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Yeshua, Our High Priest and Bridegroom

“Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol (high priest) who has passed through the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true” (Hebrew 4:14).

The priestly garments, according Exodus 28, were comprised of blue, purple, scarlet, and linen threads.   Yeshua, our High Priest came from heaven represented by the blue, and was the royal King of Kings represented by the purple.  In his humanity, the scarlet represented the blood sacrifice he would make for the world while the linen represented his sinless purity.  Interweaved through these threads was gold, hammered so thin, it became a thread.  The gold represented Yeshua’s divinity, yet he was hammered and beaten as a man.

The Aaronic cohanim hagadol  (high priests) wore black onyx stones on their shoulders.  On the stones were engraved the 12 Tribes of Israel in the order of their birth.  In Hebrew, the word for ‘engrave’ is charasso and has the meaning ‘set free’.   The engraving was to be done as a ‘seal’ like a signet ring.  This seal suggested that Elohim, through Yeshua, would never let his people Israel go.   The black onyx was symbolic of the darkness of the world in which Yeshua would enter and set free God’s people, the nation of Israel, who He promised would be His eternal possession.

Isaiah, in Hebrew is Yeshayahu, and literally means ‘salvation of God’.  The book of Isaiah has 66 chapters.  The combined Old Testament and New contain 66 books; 39 in the Tenak (Torah, Prophets and Writings) and 27 in the Gospels and Letters.  In Isaiah, the first 39 chapters speak of Israel’s need for redemption while the last 27 speak of God’s mercy and grace in sending a redeemer, the salvation of Israel, Yeshua.

“I am so joyful in Yahweh!  My soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10-11).

This verse in Isaiah reveals the wedding clothing of the bridegroom and the bride.  Along with the priestly garments mentioned above, the bridegroom, Yeshua, wears a festive turban.  The Hebrew word for ‘wear’ in this verse means ‘to mediate’.  The priestly turban has a gold ‘seal’ that says “Kadosh Lecha” or Holy Unto the LORD.  It is a festive turban as atonement has already been made by Yeshua and when the wedding feast of the Lamb arrives, it will be a celebration like no other, a festive celebration on an ‘appointed time’ of the LORD.

The bride also wears several garments.  The first is the linen garment of salvation or yeshua.   This garment is representative of being justified by the blood of Yeshua.  This is where most people believe their walk with Messiah begins and ends.  They are content to be justified, but not go any further into the depth of the Scriptures to learn and study about their Bridegroom and His Father’s complete plan of salvation that includes sanctification and the glory to come.

The second garment is a ‘robe of triumph’ representing the bride’s victory over sin and her righteous life (Revelation 19:8).  Though there is a positional righteousness given to each of us through faith in Yeshua, there is also the practical righteousness of living out the commands of God on a daily basis.  This is the ‘goal’ of the Torah; not the ‘end of it’ creating a lawless bride who lives according to what she deems is ‘right in her own eyes’.    This striving, working out of our salvation,  is called sanctification and is a lifelong process of becoming more like Yeshua, more like a set-apart glorious bride.  This garment is represented by blue for the citizenship of the betrothed bride is not on earth, but in heaven (Philippians 3:20).  It is from the words of our heavenly King by which we are to learn, live and grow.

When Yeshua returns, after mediating between us and God as our High Priest, he will glorify us.  He will adorn his bride with jewels and give her a new name, and be like a glorious crown and a royal diadem.

“Then you will be called by a new name which YHVH himself will pronounce.  You will be a glorious crown in the hand of YHVH, a royal diadem held by your God” (Isaiah 62:2-3).

“Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive glory as your unfading crown” (1 Peter 5:4).

