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Favorite 25 The Five Crowns

Reprint of May 15, 2011……………………….. The Five Crowns

The Five Crowns, or Rewards, are given to those who will have authority in the Messianic Kingdom, and the amount of authority they will have. Not all who are saved will have authority in the kingdom. Some will have their works burnt up, rather than being refined in the fire of judgment at the Bema Seat.

The Incorruptible Crown:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.  Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.  So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.”
This Crown is the crown of self control and victory in the Christian life. It is given to those who have gained victory over the old man and sinful life, who live a spirit controlled life.

The Crown of Rejoicing (Boasting):
1 Thessalonians 2:19 – “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?”
Philippians 4:1 – “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”
This crown is for those who evangelize and win souls, and whose fruits can be seen in those people who have come to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

The Crown of Righteousness:
2 Timothy 4:8 – “From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
This crown is given to those who keep the faith both doctrinally and morally in spite of adverse circumstances and those who look longingly for the return of Jesus Christ. Their lives are lived in conformity to the New Testament, they have their minds transformed, and they look earnestly for the Rapture.

The Crown of Life:
James 1:12 – “Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Revelation 2:10 – “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
This crown is given to those who faithfully endure trials and persecutions for the sake of Christ, and who trust the Lord to bring them through these adversities. This crown is also given to those who suffer martyrdom.

The Crown of Glory:
1 Peter 5:2-4 – I exhort the elders among you “to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it – not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.  And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.”
This crown is given to those who faithfully oversee the flock as pastors, elders, and others. They are those who feed the flock with the milk and meat of God’s word.

Favorite 24 Resurrections and Judgments

Reprint of May 13, 2011…………. The Multiple Resurrections and Judgments

The multiple resurrections and judgments mentioned in the Bible are listed below in chronological order:

The 1st Resurrection – The Resurrection of Christ
Colossians 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Jesus is the first fruit, the first to be resurrected to eternal life.

The 2nd Resurrection – The Judgment of the Redeemed at the Bema Seat of Christ – Right After The Rapture
2 Corinthians 5:10 – For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. This judgment does not determine whether or not a person is cast into hell –the person who has placed their trust in Christ is not condemned but has already received eternal life. 1st Corinthians 4:5 states that the Lord brings to light what is hidden in darkness and exposes the motives of men’s hearts who have just been resurrected or raptured. At that time each will receive his praise from God, and will either receive rewards for faithfulness and service, or will lose rewards due to unfaithfulness, also referred to as receiving crowns to lay at Jesus’ feet. This resurrection and judgment applies to “the dead in Christ”, and also to those who are raptured at Christ’s coming to take His bride home.

The 3rd Resurrection – The Judgment of Tribulation Believers – At The End Of The Tribulation Period
Revelation 20:4-5 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their fore-heads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This resurrection and judgment occur at the end of the tribulation period before the second coming of Christ.

The 4th Resurrection – The Judgment of Old Testament Believers – Right After The Second Coming
Daniel 12:1-2 At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will stand up. There will be a time of much trouble, the worst time since nations have been on earth, but your people will be saved. Everyone whose name is written in God’s book will be saved. Many people who have already died will live again. Some of them will wake up to have life forever, but some will wake up to find shame and disgrace forever. This resurrection and judgment occur just after the second coming of Christ. Old Testament believers are ushered into the millennium kingdom.

The 5th Resurrection – The Judgment of Surviving Jews – Right After The Second Coming
Ezekiel 20:34-38 I will bring you among the nations as I brought your ancestors into the desert with Moses. There I will judge you face to face. This resurrection and judgment also occurs just after the second coming of Christ. The Jews are gathered once again in the wilderness, right after the second coming. The saved enter the millennium kingdom and the lost are purged.

The 6th Resurrection – The Judgment of Surviving Gentiles (Sheep and Goats) – Right After The Second Coming
Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” This resurrection and judgment also occurs just after the second coming of Christ. Christ will be seated on his glorious throne, and will judge all humans who have survived the great tribulation. The saved will be ushered into the millennium kingdom and the lost cast into hell.

