APOSTOLIC JUDAISM: THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, GRAND FINALE

The Gospel of the Kingdom has a spectacular conclusion: at the end of the Millennial Reign of our Messiah, our Creator and Redeemer moves Heaven and Earth to establish New Jerusalem in the realm of the Earth. Revelation 21 (CJB):

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. 2 Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.” 5 Then the One sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Also he said, “Write, ‘These words are true and trustworthy!'” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the Beginning and the End.

Yeshua once again declares that He is Alef Tav, the One described in Genesis 1:1, the Light in Genesis 1:4 prior to the establishment of the sun and the moon. He began this prophecy with this declaration (Revelation 1:6), and He does so again here as He brings the prophecy to a close.

As I’ve written before, the alef tav is used in Hebrew as a grammatical tool to point to the doer and/or the action connected to the doer. In the Tanakh, there is one occasion where the placement of Alef Tav seems to stand alone and is not translated into English. That “et” happens to be the midst of the text in Isaiah 53:6. You may recognize that verse from the description of the Suffering Servant. When you use the understanding released in Revelation, it does not stand alone.

“All we like sheep have gone astray, every one to his own way we have turned, and YHVH has laid on him (ALEF TAV) the iniquity of us all.”

Yeshua goes on to say He is the Alef Tav in Revelation 22: 13 I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” 14 How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city!

The Gospel of the Kingdom will bring us full circle: back to the garden and eating from the Tree of Life. What Adam and Chavah lost, Yeshua restores: right standing before the Father. What sin does in terms of destruction is restored through the thousand year period we know as the Millennial Reign. No longer will greed and strife rule the planet, the Shalom of our Elohim will replace evil.

The honoring and observance of Shabbat is the wedding ring the people of Elohim wear to proclaim we belong to Elohim, that we will submit our wills to His purposes and plans. Yeshua is the Lord of the Sabbath as He brings rest and joy to us weekly, and He is the Lord of the Sabbath as He directs the restoration of the Heavens and the Earth during the seventh millennium. It is the picture of the seventh day Shabbat that gives us our first glimpse of the Gospel of the Kingdom in the promises of restoration. It is a picture of the seventh Millennium, also serving as a type of Shabbat that brings us to the realization of having Elohim dwell among us, which completes the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Moshe sets the stage in Deuteronomy 30:

“When the time arrives that all these things have come upon you, both the blessing and the curse which I have presented to you; and you are there among the nations to which Adonai your God has driven you; then, at last, you will start thinking about what has happened to you; and you will return to Adonai your God and pay attention to what he has said, which will be exactly what I am ordering you to do today — you and your children, with all your heart and all your being. At that point, Adonai your God will reverse your exile and show you mercy; he will return and gather you from all the peoples to which Adonai your God scattered you. If one of yours was scattered to the far end of the sky, Adonai your God will gather you even from there; he will go there and get you. Adonai your God will bring you back into the land your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; he will make you prosper there, and you will become even more numerous than your ancestors. Then Adonai your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your children, so that you will love Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being, and thus you will live. Adonai your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hated and persecuted you; but you will return and pay attention to what Adonai says and obey all his mitzvot which I am giving you today. Then Adonai your God will give you more than enough in everything you set out to do — the fruit of your body, the fruit of your livestock, and the fruit of your land will all do well; for Adonai will once again rejoice to see you do well, just as he rejoiced in your ancestors.

10 “However, all this will happen only if you pay attention to what Adonai your God says, so that you obey his mitzvot and regulations which are written in this book of the Torah, if you turn to Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being. (LY: vi) 11 For this mitzvah which I am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach. 12 It isn’t in the sky, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ 13 Likewise, it isn’t beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ 14 On the contrary, the word is very close to you — in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it!

The apostle Yochanan (John) confirms that this teaching of Moshe is front and center in Apostolic Judaism, please see I John 5, and while you’re reading, remember this was written some 60 years after Yeshua goes to the execution stake.

15 “Look! I am presenting you today with, on the one hand, life and good; and on the other, death and evil — 16 in that I am ordering you today to love Adonai your God, to follow his ways, and to obey his mitzvot, regulations and rulings ; for if you do, you will live and increase your numbers; and Adonai your God will bless you in the land you are entering in order to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, if you refuse to listen, if you are drawn away to prostrate yourselves before other gods and serve them; 18 I am announcing to you today that you will certainly perish; you will not live long in the land you are crossing the Yarden to enter and possess.

19 “I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants,

20 loving Adonai your God, paying attention to what he says and clinging to him — for that is the purpose of your life!

On this depends the length of time you will live in the land Adonai swore he would give to your ancestors Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov.”

Ezekiel 37 confirms that when the resurrection takes place, Messiah will gather us to Him, and then He will take us into the land promised to Avraham’s descendants.

You may or may not be a physical descendant of Avraham, but what is important is that you intentionally join the mixed multitude we know as Isra’el so that all of the promises given to Isra’el are also for you and your household.

Shalom Alecheim (peace be upon you) as you continue on the journey to living with purpose and enjoying the fullness of covenant life.

