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One may have noticed that many of the previous blogs are no longer available on Jeff’s Jots. Not to worry, they have all been redirected to: RaptureParty.net. As of January 1, 2019, all new posts will be located on the Rapture Party site as well. So, one might as well start clicking over there rather than here!


Falling, Falling, Done Went and Fell
I suppose one might also think that I have fallen off the planet, due to the lack of posting last month.  But, it wasn’t the planet I fell off of — it was my health.  The constant exposure to smoke this summer from all the fires, and the smokers who live nearby, shut down the lungs again.   I am slowly recovering, but getting very tired and discouraged by the almost constant pain in my chest.  Please pray for total healing.

But wait, that’s not all.  On Thanksgiving Day, as I ventured out to dine with friends,  the car was broadsided by a hit and run driver.  Now, the car and my body are both banged up — yeeha.  The Highway Patrol tracked him down as the wreck tore his front license plate off his vehicle!  Guess you might say that is Yahweh’s sense of humor and way of calling him to account. Please pray for him, too.

And then, on Sunday, Nov 25th, the computer I use for internet exploration dropped dead.  Third time’s the charm, as the old saying goes, so pray there will be no more devastation.  No place to go from here but up, ha ha.  Please pray with all diligence.


Update
Whilst recovering, I’ve produced several new PowerPointTM files that I’ve ported to pdf files. They are available at RaptureParty Downloads.

God Bless

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Chanukah 2018

The dates for Chanukah 2018 are December 3 thru December 10 in the Hebrew Year 5779.

Chanukah begins at sunset, Sunday, December 3rd and ends at sunset Monday, December 10th.

Break out the Menorahs, break out the lamp oil, and celebrate for a full week, just as Yeshua and his disciples did every year (John 10:22-23).

Forget the pine trees and all the rest of the occultic symbols. This year, Chanukah should be the only holiday one celebrates in December. On the 3rd light the Servant Candle, and then each day light one of the other branches (called candles). Make sure you have plenty of oil to light and keep each branch of the Menorah going for the full eight days of the holiday.

Celebrate the Light who has come into the world, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, rather than the demon (Satan) who has tried to usurp Yeshua’s lordship.

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Days and Hours

Over the past four years we have taken a look at several Hebrew idioms to better understand the scriptures. In 2014 we discovered that the “heavens” refers to governments and rulers, and “earth” refers to the nations or peoples. We also discovered that the “sea” and “land” again symbolized nations and their peoples, and the “stars” are the angels.

In 2015 we discovered that to “fulfill the law” is a Hebrew idiom meaning: to properly interpret, to show how to apply the law, to do it rightly, and that to “abolish the law” is just the opposite, meaning: to misinterpret, to misapply the law, to do it wrongly, thus bringing down judgment. Another Hebrew idiom we looked at was the “trees”, which we found represents all human beings, and in 2018 we saw that the “green tree” is a title for the Mashiach, Yeshua. Today we look at another idiom.

A Hebrew Idiom – No One Knows The Day or Hour
Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32 – “ When that day and hour will come, no one knows – not the angels in heaven, not the Son, just the Father.”
This saying of Yeshua has been debated for ages, and many different explanations have been given. Is it a Hebrew idiom?, and if so, Where did it come from and just what does it mean? Let’s take a look at this saying and see what is known about it:

The Most Common Usage
The common answer given by the bridegroom during ages past to someone asking the question: “When’s the wedding date?” was a well know Hebrew idiom: “I don’t know, the angels don’t know, ask my dad!” Today, if depression over the length of time taking to build the new home and furnish it to his father’s expectations had set in, the bridegroom might very well reply with one of today’s favorite idioms: “When hell freezes over!

By using this expression, “You do not know the day or the hour”, Yeshua may have simply been using a common wedding idiom to answer his disciple’s questions about the sign of his coming and of the end of the age. In short, he merely answered at the Pashat level of understanding: “It will be revealed when it is the appropriate time to do so.” This is in accordance with a similar question asked by Daniel. The answer was “keep these words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end” (Daniel 12:1-4).

The Yom Teruah Usage
One of the seven Moedim of Yahweh (Divine Appointments or Feasts) is called the Yom Teruah. It is also referred to as Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets. Of the seven moedim, this one is the only one that doesn’t have an exact starting time. This moed begins only when two witnesses see the edge of the moon and report their sighting to the Sanhedrin. This requirement introduces slight variable time to it’s inception. The Jews celebrate what is supposed to be the first day of the seventh month, Tishri, (Leviticus 23:23-25) over a two-day period because it is “the day no one knows the day or hour.” For this very reason, Yom Teruah was, and still is, referred to as “the moed that no one knows the day or hour of!