“How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

In Hebrew, the word ‘bride’ is challah. Every Sabbath evening Jewish families (and non-Jewish ones who have grafted into the commonwealth of Israel and choose to keep the covenants of God) make a special braided bread known as challah.  It is not called lechem or ‘bread’, but ‘challah’.  This bread, central to the Shabbat celebration, puts the bride of Messiah in the center of the prophetic vision of the coming eternal Kingdom where Yeshua is not only present, but rules and reigns for all eternity as King and High Priest with his redeemed Bride at his side.

©2017 Tentstake Ministries

Thoughts on Marriage

My husband, John and I (Julie) have been married 31 years; neither of us ever married before.    We have had some tough times to be sure, but we promised something to each other on our wedding day (at the advice of my dad):  Never go to bed angry.  We have lived true to that advice all of these years … talking everything out so the devil doesn’t get a foothold in our relationship.  Forgiveness is a huge concept in marriage whether one is a believer or not.  It is commanded by Yeshua to his disciples.   It is the first step in realizing our own part in every disagreement and the second step to bringing restoration. 

Did we bring junk into our marriage? Of course.  We’re human and we were unbelieving sinners!  But we never focused on that or blamed the junk when there were issues.  In fact, in some cases we hit the issues head on.  For example, many years ago an old girlfriend of my husband’s stayed with us for two days and we attended her brother’s wedding.  More recently, I met an old girlfriend of my husband’s on a trip to Arizona.  My husband went to a Denver  football game with me to watch an old beau from college play on the Seattle team.  Sometimes we just have to know who we are in Messiah and know who we are in the marriage relationship and go with the flow.  All of these awkward situations brought healing to both of us rather than driving a wedge between us.  We sin against God and against each other enough times that to allow past junk to fester and destroy our marriage is pointless. 

What I see in marriage relationships around us is that there is no personal responsibility.  Husbands and wives tend to blame each other and/or other people and situations for their problems.   When we are born again into God’s Kingdom, the past is in the past and should not be thrown into anyone’s face or be the cause for judging our spouse.  That’s the work of the devil.  Period.  Of course our past affects who we are, but again, if we’re born again, we’re new creations and the old has passed away.  That is how I like to live in my marriage relationship and I appreciate that my husband does too.  And, yes, we do sometimes talk about our pasts and have regrets or even huge moments of laughter at our own stupidity.

I remember being married only a few weeks and my husband confessed something from his past that was pretty shocking to me.  I remember stopping while we were walking and looking at him and asking, “Are you born again?”  He responded, “Yes.”  I asked, “Have you asked forgiveness?”  He responded, “Yes.”  At that point the discussion was over.  The event has never come up again and this is the first time in 31 years that I’ve even acknowledged it happened.

I also feel that many times a husband, but mostly wives since that’s my world as a woman, want to be the Holy Spirit (Ruach) in their spouse’s life.  That is not the job of a spouse.  If you don’t like something figure out if it’s just personal or judgmental.  Then let it go!  If your spouse is sinning, present it as a sin and then allow the Ruach to deal with it.  It’s called faith and trust in God to bring us to His perfection.  If your husband is not a believer, then women are commanded to live such pure and holy lives that their husbands are convicted.  Pure and holy again doesn’t mean being the Ruach, but allowing the Ruach to live, rule and convict your life.

Another example.  I had a friend years ago who was pregnant with her third child.  Her husband wanted her to have an abortion.  He was not a believer.  She didn’t know what to do as their first child was born out of wedlock and they married when he was 7 months.  They had been through this before.  God brought a opportunity in her life to leave for three days on a little boat trip.  She went.  When she came back, her husband apologized and is now pro-life.  That little girl is his special child.  This friend had faith that God would work while she was gone.  He did.

If you are both believers (and even if you’re not), I believe God joins people together – for better or worse (and it amazes me what people think is worse as I would be divorced numerous times over by now if I had those same standards) and no one is to divide them – no one, not a friend, a child, a pastor or a parent.  Especially a parent.