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To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. 7 He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars – their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.” 9 One of the seven angels having the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues approached me and said, “Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” 10 He carried me off in the Spirit to the top of a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It had the Sh’khinah of God, so that its brilliance was like that of a priceless jewel, like a crystal-clear diamond. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates; at the gates were twelve angels; and inscribed on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of Isra’el. 13 There were three gates to the east, three gates to the north, three gates to the south and three gates to the west. 14 The wall of the city was built on twelve foundation-stones, and on these were the twelve names of the twelve emissaries of the Lamb. 15 The angel speaking with me had a gold measuring-rod with which to measure the city, its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out in a square, its length equal to its width. With his rod he measured the city at 1,500 miles, with length, width and height the same. 17 He measured its wall at 216 feet by human standards of measurement, which the angel was using. 18 The wall was made of diamond and the city of pure gold resembling pure glass. 19 The foundations of the city wall were decorated with all kinds of precious stones-the first foundation stone was diamond, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh turquoise and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, with each gate made of a single pearl. The city’s main street was pure gold, transparent as glass. 22 I saw no Temple in the city, for ADONAI, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb. 23 The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there, 26 and the honor and splendor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure may enter it, nor anyone who does shameful things or lies; the only ones who may enter are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

APOSTOLIC JUDAISM: THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM CONCLUSION, PART THREE

Yeshua’s Revelation to Yochanan, a Jewish apocalyptic prophecy of the End of Days, completes the Apostolic Writings. Tucked away in chapter six, verses 9-11 describe events Yochanan sees going on while Yeshua breaks the fifth seal. Frankly, this was always a little unsettling to me: “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is for bearing witness. They cried out in a loud voice, ‘Sovereign Ruler, Ha Kadosh, the True One, how long will it be before you judge the people living on earth and avenge our blood?'”.

Generally, whenever I read from Revelation as a young believer, I simply shrugged and usually closed my Bible, unwilling to think of my Savior as a Conquering King who shed the blood of His enemies. It just did not match my limited understanding of Jesus, and to be honest I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to know that Jesus. To be sure, I knew it was Scriptural but this identity was so foreign to how I was taught Christianity – with a much stronger emphasis on the Lamb of God than the Conquering King. After all, weren’t we suppose to turn the other cheek? The Gospel I knew was more of what most of us were taught… Jesus died for my sins, and as a believer I was redeemed from a life of torment. Did I really need to know more?

Many years later, having taught an Hebraic eschatology for some time, I see things through a different lens. The verses quoted above reinforce one of the things that I cherish most about the Gospel of the Kingdom, that my Messiah is merciful, allowing me to be restored to the Father in spite of the fact that I don’t deserve to be restored; at the same time He is just – meaning He will allow each of us to choose where we want to spend eternity, with Him or apart from Him. It’s called free will. You can choose to submit and embrace His will, or do what is right in your own eyes.

The prophet Ezekiel presents a clear picture of the Father’s heart on the matter in chapter 33.

33 The word of Adonai came to me: “Human being, speak to your people; say to them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword on a country, and the people of that country take one of their men and appoint him their watchman. Now if, upon seeing the sword coming against that country, he blows the shofar and warns the people; then, if the sword comes and takes away someone who heard the sound of the shofar but paid no attention to it, the responsibility for that person’s death will be his own — he heard the shofar but paid no attention, so the responsibility for his death is his own; whereas if he had paid attention, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the shofar, so that the people are not warned; and then the sword comes and takes any one of them, that one is indeed taken away in his guilt, but I will hold the watchman responsible for his death.’

“Likewise you, human being — I have appointed you as watchman for the house of Isra’el. Therefore, when you hear the word from my mouth, warn them for me. When I tell the wicked person, ‘Wicked person, you will certainly die’; and you fail to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his way; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. On the other hand, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he doesn’t turn from his way; then he will still die guilty, but you will have saved your own life.

Playing a minor role as a watchman is what this about for me; I am blowing the shofar. Many believers in Yeshua really have an inaccurate picture of who Messiah is because their teachers have not presented the full Gospel of the Kingdom in a Biblical manner. As a result, many also have an inaccurate picture of who they are in Messiah – and either have rejected the identity of Isra’el, or have been taught that Isra’el is the physical Jews and gentiles have their own path to salvation through Jesus. In yet other religious worlds, Christianity is a legitimate expression that replaces the Jews – in some cases it is even taught that the Church is now Isra’el. Confusing!

To be Isra’el, you must embrace the covenants given to Isra’el – the Avrahamic, the Mosaic AND the Messianic, or the Renewed Covenant that both Ezekiel (chapter 37) and Jeremiah (chapter 31) reveal. Again, see Sha’ul’s theology in Ephesians, chapter two. Continuing on in Ezekiel 33:

10 “Therefore, you, human being, say to the house of Isra’el: ‘You say, “Our crimes and sins are weighing us down, we’re pining away because of them, how can we even stay alive?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ swears Adonai Elohim, ‘I take no pleasure in having the wicked person die, but in having the wicked person turn from his way and live. So repent! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, house of Isra’el?’

12 “Next, you, human being, say to your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous person will not save him, once he starts committing crimes; and likewise, the wickedness of the wicked person will not cause him to fall, once he turns from his wickedness. No, the righteous person cannot live by virtue of [his former righteousness], once he starts sinning. 13 So if, after I tell the righteous person that he will surely live, he begins trusting in his own [former] righteousness and starts committing crimes; then none of his [former] righteous actions will be remembered; on the contrary, he will die for the evil deeds he has committed. 14 Likewise, if, after I tell the wicked person, “You must die,” he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right — 15 if the wicked person restores pledged property and returns what he stole, so that he lives by the laws that give life and does not commit evil deeds; then he will live, he will not die. 16 None of the sins he committed will be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he will surely live.’

17 “Now your people say, ‘Adonais way isn’t fair!’ But it is their way, theirs, that isn’t fair! 18 When the righteous person turns away from his righteousness and commits wickedness, he will die because of it. 19 And when the wicked person turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he will live because of it. 20 Yet you say, ‘Adonai’s way isn’t fair!’ House of Isra’el, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

There will be many standing before the Throne of glory who will say “but I did good! I gave to charitable organizations and mowed my widow neighbor’s yard! I pray that the response they get is not: “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”

Ezekiel puts it this way: do what is lawful and right. What is lawful and right? Again, the term lawful is associated with the Torah… is that you received the promises and continue to walk in them. It is about your heart response to Elohim, and the requirement of having a circumcised heart so that our Father can penetrate your heart with His truth and set you free. That is why accusing Yeshua of “doing away with the Torah for us because He fulfilled it” is religious nonsense and borders on heretical teaching. See Matthew 5:17-20.

