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Favorite 19 Thief In The Night

Synopsis of June 05, 2014…… The Thief in the Night

2 Peter 3:10 – “But that Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night . . .”
1 Thessalonians 5:1 – “For you know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Historical Pattern
The phrase, thief in the night, is yet another Hebrew idiom! This idiom refers to a practice mentioned in Leviticus 6:8-13 which states that the priest in charge must wear linen clothing and must keep the fires of the altar burning: “The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar. The priest shall then put on his linen clothes, with linen undergarments next to his body, . . . The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.”

The priests assigned to constantly watch over the altar fire and over the Menorah were never to fall asleep during their night of service. In order to insure that the priest(s) stayed awake, the High Priest would walk around the Temple looking for the priest(s). If a priest was found sleeping during a surprise visit, the High Priest would take hot coals from the altar fire, place some of the hot coals in a fire pan and take them over to the sleeping priest. He would then gently place the pan and hot coals under the sleeping priest’s clothing.

The priest’s linen clothing would soon be ignited in flames – clothing in those days did not have flame retardant chemicals imbedded into the cloth as do modern clothes. The guilty priest would have no choice but to leave his burning clothes and run burnt, naked, and ashamed back home. Quite a lesson not to fall asleep on the job or to be un-alert! It was this practice of surprise visits that according to Jewish tradition got the High Priest nicknamed “The Thief In The Night”!

Modern and Future Patterns
As individuals and as a church body, today’s people are not to fall asleep:
In Matthew 24:42-44, Yeshau says: “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

The word translated keep awake is an active verb meaning: to keep watching, to be keeping alert, to stay on the alert, and to stay awake. It expects active and concentrated behavior, to be continuously seeking. This is repeated in the phrase “Therefore . . . must be ready” which means: to be especially prepared, ready. Twice in one paragraph Yeshua commands us to be on the alert and ready, to know when the time is near, for he – our High Priest – may come upon us unexpectedly, exactly has did the High Priest in earlier times.

Mark 13:33-36 puts it this way: “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. . .  Therefore, be on the alert – for you do not know when the master of the house is coming . . . What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!” Three times in one paragraph Yeshua commands us to be on the alert and ready, to know when the time is near.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 –“ But you are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”
Paul clearly says that the Christians who live like children of the day and of the light will not be surprised by this surprise visit. The living Church will know when Yeshua will come, even if she knows neither the day nor the hour! Only those who are the members of the dead Church will be surprised. Yeshua confirms this in his letter to the sleeping Church in Sardis: “I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” (Revelation 3:3). We are to pray that we will escape the consequences of falling asleep and be worthy to stand before Yeshua (Luke 21:36).

The Tribulation Thief
Revelation 16:15 – “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed are all who are watching for me and who keep their robes, not having to go about naked and exposed to shame.”
Falling asleep is equivalent to wearing linen clothing and having hot coals placed upon those clothes. And this is what Yeshua means to emphasize in the time of Great Tribulation when he warns that he will come like the “Thief In The Night”, burning up any clothing and causing sleeping individuals to walk naked and ashamed.

Revelation 3:3 – “Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.”. . . ”
The phrase “Thief In The Night” was a known Hebrew idiom during the first coming of Yeshua – it was a title applied to the High Priest. The consequence of falling asleep on the job always applied to the slothful, sleeping, and unprepared individual, not to an individual who was watching, waiting, obedient and prepared. The consequences for being asleep were, still are, and will be – severe. That asleep individual is left burnt, naked, and ashamed. The alert individual, however, is found worthy to stand before Yeshua, clothed in righteousness.

Favorite 18 Lukewarm Vomit

Synopsis of April 17, 2011…… Lukewarm Laodicean Vomit

Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.”

To get a better picture of the hot and cold images used in this passage, one needs to understand the culture and location of Laodicea. Laodicea was centrally located only six miles south of Hieropolis and eleven miles west of Colossae. Hieropolis to the north was well known for its many hot springs which provided hot water and Colossae to the east for its fresh springs which provided cold water. Because Laodicea lacked a natural water supply, it was dependent on its neighbors for this vital resource and therefore drew water from both, as well as from other surrounding sources. By the time the water reached Laodicea, it was “lukewarm”, neither “hot” nor “cold”.

