, “The Ten [most important] Things.” The Western mind views these as ‘mean directives’ from a ‘god’ who is ruthless and vengeful.
But, these are a foundational model of ALL HIS TORAH/INSTRUCTIONS.
The first five deal with our relationship to The Creator, Blessed is He.
I am יהוה. You shall have no other gods before me.
Do not make for yourselves graven images and bow down and worship them.
Do not take up the Name יהוה for vain reasons.
REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, to set it apart, because I created the world in SIX DAYS and rested on the SEVENTH, so also you shall rest from all your work on the SEVENTH DAY, to SET IT APART [make the 7th day different from every other day]. You will honor your father and your mother, and you will live long because of it. [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].

The last five deal with our relationship with one another, man to man.
You will not commit murder [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not commit adultery [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not steal [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not bear false witness against your neighbor [If I, יהוה am your G-d].
You will not covet. [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
Now, western believers who profess faith in the Son of G-d as “Salvation” [Yeshua means ‘salvation’], would seem to agree with most of these.
Many do not realize that the Father has a Name: יהוה. But, they understand, to some degree, the Sovereignty that Name establishes, and the eternal nature of The Creator… and, they do believe He is the only G-d to be worshipped; so, I myself see them as keeping the first ‘Important Thing.’ IF they DO understand that HE is the ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of all the earth.
Most of those who claim to know the Son of G-d also will not make an idol to bow down to, or pray to a ‘fashioned thing.’ Now, many, many who claim to be ‘christian’ do in fact pray to ‘things’ that they say ‘represent’ someone they claim is not a ‘god.’ They do not understand that if they pray to a ‘spiritual being transcendent of humanity,’ that it is a ‘god.’ Man has fashioned it, and assigned a ‘spirit’ to it. They are breaking this command. They cannot know the Creator, יהוה, until they come to realize this. He is clear that our worship, reverence, genuflection, adoration, supplication, cry for help, and for salvation, is to be directed to HIM, because only HE is Sovereign, and able to save us! But, many, many who do say they trust in the Son of G-d reject all forms of idolatry. They keep this Important Word.
The third is a mite tricky, not to take HIS NAME up in vanity. The vast majority of those believers do not know that His Name is יהוה, so they do not break this command. Sadly, many who CLAIM to keep His Torah DO take up this Name for vain reasons, and misuse it. THEY would be the ones breaking this ‘Important Word,’ and NOT those who trust in the Son of G-d and do not know/use this Name! And, many ‘think’ that ‘God’ is His name, or that ‘Jesus’ is His name, and they try to reverence it. So, I see them as honoring this Important Thing.
Here is where many, if not most, err against His Instruction. But, we will see that MOST who err in this fashion do so because they have been MISINFORMED.
The fourth Important Thing is REMEMBER the SABBATH DAY, to SET IT APART [from the six days for working].
The Sabbath Day is the SEVENTH DAY. It is the ONLY day of the week in scripture that has a NAME.
1st Day
2nd Day
3rd Day
4th Day
5th Day
6th Day
SABBATH DAY.
