Feasts of Adonai

HIS Appointed Times- Moedim

Bereishit (Part 2)

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776

Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

Welcome back to Bereishit Part 2. If you haven’t read Bereishit part 1, you can click here. We will now venture into the Creation Gospel where we will explore the four rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living Water– our Savior, Yeshua!

Again, I will be sharing from the Creation Gospel series from Dr. Hollisa Alewine. As we recall, Bereishit means “In the Beginning.” So in the beginning, there were events that were very significant: The creation of the heavens and the earth, Adam and Eve in the Garden, first sins, and the first argument with Cain and Abel over the appointed times, curses, and consequences.

We will focus on the four rivers.

Isaiah 48:16-18

16 “Come close to me, and listen to this: since the beginning I have not spoken in secret, since the time things began to be, I have been there; and now Adonai Elohim has sent me and his Spirit.”

17 Thus says Adonai, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am Adonai, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace would flow on like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”[1]

Elohim is telling us to heed HIS Ways. He is teaching us that HE is the Way, the truth and the Life that we should go (follow). He is our Redeemer, Savior, and G-d. We need to pay very close attention to obey His commandments so that our well-being would flow like a river…

The seven days of Creation were set in patterns, and those patterns are found in Genesis through Revelation. These patterns have chiastic connections as well as contranyms (at their opposite). G-d is a G-d of order. In other words, these Ancient Biblical events that took place in the seven days of creation, Kain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, and others were established with a purpose—not randomly.

The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Adonai’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Kain and Abel brought their offerings to Elohim at Sukkot, but Kain’s did not meet the criteria and fell short because his offering wasn’t firstfruits, just fruits. Kain didn’t give his best to Elohim, just the leftovers.

Though Eden’s primary river isn’t mentioned by Name, Elohim is the source of living waters as well as the Tree of Life. Significantly at Sukkot. Yeshua claimed to be the River of Living Waters, the source of the four rivers[2] :

John 7:37-39

37 “Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)”[3]

Yeshua submitted obediently to the Father. He is the Living Water. He is the source that will nourish mankind, and because the Living Water, man (we) can return to the Garden by drinking (those who thirst) from those rivers in seasons. Those seasons are also the (3) pilgrimages: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)—The Moedim.

“The rivers teach a common lesson. First, the water source divided into four “heads” that gave drink for the Garden in circle-type path. Two of the rivers, Pishon and Gihon, are specifically described as having cyclical qualities, like our Moedim, for they savav (surround) like a circle. Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to observe chag (pilgrimage- festival), meaning a circle. The cycle of the feasts was part of the circle of the seasons. Those in Havilah within the circle of the rivers drink from the life in the rivers, and they are described as “good gold” and “precious stones.” [4]

The essence of the four rivers is to increase and burst forth with fruit. This includes the seasons of chag: Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, which also are the firstfruits offerings. The moed river also gives off a mist that controls the climate and atmosphere for the Garden. Because it is a carbon-based earth, it makes it the perfect environment for trees, plants, all living creatures, including man. This plan was not only perfect, but very soothing for the man’s souls and spirit and a body made from dirt. It was also a dwelling for the Father to communicate with man. This was the plan for man to exist within the boundaries of the Moedim in which man and G-d could fellowship together.

What is fascinating is the chiastic Menorah’s description that not only applies to the Seven Spirits of Adonai, seven feasts, seven assemblies (churches in Revelation), and the seven days of Creation, but within those branches are also ample for the four rivers.

Genesis 2:4-15

“(A: iv, S: ii) Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven, there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground.

Then Adonai, God, formed a person [a] from the dust of the ground [b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being. Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed. Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.”[5]

The river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden. It then divided into four rivers.

Rivers of the Moedim

As you view the Menorah, you’ll be able to see the 4 rivers. The Creation Gospel students are familiar with the 7-branched Menorah, and are learning the connections of each branch as it is HIS Light and Truth.

rivers

EUPHRATES/PERAT  #6578 (Strong’s) is the middle branch, which is the furthest boundary of Israel; yet, the fruit of it is being the Great River. The middle branch also holds the Spirit of Adonai (Holy Spirit/ Ruach ha’Kodesh) as it feeds out to the others.

Exodus 23:31

31“And I shall set your border from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River, for I shall give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.”[6]

Even though there isn’t a description of its movement, it is still synonymous with Shavuot and it corresponds with Sukkot. The chagim (3 pilgrimages) are all firstfruit offerings. Shavuot is firstfruits of wheat. This represents the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit), which is located on the 4th menorah candlestick—Center!