The word, hot, then refers to hot mineral spring waters, generally 95 degrees or warmer. Hot water has many medicinal benefits, such as:
● it can help promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being.
● it stimulates the immune system
● it relieves the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
● it reduces muscles spasms and alters the sensation of pain, reducing stress.
● it increases body metabolism, stimulating the intestinal tract and the liver, aiding digestion.
● it loosens mucus, relieves sinus congestions, and opens breathing passages when breathed as steamy vapors.
● it stimulates circulation, boosting all the body tissue’s health by carrying oxygen and nourishment to the cells.

The word, cold, then refers to refreshing spring waters, generally 60 degrees or cooler. Cold water also has many medicinal benefits, such as:
● it relieves depression helping to promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being.
● it relieves the pain and inflammation after acute injury or surgical procedures.
● it can reduce the amount and severity of headaches at high altitude, when taken in quantity.
● it quickly cools and keeps the body at an optimum temperature to reduce swelling for up to 2 hours.
● it lowers the temperature of the injured tissue, which reduces the tissue’s metabolic rate and helps the tissue to survive the period following the injury.
● it contains health-restoring minerals like lithium, calcium and magnesium, which help sustain healthy blood and oxygen levels.
● it serves as a detoxifying agent to flush out toxins, can provide an added energy boost, and can increase mental alertness for those who drink it regularly.

Scripture does not state that “hot” is good and “cold” is bad, but that both hot and cold water are useful, whereas lukewarm water is useless. The Laodicean church was providing neither healing for the spiritually sick nor refreshment for the spiritually weary! The church was simply providing lukewarm water which was not helpful at all. It was, in fact, useless for any kind of healing or medicinal benefit. For this reason, Yeshua says he would vomit [ἐμέω emeō G1692] them out of his mouth. As Christians, we are to provide either hot water or cold water to those who are spiritually sick or weary. Which water will you give to others in their need – hot water or cold water? Give one or the other, but do not give lukewarm water and be vomited out!

Many scholars, pastors, lay people, and others explain this to mean that Yeshua wishes you were either for him or against him, that you would choose either to be holy or unholy, that you would choose good or evil. Never, ever, does God desire or encourage us to choose against good and choose evil, to chose against God and choose Satan. Scripture is loaded with passages that encourage us to be holy, to be set apart, to separate ourselves from worldly things and choose the things of heaven. I cannot accept that in this one passage, God would change his tune, for God changes not – he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Favorite 17 Events and Coincidences

Synopsis of July 02 and 07, 2011… Notable Prophetic Events and Coincidences

Matthew 24:32-33 – “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that Yeshua is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.” Israel is that “fig tree” that is to be watched! The word know, γινώσκω ginōskō [G1097], a prolonged form of a primary verb that means to know absolutely, be aware of, have knowledge of, perceive, be resolved, to be sure, of, or understand.

Israel Is The Key To End Times Prophecy
The conflict between the Hebrews and the Arabs began with Isaac and Ishmael, the sons of Abraham, escalated between Jacob and Esau, then continued through out the ages as Arabs and Hebrews contested each other. It became a Jewish/Christian versus Moslem/Islamic conflict after Mohammed initiated Islam around 633AD. The real battle has always been a spiritual one. Yahweh chose Israel as his land and Jerusalem as his city, and chose the Jews as his people from whom the Messiah would come and to be a “light unto the Gentiles”. Satan has been trying to destroy Yahweh’s people and usurp the land, and this battle will continue until Satan is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire. The fullness of the church age is almost complete, and Yahweh is turning his eye back onto the Jew, and Israel.

Ancient Historical Prophecies Already Fulfilled
There are four prophecies concerning Israel that began being fulfilled over 2000 years ago. They are:
The Jews were scattered worldwide (from the four corners of the earth) – Deuteronomy 28:64
The Jews have been persecuted wherever they have lived – Deuteronomy 28:65-67
The land of Israel (Palestine) was desolate during their dispersion – Deuteronomy 29:22-28
The Jewish people still exist – Jeremiah 30:7 and Jeremiah 31:36-37

In 1917 the British government sent General Edmund Allenby to capture Jerusalem. One of the first things his troops did was to build a canal east from the Nile River in Egypt into Palestine. Allenby also wrote pamphlets which were translated into Arabic, and he signed his name which read Allah Nebi in Arabic. Translated, this means “Yahweh’s Prophet”, the same as Al Nebi, which fulfilled an Arab prophecy – “When the Nile flows into Palestine Al Nebi (Yahweh’s Prophet) from the west will drive the Turk from Jerusalem!