The 7th Resurrection –The Judgment of All Others (Great White Throne) – At The End Of The Millennium
Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and the book of life was opened. The dead were judged by what they had done, which was written in the books. At the end of the millennium years all who have died will be resurrected, and along with the surviving humans, will be judged according to their works. The righteous will enter eternity in the kingdom and the unsaved will be cast into hell. The severity of the judgments against the unsaved are detailed in Matthew 11: 21-23, Luke 24:47-48, and Romans 2:5-6.

The Final Judgment –The Judgment of Satan and His Demons – Right After The End Of The Millennium
Revelation 20:10 And Satan, who tricked them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur with the beast and the false prophet. There they will be punished day and night forever and ever. This is the final judgment. Hell and death are also cast into the lake of fire at this time.

Favorite 23 Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Reprint of April 23, 2015… Wedding Vows at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

The Jewish Wedding Ceremony is full of significant rituals and is a perfect prophetic parallel of the coming of Yeshua to take his church to be his Bride, a dress rehearsal for The Rapture.  Several elements are present at every ceremony, including a ketubah [from kathab כְּתָב H3791] (a written contract or marriage agreement), a mikvah [מקווה H4723] (the place of cleansing and preparation), a chuppah [חֻפָּה‎ H2646] (a covering or canopy), and a sign [אוֹת- H226] (a visible, tangible expression of the love – the calling up of the bride).

The general progression starts at the house of the groom’s father, goes to the house of the bride’s father, and a proposal is made.  The groom then goes back to his father’s house, builds an addition for himself and his new bride, then goes to get the bride when the addition is ready.  Once there they shut and lock the doors and stay within for seven days.  After the seven days the bride is brought forth and shown to all. Let’s examine these steps in detail:

The Expedition
John 6:51 – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven . . .
In a Jewish marriage, the husband-to-be (groom) would consult with his father regarding the woman he wished to take as a bride.  If the father agreed to the groom’s plan, then the groom would leave his father’s home and travel to his betrothed’s (bride) home and speak with her father. Yeshua left His heavenly home, where his father dwells, and traveled to the Earth, the home of his betrothed, the Church, called the Bride of Christ.

The Proposal And The Ketubah
Matthew 26:27Yeshua took a cup and gave it to his disciples, saying,Drink from it, all of you . . .
Once the groom reached the bride’s home, he would establish and pay the purchase price for the bride, guaranteeing that he was serious about the marriage.  Yeshua paid the ultimate price by being crucified and shedding his blood.

The groom would compose and verify a written marriage contract, the Ketubah, with the bride’s father, then offer the cup of covenant to his prospective bride, thereby pledging his life to and for his bride. If the bride accepted this promise, she would then drink of the cup confirming that she, too, would pledge her life to and for her betrothed. Yeshua offers us the cup at every communion – you either accept his offer or reject it.

The Leaving
John 14:1-3 – “Yeshua said, ‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in Yahweh, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am’.”
Once the proposal had been given and accepted, the groom would say to his bride, “I go to prepare a place for you” then go back to his father’s home.  He would build an addition for himself and his bride and wait for his father’s approval.  The new addition had to be exceptional, stocked with all the newlyweds would need for their seven days of honeymoon.  It was customary for the groom to be gone for a long time and for the bride to wait in anticipation of his return.  At the end of the separation, the groom would show up unannounced to take his bride home, but only after his father had given him permission to do so. Yeshua has returned to Heaven and promises to return for His Bride. Yeshua will show up when we do not expect Him to do so, and only the Father in Heaven knows the date and time!

The Mikvah, A Sign, And The Return
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.”
The bride now keeps herself pure while she waits for her husband-to-be to return, for she is now considered to be “set apart”,  “consecrated”, and “bought with a price”.  Her Mikvah is her father’s home. She expects her husband-to-be to come at midnight and surprise her!  And what a noisy celebration that is. The groom’s party arrives with loud shouts, often accompanied by the blowing of a shofar or trumpet.  When the groom gets to his bride’s home, he will wait outside for the bride to join him. 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.