Parents have no place in a marriage.  This is why the woman leaves her home and a man leaves his mother.  Torah says that for the first year the married couple is to be ‘left alone’ in order to begin their own home – leave and cleave are the buzz words.   When my son got married, we did just that.  We only visited them or them us when they initiated it.  They needed to start their own life together without interference from us.  My husband and I had it good as my family lives on the east coast of the U.S. and my husband’s family lives on the west coast.  We lived in the middle and neither family ever interfered with us because of distance even though neither side ever understood our walk of faith and struggled when we stopped celebrating the holidays.

Another thing we agreed on early is that we would never ever use the D (divorce) word.  That just opens doors for the enemy to take hold of one of our sins and we would follow its obvious course.  It a sign of wanting to give up rather than to press on toward an upward higher calling in life. 

I was a staunch feminist when I met my husband. In college I had a book bag that said, “A woman’s place is in the House and the Senate.”  I was all for equal rights and everything that went with it.  However, today I am so far removed from that thought process for two reasons.  First, it is founded in the Jezebel spirit and and creates a woman’s ruling household including the congregation of the Messiah.  If a woman wants a leading man, then let him lead!   Second, according to Scripture we’re only equal in terms of sin, redemption and forgiveness.  There is a line of authority and I am asked to submit to my husband as I would to the Lord – like the holy women in the past.   For me it has been a journey of learning how to do both simultaneously because like a father is the essence of how we feel about God as a Father; a husband and how we treat him is the essence of how we feel about God as our Husband.

I was blessed to have parents who were Christians,  loving and married until death parted them after only 21 years of marriage (my father remarried and has been married 36 years).  My grandparents were Mennonite and plain people and that is how I was raised.  My husband’s parents divorced when he was 18 and he purposed in his heart that he would never take that path BEFORE he ever met me or the Lord.  My husband and I were both blessed (we were just talking about this yesterday) that we did not come from manipulative homes where there was alcohol, drugs, or control freak, overbearing moms or dads; consequently, we are not controlling and overbearing to one another or even our children.

More importantly, we have trust in our marriage.  This doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been stretched a time or two and even to the point of breaking, but if one doesn’t trust their spouse, then what is there?  Remember YHVH divorced Israel for their faithlessness!  Faithfulness is everything.  I do not care to know my husband’s passwords to his computer or phone except in the event he dies,  nor do I stalk him on Facebook because he has his own life and I have mine and we trust each other.   This trust comes not only from early years when we both did foolish things with other men and women and found ourselves in dangerous situations, but in trust is how we have chosen to ground our marriage.  

Several months ago we listened to a teaching on marriage for young people.  My husband said, “We did it all wrong.”  Yes, we did.  We lived together, one a believer; the other not.  We didn’t understand anything about purity of the marriage bed, protecting our hearts and minds, or even the spiritual warfare that is strong and steady against the marriage covenant.   Let us all remember that it’s not how you began the race that matters, but how you finish it.  Forgive, press on, and pray your hearts out for your spouses.  Have faith that God will work in His perfect timing.  There are still things that bug me about my husband as I’m sure there are things that bug him about me.  BUT, we have overcome a lot and will continue to do so because that’s what marriage is about.

©2015 Tentstake Ministries

Clouds of Ascension

Forty days after being resurrected from the dead, Yeshua ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives.  He was hidden in a cloud.  If Yeshua is going to return in the same way that he left, then it is important to ‘see and understand’ this cloud with its multifaceted message.

“After saying this, he was taken up before their eyes; and a cloud hid him from their sight. As they were staring into the sky after him, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them. The men said, “You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This Yeshua, who has been taken away from you into heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). 

The Greek word for ‘cloud’ in Acts 1 is nephele and means a literal cloud.  According to Vines Expository Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew, this cloud is ‘a definitely shaped cloud’.  Nephele comes from the word nephos with a metaphorical meaning of “a dense multitude or throng.”  In this sense, though a nephele takes a physical shape, it is a large cloud made of masses of clouds that covers the heavens.  

