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Moonbeams and the Moedim Part II

We discussed YHWH as the Master Time keeper and the relationship between women and the moon in Part I. This post will compare the four primary moon phases to the feast days and women’s cycles. 

supermoon_01Quick Review

The Creator’s purpose for placing the great luminaries in the sky is to govern our TIME (and calendars).

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth“; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. (Gen. 1:14-19)

The moon is given a unique role in setting our calendars; it keeps, guards, protects, and marks out our moedim or appointed times with the Creator. These roles mirror those of the female and the ezer kenegdo.[1] These “appointed times” or appointments with God were meant to be important and relevant to God’s people in all generations (Lev. 23).

He made the moon for the seasons (moedim)… (Ps. 104:19)

In this post, we are going to focus on the various moon phases that mark out our months. Have you ever considered what phase the moon is in at various biblical festivals? Do you think it’s possible that the Creator meant for us to consider not only the season of each feast, but also the phase the moon would be in? Since the moon was given for the moedim, I believe there is great significance to be gleaned by these observances.

Moon-PhasesThe moon actually changes (from our perspective) a little each night. Science generally categorizes these changes into four principal lunar phases. In between each of these quarters, there are also four intermediate phases.[2] All together, they are:

  • New moon (astronomical)
  •      Waxing crescent
  • First quarter
  •      Waxing gibbous
  • Full moon
  •      Waning gibbous
  • Last quarter
  •      Waning crescent

For our purposes here, I will be using the four principal lunar phases as section titles. Where a feast day falls during an intermediate phase, it will be noted. But first, let’s define the new moon more clearly.[3]

As I’m sure most of my readers understand, there is a difference between the astronomical new moon and the biblical new moon. The astronomical new moon occurs when the moon is completely invisible or dark. Most of the time, you can see this phase with the naked eye. The moon appears “full” but it has no illumination. This may help us to understand a fascinating contranym (a word that can mean its own opposite) in Hebrew with regard to the moon. That word is the Hebrew keseh. This Hebrew word may sound familiar to you in the form Yom HaKeseh, the Hidden Day — a day referring most particularly to the new moon feast of Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah).

Truly, the moon is “hidden” just before the first sliver of the new crescent reveals the return of light and the biblical new moon. But the word keseh means much more than “hidden”. It is used here in the Psalm 81:

Blow the trumpet at the new moon (chodesh), at the full moon (keseh), on our feast day (chag). (Ps. 81:3)

Chodesh (New Moon) is a Hebrew word derived from the root meaning new or renew.[4] The Crescent New Moon is called chodesh precisely because it is the first time the moon is seen anew after being concealed in darkness. What seems to cause confusion is the uncertainty of the root behind the Hebrew word keseh (translated as full moon). This is Strong’s definition followed by its root.

H3677 כּסה    כּסא kese’  keseh Apparently from H3680; properly fullness or the full moon, that is, its festival: – (time) appointed.

H3680 כּסה kâsâh A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy): – clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. Compare H3780.

Obviously, keseh means to be full or fully covered. Is not the full moon full of light and the new moon covered in (partial) darkness? Can you detect the contranym in keseh? This word denotes both revealed fullness and concealed coverings. Keseh is like kos, cup. The full moon is like a cup overflowing with abundance. Likewise, the new moon is “covered” with the same abundant force. Thus, the moon (from our perspective) is in a continual state of keseh. Like many Hebrew words, keseh can mean its own opposite. The moon is both revealed and concealed in a cycle. This activity is mirrored by women, both in their appearances in the biblical narratives (their movement in and out of the text) and in their physical bodies (menses/flow).

According to the Bible and Hebraic history, sighting the very first sliver of the waxing moon crescent marks a biblical new moon. This makes sense considering that when the moon is still black, there is not yet an indication of renewal. Only when the first visible sign of light returns can the moon be considered “renewed”. Historically, each new month began with the sightings of two reliable witnesses. Once announced, two silver trumpets heralded the day. Signal fires were then lit from mountain to mountain to spread the news throughout the Kingdom. And a new moonth began.

Rosh Chodesh (New Moon)

Phase One

The Biblical New Moon honors God as the Creator, the Master of TIME and new beginnings. The moon is a symbol that emphasizes our move from darkness unto light. At the head of every new month, we have an opportunity to live out this truth anew. The moon’s cycle of waxing and waning reminds us that even in our failings, when our light decreases, there is always hope for renewal. Rosh Chodesh offers us the opportunity to begin anew every month. This is just one more way that we may join YHWH as masters of TIME in the wheel in the middle of the wheel.

In Jewish tradition, women are given special honor during Rosh Chodesh. Some women celebrate it as a special Shabbat from certain types of labor and gather together with other women for study. There are several stories from tradition that make these associations quite fascinating. You can read about them in the links in this footnote.[5] Regardless of whether the traditional stories are true or not, the physical nature of women’s cycles weren’t lost to the Sages. Though shrouded in some mystery, women’s bodies align themselves with YHWH’s mystical lunar clock.

shfar manYom Teruah

Although Chanukah extends into a new moon phase, there is only one feast day that begins at the New Moon: Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets). It may now be very obvious why trumpets are blown at this date. Since weather can affect the sighting of a new moon sliver, this day has been dubbed, Yom HaKeseh, the Hidden Day at which no man knows the hour or the day of its occurrence. Yom Teruah heralds the seventh month, the coming Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Ingathering.

This day calls the ones sleeping in darkness to hear the great alarm of the shofar. Wake from slumber and know the season and phase you are entering. The Father desires that none perish, but many will choose otherwise. There are exactly ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These days are called the Days of Awe and throughout this time, the moon grows fuller and fuller. In other words, the new moon brings promises of more light, more awareness. There is an escalation that begins with this New Moon Feast that will culminate at Sukkot. Remember that first sliver of light is visible at this feast and moon phase. It brings with it the potential for growth and restoration.

Women

Many women have their menses either during the dark/new moon or during the full moon. They shed the old, so they can begin building the new. Obviously, menses can occur at any time during the month, but when a woman bleeds during the new moon, she will be fertile at the full. And when she bleeds at the full moon, she will be fertile during the new moon. Studies show that the more women are exposed to natural light (rather than artificial), the more consistent their cycles align with the moon phases.[6] The new moon is certainly a type of renewal, just as the woman’s womb continually renews itself.

To simplify our analogy with women and the moon, let’s consider a woman that ovulates during the new moon. If the egg is met with seed, new life will begin to form.

