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The Feasts During Wuhan

Passover

“Come, my people, enter your rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past” (Isaiah 26:20).

While the world reeled from the global orders surrounding the Wuhan virus, those who attached themselves to the Biblical calendar celebrated Pesach. As commanded thousands of years ago in Egypt, this year’s Pesach found families gathered behind closed doors in their homes waiting for Elohim to reveal Himself. Glasses of wine were poured and shared and unleavened bread was broken to remember deliverance and redemption. Through Yeshua and his words at his final Pesach, the renewed marriage covenant between Elohim and His people became memorialized in this ‘appointed time.’

Unleavened Bread

During the days of Matzah or Unleavened Bread that follows Passover, I watched an interesting video by Alef-Bet Ministries about the burning bush and the three signs that Elohim gave Moshe to show the Israelites that would not only prove He sent Moshe, but would also heal them from the 400 years of emotional scars they carried.

The first sign for Moshe was the staff that transformed into a snake and then return to being a staff. Even though the Egyptian magicians could perform this same ‘trick,’ this was a ‘sign’ for the Israelites that Elohim knew His people had been treated like animals. He saw that the leaders of Egypt had been programmed to believe the multiplying Hebrews were an ‘infestation’ that needed to be controlled and conquered. Pharaoh’s edicts reduced Elohim’s people to ‘snakes’ slithering on the ground which made them hated and easy targets for abuse and death. But He was able to pick them up ‘by their tails’ and restore them to their original purpose: His treasured possession.

For the second sign Moshe put his hand in his cloak and when he pulled it out, it was white with leprosy. When he returned his hand to his cloak it came out healed. As explained in the video, the white of the leprosy was symbolic of death. This death, however, was the death of of newborn babies. In Exodus 1:15-6, Pharaoh gives an order to the midwives to kill all baby boys as they are delivered on the birthing stool. This means that the midwives would perform a post-birth murder (break the child’s neck) and hand a stillborn infant son to its mother.

Two midwives did not follow the Pharaoh’s orders and allowed the baby boys to live. However, because of their refusal to kill babies, Pharaoh issued a new decree for all Egyptians in Exodus 1:22. This decree not only applied to the guards, leaders and midwives, but to the citizens of the entire nation. If you were a Hebrew woman walking down the street, any Egyptian, man or woman, could steal your baby boy from your arms and throw him in the Nile River. This effectively made stealing newborns and drowning them acceptable to an entire nation.

The third sign was to be done in Egypt. Moshe was to take some water from the Nile and pour it onto the ground where it would turn to blood. This would be another ‘sign’ to the Hebrews that Elohim saw all of the blood of their ‘nameless’ sons buried in the water of the Nile River.

While I was listening to the explanation of this last sign, I had a clear vision about the Wuhan pandemic, especially in New York where thousands of people were dying of the virus and placed in mass graves on Hart Island, not even able to have proper burials because of the number of deaths. They were nameless and faceless to even their own family members who were not allowed near them during their dying days.

The headquarters for Planned Parenthood, the world’s abortion machine, is located in Manhattan where there have been 15,789 virus deaths and 274,252 abortions in just the past two years. China has also has an infant death record on their heads. For centuries it has encouraged the infanticide of baby girls. Just as Elohim wanted His people to know that He saw the mass murder of Hebrew baby boys, He is using the China virus to judge the world’s murder of millions of babies who have no names and no faces. Adonai knows and sees everything. He is dealing with the sin of child murder on a global level as nearly every country in the world has some sort of legalized abortion. Even the few, like Egypt, that don’t allow abortion had some Wuhan cases, but very few. With a population of 98.2 million, Egypt only had 816 deaths. This is .00000830 chances of dying in Egypt.

Firstfruits

During the days of Unleavened Bread is Yom Habikkurim or Feast of Firstfruits when the resurrection of Yeshua occurred. In the midst of all of the death in this world, there is offered the hope of life, redemption and restoration. Yet, even this event, the most profound and miraculous event in world history – the resurrection of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua – was ‘hidden’ from the world due to stay-at-home orders abolishing large gatherings. Could it be that the time for repentance is running out for the world? Could it be that Adonai is hiding His face because of the massive global sin of murder? Could our Yeshua be preparing to become a Warrior?