Yeshua teaches from this passage in Ezekiel when He tells His followers that you must endure until the end. You must stay faithful to the Truth that has been revealed to you, and must continue to be a witness of His faithfulness.

What has been revealed to you is yours to own, what hasn’t been revealed, the secret things, belong to Elohim (Deuteronomy 29:29). If you haven’t understood it before, this revelation is now yours: as an adopted son or daughter, your intended identity is Isra’el. The Gospel of the Kingdom message includes a time when everyone must own what they believe, how they have responded to Truth, and how they have treated others. It isn’t just about your relationship with Abba – it is also about others in your realm.

Make the most of it, and respond to the greatest love ever known – Yeshua HaMashiach.

We’re not done yet – did I just type that again? Yes, the glorious finale of the Gospel of the Kingdom message is on deck. In order to experience that, you must make a decision, and make a commitment. You’ve got what it takes… you can do all things through Messiah who strengthens you, so let’s do this!

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APOSTOLIC JUDAISM: THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM CONCLUSION, PART TWO

The Gospel of the Kingdom is a glorious revelation of the Father’s love and compassion for humankind. I often say that believers must keep their eye on the destination and not on the obstacles that come in life, because only when you know who you are (identity) and where you’re going (destiny) can you find the strength to stay the course.

At no time in history is that more true than today, as we watch an organized society disintegrate into Torahlessness and confusion. Yes, when Yeshua describes lawlessness the proper term is Torahlessness, the instructions and guidelines the Father has authorized for His Creation. Without Torah, the glue that holds things together and gives our world and society meaning, we revert to chaos. That’s the role of Yeshua, the Living Torah, Who is supreme over all creation, and sustains creation. (Colossians 1:14-17)

It appears that the world is perhaps heading toward the outcome Yeshua prophesied in what we call the Olivet Discourse, regarding the End of Days (Matthew 24:22, CJB): “Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, the length will be limited.”

This is not a future reactive decision to be made, but one already made based on Elohim’s ability to know the future actions of man. Which leads us to the question, do you have confidence that you know your own fate when the time of judgment comes? Do you know the Word well enough that you can endure until the end?

The Gospel of the Kingdom assures us that the Messiah is coming to gather His chosen ones, those who have responded to His love and follow His direction, not follow the teaching and traditions of men. The first day of the seventh month on the Biblical calendar, Yom Teruah, (English: Feast of Trumpets) is the yet unfulfilled appointed time associated in Hebrew literature and teaching with the coming of Messiah. As believers confident in Yeshua being the Anointed One, we view it as His second coming, validated by Zechariah’s vision in Zech. 12:10.

Christian doctrine has proposed some changes to Yeshua’s teaching… go figure… as Yeshua’s account of the things to come in the End of Days is quite different than some denominations’ doctrines. If you adhere to His teaching, the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture is pure fantasy, unless Yeshua was deceiving His followers in the description of things to come. If that is the case, then we can all just call it a day on theological issues and head for happy hour, because if Yeshua deceived people with misinformation, He would have just disqualified Himself from being the Messiah. Put your critical thinking hat on, and ponder this: if Yeshua is disqualified, our faith is in vain. We’ve got no other candidates waiting in the wings who could possibly be both the Suffering Servant and the future Conquering King, and meet the requirements of the Biblical Messiah, the King of Isra’el. So, if you choose to believe Christian doctrine that is not based on an accurate understanding of Scripture, you might as well eat and drink, do your best to be merry, because the early church fathers devised an interpretation of Scripture that eliminated observing the Sabbath, eliminated observing Passover (substituting a spring rite using the Roman calendar) and shifted to an anti-Jewish, anti-Torah theological premise. Their revisions did cause persecution to lift, and brought growth to the new institutionalized church, but left a void where the connection to the religious practices of the first century believers once existed.

Yeshua Himself describes to Yochanan (John) in Revelation 12:17 the people He is coming to gather when He establishes His Kingdom in the Earth (my notes in parentheses). Can we just take His Word and not try to amend it to make it fit our own doctrine?

“The dragon (hasatan) was infuriated over the woman (Isra’el) and went off to fight the rest of her children (those believers living on the Earth at that time with the identity and destiny of Isra’el), those who obey God’s commands (Torah) and bear witness to Yeshua.”

There is a reason that Sha’ul pleads with the people living in Asia Minor in his letter we call Ephesians to take on the identity of Isra’el. “You are no longer gentiles!” If you place your confidence in the Messiah of Isra’el to deliver you, and take on the identity of Isra’el with it’s covenant promises and responsibilities – you have a place in the Eternal Kingdom of our Elohim, secured by the covenants Elohim has made with Avraham and Isra’el. Elohim dwells in the praises of Isra’el (Psalm 22), and that is exactly His plan when New Jerusalem descends at the close of the Millennial Reign when Yeshua and His people restore the Heavens and the Earth (See 1 Corinthians 15:20-28).

Will you be among them?

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APOSTOLIC JUDAISM: THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM CONCLUSION, PART ONE

There is nothing quite like the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Elohim acknowledges the needs of His Creation even as He is in the mode of creating, establishing Shabbat as the crowning glory of His work – the only day that has a name, which carries the significance of authority. Shabbat is set apart from the beginning, and He gives specific instructions for us to observe and keep His Shabbat, so that we will be known as His people, also set apart or sanctified. The rest of the days simply are Day One (Yom Rishon), Day Two (Yom Sheni), Day Three (Yom Shlishi) and so on. The week is incomplete with any one of the other six days, each is significant in its own right; but each pales in comparison to the special designation of Shabbat.

