Appointed Times

An Argument for Yeshua being born on Sukkot

Some believe that Yeshua Mashiach might have been born around the feast of tabernacles (Sukkot). Eric Aizenstros from the Beit HaMaschiach congregation presents the possible reason for this.

13 “You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. 14 Rejoice at your festival – you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L’vi’im, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you. 15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for ADONAI your God in the place ADONAI your God will choose, because ADONAI your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy! 16 “Three times a year all your men are to appear in the presence of ADONAI your God in the place which he will choose – at the festival of matzah, at the festival of Shavu’ot and at the festival of Sukkot. They are not to show up before ADONAI empty-handed, 17 but every man is to give what he can, in accordance with the blessing ADONAI your God has given you.  Deuteronomy 16

33 ADONAI said to Moshe, 34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI. 35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work. 36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work 37 “‘These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day – 38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI 39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest. 40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days. 41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month. 42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah, 43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.'” 44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of ADONAI. Leviticus 23

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur

In Leviticus 23 verses 26 to 32 we read the instructions given to Moses regarding Yom Kippur (The day of atonement)

26  ADONAI said to Moshe, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is Yom-Kippur; you are to have a holy convocation, you are to deny yourselves, and you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI. 28 You are not to do any kind of work on that day, because it is Yom-Kippur, to make atonement for you before ADONAI your God. 29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day is to be cut off from his people; 30 and anyone who does any kind of work on that day, I will destroy from among his people. 31 You are not to do any kind of work; it is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live. 32 It will be for you a Shabbat of complete rest, and you are to deny yourselves; you are to rest on your Shabbat from evening the ninth day of the month until the following evening.” 

This is an interesting discussion about the role of the High Priest and the people of Yom Kippur.

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Happy Passover / חג שמח

Shalom friends!

I hope that you and your family will have a peaceful Passover and festival of matzah. Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Jew or a Gentile as these “appointed times” are “[t]he designated times of ADONAI which you [Moses] are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times” [Leviticus 23:2 CJB] and we (i.e everyone) should keep these.

I’ve included four interesting videos related to Passover below:

!חג פסח שמח

 

 

 

 

Please note that I don’t necessarily endorse any comments made in these videos. I’m posting these out of interest.

Appointed Times

Sukkot – Celebrating Living Waters

 

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A celebration of a most joyous holy occasion!

Day one to day eight of a holy tabernacle of togetherness with our God, ADONAI

A seven day sukkah of holy tribute to events of old

Fruits, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows decoratively covering hardship of (sinful) slavery in remembrance of freedom

A flowing freedom from the rivers of living waters

Flowing from the spring of Salvation (haYeshu’ah / הַיְשׁוּעָֽה)

Flowing from your inmost being as we trust in our priestly King of Israel!

Yeshua haMashiach

 

Don’t abandon this source of Living Water! [Selah]

 

As on the future day of victory when fresh water will flow out of Jerusalem,

our priestly King of Israel, will the King of the whole world

On this day, His Name will be the only Name!

Yeshua haMashiach

The name that means salvation

Salvation for everyone

All glory to Yeshua, our priestly King of Israel!

 

For in future times, no rain will fall, no river will overflow

If we (Jew and Gentile Nations) abandon the festival of Sukkot

If we forget this holy tabernacle of togetherness with our God

This river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal,

Flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

 

Don’t abandon this source of Living Water! [Selah]

 

All glory to our Almighty Living God of Israel

Our God! The God of our salvation

The God of my strength, my song, my shelter and my fortress!

We are Your people!

You’ve opened the gates of righteousness for me, for all of us

Our God! The God of our salvation

Our Yeshu’ah!

 

Don’t abandon this source of Living Water! [Selah]

Please, ADONAI! Save us! Please, ADONAI! Rescue us!

In the name of Yeshua

Amen

 

Please watch this video on Tehillim / Psalm 118: 19 – 25 (daily Sukkot prayer) as explained by Messianic Rabbi Shapira

 

Sources:

Tehillim / Psalm 91

Tehillim / Psalm 118

Revelation 21

Revelation 22:1-2

Z’haryah / Zechariah 14: 8 – 9; 16 – 19

Yirmeyahu / Jeremiah 17:13

Yeshayahu / Isaiah 12: 2 – 3

Yochanan / John 7: 37 – 39

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Yom Kippur 5778: Clothed in White Robes of Salvation

 

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Yom Kippur

 

The Day of atonement of our sins

Not just another ordinary day – A Holy day!