Counting the Omer

Beginning with Firstfruits and ending with Feast of Weeks is the Counting of the Omer or the 50 days between the Resurrection of Yeshua and the pouring out of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). During these 50 days of barley harvest, there has been a lot of confusion regarding the pandemic from inflated number of deaths to wondering how this virus began whether from a lab or from eating things Elohim never intended to be food.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Censorship of truth, whether it’s information about the danger of rushing a vaccine or nurses and doctors revealing scientific facts about the human body and health, is spreading unchecked so that people are incapable of making intelligent decisions for their own lives. This lack of truth is keeping much of the world’s population in bondage: bondage at remaining at home where they have a false sense of security by keeping themselves from sunshine and fresh air. Even though we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ created by Adonai, a lack of faith in anything divine is keeping humanity from working with the very immune systems that were given to us for fighting illness.

Quarantine is required in many places, or as we call it ‘set-apart time’ because Biblically speaking, quarantine is only for sick people and there are millions of people ‘quarantining’ who aren’t sick. Also according to the Bible, quarantine was set at 7 days with a review of the symptoms by the priest and then another possible 7 days. Contrary to Elohim’s commands, the quarantine of healthy people continues because of the ‘fear’ of being asymptomatic. These lies from wherever they are coming will continue to keep people from living and allowing more to die.

The Days of Woe

When I think of this time period in terms of Biblical truth, I am reminded of three verses. The first two come from the prophet Isaiah:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute [set] darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute [set] bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

We are living in the days of ‘woe’ or ‘great sorrow and distress’ where good is called evil and evil is called good. How so?

Consider the word ‘essential.’ It is ‘essential’ to murder babies during the pandemic, but not ‘essential’ to gather in groups to worship the Creator of the Universe? It is ‘essential’ for pot and alcohol to be sold, but sunshine or Vitamin D and fresh air are not? What about ‘essential oils?’ We are being blinded by deception and lies, through the father of lies. We are seeing and hearing what is being allowed to be seen and heard by powers and principalities that were destroyed by Yeshua himself, but will be given power again at the end of days. Sweet for bitter? We are told it is ‘sweet’ to stay home and stay safe, distance yourself from those you love or wear a mask as if we’re all at a masquerade party. Or, are these ‘mandates’ bitter to our tastebuds that have been seared as if by a hot iron of twisted information.

Days of Conspiracy

“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it” (Isaiah 8:12).

Conspiracy is defined as a ‘secret plan by a group to do something harmful.’ The prophet Isaiah warns us that we are not to get involved in conspiracy theories or fear them as the masses do. Unfortunately, when evil is called good and truth is called a lie, then what is a conspiracy theory may actually be what is really happening. In any case, we are not to fear ‘what they fear’. Fear is a ‘spirit’ that is not of God. He gives us a sound mind through studying and knowing His Word, and eternal love through faith and walking with Yeshua. It is interesting that the Complete Jewish Bible translates ‘fear’ into ‘timidity.’ Being timid means to be a coward and fainthearted. In these days, those who believe Yeshua is Sovereign King of Kings should not shrink back or fear what is coming on this world because a ‘new heaven and earth’ is a promise.

Confusion and Disorder

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Though this verse in Corinthians refers to speaking in other languages and the need for ordered gatherings, this is what is happening today in the world. Tongues through social media are wagging everywhere and they don’t stop long enough for anyone to figure out if what is actually being said is true. Within seconds another tongue is wagging saying something completely different. I remember hearing a long time ago that sound travels on forever which is why Adonai wants us to speak less and listen more. All of these tongues wagging with nothing but garbage fills the universe with a cacophony of sound creating universal confusion.

Some days I feel like I’m reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. The book is written by a demon named Screwtape to Wormwood, another demon. Ultimately they are trying to bring one man into the Satanic Kingdom (and fail). These demons write letters back and forth with lies and deceptions, lying and deceiving each other until, well, I stopped reading the book because I became entirely confused as to what was truth and what was a lie.

Wait for the Promise

Ten days before the end of counting the omer, Yeshua meets with his disciples on the Mount of Olives. At this time, he tells them to wait for the promise in the city of Jerusalem. Then, he is taken up into the heavenly realm in the clouds before their eyes. An angel appears and tells them that he will return in the same way – in the clouds.

Shavuot

“If you love me, you will keep my commands; and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever” (John 14:15-16).