Constantine, the pagan who hijacked the Congregations, forced a ‘union’, and rejected/expelled Jewish LEADERS who trusted in Messiah the Son of G-d, CHANGED THIS DAY. He put all the resources of his empire in play to make sure of what the 7th day of JEWS was, and FIXED the Roman calendar, to make sure that ‘christians’ did NOT KEEP the Jewish Sabbath. By ROYAL DECREE he mandated changes in the Sabbath and Pesakh [Passover, the most important feast of early Messianic Jews and Gentiles] saying, “henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people [The Jews].” HENCEFORTH is the operative word. This was a CHANGE in the ‘seasons,’ just as Daniel said the spirit of the lying one would bring, and Yokhanan affirmed this spirit was already in the congregations! Because MANY did NOT STOP keeping the Jewish Sabbath, it became royal decree less than 100 years later that if any ‘christian’ DID keep the “Jewish Sabbath,” which is actually the Sabbath of יהוה, or the Pesakh, HE WOULD DIE. THIS FEAR is still in the ‘spirit’ of that change, and affects MANY who still keep it this way, even though they KNOW that HIS SABBATH is the SEVENTH DAY even of the calendar of Rome. The Jewish people have preserved this Seventh Day! ALL THE WORLD KNOWS this is the Sabbath of the Creator!
Part of our worship on the Sabbath is to remember that we are CREATED. But, many who profess faith in the Son of Elohim DO ‘keep’ ‘a sabbath.’ But it is NOT HIS. But, they have an understanding that they should ‘keep a sabbath,’ so they wrongly call the first day the ‘christian sabbath.’ They ‘say’ they worship on this day because the Son rose from the dead on this day. But, the issue is that he did NOT rise from the dead on the Roman ‘sun day.’ He rose from the dead at the end of the SABBATH! WHEN THE 1st DAY WAS STARTING. (Sat night) So, even the excuse does not fit SCRIPTURE. BUT! They know they ‘should’ keep “a” day for Him. And, they know they should assemble on a ‘seventh’ day. Does He ‘give us credit’ for that? No. Does He ‘excuse’ it? No. But, He does offer grace, UNTIL we are convinced of truth. But, does a ‘christian’, a true believer, give a NOD to ‘a’ Sabbath?
YES.
So, there is an impetus to keep it! A Torah Command! NOWHERE in the Brit Khadasha are we instructed to ‘keep a seventh day of assembly.’ WHY, then, do they ALL DO IT, even though it is on the wrong day? Yeshua did not rise EVERY 1st day of the week, but only on Passover. So, honest worship on the day of His Resurrection would dictate a frequency of only ONCE A YEAR. WHY, then, EVERY SEVENTH DAY? The heart of a real believer WANTS to obey; the heart of a deceiver wants to REPLACE.
So, while these who profess the Son do not keep His Sabbath, deep down they know there is a ‘need.’ They have His Torah being written on their hearts, but they have not yielded to His Will fully. They ‘know’ that this is the fourth “Important Word.” He did not say, however, ‘remember ‘a’ seventh day,’ but remember THE SABBATH DAY and keep it HOLY.
You will honor your father and your mother. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and do this. False ones do not.
You will not murder. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not commit adultery. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not steal . Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not bear false witness against your neighbor. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not covet. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
So, I see my brothers in Messiah who trust that Yeshua, the Son of G-d, is their salvation, as having an impetus to obey. They ARE TORAH KEEPERS
They simply do not do the SABBATHS of יהוה the way HE said to, and the way YESHUA DID!
