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The Rapture Party

Are you looking forward to the Rapture / Resurrection with joy, with a living hope, and overwhelming gladness? Are you expecting a glorious, noisy, stupendous party? Or are you simply expecting to be taken up with nary a whimper, leaving your clothes behind in a crumpled heap? The image of an instantaneous rapture has been popularized in our minds for quite some time, but this is not the pattern that scripture leads me to expect.

Lets begin our journey and find out if the Rapture is a quiet, barely noticed affair, or if, as I contend, the Rapture is a glorious, noisy, joyful, heart warming, stupendous celebration like no other.

Yahweh’s Parties
Yahweh’s parties, the moedim, are the best parties in town. Nobody does them better! Enough meat to feed an army – lamb, beef – roasted, boiled, barbequed, as it were. Loaf upon loaf of breads, some baked with leaven, some without. And the wine – gallons and gallons of wine – the best wine in the world. Yahweh brings the best of the best to his parties, never second rate. And they hardly sound like quiet, unnoticed affairs.

Take Shavuot for instance. When Shavuot occurred in Jerusalem, instituting the Age of Grace and the Church Age, the people hearing of this accused the disciples of being “full of sweet wine” (Acts 2-13). Peter quickly corrects them saying “It is only nine a.m. in the morning!” Wouldn’t you be joyful if you had just been indwelt by the Ruach Ha’Kodesh? I would. Does this sound like a private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so. Sounds like a noisy, joyous, glorious occasion to me!

And how about Yom Teruah. Trumpets and shofars blaring, wedding day of the Messiah, coronation of Messiah as King, resurrection of the righteous dead and the taking up of the living righteous. Does this sound like some private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so.   Sounds like a noisy, joyous glorious occasion to me!

Other Parties

Weddings
In a Jewish wedding, the groom’s party arrives at the bride’s house with loud shouts, often accompanied by the blowing of a shofar or trumpet. The bride would first hear of her bridegrooms presence outside her home through the loud, noisy calling of the bridegroom’s friends – “Your groom is on his way to lift you up and carry you to the new home; come out and join him so we can start the ceremony!” Does this sound like some private, quiet celebration to you?  I don’t think so.   This sounds like a noisy, joyous, glorious occasion to me!

Parades
Paul tells us that armies would make a public display of captives, weaponry, and trophies that were seized during war on foreign soil (Colossians 2:15). Every item displayed was exposed to all to view and enjoy in an openly, blatantly, publicly performed parade. It was a momentous, loud, full on celebration that was celebrated by both emperor and subjects. When Yeshua triumphed over Satan, he also held a parade (Ephesians 4:8). Does this sound like some private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so. Once again we see the pattern of a noisy, loud, full on, joyous, heart warming, momentous, glorious occasion.

Repentant Sinners
Heaven celebrates every single time a sinner repents (Luke 15:4-7). Picture in your mind celebrations you have witnessed when someone has called together a group of friends – perhaps to celebrate the Super Bowl games or World Series. When the prodigal son returns home, the father sees him from afar, runs to meet him, then commands his servants to bring out the best robe, sandals, and his ring, to kill a fattened calf, roast it, and then celebrate. (Luke 15:20-24). The celebration was so loud, in fact, that the older son could hear its noise even out in the fields, and came to investigate (Luke 15:25). Does this sound like some private, quiet celebrations to you? I don’t think so. This sounds like noisy, joyous, glorious occasions to me!

Other Celebrations
Scripture tells us of many other celebrations. Celebrations are held for: the feasts, for being chosen, for dedications, for reading of Torah, for giving thanksgiving and praise, for victory in Yeshua, for the captives having been brought to a better, more wonderful captivity. We escape floods, famine, walls falling down, the tribulation. We are kept from the wrath about to engulf the Earth. We are invited to a wedding and hidden away when the door is shut. We are given festal clothing. Angels celebrating, fathers holding parties, and a lot of feasting, thanking and praising. 

The Blessed Hope Called The Rapture
Titus 2:13 – “We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, will be revealed.”
1 Peter 1:6-7 – “In this you greatly rejoice, despite immediate trials, for there is wonderful joy ahead . . . even honor and glory at Yeshua’s appearing
Throughout the Newer Covenant, we see an image of the meeting with Yeshua Ha’Mashiach upon resurrection as a blessed, joyful, wonderful event. At the resurrection, we receive our immortal, incorruptible bodies in which we will spend eternity. When Yeshua returns, he will shout, the archangel will shout, and Yahweh’s voice will sound like a trumpet. Yeshua will not come all the way to the Earth, but will wait for us to join him in the clouds.