The Day for a holy convocation

A Day for denying ourselves

A Shabbat Day of complete rest

A Day for wearing white

Just like our sins were made white as snow, like wool

 

 

Our Priestly King made atonement of our sins in one action – forever!

Like a lamb led to be slaughtered – He present himself as a guilt offering

The old system for atonement of sins removed – forever!

The temple rebuilt – forever!

Our King, the King of Israel, The King of the Jews and Gentiles

Yeshua ha Mashiach (The Messiah)

 

 

We are the King’s cohanim (a royal priesthood)

Clothed in white robes of salvation

Clothed in righteousness

We; Jews and Gentiles together

We pray

We praise

in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach

 

 

On this most Holy Day we ask: Return, please our King [selah]

Our King (looking like he is clothed) with the white clouds returned to the Right Hand of ADONAI, the Almighty Living God of Israel

Waiting for the designated time to return

 

We; the King’s cohanim together

Clothed in white robes of salvation

We pray

We praise

in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach

On this most Holy Day we ask: Return, please our King [selah]

 

 

Our King clothed in white robes

A gold band around his chest

With fire in his eyes

His hair white as snow

Ready to return – soon

But before that day – someday, a great war

 

This great war is closer than we realise

Enemies of the Word of ADONAI

Clothed with hate and redness of blood

A worldly people clothed in unholy worthless robes of confusion

Clothed in chaos, shame, lust and unimaginable sin caused by a lack of Torah (ADONAI’S instructions) and directed by their own worldly understanding

The darkness of a self-loving, money hungry world, dripping into their eyes, blinding them as they follow their own desires

Yet, in their sights through their darkened eyes:

Jerusalem – you staggering cup for the nations

The enemies – making ready to attack Israel and all believers of the Word of ADONAI

 

But-

 

We; Jews and Gentiles together

We pray

We praise

in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach

For victory! [selah]

 

For our King of Israel will return

With the white clouds

Like lighting that flashes out of the east

The blowing of the Shofar announcing our King’s return

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah seen by every eye in this unholy filthy world

The Tribes of the Land of Israel are mourning while He is

Standing on Mount of Olives

To fight for us

Against the enemies of the Word of ADONAI

 

For our King of Israel, the Ancient One with the name:

Pele-Yo’etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace]

Will be victorious!

 

And then onwards to worship the King, every year on the festival of Sukkot

A most joyous holy occasion! A holy tabernacle of togetherness with our God!

 

This is our priestly King of Israel!

All Glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach

 

Halleluyah !

Halleluyah !

 

 

 

May this fast be an easy one!

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Appointed Times

Yom Teruah 5778: Trumpets announcing judgement, repentance and joy (the Book of Zephaniah) 

 

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This Wednesday evening it is Yom Teruah – the day of blowing the shofar / trumpet. According to Leviticus 23, we’re to observe this appointed time on the first day of the seventh month (traditionally called Tishrei or the biblical name of Etanim – [1 Kings 8:2]).

Leviticus 23

23 ADONAI said to Moshe,

24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

25 Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'”

(Traditionally, this day is called the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah )

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Now that we know that Yom Teruah is one of the Moedim (מועדים / appointed times) and that we should observe this day as a shabbat, but what does it signify? Well, blowing of the shofar / trumpet indicates the announcement of a specific event. Throughout the Word of God, we read that this announcement could be either a call to worship, to repent, to battle and war, to cause fear and confusion of the enemy, to announce freedom (joy) or judgement, or usher in the presence of the Lord. For example, in the Book of Joshua we read that when the Israelites entered the Land of Israel, the fortified city of Jericho were destroyed after 7 days (Joshua 6 ). For each of these seven days, the priests blew on their shofars and shouted on the seventh day. Also in Judges 7, we read how 300 men used their trumpets to allow ADONAI to defeat their enemies. In 1 Thessalonians 4 :16 we also read that:

16 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;

For this blog post, I was drawn to the words from the Prophet Zephaniah (Tz’fanyah / צְפַנְיָה) (the meaning of this prophet’s name is: ADONAI has concealed; ADONAI has protected; and treasured by ADONAI). Just like the name suggests, ADONAI’S message given to this prophet is broadly contained in three sections: firstly, judgement is coming but the time is concealed, secondly, HIS people will be protected and avoid judgement and thirdly, we are treasured by ADONAI therefore He will give us joy – a celebration as we’re no longer subject to judgement.

