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Tish’a B’Av 2018

The date for Tish’a B’Av 2018 is July 22nd in the Hebrew Year 5778.

Tish’a B’Av begins at sunset Saturday July 21st and ends at sunset Sunday, July 22nd.

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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Whose Wrath

John 5:22 – “The Father judges no man, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son.”
Luke 4:21 – “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled.”

The word judges is the Greek word krino [κρίνω G2919] which means to decide, try, condemn, punish, avenge, or judge. There is NO other judge besides Yeshua according to scripture. Yeshua combines Isaiah 35:5, 58:6 and 61:1-2a when he says to the people in his local synagogue that the Isaiah passages has been fulfilled.

But wait, the Isaiah 61:2b passage goes on to say: “to proclaim . . . the day of vengeance of Elohim.” Elohim is Yahweh, God The Father, Yeshua, God the Son, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, God the Holy Spirit. Which brings us to Revelation, chapter five!

Scrolls and Judgments
Revelation 5:1 – “I saw . . . a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.”

John the apostle has been caught up to Heaven in the spirit and sees Yahweh sitting on his throne, holding a scroll. And no one is found who can open it, so John thinks (5:3). However, the scriptures continue and inform us that the “Lion of Judah, the Root of Jesse, has indeed won the right to open it (5:4-5). This is none other than Yeshua, the one unto whom all judgment has been entrusted. And it is Yeshua who breaks those seven seals:

  • Yeshua breaks the first Seal. One of the four living beings speaks in a thundering voice. The white horse departs – the antichrist is let loose upon the earth (6:1-2).
  • Yeshua breaks the second Seal. One of the four living beings speaks in a thundering voice. The red horse departs – peace is removed and mass killing ensues (6:3-4).
  • Yeshua breaks the third Seal. One of the four living beings speaks in a thundering voice. The black horse departs – famine and pestilence ensues (6:5-6).
  • Yeshua breaks the fourth Seal. One of the four living beings speaks in a thundering voice. The pale horse departs – Thanatos (death) goes forth and Hades (hell) follows him (6:7-8).
  • Yeshua breaks the fifth Seal. The people who were slain for witnessing to Yeshua cry out in a megavoice (6:9-11)!
  • Yeshua breaks the sixth Seal. Earthquakes ensue, the sun turns dark, the moon turns blood red, mountains and islands move out of their normal places. The sky (veil between heaven and earth) splits open (6:12-15).

Who Is Responsible
Revelation 6:15-17 – “Then . . . everyone hid himself . . . and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne and from the fury of the Lamb! For the Great Day of their fury has come, and who can stand’?

The people on earth get it. It is the One sitting on the throne, Yahweh, and the Lamb, Yeshua, who have been and continue to vent their fury upon the earth. It is Yeshua who is fulfilling the Isaiah 61:2b prophecy, who is delivering the day of vengeance of Elohim. It is Yeshua who is meting out Elohim’s wrath, who is exacting his vengeance.

Conclusions
Isaiah 13:3 – “I have ordered my holy ones, summoned my gibborim, eager and bold, to execute my wrath.”

Scripture clearly teaches that it is God Almighty, Yahweh and Yeshua who pour out their wrath. Satan and his minions, both fallen angels and human, are merely instruments that Yahweh uses during the Tribulation Period to pour out his wrath. Isaiah 13:3 even informs us that not only are angels involved, but so are the gibborim, those pesky giants, the Nephilim, the ancient heroes, also known as the men of renown, exactly as stated in Revelation 6:7-8.

It is NOT man’s wrath, and it is NOT Satan’s wrath. Anyone who teaches the falsehood that the wrath comes from man or from Satan is a deceiver, just like Satan. Do not listen to their lies.

Final Thought
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Permanent Tents

Preparing a Place – Older Covenant
Exodus 23:20 – “I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you and bring you to the place I have prepared.”
1 Chronicles 15:1-12 – “David assembled all Israel in Yerushalayim to bring the ark of Yahweh up to its place, which he had prepared for it . . . and said to the Levite clan leaders ‘Consecrate yourselves, both you and your kinsmen, to bring the ark of Yahweh the God of Israel up to the place I have prepared for it’.”
2 Chronicles 1:4 – “David had set up a tent for the Ark of Yahweh in Yerushalayim.”