Yeshua’s victory over Ha’Satan was fully, openly, and loudly celebrated in Heaven. This was no quiet, private celebration between Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh. All of Heaven was involved, giving praise for His victory. Just imagine how great the parade and celebration will be when Yeshua raptures his entire Bride and brings them home to his Father’s house in Heaven!! Does this sound like a private, quiet celebration to you? I don’t think so. This sounds like a noisy, joyous, glorious, happy, cheerful, festive, and singing our hearts out occasion to me!

Conclusions
The Rapture, the gathering together in the clouds, is accompanied by Yeshua shouting, an Angel speaking in a loud voice, and the trump (voice) of Yahweh. When the Rapture occurs it may be that some of you will be simply caught up and some will have to be yanked out of here! Which person will you be? It is my prayer that you will accept Yeshua as your Lord and savior, and be one who goes willingly when He calls out: “Come up here.”

The Church/Bride of Christ will be given its Sabbath rest as a result of Yeshua’s shed blood, and sings new songs to confirm this fact while enjoying being in Heaven (Revelation 15:3). And I highly doubt that these songs will be sung quietly and slowly like some funeral dirge.

Does the Rapture sound like a quiet celebration to you? Not likely – I don’t think so! Undoubtedly the rapture will be a very noisy, joyous, glorious, happy, cheerful, heart warming, festive, and singing our hearts out stupendous occasion!

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

More on the Two Witnesses of Revelation

In September 2014 we took our first look at who (or what) might qualify for the position of the two witnesses of Revelation and noted that they may not even be human. Today we take a closer look at the non-human possibility.

Human Witnesses
Amos 3:7 – “Surely Yahweh does nothing unless he reveals his secret counsel to his servants the prophets.”
Scripture does not give us any indication that either Enoch or Moses are prophesied to return before the Day of the Lord. It either or both are one of the two witnesses, surely scripture would tell us clearly that they are. Scripture does, however, indicate that Elijah is to return before the Day of the Lord. His mission: He will turn the heart of fathers to their sons, and the heart of sons to their fathers (Malachi 3:23-24). This sounds to me more like imploring people to return to their Hebrew roots than warning people that Yeshua’s second coming is about to take place. Perhaps Elijah only comes to help set up the next Temple and to insure that the worship practices are in accordance with Yahweh’s teachings.

Non-Human Witnesses
Revelation 11:4 – “These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth.”
We previously noted that if the two witnesses are non-human, then they may be Seraphim or Cherubim, in accordance with Zechariah 4:14 and Isaiah 6:1-7, and also noted the parallel to the Cherubim who sat at either end of the Ark of the Covenant. The two witnesses are never called sons of Adam, nor are they called human beings, scripture simply calls them lampstands and olive trees! We also noted that they have power to kill with fire from their mouths, and ascend into heaven while all the world watches. Now, let’s take a closer look:

Those Who Called Fire Down From Heaven
Many humans have called down fire from heaven, but scripture never states that they breath fire from their mouths. There are those who have called down fire are, and two who wanted to call down fire, but Yeshua did not allow them to do so. They are:
Exodus 9:23Moses: Yahweh sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground
2 Kings 1:10, 12, 14Elijah: prayed and fire came down from heaven and consumed the captain and his fifty
1 Chronicles 21:26David: called upon Yahweh and fire from heaven came down upon the altar of burnt offering
2 Chronicles 7:1Solomon: finished praying, then fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering
Revelation 13:13The Second Beast: makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men
Luke 9:54James and John: wanted to because the people of the village did not welcome Yeshua, but did not!

True Fire Breathing Beings
Revelation 11:5 – “If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies.
Job 41:18-21 – “From Leviathan’s mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap out. Out of its nostrils comes smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. Its breath kindles coals, and a flame comes out of its mouth.”
Isaiah 27:1 – “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Scripture only gives the ability to breath fire from their mouth to Leviathan. And Leviathan is synonymous with the serpent, the snake, the sea monster, and the dragon. All apt descriptions of Lucifer, or Satan. And guess to what genus, phylum, and order Satan belongs: the order of Seraphim, or Cherubim! Is Revelation giving us yet one more hint that the two witnesses are not human, but also of the genus, phylum, and order of Seraphim, or Cherubim? I say it is. What do you say?

