Today Iyar 14 (May 8), Adonai, through the blood of Yeshua is giving us another opportunity to repent and decide to be cleansed by His blood to be ready for the upcoming Shavuot to receive a double portion of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The mystery of Pesach Sheni lies in the desperation and hunger of those who missed the first one to re-tune themselves to the frequency of the heart of the Father (Numbers 9:6-14). No one wanted to be cut off from the atonement of sins for not being able to give their offering to Adonai at the appointed time, and The Great I Am gave a second chance to those who were in that situation. That second Pesach is today, and also marks the entering into the 5th week of the counting of the Omer (Leviticus 23:15-16) the 30th day between the first Pesach and Shavuot at the end of the 7 weeks on Sivan 5 (May 28th). This Pesach Sheni is another opportunity to come into a time of repentance just like in the first Pesach, as well as aligning, reaffirming, and giving once again our lives afresh wholeheartedly to Yeshua. As we enter into this Shabbat together, it is time to focus on where our feet are taking us, what is the lamp for our feet, Scripture led by the Holy Spirit or something else? This is the time to walk on the new foundations of this month. Read more here about the month of Iyar (https://www.vdd7.com/iyar/ ). For those who were unable or even unaware of the importance of this special time in the Biblical calendar, or have hesitated in an assignment given by the King of kings to you, now is the time to say yes, and know that it is blessed and still available for you to enter into. YHWH is a God of second chances, so much is His love for us that He gives us such an opportunity to say yes to Him even if we have rejected Him before.
Tonight we are in the middle of the three days of the last super moon of the year when the moon looks much larger than usual due to its proximity to the earth. We see this as an important sign as Scripture tells us, “He made the moon for the seasons;” (Psalm 104:19), and for the sun, moon, and stars to be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14-15). On the day of the second chance (2nd Pesach) on the 30th day of the Counting of the Omer which signals the approaching day of Shavuot (Pentecost), it as if the last super moon of the year is trying to tell us, pay attention! The time of the total restoration of Israel is near! As Israel is being restored physically with the coming annexation of Judea and Samaria, the spiritual restoration is also happening with a greater opening of the hearts of the Jewish people toward the Gospel of Peace, and the proverbial veil is being lifted more and more. Look alive, be synchronized with the times and be assured by the signs understanding this also means your restoration is here, and the time to receive it in full is at hand. So reach out and claim it! May it be a testament to the goodness of the Great I Am to of all those around you re-wire themselves as well.
To top it all off, in this week (May 5th), Israel experienced extremely unusual and unseasonal rain and hail, as well as lightning storms from the North of the country to the Negev Desert in the south. The Israel Electric Corporation recorded 828 lightning strikes on Tuesday morning and afternoon, an unprecedented number for May, and up dramatically — by 2,748% — from May’s monthly average of 30. This rain culminated the afternoon of May 5th with a giant rainbow stretching from the Old City of Jerusalem to Mount Scopus. As Israel is the firstborn nation of the Almighty, a mirror to the nations, this a sign for you, your family, and your nation that this is the time of supernatural provision in both the natural and the spirit, an un-natural rain from Adonai Himself! It is time to tune ears to hear and eyes to see only what the Father is saying and doing away from the confusion of the world. The rainbow which represents the covenant, the promise Elohim made to all creation, is the seal of the sign that it will come to pass and Abba has remembered His promise to restore the land instead of destroying it, just as He told Noah so many millennia ago (Genesis 9:14-18).
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The feast of Purim is once more upon us, but it is not just some feast we celebrate because of something that happened centuries ago. It is just as relevant today as it was during the time of Esther.
This Purim it is important to remember the gravity and power of unity as the Bride of Yeshua. We each have unique and important destinies to fulfill in the Lord that have been written since before we were born (Psalm 139:16), but we also have a collective destiny as the Body of Mesiah. Esther learned in Esther 4, that she had been placed in the position she was in, not by coincidence, but for a very real and pressing purpose. Had Mordecai not played his role in advising her, history would have been written differently. The outcome would be the same, but as Mordecai said to Esther, “If you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]” (Esther 4:14). Have you taken stock of your gifts, talents, position or the desires of your heart? What is your calling and purpose in the books of heaven? Will you let it pass you by or will you take a step of faith like Esther? If you are still amongst the living, that chance has not yet passed you by.