Ten days after Yeshua returns to his throne at the right hand of his Father is the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot. This Biblical holy day is upon those who know and understand the Biblical calendar and ‘appointed times’ of Yeshua. Again, we wait for the promise. This promise is the pouring out of the the Wind of God, on the Jewish nation first, then the gentiles. Could it be that this year there will be an outpouring of Elohim’s Ruach in Israel like never seen before? A pouring out on Jewish people all over the world who will turn to Messiah and be called into the ‘greater exodus’ from the nations around the world and return to the Promised Land? Here’s an awesome video from Isra’el and Isaiah 53, the forbidden chapter.

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil” (Jeremiah 23:7-8).

On Shavuot the high priest in Jerusalem waved two leavened loaves of bread before the Altar signifying the joining of the Jew and gentile in the faith of Abraham. Could this Shavuot be the day in which the Christian nations awaken to their responsibility to become part of the Commonwealth of Israel so that Yeshua is glorified in the earth? So the chosen people may be sealed from His wrath? Could it be on this Shavuot the Ruach haKodesh will be poured out on the world in such a way that many hundreds of thousands are ‘cut to the heart’ and repent from transgressing Torah that was taught and lived out by Yeshua himself? Stop eating unclean foods? Stop nodding assent to immoral relationships? Begin celebrating the Biblical Sabbath because Yeshua said he was Lord of the Sabbath? I don’t know, but as each of these spring feasts have unfolded this year, they have prophetic relevance to the world events surrounding this pandemic. As a ‘called out’ one, I will wait and watch how the Ruach will move.

After Shavuot there is the long interval of summer before the fall ‘appointed times.’ This summer the people of the world will try to begin living again. Leaders may take baby steps waiting to see whether death tolls rise or drop, whether the numbers are true or false. Many in ‘free’ countries will begin to revolt as they cry out for a return to normal life. Fewer people will become sick due to sunshine and fresh air. Some families will once again hug and kiss. Small business owners will reopen and begin to dig themselves out of an economic pit. Masks and social distancing will remain for those who embrace the ‘new normal.’ Funerals for loved ones will have mourners and wedding celebrations will be filled with guests.

“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27).

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

“So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you” (Revelation 3:3).

Feast of Trumpets

“Oh, sinful nation, a people weighed down by iniquity, descendants of evildoers, immoral children! They have abandoned Adonai, spurned the Holy One of Isra’el, turned their backs on him! “Where should I strike you next, as you persist in rebelling? The whole head is sick, the whole heart diseased. From the sole of the foot to the head there is nothing healthy, only wounds, bruises and festering sores that haven’t been dressed or bandaged or softened up with oil” (Isaiah 1:4-6)

After the dog days of summer when the Sovereign King brings forth the second wave of Wuhan or something different to disrupt the lives of people on planet earth, the first fall ‘appointed time’ arrives in the season for corporate repentance. This year is also a Shemitah or a beginning of a Sabbath year. We have already watched the earth begin its Shemitah as the air is cleaner, the sky is bluer, the water is clearer, and the incessant shaking has slowed down. But even with the earth seemingly at rest, the prophecy given by Yeshua for the end of days birth pangs seems to be growing stronger. There are wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes all over the world, false prophets on social media and the news stations, and the spiritual distancing from Torah by many who call themselves believers has made the love of many toward Adonai Himself, grow cold – so cold they don’t even know His prophetic times through His Son (Matthew 24).

“For loving God means obeying his commands. Moreover, his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

With so many unique events falling into place during the spring Feasts of the Lord Yeshua, could it be that the ‘day of the Adonai’ is as near as this coming Feast of Trumpets? Or, will there be another yearly cycle until the priests in Jerusalem are given the final ‘okay’ to offer the sacrificial lamb on Pesach on the Temple mount?

As Yeshua warned ‘do not be deceived,’ let us not fall into listening to what the world says. Instead, as he says to each of the Messianic communities, “Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying…”  (Revelation 2:7, Revelation 2:11, Revelation 2:17, Revelation 2:26-29), Revelation 3:5-6, Revelation 3:12-13, Revelations 3:21-22).

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Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts

Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts is a personal or group in-depth study guide/student manual that reveals the shadows and realities of the Messiah in the prophetic visions in the Feasts of the LORD. It will fill in the holes of your Bible when reading the words ‘Jewish feast’ or ‘the feast of the Jews.’  This study will illuminate often-overlooked phrases and idioms that allude to the ‘appointed times’ of God.