First Quarter

Phase Two

 As soon as the first sliver of the new moon reveals itself, the moon begins to grow increasing fuller in the night sky.

Shavuot and Yom Kippur

Shavuot (Pentecost) is the fourth feast on YHWH’s calendar. It is the holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah and the Holy Spirit. Every year, this spring harvest festival falls at the waxing moon. The implication is that this season and phase of the moon is a time of growth, harvest, and blessing.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, also falls at this time as the sixth feast. As the most holy day of the year, it behooves us to ask why it arrives during the waxing moon. I believe the answer is revealed when we also consider the other two festivals that sandwich this feast (fast) day in the seventh month. We’ve already looked at Rosh Hashanah as the new moon. It calls us to awaken from our slumber and to hear the shofar’s call, warning us of coming Judgment. Ideally, the call will lead us to life.

Yom Kippur is the Day of Judgment. Too often we associate judgment with finality. The moon speaks to us that that is not what the Creator has in mind. There is more to the story. His desire is that we are judged favorably as pictured in this waxing/growing moon phase. Judgment leads us to something. It points us to eternity as visualized in the following feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).

Women

If an egg was fertilized at the new moon, then at this phase, the zygote will be implanted into the womb and growth will rapidly occur. Conversely, if no seed was received, the womb will prepare to shed in menses.

The Full Moon

Phase Three

The full moon falls around the fourteenth or fifteenth day of Hebrew months. The important thing to remember is that when the moon is full, we have the most light in the darkness. It’s easier to SEE.

lulavPesach and Sukkot

Two of the three pilgrimage festivals, Pesach (Passover) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), occur at the full moon. If we looked at all seven festivals together, these feasts would bookend YHWH’s entire calendar. The light of the moon offers a bright night sky for worshippers and pilgrims to gather together. Interestingly, Sukkot commemorates the original Passover and the succeeding wanderings in the wilderness. The two feasts with the most light in the darkness are linked and connected by their memorials, light, and completeness.

Mystically speaking, there is more “spiritual” light on the earth at these appointed times. In my experience, it is the two festivals of Passover and Tabernacles that people are more curious about and willing to participate in.

Women

If a woman ovulated during the new moon, she will begin menses at this time if she didn’t receive seed. If she did conceive, her body will pause her cycle at this moon and full gestation will begin. I believe Passover and Sukkot both impregnate the true spiritual seeker with a desire to seek the Creator more diligently through obedience.

Last Quarter

Phase Four

The moon’s light begins to decrease.

Unleavened Bread, Early Firstfruits, Shemini Atzeret, and Chanukah

Holidays that fall during the waning days of diminishing light include Chanukah (which extends into the new moon) and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, the eighth day of Sukkot. This holiday also marks the end of the Torah cycle and its beginning. These are holidays of new beginnings, cleansing and renewal, and portals from death into life.

In the spring, just after the full moon of Passover, come the days of Unleavened Bread and Early Firstfruits. The moon light begins to gently decrease during these days as well. The theme of these festivals mirrors Shemini Atzeret and Chanukah. This isn’t surprising since they all occur during the same waning moon phase. Harvest, rebirth, resurrection, and renewal are all present.

While decreasing in light can be considered a negative thing, sometimes it is a very necessary and holy act. Perhaps that is why more feast days occur at this moon phase than any other. Consider John the Baptist’s words:

John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. “You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. “He must increase, but I must decrease. “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:27-31)

I wonder if John had the analogy of the moon in mind when he said these words. If you carefully read the above passage, you can clearly see the moon phases. John was sent ahead of the Messiah as the “sent one”. His job was to testify (reflect) the true light:

 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. (John 1:6-8)

The imagery of the moon reflecting the true light of the sun (Son) is unmistakable here. The fact that the Hebrew month begins in the evening with the moon in the sky also testifies to this. The moon precedes the sunlight just as John preceded the Messiah. His job? To testify or reflect the coming Light. This is the job of all “sent ones”. Remember to think cyclically and not linearly. In Hebraic thought, this imagery doesn’t occur once, it is ongoing and repetitive. This cycle didn’t begin with John the Baptist nor will it end with him; just as the daily cycles of evening and morning repeat every day and the moon phases repeat every month.

In Jewish literature, the moon is not only associated with women, but with Israel as a nation. This shouldn’t surprise us since God’s people are often given feminine metaphors in the Bible. Israel and Judah are sisters; Israel/Judah is a bride, a woman, and a wife. As I’ve mentioned many times, both men and women are revealed in the Woman of Scripture. This is true whether you are a harlot or a righteous woman.

John knew that he had no real light of himself. The people didn’t need to be distracted by him, a mere man. The Mashiach, the Light of the World, was in their midst. To Him alone all glory belongs. This is a test for all “sent ones”. The moment a “sent one” believes that people must come to them for “light” is the moment they pass from truth to the realm of a false apostle.

angel-lightThis brings us to the other side of the coin of diminishment. Not all light is good or holy light. We know that the enemy masquerades as an “angel of light” and Messiah told us to “watch out that the light that in you is not darkness”. (Luke 11:35) The first wicked spirit that lights a dark lamp is pride.[7] We all suffer from this malady and it must be diminished as a wicked or dark lamp. Repenting and humbling ourselves, we have the promise of renewal and rebirth as seen in the coming new moon.

Women

Women also have this same promise if the conception of life didn’t occur earlier in the month. The new moon is coming, but not before darkness. I believe this is true for women desiring to conceive children and for those trying to birth other (good) things into the world. The cycle teaches us that sometimes we must endure the darkness. Sometimes our light is dim. But praise Adonai; the promise of His light is near. We need only to look up. Our salvation draws nigh.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your offspring and your name will endure. “And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from Sabbath to Sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD. (Is. 66:22-23)

Recap

Women connect us to sacred time. Their bodies tell the same story as the great luminaries in the sky. It is a message of life, death, and renewal. It is the gospel spoken through the flesh. Let’s put together what we know about the moon, the feasts, and women thus far. Here, I’ve given the analogy of a woman that is in menses at the new moon. Here are the festivals and their associated moon phase. I’ll let you make your own assessments for the feasts of the people: Chanukah and Purim.

Passover/Full Moon = Shedding of blood. Death is cleansed by blood, so new life can begin. All people must pass through the bloody opening of their mother’s womb, just as people of faith must leave Egypt through the bloody door of the covenant. Light is separated from the darkness. A woman is separated (niddah) by the blood, whether it is menstrual or from birth. Both speak to life, birth, and renewal.