Once the groom and bride are together, they proceeded to the groom’s new home, which is the addition to the same home as his father’s.   People would know that a wedding was in under way because of all the laughing and partying of the bridegroom and his friends as they carried the veiled bride through the streets to her new home.  The bride is “lifted up” and carried to the new home.  When the Bride of Christ is raptured, she meets Yeshua in the air, is covered by the clouds, and is taken to Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:7).

The Chuppah, The Ketubah, And The Hiding
Matthew 25:10 – “The bridesmaids who were ready went in with the bridegroom to the wedding feast. Then the door was closed and locked.”
The groom and bride go to his fathers house and the wedding ceremony takes place under the Chuppah (marriage canopy).  The Chuppah is generally open on all sides, The reading of the ketubah text is given, outlining the groom’s responsibilities – to provide his bride with her daily physical needs (daily bread) as well as her emotional needs.  The couple is then concealed in the marital chamber.  Once inside they shut and lock the doors and stay within for seven days.

In English thinking, we get the idea that you simply go into a bedroom and shut the door. However, in Hebrew, the picture is one of concealment – the husband and wife go into the chamber and are hidden away for seven days.  Matthew 25:10 tells us the door is “closed and locked.”  Isaiah 26:19-21 gives us the image of those who come into their chambers, “lock the doors, and hide for a little while . . .”  This is repeated in Song of Solomon 2:8 and 13:10 – “My lover spoke and said to me, ‘Get up, my darling; let’s go away, my beautiful one’.”  These three patterns are perfect pictures of the concealment of the Bride of Christ in Heaven for seven years during the time of Yahweh/Yeshua’s indignation or wrath ( i.e.; the tribulation period).

The Revealing And The Supper
Revelation 19:7-10 – “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Yahweh, for the marriage of Yeshua has come and his wife has made herself ready.  It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean . . . Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper . . .”
At the end of the seven day period, after the concealment and consummation of the marriage, the husband and wife exit for the marriage supper or celebration meal.  Everyone’s works have been evaluated and rewarded at the Bema Seat of Yeshua.  The husband brings forth his wife so that everyone can see her, and the marriage supper begins.  At the end of the tribulation period Yeshua will come with all His saints and every eye will see Heaven opened and his wife adorned in fine, pure, white linen! After the supper is over, both will reign throughout the millennial kingdom. 

Conclusions
The Jewish Wedding Ceremony is, indeed a dress rehearsal for The Rapture.  Yeshua came down from Heaven,  gave his life as a ransom for his bride and offered her eternal life.  He returned to heaven to prepare a place for his bride and will return to take her home.  His return will be a noisy, celebratory event.  The bride will be concealed while he pours out his wrath upon those still living upon the earth, culminating in his return, the revealing of his wife, and their millennial reign.

Favorite 22 Wedding Vows at Sinai

Synopsis of October 03, 2013….. Wedding Vows At Mount Sinai

After reading this synopsis, I highly recommend you read the Full Text of this teaching.

Are the Ten Commandments a list of do’s and don’ts? A list of rules to follow? Was the gathering at Mt. Sinai where the Hebrews placed themselves under a burdensome yoke? Perhaps, perhaps not. Let us examine this gathering from a different perspective; the perspective of a marriage and the taking of wedding vows.

The Courtship
After four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, Yahweh began to prepare the Hebrews to leave Egypt. To do so, Yahweh first vanquished ten of the Egyptian gods (Exodus Chapters 7 to 12): Hapi, god of the Nile, Heqit; goddess of fruitfulness; Lel, god of the earth; Khepera, beetle god; Apis/Hathor god of cattle; Nut, goddess of heaven; Iris, god of water; Serapia/Sebek god of insects; Ra/Re, sun god; and Pharaoh, considered to be a son of the gods.

After vanquishing the Egyptian gods, Yahweh next performs numerous miracles (Exodus Chapters 14 to 17):  The Hebrews walk through the Red Sea on dry land, but the Pharaoh and his army drowns. The bitter water at the well of Marah is turned into sweet water. Manna and quail are provided for the grumblers to eat. Water from the rock is provided for the grumblers.