In the Older Covenant a place generally denotes a geographical location, but can also refer to the specific building (tent) in which a person or an item is to dwell. This place is supposed to be a permanent dwelling residence for the person or item, but often ends up being temporary. Exodus 23 is speaking of the land of Israel which Yahweh had prepared for the former Egyptian Hebrew slaves to be their permanent dwelling place. History thus far has shown this place to be mostly temporary, but in the future this land will become the permanent residence place of the Jews. Likewise for the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting. Today David’s tent is not available, but Yahweh proclaims that he will re-establish it (Acts 15:16-18).

Preparing a Place – Newer Covenant
John 14:2 – “In my Father’s house are many places to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you; because I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
1 John 3:2 – “We do know that when Yeshua appears, we will be like him; because we will see him as he really is.

Yeshua states that there are many places in his father’s house in which to live. In Greek, this is the word mone [μονή G3438] which means an abode, dwelling place, mansion, or house. This place is meant to be a permanent residence, not so much a movable tent. Mone comes from the root word, meno [μένω G3306], which means to remain or exist permanently. However, the second use of place in this verse is an entirely different Greek word, topos [τόπος G5117], which denotes a room, or a living quarters. These quarters can be small, or very extensive.

Is Yeshua only preparing a home, a physical dwelling for his bride? Certainly so. He is preparing a dwelling in which the bride will eat, sleep, bathe, entertain guests, and live in forever. However, this verse hints at so much more. Yeshua is also preparing for his bride a spiritual body that is immortal and incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). This body will be a spiritual body that is like his own resurrected, immortal, spiritual body (1 John 3:2)! How amazing is that?

Conclusions
Yeshua states that he is preparing a place for his bride to live. This place is both the physical home, i.e. a house, mansion, or other building in which the bride will dwell, eat meals, bathe, sleep, and entertain guests, but is also the spiritual body into which the soul will dwell for all eternity.

Final Thought
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Temporary Tents

Summer is almost here and many are looking forward, no doubt, to a time of camping out in tents, in other words, in a sukkah!

Leviticus 23:43 – “You will dwell in sukkot seven days; all native-born Israelites will live in sukkot so that generation after generation will know that Yahweh made the children of Israel live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am Yahweh your God.”

The word, Sukkot [סֻכּוֹת H5523] means a booth – a basic, crude, or temporary shelter, a tent. Did the Hebrew slaves coming out of Egypt simply decide to erect temporary tents to sleep in every night? Not according to the Leviticus scriptures! They dwelt in sukkot (booths) because Yahweh made them do so. So, we must ask, “Is the Sukkot moed just about sleeping in booths during the Exodus?” And to this we must reply, “Perhaps not. Perhaps Sukkot commemorates where they camped, not what they slept in. Perhaps Sukkot honors what Yahweh did, not so much what the Hebrews did!

Why Call it Sukkot
Exodus 12:37 – “The Israelites journeyed from Ra‘amses to Sukkot.”
Numbers 33:5 – “The Israelites left Ra’amses and camped at Sukkot.”

Note the key words, “camped at sukkot” The Hebrews left Ra’amses and then camped at a place called Sukkot the very first night! Perhaps this town got called “shanty town” because of the many booths they built. If so, this would not be the first time that a place or town got called Sukkot.

Genesis 33:17 tells us that Jacob also built a booth and called the place Sukkot: “Jacob journeyed to Sukkot, built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Sukkot”. Jonah 4:5 tells us that Jonah also built a booth to sleep in: “So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a sukkot, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city”. 2 Samuel 11:11 tells us that the soldiers on campaign slept in sukkot: “Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in sukkot.”   And a day is coming when Yahweh will once again raise the sukkah of David (Amos 9:11).

Provision
Exodus 13:21-22 – “Yahweh went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them on their way, and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, that they might go by day and by night: the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, didn’t depart from before the people.”

The Hebrew people had spent 430 years in Egypt. In Egypt they had real houses, real roofs, reliable shelters. They had fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic! They had bread made with leaven. But then, in an instant, they were taken out of their security and placed in booths out in the desert at a place called Sukkot, and all they had to eat was unleavened bread, matzo!

The Hebrews were only able to provide sukkot, tents, or booths, to sleep in. They had no protection from enemies. So Yahweh provided protection for them. The cloud by day, and the fire by night. The choice to leave Egypt was a huge leap of faith. Now, the Hebrews had to rely on Yahweh to provide all of their needs of food and shelter. This is the earth shattering event that Sukkot celebrates – faith in Yahweh.