Both the prophet Micah and King Solomon state that without prophetic vision and knowledge, God’s people perish. Studying the Biblical holy days will revive the searching soul and bring insight and understanding into the complete salvation found in Yeshua – his past, present and future work.

This newly revised study guide/student manual includes Scriptures from the Torah, Prophets, Psalms, Gospels and Letters. It includes activities for families and children that will enhance celebrating the Biblical ‘appointed times’ as well as suggestions for digging deeper into traditional and Biblical Jewish customs surrounding Yeshua In His Father’s Feasts.

If you are doing a group study, a leader’s manual for the revised second edition student manual can be purchased that not only has the answers to the questions, but also ideas for spurring discussions.

May be purchased on amazon.com

Reviews:

“This is the best Bible study I have ever done. I can’t seem to put it down and I am learning more and more about my faith everyday. I have been a believer for 60 years and I am learning truths I was never taught in church. I even asked my pastor if he knew all of this and admitted, he did not.” (M. Graves)

“I have been growing in my faith from reading and studying the Feasts in this guide. Thank you for your faithfulness to Yeshua!” (S. Corben)

“Few Christians understand that the context for the Jewish Messiah of the New Testament of their Bibles is the culture and language and history of the nation of Israel. This book helps explain why that culture, language and history is necessary knowledge for understanding the identity of the Messiah and how knowing the Jewish Messiah enlarges the understanding of the Biblical feasts. Good, basic foundational information from which to launch further study. Very enjoyable and eye-opening.” (W. Lopez)

“Loved it. Will keep going back for future Wisdom that truly matters.” (J. Banta)

“I have learned so many things about the Bible that I never saw before. I loved learning about the fall festivals and I became aware of more and more people teaching about these special times. I especially learned that Christmas and Hanukkah are very different holidays. I am grateful to have done this Bible study.” (L. Herbert)

“My eyes are seeing so much more in Scripture, especially the new testament, after doing this study.” (M. Gravenhorst)

Lamb and Barley Stew

“Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them” (Nehemiah 8:12).

The 50 days of ‘counting the omer’ began with the firstfruits of the barley harvest. Purchase some barley and put one or two kernels in a jar for each of the 50 days. On Shavuot, use the collected barley along with some lamb and lentils to make this stew to celebrate the Feast of Weeks.

Ingredients: 1 pound ground lamb, 2 stalks thinly sliced celery,
1 cup thinly sliced carrots, 1 medium onion, chopped; 2 tbsp butter,
6 cups chicken broth, 1 can diced tomatoes, ¾ cup lentils,
¾ cup barley, ½ tsp oregano, ½ tsp dried rosemary leaves,
1 cup Swiss cheese, grated.

Directions: Cook the lentils and barley in water according to the directions on the package or use a pressure cooker. Brown the lamb and then remove from the pan and put into a stew pot. Sauté celery, carrots, and onion in butter.

When lentils and barley are cooked, drain and add the chicken broth with seasonings, the sautéed vegetables, and the lamb. Simmer for ½ hour. Serve with Swiss cheese melted on top.

©2012 Tentstake Ministries Publishing

Feast of Weeks – Shavuot

Feast of Weeks – Shavuot

“From the day after the  Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering (Firstfruits), count off seven full weeks.  Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord.  From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of a fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of Firstfruits to the Lord. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live” (Leviticus 23:15-21).

The Feast of Weeks in Hebrew is Shavuot; in Greek it is called Pentecost. Shavuot is the ‘appointed time’ to be observed 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits of the barley harvest as the the Firstfruits of the wheat harvest.

Fifty days after being delivered from Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, and receiving manna and living water, the Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai. Exodus 20 and 21 describe the events surrounding God descending to the top of Mount Sinai to meet with His newly formed nation. Thunder, lightning, and a thick cloud covered the mountain with a resounding shofar blast.  The people trembled with fear of dying and asked for Moses be the mediator between them and God.

When God outlined his ‘appointed times,’ this event became known as Feast of Weeks and was made as a lasting ordinance. It was also one of the three commanded pilgrimage Feasts when Jewish people from every nation were to gather in Jerusalem to worship Adonai.   As they arrived in Jerusalem at the Temple with two loaves of leavened bread for a wave offering, hundreds of thousands of Jewish people would listen as the priest read the following traditional passage from the prophet Ezekiel:

“I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal” (Ezekiel 1:4).