PISHON #6376 (Strong’s)

Pishon means to increase. Looking at the menorah of the 4 rivers provided, you will notice that the Pishon River “heads” or divides into the 1st and the 7th branches.

The movement of the Pishon river is surrounding (savav), and is thought to represent the Nile.

“One rabbinic view is that Pishon represent the Nile because it was known that flax (pishton) grew freely beside it. (Suchat, 2002, p. 244). The linen (shesh) garments of the priesthood are made of flax. The pattern of the Edenic rivers are paralleled in the High Priests garments.”[7]

The plagues and the Nile originated during the Exodus Passover. Looking at the menorah provided, on the far left branch (branch one) it is also Passover (first feast) which is Israel’s account to have increase. When Moses warned the Pharaoh of the oncoming plagues, Egypt was affected, but Goshen remained free from plagues. Just like in Creation when Elohim separated the light from the darkness, Goshen was separated from the darkness that was sent to Egypt. The more the Egyptians afflicted the Israelites, the more the Israelites increased in number; which was concerning to the Pharaoh! The increase of the Pishon river and the increase of the Israelites (Plagues of the Nile) do parallel concisely.

Now, let’s look at the seventh branch (far one to the right—last one).The 7th branch is also the Sukkot; Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot is celebrated in remembrance of the Passover—a chiastic connection!

“The plagues Elohim sent begin with the Nile in Egypt end with Babylon in Revelation. Pishon also surrounded Havilah (tribulation, birth pangs, and labor; to circle and writhe). Which contained:

  1. Zahav Tov/ Good Gold (Jerusalem). Located in the space between the first and second branches.
  2. Bedolach/bdellium (divide). Located in the space of the sixth and seventh branches.
  3. Shoham/onyx (to blanch or pale, yet it is seen as a black stone). Located in the space between the first and second branches.

The Good Gold and precious stones of Havilah are shining, representing the first Light of the first day of Creation and the reward of Sukkot, which will also have light without the sun or moon. The prophets often describe the millennial Sukkot as radiant and glorious.” [8]

This also represents Wisdom/Chokmah and Reverence of Adonai/ Yirat Adonai, which are two of the Seven Spirits of Adonai.

Let’s back up for just a minute to gather some additional information that might help clarify some things. We know there are seven days in creation, seven Spirits of Adonai, seven Feasts that are Adonai’s Appointed times, seven churches and seven branches on the Menorah. So let’s try and place the dot-to-dots on this.

Menorah 4 rivers

The Seven Spirits, Seven Feasts, Seven days of Creation, and the Seven Assemblies (Churches) are set up on the Menorah branches 1-7. One will begin on the far left branch; working its way over to the last branch on the far right of the Menorah.

  1. Spirit of Wisdom (Chokmah)/Passover (Pesach)/Light & Darkness/ Ephesus
  2. Spirit of Understanding (Binah)/ Unleavened Bread(Chag HaMatzah)/ Upper and Lower Waters/ Smyrna
  3. Spirit of Counsel (Etzah)/First fruits of Barley(Yom HaBikkurim)/Earth, Fruit, Seed, plants/Pergamum
  4. Spirit of Adonai (Ruach Adonai)/ Pentecost (Shavuot)/Sun, moon, stars/ Thyatira
  5. Spirit of Power (Gvurah)/ Trumpets (Yom Teruah)/ Birds and Fish/ Sardis
  6. Spirit of Knowledge (Daat)/ Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim)/ Man & Beast/ Philadelphia
  7. Spirit of Reverence/Fear (Yirat Adonai)/ Tabernacles (Sukkot)/ Sabbath/ Laodicea [9]

Please don’t let this overwhelm you; it takes time for it to soak into our thoughts. We all have been programmed to just surface read; scratching the surface. Adonai’s Word is much deeper than just surface reading. I don’t know of you like onions, or not, but imagine one in front of you. I will imagine the red onion—yummy, sweet with a kick. One can cut that onion easily enough right in half. But if you take the onion and begin to peel off each layer, one layer at a time, you’re going to be there awhile soaking up its juices. Like reading the Word, it doesn’t just end by quickly scraping the surface; HIS Word, meaning, and patterns are like layers upon layers. In other words, the more you dig into HIS Word/ Torah (finding Hebrew meanings), the more we will have a better understanding on a deeper level in His presence; soaking up HIS Truth. Until we leave the Western/Greek way of learning, and begin to learn the Hebrew way will we finally begin to see things how HE desires us to!