The Hebrew Words
The Hebrew word translated dragon is tannı̂yn [תַּנִּין H8577]. It means: Dragon, serpent, sea monster, river monster, or venomous snake.
The Hebrew word translated Serpent is nâchâsh [נָחָשׁ H5175]. It means: Serpent, or snake
The Hebrew word translated Leviathan is livyâthân [לִוְיָתָן H3882]. It means: Sea monster, or dragon.

The Ability to Kill the Witnesses
Revelation 11:7 – “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.”

Scripture indicates that neither of the two witnesses can be killed by a human being. Only the beast can do so. The timing of their murder is at about the mid-point of the tribulation period; at about the same time that Satan, former chief of the Seraphim, is allowed to indwell the Antichrist. And the Antichrist, also referred to as the beast, is able to kill the two witnesses. There is an old saying: “It takes a thief to catch a thief.” Perhaps it takes a Seraph to kill a Seraph, eh? Is Revelation giving us yet one more hint that the two witnesses are not human, but also of the genus, phylum, and order of Seraphim, or Cherubim? I say it is. What do you say?

The Ascension Into Heaven
Revelation 11:7 – “I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” They went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies saw them.”
Once again, we see a “rapture” or a going up into heaven witnessed by many, just as Enoch, Elijah, and Yeshua were witnessed going up. But notice one great difference. Enoch, Elijah, and Yeshua were all carried up by horses! Revelation states that the two witnesses merely went up! If they are indeed tannı̂yn, or dragons, then they have wings upon which they can fly up into heaven. No need to be carried into heaven on the backs of horses, as is the case for every human who has been bodily taken or raptured into heaven. Is Revelation giving us yet one more hint that the two witnesses are not human, but also of the genus, phylum, and order of Seraphim, or Cherubim? I say it is. What do you say?

Conclusions
The two witnesses of Revelation will one day be revealed. Will they be human beings? Perhaps not! I am not dogmatically stating that the two witnesses are Seraphim, but Revelation gives us some very strong hints that they may indeed be the two Seraphim that stand before Yahweh that are sent to testify of Yeshua and denounce the Antichrist or Beast. Revelation hints that the two witnesses are not human, but are of the genus, phylum, and order of Seraphim, or Cherubim. What do you say?

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

Related Links
The Two Witnesses of Revelation
The Rapture Horses

 

Tish’a B’Av 2016

The date for Tish’a B’Av 2016 is August 14th, 2016.
Tish’a B’Av begins at sunset Saturday, August 13th and ends at sunset Sunday, August 14th.

According to history, many disastrous events have occurred on Tish’a B’Av, also called the Ninth of Av, the saddest day in Jewish history.

Some of those events are:
• The bad report brought by the spies from the promised land.
• The destruction of the first and second Temples.
• Numerous wars have started on this date.
• Numerous bombings and killing of Jews have happened on this date.

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Which Sabbath

Isaiah 58:13 – “The Sabbath is a delight, the holy day of Yahweh; respect the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship.

It has been contended that the early Christians abandoned Yahweh’s Sabbath and worshiped only on Sunday. Up until the third, perhaps even as late as the fourth century after Yeshua’s death, resurrection, and ascension, the Sabbath continued to be celebrated on the seventh day, which we now call Saturday. Only after that point does Yahweh’s commanded day of worship and rest, THE Sabbath, become abandoned and replaced by worship on the first day, which we now call Sunday.

Apostolic Constitutions
The Apostolic Constitutions is a compilation of material written between 250 and 350AD. According the Apostolic Constitutions, the people were to “assemble themselves together every day, morning and evening, singing Psalms and praying in the Lord’s house: in the morning saying the sixty-second Psalm, and in the evening the hundred and fortieth, but principally on the Sabbath day. And on the day of our Lord’s resurrection, which is the Lord’s day, meet more diligently. . . .” [Emphasis mine]

The Apostolic Constitutions further states quite clearly that one is not to fast on the Sabbath, except at Pesach / Passover in memory of the Lord’s death and burial – anyone who does fast will be guilty of sin. One ought to rejoice on the Sabbath, not mourn. Another section, regarding on what day servants are to work reads: “Let the servants work five days, but on the Sabbath, and on the Lord’s day, let them have leisure to go to church, for the doctrine of piety. We have said that the Sabbath is on account of the creation, but the Lord’s day on account of the resurrection.”