My great desire is to see all His People doing what HE said we would do for 1000 years WITH HIM when He is on this earth, to see them doing it NOW, to SHOW the world that HE IS NOT WISHY WASHY, or duplicitous, HE does NOT change with man’s desires or whims, is NOT subject to Constantine, the Popes, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, et al, but is THE SOVEREIGN OF CREATION.
The Sabbath sends that message, every week, that we honor HIM and HIS POWER over the universe when we assemble and REST together when HE said to rest, since HE rested on this day. The other seven Moedim, or Appointed Times, are for a similar purpose, but also to show US the map of creation, and what will happen when He returns. This is what the book of Kolossim teaches! It is very, very basic! It does NOT put us ‘under the law,’ because being under any law only happens when one BREAKS that law.
In a ‘free’ government, one does not come under the ‘heavy hand’ or ‘long arm’ of the ‘law’, going ‘under’ it to feel its weight, until one BREAKS THE LAW. Then, the judge will, after determining if indeed the ‘law’ has been broken, will apply the requisite punishment. THAT is what being ‘under the law’ means, in any form of government!
Learn this, that in ancient AND modern Judaism, just like in 4th century and modern ‘christianity,’ there is a ‘law of man’ that supersedes the Instruction of G-d [Torah], and THAT is what men follow! THAT is the ‘law’ from which we are set free. THAT is the ‘law of sin and death’ about which Shaul [Paul] wrote. “DO NOT CALL THE TORAH OF ELOHIM SIN. G-d FORBID!” [Rom 7:7] Following MAN’S religious ‘law’ puts man ‘under the law’ of G-d, because they are breaking HIS INSTRUCTION in order to keep THEIRS! [Mar 7:6-7, 15:9, Kol 2:22, Is 29:13] A real, honest citizen of that government will not deliberately ‘break the law,’ because he wants to be an honest citizen. He will throw himself on the mercy of that government when he learns he has broken the law, and a merciful judge will lift the punishment, BUT NOT IF HE PERSISTS TO BREAK THAT LAW! Is Elohim any less just? NO. And real believers know this about all the other NINE ‘Important Words,’ but seem to equivocate over that fourth, and thereby the OTHER feasts of Lev 23.
MAN changed the Sabbath. Daniel the prophet, who wrote the book on what was revealed about last things, sealed it up. That book was opened by Yokhanan years later. They both told us that the Sheker HaMashiakh would:
CHANGE THE SEASONS AND THE TORAH! [Daniel 7:25]
MAN did this. CONSTANTINE did this. THE Sheker HaMashiakh [Lying Messiah] will again do it, worldwide, in the name of “Jesus,” of Allah, Mohammed, of Buddha, of Hinduism, and of every named god.
Read Isaiah 56-58 without preconceived notions. Consider the eternal nature of the promises He makes there. Know that “LORD” is יהוה, and “Lord” is Adonai. יהוה only applies to G-d Eternal. Abba has ONE people, The Jews who trust in Messiah, and the Gentiles who join Yisra’el in trust in Messiah. There is ONE set of instructions for all HIS children. He does NOT equivocate, or vacillate, and is not duplicitous. Yeshua UPHELD the Torah, and TAUGHT it. So did Shaul. So does ANYONE who genuinely trusts in Messiah Yeshua. Just keep reading HIS WORD, and by IT, trim your OWN lamp, by doing what HE says.
Only GOD can overturn His Own word, and He DID not and WILL not do it! I challenge anyone to find where Messiah Yeshua abolished the Sabbath and Passover [and the other feasts]. IT CANNOT BE DONE. BUT, I have shown and it is well-known HISTORY that Constantine DID!
There are many real believers who are Torah keepers. They just need to break from Constantine in regard to The Appointed Times of יהוה, and be more correct in their obedience. He is teaching His children to do this.
“Choose you TODAY whom you will serve! As for me and my house, we will serve יהוה.”