OK, before I trail off too far, let’s get back to the Four Rivers!

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GICHON #1521 (Strong’s)

Gichon divides into the second and sixth branch, and is described as bursting forth; draw forth as to give birth. These “meanings” can be found in your Strong’s Concordance.

I find this interesting that this river also is savav, surrounding. “A spring in Jerusalem where Solomon was anointed and crowned; his older brother was actually coroneted first, but he was sent away in a Yom Hakippurim picture of L’Adonai vs. L’Azazel.[10]

On the second and the sixth branch, there is a chiastic connection on what more this represents. On the second branch, there is Binah which means to build (Understanding), Chag Hamatzah (Unleavened Bread) chiastically connects to the sixth branch of Daat which means knowledge (sacrificial love), Yom HaKippurium (Day of Atonements). “It also surrounds the Cush (black), which extends from India to Ethiopia. Cush denotes people of a darker color.”[11] Cush is also related to “heat/hot.”

“King David had a Cushite messenger who relayed to him good news of his enemies’ defeat, which included Absalom’s death. Absalom’s death was a usurper, just as Solomon’s other brother tried to usurper his throne. Absalom’s death was bittersweet news, just as the burial of Messiah Yeshua as the Good News was a bittersweet as the Pesach herbs (Passover). Death and burial in darkness must precede the dawning resurrection of the Third Day firstfruits.

Cush means black or dark. This correlates to:

  1. Darkness and burial on Second day
  2. Moses married a Cushite woman, corresponding to the Yom Kippur/marriage theme
  3. Moses means “Drawn forth” from the water; he married a Cushite; the Torah is drawn forth from the Living Waters of Eden, and the Bride of the Torah will be “black, but comely,” drawn forth from the darkness of the night. This parallels King Solomon’s metaphorical Messianic kingship and his relationship to the lover of Song of Songs.”[12]

Song of Solomon 6:10

““Who is this, shining forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun” — but formidable as an army marching under banners?”[13]

On Yom Kippur, which is the 6th day, the High Priest is anointed just as King Solomon (builder/Ruach Binah) of the first temple. The anointing was at Gihon—another connection!

CHIDEKKEL #2313 (Strong’s)

Chidekkel (noisy, rapid, roaring, Tigris)This will be a division into the third and fifth branches of the Menorah.

The Hebrew word, holekh, means “walks” or “goes” in a movement. There are many connections as this is on the fifth branch that brings in the 5th day of Creation-Birds and fish that moved rapidly. This is also the fifth feast that ties in Trumpets (Day of Blowing), which is characterized by shouting, trumpets, blowing the shofar that is very noisy!

So birth pangs, contractions/growth that become rapid and suddenly busts forward on the third and fourth day, we can see that this connects both Feasts of Firstfruits: First Fruits of Barley and Feasts of Trumpets. This also ties in Etzah (Spirit of Counsel) and Gvurah (Power).[14]

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adam was given charge over the care and keep of the Garden, even though that “work” was not hard to cause body aches. Adam’s physical and spiritual strength soon came to a weakened area after he sinned. After the fall, cultivating the soil became a lot harder- breaking sweat; fighting weeds.

Since Adam was placed in the Garden after he was created, we need to remember that it was Elohim Who caused the trees and plant life to grow. Adam was His partner; having the reward of the Ruach ha’ Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

Adonai is the source of this nourishment The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.” In other words, humans were created to walk through this water—Eden’s Four Rivers—the Moedim (Appointed times of Adonai). The Seven Spirits of Adonai was moving through the water.

The Good News is that the second Adam will restore this “irrigation” as HIS Garden will reach to offer HIS drink of nourishment to others to never thirst again—YESHUA is the Living Water!

Revelation 7:17

17” because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”[15]

So from what we have read thus far, the four rivers divided up from the “Head.” Head represents authority. As Yeshua explained in the Book of Revelation, the Father would pass down that authority to Yeshua, and HE would then pass the authority to the bond-servants.

Luke 20:17

17”But He looked at them and said, “What then is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone’?”[16]

The Messiah is the head of the cornerstone!