It is quite plain that The Apostolic Constitutions set forth the following:
• The Sabbath is the seventh day, established by Yahweh, and is still to be observed by Christians.
• The Sabbath is for all who belong to Yeshua, and was not abolished by either Yeshua or early Christians.
• Christians who fast on the Sabbath, with only one exception, dishonor it and must be punished.
• All, including servants, are to rest on the Sabbath and have the ability to go to church.

Other Witnesses
The Apostolic Constitutions is not our only witness that both Sabbath and Lord’s Day were celebrated:
Socrates, in his Ecclesiastical History, Book 7, Chapter 9 states: “Almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries (Communion) on the Sabbath of every week.”
Timotheus, the Bishop of Alexandria from AD381 to AD385, tells his parishioners to abstain from sexual relations on both the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day.
Epiphanius of Cyprus, in his Exposition of the Faith. also agrees to the special place of both the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day.

It is quite plain that other  non-scriptural witnesses agree with the Apostolic Constitutions that both the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day were celebrated as late as the end of the third century after Yeshua’s death, resurrection, and ascension.

The Scriptures
The scriptures are replete with evidence Yeshua always taught and worshipped on the Sabbath:
Luke 4:16 – “As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.”
Luke 4:31 – “ And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.”
Luke 13:10 – “And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.”

After Yeshua’s crucifixion the women who had prepared spices and ointments rested first:
Luke 23:56 – “On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

The scriptures also give evidence that the Sabbath was the principle day upon which the early church celebrated. Numerous translations use the words,on the first day of the week, when mis-translating the Greek words mia Sabbaton [μία G3391 σάββατον G4521]. Mia (μία) is not the Greek word for first! That word is prōtos [πρῶτος G4413] or prōton [πρῶτον G4412]. Mia means: one.   A better translation of Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 is below:
Acts 20:7 – “And on one Sabbath when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 – “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. On one Sabbath let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

It is quite plain that the Bible clearly states that the Sabbath was celebrated after Yeshua’s death, resurrection, and ascension by both the apostles and Paul, and that this day is the primary day of celebration is confirmed by the later non-scriptural witnesses.

The Satanic Change
Yahweh institutes the Sabbath as a weekly sign that he and his bride belong to each other and enjoy each other’s presence (Exodus 20:1-17, Exodus 31:16-17).

Clearly the Sabbath was celebrated on the seventh day by the early church peoples. Clearly it was a day of joy and worship set aside for Yahweh and his bride to enjoy together. Why, then, do we fail to honor it today?

As early as the second century anti-Semitic sentiments were arising. Justin, in his Apology, admonished Christians to assemble only on the Day of the Sun – in other words, on Sunday. Tertullian in several of his works argues for worship on “Die Solis” and against “Jewish Sabbath solemnities” but admits that Christians continued to keep the Sabbath.

By the time the Apostolic Constitutions was written, apostasy was becoming rampant. It was even suggested that worshiping on Sunday, the Day of the Sun, Die Solis, far excelled the commandment to keep the Sabbath! Pseudo-Barnabas claimed that because we are too wicked to keep the Sabbath now, we must keep Sunday instead. Apparently the death and resurrection of Yeshua was not sufficient. What hogwash. I guess Pseudo-Barnabas never read the Book of Hebrews, nor any of the Gospels, either.

In the beginning of the fourth century, Pope Sylvester ordered fasting on the Sabbath, thus turning a day of what scripture calls a feast day into a fast day. Pope Innocent then made it a binding law about 100 years later. Yet another 1,000 years later, and the Roman Catholic theologians at the Council of Trent plainly state that “the ceremonial observance of Sunday had replaced the Sabbath.” [Emphasis mine]

Once again, we see man’s traditions and the Satanic agenda to destroy all the works of Yeshua superceding Yahweh’s commands.