Nephele is used as the physical element of the cloud that covered Israel in the Red Sea. It was through the nephele and the sea that the Israelites were immersed into Moses.

“For, brothers, I don’t want you to miss the significance of what happened to our fathers. All of them were guided by the pillar of cloud, and they all passed through the sea,  and in connection with the cloud and with the sea they all immersed themselves into Moshe …” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2). 

Nephele is used for ‘the cloud’ on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Peter, James and John were taken by Yeshua to a mountain where he was glorified before them.  Appearing with Yeshua was Elijah and Moses.  God spoke to the disciples from the cloud that surrounded them.  

“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5).

Nephele is used of ‘the clouds’ in which Yeshua will return.  Even though there will be a massive amount of clouds, every eye will see him and all the tribes of the land of Israel will mourn his return.  It is also the nephele where the living and resurrected dead will meet Yeshua and be translated from mortal into immortality and ‘be with him forever’ as he returns to Israel, Mount Zion, Jerusalem to set up his Millennial Kingdom.  

“Look! He is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the Land will mourn him” (Revelation 1:7, Zechariah 12:10). 

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God’s shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise;  then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).

The Hebrew word for ‘cloud’ is anan and means ‘cloud mass’.  It is used to represent the presence of God.  It is a figurative ‘sign of divine protection’ as is seen when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.  The anan of God was their divine protection from the Egyptians as well as the sea itself.    ‘The cloud’  also serves as a barrier hiding the fullness of God’s divine holiness and glory.  It separates sinful man’s approach to God (Lam. 6:4) showing that man’s relationship to God is initiated and sustained by God Himself and not initiated or sustained by man (Vines). 

When Moshe ascended to the mountain with the stones tablets, God descended in a cloud and stood with him.  Within the cloud, He pronounced His memorial name: YHVH (Exodus 34:4-5).  Within the concept of the cloud along with His presence is very name of God, ‘the I AM that I AM’.    

“Moshe cut two stone tablets like the first. Then he got up early in the morning and, with the two stone tablets in his hands, ascended Mount Sinai, as the LORD had ordered him to do. The LORD descended in the cloud, stood with him there and pronounced the name of Yod Hey Vav Hey” (Exodus 34:4).

Ten days before Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), Yeshua ascended in a cloud, taking the divine presence and glory of God with him until his ‘appointed time’ of return.  This cloud covering is the evidence that not only was the Father’s protection was around His Son, but also His holiness, His glory and His divine name validating Yeshua’s divinity and credibility that he is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).   

The Witness of a Martyr

Apart from the cloud being the divine presence of God and Yeshua ascending to the right hand of His Father, there is also another possibility for this ‘throng of clouds’.  It comes from Hebrew 12:1:

“So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment — that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us ….”

Who or what is that ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that surround us like a cloud? The word ‘witness’ in Greek is martus from where the word ‘martyr’ derives. 

Martus is used as a witness for historical and ‘forensic’ accounts, especially  in God’s judicial system where there needs to be a witness of two to establish a matter.

“One witness alone will not be sufficient to convict a person of any offense or sin of any kind; the matter will be established only if there are two or three witnesses testifying against him” (Deuteronomy 19:15).

“Also that when the blood of your witness Stephen was being shed, I was standing there too, in full agreement …” (Acts 22:20).

Martus is also used of God being a witness to our accounts of truth.     

“For God, whom I serve in my spirit by spreading the Good News about his Son, is my witness that I regularly remember you…” (Romans 1:9)

“I call God to witness — he knows what my life is like — that the reason I held back from coming to Corinth was out of consideration for you!” (2 Corinthians 1:23).

Martus means ‘to bear witness to Messiah by their death’.  This is the most common understanding of martyr: one who dies, in a horrible way,  for their faith in Yeshua.   We see this happening around the world today with ISIS murdering Christians in other countries for their faith in Christ.  They are martyred (murdered) because of their martus (witness). 

“Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word of God …” (Revelation 20:4).

““I know where you are living, there where the Adversary’s throne is. Yet you are holding onto my name. You did not deny trusting me even at the time when my faithful witness Antipas was put to death in your town, there where the Adversary lives” (Revelation 2:13).

More specifically a martus or witness is ‘one who can or does what he has seen or heard or knows’ according to Vines.   In this sense, everyone who is born again into God’s Kingdom is a martry to that Kingdom.  We are all witnesses for God our Father if we are doing what we have seen Yeshua do, listen to what we have heard (and read) in the Word of God on how we are to live, and know His personal salvation and deliverance through experience from a daily walk of faith of dying to ourselves.  When we die to ourselves, we martus ourselves in order to live fully for Yeshua as a witness to his death and resurrection.

Paul teaches this very concept of martrydom to the congregation in Galatia.  This type of witness is the very essence of being immersed after being born again by Spirit and ‘water’ into the Kingdom of God.

“I have been crucified with Messiah and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). 

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4).

In this circumcision done by the Messiah,  you were buried along with him by being immersed; and in union with him, you were also raised up along with him by God’s faithfulness that worked when he raised Yeshua from the dead” (Colossians 2:11-12). 

Though we think of martyrs as dying horrible physical deaths, martyrs only become witnesses to Messiah when they first die to their carnal selves in order to live revived spiritual lives that reflect the One who gave them life.

Feast of Firstfruits

“But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Forty days before Feast of Firstfruits, Yeshua rose from the dead.  At that time there were others who had been resurrected.  Matthew 27:52-53 gives the account of these holy ones:  “Also the graves were opened, and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life;  and after Yeshua rose, they came out of the graves and went into the holy city, where many people saw them.”

What happened to these resurrected people?  There is no mention of them again.  They could not die again because Hebrews 9:27 says ‘it is appointed for man to die once’ – inclusive of Lazarus who had died and was brought back to life.  Again, what happened to these resurrected people?

Ephesians 4:8 (Psalm 68:18),  “When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious– that you, LORD God, might dwell there.”

As the firstfruits (note the plural) of the resurrection, Yeshua went as High Priest to the heavenly Tabernacle and brought with him a firstfruits offering.  Grain was presented in the Temple, but that was only a shadow of the reality.  What was the reality?  A kernel of grain had fallen into the ground as rose from the ground producing many more seeds.  Could it be that the men and women of faith who were held captive in the bosom of Abraham were Yeshua’s ‘firstfruits of the resurrection offering’ to His Father?  

Though we all understand there is a resurrection to come, it will be the harvest resurrection begun by a firstfruits (plural) resurrection.  These righteous ones were the ‘plural’ firstfruits of those raised from the dead along with Yeshua.  They had bodies that were seen by many people suggesting as firstfruits they received their glorified bodies and maybe even their white robes.  The spring harvest with firstfruits  had only begun and it will culminate with the fall harvest and the gleanings.

Could it be that these resurrected firstfruits were those who appeared as a massive cloud and bore martyr in a personal experiential way to the resurrection of the dead by being called out of their graves and taken into an immortal dwelling place with Yeshua?  This is not impossible as Peter, James and John had already witnessed Elijah and Moses in some physical form with Yeshua in his glory on the Mount of Transfiguration.

Because of this  ‘great cloud of witness’  to the resurrection that surrounds us, we are challenged to put aside the sins that keep us from moving forward, that keep us from running the race to our eternal goal.    It is this ‘great nephele of martus’ that gives us hope in the coming resurrection of the dead for not only was Yeshua raised from the dead, but also the firstfruits points to a future harvest.  Like Israel crossing the Red Sea, we are also protected by ‘a cloud’  an anan – the glory, the holiness, and the eternal name of God – YHVH.  Through His Spirit which was poured out two thousand years ago on the Feast of Weeks we are sealed as true martyrs and wait for the day when Yeshua returns with ‘clouds of witness’ and in great glory. 