Yom Ha’Keseh: The Hidden Day, The Day of Hiding, The Day of Concealment.
Psalm 84:3 – “Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the concealed time, on our feast day.”
Yom Ha’Keseh can be interpreted several different ways. Firstly, it references the day when the moon is just coming out of hiding, in other words, a day of a concealed moon. Secondly, Satan is not be given notice about the arrival of Yom Teruah, the Day of Judgment. A hidden day because it was hidden from Satan, the adversary, in the same manner that the resurrection of Yeshua on the third day was hidden from his knowledge. By using this expression, “You do not know the day or the hour”, Yeshua may have been referencing both Yom Teruah and the Yom Ha’Keseh at the Sod level of understanding.

Avi Ben Mordechai devotes a chapter in “Signs In the Heavens” to explaining what the idiom “no man knows the day or hour” truly means from a rabbinical Hebraic perspective. He states: “It is a figure of speech. Yeshua used this figure of speech to say: “I am coming for my Bride on such and such a day! Be watching! ” The phrase, “of that day and hour no man knows” refers to the sanctification or setting apart of the new moon. Without this sanctification, the Jews had no way of determining Yahweh’s appointed times or moedim.”

This same process (two witnesses viewing the first sliver of the moon and reporting it to the Sanhedrin) was used to determine the beginning day of every month, in Hebrew: Rosh Chodesh. Today, the Rabbis boot up their computers and follow the dates and times listed by the software and simply announce the first day of the month one week before the computed date!

The Word Tense
The word translated knows in Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 is the Greek word eido [οἶδεν G1492], and is in the perfect tense. The perfect tense describes something that was true or completed in the past, was still presently true at the time it is spoken, but which would not necessarily be true in the future. Therefore, it can’t be taken dogmatically that no one will ever know, which would be in violation of numerous scriptures that clearly state that the Bride of Yeshua will know and will not be taken by surprise (Amos 3:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5, Hebrews 10:25, Revelation 3:3, etc.).

There are stark and complete reversals throughout scripture: prophecy sealed (Daniel 12:4) and then prophecy unsealed (Revelation 22:10). No one can know (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32) and now you do know (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5, Revelation 3:3).

Furthermore, the word eido can be translated as: to make known. Paul uses it this way in 1 Corinthians 2:2, saying in essence: “I have determined not to make known to you, or to openly declare, anything except the crucified Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.” If this is the manner in which Yeshua used the word eido in Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 then the verse would read more properly: “Neither I nor the angels will make known or declare that day, only my father in Heaven will reveal or declare it.”

This takes all emphasis off of no one can know the timing and places it distinctly into the realm of mystery – a fact currently concealed and not revealed by some person or persons because it isn’t their authority to do so.

Or it is simply one of those concealed matters that brings glory to Yahweh, and which the kings are to investigate to their glory! This takes all emphasis off of no one can know the timing and fully agrees with the rest of scripture which says we will know the day and hour!

The Time Zones
When the official beginning of the Yom Teruah Moed is proclaimed in Jerusalem by the Sanhedrin, in other time zones the moed begins at a different time! In some areas it may be daylight, and on the opposite side of the globe, nighttime. In Jerusalem, it may be on the first day, but in the United States it is still the seventh day. Even in the United States, it may begin at 4:00 pm in the Eastern states but at 1:00 pm in the Western states. Hence, “You do not know the day or the hour.”

Yeshua Knows The Future
There are many scriptures which clearly show that Yeshua knew the future. He states unequivocally in Matthew 24:25: “Behold, I have told you in advance”, repeated in Mark 13:23, just a few verses before the contested “no one knows” verses! Avi Ben Mordechai writes: “If He knew the future in Mattityahu 24:25, and the context concerns the Day of Trouble, why would He suddenly speak as though He did not know the future in the same context just 11 verses later in Mattityahu 24:36? Was He confused? Or was He making perfect sense in light of the customs of the Jews? ” Needless to say, Yeshua was neither confused nor unaware of future events and their exact dates of fulfillment!

Conclusions
The case for “You do not know the day or the hour” being an actual Jewish idiom is very sound.  It is most likely referencing a common wedding expression at the Pashat level of understanding, more so than both Yom Teruah and the Yom Ha’Keseh at the Sod level of understanding. This statement in no way contradicts other scriptures as to whether or not one will know the day and hour today, as opposed to not knowing it when Yeshua spoke it.  A more proper translation of the Greek places it into the realm of mystery – a fact currently concealed and not yet revealed because it isn’t the time to do so –simply one of those concealed matters that brings glory to Yahweh, and which the kings are to investigate to their glory!