Unleavened Bread/Waning Moon = Leaving an old life for a new one is difficult. All must eat the bread of affliction and struggle with this phase of repentance and cleansing. The light may “appear” dimmer as we walk through this process. As the uterus continues to shed death and decay, a woman experiences a level of discomfort and separation.

Early Firstfruits/Waning Moon = The moon continues to wane during this week. But the darkness of the tomb has light. The separation process isn’t indefinite. Gathering unto life is promised. (As pictured in Isaac and Messiah’s resurrection.) Though the days ahead may be dark, a new dawn is coming. The waters of immersion wash us in the Red Sea just as a woman is cleansed from her blood flow in the mikveh. Newness and cleansing preps us to receive life. We begin to count our days to fullness, to Shavuot.

Pentecost/Waxing Moon = When the day of Pentecost has “fully come”, the moon waxes toward fullness and we begin to overflow with the fullness of the Torah and the Holy Spirit. This likened to a woman that has received Seed. There is promise that a New Life is forming. This is why the moon isn’t yet full. We have our instructions and the filling of the Holy Spirit to see us through to the harvest.

Rosh Hashanah/New Moon = During the long hot summer, the harvest grows and ripens. Eventually, the darkness of this present world seems as if it will engulf us in wickedness. Alas, the trumpet sounds (Rosh Hashanah) announcing the arrival of the king. The tiny new sliver brings with it the promise of the bright full moon to come. But first, judgment must come to pass. The shofar calls the Bride to make herself ready. She is fertile and ready to receive her King.

Yom Kippur/Waxing moon = As the moon begins to reach fullness, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement arrives. The harvest is gathered, bundled, and placed in the covering of the Master’s barn, but the chaff is burned outside. Likewise, two goats are marked. One for Adonai and the other is sent into the wilderness of sin to die for Azazel. The woman has been judged. Will she bear fruit fit for the Kingdom or will she only have the curse of a swollen belly because of the bitter waters?

Sukkot/Full Moon = After judgment, the marriage feast takes place under the bright harvest moon. What was promised in the betrothal at Shavuot is consummated under the chuppah. The bridegroom is joined with his bride. She recalls their time in the wilderness of her youth and her redemption from slavery. Everything about this festival recalls the great work and preparation of her Maker, her husband. Though He seemed to delay, the harvest is great. The guests are dressed in clean white linen. What was once a seed has become new and eternal life.

Shemini Atzeret /Waning Moon = The last great day occurs. Though the moon is waning once again, it won’t last long. The cycle will continue, but the moon’s light will no longer be diminished. YHWH is making all things new. There will be no need for the light of the earthly luminaries. He is our Light and His people know their appointed times. The trees (His people) will produce fruit every month because they are nourished from the River of Life that flows from the throne of God. (Ezek. 47:12, Rev. 22:2)

Chanukah = Waning Moon and New Moon

Purim = Full Moon

My hope is that you will now begin to meditate on the moon phase as you celebrate the moedim cycle. While men do not have a menstrual cycle that keeps their physical body attune with the moon, they no doubt have women in their lives that do. As a part of the greater assembly, both men and women (as a Bride) go through cycles of shedding death and nourishing good seed. In a very real sense, both men and women birth things in both the natural and the spiritual realms. The next post in this series will take this concept a bit further by examining the moedim within the framework of a human gestation cycle.

Part III



[1] The Biblical Role of Women Part I and Part II.

[2] The word crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less than half illuminated. The word gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing means “growing” or expanding in illumination, while waning means “shrinking” or decreasing in illumination.

[3] In the camps of those returning to the Torah, the moon can cause a bit of controversy in the realm of calendar keeping.  Many divisions and splits have resulted from differing opinions and research of new moon sightings. Many a paper and teaching have sought to prove that their view of when a “new moon” actually occurs is the right one. There are others that adamantly claim that once the new month begins, the count for the weekdays should begin. This makes the weekly Shabbat, fall on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th of a month instead of the usual reckoning of Saturday (Sabbath). Confused yet?

We can truly act like LUNATICS in our pursuit of truth. I encourage you to seek balance in these areas through humility. Our Greek mind-sets desire absolutes, black and white answers, and “rightness”. But Hebraic thought allows for more than one understanding even when they appear contrary to our finite minds. Be careful when you feel the need or desire to draw line in the sand. No one has yet cornered the truth no matter how thoroughly researched the topic may be. Ask yourself what type of fruit will be manifested by your “belief” or “actions”. Will your stand produce life or death in the Body? Will your conviction build or destroy? I’m not calling for compromise, but sacrificial love. We don’t have to sacrifice our convictions in order to love others or respect their conclusions. We will be known by our fruit. May our fruit NOT reek of division, confusion, bickering, self-righteousness, and pride.

So, in regards to the “right” way to observe, mark, or calculate the new moon, humbly follow your convictions, but be careful when you judge someone else’s if it is contrary to yours. If your local Body doesn’t keep the moedim on the dates you do, I encourage you to join with them anyway. Separation that doesn’t lead to gathering is DEATH. (You can always keep the dates you feel are most accurate at home.) In this same spirit, be careful when you “judge” Jewish laws in this area as well. In light of this, I will not engage or allow others to mete out their fierce convictions on this issue in the comments on my blog. I see nothing but rotten fruit in such endeavors.

[4] Strong’s Definitions: H2320 חדשׁ chôdesh From H2318; the new moon; by implication a month: – month (-ly), new moon.

       H2318 חדשׁ châdash A primitive root; to be new; causatively to rebuild: – renew, repair.

[5]  http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Rosh_Chodesh/Women/Moon.shtml

http://www.aish.com/jl/hol/o/48972041.html

[6] See The Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer

[7] See Proverbs 6:6-8 and The Creation Gospel Workbook Two, by Dr. Hollisa Alewine.

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April Fool

april 1

Have you ever been at the butt end of an April fool’s joke? Why do people play jokes on each other on April 1st anyway? Where did this weird tradition originate? Interestingly, according to most resources, this strange practice originates with a calendar issue![1] Those returning to the Hebraic Roots of our faith are VERY aware of the multitude of calendar problems, issues, and debates.