The Wedding
Exodus 19:5 – “If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples.”
Finally the Hebrews arrive at Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb or Jebel al-Lawz. This mountain, contrary to many who place it in the Sinai peninsula, is in Midian, or Saudi Arabia, the land of Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro (Exodus 3:1). It is here that the actual wedding ceremony takes place.

The Four Necessary Items
At every Jewish wedding there are several items that are part of that ceremony. We find these four items at Mount Sinai (Exodus Chapters 19 to 21): a mikvah [מקווה – H4723] (a place of cleansing and preparation), a ketubah [from kathab כְּתָב- H3791] (a written contract or marriage agreement), a chuppah [חֻפָּה‎ – H2646] (a covering or canopy), and a sign (a visible, tangible expression of the love).

The Wedding Vows
The first seventeen verses of Exodus Chapter 20 give us the Ketubah – the marriage contract. Each of the Ten Commandments is an expectation of the behavior that describes a person’s behavior once they are married. An interpretation of these “commands” as wedding vows is below:

Commandment One: The expression, “took . . . to be his wife”, is used throughout scripture to describe a marriage and the attendant ceremony and taking of vows. Yahweh has just vanquished all of the Egyptian gods, whom he calls “other lovers”, then brings the Hebrews out to Mount Sinai, and says in effect: “Remember what I’ve done for you. Put me first. Have no other lovers (gods) before me, for I have taken you to be my bride.” Yahweh is clearly described as the Hebrew’s true husband (Exodus 19:5-6). The Hebrews are clearly described as taking Yahweh as her husband at Mount Sinai (Jeremiah 2:2). In the same way, Yeshua is the true husband of the Bride of Christ.

Commandment Two: Yahweh then says in effect: “Now that I’m your number one lover, don’t dwell on your former lovers. In fact, don’t make statues of them, don’t keep paintings of them on your walls, don’t listen to them, don’t even talk about them!”

Commandment Three: Yahweh then says in effect: “When you take my name as your name, don’t do it lightly or in vain.” In a Jewish wedding ceremony, once the groom had established and paid the purchase price for the bride he would then offer the Cup Of Covenant to his prospective bride, thereby pledging his life to and for his bride. If the bride accepted this promise, she would then drink of the cup confirming that she, too, would pledge her life to and for her betrothed. This was never done lightly or frivolously – from this point on the bridegroom and bride-to-be were considered married, and all the covenants, privileges, and duties of a fully married couple applied.

Commandment Four: Yahweh then says in effect: “Spend quality time with me. Let’s meet together every Sabbath and get to know each other more intimately.”

Commandment Five: Yahweh then says in effect: “Have respect for your parents and each other.”

Commandment Six: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t murder each other. Life is precious and is not to be taken.”

Commandment Seven: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t take other lovers. I am your true husband.” It is only in this physical life that Yahweh allows a man to have a wife and a woman to have a husband. In essence, the seventh commandment states: “I, Yahweh allow each man to have only one woman as his lover until your physical body becomes a spiritual body. Likewise, women, I allow each woman to have only one man as her lover until your physical body becomes a spiritual body.” Once we are resurrected, and are given our spiritual, immortal, incorruptible bodies, we are no longer given nor taken in marriage. When we are resurrected, we will have only one “husband” – Yahweh/Yeshua.

Commandment Eight: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t take each other’s belongings. I will supply all your needs.”

Commandment Nine: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t lie or tell each other tall tales. Speak only the truth.”

Commandment Ten: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t crave another’s spouse, possessions or servants. I will supply all your needs.”

Conclusions
The Ten Commandments, are indeed a list of do’s and don’ts, a set of rules to live by, but are not a burden to bear. Just the opposite – they are a written testimony to the sacrament of marriage and are a joy and a gift of love from a husband to his wife, and from a wife to her husband.

The event at Mount Sinai was clearly a wedding ceremony. That the Hebrews were called to be Yahweh’s bride is attested to in many scriptures. Yahweh called the Hebrews to be his bride and he is their only true husband. After the Millennial Reign of Yeshua, the marriage between Yahweh and the Hebrews will be finalized. It is Yahweh who gave the Hebrews bread and water in the wilderness. It is Yahweh who calls the Hebrews his peculiar treasure, his Cĕgullah, a kingdom of priests.