Shabbat is the weekly appointed time; the annual appointed times tell the rest of His story, which was always supposed to be our story, too. Shabbat also represents the seventh millennium (a day is as a thousand years), which we will get into next time. Knowing that sin would soon enter His Creation, Elohim starts with a promise of restoration; that work will be rewarded, and that sickness and disease can be healed and we can and will have a new beginning from the chaos that man’s disobedience brings. So He then gave us Passover to allow for sin to be dealt with; you think the concept of Passover started in Egypt? Well, how then would you explain Abba using the skin of one of His animals to “cover” the sin of Adam and Chavah? You see, the concepts are not new, Abba is not stuck in dispensational theology. His theology has always been covenantal, and is to this day. (See Sha’ul’s explanation in Ephesians chapter two).

Alas, He was just getting started in explaining His Good News! He gave us the hope of Unleavened Bread, as He drives home to point of a world without sin. It is a prophetic picture of the future restoration of the sinless garden-like world of Adam and Chavah (Adam and Eve). Hey gardeners, no weeds and no having to move the hoses around to make sure everything gets watered!

He released us into the hope of who He created us to be in His image through the promise of First Fruits and resurrection life, from that moment on to always be with Him (I Thes. 4:13-17). He gave us the limitless reality of His Word through the giving of the Torah, accentuated with Yeshua sending the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to be our guide and companion to covenant life in Messiah, with the Ruach writing Torah on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:30-31, Hebrews 8).

I am reminded of the song we sing at the remembrance of Passover, an annual event we are commanded to observe. The song is titled “Dayenu” and has been part of Passover Seders for over a thousand years. The name means “it would have been sufficient for us” and the song strings together a long list of the things our Creator and Redeemer have done for us… and each one would have been sufficient in its own right. But our Father is the Giver of every good and perfect gift, and so we humbly accept His protection, provision and blessing, all the while knowing we could never do enough to deserve it all.

He desires that not one perish, and yet people ignore His beckoning to come home to covenant life. So, as amazing as the Gospel of the Kingdom has been up to this point… there’s more. Selah. (Pause and ponder).

From the passages that describe His first interactions with Adam and Chavah, we can see that what our Father really wants is a loving, compassionate and meaningful relationship with His Creation. And so, yes, He incorporated a plan to realize that desire from the very beginning. The fall appointed times which begin on the seventh month of the Biblical calendar are all about the world coming together under the leadership of the One True, Living God. Christianity paints the same Scriptures with a different brush, but we’re going to dig into the intent of our Father from the beginning of time as we explore in the conclusion, part two.

APOSTOLIC JUDAISM: PRESENTING THE LIGHT OF TORAH AND REVEALING MESSIAH

The Gospel of Luke gives us insight that religious doctrine of our day is not rooted in the first century apostles’ doctrine. First of all, how many times have you read this passage in chapter one?

(CJB) In the days of Herod, King of Y’hudah, there was a cohen named Z’kharyah (Zechariah) who belonged to the Aviyah division (see I Chron. 24). His wife was a descendant of Aharon, and her name was Elisheva (Elizabeth). 

Both of them were righteous before God, observing all the mitzvot and ordinances of Adonai blamelessly. 

But they had no children, because Elisheva was barren; and they were both well along in years.

Does verse six mean that they led sinless lives? Is ‘blamelessness’ equal to never sinning? No, they understood that Torah contains instructions for life and that the Elohim of Avraham was merciful towards those who made mistakes and repented for those mistakes. Being restored to right standing and walking blamelessly in that sanctified state is what Torah is all about. The decision to keep the mitzvot and ordinances is a heart issue, both then and now – and it worked out well for Z’kharyah and Elisheva, wouldn’t you say? As we read on in the Gospel of Luke, their offspring plays a major role in paving the way for Messiah.

Do I need to state the obvious? Yeshua was not born yet, in fact He had not yet been conceived as a human being – still, these people were judged as being in right standing with Elohim because they believed the promises and walked in them.

Dispensational Christian doctrine believes that Elohim changes – He is not the same yesterday, today and forever because the Church Age starts in 30AD with a new group of Elohim’s people unattached to the very same Z’kharyah and Elisheva we just read about. Since I’ve had this discussion with several dispensationalists, I can tell you that they don’t acknowledge that a change in terms, ideas, ways of doing things means Elohim changes – but, in Biblical thought your word is the essence of who you are and the same is true of Elohim. A change in how you relate to things or people is still a change in who you are, what you represent. An unchanging Elohim relates to you the same way He related to Kayin (Cain), always wanting your heart to be soft, pliable and in line with His heart. Elohim was merciful to Kayin, giving him time to repent. He was also merciful to Z’kharyah and Elisheva, and they responded to that love by keeping His commandments (see John 14:15). Keeping the commandments did not save them, they were saved by the covenantal relationship afforded them by their commitment to honor Elohim in the way they lived their lives, and the applied blood of the Passover lamb kept them from harm until Messiah comes to finish the work of the Suffering Servant.

Yeshua coming did not change the plan of salvation; it simply made it real and tangible as He fulfilled Isaiah 53. He replaces the future manifestation of the Kingdom in the Earth with a “now” manifestation through the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), but the Conquering King is still a future manifestation as we move toward completion of the promised miraculous transformation of the Earth and the Heavens back to its original state in the seventh millennium. That is why we’ve been mandated to observe and celebrate Shabbat weekly, our Father wants the future to be real for us now.

When you start to use critical thinking to evaluate Christian doctrine, it reveals the errors of anti-semitism that have been promoted for nearly 2,000 years. The Roman emperor Constantine hated the Jews, and the early church fathers obliged by institutionalizing the changes made to the doctrine of the apostles.

I‘m going to take you back to what we read in our previous entry, and actually include a larger portion of that passage. Why? Because Apostolic Judaism is not a disconnected faith from the promises of the Hebrew Bible as it existed in the first century.