Our current western calendar is called the Gregorian calendar. It was introduced in the year 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, as a refinement to the previous Julian calendar by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. The Julian calendar was also a reform, but of the old Roman calendar. The reason for a revision of the Julian calendar had to do the dating of Easter:

“The motivation for the reform was to bring the date for the celebration of Easter to the time of the year in which the First Council of Nicaea had agreed upon in 325. Because the celebration of Easter was tied to the spring equinox, the Roman Catholic Church considered this steady drift in the date of Easter undesirable. The reform was adopted initially by the Catholic countries of Europe. Protestants and Eastern Orthodox countries continued to use the traditional Julian calendar and adopted the Gregorian reform after a time, for the sake of convenience in international trade. The last European country to adopt the reform was Greece, in 1923.”[2]

That’s right! Like it or not, our current western calendar is focused on Easter and its proper dating. But before we explore why that may be a problem, let’s look at what the original April fool really was.

When the Catholic Church decided to reform the Julian calendar, the ancient world didn’t have moment to moment communication like we have today. Even restructuring of major endeavors like a new calendar took time to spread and reach the various parts of the world. Although the differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars were minor at 0.002%,[3] there was one observable major difference. That discrepancy was when the New Year began.

During the Middle Ages, under the influence of the Christian Church, many Western European countries moved the start of the year to one of several important Christian festivals—25 December (the Nativity of Jesus), 25 March (Annunciation), or Easter (France),[23] while the Byzantine Empire began its year on 1 September and Russia did so on 1 March until 1492 when the year was moved to 1 September.[4]

Thus, depending on where you lived during the middle ages, the New Year would be celebrated at different times. At this point in history, the calendar wasn’t nearly as uniform as it is today in the western world. Since Rome was the center for the Universal Church at the time of the calendar reform of 1582, mostWestern European countries changed the start of the year to January 1st before they adopted the Gregorian calendar.

What was the date of the New Year prior to this reform? Well, it varied from country to country. But most celebrated the New Year in accordance with Easter or the vernal equinox. When the calendar reform of 1582 took place, the New Year was set for January 1st — like it is today. However, there were many people still observing the New Year around April 1st. Those who had already adjusted to the calendar reform called those “less enlightened” April fools!

If you were a farmer detached from the mainstream city living, you may have been an April fool too. Although this accounting of April Fool’s Day is completely plausible, its historicity is still debatable. Many believe that April Fool’s Day has a much more ancient root in the old Roman celebration of Hilaria, which was a festival borrowed from the Greeks.

You can probably guess the English derivatives of this word, like hilarious. This festival was centered on goddess worship with games, amusements, and masquerades. I personally feel that while April Fool’s may have originated with these pagan activities, it evolved and took on new hilarity when the calendar reformed.

 

YHWH’s Calendar

What I find very fascinating is that the Gregorian calendar was initiated to keep the dating of Easter in accord with the First Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. There were in fact several main Christian dogmas established at this early council, and if you haven’t studied this point in history I highly urge you to do so. It is impossible to understand Christian doctrine without first investigating these early centuries.

Many beliefs and traditions of the “Church” can be traced back to Rome, Greece, and Babylon, and not the Bible or Israel. It is quite amazing that these early “Christians” were compelled to align their calendar with a pagan fertility goddess (Easter/Ishtar/Astarte/Ashtoreth). Now, I know most Christians don’t associate the resurrection of Jesus with a fertility goddess, but the symbols reveal the root. Egg laying bunnies and colored Easter egg hunts are not found in Scripture but in traditions associated with this fertility goddess. Even the traditional Easter ham (a mockery of the Passover Lamb) can be traced back to Tammuz.[5]

Conversely, the Hebrew calendar in effect today was established after the destruction of the Temple in order to keep the Feasts of YHWH in their proper season according to Passover. Jews in the early centuries were being heavily persecuted under Constantius and needed a solid and unified calendar to keep the people unified in exile. The current Hebrew calendar is attributed most often to Hillel II.[6]

The western Roman calendars are solar whereas the Hebrew calendar is lunar and solar. The latter is more aligned with the purpose of the sun, moon, and stars given in Genesis chapter one. But I digress. This article isn’t meant to be a detailed history of calendars or a long treatise on developing a “correct” calendar. What I find very disturbing is that there are so many varying “biblical” calendars that have been developed in the past decade.

There are many self-proclaimed calendar authorities out there that only promulgate strife and division in the Body. I urge you to use caution when they pontificate how accurate and right their calculations are. As for me and my family, we will stick with Judah. Judah holds the scepter, so right or wrong, they have been given authority in certain areas by the CREATOR that we simply shouldn’t try to usurp. The multitude of various new (corrected) calendars has done nothing to bring Unity to the Body. Instead, it has brought only division and confusion; of which, I know YHWH is not the author.

Speaking more broadly, our calendar is vitally important. Our days, months, and years are tracked by the calendar we keep. But even more significant, our holidays (Holy Days) are carefully marked on our calendars. In a nutshell, our lives revolve around a calendar! Our Creator is well aware of this cycle and He cares deeply about how we walk, live, worship, and play. This is why He graciously details the appropriate “sanctuaries in time” that He desires to meet with us. (Lev. 23)

We can and should worship the Creator every day; however, that does not replace His appointed times. YHWH’s moedim (feast days/ appointed times), are first given to us in seed form in Genesis:

Gen. 1:14-19 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; (15) and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. (16) God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. (17) God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, (18) and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. (19) There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.(NASB)

We could learn much by dissecting these few verses, but our focus will remain on the moedim. In this section of Scripture, the moedim are translated as “seasons”. One of the reasons for the natural “lights” in the sky is to give us a CALENDAR. Within that calendar there will be moedim (seasons/feast days/appointed times). The purpose of these appointments is to govern our lives and separate the light from the darkness. The early Patriarchs and Matriarchs followed this cycle, but the form was hidden like a seed in the earth. If you look closely, you will see the pattern and evidence even though it is immature.

Later the seed of the moedim begins to sprout in Scripture and we can discern the green sprout and its leaves more clearly. This happens in Exodus as the nation of Israel bursts forth from the death and slavery of Egypt and Pharaoh. The sprout begins to grow into a young sapling in the wilderness and later with the Judges, Kings, and Prophets. But the sapling is still immature. Sometimes the people tend to the sapling, sometimes they forget. The evidence of the moedim however, is undeniable.

The enemy knows the importance of our lives being focused on the Creator’s calendar too. This is why his utmost desire is to rule or sit in the governing seat of authority over our appointed times. This is evidenced prophetically with the king of Babylon in Isaiah.

