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Just How Y’shua Was/Is Our Passover Lamb

Absolutely AMAZING! Astounding!

Truly — Y’shua was/is our Passover Lamb — right down to the finest detail! Who but GOD could have arranged this?

Don’t miss out on celebrating the Feasts! Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the first of the yearly cycle … there is such a richness and depth in celebrating the Feasts — and every year, there is more understanding — each Feast is a special time with the Father, as we REMEMBER …

Trust this Pesach season will be such a BLESSED time in greater intimacy with our Abba, and fellowship with the community YHVH has put around you — blessings to you and your family!

MANY blessings and SHALOM!

Joe :)

 

How the First Passover Perfectly Pictured Yeshua the Messiah

YHVH’s judgment comes upon the Egyptians at midnight because of their sins (Exod 11:412:29).

  • Judgment was pronounced upon Yeshua late at night (after the Passover seder) in the Garden of Gethsemane where he was betrayed and arrested, and later during his trial (Luke 22:5366–7123:1–25). Though he was sinless, he carried the sins of mankind upon himself (2 Cor 5:21Isa 53:6).

The first born had to die at the hand of YHVH as a judgment against sin (Exod 11:5).

  • Yeshua was the firstborn of Elohim and the first man born of the Ruach haKodesh (Set-Apart Spirit), and was the firstborn of Mary. At the first Passover, the firstborn of each family was to be the head, priest and patriarch of his household and was to lead his family in obedience to YHVH. If he failed to do so, then had to bear the judgment meted out by YHVH. Likewise, Yeshua bore the judgment because of our sins (our failure to obey YHVH’s word), which is death (Rom 6:231 Cor 15:56).

A perfect, blemish-free lamb was to be chosen for the Passover lamb (Exod 12:5Deut 15:21).

  • Yeshua in accordance with Torah-law was selected four days before Passover and anointed (set apart) as the Lamb (John 12:1).
  • The people of Israel examined and accepted Yeshua at his triumphal entry in Jerusalem (John 12:2).
  • The religious system examined and rejected Yeshua (John 26:57) because he was a threat to their religious establishment.
  • Judas, one of Yeshua’s closest associates, declared him innocent (Matt 27:3–4).
  • Pilate’s wife declared Yeshua to be innocent (Matt 27:19).
  • The political system through Pilate declared Yeshua to be innocent (Matt 27:23–24).
  • Elohim, the Father of Yeshua, pronounced him guiltless and without sin (Heb 4:151 Pet 1:19).

This perfect lamb was marked for death and was set aside for a special purpose (Exod 12:3–6).

The lamb was to be a year old; that is, a mature adult (Exod 12:5).

  • Yeshua died for our redemption in the fullness of his manhood.

The lamb was separated out on the tenth day of the first month (the Passover was on the fourteenth day of the first month, Exod 12:3).

  • On the same day Yeshua came to Bethany (John 12:1) where on the evening of the tenth day of the month Mary anointed Yeshua with spikenard (John 12:2–37), the very day the Passover lamb was to be separated.

The lamb was to dwell with the Israelites in the family’s house until the Passover day when the lamb was then slaughtered (Exod 12:5–6).

  • Yeshua dwelt with the Jews during this time, including having a meal in Bethany, making his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, turning over the money changer’s tables at the temple, and enduring his trial.
  • Yeshua, our Passover Lamb, wants to dwell in the spiritual house of our lives.

The blood from the lamb was to be painted on the door posts and lintels of each family’s house (Exod 12: 22–23).

  • Messiah’s blood (or mark) must be placed on our foreheads (representing our thoughts) and hands (representing our actions) for us to be redeemed from the penalty of sin and to protect us from Elohim’s judgment against sin (Rev 7:39:422:4Exod 3:916Deut 6:811:18).

In order for one to be saved from the YHVH’s judgment on Passover eve, one had to enter the blood-painted door and be inside the house (Exod 12:22).

  • Yeshua is the spiritual door to salvation and the way to the Father in heaven. No one can be saved without coming through his blood for the remission of sins. There is salvation through no other “door” but Yeshua (John 10:914:6Acts 4:12Rev 1:5Heb 9:221 John 1:7).