1 Peter 2:4-12

4” As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. This is why the Tanakh says,

“Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and whoever rests his trust on it will certainly not be humiliated.”[b]

Now to you who keep trusting, he is precious. But to those who are not trusting,

“The very stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”;[c]8 also he is

a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip.[d]

They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it — as had been planned. But you are a chosen people,[e] the King’s cohanim,[f] a holy nation,[g] a people for God to possess![h] Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.[i]

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents[j] not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you; 12 but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming.” [17]

PRECIOUS STONES & GEMS!

You may want to scroll back up and review the Menorah (provided above) as we look into the connections. For further study on this, as I certainly will not be able to get into the meat of this, you can continue your journey using Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel series. Her books are so amazing, and you’ll be blessed.

BDELLIUM

When the Israelites were in the wilderness with Moses for 40 years, HaShem sustained their needs. For example, their leather shoes and clothing lasted as the material never wore out. The ROCK of water that followed them (the Living Water- YESHUA) never ran dry.

How many of us could get by wearing the same shirt, pants, dress, socks and/or shoes (only one set) day after day for 1 year; let alone 40 years! Those who are fortunate enough to have one of those awesome water cooler stands, imagine using the same large water bottle (without replacing it) for a month or two. Would it last, or would it run dry? For forty years the Father provided and gave them Manna for their daily food. The manna was a miracle that happened every six days. On the sixth day, they would gather a double portion to have rest on the seventh day. Manna was not given on the seventh day so they had to plan accordingly.

Exodus 16:31

  1. “And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”[18]

The appearance of manna resembled Bdellium, which was a precious stone that was encircled in the land of Havilah of the Pishon River.

Bdellium stone also has some characteristics:

“Bedolach ( Bdellium) From Badal

  1. To divide, separate
  2. (Hiphil) to make a distinction, difference, divide into parts
  3. (Niphal) to separate oneself from OR unto; to be set apart

On the drawing of the menorah, the seventh River, Pishon, boarders the land of Havilah where the bedolach was, and Sabbath is therefore identified with that set apart or holy, quality. Indeed, each moed contains at least one Shabbat. Precious stones irrigated by the rivers of Eden have a holy quality about them.”[19]

I think it is fascinating that the connection of the bdellium is found to be sparkling and glisten like a rainbow-crystal clear, and Manna also was sparkly as wet clear dew for the Israelites! The dew would have glistened in the sunlight; refracting the prism of the rainbow. Moreover, if you take the menorah and tip it upside down, you’ll see a rainbow. It also looks like a bow and arrow readily to hit the mark—to be on target in His Truth. Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful message given to us from our Father directly from the Throne of Abba! AMEN!

Manna was also their reminder for them WHO their Source was (Ruach ha’Kodesh) and a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah Yeshua, the Bread of Life, sent from Heaven for the Throne room.

Psalm 63:1-3

63 “ O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”[20]

Luke 13:34

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” [21]

Perhaps the dew, as in the dew on leaves of a ‘tree’ was symbolic of Yeshua’s tears for the love he has for HIS Bride.

John 6:26-35

26 “Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted! 27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

28 So they said to him, “What should we do in order to perform the works of God?” 29 Yeshua answered, “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!”

30 They said to him, “Nu, what miracle will you do for us, so that we may see it and trust you? What work can you perform? 31 Our fathers ate man in the desert — as it says in the Tanakh, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a] 32 Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you it wasn’t Moshe who gave you the bread from heaven. But my Father is giving you the genuine bread from heaven; 33 for God’s bread is the one who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread from now on.” 35 Yeshua answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.”[22]

Yes! Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (God’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior! Now, you can verify completely why the Torah can never be abolished, nor done away with. How foolish to accept that belief, HE is life that is everlasting to everlasting! AMEN!

The Onyx Stone

The Onyx is another precious stone of Havilah which appears black, but’s contranym (opposite of itself) is likely a whitening process. Shoham, Hebrew word for onyx appears to mean “ to blanch.” This would be the idea of making something holy by whitening.

“As Jacob in his tribulations in the Land of Lavan (white), became set apart and matured in holiness, so the precious stones of Havilah go through the process of being set apart and matured holiness by the River Pishon. Before sin, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits of the Spirit nourished adam (man) perpetually without great effort. After sin, the whitening process really does incur the sweat of the brow.”[23]

The priests of the Temple wore white linen garments. The linen was made of shesh.

Shesh, Strong’s # 8336; Definition: something bleached white, byssus, linen, fine linen, alabaster, similar stone, marble.

Shen is one of the Hebrew letters in their alphabet. Shen means teeth. And let’s not forget the shon, means tongue in which James refers the tongue as being a fire.