Let’s read the first section of this prophet’s message that spells out the coming judgement:

Zephaniah 1:14 to 18: 

 14 The great Day of ADONAI is near, near and coming very quickly; Hear the sound of the Day of ADONAI! When it’s here, even a warrior will cry bitterly.

15 That Day is a Day of fury, a Day of trouble and distress, a Day of waste and desolation, a Day of darkness and gloom, a Day of clouds and thick fog,

16 a Day of the shofar and battle-cry against the fortified cities and against the high towers [on the city walls].

17 “I will bring such distress on people that they will grope their way like the blind, because they have sinned against ADONAI. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their bowels like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them. On the day of ADONAI’s fury, the whole land will be destroyed in the fire of his jealousy. For he will make an end, a horrible end, of all those living in the land.”

The prophet specifically indicates that silver nor gold (i.e money) will be unable to save people on the day of Judgement and one can’t buy salvation. What is one of the world’s main obsessions? It’s money. For some, money is the end all and be all of everything. It’s one of the reason why people have fallen away from ADONAI due to idolising money.

Yeshua ha Mashiach (ישוע המשיח) explicitly mentioned in Matthew 6:24 that we can’t serve money and ADONAI.

24 No one can be slave to two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money.

Yeshua also mentioned in Matthew 6:19-21 that we should focus on building up treasures in Heaven:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. 
20 Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. 
21 For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also. 

It is also recorded in the Mishna that “[i]n the hour of a person’s departure, neither silver nor gold nor precious stones nor pearls accompany him, only Torah and good works.” (Avot 6:9 – Jewish New Testament Commentary by David Stern as quoted on the blog “My Heart is for Israel“).

Secondly, ADONAI always has a plan for us; a way to find HIM and to walk with HIM. ADONAI revealed this to Zephaniah, that there is a way to avoid judgement and find ADONAI’s protection: Repent / Teshuvah (seek ADONAI).

We read in Zephaniah 2:3:

3 Seek ADONAI, all you humble in the land, you who exercise his justice; seek righteousness, seek humility – you might be hidden on the day of ADONAI’s anger.

Money isn’t going to help you on the day of Judgement. Only by seeking and humbling (repenting) yourself before ADONAI, will you be saved and receive salvation.

The third section of ADONAI’s message giving to Zephaniah to record, is that the sound of the shofar that announces judgement will be turned into the sound of announcing joy and happiness as we are treasured by ADONAI. It’s a celebration! We should sing and shout because ADONAI has removing the judgement against us and we’re serving the King of Israel, Yeshua ha Mashiach (the Messiah) who is always with us.

We read in Zephaniah 3: 13 -20 that:

 13 The remnant of Isra’el will not do wrong, nor will they speak lies, nor will there be found in their mouths a tongue given over to deceit; for they will be able to graze and lie down, with no one to disturb them.

14 Sing, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, Isra’el! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Yerushalayim!

15 ADONAI has removed the judgments against you, he has expelled your enemy; the king of Isra’el, ADONAI, is right there with you. You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen.

16 On that day, it will be said to Yerushalayim, “Do not fear, Tziyon! don’t let your hands droop down.

17 ADONAI your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy.”

18 “I will gather those of yours who grieve over the appointed feasts and bear the burden of reproach [because they cannot keep them].

19 When that time comes, I will deal with all those who oppress you. I will save her who is lame, gather her who was driven away, and make them whose shame spread over the earth the object of praise and renown.

20 When that time comes, I will bring you in; when that time comes, I will gather you and make you the object of fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth – when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says ADONAI.

As we should sing and shout, our victory song is found in Psalm 98.

A psalm: Sing a new song to ADONAI, because he has done wonders. His right hand, his holy arm have won him victory.

2 ADONAI has made known his victory; revealed his vindication in full view of the nations,

3 remembered his grace and faithfulness to the house of Isra’el. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

4 Shout for joy to ADONAI, all the earth! Break forth, sing for joy, sing praises!

5 Sing praises to ADONAI with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious music!

6 With trumpets and the sound of the shofar, shout for joy before the king, ADONAI!

7 Let the sea roar, and everything in it; the world, and those living in it.

8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the mountains sing together for joy

9 before ADONAI, for he has come to judge the earth; he will judge the world rightly and the peoples fairly.