As World War I neared its end, Jerusalem surrendered to the British forces on December 9, 1917 – on the first day of Hanukah, the day which celebrates the recapture of the Temple by Judas Maccabæus from the heathen Seleucids in 165 B.C.!   Two days later General Allenby entered the Jaffa Gate on foot, at the head of a victory procession. The day of deliverance had come. Not only did Allenby fulfill the Arab prophecy, he also fulfilled Isaiah 31:5 – “Yahweh All-Powerful will defend Jerusalem like birds flying over their nests. He will defend and save it; he will ‘pass over’ and save Jerusalem.”

Prophecies Currently Being Fulfilled
World Wars I and II, and Rumors of Wars – Matthew 24:1-8, Mark 13:1-8; Luke 21:7-11
Scripture refers to world wars as “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”.
The Re-Birth of Israel – Ezekiel 20:33-38; 22:17-22; 37:9-12; Isaiah 66:8; Zephaniah 2:1-2; Daniel 12:1
Israel was born in a day on May 14, 1948. The modern miracle of Israel is the fig tree that has sent out its buds.
Jerusalem Is Under Jewish Control – Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Jerusalem was recaptured by the Jews during the Six Day War of June 5-10, 1967.
The Hebrew language is Recovered – Zephaniah 3:9, Jeremiah 31:23
Hebrew was nearly extinct as a spoken language, but in 1982 became an official language for Israel.
The Desolate Land Becomes Fertile – Ezekiel 36:34-35; Isaiah 27:6, 51:3; Isaiah 35:1-2, 7; Joel 2:23-24
The Israeli food industry has become the breadbasket and currently supplies over 20% of the produce used by Middle Eastern and European markets.
Natural Resources Found Under The Sand – Genesis 49:25, Isaiah 45:3, Deut. 32:12-13, 33:19,24
A vast deposit of natural gas was located off the coast of Gaza In the late 1990’s by the British Gas Group, and in December 2009 the Givot Olam Oil company discovered the Meged oil field, potentially the largest oil field in Israel.
Israel Establishes A Powerful Military – Zechariah 12:6, Micah 4:13, Isaiah 60:12, Jeremiah 1:10
The Israel Defense Force is one of the most successful and powerful militaries in the world. Each time a conflict has arisen, with Yahweh’s help it has been successful in winning these many conflicts.
Israel Becomes The Focal Point Of World Politics – Zechariah 12:2-3
Daily news articles detail Israel, its world standing, and the growing world hatred towards Israel and the Jews.

Prophecy Fulfillments Coming In The Near Future
The One-World Government – Daniel 7:23
The Rise of the Antichrist – Daniel 7:24; II Thessalonians 2:1-3
The First Invasion of Israel – Psalm 83
A Period of False Peace and Security – I Thessalonians 5:1-3
The Russian (Gog/Magog) Invasion of Israel – Ezekiel 38:1 – 39:16
The Seven Year Covenant – Daniel 9:27; Isaiah 28:14-22; Acts 15:14
The Ten Kingdoms – Daniel 7:24
The Abomination of Desolation – Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Mathew 24:15-16
The Campaign of Armageddon – Revelation 19
The Second Coming – Revelation 19
The Millennium Kingdom – Revelation 20

Interesting “Coincidences”
Nahum 2:4 The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.
Joel 2:5With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
The word used for chariots in Joel is מֶרְכָּבָה merkabah [H4818]. It is interesting to note that the Israelis have developed a tank they call the Merkavah which is designed to leap over the hills and rocks, and shoots a flame when it fires weapons and missiles.

Jeremiah 51:11Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields!
Zechariah 9:14Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.
The Hebrew literally translated is: Make bright the arrows, gather the shields. The words bright, and arrow are בָּרַר barar [H1305] and חֵץ chets [H2671]. The Israelis have developed a missile called the Arrow (Chets) II Interceptor. It looks like a bright arrow or falling meteor when in flight. This could put a new twist on Matthew 24:29, which says: “the stars (shooting stars, meteors) will fall from the sky”.

Zechariah 14:12This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
The United States and Israel have developed a bomb known as the Neutron Bomb. The effects of the bomb are exactly as described in Zechariah 14:12. It destroys bodies but leaves infrastructure untouched.

