————— April 24, 2015 —————

More Four in the Rainbow

So, do you remember my fixation with ‘More Four’? How Mark 12:30, Luke 2:52, Ezekiel 1:10, Revelation 4:7, the four Gospel writers, the four sides of a square, the four suits in a deck of cards, the four kinds of love, etc. (I have gone on and on about this, you HAVE to remember) all reflect a four-fold view of life?

Well, what if the symbolism of the rainbow is another ‘More Four’ thing? Consider: the four aspects in every example are relational, spiritual, physical, and intellectual, right? So how would that fit the promises of the rainbow, if they are, indeed, a four-fold sign of Adonai’s love?

1. Spiritual: He Judged, but will not in that way again, out of His mercy and grace, as seen in the manifestation of a rainbow.

2. Relational: He gave 7 Noahide laws to all mankind, so that we can relate to Him, as seen in the colors of the rainbow.

3. Physical: He magnified the weakness of mankind with the splitting of Pangea and the removal of the aqueous layers of the earth, which resulted in the refraction of light.

4. Intellectual: I’m hesitant to explore this, because I keep turning to homosexuality with it, except that it goes WAY deeper than just that… The adaptation of the meaning of the rainbow to a way of thinking that… is subpar to what’s found in scripture.

I’m just looking at all of the four as a collective whole, and seeing that there is weakness in ALL of them. A need for law due to human weakness. A need for judgment, due to human weakness. A need for salvation, due to human weakness. A need for enlightenment, due to human weakness.

So YES. The rainbow is beautiful. It’s a reminder, a promise, a sign, and a provocation to us. But… the rabbis *are* right – there is an underlying negativity to be found. The thing is, to every poignant thing on earth – anything that matters – there is both a positive and negative aspect.

I tend to find that the christians throw out the negative entirely for a happy-happy, light n’ fluffy, cost-free view of everything, while the Jews seem to throw out the positive entirely for the dire, make-emunah-while-you-can, desperate for Mosiach view of everything. The reason I lean towards Jewish teaching is because christianity throws out so much meat and depth, while Jews mire in it. I’d rather have more than enough than far too little.

Which is also very interesting. I guess I’m aiming for balance. The ‘green’ area in the rainbow. His throne is also green… interestingly. Indicating balance. ((LOVE this stuff.))

————— April 09, 2015 —————

Seudah Moshiach

((from Shirat Devorah, bolding from me))
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Acharon Shel Pesach, the last day of Pesach [this coming Shabbat] has a special connection to the coming of Moshiach and is celebrated accordingly, by partaking of Moshiach’s Seudah [the meal of Moshiach….. sometimes known as the Third Seder]