Let’s listen to this psalm sung in Hebrew

To conclude: Judgement is coming. The time has been concealed as mentioned by Yeshua in various verses such as Mark 13:32-37, Matthew 24:36-44 ; Matthew 25:13:

Mark 13:32-37:

32 However, when that day and hour will come, no one knows — not the angels in heaven, not the Son, just the Father. 
33 Stay alert! Be on your guard! For you do not know when the time will come. 
34 “It’s like a man who travels away from home, puts his servants in charge, each with his own task, and tells the doorkeeper to stay alert. 
35 So stay alert! for you don’t know when the owner of the house will come, 
36 whether it will be evening, midnight, cockcrow or morning — you don’t want him to come suddenly and find you sleeping! 
37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: stay alert!”
 Matthew 24:36-44:
36 “But when that day and hour will come, no one knows — not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father. 
37 For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach
38 Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark; 
39 and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes. 
40 Then there will be two men in a field — one will be taken and the other left behind. 
41 There will be two women grinding flour at the mill — one will be taken and the other left behind. 
42 So stay alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will come. 
43 But you do know this: had the owner of the house known when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 
44 Therefore you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him. 

Matthew 25:13:

13 So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

Thus, let’s get our life and relationship with ADONAI in order. Do it today and stay alert! There are definitely signs that we are moving ever closer to the coming judgment and events that will precede this. Furthermore, this might all sound like doom and gloom, but, remember the third section of the prophesy:

It’s not a time to be sad, but a time for joy. For  “ADONAI has removed the judgments against you, he has expelled your enemy; the king of Isra’el, ADONAI, is right there with you. You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen.”

The nations will be in anxiety and bewilderment, and the sinners will fear and faint (Luke 21: 25 to 26) at the events to come, but we will be singing, shouting and praising ADONAI! We will be liberated! Our King, Yeshua Ha Mashiach (the Messiah) is with us.

All glory to our King of Israel!

 

 

Appointed Times

Shavu’ot / חג השבועות‎ – Ignite the “fire” within you

Shalom everyone,

We’ve counted the Omer and now it’s Shavu’ot!

Shavu’ot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the Ruach Ha Kodesh (The Holy Spirit). It’s also about fire: Our God, the Almighty Living God of Israel, is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24 Hebrews 12:19 ).

We read in the Torah, Exodus 18 to 19 that “Moshe brought the people out of the camp to meet God; they stood near the base of the mountain. Mount Sinai was enveloped in smoke, because ADONAI descended onto it in fire — its smoke went up like the smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently.  As the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moshe spoke; and God answered him with a voice.”

Further in Deuteronomy 33:2 we read that “[t]his is the blessing that Moshe, the man of God, spoke over the people of Isra’el before his death:  “ADONAI came from Sinai; from Se’ir he dawned on his people, shone forth from Mount Pa’ran; and with him were myriads of holy ones; at his right hand was a fiery law for them.

From Exodus 20, the Ten commandments were given and the rest of God’s guidelines and instruction in the later verses. In Deuteronomy 16 we read about the appointed times (moedim (מועדים)) and in Deuteronomy 16:9 to 12 about counting of the Omer and observing the festival of Shavu’ot.

In the Nevi’im, we read how ADONAI revealed to Jeremiah in Chapter 31:31 to 33 that ” [h]ere, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah.   It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI.  “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. “

In the Brit Chadasha, Yochanan explained in Matthew 4:11 that [i]t’s true that I am immersing you in water so that you might turn from sin to God; but the one coming after me is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to carry his sandals — and he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh and in fire”.

In Acts 2, this prophesy was fulfilled when “The festival of Shavu’ot 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 house 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 Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.”

If we reflect on the above-mentioned sections of Torah, the Nevi’im and the Brit Chadasha there is this continuing reference to fire. In the above-mentioned verses, we see ADONAI’S power, ADONAI’S persona: that is His love for His people and ADONAI’S plan for guidance for believers. ADONAI wants to us to know how to walk in His ways and to get closer to Him on a daily basis. This is achieved by reading the Word of God as well as having his guidance within us. We could say that this is imprinted within us (our minds and on our hearts). This will enable us to be a light for Him. We are His people and He is our God.