Make sure you abandon the right law!

Don’t take the traditional phrases that cause you to ignore His Torah out of context, like, “He has set me free from the law”…..

He has INDEED set you free from a law, BUT, it is NOT HIS TORAH!  It is the LAW OF THE CORRUPTION OF YOUR FLESH: SIN!

Intuitively, you KNOW this, O reader!  But, you’ve been told NOT to keep PARTS of His Torah!

You love the “Ten Commandments”, yet are taught to reject the fourth one, so there are really only 9!

You love ‘holidays’, but REJECT those days Elohim said you are to CELEBRATE.

The world is the victim of double-speak and deceit.  The TWISTING of Sha’ul’s words, JUST as Kefa said 2,000 years ago!

“Pavlos also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, my beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware, lest you follow the error of those without Torah, and fall from your own steadfastness.”  (read your greek, it reads the same)

This chapter is one of the most MISREAD chapters in all of scripture. I’ve emphasized phrases that escape from most people’s preconceptions, due to DOCTRINE.

Just consider it.

And then consider whether breaking the Sabbath is still sin.  It is HIS FOURTH commandment.  And “Sabbath” means SEVENTH DAY, NOT sunday.  We inherited lies [Daniel 9].

Rom 7:

“Do you not know, my brethren, I speak to them who know the Torah, that the Torah has authority over a person as long as he lives? Just as a woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband should die, she is freed from the law regarding her husband. Thus, if, while her husband is alive, she should be attached to another man, she becomes an adulteress; but if her husband is dead, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she becomes another man’s wife. Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the Torah by the body of Mashi’akh, that you might become another’s, even to Him who arose from the dead, so that you may bring forth fruit to Elohim. For when we were in the flesh , the pains of sin, which were by the Torah, worked in our members to bring forth fruits to death.  But now we are absolved from the Torah, being dead to that which had hold upon us (sin); and we should henceforth serve in newness of spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? What profanity! I would not have known the meaning of sin except by means of the Torah; for I would never have known the meaning of covetousness unless the Torah said “you shall not covet.”  So by means of this mitzvah, sin found an occasion and provoked in me every kind of desire. For without the Torah, sin was dead.  Formerly I lived without the Torah; but when the mitzvah came, sin came to life and I died. And the mitzvah, which was ordained to life I found to be for death. For sin, finding occasion by the mitzvah, misled me and by it (SIN) killed me. Therefore the Torah is Kadosh, and the mitzvah is Kadosh, and just, and good. Has then that which is good become death to me? What profanity! But sin that is exposed as sin, and works death in me for that which is good, will be the more condemned by means of the Torah!  For we know that the Torah is [of the] Ru’akh; but I am of the flesh, enslaved to sin. For I do not know what I do; and I do not do the thing which I want, but I do the thing which I hate. That is exactly what I do. So then if I do that which I do not wish to do, I can testify concerning the Torah, that it is good. Now then it is not I who do it, but sin which dominates me. Yet I know that it does not fully dominate me (that is, in my flesh); but as far as good is concerned, the choice is easy for me to make, but to do it is difficult for me. For it is not the good [Torah!] that I wish to do that I do; but it is the evil that I do not wish to do [SIN] that I do. Now if I do that which I do not wish, then it is not I who do it, but the sin which dominates me. I find therefore that the Torah agrees with my conscience when I wish to do good, but evil is always near, distracting me. For I delight in the Torah of Elohim after the inward man; but I see another ‘law’ in my members, warring against the Torah in my mind, and it makes me a captive to the impetus of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this mortal body? I thank Elohim for deliverance through Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh. Now therefore with my mind I am a servant of the Torah of Elohim; but with my flesh I am a servant of the law of sin.

It is utterly clear in this chapter that Shaul is exposing SIN as the evil, and NOT the “Torah”, or the “instructions” for life. We learn that sin (whose agent is HaSatan) USED the Torah against us. THAT is the “instruction/law/impetus” from which we are freed; NOT the very WORDS of Elohim!

You shall call His Name “Yeshua,” for He shall save His people from their SIN!

“Everyone who sins breaks the Torah, for indeed, sin IS breaking the Torah.”  [I Jo 3:4]

“Do not expect that I have come to weaken the Torah or the Nevi’im; I have not come to weaken it, but to expound it. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod, nor a stroke shall pass away from the Torah until everything comes to pass. Whoever therefore tries to loosen even one of these smallest mitzvot, and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in Malkhut HaShamayim; but anyone who observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded as great in Malkhut HaShamayim.”

Kill The Fatted Calf!

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That sounds like a good idea!  But today, many who are sanctimonious think eating meat is bad, and say that anyone who does it is ‘weak’, or worse, ‘inhumane.’

To the first accusation: it is actually the vegetarian/vegan that scriptures call ‘weak.’

Would Yeshua use the epithet above, “Kill the fatted calf,” in order to express one of the greatest testaments to faith, if eating meat was a weakness?  Was the Father ‘weak’ to celebrate his son’s homecoming by slaughtering a bull, to eat with his guests?  Are we so arrogant to presume this was not the culture of the day, when every parable Yeshua told related to that culture?

“Assist him who is weak in HaEmunah. And do not waver in your reasoning. For one believes that he may eat all things; another who is weak eats [only] vegetables.”

This portion of scripture was written to former pagans.  Most people today do not realize that vegetarianism is a byproduct of paganism.  Many early gentile believers were former pagans, who had certain days they would only eat certain foods.  They worshipped the creation rather than the creator, who made animals FOR FOOD.  This is NOT an issue of salvation, NOR is it an issue of tzedaka, because we are NOT made righteous or unrighteous by what we eat.  However, to raise the status of the animal to that of human, OR to lower the status of human to that of animal, is an affront to the creator.  Much of vegan/vegetarian thinking does exactly that.

It is ELOHIM that created the animal to die as innocent for the sake of mankind.  That is NOT a weakness of man, that is an act of G-d.  Mankind was indeed vegetarian in the garden, and for 1,100 years thereafter, until the flood.  G-d HIMSELF killed an animal on day ten of human history, in order to atone for man’s new nakedness, his fallen estate.  An innocent creature died for the sake of man.