Conclusions
Isaiah 58:13-14 – “The Sabbath is a delight, the holy day of Yahweh; respect the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship.  If you keep from doing as you please on my holy day, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will take delight in Yahweh, and Yahweh will honor you and will give you great prosperity . . .” [Emphasis mine]

Both documents and individuals confirm that the Sabbath, the seventh day, Saturday, was held in great honor and respect during the first three centuries after Yeshua’s death, resurrection, and ascension, and was the principal day of worship. Celebrating on the Lord’s Day, the first day, Sunday, was also acceptable, but the Lord’s Day was NOT the Sabbath.

Christians are still admonished to gather together on every Sabbath – on Yahweh’s Holy Day. Sabbath is still to be a day of rejoicing, not a day of fasting. The Sabbath Day is still to be celebrated forever, by all human beings. We fail to do so because we have placed the traditions of man and the Satanic agenda above the commandments of Yahweh.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

It’s About Following Yahweh 4

Daniel 2:21 – “It is Yahweh who changes situations and determines the divine appointments.”
Daniel 7:25 – “The Antichrist will attempt to change the divine appointments and the Torah.”

The words translated divine appointments in English is the Aramaic or Chaldean word zemân [זְמָן H2166], which means: an appointed time or occasion. In Hebrew it would be the word moedim.

In past blogs we have looked firstly at the changing of the moedim dates to pagan holiday dates, secondly at the admonishment that we are not supposed to worry about what others think about our celebrating the Moedim of Yahweh, and thirdly at whether celebrating those moedim is expected of Newer Covenant people, just as they were for Older Covenant people. Today, we will look at how thoroughly the Biblical days and months have been changed.

The Days
Romans 1:25 – “They exchanged the truth for a lie, and worshiped and served the created rather than the Creator.”
The Bible days are very simple: 1st Day – Yom ‘Echad, 2nd Day – Yom Sheniy, 3rd Day – Yom Shĕliyshiy, 4th Day – Yom Rĕbiy`Iy, 5th Day – Yom Chamiyshiy, 6th Day – Yom Shishshiy, and 7th Day, the Sabbath – Yom Shĕbiy`Iy.   Yom means day, Echad means one, Sheniy means two, etc. Today we know those same days as Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. And just as the Biblical names have meaning, so do the Julian/Gregorian Days. Each day now references a planet and honors a pagan “god”.

The days, planets, and pagan “gods” are:
Sunedai, in Latin: Solis – The Sun. It is now called Sunday and honors the “god” of the sun, power, and strength.

Mōnandæg, in Latin: Lunae – The Moon. It is now called Monday and honors the “god” of the moon and fertility.

Tiwesdæg, Týr, in Latin: Martis – the planet Mars. It is now called Tuesday and honors the “god” of single combat.

Wōdnesdæg, Woden, in Latin: Mercurii – the planet Mercury. It is now called Wednesday and honors the “god” of healing, death, and royalty.

Thōrsdaeg, Thor, in Latin: Jovis – the planet Jupiter. It is now called Thursday and honors the “god” of thunder, lightning, and storms.

Frīġedæġ, Frigga, in Latin: Veneris – the planet Venus. It is now called Friday and honors the “goddess” of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire.

Sæterdæġ, Saturn, in Latin: Saturni – the planet Saturn. It is now called Saturday and honors the “god” of sowing or seed.

Truly, the modern calendar days serve and honor the created planets and pagan “gods” and “goddesses”, not Yahweh the Creator. Changing the days is not the way of Yahweh and Yeshua – it is the way of Satan and the antichrist.

The Months
Romans 1:25 – “They exchanged the truth for a lie, and worshiped and served the created rather than the Creator.”
Each Biblical month also has a specific name which has been changed into the name of a pagan god, goddess, belief, practice, or human being pretending to be a god.

The months and pagan symbols are:
Nissan or Abib: meaning redemption and miracles has been changed to January, in Latin: Janus, and honors the god of portals and patron of beginnings and endings.

Iyyar, meaning introspection, self improvement has been changed to February, and honors the Roman festival of expiation and purification.

Sivan, meaning the giving of Torah has been changed to March, and honors Mars, the god of war.

Tammuz, meaning sin of the golden calf and guarding of the eyes has been changed to April, and honors the time of fertility, when the earth opens up for plants to grow.

Av, meaning the comforter, has been changed to May, Maia, the goddess of growth or increase.