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.

The Newer Covenant Priestly Prayer

Yahweh said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Israel: you are to say to them . . .”

The Priestly (or Aaronic) Prayer
Numbers 6:24-26 – “Y’varekh’kha Yahweh v’yishmerekha. Ya’er Yahweh panav eleikha vichunekka.Yissa Yahweh panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.” Translated into English, it reads: “Yahweh blesses you and keeps you. Yahweh makes his face shine on you and shows you his favor. Yahweh lifts up his face toward you and makes you whole.”

Older Covenant History
Leviticus 9:22 – “Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.”

It was the province of the High Priest, Aaron, to say (or sing) the priestly prayer over the people according to the Older Covenant. When doing so, the High Priest would raise his hands in the double Hebrew letter shin, which mirrors the shape of the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, and put the name of Yahweh on the people. In other words, the High Priest would lift his hands and make a b’rakhah!

All fine and wonderful. But that’s just Older Covenant stuff, right? Hasn’t that been fulfilled?

Newer Covenant Parallel
So, what about the Newer Covenant? There is no longer a High Priest, according to the Rabbis, so speaking this prayer is no longer possible. Hold on, there pardner. We have the ultimate, eternal High Priest in Heaven, who stands before Yahweh to make intercession. And what did our High Priest do just before being carried into heaven at his rapture? “Yeshua led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them” (Luke 24:50). In other words, our High Priest, Yeshua, lifted his hands and made a b’rakhah! Without doubt, he lifted them in form of the double Hebrew letter shin, and said or sang the Priestly Prayer.

Wait, are you saying that just prior to his rapture, our High Priest, Yeshua, spoke the priestly prayer over his followers? Amen, that is exactly what I am saying.

Conclusions
Yahweh is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His High Priest, whom he commanded to bless his people with the Priestly Prayer, did so in the Older Covenant, did so in the Newer Covenant, and continues to do so in Heaven, and will always continue to do so for all eternity. Amen and Hallelujah!

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 Blog
The Aaronic Priestly Blessing

My Books in PDF format

Many of you, especially those who are overseas, are unable to purchase a copy of my books in paperback.  Amazon does a wonderful job of doing this for printed items, but at a price — both monetary and spiritual.  Kindle and other formats also do a great job of making items available in electronic versions, but again, at a price.

This has been a concern of mine for quite some time. My primary goal in writing both these blogs and the books is to make insights on scripture available to all without restrictions.  So, over the past couple of weeks, I have set up a new website at: https://raptureparty.net to promote the books, writings, and other diatribes!

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The Goddess Gambit

Genesis 2:20 – “Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found companion suitable to help him.”
The word help, often translated help-meet, is the Hebrew word ezer [עֵזֶר H5828], which means to surround, protect or aid. The helper was expected to be the one who protected Adam. However, neither a lion, a T-Rex, a behemoth, an elephant, nor any other fierce beast was suitable to the task – all would be inadequate to the task because of the nature of the enemy – Lucifer! Therefore Yahweh puts Adam to sleep and forms a woman out of his rib (Genesis 2:21). Hmmm.

The Woman in Eden
Genesis 2:18 – “I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.”
Eve is the suitable companion, but did you catch that the woman is to surround, protect, and aid the man? Hmmm. What, exactly, made her suitable to the task? The enemy, adversary, or rival was not one of the many beasts, fowls, or plants, it was Lucifer – the dragon, the devil, a fallen angel. And Lucifer’s attack wasn’t just physical, it was emotional and spiritual. Eve was to be on guard against these attacks and warn, surround, and protect Adam when he was too busy gardening to notice! Hmmm.

Eve’s Devastating Decision To Become A Goddess
Genesis 3:6 – “Eve saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise.”
Lucifer hit Eve with an emotional and spiritual attack that was devastating. Eve decided to become a “goddess” in her own right – no need to bow down to any other opinion but her own. So, she took the fruit and ate it, and then gave it to Adam to eat. So much for submitting to Yahweh’s command not to eat of the fruit. So much for protecting her man, eh?