G-d Himself is the one who told No’akh to eat meat, after the flood, putting enmity between man and beast FOR THAT VERY PURPOSE.  We certainly would not call Avraham or the Malakh יהוה weak, even though we see the father of FAITH, who even in the weakest estate of his old body TRUSTED, eating meat together with the Malakh יהוה .  And this was BEFORE the written Torah and the covenant between G-d and Yisra’el through Moshe.  EACH TIME Elohim made the covenant promises to Avraham, animals were slain and eaten by Avraham.  When Avraham offered Yitz’khak on the altar, but Elohim provided a RAM to take his place, the animal died for the sake of the man.  This is a GODLY principle.  This is not a show of weakness.

When the Kohanim were set apart to serve Yisra’el, the whole nation of Yisra’el was to set apart one third of ALL THE CATTLE IN YISRA’EL, so that the Levi’im could EAT.  The tithe was FOOD for the Levites.  Further, EVERY SINGLE TIME any ONE Jew brought an offering to the temple that was a calf, a goat, or a bull, or a ram, the animal’s best part was given to Elohim, and the REST of it given to the Kohen who performed the rite, AND TO HIS FAMILY, who was with him in the Temple!  It was their DAILY FOOD.  They had to eat, and the DIVINE MENU was meat, along with grains, wine, and other produce.  That is not a sign of weakness, and neither is it inhumane.  It is the provision of the Almighty, under HIS DIRECTION.

To say that it is inhumane to kill an animal and eat it is so akin to worshipping the creation that it is disconcerting to hear believers support the notion.  To accuse believers who eat meat of being inhumane is a violation of the principles of scripture, most notably of Romim 14, where this very issue is settled, and where the vegetarian is called the weak one.  And, meat eaters are instructed there to STAY FIRM IN THEIR REASONING.  Even during the Millennium, while the Strong One, Messiah Yeshua, is ruling in Yerushalayim, we will be bringing BULLS up to the Kadosh City in order to offer them up, AND EAT THEM.  The killing of and eating of meat is NOT isolated to Pesakh, but was and will be a DAILY RITE in the Temple, including throughout the Millennium.

Elohim Himself consumed animal sacrifices, in fire.  Does that make the Creator inhumane?  Does that make Him weak?

We are instructed to eat meat in the Torah:  Gen 9 tells No’akh that every living thing that moves on the earth is now food for mankind.  But, at the same time, He tells us that there was already a classification of clean meat and unclean meat.  If Elohim did NOT want us eating meat at all, would HE not have classified it all as NOT FOOD?  He classified clean meat as FOOD, and tells us, IT WILL BE FOOD FOR YOU in VaYikra 11, and in D’varim 14.  Does a command from Elohim necessarily mean that He is feeding a weakness of man?  Again, mankind was weak BEFORE THE FLOOD, and He did not command us to eat meat until after.

It is not bad logic, but strong reasoning, to infer that man NEEDED meat after the flood.  When we consider that before the flood there was no rain, and that the flood was caused by the water that was between the firmaments falling to earth, we can see that that water probably served as a radiation barrier, protecting mankind from the harmful rays of the sun, and thus causing mankind to live up to 1100 years+.  After the flood, the lifespan of man quickly diminishes, and scriptures now say that a man is considered blessed just to live 80 years.  Rarely does one make it to 100+ any more.  This is certainly more sound reasoning than the notion that anyone who eats meat is weak in faith, especially since scripture plainly states that it is the vegetarians who are weak.

It is absurd to think that now, after 6,000 years, it is suddenly wrong to eat meat.  The Nation of Yisra’el is shown throughout history to be consumers of LOTS of meat, not only religiously, but in their daily lives.  It is the spirit of paganism consuming believers and dividing the Body of Messiah over the pettiest of doctrines, where vegans/vegetarians start hurling accusations of unrighteousness at meat eaters.  I have always said, choose not to eat meat for your own reasons.  But, do not try to foist the reason for it on other believers, especially since SO MANY ANIMALS died for the sake of mankind in scripture, as a DIVINE PRINCIPLE.   And also, since Sha’ul addressed this very issue clearly in scripture, telling both groups NOT to judge the other.  The difference today is that now, it is NOT FORMER pagans who are vegetarians, struggling with the notion of eating meat, but it is believers who grew up confidently eating meat, who now adopt the pagan idea that this is inhumane.  They seem to be turning, if ever so slightly, to worshipping the creation rather than the Creator, who gave us meat, FOR FOOD.