In the case of Esther, all of the Jews of Susa joined together for three days of fasting at the behest of Queen Esther (Esther 4:16). There would have been thousands and thousands of Jews fasting and praying together as one. This fast brought about one of the greatest destructions of the plans of satan in the history of mankind! On the day of Pentecost in the upper room there were about 120 men and women gathered together in one accord (Acts 1:15) which brought about the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Paul and Silas, after being imprisoned prayed together and worshipped God, and God caused an earthquake to shake the foundations of the prison, their shackles were removed and the doors of the cell opened (Acts 16:25-26). Wether it is two or ten thousand, when we gather together in the name of Yeshua He is there with us (Matthew 18:20). We have the great opportunity to take this time as the Bride of Yeshua and come together in one accord on this historic and prophetic day of Purim to celebrate the victory of Yahweh over the enemies of His Remnant. As we commemorate the salvation of the Jews in the time of Esther and Mordecai, we must also remember that just as Esther came before the King in the inner court, we have also been granted the privilege to do so by the Blood of the Lamb, Yeshua Ha’Mashiah.
It is time to rise to the occasion wherever you are and in whatever condition oh sons and daughters of the Most High! It is not time to be idle and waiting for the return of the King of Glory, but rather to pave the way in the nations of the world for His return. Take on the mantle of Esther and Mordecai who walked in Dominion as God’s chosen people. Our dominion of the earth was forfeited in Eden when the first sin was committed, but at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our dominion was restored through Him, yet we often act contrary to that. Operating in the perfect love of the Father, unlimited faith in God, the power of the blood of Yeshua, resurrection and the Holy Spirit, a Joel 2 army prepares itself to march across the nations with the Lion of Judah leading the way. During this Purim, from March 20-21 until 6:00PM, join together as the Bride of Messiah to celebrate the victory of the Lord and the deliverance from the enemies of the King of Glory!
The time to light the candles of Hanukkah has come. This festival speaks of God’s miracles to overcome in times of distress, to bring about multiplication in the face of lack and a light in the midst of the darkness. The candles of the Hanukkiah are lit beginning on the 24th of Kislev (December 2nd) until Tevet 2 (December 10th) for eight days, commemorating the re-dedication of the 2nd temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeat of the occupying Syrian army. When the Maccabees retook Jerusalem, the first order of business was to re-dedicate the 2nd temple that had been desecrated by the Syrians. During the process, there was only enough pure olive oil to keep the candles of the Menorah burning for 1 day however, but miraculously the candles stayed lit for eight days until the proper oil could be brought. This miracle of the Lord is now celebrated each year in commemoration of these events.
Hanukkah is a reminder that the light of the Most High shines upon us and within us. It is paramount that we as the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), no matter our circumstances or situation remember that ,“our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who lives in us, whom we have received from God” (1 Corinthians 6:19). It is a time to remember the miracles God has worked in our lives, to manifest the Father’s heart that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit, and to be a light in the midst of the darkness around us. Let us draw from the bottomless vat of anointing oil that wells up within us from the Holy Spirit and call on the fire of the Almighty to set us alight! Our temples have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, and His light shines eternally as we re-dedicate ourselves to the call of Elohim on our lives each day. Ignite the Fire during this Hanukkah festival and light the fires of those around you while you’re at it! God bless you and keep you in this Hanukkah season!
Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the seven biblical feasts that Elohim has decreed as everlasting statutes. The festival lasts for seven days and ends on the eighth day known as Shemini Atzeret, a high shabbat. Sukkot starts on the 15th of Tishri (September 24th) and ends on the 22nd of Tishri (October 1st). This last feast of the year is of extreme importance, and is also considered to be the most joyous feast of the year. During this 7 days the bible says, “‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days; the first day is a day of shabbat, and the eighth day also is a day of shabbat. On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. Live in temporary tents for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such tents so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary tents when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’” During this time, even today, Israelis build temporary tents called Sukkahs where they eat and sleep and fellowship. You may have noticed a lot of sevens, the perfect number of God in the bible, reiterating the feasts significance.
One may think this to be just tradition, but that would be far from the truth, and is in fact a foreshadowing of what is to come in the new millennium when Yeshua returns as the bridegroom to marry with His bride, the body of Christ. “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, arrayed like a bride adorned for her husband; and then I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God” (Revelation 21:2-3). A Sukkah (Tabernacle) is in fact just another form of a Huppah, which is a temporary covering or tent that people are married underneath, and also has the double meaning of representing the marriage between Messiah and His remnant. The Sukkah is mentioned in this verse as being the new temple, and also symbolizes in the present, each one of us as a vessel of the Holy Spirit. We are now the Temple that houses the glory of God, Hallelujah! “For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our [immortal, eternal] celestial dwelling, so that by putting it on we will not be found naked” (2 Corinthians 5:1-3).