In heaven, after the resurrection, there will be no marriage between humans, just as there is no marriage between angels even now. Yeshua has called upon us to be his bride and he is our only true husband. The marriage between Yeshua and his bride will be finalized, and the marriage supper will be celebrated at his second coming. Yeshua is our living bread and our living water. Yeshua calls his bride a peculiar treasure, his Cĕgullah, a kingdom of priests.

Again, after reading this synopsis, I highly recommend you read the Full Text of this teaching.

Shavuot 2017

The date for Shavuot, (Pentecost) is Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, in the Hebrew Year 5777.

Shavuot begins at sunset today, on Tuesday, May 30th and ends at sunset on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

The Moedim are Dress Rehearsals for prophetic events. Shavuot has been fulfilled in the giving of the Ruach Ha’Kodesh fifty days after the resurrection of Yeshua, while his disciples were praying at the Temple in Jerusalem. Praise Yahweh for fulfilling prophecy.

The first Shavuot took place at Mount Sinai, in what is now Saudi Arabia. It is at this location that the Hebrew slaves of Egypt were called to be Yahweh’s people, Yahweh’s bride. After Yeshua’s rapture, his Ruach Ha’Kodesh was poured out upon his apostles and disciples on the same Biblical calendar date, sealing his bride. At Mount Sinai fire descended on the summit of the mountain. At Shavuot fire came to rest on each of the apostles. The Egyptian Hebrew slaves, today, are now called the Jews. The apostles and disciples are now called the Bride of Yeshua!

The Book of Ruth is read on Shavuot in both Jewish synagogues and Messianic churches. Shavuot is different than Pesach in that leavened bread is used: two loaves of braided breads are baked with yeast (hametz). The two loaves represent the Jews and Gentiles that make up the Bride of Yeshua, the true church.

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Favorite 21 Signs of the Prophets

Synopsis of April 07, 2011 The Signs of Jonah-Hosea-Joshua-Zephaniah

Scripture talks of many signs that will begin to appear before Yeshua Ha’Mashiach returns. Below are some of the signs of the prophets:

Jonah
When Yeshua was asked by the religious leaders to show them a sign, he said that the only sign that would be shown would be the sign of Jonah in a large fish!  This sign of the “whale” was given during what is called the second redemption cycle for the Jews.  Today we are in what they call the third redemption cycle.  A number of articles earlier this year, 2011, detailed the sighting of a gray whale off the coast of Israel, near Joppa, for the first time in 300 years.  This is unusual because gray whales are normally only found in the Pacific ocean!  If the sign of Jonah was a sign of redemption when Yeshua was alive, could this be yet another sign that Yeshua in near?

Hosea / Joshua
Hosea 6:2: “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
Joshua’s story, more so than Moses’ story, is one of the best patterns of Yeshua in the Old Testament. Not only does Joshua’s name reflect the name of Yeshua, but so also does his ministry to the Hebrews reflect the ministry of Yeshua to all.

His name, originally Hosea (Numbers 13:16) [הוֹשֵׁעַ H1954] Son of Nun [נוּן H5125] meant: salvation, son of the shoots [seed, or root]. Yeshua is both our salvation and also the branch, root, shoot, or seed of Jesse! Furthermore, when Moses changed Hosea’s name to Joshua [יְהוֹשׁוּעַ or יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, Yehoshua H3091], the name then meant: the Lord is salvation, or salvation of Yahweh.

Upon reaching the eastern bank of the Jordon, Joshua commanded the people saying, “Prepare you victuals; for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it.” (Joshua 1:11).  In Joshua 3:4, scripture tells us that after the three days, the Ark went before the children of Israel into the Jordon River and the people were commanded to follow behind the Ark of the Covenant by about 2000 cubits while the Ark remained in the river.  At the same time, the waters of the Jordon River backed up all the way to the city of Zaretan (their distress) and the city of Adam (Joshua 3:16).  Once all the people were on the other side of the Jordan, Joshua circumcised them (Joshua 5:1-3).