Hyssop was used to paint the blood onto the door posts (Exod 12:22).

  • Yeshua was given sour wine (a figurative symbol of blood) on hyssop while hanging on the cross (John 19:29). Hyssop was an aromatic “paint brush”-like herb. It was used in purification ceremonies in the tabernacle (Lev 14:4651–52) and was used as a poetic metaphor of inner cleansing in Psalms 51:7. Blood can symbolized many things, yet, when add to it hyssop, its cleansing powers from the stain and condemnation of sin and death are emphasized.

Later in Israel’s history, the Passover lamb was taken to the tabernacle (and later to the temple in Jeruesalem) to be sacrificed.

  • Yeshua was condemned to die by the Jewish priests in the temple in Jerusalem.

The lamb was roasted by fire (Exod 12:8–9).

  • Fire is a biblical metaphor for judgment. Yeshua suffered the fire of his Heavenly Father’s wrath and judgment against man’s sins (Matt 27:462 Cor 5:21). What’s more, while a person was dying a slow and agonizing death on the cross, it would feel like he was on fire as his body was burning up with thirst in the hot sun.

No bones of the lamb were broken, or else it would not have been blemish-free (Exod 12:46).

  • No bones of Yeshua were broken while hanging on the cross, although it was customary for the Romans to break the legs of the crucified to expedite the victim’s death (John 19:31–33).

Each Israelite was commanded to take a lamb and eat of it (Exod 12:3).

  • Salvation is an individual matter. Each person must partake of the Lamb of YHVH individually. This is symbolized by each person taking communion (the bread and wine—a symbolic representation of the Passover meal), which is traditionally done during the third cup of wine during the Passover seder.

Later, according to Jews religious rules, the Passover lamb was roasted whole over an open fire spit with a pomegranate skewer running through in its mouth and out its vent (like a rotisserie, see The Temple: Its Ministry and Service, p. 182, by Alfred Edersheim, Hedrickson, 1978).

  • Yeshua was “impaled” on a wooden cross—whole, and suffered the “flames” of Elohim’s judgment against sin.

The Passover lamb’s blood was placed on the lintel and door posts of the Israelite’s doors.

  • Yeshua was pierced in the hands and head (as well as his back and side) and bled therefrom. The blood on the door was a perfect outline of the blood on Messiah’s body while he was hanging on the cross.

The Passover lamb was killed about 3 PM in the afternoon. This was the same time the priests would offer up the afternoon (or evening) daily sacrifice in the temple, and the same time that they offered up Passover lamb for the nation of Israel.

  • Yeshua died on the cross at the ninth hour, or 3 PM in the afternoon (Matt 27:46–50).
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Google Exodus

Very cute video!

Google Exodus — Passover Movie:

Can’t wait for Pesach!

By the way … tonight (11 March) marks the first New Moon, of the first month of the Biblical year — HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May YHVH bless you abundantly in this coming year, with greater understanding of His Ways and Torah, that you may know Him more intimately — may He SHINE His Face upon you and your family!

MANY blessings!

Joe :)

 

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WATCH + Pray!

Well, if there was ever a time to begin studying and looking at prophecy, I’d say nows a good time …

Though Y’shua admonishes us to always be alert and watching, there are a number of very interesting things going down, to definitely keep an eye on!

If you haven’t been able to keep up with the research behind each of the points below — please check out the embedded links for more information — I have only been able to give a short summary …

1. Was President Obama’s recent 20 January 2013 Inaugural Day another connection in the parallel between Modern America and Ancient Israel?

In his book “Harbinger”, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn presents a fascinating parallel between GOD’s Dealings with Ancient Israel and Modern America, detailing how since September 11th 2001, America has experienced similar “harbingers of judgement” (warnings) as Ancient Israel did, before GOD eventually did judge Israel, in that Jerusalem succumbed to the siege of 587 B.C. — the Temple was destroyed, and the people taken captive …

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was a guest speaker at the Inaugural Day Breakfast — check out the video HERE.

In addition to Cahn’s parallel’s, Nathan Leal noted the following:

“In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was penetrated.” Jeremiah 39:2

Moving forward from the date of September 11, 2001 and using the calculation found in the verse above (Jeremiah 39:2),

1. September 11, 2001 + 11 years = September 11, 2012.
2. September 11, 2012 + 4 months = January 11, 2013
3. January 11, 2013 + 9 days = January 20, 2013

We arrive at the date of January 20, 2013!