Is. 14:12-14 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! (13) “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. (14) ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

Again, there is a lot of symbolism to explore in these verses, but we will stick with one area: the moedim. The underlined verse, “I will sit on the mount of the assembly” has some interesting Hebrew words behind this English translation. The word “assembly” is actually MOED! What is the “mount” of the moed or moedim? Where are we told to gather thrice in a year? The Temple Mount. The enemy desires to place his throne at the center of the worship of YHWH. (BTW, what’s sitting on the Temple Mount right now?)

The mount of the assembly is not just a place of worship; it is a sanctuary of time. It is the place of the divine appointments. Time and space are involved in the worship of YHWH. Time is marked by our calendars. Thus, the enemy desires to sit in authority over YOUR calendar! This perverts our worship of YHWH. Control someone’s calendar and you control their life! From the early centuries of Christianity, the true calendar of YHWH has been governed by an unholy spirit — the king of Babylon. Why else would our western calendars be initiated by the “holy day” of Easter? Easter’s roots can be traced back to Babylon and Nimrod, not the Bible or Israel. This is why it is intriguing that our current Gregorian calendar was designed around Easter. Is it any wonder why John the Revelator MARVELED at the whore of Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18?

Wow, these are strong words. I’m sorry, but it is on my heart today. I am not condemning those that ignorantly keep another calendar, nor am I suggesting that these precious souls are doomed. However, why we do what we do and how we do it does matter. I believe YHWH is shaking His people awake. His desire is for us to “Repent”! The seed of the moedim has been growing to maturity and we’ve been so focused on another tree that we’ve missed its beauty, protection, and fruit.

If you are newer to the Father’s calendar, the tree, its smell, and its fruit may seem “strange” at first. You may even long for the familiar taste of the “other” tree. It will hurt and you will grieve when you chop down the imposter because of its familiarity. But soon, you will realize the healing that is found in the fruit of YHWH’s moedim. Your vision, walk, and resolve will be sharper, straighter, and stronger.

Have we been April fools? If so, wake up! Take a stand this year to keep the Creator’s calendar as best you can. Instead of marveling at the immense treasures of Babylon, marvel at the graciousness, love, and majesty found in the Feasts of YHWH.

 

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You can learn about the moedim and the king of Babylon by studying The Creation Gospel by Dr. Hollisa Alewine.

 

[1] This is not a definitive answer, however. The most widely accepted tradition is that April Fool’s Day began with a change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Other sources aren’t so sure and believe them to be more ancient. For the sake of other points in this article, I will assume the majority is right and that this was in fact a calendar change issue. That does not imply that I think I know the whole truth of the matter. J

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] I recommend two books by Richard Rives for a thorough investigation of this history. His book Too Long in the Sun and Time is the Ally of Deceit are great resources. The latter book also has a full DVD series that accompanies it. http://www.toolong.com/cart/proddetail.php?prod=046.5 Richard’s website is: http://www.toolong.com/

[6] http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3920-calendar-history-of

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Luna-tics

There is no question that the “Messianic Movement[1]” is… well messy. I have even seen others dub us as Messi-antics! How unfortunate! We should be shining brightly with HaShem’s[2] Light. Instead, we often are the epitome of confusion and strife. This should not be so. If nothing else, this should cause us to pause and question our hearts and motives. Where are we going? Are we following the Master or have we veered off course? When did our focus shift from loving/serving YHVH ————- AND our brethren ————— to being “right”? Pride has entered the camp. Is there not a watchman in Israel?

This brief paper is a cry in the wilderness… for anyone willing to reason. One of the first things that always comes to my mind when confronted with one of the many contrary teachings in our movement is this: “Does this originate from a Hebrew mindset or a Greek mindset”? Those that may care to even read this article should know the difference to these diametrically opposed mentalities. If you don’t know, by all means stop here and search it out. My very premise rests on these differences.

Regardless of the issue (Sacred Names, Lunar Sabbath, Day Spring [day-start], beards, head-coverings, Liturgy, Calendars, Shavuot, New Moons, Jewish Tradition, End of Days, etc.), there are always some that turn their pet issue(s) into an all or nothing position. They isolate themselves, ridicule brethren, and desperately seek to disciple others after themselves.

Gal 4:16-17  So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?  (17)  They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.

In all honesty, I don’t believe that most people do this consciously. I believe their initial intent is good. They, like we all do, search the Scriptures for Truth and Revelation. But, not all things are profitable[3].  Not every conclusion we come to is of Elohim! If you think otherwise, be careful when you think you stand, lest you fall[4].

One consistent attitude in many of these variant “issues” is pride, followed quickly by strife and division. These traits are portrayed through the pen, in videos, or worse in person. They sneak up on you though. Usually everything starts out warm and fuzzy; only when you realize it’s too late does the venom begin to spew. These are works of the flesh, not the spirit. Upon disagreeing with one of these “teachers”, you automatically become an “enemy” to them. Where you once were a “brother/sister”, you are now equivalent to a heathen/pagan/hell-bound Jezebel. How many hurtful words have been spewed for the sake of a pet doctrine/teaching? What is more important: loving your interpretation of the Scriptures or your brother?

1Jn 3:14-16 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.  (15)  Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  (16)  We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

How many people do you know that would be willing to lay down their life for you? Real love is willing do so even for those in sin! Isn’t that what our Messiah did for us? How about that person that is constantly pushing you to “see” the Scripture “their” way? Are they willing to die for you? Or do their deeds betray them? Do they exhibit love or hate? This is something to think about.

Now, that being said, I completely understand and believe that a challenge to our faith and/or current beliefs is not always a “bad” thing. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are today without such “trials”, so I’m not shoving this all into one neat box. We must all exercise godly discernment. My alarm is that we are not doing this enough. We don’t want to accept “every wind of doctrine[5] just because someone is seemingly flawless at cutting and pasting scriptures together. My point is “test/prove ALL things[6]. Do this by reading BOTH sides of an issue, earnestly search the Scriptures, and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for wisdom.

I’ve often wondered why those returning to the Torah and holding to the testimony of Mashiach are plagued with so many divisions, fringe movements, and contrary teachings. To the outside world we must truly look messy. How does all this confusion portray the Light of Mashiach? How do we begin to rectify ourselves in the midst of the chaos? I have been pondering these questions as of late. One thing I know for sure: unless Mashiach returns very soon, we are NOT all going to think exactly the same way. We will always have differences and those that believe they’ve cornered the market on all truth. But things have always been this way. It doesn’t take a history buff to point this fact out.

Sadly, we have become the very thing most of us are striving to leave: Christianity[7]. In a short time we have managed to create a myriad of names and labels for ourselves (essentially denominations), contrary doctrines/teachings, and mounds of hurt people in our quest. Are we hypocrites or lunatics? Again I say, where are the watchmen?