©2015 Tent Stake Ministries 

Feasts of the Lord: Shadows and Realities (Overview)

“What will you do on the day of your appointed festivals, on the feast days of the LORD?” (Isaiah 9:5).

“Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me” (Revelation 3:20).

There are many different calendars in the world today.  There is the Gregorian/Julian calendar which is internationally accepted as the civil calendar.  This calendar begins in January and ends in December and includes American holidays like New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

There is the liturgical calendar that was generated by the Roman catholic church with the holidays that have been universally embraced by the Christian church worldwide.  On this calendar is the weekly Sunday and yearly dates for Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

There is also the Biblical calendar established by God with Israel at Mount Sinai.  This calendar focuses on the weekly and annual festival days called The Feasts of the LORD.  These are the times that God has set to meet with His people in prophetic ways. 

The Mo’edim or Appointed Times

The Hebrew word for ‘feasts or festivals’ is mo’edim and means ‘set or appointed times.’  Within the meaning of mo’ed is the idea of  a ‘meeting of two or more at a certain place and time.’ “Mo’edim    is the word used in Genesis 1:14 for the word ‘seasons‘ when God created the sun, moon and stars.  The Feasts of the LORD are seasons  determined by the sun, moon and stars.   From that account, days are rendered sunset to sunset as ‘there was evening and morning,‘for each day.   Months are approximately 28 days based on the lunar cycle. Years are determined by the  constellations that move across the heavens.   Outlined in Leviticus 23 are the Mo’edim of the Yahweh or the ‘set meeting times’ of the LORD. 

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies” (Leviticus 23:1).

The ‘appointed times’ given by God were called sacred assemblies or holy convocations. In Hebrew, the word for ‘assembly’ or ‘convocation’ is mikrah. This word has its root in qara and means to ‘call out loudly’ or be ‘invited.’  Mikrah has the added nuance of ‘rehearsal’ associated the ‘appointed times’ of God with being invited to a rehearsal dinner

These ‘appointed times’ were not given just to the Tribes of Israel, but also Egyptians who had heeded Moses’ command to put lamb’s blood on their doorposts.  This mixed multitude of men, women and children left Egypt and became one community known as Israelites.

The ‘appointed times’ of the LORD had agricultural foundations with festivals for firstfruits and harvests giving each festival a spiritual significance to the complete redemptive plan of God.  Each festival was a shadow of the Messiah who was, is, and will be.   Yeshua became the reality of the spring ‘appointed times’; he will become the reality of the fall festivals at their ‘appointed times.’

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.  These are a shadow of the things that are coming; the reality, however, is found in Messiah” (Colossians 2:16-17).

This verse in Colossians has been used for a proof-text that gentiles or non-Jewish believers don’t need to celebrate the Biblically appointed times because they have Jesus in their lives. Instead of understanding the Scripture in the context that judgment should not come from Jews when gentiles join together with them in celebrating their holy days, they rid themselves from what is found in the reality of Messiah. 

Shadows and realities go together.  Shadows imply that there is some substance causing it while something of substance causes a shadow.  If we are in Messiah and he in us, then we have the the light that brings the reality out of the shadows.  The shadows spoken of in these verses to the Colossians are in the progressive present tense, that are coming,  meaning that they are still in process in the present and have yet to all be fulfilled.

This inherited lie has kept the believing gentile separated from their full inheritance in the Messiah of Israel.      Instead of accepting the spiritual blessings that come from celebrating the Sabbath and the New Moon, they reject the very substance of Yeshua’s life in their own.

Weekly Appointed Time

Sabbath is the first appointed time given by the LORD.

“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly.  You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD” (Leviticus 23:3).

Present Shadow and Reality

The seventh day Sabbath is a memorial to Creation ‘in the beginning.’  It is so important that God put it in the 10 Commandments as well as listed it the first of the mo’edim.  Yeshua taught that God made the Sabbath for mankind and he is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 8:12, Mark 2:27).   