Comparisons
The Pesach and Sukkot moedim are six months apart. The 15th of Tishri is exactly six months after the 15th of Nisan, the start of the Chag Ha’Matzoh moed. The seven days of Sukkot is as far away from the seven days of Pesach as one can get. The difference: Pesach celebrates what the Hebrews ate whereas Sukkot celebrates where the Hebrews slept. Both honor Yahweh’s provision.

Pesach represents being as close, experientially, to Yahweh’s protection and provision as one can get. Spring is when the seeds are planted. It is at this time that one must place complete trust in Yahweh to bring the seeds to a harvest. Sukkot, however, represents being as far away, experientially, from security and provision as one can get. Fall is when the harvest has been gathered, and the barns are full of grains, etc. It is at this time that one feels the most self-sufficient, but Sukkot reminds us that we are not self-sufficient, that all of our provision truly comes from Yahweh. And Yahweh remembers this event, saying: “I remember for you the kindness of your youth, the love of your weddings; how you went after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown” (Jeremiah 2:2).

Conclusions
Sukkot represents our need, Pesach represents Yahweh’s care. Sukkot calls for us to leave our home and trust Yahweh when we least feel we need to. Pesach calls for us to wholly accept that provision, even when our homes are well stocked, safe, and secure. Real security always comes from Yahweh. Sukkot is about the gift of faith and love that we give Yahweh, and the gift of love and care that he gives us in return.

Final Thought
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Revelation Connections 4

Revelation remains a mystery to many people. They say that the images and symbols in this book are too hard to understand. But are they really that hard to understand? Below are some final connections I have found in relation to Yahweh / Yeshua’s authority.

The Authority of Yeshua and His Rod of Iron
Revelation 2:26-27To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations; he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery.”
Revelation 12:5She gave birth to a son, a male child, the one who will rule all the nations with a staff of iron.”
Revelation 19:15And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down nations – “He will rule them with a staff of iron.”

The Parallel
Psalm 2:8-9 “Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property. You will break them with an iron scepter; you will smash them like a potter’s jar’!”

The Kings Hide
Revelation 6:15-16Then the earth’s kings, the rulers, the generals, the rich and the mighty — indeed, everyone, slave and free — hid himself in caves and among the rocks in the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne and from the fury of the Lamb’!

The Parallel
Hosea 10:8 “Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Cover us!’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us’!”

Bowls of Incense Waived before Yahweh
Revelation 5:8When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Revelation 8:3-4Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before Yahweh out of the angel’s hand.”

The Parallels
Leviticus 16:12-13 “Aaron shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before Yahweh, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and he shall bring it inside the veil and put the incense on the fire before the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 33:10 “they shall put incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar.”

Yahweh Tzav’ot – God of Heaven’s Armies
Revelation 11:16-17The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones in God’s presence fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, “We thank you, Yahweh, God of heaven’s armies, the One who is and was, that you have taken your power and have begun to rule. [Also in Revelation 1:8, 4:8, 11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 19:6, 19:15, 21:22]

The Parallels
Psalm 80:14 “God of armies, please come back! Look from heaven, see, and tend this vine!”
Amos 3:13 “Yahweh, the sovereign God who commands armies, is speaking!”
Amos 4:13 “For here he is! . . . Yahweh, the God who commands armies, is his name!”
Isaiah 24:21 “When that day comes, Yahweh will punish the armies of the high heaven and the kings of the earth.”

The Rage Unleashed
Revelation 11:18The Goyim raged. But now your rage has come, the time for the dead to be judged.”

The Parallel
Psalm 2:1 “Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?”

Reaping The Harvest – The Angel Speaks
Revelation 10:5-6Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, and the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, “There will be no more delay!

The Parallels
Daniel 12:7 “Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as he raised both his right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the one who lives forever: ‘It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished’.”
Deuteronomy 32:40 “For I raise up my hand to heaven, and say, ‘As surely as I live forever’ . .”
Nehemiah 9:6 “You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, along with all their multitude of stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.”
Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.”
Psalm 146:6 “The one who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who remains forever faithful.”

Reaping The Harvest – The Great Dragon Thrown Down
Revelation 12:9Another sign was seen in heaven: there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns…
Revelation 12:9The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels hurled down with him.
Revelation 20:2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”

The Parallels
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.”
Isaiah 51:9 “Wasn’t it you who hacked Rahab to pieces, you who pierced the dragon that is in the sea?”
Ezekiel 29:3 “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the middle of his rivers.”