Hosea 3:4-5Israel, after having a long period without a king or leader and no temple or sacrifices, will once again be a nation and will seek Yahweh.
Israel is back in the land. They have a government. And once again, they seek to rebuild the temple and worship the Yahweh of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How amazing is it that current events, weapons, and inventions can and are literally fulfilling prophecies that were made over 2000 years ago. Yahweh’s word is astounding. End time prophecies are being fulfilled on a daily basis. Yahweh is once again setting Jerusalem and His people center stage.

Favorite 16 Spiritual Image and Likeness

Synopsis of February 18, 2016   …..The Spiritual Image and Likeness of Elohim Part 3

Our Role In Societythe Spiritual Side of The Image

Genesis 1:27 – “Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him.”
1 Corinthians 15:46 – “It is not the spiritual which is first but the physical.”
Our role in society is all about thoughts, words, and deeds – about being Elohim’s “imagers” or “messengers”. What, exactly, are the roles human beings are to perform in society? In order to understand just what they are, one must knit together several different roles addressed by scripture: the roles of 1) Ministers, Pastors, and Priests, 2) Hands, Feet, Eyes, Ears, and Mouth, 3) Being a Living Sacrifice & 4) Kings, Princes, Nobles, and Rulers.

Ministers, Pastors, and Priests
1 Peter 2:5 – “You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.
Revelation 1:6 and 5:10 – “Yahweh has made us to be a kingdom and priests to our God . . .”
Our primary role in society is to bring the Gospel to the people of the world – to immerse everyone who is willing into the father, son, and holy spirit. We are to be set apart (holy), to be zealous in our evangelism, to be courageous. We are to be transformed into the image of Yeshua rather than to be conformed to the patterns of this world, to do that which is good and acceptable and perfect so that our witness will bring glory to Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh! We are to intercede and pray for those in need – praying at all times in the Spirit.
We are to be Yeshua’s ministers, pastors, and priests – his earthly body – in service to others.

Hands, Feet, Eyes, Ears, and Mouth
Micah 6:8 – “Yahweh requires of you to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Mathew 5:13 – “You are the salt of the earth. . .”
Acts 13: 47 – “I have appointed you to be a light . . .”
Mathew 25:35-36 – “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.”
In conjunction with bringing the Gospel, we are simultaneously to be Yeshua’s hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouth in the world. We are to feed the hungry and slake their thirst – to invite those less fortunate to join in our meals. We are to clothe the naked – to give our “second” coat to those who need it. We are to be salt and light – to speak out against wrongs and injustices, against corruption, fraud, and evil and furthermore to visit those who have been incarcerated for their misdeeds.
We are to be Yeshua’s hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouth – his earthly body – in service to others.

Being A Living Sacrifice
Romans 12:1 – “Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.”
2 Corinthians 4:11 – “For we who live are always delivered to death for Yeshua’s sake, that the life also of Yeshua may be revealed in our mortal flesh.”
In addition to serving others, we are to be a living example of how to rightly live, and to be willing to be persecuted, jailed, or killed for the sake of Yeshua’s name . We are to be peaceful, patient, gentile, kind, faithful, joyful, loving, and self controlled. We are to live by the Spirit and walk in the Spirit – to put aside the lusts of the flesh. We are to love our neighbors as fully or even more so than ourselves.
We are to walk in righteousness and be ready to give our lives – Yeshua’s earthly body – in service to others.

Kings, Princes, Nobles, and Rulers
Proverbs 8:16 – “By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly.”
Isaiah 32:1 – “Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly.”
Not only are we to speak out against wrongs and injustices, against corruption, fraud, and evil, we are to use our authority rightly – we are to be impartial judges – being partial to neither the poor nor the rich. We are to testify honestly and compassionately, to keep honest scales and weights. We are to let our “yes” be YES, and our “no” to be NO – to speak clearly and definitively. We are to take no bribes, to pursue and obtain justice for the needy, the widow, the orphan, and the alien. We are to liberate the oppressed, to restore that which has been stolen, and to guarantee that the boundary marks remain in place.
We are to judge honestly and forthrightly – to be Yeshua’s earthly body of authority – in service to others.