2. Another interesting topic, that has just this week gotten even more interesting, is the “prophecies of the popes” by Malachy Martin. Last year, Tom Horn and Chris Putnam released their book “Petrus Romanus”, in which they looked at the EXTRA-Biblical “pope prophecies” and noted that, although NOT part of Biblical prophecy, it was interesting that Malachy predicted that Pope Benedict XVI would be the second to last pope, and that the pope after him, would be the FINAL pope … and on this past Monday (11 February), Pope Benedict XVI announced that, due to health problems, he has needed to resign — his last day in office being 28 February 2013.

(Currently, Tom Horn and Chris Putnum are working on a follow-up project, regarding Genesis 6, UFO’s, alien disclosure, and the coming great deception — also worth checking out!)

All this leads into point three, and the upcoming Festival of Purim, and 22 March …

3. If you haven’t had a chance to watch 119 Ministries“End of Days” series, definitely make a plan to watch all the episodes, especially part four, “Daniel Unsealed”.

In “Daniel Unsealed”, the 119 guys present some VERY interesting information regarding the upcoming solar/lunar eclipses ON the Feast Days of 2014 and 2015 (they are not the only one’s who looked into this, Mark Biltz and Dewey Bruton have done similar studies). They also look at the various counting of days, given in Daniel and Revelation … all of which seem to start round about now, early 2013. In their study, the date they keep landing on is 1 September 2016, which is the date for Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) that year.

In a nutshell (though you must really watch the video), they give the following countings:

  • 1 September 2016 – 1,290 days (as given in Daniel 12:11) = 21 February 2013 (Purim)
  • 1 September 2016 – 1,260 days (as given in Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7, Revelation 11:2-3, Revelation 12:6, 14) = 22 March 2013.
  • 22 March just so happens to be the day after winter (21 March is the equinox) and the day before a Sabbath — just as Y’shua describes in Matthew 24!

In the teaching, they discuss some of the other countings given as well … very interesting indeed!

What’s more … 119 Ministries’ released the following Facebook update:

Summary of news articles posted lately (in order of news release dates):

The position of Pope is granted seat on Mount Zion in Israel.

Obama going to Jerusalem for the first time on 3/20/13.

Pope announces resignation effective close of day 2/28/13.

Announced that he will be helicoptered to the Pope vacation home for 20 days while the new Pope is selected and announced. This would be 3/21/12.

“Daniel Unsealed” prescribed possible significance to sundown 3/21 to 3/22/13 related to the abomination of desolation.

Here is something that was JUST realized.

We all know how the adversary likes to mock and imitate Yah’s Ways in his own way.

Here it is.

Obama will be [making his FIRST trip to Jerusalem, since becoming President and will be] arriving in Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month on the Hebraic calendar.

For those who do not connect the date, that is the day Y’shua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the Torah commandment to inspect the lamb for Passover on the 10th day [of the first month of the year].

Getting closer to “DU” day … either the teaching will be deleted, or it will not.

We will see …

A lot of things that make you sit up and take note …

Since from around 2010, we have seen the birth pangs have already started. Birth pangs don’t just stop, what happens? Labor increases with intensity … the contractions are more frequent … and the pain heightens.

So, if the previous years are any indication, we may be in for a rough ride …

What then should we be doing? Y’shua gives us clear instruction in Luke 21 … in describing these last days, FIVE times Y’shua warns:

Watch and pray!

24b2b_the-watchmans-missionNotice, He gives us a TWO-fold instruction … watch AND pray!

Most of us get the praying part, I mean, can anything come but through prayer? But, for most of the Body of Messiah, the watching part has been all but neglected …

What does it mean to watch? The Greek word used in Luke 21 is Strong’s Greek 991 … this word means “to look at (literally or figuratively), behold, beware, perceive, regard, take heed”.

Watching simply means WATCHING … being aware/alert to what is happening, and then studying the Scriptures to determine what lines up with what YHVH has said/prophesied … and what doesn’t. We are told — if we’re watching, we will see the signs — and they will be confirmed, as things unfold …

Why do we watch?