Notice The Parallels:
Moses, who represents the Law, was unable to bring the people into the promised land, but Joshua, who became the salvation of Yahweh, was able to do so. The Law cannot save, only Yeshua Ha’Mashiach can bring salvation.

Yeshua rose on the third day, and then ascended into heaven about forty days later. He is our ark of safety. When Yeshua died, or crossed over, his blood washed away our distress and every sin committed throughout history was washed away all the way back to Adam, the first man! He circumcises our hearts, once we accept his free gift of salvation. We are now about 2000 cubits (years) behind Yeshua entering our promised land (heaven).

Hosea / Zephaniah
Hosea 4:3: “By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”

Zephaniah 1:1-3: “The word of Yahweh which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, says Yahweh.  I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, says Yahweh.”

In both of these verses, we see that Yahweh will remove animals, birds, and fish from the earth because of continual lying, thieving, murdering, and adultery. But, when does this happen? According to Zephaniah 2:2, this happens just “before the decree brings forth, before the day passes as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Yahweh comes upon you, before the day of Yahweh’s anger comes upon you.” Makes one wonder if the recent animal, bird, and fish deaths worldwide are letting us know that Yahweh’s judgment upon the earth is coming soon.

Conclusions
Scripture talks of many signs that will begin to appear before Yeshua Ha’Mashiach returns.  Could the signs above be some of them?

 

Favorite 20 Shadows of the Cross

Synopsis of April 27, 2012……. Shadows Of The Cross

Scripture gives us many parallels, patterns, pictures, and types examples, or shadows of the cross. Below are several:

The Blood on the Door:
Exodus 12:7 – “You shall take some of the blood of the Lamb and put it on the two door posts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.”
Exodus 12:22 – “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two door posts with the blood in the basin.”
Hebrews 11:28 – “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.”

The Lintel is the horizontal crosspiece over an opening such as a door, or window, usually carrying the weight of the structure above it. The door posts are the two frames on either side of the door. The blood of the spotless sacrifice was taken from the basin on the ground and put on the lintel and on the door posts of their homes so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. This foreshadowed the blood of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, the Lamb of God, who gave his blood for the sins of all people. Thus, without realizing it, the Egyptian Hebrews were making the sign the cross itself in this act. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

Moses and His Hands:
Exodus 17:12 – “But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun.” The position of Moses, with both hands out, becomes a cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Tabernacle Set-up:
Numbers 3:23-38 – The groupings of the tribes around the Tabernacle form a cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Altar of Sacrifice:
Exodus 29:12 – “You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar.
The Altar of Sacrifice is, of course, the place where the sacrifice for sin takes place (Exodus 27:1-8). The blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the four horns of the altar (Exodus 29:12 and 30:10, Leviticus 4:7-34, Ezekiel 43:20), which symbolize the four points of the cross that were covered with Yeshua’s blood: At the head from the crown of thorns, and at the feet and the two arms (hands), from the puncture wounds of the nails that held him to the cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Anointing of Aaron and His Sons:
Exodus 29:20-21, Leviticus 8:23-24 – “And you shall take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the lobes of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet.
Note the four points of blood: the head, the hands, the feet. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Bronze Serpent:
Numbers 21:8-9 – “And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”
John 3:14-15 – “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Moses made a serpent of bronze, put it upon a pole, and whenever a serpent bit someone that person would look at the serpent of bronze image would be healed by faith, and live. So, too, do we look at a cross and see Yeshua for healing and salvation. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Marks of God:
Genesis 4:15 – “And the LORD put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.”
Ezekiel 9:4-6 – “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”
Scripture does not directly tell us what these marks will be, but the word for mark is “tav”. In the original Hebrew it would look like a modern letter “T”. Since the sign of the cross throughout scripture symbolizes salvation, healing, and redemption, we can safely presume that the marks took the shape of a cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Seal of God:
Revelation 7:4 – “And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel.”
Revelation 9:4 – “The locusts were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”
Again, scripture does not directly tell us what shape these seals will be, but it will not surprise me if these, too, are in the shape of a cross.

Conclusions
Patterns in the shape of the Hebrew letter tav, or a “T”, are found throughout scripture. All are shadows of the Cross.