While the beginning of Sukkot starts by celebrating the harvest, the seventh day is what was known as the most joyous day of the year during the times of the first and second temple periods, which was the water libation celebration. All of the people would have entered through the water gate of Jerusalem, first doing a ceremonial cleansing in the pool of Siloam which is filled with the Gihon Spring that gushes from the heart of Mount Zion, to be ceremonial cleansed, and then given a white robe before going up to the temple of the Lord. If this is starting to sound familiar to Revelation 6:11 and Revelation 7:14, it is because it was prophesying what is to come. The water represents the blood of the Lamb which was shed on our behalf that allows us to go into the Holy of Holies totally clean, not by the shedding of the blood of goats or lambs, but by His blood. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way opened for us through the curtain of His body, and since we have a high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water”. (Hebrews 10:19-22).
During the time of the water libation celebration, Israel would have recited Isaiah 12:1-6, that unbeknownst to them was speaking of Yeshua Himself. On that very day over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was present at this celebration, where John 7:37 tells us, “Now on the last and most important day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out [in a loud voice], “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’” That day was a fulfillment of prophecy indeed. Today we can rejoice that the thirsty can be filled with the continually flowing waters of the Most High God! This in and of itself is enough to have a Holy Spirit party, but we see that we are still awaiting the fulfillment of the feast of Sukkot, when after the nations have been judged and the King of glory sits enthroned in the new Jerusalem here on earth that, “The survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16)! From Exodus to Revelation this feast is celebrated, a most joyous occasion that our Father in heaven is still helping us to fulfill. During this new year 5779, we must stomp on the grapes from the Vineyard of the King to prepare the new wine for the wedding of the Bride (Body of Christ) and Bridegroom (Yeshua). During this Sukkot let us dance like David danced before the Ark of the Covenant, worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth, remembering the price He paid for our salvation and redemption, and looking forward to spending 1,000 years with Him in the New Jerusalem when “Every month the trees will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” (Ezekiel 47:12).
Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) has arrived. It is celebrated every year on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tishri, and this year beginning at sundown of September 18th and ending at sundown the following day. Yom Kippur is considered to be the holiest holiday in Jewish tradition and is the final day of the Ten Days of Awe starting on the first day of Tishri. This is a day that the Word of God designates as an eternal statute. “This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month on the tenth day of the month you shall humble yourselves and not do any work, whether the native-born or the stranger who lives temporarily among you” (Leviticus 16:29). During the time of the first covenant, it was required that the High Priest of the Lord would sacrifice an animal on the altar for the atonement of sins, and specifically for Yom Kippur, the High Priest would release all of the sins and wickedness of Israel to a goat (scapegoat) that was then released into the wilderness (Leviticus 16). “ For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Leviticus 17:11). This act is no longer necessary for us, because Yeshua took upon Himself the sin of the world, and His sinless blood was spilled for the atonement of our sins forevermore. “But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12).
There are two fulfillments of the redemptive purpose of Yom Kippur, the only feast of the seven with two, which are Jubilee and Judgement. The Jubilee, which we see fulfilled in Christ’s crucifixion as the lamb of God, is also the fulfillment of Passover, which is the forgiveness of sins. The second fulfillment is Judgement which has not yet come to pass. It is key to understand that Jesus came first as the lamb not to judge, but to heal and forgive. In Luke 4:18, in His first sermon, Yeshua reads from Isaiah 61:1-2 speaking of Himself saying, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God”. However, Jesus leaves out the last part of these verses that says “To proclaim the day of vengeance of our God”, because He had not yet come for that purpose. In the second fulfillment of Yom Kippur we see Him coming as the Lion instead of the Lamb to judge the nations. “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31-32). The judgement has not yet come, but we must be ready, because it is coming soon.
As we celebrate Yom Kippur, we must be careful as Believers, not to look to tradition and teachings outside the Word of God to tell us how to observe the feasts. Each festival has a redemptive purpose and is simply a rehearsal for things that have been fulfilled and have not yet come to pass. In the case of Yom Kippur, we celebrate the gift that “In Jesus we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7). It is a reminder that we must ask Adonai for forgiveness daily and to forgive those that have wronged us (Matthew 6:12) as we begin this new Hebrew year of 5779. We must also ask ourselves if we are truly ready for the return of the Lion of Judah as the judge, as well as to look at the state of our nations and see whether it is a sheep or goat nation. After making our assessment, and aligning ourselves with the heart and mind of the Father, we start the new year afresh, ready for what may come. As the remnant we must not be followers of rituals without understanding, but rather led by the understanding and revelation of the Holy Spirit. Just as in the case of true worship, we must not just be singers of songs, but rather worshippers in Spirit and in Truth. During this Yom Kippur, let us celebrate the freedom that we have through the blood of Jesus that “cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14), and be free of condemnation of sin as we live by the Holy Spirit. In this freedom, let us celebrate His goodness, mercy, grace and perfect love on this day which God has decreed as an eternal statute.