Luke 1:26 In the sixth month, the angel Gavri’el was sent by God to a city in the Galil called Natzeret, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Yosef, of the house of David; the virgin’s name was Miryam. 28 Approaching her, the angel said, “Shalom, favored lady! Adonai is with you!” 29 She was deeply troubled by his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Miryam, for you have found favor with God. 31 Look! You will become pregnant, you will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua. 32 He will be great, he will be called Son of Ha‘Elyon. Adonai, God, will give him the throne of his forefather David; 33 and he will rule the House of Ya‘akov forever — there will be no end to his Kingdom.” 34 “How can this be,” asked Miryam of the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered her,

“The Ruach HaKodesh will come over you,
the power of Ha‘Elyon will cover you.
Therefore the holy child born to you
will be called the Son of God.

36 “You have a relative, Elisheva, who is an old woman; and everyone says she is barren. But she has conceived a son and is six months pregnant! 37 For with God, nothing is impossible.” 38 Miryam said, “I am the servant of Adonai; may it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

39 Without delay, Miryam set out and hurried to the town in the hill country of Y’hudah 40 where Z’kharyah lived, entered his house and greeted Elisheva. 41 When Elisheva heard Miryam’s greeting, the baby in her womb stirred. Elisheva was filled with the Ruach HaKodesh 42 and spoke up in a loud voice,

“How blessed are you among women!
And how blessed is the child in your womb!

43 “But who am I, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy! 45 Indeed you are blessed, because you have trusted that the promise Adonai has made to you will be fulfilled.”

A Gentile Church Age? There is no such thing in the Gospels, only the musings of men trying to make Scripture say something it doesn’t. Elisheva clearly recognizes the promise of Torah – and the coming Anointed One is happening in her little Jewish world. The transition from being a promised made to a promised realized is what Yeshua brings to the table.

And what a banqueting table it is!

The Gospel of the Kingdom naturally includes a great King, an eternal King, and the re-establishment of righteousness in the Earth. We will pick up there next time as we return to Abba’s calendar.

THE GOOD NEWS IS NOT INCOMPLETE, SO LET’S start to FILL IN THE REST OF THE BLANKS

One of the frustrating tidbits about trying to describe events outside of their original language and application is things like the translation of “tov” in Hebrew to English. Tov in Hebrew is the consonants tet and vet, with the olem vav serving as the vowel sound for “o”. In the Hebrew picture language, we get the illustration of “contains and connects the house”, of course meaning our Father’s house.

In English, tov is translated as “good”. Aargh! In our culture at least most of us think peanut butter is good, having someone driving a cross street to yours actually stop at the red octagonal stop sign is good… lots of things are “good”. We don’t have a word that conveys the message of completeness that is “tov”. The Hebraic concept of tov is that it doesn’t need to be improved, nor does it need to “evolve”. Everything needed to bring you the fullness of Elohim is already embedded in the subject matter.

You probably know where I’m going with this… we describe the Gospel of the Kingdom as “the good news”. Yet, Christianity often defines the good news of Yeshua in less than complete terms. Generally, the message of salvation (Hebrew concept of deliverance) is the extent of “the good news”. It is amazing, I’ll give you that… but the Gospel of the Kingdom is so much more than “Jesus Saves”.

In this series, we’ve covered the subjects associated with Shabbat, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Shavuot (Pentecost). If you’ve embraced all of the concepts we’ve describe, you’re well on your way to living the fullness of Kingdom life. But the Kingdom life is the story of Isra’el, and if you’ve not taken on the identity and destiny of Isra’el, there is no better time than now to make the necessary corrections.

Apostolic Judaism wants to take you deeper into intimacy with Elohim.

Because even as awesome as the composite picture of those events listed are, we still lack understanding of some important promises in the Gospel of the Kingdom, expressed through the Fall Feasts!

If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you already know we’ve spent some time describing the future events the Bible associates with the Fall Feasts. We’ve just concluded our celebration of Yom Teruah, observed Yom Kippur and enjoyed the real Season of Our Joy, Sukkot.

If you are new, you can scroll down on this page to last month’s entries and read about the exciting conclusion of this age. But for our purposes today, let’s look at an important promise from Luke chapter one that has yet to reach its’ ultimate fulfillment:

26 In the sixth month, the angel Gavri’el was sent by God to a city in the Galil called Natzeret, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Yosef, of the house of David; the virgin’s name was Miryam. 28 Approaching her, the angel said, “Shalom, favored lady! Adonai is with you!” 29 She was deeply troubled by his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Miryam, for you have found favor with God. 31 Look! You will become pregnant, you will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua. 32 He will be great, he will be called Son of Ha‘ElyonAdonai, God, will give him the throne of his forefather David; 33 and he will rule the House of Ya‘akov forever — there will be no end to his Kingdom.”

Christianity has taken many different paths to explain this, even to the point of making the Kingdom a spiritual one that Yeshua will reign from Heaven for eternity, but that is not a Biblical explanation. The Messiah is BOTH the Suffering Servant and Conquering King, so we’ve seen one come to pass but not the other. The Fall Feasts fill in the blanks of missing information about the Conquering King.

We will start there next time as we continue in the Good News, the Gospel of the Kingdom.

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SHAVUOT: THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE WORD ESTABLISHED IN COVENANT WITH YHVH

Shavuot (Pentecost) is the centerpiece of the the annual appointed times. It is placed between the spring and fall feasts in the position of four, much like the servant candle of a menorah, pictured above. The servant candle in the middle position, also fourth of seven, is manifested in Yeshua, the Light of the World and our Servant King.

In Genesis 1:1, the Hebrew sentence is seven words. Transliterated into English, it is (1) B’resheit (2) bara (3)Elohim (4)et (5)hashayamim (6)v’et (7)haeretz.

The English translation is: in the beginning, God created (et/Alef Tav) the heavens and the earth.

Hebrew sentence structure is different than English, and the Alef Tav is used in Hebrew as a grammatical tool to point to the action and/or the Doer of the action. In Genesis 1:1, the Alef Tav is pointing to what Elohim created, which is the heavens and the earth. It is also disclosing the identity of the Creator. When Yeshua reveals Himself as the Alef Tav in Revelation 1:8 (also 21:6 and 22:13), He is pointing back to the beginning, and we can see that first century apostolic doctrine clearly identified Him as being deity, and active in the Creation of Genesis. Lost in a religion that abandons the Hebrew and replaces it with Greek language and thought, the Alpha and Omega does not communicate the same thought in your English bibles translated from the Greek. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Religion adds and subtracts, and obliterates the original concepts which reveal Elohim’s intent.