2 Timothy 1:13 – “Hold the pattern of sound words . . ., in faith and love which is in Messiah Yeshua.”
Romans 12:2b – “Prove what the will of Yahweh is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
All four roles: 1) Ministers, Pastors, and Priests,   2) Hands, Feet, Eyes, Ears, and Mouth, 3) Being a Living Sacrifice & 4) Kings, Princes, Nobles, and Rulers are about the duties human beings are to perform in society. Being in Elohim’s image and likeness is to be a blessing to others, to be peaceful, patient, gentile, kind, and loving towards all. No wonder Yahweh holds us in such esteem and commands us to do likewise. No wonder Yeshua redeemed us. No wonder the angels anticipate the conclusion of Elohim’s plan. How Awesome.

Favorite 15 Physical Image and Likeness

Synopses of July 09, 2015 and July 16, 2015…… The Physical Image and Likeness of Elohim Part 1 and Part 2

Our Genetic Heritagethe Physical Side of The Image
Psalm 139:13-14 – “You formed my inner parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Your works are marvelous. My soul knows it very well.”
Who, exactly, are human beings? In order to understand just who we are, one must knit together several different concepts addressed by scripture: the concepts of 1) Creation And Reproduction, 2) Strange Flesh / Mixed Seed, 3) Of One Seed, Species Or Kind, 4) Kinsman Redeemer, and 5) In The Image And Likeness Of.

Creation and Reproduction
Genesis 1:11-25 – “Then Yahweh said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them; living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind’; and it was so.”
Leviticus 19:19 – “You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; nor sow your field with two kinds of seed.
Scripture is very clear that each genetic kind (seed or species) is a distinct creation. Each kind is only to reproduce with its own kind, seed or species (Genesis 1:11 and 1:24-25). Genetic manipulation or cross breeding is strictly forbidden and results in the land becoming defiled. The word kind in Genesis is miyn [מִין H4327] which means: of one kind, or of one species, or of one flesh. Kind is often used as a synonym for the word: flesh, and is any kind that is of the same genetic seed. Humans are one kind of flesh. Birds are one kind of flesh. Horses are one kind, dogs are one kind. A Horse cannot breed with a dog, only another horse.

Take a stallion, mate it with a mare. The seed (sperm) of the stallion bonds with the seed (egg) of the mare, and what do you get? You get a baby horse in the image and likeness of its parents! Take a maple tree, plant one of its seeds, and what do you get? You get a baby maple tree in the image and likeness of the parent maple tree! Take a male eagle, mate it with a female eagle , and what do you get? You get a baby eagle made in the image and likeness of the parent eagles! Creation gives us billions of examples of what it means to be made in the “image and likeness” of another. When Elohim declares that we are made in his image and likeness, it means exactly what it says.

Strange Flesh / Mixed Seed  See also Noah Modernus
Jude 1:7They gave themselves over to fornication, going after strange flesh.
The word strange is the Greek word: Heteros ἕτερος G2087; meaning: Different, another. Strange flesh, then, is any mingling of two different kinds of flesh. Any sexual intercourse, reproduction, genetic splicing, or mixing of one species with another across the seed, species or kind is an abomination (Genesis 6, 7 & 8; Leviticus 18, 19, etc.) and cannot be redeemed or be granted salvation. The punishment for going after strange flesh is harsh; angels who chase strange flesh are bound and tossed into the abyss (Jude 1:6). Punishment for cities is devastation by fire (Genesis 18 & 19). The genetic manipulation, or defilement, of the human and animal genes brought the worldwide flood(Genesis 6, 7 & 8).

Of One Seed: Fully Human Species
Colossians 1:15 – “Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
Hebrews 1:1-5 – “Yeshua is the radiance of Yahweh’s glory and the exact representation of his nature.
Genetically speaking, the only way a human being can be fully 100% human is for both his mother and his father to be fully human, or to put it scripturally, both mother and father have to be of the same genetic seed, species or kind.

Of One Seed: Fully Human Species, Fully God Species
Colossians 1:15 – “Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
Hebrews 1:1-5 – “Yeshua is the radiance of Yahweh’s glory and the exact representation of his nature.

Scripture is very clear that Yeshua is both 100% fully human and 100% fully God (Hebrews 2:17, Titus 2:13, John 20:28, etc.). Yeshua is also the exact image of God the Father, Yahweh (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15, etc.) In order for Yahweh to impregnate the egg of a human female (Mary) both he and the human female have to be of the same genetic seed, species or kind. Yahweh can not go against his own precepts and commands – he cannot reproduce with a being of a different seed, species or kind!!!!   He cannot go after strange flesh or mixed seed.