Reaping The Harvest – Babylon Destroyed
Revelation 14:8Another angel, a second one, followed, saying, ‘She has fallen! She has fallen! Bavel the Great’!”
Revelation 18:2He cried out in a strong voice, ‘She has fallen! She has fallen! Bavel the Great’!”

The Parallels
Isaiah 21:9 “Babylon has fallen, fallen! All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!”
Jeremiah 51:8 “Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail for her!”
Jeremiah 51:44 “The nations shall no longer flow to Bel; the wall of Babylon has fallen.”
Jeremiah 51:49 “Babylon must fall for the slain of Israel, just as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth.”

Reaping The Harvest – The Sickle is Swung
Revelation 14:14-20Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.”

The Parallels
Daniel 7:13 “I was watching in the night visions, And with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man was approaching. He went up to the Ancient of Days and was escorted before him”.
Joel 3:13-14 “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe . . . Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Jehovah is at hand in the valley of decision.”

Reaping The Harvest – Mountains and Islands Laid Waste
Revelation 16:20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”

 The Parallels
Job 9:5 “He moves the mountains, although they don’t know it, when he overturns them in his anger.”
Job 14:18 “Just as a mountain erodes and falls away, its rock is removed from its place.”
Isaiah 42:15 “I will make waste mountains and hills . . .”
Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may leave and the hills be removed, but my grace will never leave you, and my covenant of peace will not be removed,” says Yahweh, who has compassion on you.”
Jeremiah 4:24 “I looked at the mountains, and they shook — all the hills moved back and forth.”
Zechariah 14:4 “On that day . . . half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

Reaping The Harvest – Treading the Winepress
Revelation 19:14-15And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of Yahweh the Almighty.”

The Parallel
Isaiah 63:2-3 “Why is your apparel red, and your garments like the one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with me. I also trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on my garments, and I stained all my raiment”. For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.”

Yeshua Provides — Fly You Fools, Fly
Revelation 12:14Israel flew to her place in the desert, where she is taken care of for a season and two seasons and half a season.”

The Parallels
Psalm 12:7 “You, LORD, will protect them; you will continually shelter each one from these evil people.”
Daniel 7:25 “The Devil will speak words against the Most High. He will harass the holy ones of the Most High continually. They will be delivered into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”
Daniel 12:7 “The man dressed in linen who was above the water of the river raised his right and left hands toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times and a half, and that it will be when the power of the holy people is no longer being shattered that all these things will end.”

Yeshua Provides — The Never Hungry
Revelation 7:16They will never again be hungry, they will never again be thirsty, the sun will not beat down on them, nor will any burning heat.”

The Parallel
Isaiah 49:10 “They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, for one who has compassion on them will guide them; he will lead them to springs of water.”

Yeshua Provides — The Tears Wiped Away
Revelation 7:17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will shepherd them, will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

The Parallel
Isaiah 25:8 “The sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. Indeed, the LORD has announced it!”

Conclusions
The images and symbols used in Revelation are easy to understand in light of the parallels in the Older Covenant scriptures. Failing to make those connections is the reason many find Revelation hard to understand. Once the connections are made, however, the confusion disappears.

Final Thought
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Related Blogs
Feb 01, 2018   Revelation Connections Part-1
April 12, 2018  Revelation Connections Part-2
May 10, 2018 Revelation Connections Part-3

Teaching At Tahoe

I will be spending the next two weekends at one of Yahweh’s most beautiful locations – Lake Tahoe!  What a wonderful Blessing and Joy.

Pastor Corbett Robertson from Sierra Community Church (https://sierra.church/) will be the guest preacher giving the sermon on May 27th, and I will be teaching the morning Bible Study Classes on both May 27th and June 3rd, while Pastor Mondo Gonzales (https://tahoecommunitychurch.org/) and our friend LA Marzulli (https://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/) are both enjoying their time in Israel.

And it will come as no surprise that the topic for the morning class will be the Rapture! If you are in the area, I hope to see you there.

The Rapture Concealed, The Rapture Revealed

If you would like Jeff to facilitate a teaching about the Rapture at your church or fellowship gathering, simply contact him at ProfJT2012@gmail.com.

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PS: Happy birthday Mom.

Mom claims that today will be her 19th birthday, but we all know it’s really her 91st!

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