First of Months and the Spring Feasts

These mo’edim of the LORD have been fulfilled by Yeshua on their appointed day and time.  The first three represent the past work of Yeshua justifying the individual before  God and bringing the hope of redemption to the world. 

Passover is the second appointed time given by the LORD.

“These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month” (Leviticus 23:4-5).

Shadow

The Passover festival is a memorial to the deliverance of the people of God from Egypt through the blood of the lamb.  They were taken from a life of slavery to a life of freedom.  They were taken from the darkness of a pagan world into the light of the God’s Kingdom.

Fulfilled Reality:

Yeshua is our Passover lamb.  Through his sacrificial death, we are taken from a life of slavery in sin to a life of freedom in righteousness.  We are taken from the darkness of the sinful world to the light of the Kingdom of God.

Feast of Unleavened Bread is the third appointed time given by the LORD.

Shadow:

This festival is in memorial to the haste in which the Israelites left Egypt.  They had no time to let their bread dough rise. 

Fulfilled Reality:

Yeshua was the sinless, unleavened bread of life.  He was hastily taken off the cross and buried before the Feast of Unleavened Bread would begin.  He was wrapped in cloths and put in a tomb.

The Feast of Firstfruits is the fourth appointed time given by the LORD.

Shadow:

This festival is a memorial to the firstfruits of the harvest.  It is celebrated on the first day of the week after the weekly Sabbath following Passover.

Fulfilled Reality:

Yeshua rose from the dead and ascended to his Father and offered himself as the first sheaf of grain from the harvest.

The Feast of Weeks is the fifth appointed time given by The LORD. This festival represents the present work of Yeshua sanctifying the individual through the Holy Spirit and preparing him for the world to come.

Shadow:

There are 50 days between the Feast of Firstfruits and the Feast of Weeks called Counting the Omer.  For 40 of these days Yeshua walked on the earth, met and ate with his disciples.  Then, he ascended into heaven.

Fulfilled Reality:

The Spirit of God came mightily upon the Jewish believers in Messiah as part of the promised new covenant.  Tongues of fire reseted on them and filled them with power to speak in other languages and take the gospel to the nations. 

Fall Appointed Times

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habbakuk 2:3).

These mo’edim of the LORD have not yet been fulfilled by Yeshua.  This is the future work of Yeshua restoring the glory of God to Israel and the nations.  These ‘appointed times’ are a vision of hope.

The Feast of Trumpets is the sixth appointed time given by the LORD.

Shadow

The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial to something that has not yet happened. 

Reality is yet to come

At the trumpet call of God, the dead will be raised and changed from mortal to immortality.

The Day of Atonement is the seventh appointed time given by the LORD.

Shadow

On this day, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies in the Temple and made atonement for himself and the nation of Israel.

Reality is yet to come

On this day, all Israel will be saved. 

The Feast of Tabernacles is the eighth appointed time given by the LORD.

Shadow

The Feast of Tabernacles is a memorial to the Tabernacle in the wilderness when the LORD lived among His people. 

Reality is yet to come

When Yeshua returns, he will Tabernacle with the nation of Israel and rule the nations from Jerusalem.

The Eternal Sabbath

Shadow

We are living in the shadow of the eternal Sabbath with the vision of a remaining Sabbath rest (Hebrews 4:8).

Reality is yet to come

The restoration of the Kingdom of God and the New Jerusalem.

The weekly and annual cycle of The Feasts of the LORD give us the complete picture of God’s plan of salvation.   Yeshua was, is and will be the reality in each and every mo’edim.

“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound (who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts); they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance” (Psalm 89:15 The Amplified Bible).

©2010 Tent Stake Ministries (Chapter from Journey with Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive that includes more about the Feasts of the LORD and how to celebrate in your home or with others.)

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