It’s almost as if we can’t see the forest for the trees. We have lost sight of something important. If we are “right” (as we all love to be), then why are we no different than Christianity when it comes to the three MAJOR flaws I mentioned above?

For what it’s worth, I offer you my humble opinion. I reserve the right to be wrong—– or right.

  • Creating Denominations

I know some of you will never admit it, you’re pride won’t let you, but even though we never call our variant groups “denominations”, they are just that —– by their very nature. I fully realize the reason we do this. We want to distinguish ourselves from so-in-so’s group down the road who believe……. you fill in the blank. And I also see that this is in many cases absolutely necessary to protect the truth. YET… what are we missing? Are they really the enemy? Perhaps they are, but it is far more likely that they aren’t.

Where is the common ground? Where is the unity? Where is our LOVE?

Compromise, you say? That’s evil, you cry? I’ve heard (and even played) that broken record enough. Not all compromise is evil. Our hearts are more likely the evil we need to be dealing with. I mean do we ever REALLY ask ourselves what Yeshua[8] would do? How would he treat and react to them or us for that matter? I dare say it wouldn’t be the way we’ve been treating one another. Again, where is the unity?

We can be united for the common purpose of worshipping the One true Elohim and Mashiach without fusing, mixing, or blending every little doctrine. We don’t have to be cookie-cutter images of one another in thought or appearance (even within our individual fellowships) in order to be united before YHVH.

However, if it really were that easy, wouldn’t we have done it by now? What are we missing? I have an idea (like it or not), but we will get to that later.

  • Contrary Doctrines/Teachings

Again a topic that has been an “issue” since the beginning. This is due in large part to our nature. We do not all have the same ideologies. When it comes to the Scriptures, we don’t all study the same, have the same “knowledge”, or come to the same conclusions. Seeing this quandary, we often accuse any opposers of  having a “Spirit-less” walk or something along those lines. After all, the Ruach HaKodesh is NOT the author of confusion. Perhaps, there are some that really are “wolves” or maybe they can’t “perceive” the Light. BUT, what if we’re wrong? How are we to treat these so-called “wayward” brethren? Do we LOVE them? Does Elohim love them? Does He love us?

Is there a simple solution to this insurmountable problem? No. And Yes. No, because many of us have deeply held convictions one way or the other. Most of us have these convictions because we have humbled ourselves (at least we believe we have) and have sought the Scriptures both written and Living (in Mashiach) for answers. We can’t simply shrug off what we believe to be divinely revealed truth. But, the REAL truth is that we aren’t right about everything no matter how deep our convictions may be.

In light of that fact, we must be gentle with one another. That’s where the “yes” to the above question comes into play. Can we exercise mercy with each other? Will the Judge of heaven and earth commend us for being “right” or for being “merciful”? As one friend put it: “Will Elohim punish us for granting too much mercy”? If we stop and consider this, we have no choice but to sheepishly reply: no.

Has our quest for the unadulterated truth left a wake of broken and battered people? Have we split and broke off from group to group? Have we even left our Christian friends and family in the pit without a rope? How far are we willing to go? How many people will we trample over in the name of truth? How is this any different than the Christian crusades and pogroms?

On the other hand, I do understand the need for sound doctrine and teaching. We can’t condone everything and anything. Darkness must be exposed and we cannot tolerate teaching that is obviously contrary to the primary truths of Scripture. However, I dare say that much of what we bicker and fight and split over is anything but the major issues. No, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine[9].

How do we come to at least a “basic” outline of so-called sound doctrine that allows for individual expression and convictions? Is this even possible? And whom if anybody would be the authority to which we are all accountable? It’s true we are all ultimately accountable to Elohim and His Word, but obviously we aren’t doing so well without a tangible Judge or King directly in our midst. Again, what are we missing?

  • Causalities of Truth

Nearly every one of us that have returned to the Torah of Messiah has caused collateral damage along the way. Whether it is family, friends, or brethren, we have intentionally and/or unintentionally hurt other people. Sometimes this is unavoidable and is the choice of the other person and not our wishes. But we can’t claim innocence just because they wouldn’t “go our way”.

At what point does our quest for truth turn into persecution?

Where do we draw the line? How do we balance our zeal with godly mercy? How long do we “wait” on family, friends, and brethren to come to repentance and walk in truth? What if they never do? How far do we separate from them? Completely? Partially? Is this a one size fits all answer?

For example, most of us have family members that may be devout Christians. They live obedient to the light they have. Sure, they practice some paganism in ignorance. They may even believe we are lunatics, but they may be seeking after YHVH with their whole heart. (Who are we to judge their heart?) Can we still love them? I mean, considering they haven’t wrote us off. How far is too far? We can love them without celebrating pagan holidays with them. How do we love them? Does Elohim love them? Didn’t He love you when you were in their shoes? If the King of the Universe can have compassion, mercy, and act with long-suffering, why can’t we?

What kind of witness are we when we slaughter the little faith some people have left with our words or deeds? Will we be commended for this carnage? Are we displaying the image of the One true Elohim when we act with such pride and venom or are we displaying the image of someone else?

Only pride will cause us to act with a murderous attitude toward our neighbor. It may not be a physical murder, but isn’t a “spiritual” murder even worse? I recall a dear friend (who was broken like most of us) declare loudly that he was only required to love his neighbor. He didn’t take kindly to new people and usually reacted by slaying their new and tender hearts with machine gun like precision; bombarding them with questions and spewing scripture verses like bullets as he tore down each of their increasingly meek replies. My friend forgot that we are also told to love our enemies[10].

Sadly, these people weren’t enemies at all. They were seekers. They may have not known much, but it was in their heart to learn. I never saw many of them again. I often wonder if their experience with us caused them to question their new found love for the Torah. I wonder if they ever even celebrated one of YHVH’s moedim.

When our convictions are challenged, even by someone we know is weaker, too often pride swells in our hearts and we go on the defensive. Sure, we may know the Word, history, and even Hebrew far better than the challenger, but that in no way gives us the right to throw a watermelon at their head. In most cases, all they need is a little seed. They will choke on the whole watermelon. In the same way, we have to remember that not all seeds sprout at the same time. Some need to rest in the ground for a while. We are not the sower or the seed. We can’t “force” a seedling to sprout.

The bottom line is that we again need to exercise patience, love, and discernment. Without these fruits we will inevitably create casualties of truth and will give an account for each precious one.