The last day of Pesach  is celebrated by eating a special, festive banquet called Moshiach’s seudah, a custom initiated by the Baal Shem Tov. The connection between the last day of Pesach and Moshiach is explained by the Tzemach Tzedek:
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“The last day of Pesach is the conclusion of that which began on the first night of Pesach. The first night of Pesach is our festival commemorating our redemption from Egypt by the Holy One, Blessed be He. It was the first redemption, carried out through Moshe Rabbeinu, who was the first redeemer; it was the beginning. The last day of Pesach is our festival commemorating the final redemption, when the Holy One, Blessed be He, will redeem us from the last exile through our righteous Moshiach, who is the final Redeemer. The first day of Pesach is Moshe Rabbeinu’s festival; the last day of Pesach is Moshiach’s festival.”
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…That Moshiach’s festival is celebrated specifically on the last day of Pesach is not merely because Moshiach will redeem us from the last exile. Being last has a significance beyond mere numerical order, for that which is last performs a unique function. When the Jews journeyed in the desert after leaving Egypt, they marched in a specific order, divided into four camps. The last to march was the camp of Dan, which is described by Torah as “ma’asaf l’chol hamachanos” – “gatherer of all the camps.” Rashi explains this as meaning that “The tribe of Dan…would journey last, and whoever would lose anything, it would be restored to him.”
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The concept of “gatherer of all the camps” – restoring lost property and making sure that nothing is missing – may be applied to various situations. …Pesach, it was noted earlier, is associated with the concept of redemption, and our service on Pesach is correspondingly directed towards hastening the arrival of the final redemption. But even if service on Pesach was deficient, if opportunities were missed, not all is lost: the last day of Pesach acts as “gatherer of all the camps” for the entire festival. Just as the tribe of Dan restored lost articles to their owners, so the last day of Pesach provides a Jew with the opportunity to rectify omissions in the service of Pesach…  Because Pesach is associated with the redemption through Moshiach and the last day of Pesach is the finish to and completion of Pesach, the last day of Pesach accordingly emphasizes the coming of Moshiach.
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…As in the journeys in the desert, there is a “gatherer of all the camps” in the generations-long journey of Jews to the Messianic Era. …For the service of Jews throughout the generations has been all but completed, and only the finishing touches – “gatherer of all the camps” – is needed. We stand ready and prepared to greet Moshiach.
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The last day of Pesach, the eighth day, is therefore the day of the circumcision, which is “the beginning of the entry of the holy soul.” Moshiach is the yechidah – the most sublime level of the soul – of the Jewish people. Until the body of Jewry has undergone circumcision it is not whole; its holy soul is missing. Moreover, the Alter Rebbe writes, the highest level of circumcision will take place in the future, when “The L-rd will circumcise your heart.”
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[Source: Sichah of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Acharon Shel Pesach, 5742]
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aNNa’S NoTe:  SO MUCH to be said, here!!  First, the fact that there is reason to celebrate Mimouna (last day feast’s name in some circles).  It’s a feast of rejoicing, anticipating Messiah’s second coming!Second, there’s the fact that OT exodus references symbolize the same thing – it’s on the seventh day after Pesach that Israel was FINALLY completely out of bondage, as they crossed the Red Sea and Egypt was drown, and was no longer after them.

Third, did you see that reference of ‘whosoever shall lose [something] shall find it?’   Check out Matthew 16:25 – it matches perfectly.  And remember, the Jews don’t do New Testament scripture, so that they’re matching up identically is AMAZING.

And as if that weren’t enough, Passover/Unleavened/Firstfruits are a three-piece spring feast set that mirrors the three-piece fall feast set of Rosh Ha’shana/Yom Kippur/Sukkot.  In the fall, Sukkot is the biggie (where the Jews are commanded to go to Jerusalem)… it’s seven days long and ends with the Brit day of Christ (His circumcision).  The mirror image are the feasts we’ve been celebrating, right now.  Passover is the biggie (where the Jews are commanded to go to Jerusalem), it’s seven days long and ends with… what does this article say?… the circumcision of US!  So very kewl!!!

————— April 08, 2015 —————

Signs in the Sky

http://www.spaceweather.com/8-4-2015/plieads_venus
http://www.universetoday.com/119708/venus-and-the-pleiades/

Venus and the Pleiades are converging for a close encounter in the sunset sky. This weekend, the planet and the star cluster will cross paths only 2o apart.

Image enregistrée avec les ajustements inclus.Consider it a mixture of dissimilar things. The Pleiades are elusive. They’re best seen out of the corner of your eye, a pretty little surprise that pops out of the night sky when you’re staring elsewhere. Venus is just the opposite. Dazzling, bright enough to cast faint shadows on a moonless night, it beams down from the heavens and grabs you when you’re not even looking.

