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Yehovah’s Date Days

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Recently, I had the opportunity to write my personal summary of the beauty contained within Yehovah’s Date Days! Can’t wait till my next date day with Him!

The feasts are incredible prophecies, the spring feasts were fulfilled tho I’ve a hunch there is still a bit more to come as every feast had a now, intermediate, and long-term prophecy imbedded within it…, but the beauty is, observing Passover is the original “communionImage of Bride & Groom under Tallitn service” and celebrating it as believer in Messiah is in direct obedience to Yeshua’s words.  There is no “animal sacrifice” saying His death didn’t occur – only bread, wine, food, celebration, and a remembering of him, broken for us.  The week of Unleavened Bread is an incredible reminder to eat only of His sinless life, to take in HIS word and remove all leaven from the soul food that we eat.  The feast of First fruits reminds us clearly that he was the FIRST fruit, raised from the dead…  Shavuot, or Pentecost, celebrated on the day the 10 commandments were given and many centuries later when the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples reminds us that we are to worship in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.  This is the giving of the covenant, the marriage ketubah or contract! This is the Bride’s day to rejoice that her Husband, Yeshua has made a contract, a promise that He is and will keep!


The fall feasts on the other hand… Have yet to see their final fulfillment, tho they’ve had intermediate fulfillments already. Image of Shofar blowers -   The Day of Trumpets announcing “The Bridegroom Cometh!”, based on the word of Two Witnesses. The people, coming out of their fields of harvest, washing and putting on their prior prepared white linen robes to Sound the Shofar and announce the coming of judgment and the bridegroom.  The 10 days of awe between Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) and Atonement, the time of asking, is there any sin remaining? Is there anything that stands between me and the Father reminds me of EGW’s words regarding this rending of soul by the saints…  Atonement – the judgement day. The day when the names are final in the book of life. The day when the Jubilee trumpet sounds and announces the Sabbath year, the millennium.  The day that the Sanctuary of our hearts is fully cleansed.  It’s an awesome, terrible, beautiful day of fasting and praising Father for the Gift of his Son who makes us all worthy, whose life and death mean our names are in His book!
And Feast of Tabernacles.. The feast of “and the Word became flesh and Tabernacled among us”. The feast that lasts 8 days, where temporary dwellings are built, and we look back to when He lived with us in the desert and we look forward to the time when He will live with us, Tabernacle with us, not only in our hearts, but with us bodily.

Image of Bride & Groom under Chuppah

A Bride & Groom stand under a “Temporary Dwelling” called a Chuppah

 This is the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” – This is the culmination of the incredible romance that He, Father God has called us into. This is the restoration of all things.  And there is this neat little ceremony, the Water Libation when they pray for the Latter Rain (part of the intermediate fulfillment)… Yeshua stood, in the temple, at the moment of silence before the water was poured on the altar, and defined what they were doing, when his voice rang out, “I am the living water!! If any man thirsts let him come to Me and Drink”.. John says he was talking about the Holy Spirit… the true latter rain!
No, These feasts in no way make naught out of the Life, Death, Resurrection and soon return of Messiah nor are they dead bones of false religion or a “to do list”, rather, they are living rehearsals, a live drama of the Plan of Salvation, of incredibly infinite good things to come, the substance of those things being Yeshua – and our relationship of intimacy with Him! For we who were once foreigners are now brought nigh into the commonwealth of Israel, into the marriage relationship Yehovah intended for us to have with Him.

As Paul said, “”For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth” (I Cor. 5:7-8, NIV).   YES! let us keep the feasts! Even the spring feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover. Not with a sacrifice, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with Sincerity and Truth!!
For He is our Passover Lamb, He is our First Fruits, He is our Husband and He has given a new covenant to write his Ketubah within our hearts!  He is the Bridegroom yet to return! He will judge the quick and the dead and the sons of men and He will welcome us to the Wedding supper of the Lamb!  HalleluYah!

Image of the Bride of Christ caught up to meet Him in the air

 

For other posts from Beloved of YHVH about the Feasts of Yehovah, please follow this link:
https://shakamboqer.wordpress.com/category/our-creators-set-apart-days/

A glimpse of Elohim’s heart – The Wedding Planner

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Last Friday evening, I had a conversation that brought a bit of Yehovah’s heart into clear focus for me.
We were talking about the Feasts of Yehovah, and His instructions for keeping these feasts.
“I don’t know,” said the other person, “If when I got married, my wife had a 10 page list of how I was to celebrate each “important to her” day, I wouldn’t have felt much like enjoying it. It would have taken the joy out of celebrating for me.”

I thought of that for a while… and I thought of what goes in to planning an event.  I thought of what I had just written, a couple days before, regarding plans for this week. I’d written out what I knew of our collective plans – the details .. inviting others into them. It was long… it was detailed. It was in full “administrator of domestic affairs” fashion.
Later, writing about those details, I wrote, “Mostly I like to set up the environment for great fellowship to happen and then sit back and enjoy .”

Isn’t that what most party planners and wedding coordinators do?  Create the space, set the stage, and then watch the “magic” happen..