My Two Shekels

These are thoughts; I’m not claiming any sort of absolute truth. But, it seems a large part of our problem is a lack of accountability and a skewed mindset. I’ll start with the latter. As I mentioned earlier, the Hebrew and Greek mind are diametrically opposed. To be concise, the Greek mind must have everything neatly arranged by logic. The computer I’m using to write this article is the Greek mind on super steroids. Everything has its own category and file location. It computes based on logic and facts. It cannot follow any path that is not preset from an already existing program. If one little line of code is not just so, then the whole program cannot function properly. Our idea, the Greek idea, of theology is a lot like my computer. And so is our western mindset. Hebrew logic just doesn’t “compute” with the reasoning we have all used our entire lives.

We almost have a need for things to come together nicely and logically in our minds and by extension in our theology. That’s why we have at the butt of so many of our quibbles the old, “if I’m right, you therefore, must be wrong” attitude. But, Hebraic thinking doesn’t function this way. I know many of you know this, but has it really sunk in? Our actions prove the contrary.

Two seemingly contradictory “ideas” CAN coexist in Hebraic thought without a loud “Does Not Compute” warning signal. The system doesn’t crash with conflicting thoughts or “programs”. Instead of “I’m right and your wrong”, it becomes “you’re both right or conversely perhaps you’re both wrong”. This is because our minds are finite, while HaShem’s is infinite!

When I survey the chilly climate of the Messianic Movement, I can see that many issues would simply disappear if we really started using Hebrew Block Logic. Instead of being right, we begin to see more and more possibilities and in turn the smallness of our own knowledge and significance. We are only a fraction of the whole. We need each other. Your light and my light together are far brighter than when we go it alone.

No longer do we need to stand on a soap box to convince everyone else that we have “arrived”. No more do we need to prove how smart we are. We each have gold bricks in our hands. But we can build nothing without each other’s contribution. Haven’t we heard this lesson before? How meticulously did HaShem give directions for building the Mishkan (Tabernacle)?

I no longer want to be a lunatic or show the appearance of one. I want to display mercy and exercise truth in love building upon one another instead of tearing down. Looking through the lens of Scripture, theology, and doctrines with Hebraic goggles is one way to keep me from thinking too highly of myself and my conclusions.

As to the lack of authority/accountability statement, many of you will profoundly disagree with my offering. And that’s fine by me, for I am a mere voice offering my opinion. I may be completely wrong.

Every year it saddens me that many of us are living by a plethora of different calendars. We have problems with how to observe the moedim even when we do agree on a date. We take issue with head coverings or lack thereof. We argue over when the day starts and when the real new moon is. Some fellowships are too Jewish (according to some) and some are too Christian. Heck, in recent years, some can’t even agree on when the weekly Sabbath actually is. There’s a new “revelation” or teaching on just about every subject and commandment in the Torah. Hence, the result has been an ever increasing problem with the three main flaws I mentioned earlier.

Viewing things with our Hebraic goggles will help us to be more merciful and might even temper our tempers, but some of these issues are just too big for us to just “all get along”. The fact is if we are on different Shabbats, Months, and Feast Days, we aren’t fellowshipping together anyhow. We aren’t building at all. We are destroying. I know we all mean well. I can hear the common cry: “I just want to do what the Word of Elohim says”. “I want to be obedient”. “The Ruach revealed these truths to me because I sought Him will my whole heart. I humbled myself and this is what He showed me. Maybe you’re not ‘there’ yet, but I am and I’m going to do what He says”. “I love Elohim more than tradition or man or history or you”.

All that sounds so wonderful, so righteous, so lofty, so…………….. much of a cop-out. I can say that because I have said most of those things and I’m finally after eight years beginning to see the ineffectiveness of it —————————— because it’s never handled in a godly way. There is no accountability. You can kick and scream that you are accountable to Yah (and you are), but the plain truth is that He is not going to tell us all different things/truths to follow. That’s confusion! I’m big enough to admit that I do not have all knowledge. Are you? Is there even a possibility you might have something wrong? Only self-righteousness and pride would cause you to answer in the negative. And if that’s the case, it’s safe to assume you are wrong.

Who do we look to? In the Torah, we would take these issues to the heads and leaders or even Moses. Later, we would go to a judge or a king. We can say all day that YHVH/Yeshua is our King, BUT He’s not handing out contradictory judgments. So, we are missing something or we are missing Him.

This where my suggestions will become controversial. I believe that Judah holds the scepter as Genesis 49:10 attests. While I realize that the ultimate fulfillment of this verse is fulfilled in Yeshua the Messiah, I also understand that that does not negate the lesser fulfillments[11]. Judah is still our elder brother. We cannot ignore their wisdom or mindlessly trample their tradition. We mustn’t forget that we both only see in part[12].

If this is true, then much of our quibbles could be solved by submitting to Judah’s judgment on the matter. I know this won’t solve everything, but many petty issues could be laid to rest. Yes, I know they aren’t right about everything and that many of their judgments are just plain wrong. Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, as a general rule, Abba has left them in the seat of authority[13].

Sadly, there is still a very strong anti-Semitic spirit among those returning to the Torah and holding to the testimony of Yeshua. I believe this is for two reasons. The first reason is fear. Many have been touched by families that have grown close to Judah or Rabbinic Judaism only later to see them reject Messiah. This is tragic, but should in no way cause us to walk in fear of Judah, Judaism, or Rabbinic Judaism. We are to fear YHWH alone, not circumstances of man. Yet, ungodly fear still causes those affected to vehemently guard against anything that smacks of Jewish tradition. Obviously, a reaction of fear is an affront to the very power of YHWH to preserve us and see us through to the end.

The second reason I believe to be pride. Since their beginning, the northern tribes have had an inferiority complex. The negative side of pride is manifested in insecurity. Was this not the sin of the 10 tribe’s father, Jeroboam[14]? It was both fear and pride that caused him to declare anti-Jewish practices like NOT worshipping in Jerusalem. He rejected Judah’s G-d given leadership for the same reasons. So he changed the place of worship to Dan and Bethel; he appointed lay people as priests————- rejecting YHWH’s Levitical priesthood; and he changed the moedim (appointed times). All this to keep the people away from Judah!

Think about that for a moment. I expect many of my readers will be very familiar with this biblical story. But, I doubt very many have looked at Jeroboam’s sin from this perspective. The way I see it, we have many in our midst that are still following after Jeroboam. Oh, they may have seen the error of changing the place of worship from Jerusalem to Dan and Bethel, and they may realize the egregious error of changing HaShem’s feast times and the paganism that ensues. But have we considered the effect of cutting ourselves off from Judah?