For the next few nights, look west after sunset. Venus pops out of the twilight long before nightfall. As the sky fades to black, you can see the Pleiades, too. The nights of closest approach are Friday, April 10th, and Saturday, April 11th. Bright Venus makes for a stunning contrast against the pinpoint beauty of the star cluster. Observing tip: For maximum contrast, use binoculars.

aNNa’S NoTe:  I have been pointed at this for DAYS, which typically means I need to write something about it.  So here goes.  The Pleiades are the ‘seven sister stars’, but in Biblical Astronomy they stand for the Seven church eras found in Revelation 1 & 2.  Venus is our Coming Messiah, the Bright Morning Star.  They’re converging on the seventh day of Pesach… also a Sabbath.  So am I paying attention?  That would be a yes.  In fact, I pulled up Stellarium and took a peek:

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The bull (is Messiah our Judge)… which only applies to those who follow Yeshua (and will be judged at the Lamb’s throne, as opposed to the Great White Throne judgment of Yehovah).  So naturally the seven churches are clustered in the bull.  You can’t see them very wel in this picture – the top red line is kind of covering them, dadgummit.  Nothing I can do about the program’s little quirks.  But anyhow, look at the brightest spot on the picture.  What we have here is the Sun (Yehovah Elohim) and Mercury converging at the same time right between the tails of two fishes… which stands for Israel in Bondage.

What does it all mean?  It’s saying that when Messiah gathers His own to be judged from the Lamb’s book of Life, at that time Yehovah will send Gabriel (Mercury) to begin the time of bondage for Israel (which is what the two fish symbolize).  KIND of kewl, considering the prophecies I’ve been posting, the timing of the feasts, and the other things we’ve been looking at!

————— April 07, 2015 —————

Firstfruits!

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the Firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it” Leviticus 23:9-11.

Firstfruits is the third of seven feasts the Lord… it was when they gave the Lord the first of the harvest.  This is terribly poignant – Because Yeshua Ha’Masiach is the first of the dead that was resurrected.  And that resurrection is a fulfillment of this prophecy.

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And if we believe God, then His Son was raised on FirstFruits.

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised, And if Christ be not raised, then your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished… But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His Coming.  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God…   – 1 Corinthians 15:16-18, 20-24

Paul wrote this in the New Testament to confirm that Yeshua indeed fulfilled the feast instituted thousands of years before His birth.  Is that not incredible?  What’s more incredible is that there is a promise tacked on the end – while Christ fulfilled it… it was only as the first of those yet to come.  There will be more resurrected!  Christ the Firstfruits is come and risen!!

Now something that need addressing is the fact that some people believe that because Christ resurrected on Firstfruits, we will, too.  I don’t know.  But even so, Messiah, come!

When is Firstfruits?  The wording in scripture is… funky.  It says it’s the day after Sabbath, according to Lev 23.  So in case you wondered, that DOESN’T mean that Firstfruits was Easter Sunday – that’s like SIX DAYS from Pesach, and Messiah rose in three days, right?  So in case you were wondering, here’s the skinny: Pesach is a Sabbath, and Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath… they’re feastly Sabbaths, so they count.  Messiah arose on Firstfruits, and that’s the third day… so if Pesach is the first day, and Unleavened is the second (and that’s the Sabbath right before Firstfruits), then Firstfruits would be the third day.  So… okay.  I got it.  Finally!!

 

————— April 06, 2015 —————

Observing the Feasts

I go thru this WHOLE mess of an internal battle every year, at Pesach.
Do we do the faith/spiritual version or works/physical version?
Do we observe the feast physically or spiritually… or both?

My friend Ali gave me a verse that stirred me up all over again.  The verse:

((toward the end of Ex. 12 It says:)) And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, but every slave that is bought for money may eat of it after you have circumcised him. No foreigner or hired worker may eat of it. It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.

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The point of this is that no person who doesn’t truly (of their own choice) belong to Yehovah (both by Torah Observance and Messiah Following) should participate in this.  And I always geek quietly over this, because no person who doesn’t truly belong to Yehovah *WILL* participate.  They’re busy distracted with Easter.  It’s almost as if Yehovah uses Satan’s deception to keep the posers away from Truth… because Pesach is THAT holy and important.  Unless someone who’s “dabbling” in Torah observance invites people who wouldn’t keep it otherwise.  And those people are going to frick it completely up, because they have not made Truth their own, anyhow.

But moving past that, it’s the leaven that always hangs me up.