Of One Seed, Species, Kind
Genesis 1:26 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’.”
Genesis 1:27 – “Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him.”
Ephesians 3:6 – “Both Gentiles and Jews are joint-heirs, and of the same body.”
When Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that human beings are made in the image AND the likeness of Elohim, it is saying that human beings are genetically the same species, or kind as God himself!   No wonder he calls us his children, his sons and daughters — we really are!

The Kinsman Redeemer
Hebrews 2:11 – “For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one [family].”
John 19:30 – “Therefore when Yeshua had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!
The kinsman redeemer is a vital part of the equation. Again, we see that requirement of same seed, species or kind. According to scripture the kinsman redeemer [ga’al גָּאַלH1350] is a male relative who is responsible to redeem, act as kinsman-redeemer, avenge, or ransom a person in need. He is the “nearest” relative, related by blood to the person in need (Leviticus 25:25; Ruth 3:12; 4:1, 6, 8, etc.). He is obligated to provide an heir (Genesis 38:8-10; Deuteronomy 25:5-10). He must be willing to redeem the person in need (Ruth 4) and the redemption is competed when the redemption price has been paid in full (Leviticus 25:27; Ruth 4:7-11). Yeshua is our kinsman redeemer (Hebrews 2:17) who has paid the price in full (John 19:30), and we are his heirs (Romans 8:17; Titus 3:7; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 3:6).

Anthropomorphizing God
Ezekiel 1:26-28 – “And seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.”
Revelation 4:2-3 – “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold . . .One sitting on the throne.
Many think that we anthropomorphize Yahweh when we say that he looks human and that they are just attributing to him our own human form. Scripture says just the opposite – God looks like us because we are of the same species, our physical form is identical! Yeshua confirms this when he states – “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (John 14:7).

Minimizing Human Beings
Psalm 139:13-14 – “You formed my inner parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Your works are marvelous. My soul knows it very well.”
Statements that we don’t look like God, or that he does not have a human form, or that we are just his “messengers”, are misleading. Such statements fail to see how fearfully and wonderfully made we really are as stated in Psalm 139:14. This position minimizes who we are, who we are meant to be, and who we will be when we are fully revealed – as literal sons and daughters of the Living God, Yahweh.

In The Image and Likeness Of
Genesis 1:26-27 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’. Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him.”
Ezekiel 8:2 – “Then I looked, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of a man.”

Likeness – [dĕmuwth דְּמוּת H1823] means: looking like, resembling, having the same appearance or pattern of, fashioned after, having the same similitude, identicalness, or equivalence to. The word dĕmuwth is used over 25 times in scripture, and depicts someone or something that looks like the person or object that it is portraying. It is synonymous with the words tabniyth [תַּבְנִית H8403] mar’eh [מַרְאֶה H4758] and which also mean in the image, appearance, or pattern of. Elohim’s hand grabs Ezekiel by the hair and transports him to Jerusalem. Ezekiel takes a good look at who has done this and the being he sees has “a likeness as the appearance of a man” (Ezekiel 8:1-4). Adam has the likeness, the appearance of Elohim (Genesis 1:26-27)!

Image – [tselem צֶלֶם H6754] means: in the same fashion, identical look, having the same appearance as, being a shadow of. The word tselem is used over 15 times in scripture, and depicts someone or something that looks like the person or object that it is portraying. Adam has the image, the identical look of Elohim (Genesis 1:26-27)!

All five concepts: 1) Creation And Reproduction, 2) Strange Flesh / Mixed Seed, 3) Of One Seed, Species Or Kind, 4) Kinsman Redeemer, and 5) In The Image And Likeness Of are all about the genetics.
• Creation and reproduction are all about the genetics,
• Strange flesh and the mixing seeds are all about the genetics,
• Seed, species or kind are all about the genetics,
• The scriptures about Adam being made in the image and likeness of Elohim and about Seth being made in the image and likeness of Adam are also all about the genetics.

Elohim, Yahweh, Yeshua, human beings are of one kind, one species, one seed, one family! Yahweh’s seed is fully compatible with our seed! No wonder we look like Elohim, like Yahweh! It is appropriate to visualize Yahweh in a human form. Scripture gives many examples of this, and Yeshua confirms it. Indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). No wonder we look like him! No wonder Yahweh holds us in such esteem and commands us to do likewise. No wonder Yeshua redeemed us. No wonder the angels anticipate the conclusion of Elohim’s plan. How awesome.