2Ch. 13:5  “Do you not know that YHWH God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?

All of Jeroboam’s tactics sound peculiarly familiar to the attitude of modern (10-Israel[15]) Messianics who reject the leadership of Judah and insist on having their own Bet Din’s, their own temples distinctly separated from Judah, their own ‘corrected’ Bible Calendar, and their own appointed teachers and priests.

Before I offend you, please understand that I’m not suggesting that all these efforts are done in vain or that YHWH doesn’t use us in some of these roles and capacities to minister. After all, we see these ministrations take place in the Brit Chadashah among believers no matter their ethnicity. Nonetheless, if we are honest and we look closely, those “leaders/teachers/apostles/” in the Brit Chadashah in no way disparaged or usurped the God given authority of Judah when it came to the calendar, Temple services, synagogue leadership, or the like. Even though most of the Jerusalem leadership didn’t believe Yeshua was the Messiah!

We must be very careful in the way that we worship YHWH, treat our neighbour, and how we treat our elder brother, Judah. The last thing we would desire is to still be following the error of Jeroboam.

1Ki. 12:16 When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse; To your tents, O Israel! Now look after your own house, David!” So Israel departed to their tents. 1Ki. 12:19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

We do not want to be in rebellion. Yet, I also know many will disagree with my conclusions. But Yeshua hasn’t yet come as Mashiach Ben David or restored the Kingdom to Israel. Clearly the Kingdom has not been established yet. It is in preparation, sure! Souls are being spiritually molded and prepared to rule with Him in His Kingdom, but they are not doing so yet.

Ps. 110:1 “Sit Thou at My Right Hand until I have made Thine enemies Thy footstool.”

Yeshua is still at the right hand of the Father; He is not ruling over His enemies yet. The Marriage of the Lamb – the King taking His Bride – which will happen at His Coming—– is yet future. So, if you want to declare that we are operating under a different priesthood and walking in the Kingdom (Come), according to Scripture, we have a problem.

These things WILL happen, but not yet. In any country, kingdom or domain, there has to be a legal judicial body. In the Kingdom of YHWH on earth, it is Judah. In the future Kingdom it will be His elect, under direct leadership and guidance of Messiah (God) Himself.

This is in NO way diminishes the role or purpose of Messiah’s first coming, His power, His glory, or His authority. He has provided the Way of Salvation through His sacrifice and Blood for this restoration and our salvation to take place. This is the role of the suffering servant, Mashiach Ben Yoseph (Joseph). But, we are still looking for the fulfilment of the fall moedim (feasts) in Yeshua’s return as Mashiach Ben David.

I think it is time to re-evaluate our perception of Judah and Judaism. We ought not think too highly of ourselves. We each have gifts and callings on our lives, but those gifts and callings will in no way abrogate YHWH’s “forever” earthly covenants with Judah or Levi. (King and Priesthood).

Num. 18:19  “All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to YHWH, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before YHWH to you and your descendants with you.”

2Ch. 13:5  “Do you not know that YHWH God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?

Many of us are looking forward to the reunification of Judah and Israel[16]. I think we need to be working toward that unity…now. We can do this by submitting to the authority that is above us in our homes and assemblies. Moreover, we cannot ignore the vital role of our elder brother Judah (and the Levites in their midst). Our current leadership must submit to their judgments if we are to walk in unity and shalom. This isn’t a matter of who’s right and who’s wrong. Two wrong’s really don’t make a “right”.

Dt. 16:18  “You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which YHWH your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

Judah is accountable to HaShem as an authority. Judah will answer for Judah; especially any unrighteous judgments. We will answer for ourselves. What will you say when Mashiach asks you why you ignored His judges? What will be more important then, being right on scripture interpretation or being submissive to Elohim? Will He reward our insolence to Judah or Christians for that matter? Will He be proud of the myriad of sacred name pronunciations? Will He commend you for your obscure calendar that was more “biblically” correct than the masses? Will He reward your countless Facebook debates or online chats where you rip through people like tissue paper with your superior Hebraic knowledge?

Will He punish you for being a peace maker or exercising great mercy? My hope is that that last question will be our legacy.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Mat 5:9)


[1] PLEASE feel free to pick your favorite label or non-label. I chose “Messianic Movement” as a broad generalization and because it parallels with Messi-antics.

[2] There is NO WAY to please everyone with the use or nonuse of Sacred Names. No doubt my choices will be scrutinized by some. I apologize upfront if my choices offend you. But then, if you find yourself “offended” perhaps you should keep reading. (:

[3] 1 Cor. 10:23. Yep, I’m quoting from the Brit Chadashah, Don’t worry, Tanakh verses are forth-coming.

[4] 1 Cor. 10:12

[5] Eph. 4:14

[6] 1 Th. 5:21

[7] To those who aren’t privy, this has nothing to do with “leaving Messiah” or denying “Messiah”. I’m speaking of the religious institution of Christianity, not the Messiah or His true followers.

[8] Spell it how ever you wish. But do not judge me for my well thought out and studied conclusion just because your’s is different.

[9] Song of Solomon 2:15

[10] Mt. 5:44; Lk. 6:35

[11] This is Hebraic thinking, not Greek/western thinking.

[12] Romans 11. Israel consists of both Judah and Ephraim and all those joined/grafted into the natural olive tree.

[13]Mt. 23:1-3

[14] 2 Chron. 11:16; read whole chapter for context.

[15] Referring to those that are Two-House, Messianic Israel, or any people that believe in some way that they have joined with Israel through Yeshua HaMashiach.

[16] Ezek. 37

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Operation Jeremiah 6:16

Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

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BE COURAGEOUS BLOG

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The end is known from the beginning...

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welcome to all sojourners

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Enjoying New Life in myself, others, and the things I find along the way...

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~ My So-Called Glamorous Life

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The Well Trodden Road

following the Way back home

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CLIMBING TO THE HEIGHTS OF GOD'S LOVE

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"Ohana means family. Family means no-one gets left behind, or forgotten."

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Elevating Daily Life

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The Protocol of Truth

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Discover the missing pieces in your walk with Yeshua / Jesus

Wilderness Report

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Wholeness 4 Love

Life is for Living & LOVE is a choice!

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My passion is writing to share God's love with everyone who believes in HIm.

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Revealing our identity to the nations

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Restoring life through simple living

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Basic Judaism spoken here.

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Creating a modern Jewish home one project at a time

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