The Goddess Today
Psalm 38:12 – “Those seeking my life lay snares for me, those seeking to harm me speak of disaster and think up deceptions all day long.”
Isaiah 33:15-16 – “The one who lives uprightly and speaks honestly; the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures and rejects a bribe; the one who does not plot violent crimes and does not seek to harm others, will live on the heights, his refuge a fortress among the cliffs, his food and water in steady supply.”
You have heard it said that “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” But did you know that that saying actually starts with: “If papa ain’t happy, then mama ain’t gonna be happy, and . . .” If, then. How convenient that the first part of the saying is left out! If papa, then momma. If momma, then nobody. Women today have forgotten that their primary duty is to warn, protect, surround, and aid their men-folk, to be an ezer. In other words, to keep their men happy, healthy, and unharmed.

The daily news is rampant with goddesses seeking to harm others. Lies, deceptions, false memories, and accusations spew out of their mouths like water let out of a flood gate. This will not end well for those women/goddesses who engage in these activities. Yahweh’s word is very clear: those who seek to harm another will be put to shame and disgraced (Psalm 71:24). Those who live uprightly and speak the truth will live securely (Isaiah 33:15-16), but the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8)

Conclusions
Exodus 20:3 – Yahweh says: “You will have not other gods before me.”
Today, we see a pattern of rebellion against Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Bible unprecedented in history. Abortion on demand, men are un-needed, the hijacking of the me-too movement, a woman must be believed no matter what her story. The goddesses are growing in number and in their evil behaviors. Well, believe this, the cup of the goddesses’ rebellious iniquity is just about full to overflowing.

Yahweh’s pattern is always to withhold judgment until an iniquity is full, and to give warning prior to that judgment being meted out (Jeremiah 6:8). When the iniquity of Sodom was full (Ezekiel 16:49-50), Yahweh sent fire and sulfur to destroy it (Genesis 19:24-25). How much longer will Yahweh withhold judgment against this blatant rebellion of today’s women who think they are all goddesses who must be submitted to? Not long, me thinks.

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.

The Temple Mount Mist

On September 30th, 2018 in the Hebrew Year 5779, the last day of Sukkot this year, a thick mist began to rise up from out of the ground on the northeastern corner of the Temple Mount, enshrouding the holy site and obscuring the base of the Dome of the Rock. The mist remained for approximately half an hour, remaining close to the ground and confined to the Temple Mount Compound. This happened during the Hoshana Rabbah service, and was recorded by Josh Wander, a Mount of Olives resident.

Hoshana Rabbah
Hoshana Rabbah is a very significant worship service in Israel. The prayer service includes a special service in which seven circuits are made by the worshippers with their lulav and etrog while singing praises of Yahweh. According to the Midrash Talpiot, this service represents the day when redemption is at hand! The Talpiot says “that the War of Gog and Magog will begin three hours before the dawn on Hoshana Rabbah, the battle will last three hours, and then the Messiah will begin to appear.”

The Mists of Scripture
When Yahweh appears, scripture frequently mentions clouds, or mists. During the Exodus, at Mount Sinai, the entire mountain was covered in clouds, which Deuteronomy 4:11 and 5:22 call “darkness, clouds and thick mist. A mist and darkness enveloped the sorcerer Elymas when Paul rebuked him (Acts 13:11). Peter calls the followers of Bil’am Ben-B‘or “Waterless springs . . . mists driven by a gust of wind; for them has been reserved the blackest darkness” (2 Peter 2:15-17).

The Reaction
Isaiah 44:22 – “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Identifying clouds is and essential part of aviation training. Joseph Wander is a trained pilot, and said of the phenomenon: “There was very little wind and the smoke just seemed to crawl across the mount toward the Dome of the Rock. It seemed to come out of a specific spot but after several minutes, it seemed to be rising up from multiple sources in the same general area . . . It looked supernatural.”

When Rabbi Yosef Berger heard of the sighting, he calmly commented; “It very well could be that a major battle was being waged on the Temple Mount on the spiritual plane and the only part of it that we could see was the smoke . . . It has been clear all year that a war is being waged for the Temple Mount.”

Conclusions
The Dead Sea has been slowly changing from a salt sea to fresh water. Many see this as a precursor to the fulfillment of prophecies in Ezekiel 47:8-9, which tell us that the waters of the Dead Sea will be healed and will swarm with multitudes of fish. Earthquakes, famines, and pestilences world-wide are on the rise. Wars and rumors of wars assault us on a daily basis in the news. Perhaps the mist seen on the Temple Mount is yet another warning sign that the return of Yeshua is at the door, is imminent, is not far off, is just moments away from happening. What do you say?

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.