James 3: 5-6

5 “So too the tongue is a little member, yet boasts greatly. See how a little fire kindles a great forest!

6And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Among our members the tongue is set, the one defiling the entire body, and setting on fire the wheel of life, and it is set on fire by Gehenna.” [24]

In Hebrew, the Shesh is spelled with (2) shens, which literally places the whiteness of the linen, and it also has a fiery connotation with the number six. If you look back to the menorah, or day 6 of Creation, you’ll soon recognize that on day six was the day that beast and man were created.

“The linen garments of the priests were connected thematically to both shoham and the bedolach. They were set apart in holy garments of WHITE FIRE.” [25]

The 12 stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel. The shoham stones were connected to the breastplate (choshen) upon the priest’s shoulder using gold chains.

Isaiah 9:6

6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” [26]

I am sure by now; you just saw another connection shoulder! The breast-plate that the priest wore on his shoulder was a foreshadowing of the Messiah wearing the government upon His shoulders. Look back at the menorah and view the fourth branch. Do you recall that being the Ruach Adonai? The forth branch balances evenly both sides of the menorah branches to hold the light. The fourth branch also feeds out to the other branches, and the weight of the other branches depends on the strength of the ONE/ Ruach Adonai to hold them up!! THIS IS POWERFUL!!!

When we just surface read, as taught in Western/ Greek cultures, we miss ALL of this! It is so exciting to have a whole new way of really “seeing” HIS Torah (Instructions) in the WAY He wanted us to learn. I can only hope and pray for many others to be able to peel back those onion layers to really get into the depth of HIS precious word- The Holy Scriptures.

There is so much more to this, and if you’re interested in digging deeper than what you have read on my Bereishit Torah Portion part 2, please consider checking out Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel workbooks. Her in-depth study will challenge you to think, and dig in the scriptures; beyond the surface reading.

Conclusion

Adonai has always been the Aleph and the Tav. He is the beginning and the end; which of course after the seventh day (completeness), the eighth day is a new beginning—full circle!

He is our Creator, and we are His creation. The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Adonai’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (G-d’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior!

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adonai is the source of this nourishment- The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.”

As the four rivers represent the Living Water, its contranym is also fiery water. Though with the Rainbow came the promise that the earth will not flood again, there will come a time the earth with once again have to be purified by fire because of wickedness. So we have the Salvation of the Living Water, Yeshua, as we enter the waters of salvation, and the fiery contranym of the waters being a “Lake of Fire” for evil.

Let’s take and drink from the fountain of the Living Water (Yeshua/Torah) and never thirst again.

Shalom!

[1] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 48:16-18

[2] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 11)

[3] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-39

[4] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 14)

[5] The Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:4-15

[6] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Exodus 23:31

[7] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[8] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[9] Alewine, Creation Gospel pamphlet

[10] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, Vol 1, pg 16

[11] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[12] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[13] Complete Jewish Bible Song of Solomon 6:10

[14] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[15] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Revelation 7:17

[16] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Luke 20:17

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- 1 Peter 2: 4-12

[18] King James Version Exodus 16:31

[19] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions,Vol 1, pg 18

[20] King James Version- Psalm 63:1-3

[21] King James Version- Luke 13:34

[22] Complete Jewish Bible- John 6:26-35

[23] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 21

[24] The Scriptures (ISR 1998) James 3: 5-6

[25] The 2012 revision of Creation Gospel One contains information on white light and the human eye.

[26] King James Version- Isaiah 9:6

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The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

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The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

~An ingathering of rising up tents or booths; praising YHVH for delivering us out of the land of Egypt; knowing HIS work had completed everything. They were to tell their children for all generations to always remember that YHVH is their /our Elohim. ~

The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot, is a celebration resting in Adonai; remembering and praising HIM for delivering the Jews, and the mixed-multitude out of the Egyptians hands (slavery). This is also one of the three appointed times known as “Pilgrimages.”

The three pilgrimages are: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These appointed times, along with Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzah), First Fruits of Barley (Ha Bikkutium), Trumpets (Yom Teruah), and Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim/Kippur) are the appointed times of Adonai, also known as the Moedim.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the last fall feast, and the seventh feast. It is very important to capture the connections. Sukkot is to rest, and the Sabbath is also on the last day of the week–seventh day to rest in HIM as He has completed the week. Also on the day of creation, Adam and Eve (Chavah) were to rest on the seventh day. As you remember, they were created last on Day Six. Many ask why they had to rest when they didn’t even work the garden for a week yet. It wasn’t anything they did or didn’t do to earn that rest. The Sabbath (day of rest) was blessed, sanctified, and made Holy. It is a remembrance that everything is completed in HIM. There isn’t anything we can do to improve what Adonai has already done.