I have a friend who runs a wedding venue.  (http://www.theinnatwildrosehall.com/) She works REALLY hard to create space for celebration. She creates the atmosphere in how the property looks, in her demeanor, in her joy and zest for life.  The amazing thing is, each wedding at the venue looks different. Why? Because the bride and groom saw an image of what they wanted in their heads, and then, they shared that vision with their wedding planner, coordinator and decorator.  Those individuals worked together to create even more “atmosphere” with flowers, candles, chairs, drapes, music…. Then there were the plans for the order of service, who was to do what when. And Food – of course, the food!!  All of this planning went on before the wedding took place. It created the environment for great fellowship, for a beautiful party to happen.

A picture from my friend’s wedding venue… Atmosphere created!

Now, let’s say, that the planner, coordinator, decorator  & chef could all not be at the wedding in person to orchestrate such an event? What would they do?  Would they not write detailed instructions for whomever would be taking their place??  Do the Bride and Groom, or the “stand-ins” for the wedding planner chafe at these instructions? Do the guests balk at following the directions from the coordinator? Do they park in areas not designated for parking, or sit on the other side of the building from the event? Do they tear into the wedding cake before the “I do’s”?  No! They come, they follow the directions given, they enjoy the event. They may even pitch in and help create the event, but they do it in accordance with the directions given out of the vision that the bride and groom first had.  If everyone has done their job – guess what, the wedding is a beautiful success, the bride is delighted, it’s just like she imagined it!

Let’s take that back to Elohim.   He has 7 feasts outlined in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere, which contain shadow pictures of good things to come. The substance of those shadow pictures is Messiah … That’s what they point to.  That’s where they find their final fulfillment.  However, they also look back to the past. They remind us of our story, our history. They remind us of how Yehovah has led and protected and loved and guided and poured Himself out for us.

He wants us to enjoy them.  Some of the instructions include: “buy food and strong drink and eat and drink before me” … Those instructions give us the strong impression that He wants a CELEBRATION!
Not only does He want a celebration, but He wants to set a certain atmosphere,Hhe wants there to be a specific environment. Each feast is different, each has it’s own focus, it’s own specific part of His Plan of Salvation.  He wants the shadow pictures of that plan to stand out clearly. And so, He gives detailed instructions and asks us, His helpers & “stand-ins” to follow them, so that, when the day of the feast arrives, the ambiance is perfect, the mood is set, and beauty happens.

As I thought about all of this, I realized, Yehovah is the Master “Wedding coordinator/Party Planner”!
And those of us, who plan, who set the environment, who create the space for fellowship? Our love for seeing the big picture, the vision of what can be, and then making it happen?  That’s a reflection of Him.  We are reflecting Him 😀

Today is the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.

 The stage is set, the sukkahs are built, the tents pitched…

Let’s Celebrate shall we ?!

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Happy Birthday Yahshua!?!?

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Well, I have much I’d like to share – thoughts on each day’s beginning, thoughts on Day of Atonement, which was this past Sunday, a few details of my boys’ lives… but I’ve been incredibly busy the last few days, as we have school, and I get ready for a camping trip this weekend, in part, to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot.

There is SOOO much in this feast.  It is ALL about celebration. Wedding feast of the Lamb kind of stuff,  references from the NT,  Yahshua defining part of the ceremony on the Last Great Day, telling how it pointed to him… The remembrance of “God With Us” both in the past, in the wilderness, and in the future when hardship and “end time events” come, as well as the final end of the age when we will be with Him and He with us! This is a Feast that required all men to go to Jerusalem (and many of course, brought their family’s), where the family builds a temporary shelter in the fields and hills nearby Jerusalem and neighboring towns such as Bethlehem and Bethany; Shelters/Booths/Sukkah’s/tabernacles in which the men were required to spend at least one night (the women could stay in homes of friends, relatives or of course local inns.) and where there is a basket/table/creche for keeping food, as several meals were eaten in the Sukkah’s.  So much to say….

For tonight tho, I’m cheating,  and will ask you to take a look at the links provided for the possible explanation of the “intermediate” fulfillment of this week’s feast (which starts Thursday at sundown 2011, Started Monday at sundown, Oct 1, 2012) in the coming of Immanuel – God with Us!!

Feast of Unleavened Bread - A Sign, A Frontlet?

 

It’s a rather long discussion, so I won’t copy/paste it here, but the following two links give enough information, I think, to pinpoint Yahshua’s birth to the Feast of Tabernacles!!

So fitting, that Immanuel would come, during the feast commemorating “God tabernacling, or living with us”! It seems really incongruous for us to teach our children that Jesus was born in the fall, but to celebrate his birth in the winter – so part of our celebration will be about Yahshua’s Birthday!!

Check out these two links for more – study it out  😀

http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gary.h.turner/XmasSept/xmas09.htm

Blessings to you all, and have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles!! (btw – our  Thanksgiving was likely first celebrated as a feast of Tabernacles 😉 )

Even our traditional manger scenes have it portrayed well…

A Sukkah (in Hebrew it is translated Tabernacle or Booth.  Jacob made Booths for his animals, AND we are instructed to dwell in Booths during the feast of Tabernacles)

A manger scene…

A Sukkah …. (artistic note – the moon should be full in the picture – Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month counting from the new moon…)

A Manger Scene…

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