While we could spend much time discussing the language and the nuggets contained within, let’s return to the subject at hand, which is the Gospel of the Kingdom in Abba’s calendar.

The triangular base of the menorah and the triangular representation of the fish’s tail come together to form a magen David, or shield of David. In English it is also referred to as a star of David, but the most accurate understanding is a shield which symbolizes the collective strength and protective elements of covenant for the physical and spiritual descendants of Avraham. The shield is formed on the menorah pictured above when the base of the menorah itself and the tail of the fish come together to create the symbolism of the shield.

Shavuot first comes with the Good News of Covenant being revealed through the Torah when Moshe received the instructions of Elohim on Mount Sinai. The Torah was not given to Isra’el to save her; salvation was offered to Isra’el through the blood of the Passover Lamb back in Egypt. Torah was given to the mixed multitude at Mount Sinai as a means of sanctification – whoever embraced and followed the ways of Elohim revealed in Torah would enter into an eternal covenant relationship with Him – offering protection, provision and blessing.

The three stages of covenant life are justification, sanctification and glorification. You are made righteous, or in right standing with Elohim through the justification and application of Messiah’s blood. There is no other way to the Father but through the Blood of the Lamb, and that was the theology of Isra’el; in the desert of Egypt they were given the promise of a coming Messiah (Deuteronomy 18:15-19), while we have the advantage of hindsight and can see the fulfillment of Passover and the spring appointed times in Messiah’s death and resurrection.

It is important to note that the plan of salvation has not changed, but transformed through the faith and obedience of Yeshua.

Is the giving of Torah the only fulfillment of Shavuot? I’m glad you asked. No, we saw another fulfillment as the calendar counting hit 50 days on Shavuot in 30AD. But instead of being the beginning of the church age as is often taught in the religion of Christianity, it was a confirmation of the Messianic covenant in Apostolic Judaism. Hebrews chapters eight and nine confirm the first century apostles’ doctrine on the matter, the ratification of the Messianic (Renewed) Covenant described the prophets Jeremiah (chapter 31) and Ezekiel (chapter 37) added to the previous eternal covenants established first with Avraham and later with his descendants at Mount Sinai.

Sha’ul is very clear in his theology. The former gentiles of Asia Minor who received Yeshua as Messiah were no longer gentiles, but now free to access the covenant relationships (plural) as he describes in Ephesians, chapter two. What is so amazing about those covenants? With the ratification of the Messianic Covenant, the Ruach HaKodesh can now write the Torah of Elohim on the hearts of His people (see Jeremiah 31). The idea that Torah was done away with is ludicrous; the fact of the matter is the Torah is our national constitution and foundation for life in Elohim.

Here is the key: you must take on the identity and destiny of Isra’el. Please let Sha’ul’s teaching stand without the trappings of religion – with that identity comes responsibilities to live life by Elohim’s instructions, refreshed daily through the guidance and wisdom of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).

Now, as you study and apply Torah to your life – freedom comes in Yeshua HaMashiach! His yoke (application of Torah) is easy, it’s not too hard for you! The Gospel of the Kingdom declares in its centerpiece annual event that Abba’s people are protected, provided for and blessed through covenant.

Covenant Life in the Kingdom… don’t leave home without it!

THE COUNTING OF THE OMER… A BEAUTIFUL REFLECTION OF THE RESTORATION OF YHVH’S PEOPLE AND THE LAND

The fourth of the annual appointed times comes after 50 days are counted from HaBikkurim (First Fruits). We also know First Fruits as Resurrection Day, so hopefully that will help you to see the Gospel of the Kingdom application. From the day we know as Resurrection Day, the cycle of 50 days will be a completion of the cycle noted as being a Jubilee (Hebrew: yovel), in this case known as the counting of the Omer (measure). The picture language of yovel gives us the illustration of “applying the house instruction”, which focuses on mercy and forgiveness for those who exercise the intended application of those instructions. But you must put your faith into action, you must live your beliefs and act accordingly – in that lifestyle is the essence of covenant: protection, provision and blessing.

So, let’s review what we’ve learned about the Biblical calendar and appointed times thus far: you reconnected to the promise of eternal life in the Kingdom (Shabbat), you received the blood of the Lamb as atonement for your sins, (Passover); you were assured a life lived seeking righteousness is rewarded (Unleavened Bread) and a resurrection to eternal life with the Creator and Redeemer (First Fruits/Resurrection Day) if you endure until the end. Wow, that’s amazing! But, we’re not done yet.

I’m sorry, but Valentine’s Day, Halloween (really, some Christians don’t see the evil in celebrating Halloween?), Easter with its bunnies and eggs, Christmas with Santa Claus and elves, and various days honoring Christian “saints” just doesn’t get the job done. Not even close. You don’t need a gospel built of lies and deceit, you need a Gospel built on Truth. We don’t have days where we honor Moshe, Joshua, Ruth or any other saint… everything points to Yeshua, just the way it should be.

Can you begin to see how crazy it is that Christianity has refused to follow the Biblical model, and at the same time because Christianity has hijacked the story of Messiah’s love by presenting him in anti-Jewish theology, that Jews refuse to accept the gift of life that Yeshua brings? Both partially see, and yet are blinded. Apostolic Judaism is the key to the presentation of the Gospel of the Kingdom in a Biblical light.

A Jubilee was a time when debt was forgiven, and the principle taught in Leviticus 25 regarding the Shabbat rest serves as a reminder every year during this time of the counting of 50 days of the Father’s ultimate redemption promised to the faithful.