The Wind and Tongues of Fire

“Now there were staying in Jerusalem religious Jews from every nation under “Now there were staying in Jerusalem religious Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered; they were confused, because each one heard the believers speaking in his own language.  Totally amazed, they asked, ‘How is this possible? Aren’t all these people who are speaking from the Galilee? How is it that we hear them speaking in our native languages? We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judah, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome; all Jews by birth and proselytes; Jews from Crete and from Arabia! How is it that we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things God has done?’  Amazed and confused, they all went on asking each other, ‘What can this mean?’” (Acts 2:5-13).

Fifty days after Yeshua’s resurrection, the Feast of Weeks arrived. Jews from every nation came to Jerusalem in obedience to the commandment. This particular year, however, when the priest waved the offerings of leavened bread and they heard the words of Ezekiel, the ‘holy wind of God’ began to roar violently and, before their eyes,  a small group of 70 people had tongues of fire appear over their heads.

“The festival of Shavuot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place.  Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole place where they were sitting.  Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak” (Acts 2:1-4).

In Hebrew, Holy Spirit is Ruach haKodesh. The word ruach means ‘breath’ or ‘wind’ and the word kodesh means ‘holy.’ The ‘holy wind of God’ blew violently as He poured His Holy Spirit into the hearts of 70 men. The tongues of fire separated and came to rest on each of the disciples’ heads.  Through the ‘holy wind of God’ and His refining flaming fire, they began to speak in other languages. In Greek the word glossa is ‘tongue’ and means ‘a nation distinguished by its speech.’ As the disciples spoke, Jews from every nation heard the message of repentance in their own ‘tongue.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Wind or Ruach – רוח

Resh ר – A Head means ‘what is most important.’

Vav ו – A Nail means ‘binding.’

Chet ח – A Fence means ‘protect.’

Holy or HaKodesh – הקודש

Hey ה – A Window means ‘behold or reveal.’

Qof ק – A Back of the Head means ‘what is final.’

Vav ו – A Nail means ‘binding.’

Dalet ד – A Door means ‘pathway.’

Shin ש – A Tooth means ‘consume.’

The complete Hebrew word picture for Ruach haKodesh: What is most important is the binding that protects; behold the final binding is the consuming pathway.

Fire or Esh – אש

Alef א – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

Shin ש – A Tooth means ‘consume.’

The Hebrew word picture for esh: The first strength consumes.

Tongues or Lashon – לשון

Lamed ל – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘to urge forward.’

Shin ש – A Tooth means ‘consume.’
Vav ו – A Nail means ‘binding.’

Nun נ – A Fish means ‘action and life.’

The Hebrew word picture for lashon: Urge forward the consuming and binding of life.

Two millennia earlier, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh made His holy presence known to the Israelites through wind and lightning. He revealed His holy presence through wind and fire to Ezekiel. Could it be that Adonai was again revealing His holy presence through ‘wind’ and ‘tongues of fire?’ The crowds in Jerusalem from all over the known world are hearing the impossible. They are confused and amazed. The disciples of Yeshua are speaking in each of their different languages with such perfection that they knew it was a miracle.

Peter stands up. This man who had publicly denied knowing Yeshua only seven weeks earlier stands, raises his voice, and addresses the crowd. He explains that they are witnessing the fulfillment of a prophecy of Joel and begins to testify about Yeshua of Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel.

“I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:28-29).

Pierced Hearts

“Men of Israel! Listen to this! Yeshua from Natzeret was a man demonstrated to you to have been from God by the powerful works, miracles and signs that God performed through him in your presence. You yourselves know this. This man was arrested in accordance with God’s predetermined plan and foreknowledge; and, through the agency of persons not bound by the Torah, you nailed him up on a stake and killed him! But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Yeshua, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:22-24).

When Jews from every nation heard Peter’s testimony about Yeshua, they were “cut to the heart.” The Orthodox Jewish Bible says they were “pierced with conviction in their hearts.” The Hebrew word for ‘cut’ is b’rit, the same word used for ‘cutting a covenant.’  The Spirit of God brought not only conviction with a circumcision of their hearts, but renewed the covenant God made with Israel at Mount Sinai; the covenant they had broken.