Pesach 2017

The date for Pesach 2017 is Tuesday, April 11th and for Chag Ha’Matzoh are April 12th thru April 18th, 2017, in the Hebrew Year 5777.

Pesach begins at sunset today, Monday, April 10 and Chag Ha’Matzoh ends at sunset Tuesday, April 18.

The Moedim are Dress Rehearsals for prophetic events. Pesach, Chag Ha’Matzoh, and Reishit Katzir have all been fulfilled in the death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua. Praise Yahweh for fulfilling prophecy.

The festival of Pesach includes the day of Pesach (Passover) on April 11th, Chag Ha’Matzoh (Unleavened Bread) on April 12th , and Reishit Katzir (Firstfruits) on April 14th, in the Hebrew Year 5777. The first Pesach was held in Egypt when the Hebrew slaves put blood on the lintels and posts of the doors to their homes and the Angel of Death passed-over them. It has been celebrated by Jews and Gentiles for over three thousand years.

Most famously, the festival is noted for its lack of leaven (hametz) and the Seder Meal which is eaten while the story of the first exodus is recounted. Each year those celebrating the feast will scour their homes for every last trace of leaven, and remove all of it from the home. On Pesach eve, the Seder Meal is served and includes a shank of lamb, bitter herbs, matzo, and the Afikoman, plus much more. If you have not yet been to a Seder, by all means find one to attend.

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Favorite 14 Third Redemption Cycle

Synopsis of May 05, 2011……. The Third Redemption Cycle

What exactly is a redemption cycle, and why is the third redemption cycle so important? History records that the Jews have been removed from the land of Israel three times and taken into captivity. Each redemption cycle revolves around the release of the Jews from captivity. Today we are in what is called the third redemption cycle, and this is important because it speaks of the coming of Messiah. Below are the three cycles history records:

The First Captivity – (Egyptian) – 430 years
Genesis 15:13Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there, and they shall be oppressed for four hundred years.

The first time the Jews were removed from the land spent 430 years of captivity in Egypt. In Genesis 15:13 Yahweh told Abraham precisely when the Jews would return from Egypt and this period is confirmed in Exodus 12:40-41.

The Second Captivity – (Babylonian) – 70 years
Jeremiah 25:8-11 – “I will bring Nebuchadnezzar against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them . . . these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

The second time the Jews were removed from the land was when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, captured them and took them to Babylon. This captivity lasted 70 years and ended in 536 BC when the Jews returned to Jerusalem according to the decree by Cyrus the Great, King of Persian.

The Third Captivity – (Worldwide) – 2520 years
The third time the Jews were removed from the land was when Rome destroyed the Temple in 70AD and the Jews were scattered worldwide. These prophecies of the Jews returning to the land of Palestine, the State of Israel being born in a day, and the Jews living in the land of Israel once again can be found in Isaiah 11:10-12 & 56:8; Jeremiah 31:8, 32:37& 44; Amos 9:11-15; Ezekiel 11:17& 28:25& 34:13, Hosea 8:10; and Micah 2:12.

The Third Redemption Cycle1948 and Following
Jewish Rabbis in Israel believe that the third and final redemption cycle has begun in 2009 for the following reasons:
● The 1st time the sun cycle fell on Passover was when Israel was redeemed out of Egypt.
● The 2nd time this happened was during Purim when queen Ester got redemption for the Jews of the 127 provinces.
● The 3rd time the sun cycle fell on the1st day of Passover was on April 5,2009.April 5th fell on the 1st day of Passover which is the 1st Jewish feast, and which is known as the Feast Of Redemption.

Another reason why the Jews believe that the third and final redemption cycle has begun is this:
● The prophet Ezekiel laid on his side for 390 days as a sign that Israel would be disciplined for 390 years due to their iniquity. Leviticus Chapters 19 and 26 tell us, however, that if Israel did not fully repent, their punishment would be multiplied 7 times (7 x 390 = 2730). Israel’s captivity to the Assyrians began in 722 BC. Adding 2730 years from that date brings us to 2008, but since there is no year 0, this then becomes 2009. So the Jews believe that in 2009 their iniquity ended, and their third and final phase of redemption began.