Why does an army have a guard patrol? Why did the Israelites of old have watchmen on the walls?

In order to be prepared! To see what is coming, and be able to not only STAND, but to strengthen/encourage those who will be completely caught off guard!

In the dark times coming, we are to shine for YHVH … to have the answers! To have HOPE!

Remember, YHVH promises a reward to those who watch and pray …

One note on this …

Many in the past have become discouraged and disillusioned with predictions and prophecies … this is very sad! 

We must remember watching means watching — watching does not mean something is for sure, most definitely going to occur … it means we look at the research presented, TEST EVERYTHING against the Scriptures … and continue to watch, to see if the signs are confirmed.

We must also remember to walk in the TENSION … which is so much apart of the Biblical mindset, and yet is so difficult for our human natures!

To WATCH and be VIGILANT, and yet be at peace (FEAR is not of the Father) …
To be READY, and yet continue walking the “everyday” walk of faith …
To PREPARE ourselves as the BRIDE, keeping our lamp’s oil full, while we wait

Let us keep watch, while we continue to TRUST and seek after the Father, keeping close to HIM …

Establish yourself in HIM (YHVH) Who will never leave you alone, and Y’SHUA Who is our SOLID Rock …

May He direct your steps!

MANY blessings!

Joe :)

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Why Celebrate YHVH’s Feasts?

The Cycle of Feasts starts soon — can’t WAIT! If you’ve never studied or celebrated the Biblical Feasts — I strongly encourage you to do some Bible study, and make a plan to join with others, and celebrate! There are so many amazing layers/levels of richness and meaning to the Feasts, it’s just mind-blowing! And what special times they are!

Natan Lawrence recently posted an excellent article, giving an overview of the Feasts — below is just an excerpt, be sure to check out the full article, for more information …

MANY blessings!

Joe :)

 

Why Study and Celebrate the Biblical Feasts?

If you had to sum up the entire message of the Bible in one word what would it be? Probably words such as love, hope, salvation, eternal life or heaven are coming to your mind. But I challenge you to find a better word than the following: r-e-c-o-n-c-i-l-i-a-t-i-o-n. The dictionary defines reconciliation as “to restore to friendship or harmony, to settle or resolve a quarrel, to make consistent or congruous.” 

When the first humans chose to listen to the lies of the serpent and to rebel against YHVH and to give in to sin at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at the very beginning, our first parents chose the path of separation from their Heavenly Father. Sin causes man to be separated from our totally holy, righteous, sinless and loving Creator.

Since that time YHVH has been endeavoring to reconcile man to himself. He has laid out the criteria for this to occur—for man to once again have a loving and intimate relationship with his Heavenly Father as did Adam and Eve before they sinned.

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The seven biblical feasts of YHVH prophetically represent the steps man must take to be reconciled to his Heavenly Father. They are the complete plan of salvation or redemption rolled up into an easy-to-understand seven step plan. Though a child can understand these steps, the truths contained therein

can, at the same time, be expanded and unfolded until one literally has rolled out before oneself the entire message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation—a message which to the human comprehension is staggering, deep and rich beyond understanding. The  biblical feasts are literally the skeletal structure upon which the truths of the entire Bible hang. The message of redemption, sanctification, salvation, the atonement, glorification, end-times eschatology, the history of Israel, the entire gospel message, the covenants, the marriage of the Lamb of Elohim, the truth about the bride of Messiah, and Yeshua the Messiah are all prefigured within the glorious spiritual container of YHVH’s feasts contained in seven steps. Seven is the biblical number of divine perfection and completion, thus revealing to us that his plan of salvation is complete in that it will bring man back into a eternal and spiritual relationship with Elohim.

Quite assuredly, without a deep, walking-it-out comprehension of the YHVH’s feasts, no matter how learned one may be in biblical knowledge, one will miss key elemental truths pertaining to YHVH’s plan of salvation. For example, there is no way to correctly or fully understand end-time events such as the second coming of Yeshua, the great tribulation, the wrath of Elohim, and the resurrection of the righteous, the marriage of the Lamb, the Millennium, or the New Jerusalem unless one understands the feasts from a deep Hebraic perspective. Spiritual pride may not allow one to handle this fact, but it is the truth none the less! It’s illogical to think that one can throw out the foundation of a building and expect it to stand, or to eliminate the skeleton from a human body and expect a person to stand upright. Similarly, the feasts are both the foundation and the skeletal framework upon which is built or hangs the whole corpus of biblical truth.