I’m not legalistic about leaven.  I’m not pulling every box in the cupboard out, looking for ‘yeast’ or ‘sodium bicarbonate’ or ‘leavening agents’ on the ingredient lists.  I don’t consider pasta leavened – it’s freakin’ dehydrated.  Living things cannot be completely dehydrated like that.  I don’t consider store-bought tortilla to be leavened – it’s flat as hell – NOT risen.  I don’t clean out my toaster – if it’s been toasted, that yeast is no longer alive in the tray down there.  I’m sorry – I just don’t get into the whole ‘no speck of leaven’ thing.  Because there’s a fine line between obedience and legalism, and to me that’s going into legalism territory.  It’s about obeying – showing that we love Him by keeping His command not to eat leavened things for seven days.  So we don’t eat anything that rises – bread, crackers, cookies, pizza, stuffing, rolls, cakes, etc – but I’m not going to freak out about whether or not there’s a toaster crumb behind the microwave, hello.

And Ali’s verse… I always grate when circumcision is pulled into it, because scripture is 100% clear that circumcision is NO LONGER required – it’s a blood sacrifice that was paid for by Yeshua’s blood shed on Pesach circa 33AD (see Acts 15:5-9).  Likewise working our hineys off to remove the ‘leaven’ is ((((LIKELY))))) no longer required, as it is removed from our hearts already by Yeshua’s sacrifice.  HOWEVER, the NT isn’t as clear about this as circumcision.  But I see it in the same light, because it’s the same thing, to my mind.  Do we have to?  No, He took care of it ALL for us.  He removed my ‘leaven’, once for all.

But then should we even bother to observe/obey out of the symbolism, to ‘illustrate’ what has been done for us?  YES.  It ‘works out’ our faith, right?  Only I… don’t like what I’m reading about how it is NECESSARY to do.  I don’t want to obey because I *have* to, I want to obey because I *want* to.  I think that’s what HE wants, too… voluntary obedience.  That’s where we trip up every year… we read all this garbage on Jewish (and Messianic!) sites about how we have to burn this or remove that, and… well, we don’t have to do jack, actually.  We CHOOSE to do it, because we love Him, and want to show that we recognize what He did for us.

Now personally, I did NOT circumcise my children… based on the Acts 15 verses (and others you can find on the sidebar).  I chose the opposite for that, because of the few/many factor.  See, MOST people (and pretty much ALL chrischuns) circumsize their children as an ignorant ‘act of faith’.  So NOT following the crowd – showing us to be set apart and different – was my choice.  Conversely, we DO choose to abstain from leaven, because of the few/many factor.  MOST people (and pretty much ALL chrischuns) eat whatever they’d like in the days of and after ‘Easter’… so to show ourselves set apart and different, we take the leaven out of our house and do not eat it for the seven days.

Apparently, I just have to ‘reason together’ with people every year… to re-solidify the whole concept of things in my mind.  ((grins))

————— April 05, 2015 —————

Revised Omer Calendar

I was thinking about the Omer Calendar, and the events that happen during it.  ((In case you missed it, I’ve written about it before, here.))  Many things happen during the 49 days from Pesach/Passover to Shavuot/Pentecost.  For example, the day Moses parted the Red Sea is during the Omer count.  Ascension day is on there.  Unleavened, Firstfruits and Shavuot are on there.  And if we go with a spring Flood event, that’d be on there, too.  And they won’t fluxuate around it, either.So I decided to update our Omer Calendar.  And as I did, I noticed a pattern.  One that had a hole in it – if the first row had three events, the last row should, also.  So I went to scripture to find out:

For they were …come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him […These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel].   …And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,  And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.  Exodus 19:2, exerpted

Three days after Messiah’s sacrifice (Pesach) is Firstfruits.  Three days before Israel saw the face of the LORD was Sinai sanctioned sanctification Day!  Absolutely incredible.  So I updated the Omer calendar, and here’s what it looks like:

Nah… I don’t see a pattern there.  *wink!*
((Kewlest. Thing. Ever…!!))