Elul, meaning repentance, has been changed to June, and honors the Queen of Heaven who is said to be the “goddess” who makes crops to grow to ripeness.

Tishri, meaning month of the ancients, has been changed to July, and honors Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor.

Kheshvan, meaning month of the flood, has been changed to August, and honors Octavius Augustus Caesar, emperor of Rome.

Kislev, meaning (restful) sleep, has been changed to September, from the Latin septem, meaning seven.

Tevet, meaning divine grace, has been changed to October, from the Latin octo, meaning eight.

Shevat, meaning Tree Of Life, has been changed to November, from the Latin novem, meaning nine.

Adar, meaning good fortune, has been changed to December, from the Latin decem, meaning ten.

Truly, the modern calendar months serve and honor the created, not Yahweh the Creator. Changing the months is not the way of Yahweh and Yeshua – it is the way of Satan and the antichrist.

Conclusions
1 Timothy 6:3-5 – “People advocating a different teaching are conceited and understand nothing.” (paraphrase)
2 Timothy 3:5 – “People will hold to the outward form of godliness, but will deny its power.”
Truly the God of the Bible, Yahweh, has been removed from our calendar and replaced by the created, by planets, by pagan gods, goddesses, and the almighty human who has accepted Satan’s promise of becoming god. No wonder so few have any ability to follow Yahweh’s calendar and meet with him at his appointed times, the moedim. No wonder so few experience his presence and power.  My prayer for you is that you will begin worshipping in the manner that Yahweh has commanded.  Changing the calendar is not the way of Yahweh and Yeshua – it is the way of Satan and the antichrist.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

Blog Links
May 19, 2016 – It’s About Following Yahweh 1
June 16, 2016 – It’s About Following Yahweh 2
July 7, 2016 – It’s About Following Yahweh 3
August 4, 2016 – It’s About Following Yahweh 4
September 1, 2016 – It’s About Following Yahweh 5

The Rapture Church

Revelation give a clear picture of events to come, their sequence, and whether or not the church is in heaven during this period of time.

The Sequence of Events
Revelation 1:19 – “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter . . .”

What John has seen: Chapter 1:1-19
John sees Yeshua glorified in heaven.   He is the alpha-omega, the aleph-tav, the Almighty, the one who stands in the midst of the seven lampstands and who holds the seven stars.

What John sees that are currently present: Chapter 1:20-3:ff
Johns also sees the current situation which spans the time between Pentecost and the rapture. There are nineteen mentions of the church in the first three chapters, and numerous mentions of what the spirit has to say to the churches, so the church is clearly present during this time period. Chapter three ends with the church on earth.

What John sees that are the things that shall take place after this: Chapters 4 thru 22
Revelation 4:1 – “Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this.
Chapter four begins with the church in heaven, and John now sees what happens after the door in heaven is opened. From this point on, until chapter nineteen, there is not one single mention of the church on earth.

The Spirit Transferred
Revelation 3:22 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 4:5 – “Out of the throne proceed flashes of lightning, sounds, and peals of thunder. There were seven lamps of fire burning before his throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7 – “For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.”
Neither is there any mention of the spirit being on earth – only in heaven. In Revelation chapters two and three the spirit is said to be in the midst of the churches. In chapter four the spirit is seen in front of the throne in heaven. The dwelling place of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh has changed from earth to heaven. Since the spirit indwells the believer, then the believer must also be in heaven!

The Parallels

The Sounds
Revelation 4:1 – “I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here’.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For Yeshua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of Yahweh, and the dead in Yeshua will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them . . .”
Both Thessalonians and Revelation mention a voice, and a trumpet. Both the voice and the trumpet are calling the church to come up to heaven!

The Changes
Revelation 4:1 – “Immediately I was in the Spirit . . .”
1 Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment . . . the dead will be raised imperishable, and will be changed.”
In both Corinthians and Revelation an immediate change takes place. John says he is no longer in the body, but in the spirit. Paul says we change from perishable to imperishable.