What’s more, at Mount Sinai, YHVH gave to his people Israel the Ten Commandments. These words from the mouth of Creator himself literally formed the foundation and cornerstone to the rest of the Torah’s (the books of Moses) 613 commandments, which YHVH gave to man through Moses. The Jewish sages have understood this for thousands of years. From the Ten Commandments, all the rest of the commandments can be extrapolated. For example, the prohibition against adultery includes not only marital infidelity, but all manner of sexual sin, for the cornerstone of sexual holiness is a righteous and undefiled marital union. The same can be said of all the other commands. Similarly, from the Sabbath command spring forth all the biblical feasts, for they too are Sabbaths. From the fourth commandment also comes the land Sabbath, sabbatical and jubilee years. These Sabbaths were so vital in YHVH’s eyes and so fundamental to his relationship with his people that he said that they would be a token of his wedding agreement with Israel, even as a ring is a symbol of a modern marriage covenant. About the Sabbath, we read the following in Exodus 31:13, 

Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am YHVH that doth sanctify you. 

Please note that the word Sabbaths is in the plural. It refers not only to the weekly, seventh day Sabbath, but to all the Sabbaths of YHVH, including the biblical feasts. These days are so important that they would actually form the basis for his reconciliatory relationship with his people throughout their generations, which means FOREVER!

Now with these preliminary statements made, we encourage you to read on to further explore the rich and deep truths pertaining to your spiritual destiny that are revealed through the biblical feasts. Please receive the blessing that YHVH offer man through them.

Why Study and Celebrate the Biblical Feasts?

  • The biblical feasts are prophetic shadow-pictures of things to come (Col 2:16–17; Heb 10:1). When they were given to ancient Israel they pointed forward to future events that would occur to the nation of Israel. The spring feasts mostly (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost), for example, pointed to Messiah’s first coming while the fall feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles, the Eighth Day) point to his second coming leading into the Messianic Age (or Millennium) and then beyond that into eternity.
  • All the feasts point to Yeshua. The name Yeshua means “salvation,” and each these days point to the various steps of the path of salvation that believers find themselves on.
  • Many of the feasts point back to and commemorate historical events that occurred in Israel’s history. By studying and celebrating these feasts, we can learn valuable historical spiritual lessons, and which are, at the same time, representative of our own spiritual journey (1 Cor 10:1–6, 11).
  • The Scriptures call the  biblical festivals appointed times that the people of YHVH are commanded to observe. At these special times involving commanded assemblies, Israelites gather together and YHVH promises to meet with his people (Lev 23:1–2, 4). There YHVH will teach his people about his wonderful plan of salvation through Yeshua the Messiah.
  • The feasts are in the Bible, and believers need to study and obey the whole Bible, which is the inspired word of Elohim (2 Tim 3:16). Man is to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Elohim (Matt 4:4)
  • The feasts set forth the pattern of heavenly things on earth (Heb 8:1–2, 5; 9:8–9, 23; Exod 25:8–9, 40; 26:30; Num 8:4; Ezek 43:1–6, 10–12), and, therefore, reveal to us spiritual mysteries about things in heaven.
  • We as physical beings need physical means and methods to help us to understand spiritual things. YHVH gives us the natural to help us to understand the supernatural or spiritual (1 Cor 2:9–13).
  • Yeshua, the apostles and early believers celebrated the biblical feasts. The apostles walked as Yeshua walked, and instructed us to do the same (1 Cor 11:1; 1 John 2:6).
  • The biblical feasts will be celebrated during the Millennium (see below).
  • Yeshua said that if you love him, you’ll be keeping his commandments (John 14:15). Elsewhere, Yeshua equated the commandments with the Torah (Luke 18:20), of which the biblical feasts are a part.
  • If you want to know YHVH, you will be keeping his Torah-commandments of which the feasts are a part (1 John 2:3–6).
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