25 Adonai spoke to Moshe on Mount Sinai; he said, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When you enter the land I am giving you, the land itself is to observe a Shabbat rest for AdonaiSix years you will sow your field; six years you will prune your grapevines and gather their produce. But in the seventh year is to be a Shabbat of complete rest for the land, a Shabbat for Adonai; you will neither sow your field nor prune your grapevines. You are not to harvest what grows by itself from the seeds left by your previous harvest, and you are not to gather the grapes of your untended vine; it is to be a year of complete rest for the land. But what the land produces during the year of Shabbat will be food for all of you — you, your servant, your maid, your employee, anyone living near you, your livestock and the wild animals on your land; everything the land produces may be used for food.

“‘You are to count seven Shabbats of years, seven times seven years, that is, forty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, on Yom-Kippur, you are to sound a blast on the shofar; you are to sound the shofar all through your land; 10 and you are to consecrate the fiftieth year, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It will be a yovel for you; you will return everyone to the land he owns, and everyone is to return to his family. 11 That fiftieth year will be a yovel for you; in that year you are not to sow, harvest what grows by itself or gather the grapes of untended vines; 12 because it is a yovel. It will be holy for you; whatever the fields produce will be food for all of you. 13 In this year of yovel, every one of you is to return to the land he owns.

The second witness of Jubilee is the application of the refuge cities law. When the High Priest dies, all men exiled to the refuge cities were given a free pass to return to their home and families, to resume living in the land as free men, the penalty for their sin served. Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua give us context to the regulations associated with refuge cities, but allow me to cut to the chase: when the High Priest died, men convicted of manslaughter could return home. And that’s exactly what our High Priest did, and His name is Yeshua HaMashiach (the Anointed One).

Hebrews 7 will be a subject of a study another time, but in the text of the letter to the Hebrews, we find theological nuggets that distinguish Apostolic Judaism from rabbinical Judaism and Christianity.

Our High Priest, Yeshua gave His life so that we can be set free. We now have an overview of the Counting of the Omer. Next time, we will look at the actual meaning of Shavuot in both past fulfillment and present fulfillment. Hope to see you then!

Shabbat Shalom!

THE MESSIAH AS SUFFERING SERVANT: “IT IS FINISHED”, BUT WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED

Obviously, this review of the Gospel of the Kingdom is far from exhaustive. You could write entire books on the spiritual significance of each individual event represented in Leviticus 23 or Elohim’s appointed times. As we now move to the third of the annual appointed or designated times, Sha’ul spells out the importance of death and resurrection in his first letter to the Corinthians (chapter 15), written circa 56AD:

Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, and by which you are being saved — provided you keep holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you. For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain. For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this:

the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; 

and he was seen by Kefa, then by the Twelve; and afterwards he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, the majority of whom are still alive, though some have died. Later he was seen by Ya‘akov, then by all the emissaries; and last of all he was seen by me, even though I was born at the wrong time. For I am the least of all the emissaries (apostles), unfit to be called an emissary, because I persecuted the Messianic Community of God. 10 But by God’s grace I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain; on the contrary, I have worked harder than all of them, although it was not I but the grace of God with me. 11 Anyhow, whether I or they, this is what we proclaim, and this is what you believed.

Please note: there is no “new religion” in the context of Sha’ul’s theological premise. The Biblical calendar is still intact; why is that important? Most people reading their Bibles fail to realize that over twenty five years have passed since the events being described actually took place. There is NEVER going to be a new religion in the context of Sha’ul’s theology, he remains faithful to practice the Torah as it was presented by Moshe (see Acts 24).

The Tanakh is a term, actually an acronym, for the Hebrew Bible in the first century. The word incorporates the three parts of Scripture that make up the Tanakh, the Torah (teaching of Moshe), the Nevi’im (the prophets) and Ketuvim (the historical writings). Earlier in the first letter to the Corinthians, Sha’ul has identified Yeshua as the Pesach (Passover) Lamb: I Corinthians 5:Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed.

Shaul’s theology fits nicely in the context of Leviticus 23, the calendar given to Moshe for him to present to the people of Isra’el. It is still our calendar today in Apostolic Judaism, though religion has sent the details of the calendar into many adaptations devised by man.

You cannot separate the importance of the event of the death of Yeshua from the event of His resurrection three days later in spite of the time gap. Sha’ul goes on to acknowledge that there are some doubters among the people of Isra’el in his letter, and then in chapter 15, verse 20 connects the dots to the third annual designated or appointed time:

“But the fact remains that Yeshua has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died.”

There it is: the Gospel of the Kingdom straight out of Leviticus 23. The day known as HaBikkurim or ‘First Fruits’, the first day of the week following Passover, is also the day we start counting fifty days. Yeshua was in the tomb for three days and three nights (the promised sign of Yonah), and then we start the counting of days up to fifty. Fifty is the number of yovel – or jubilee – which takes us to the anniversary of the giving of Torah on Mount Sinai and in 30 AD, takes us to the glorious day where 3,000 were saved.

Now I am going to point a difference between Apostolic Judaism theology and Christianity – in the latter, theology tells us that this event signifies the beginning of the church age and all new believers form the church.

Really, you think Abba’s Covenant Kingdom people won’t include Moshe, King David, Joshua, Ruth, Esther and a host of others? Have you read Hebrews 11 lately? That chapter often referred to as the “Faith Hall of Fame” is a great example of Apostolic Judaism theology.

Dispensational thinking is the product of a religion that wants to rid itself of any connection to Biblical Isra’el. The theology of Apostolic Judaism is covenantal (see Ephesians 2), and the people of Elohim who were granted righteousness because of believing the promises and putting their faith into action. Our theology embraces our Father Avraham, our leaders of faith over the centuries. We’re not a different body, we are the fulfillment of Genesis 12:3 in action. Ask yourself: does the teaching of your assembly of believers reflect the Truth of Matthew 28:19-20?