Sukka, Sukka Now!

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Sukkot is on its way: The Messiah was born on the first day of Sukkot, and the evidence is in the scriptures!

The shepherds were ‘abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night’.  No one keeps sheep out in the field in late Dec feeding them dirt, freezing them in the snow!  And yes, it does snow in Bethlehem in the twelfth month!  That’s Bethlehem in dec in the picture!

The ‘angel’ said “I am here to announce good tidings of Great Joy, which will be for all people”.  The Season of Sukkot is known as the “Season of Our Joy!”  Of Great Rejoicing.  It occurs in the early fall, as it is the fall harvest of the fruits of Israel.

They gave the shepherds a ‘sign’: “swaddling cloth” wrapped around the baby that would be born.  These are torn cloths used to make torches; in the temple, the priests’ robes were torn into strips that were used to make torches to light four HUGE torch lights in the Temple Court in Jerusalem, ONLY during Sukkot, starting on the first day of the seven days of Sukkot.  These lights were visible to the shepherds.  The four torches were called, “The Light of the World”, and they were lit ONLY during Sukkot!

The second part of the sign was that He would be found in a food tray [manger comes from the latin for ‘to eat’; it is not an animal barn].

In the season of Sukkot, Jews build “booths” outside their houses to commemorate their time in the wilderness in booths, and to contemplate the temporal nature of life.  Since this was a ‘pilgrim’ feast, with people travelling from all over Israel to come to Jerusalem, people in Jerusalem and all the outlying towns, Including Bethlehem, would leave a “food tray” in their Sukka for weary travelers.  The food tray was a box, up off the ground, to keep animals and insects from ruining the food.  This also would have been perfect for keeping a newborn up off the ground as well.  This was part of the ‘sign’ from the angel.

Yeshua was circumcised on the 8th day of his life, as all Jewish boys are.  This is called “Shemini Atzeret”, the Eighth Day of the Meeting, after the seven days of Sukkot.  It is also called the Day of Rejoicing in the Torah.  When Yeshua was brought into the Temple for circumcision, they REJOICED over Him, the LIVING TORAH, since the Torah is the only thing that was considered the “Word of G-d” to the Jewish mind in His day.  The gospel of Luke clearly shows that this was done so that Mary and Yosef would keep Torah.  This is also the day His Name, Yeshua, was officially assigned to Him before witnesses.  It was truly a great day of Rejoicing in the Torah!

Yokhanan HaMatbil [John the Immerser] was born six months before Yeshua.  Pesakh [Passover] is precisely six months before Sukkot.  Yeshua said Yokhanan WAS Eliyahu, and Eliyahu was expected to arrive during Pesakh.  But more, ZekharYah, his father, was a priest, in the priestly order of AviYah!  According to David in Chronicles this is the 8th order.  This priestly order served in the Beit HaMikdash twice a year.  Once in the late spring/early summer, exactly nine months before Pesakh.  Yes, it also served in the dead of winter, but, if we back up from Yeshua being born on Sukkot, then Yeshua’s conception is in the dead of winter, DURING KHANNUKAH! Which means that six months before that, Yokhanan’s conception had to occur.  We know the two babies are six months apart, because Luke tells us so, when Elizabeth and Miriam met before Yokhanan was born, immediately after Yeshua was conceived.

So, Yokhanan was born on Pesakh, and Yeshua was born on Sukkot 1, and circumcised on the 8th Day, Simkhat Torah, the day of REJOICING in the Torah!

Celebrating Sukkot is affectively celebrating the birth of Messiah Yeshua.  And we get to enjoy it for EIGHT DAYS!  When we rejoice in the Torah on the Eighth Day, it is the only time the Torah is ever completely visible, as it is rolled all the way out, spindle to spindle, so we can look at EVERY WORD OF GOD.  “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD OF GOD.”  It’s like looking at a portrait of Yeshua.

Since we have more time, and Yeshua has not returned as yet, we must make this known!  The WHOLE WORLD WILL keep Sukkot when Messiah returns; if you don’t keep it then, you are punished.  If you don’t keep it NOW, will you be there then?? [Ze 14]