The Church in Heaven

The Open Door
Revelation 4:1 – “I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven.
Revelation 19:11-14 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, Yeshua, and his bride following.
The door into heaven is open so that we can see, through John’s eyes, what is going to happen there. Only once more will this door open, and that is to allow Yeshua and his bride to return to the earth at the final day of the tribulation. In chapter four, the door opens and the bride goes up. In chapter nineteen, the door opens and the bridegroom and bride come back down!  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

The Crowns
2 Timothy 4:8 – “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which Yeshua will award to me on that day.”
James 1:12 – “The blessed man will receive the crown of life which Yeshua has promised to those who love him.”
1 Peter 5:4 – “And when Yeshua appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
Revelation 4:4 – “Around the throne I saw twenty-four elders with crowns on their heads.
Revelation 4:10-11 – “The twenty-four elders will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are you, Yeshua, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created’.”
Crowns are given as rewards for faithful service by Yeshua. Once the door has been opened, we see twenty-four elders around the throne wearing these crowns, and later casting them at Yeshua’s feet. Only those who belong to the Bride of Christ are given these crowns. The twenty-four elders, therefore, represent the whole Bride, the church.  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

The Clothing
Revelation 3:5 – “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments.”
Revelation 4:4 – “The twenty-four elders were clothed in white.”
Revelation 19:14 – “And the armies, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Yeshua.”
The overcomer is clothed in white. The twenty-four elders are clothed in white. The armies following Yeshua are clothed in white. The overcomers and the elders and the armies are the same people. And who is the overcomer?  The overcomer is the one who is a child of Yahweh, the one who has accepted Yeshua as their Lord and Savior: those who have become the Bride of Christ – the church!  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

The Praises
Revelation 5:8-10 – “The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb and sang a new song.”
Revelation 5:8-10 – “You have redeemed for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
The elders sing a new song, and verifying that the redeemed whom Yeshua has purchased are present and accounted for and are the kingdom of priests and kings of scripture. Angels aren’t redeemed. Unbelievers aren’t redeemed. Only those who accept Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. The redeemed are the Bride of Christ – the church!   The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

Conclusions
Revelation 1:19 – “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter . . .”

The Bride of Christ, the Church, the Overcomer is clearly in heaven during the period of time described as that which will happen hereafter. The door has opened, the Bride has been raptured, and the tribulation begins. The Bride has been raptured so that she does not have to suffer when Yahweh’s wrath is poured out. Only those who have rejected Yeshua as their Lord and Savior will suffer Yahweh’s wrath.  The Believer, Bride, or Church, therefore, is in heaven at this point in time.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

 

The Amazing Vav

Genesis 1:1 – “בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ” (“In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth”).

The vav is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and it is used in scripture for the first time in the sixth word. The meaning of the word is – hook, as a connecting hook used when the tabernacle was assembled. It can also mean – nail. In ancient times, it was pronounced as a “w”, but has become to be pronounced today as a “v”, and has the numerical equivalent of six.

Heaven and Earth:
The vav joins the heavens and the earth together, suggesting the connection between the spiritual and earthly matters. Its connection to the word, v’et (ואח), it alludes to the connection between all letters, the connection to the Aleph-Tav who is Yeshua, and is therefore the connecting force of God, the divine “hook” that binds together heaven and earth. And who does scripture say Yeshua is? 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that the mediator between Yahweh and humankind, between heaven and earth, is “the man Yeshua Ha’Mashiach”!

The Man:
The vav is a picture of man who was: Created on the sixth day, works for six days, and who rules earth for six days (6000 years) before Messiah returns.

The Tabernacle and the Scroll:
The vav is the word used to depict the hooks that held the curtains of the Tabernacle together. The tabernacle was the habitation of God in the wilderness and the Torah is the habitation of His Word so a Torah scroll is patterned after the Tabernacle. The Hebrew word for curtain, yĕriy`ah [ יְרִיעָה H3407], is the same word for a sheet of parchment. The Hebrew word for pillar or a post, ammuwd [עַמּוּד H5982], is the same word for a column in a Torah scroll.

Each curtain of the tabernacle was fastened by a hook, and on every Torah Scroll we find that:
• The vav starts each column of the text in a Torah scroll, thereby hooking the text to the parchment or scroll.
• There are 304,805 letters in 248 columns on roughly 50 “curtains” per scroll.
• There are 42 lines (6×7) in every column of a torah scroll with the first word in every column beginning with a word that begins with the letter vav hooking each column of print to a sheet of parchment!