These appointed times don’t belong to the Jews – they belong to the Father. It’s His story: as His people, it is our story. The Gospel of the Kingdom is the nuts and bolts of the Biblical calendar as revealed to Moshe. Lost upon those who have embraced the Roman calendar, with its additions of Christmas, Halloween, Easter and a variety of other events that keep those who believe in Jesus attached to the world. When the Father invites you to come out of her, that is exactly what He is talking about. exactly where He wants you to start.

Yeshua said it best while still hanging on the execution stake. “IT IS FINISHED” is not His final thoughts about Torah, it is about Him finishing the requirements of the Suffering Servant. Now, the appointed times are going to shift from salvation to victorious life in the Kingdom.

Yeshua directed believers through Yochanan (Revelation 1) to use the menorah as the symbol of the assembly; men later overrode that directive and established the cross as the symbol. Does your assembly honor Yeshua’s request or follow the Roman example? I could go on and on, but Yeshua is more focused on life with you in the Kingdom than reminding you daily that you don’t deserve to be in the Kingdom without His sacrifice. It’s time to move on the victorious message of the Gospel of the Kingdom, not make the cross the one and only centerpiece of our new place in the assembly.

Christianity is the compromised religion that was institutionalized by the Roman Empire with it’s anti-Jewish doctrine and contrived theology to strip Yeshua of His heritage as a Jewish man, son of Elohim. Many sincere Christians have genuinely called upon the name of Jesus, but church teachings to this day misrepresent His own words. There is no better time than now to embrace the ways of our Father. Have questions about Apostolic Judaism? Want prayer? Send us a note on “the leave a message link” link above.

the gospel of the kingdom: a world without sin… wait, wut?

Leviticus 23 teaches us that as the Day of Pesach comes to a close at sunset, the Day the Lamb was sacrificed as atonement for the sins of all men who applied the blood to their doorposts, a second appointed time was established immediately as a seven day period to observe Chag Matzah or the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The significance of Chag Matzah is lost on most people and modern rabbinical Judaism lumps the two appointed times together as one because it is a combined eight days without interruption. Clearly, Abba wants us to understand the significance of the two events separately. You will hear some say things like “on the second day of Passover” or refer to Pesach as simply “the first day of Unleavened Bread”. Neither is Biblically correct, but religion often honors culture over Truth.

We are not to eat leavened bread for the seven days from the beginning of the 11th day of the first month to the 17th day of the first month of the Biblical year. It really takes the insight of Yeshua to help us to understand the symbolism of unleavened bread. The timing of this event teaches us that the Lamb of Elohim will give His life before the restoration of the Earth back to its original sinless state can occur. And… we’re skipping ahead a little bit… but His resurrection from the dead is also associated with this seven day period we call Chag Matzah. Let’s pick up with Matthew 16 with the Pharisees and Sadducees:

Then some P’rushim and Tz’dukim came to trap Yeshua by asking him to show them a miraculous sign from Heaven. But his response was, “When it is evening, you say, ‘Fair weather ahead,’ because the sky is red; and in the morning you say, ‘Storm today!’ because the sky is red and overcast. You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times! A wicked and adulterous generation is asking for a sign? It will certainly not be given a sign — except the sign of Yonah!” With that he left them and went off.

The talmidim, in crossing to the other side of the lake, had forgotten to bring any bread. So when Yeshua said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves against the hametz of the P’rushim and Tz’dukim,” they thought he said it because they hadn’t brought bread. But Yeshua, aware of this, said, “Such little trust you have! Why are you talking with each other about not having bread? Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you filled? 10 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many baskets you filled? 11 How can you possibly think I was talking to you about bread? Guard yourselves from the hametz of the P’rushim and Tz’dukim!” 12 Then they understood — they were to guard themselves not from yeast for bread but from the teaching of the P’rushim and Tz’dukim.

Yeast is not the enemy, though our avoidance of eating bread baked with yeast for a week signifies our commitment to be obedient. Leaven in Scripture represents sin. A weeklong appointed time on Abba’s calendar will help us recognize the ill effects of sin and bad teaching. Abba wants us to pursue righteousness and sanctification; the Feast of Unleavened Bread gives us hope that through Yeshua we can do all things throughout the year!

In Luke 12, Yeshua likens the hypocrisy of the P’rushim to leaven. The Lord intended for there to be a seven thousand year period prior to eternity without the hypocrisy of men saying one thing, but doing another. But sin entered into the garden, and the fallen state of this world continues to deteriorate.

In Revelation 3:14, Yeshua reveals that He desires we be passionate about our life choices. If we’re on board with the Father’s plan, we should be hot – we should be about our Father’s business. He desires not one perish, and His plan is open to all who will repent and submit to His ways.

If we’re not on board and we oppose the Father’s plan, we should be cold. But don’t be lukewarm, in other words one foot in Kingdom life and one foot in the world is worse – you know the plan and you refuse to walk it out.

That’s one of the lessons of the Feast of Unleavened Bread – understand the cost of the Father providing salvation for you – and respond by accepting His invitation to Covenant life by pursuing righteousness. It’s not too hard for you!

I John was written circa 90 AD, some 60 years after Yeshua gave His life and then gave us hope as He was resurrected from the dead. I John 5:  Everyone who believes that Yeshua is the Messiah has God as his father, and everyone who loves a father loves his offspring too. Here is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God, we also do what he commands.

For loving God means obeying his commands. Moreover, his commands are not burdensome,

because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust. Who does overcome the world if not the person who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God?

One last thing before we move on to the next appointed time in the Gospel of the Kingdom. In Matthew 16 quoted above, Yeshua tells the people He will give them just one sign. The year that Yeshua went to the execution stake, there were three days and three nights between His day spent on the cross and the evening that He came forth out of the tomb. His time in the Tomb attests to the saving power of our Elohim. Are you ready to walk in the beauty of first century faith? Use the “leave a comment” link above to send us a message and we’ll help you get started.