The people ask what they need to do regarding this ‘renewed’ covenant. Peter and the apostles respond with the Hebrew word shuv, meaning ‘turn back’ or ‘return’ in the sense of making a 180 degree turn around from the direction you are heading and go a different way. It is translated into English as ‘repent.’

“Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Messiah Yeshua for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:29).

The men and women of Israel needed to repent from their disobedience and return to faith in God.  They needed to be immersed into the name of Yeshua for the forgiveness of their sins and receive the gift of God’s Spirit. Three thousand Jewish men and women repented and turned back to God that day. They received forgiveness of their sins and the Holy Spirit was poured into their hearts (Acts 2:41). Their hearts of stone were changed into hearts of flesh and the new covenant prophesied by Ezekiel and Jeremiah, instituted and promised by Yeshua, had begun in Jerusalem on Shavuot with Israel.

“This is the [new] covenant I will make with the House of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them” (Ezekiel 36:24).

“For this is my blood, which ratifies the New Covenant, my blood shed on behalf of many, so that they may have their sins forgiven” (Matthew 26:28).

The Kingdom of Heaven

“And he [Yeshua] told them yet another parable. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like chametz that a woman took and mixed with a bushel of flour, then waited until the whole batch of dough rose” (Matthew 13:33).

Chametz or ‘soured dough’ was used for raising bread without yeast. It was always symbolic of the leavened, puffed up teachings of Israel’s leaders, yet Yeshua uses ‘soured dough’ to describe the Kingdom of Heaven in his parable. Chametz is the ingredient the woman takes and mixes with her flour to make the dough rise. When the leavened dough rose to its fullest extent, the woman  had enough dough from a single bushel of flour for a feast of leavened bread.   

The commandment for Shavuot included a grain offering along with two loaves of leavened bread made from finely ground flour. The two leavened loaves were waved before Adonai by the high priest. For millennia, as the two loaves were waved, the people hoped in the coming Messiah promised by the two witnesses of the Torah and the Prophets.

When Yeshua walked on the Road to Emmaus after his resurrection, he told the two men with him that everything in the Torah and Prophets had spoken about him. This witness of two established him as the Messiah of Israel.

Ten days after Yeshua’s ascension, the ‘holy breath’ of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh had been worked into a small lump of dough –– 70 disciples.  From their testimony, the Jews who heard the message and were “cut to the heart.” Through the power of the Ruach haKodesh, their hearts were transformed and they became empowered witnesses of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption. They would take the good news of Yeshua back to their own countries in their own languages.  They would become the first missionaries to proclaim salvation to the Jew first (Romans 1:16).  

Within a few years, the power of God’s ‘holy breath’ would come upon the gentiles, change their hearts, and they would become part of God’s Kingdom along with Israel. As the two leavened loaves of bread were being waved by the high priest in the Temple, the Body of Messiah was born. God’s ‘holy wind’ had been poured into a small lump of dough and, like the woman’s leaven, would continue to grow and spread from them to the nations of the world until the Kingdom of God would be established by another witness of two: Jew and gentile, one in Messiah, proclaiming the good news of Yeshua (Galatians 3:28). 

Fulfilled by Yeshua

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, and Strengthener), to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:14-20).

Yeshua kept his promise. He ascended to his Father and asked Him to send the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth. On the ‘appointed time’ of Feast of Weeks, God poured out His Ruach haKodesh with wind and flames of fire.  Seventy disciples understood that Yeshua and his Father were One, and they were joined with them to restore the broken covenant. They were no longer fatherless, they had Adonai as their Father as Yeshua did. They were given the same authority to forgive sins as Yeshua along with the anointing power to be witnesses of his salvation to the world.

Yeshua kept his promise. He ascended to his Father and asked Him to send the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth. On the Feast of Weeks, God poured out His Ruach haKodesh with wind and flames of fire.  Seventy disciples were transformed in their hearts. They were no longer fatherless, they had Adonai as their Father as Yeshua did. They were given the same authority to forgive sins as Yeshua along with the anointing power to be witnesses of his salvation to the world. These new faithful followers of Yeshua were reborn into His Kingdom and sealed with God’s Spirit. They became the Firstfruits of the wheat harvest as Yeshua fulfilled another of his Father’s ‘appointed times.’

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