The Belly of Torah:
Leviticus 11:42 – “Whatever crawls on its belly, and whatever walks on all fours, whatever has many feet, in respect to every swarming thing that swarms on the earth, you shall not eat them, for they are detestable.”
An oversized vav, the only one in scripture, marks the center of the Torah in Leviticus 11:42. The word, belly, in which this oversized vav occurs, is gachown גָּחוֹן (H1512)! The beast is identified as a man whose number is 666, or ןןן.

The Messiah:
The first use of the vav in connection to Yeshua is in Genesis 1:1, where it is connected to the second aleph-tav in the sixth word. Its connection to the word, v’et (ואח), alludes to the connection between all letters, the connection to the Aleph-Tav who is Yeshua, and is therefore the connecting force of God, the divine “hook” that binds together heaven and earth. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that the mediator between Yahweh and humankind, between heaven and earth, is “the man Yeshua Ha’Mashiach”!

In Genesis 2:4, the word towlĕdah תּוֹלֵדוֹת (H8435) is used to describe the generations of the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 5:1, this word is also used to describe the generations of Adam, but is spelled with a missing vav: תוֹלֵדת. It continues to be spelled with this missing vav until Ruth 4:18, when the “lost” or missing vav is restored. The restored vav in the word towlĕdah תּוֹלֵדוֹת is a picture of the Messiah who would descend from the “generations” of Perez. The vav was lost when the first man, Adam, sinned and restored through the second man, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The Vav is portrayed by the symbol of a nail, peg or hook.

The four letters that make up the name of Yeshua are: Yod, Shin, Vav, Ayin [יֵשׁוּעַ H3442]. The letter vav means hook. It can also mean nail. Yeshua was hung on the cross using three nails. In other words, three vavs! The vav signifies the nailed hands and feet of Yeshua on the cross.

Yahweh’s Name:
The four letters that make up the name of Yahweh are: Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey [יהוה H3068], can be translated to mean:
• The Man With The Outstretched Arms and Nailed Hands Shall Be Revealed Twice.
• Behold the Nail, Behold the Hand.
• Behold the Nailed Hand.
The overall meaning of the word, YHWH is: salvation! Therefore, the four letters can also be translated to mean:
• Behold – The Nailed Hand Is Salvation

The Completion:
Vav is the symbol for: Completion, redemption and transformation. It has the numeric value of six, a number that denotes physical completion.

The Broken Vav in Shalom
All letters in the Torah must be written without error and must be well formed. However, the amazing thing about the word peace which in Hebrew is the word shalom [שָׁלוֹם H7965] in Numbers 25:12 is that it has an anomaly in its spelling that is not found in any other place in scripture! The word shalom, is spelled with a broken vav!

Phinehas:
Numbers 25:10-12 –And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace.”

The vav in the word שָׁלוֹם shalom (H7965) however, is broken. This broken vav represents a man that has been broken in order to bring peace for the sake of the covenant of peace that brought atonement to Israel. The sages say since the vav has been broken, the top half looks like a yod and the bottom half is now a vav and they say it represents Phinehas hand holding the spear that pierced through Zimri and Cozbi.

Yeshua:
Colossians 1:20 – “Yahweh made peace through the blood of Yeshua to reconcile all things unto himself.”
The broken vav represents the pierced hand of Messiah nailed to the cross to achieve our peace! The broken vav is also a perfect picture of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, whose body is broken for us: “When he had given thanks, he broke the bread, and said, Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me’.” (1 Corinthians 11:24).

The Missing Vav in Towlĕdah
Genesis 2:4 – “This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created.”
The vav was lost when the first man, Adam, sinned and was restored through the second man, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The restored vav is a picture of the Messiah who would descend from the “generations” of Perez. In Genesis 2:4, the word towlĕdah [תּוֹלֵדוֹת H8435] is used to describe the generations of the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 5:1, this word is also used to describe the generations of Adam, but is spelled with a missing vav: תוֹלֵדת. It continues to be spelled with this missing vav until the Book of Ruth. In Ruth 4:18, the “lost” or missing vav is restored: תּוֹלֵדוֹת.

Conclusions
The letter vav plays a very important role in scripture, which cannot be seen in the non-Hebrew translations. It is the hook, the nail, that joins the heavens and the earth together, suggesting the connection between the spiritual and earthly matters.   It even points to deeper meanings when it is enlarged, broken, or missing – it is the belly of Torah, the broken man or messiah, the missing man or messiah of the generations. It is one of the most amazing letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

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