My conclusion is this: I hope from this Shavu’ot onwards that you will be on “fire” for ADONAI. Be more than a luke warm believer. It’s time to shine…

Appointed Times · This Shabbat

Counting the Omer and a prayer called Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

Between Pesach and Shavu’ot, we are commanded in Vayikra / Leviticus 23:15 to 16 “[f]rom the day after the day of rest -that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving -you are to count seven full weeks, until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to ADONAI.” Counting of the Omer points to 50 days after ADONAI freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and giving of the Torah (ADONAI’S instructions) on Mount Sinai. It also points to the believers who received the Ruach HaKodesh (Acts 2 CJB) 50 days after Yeshua freed us from our sins. Tomorrow is day 33 of counting of the Omer.

As we’ve recently had Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War and 69 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, I wanted to say a prayer called Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you to ADONAI. The establishment of the State of Israel is bible prophecy confirmed!

Our Father in Heaven, I want to say Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you:

Thank you for your salvation;

Thank you for filling me with your Ruach;

Thank you placing Your Torah within us and on our hearts;

Thank you for opening my eyes to your salvation;

Thank you for returning us to the Land and restoring your nation;

Thank you for your grace;

Thank you giving us hope;

Thank you for our King and Messiah;

Thank you that we can walk with You and that we don’t have to follow man-made religious rules.

In the name of Yeshua haMashiach

Amen

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!

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Hyssop/ Ezob/אזוב

Hyssop - Hebrew EzobShalom friends! With the Festival of Matzah drawing to a close, as a final thought I wanted to share about the significance of the hyssop plant (אזוב / Ezob). Hyssop leaves were used as the instrument to smear the blood of the Pesach lamb on the door frames of the Hebrews in Egypt .  In Exodus 12:20-22 (CJB) “Moshe called for all the leaders of Isra’el and said, “Select and take lambs for your families, and slaughter the Pesach lamb.  Take a bunch of hyssop leaves and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame. Then, none of you is to go out the door of his house until morning.” This is one of the first references to the use of hyssop leaves for some sort of activity in the Tanakh. What is interesting is that hyssop is also used as a cleansing tool later in the Torah. For example, in Bemidbar / Numbers 19:17-20 (CJB), hyssop leaves are used for purification purposes to sprinkle water on “the tent, on all the containers, on the people who were there, and on the person who touched the bone or the person killed or the one who died naturally or the grave”. Also in Vayikra / Leviticus 14 (CJB), the cohen was commanded to use hyssop leaves along with cedar-wood and scarlet yarn to purify a person afflicted with skin diseases.

King David also referred to hyssop as an instrument to be spiritually cleansed in Tehillim / Psalm 51 (CJB) after confessing his sins and asking for forgiveness from the God of Israel (the God of his salvation). In Tehillim / Psalm 51:7 David asked: “Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”

In the Brit Hadasha, during the final moments of Yeshua on the cross, a Roman soldier offered a drink of wine (vinegar), soaked in a sponge and held this up to Yeshua using a hyssop branch (John 19: 28-30 (KJV/NIV). These acts were done to fulfill messianic prophecies in Psalm 22:16(15) and Psalm 69:22(21) whereby He was offered vinegar to quench his thirst.

To conclude, one could argue that just as hyssop leaves were used as an instrument that guaranteed protection in Egypt and for purification purposes to those defiled and diseased; in the Brit Hadasha hyssop is the form of a branch is again used as an instrument to allow for messianic prophesies to be fulfilled, to symbolize that Yeshua’s blood cleanses us from sin as well as (almost) resemble an act to fulfill a mitzvot in the Torah.

May Yeshua bless you and your family!

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Biblical New Year

Tonight, the biblical new year starts. In Exodus 12 1 & 2, ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said,  “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.” This is also the start of the countdown to Pesach (Passover) which is on the 14th day of Nisan. It is a month of celebration, freedom and salvation as the children of Israel gained freedom from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago and we were also set free from sin through the blood of Yeshua Mashiach.

The countdown is on…

 

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Chag Purim Sameach

One could say that the current political climate in many parts of the world, resembles the time Hadassah (Ester) lived in: Peoples (from various “factions”, who would otherwise despise each other, uniting) to destroy Israel and believers. However, Purim is a good reminder that God is in control. It’s a time of faith, a time of recognising that God is at work behind the scene protecting us and it’s a time of celebration!

Or one could say: “they tried to kill us, they failed because God delivered us…let’s eat”- type of day.

May the light of Yeshua Mashiach be revealed to all Israel and all nations.