There are some very important connections to know:

• Adonai seventh Spirit is Spirit of Fear (Reverence)/ Ruach Yirat Adonai.
• Characteristics: Humble, Quiet, Peaceful, Obedient, Respectful, Fearless of wickedness, and love.
• The seventh Hebrew letter is Zayin- Weapon cut off.
• Laodicea Church
• Justice of the People
• Kodesh (Holy)- Set Apart
• Perfection of the Spirit (Alewine, Creation Gospel)

Sukkot is a seven-day celebration, and the eighth day is a High Sabbath, and so is the first day of Sukkot. The number eight also resembles “New Beginnings.”

Leviticus 23: 33-44
33 ADONAI said to Moshe,
34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI.
35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work
37 “‘These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day –
38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI
39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest.
40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days.
41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.
42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah,
43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.'”
44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of ADONAI.

Deuteronomy 31: 10-13
10 Moshe gave them these orders: “At the end of every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot in the year of sh’mittah,
11 when all Isra’el have come to appear in the presence of ADONAI at the place he will choose, you are to read this Torah before all Isra’el, so that they can hear it.
12 Assemble the people-the men, the women, the little ones and the foreigners you have in your towns -so that they can hear, learn, fear ADONAI your God and take care to obey all the words of this Torah;
13 and so that their children, who have not known, can hear and learn to fear ADONAI your God, for as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Yarden to possess.”

Those with a willing and contrite heart were to bring their offering for the Tabernacle of Adonai (G-d). It is a joyful act to the giver, as well as to the receiver—happiness. It is also a loving way to rejoice in all of HIS provisions he has given.

Exodus 40: 34-38
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
35 Moshe was unable to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud remained on it, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Isra’el continued with all their travels.
37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not travel onward until the day when it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of ADONAI was above the tabernacle during the day, and fire was in [the cloud] at night, so that all the house of Isra’el could see it throughout all their travels.

In the days of Yeshua, there were two and a half million people who participate in the Feast of Tabernacles.

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The singular word for booth is “Sukkah.” The sukkah was built with three enclosed sides, and one side left opened, with a curtain. The roof was to be made by things growing from the ground. Boughs of palm or willow tree were traditionally used. The roof must not be completely covered because the inhabitants of the sukkah must be able to see the stars. Rain must also be able to get in, but the roof must provide more shade than sun. (Moed Ministries).

It was commanded to rejoice! Imagine that? Adonai wants us to have a party and have no complaints. HA HA!

They all sang the Hallel Psalms 113-118, Isaiah 12:3, and from the song of Moses.

Isaiah 12:3 (CJB)
Then you will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation.

WHO is the living water? Yeshua, and “Yeshua” means Salvation!

Psalm 118:14-15 (CJB)
14 Adonai is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
15 The sound of rejoicing and victory
is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“ADONAI’s right hand struck powerfully!

Exodus 15:1-2 (CJB)
15 Then Moshe and the people of Isra’el sang this song to ADONAI:
“I will sing to ADONAI, for he is highly exalted:
the horse and its rider he threw in the sea.
2 Adonai is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
This is my G-d: I will glorify him;
my father’s G-d: I will exalt him.

“At the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests were divided up into three groups. With two and a half million people, they needed every priest available. One group of priests took care of all the offerings and sacrifices. The second group, headed by the high priest, was in charge of the drawing of the water for the water pouring ceremony. The third group went to the willows to cut the willows from the brook to satisfy the requirement to rejoice with the willows of the brook. The group headed by the high priest went out the Water Gate, the southern gate, down to the pool of Siloam. The priest used a golden vase to draw the water from the pool. The water was known as living water. The high priest’s assistant had a silver vase filled with wine. At the head of the large procession, the high priest carried the living water back to the temple.

The third group of priests went out of the Beautiful Gate, the eastern gate, down to Motzah valley, and cut willow branches 25-30 feet in length. They also traveled back up to the temple in a procession lined with singing people. Each of the pilgrims had a “lulav” consisting of myrtle, willow, and palm branch, and an Etrog (citron fruit). They would wave their lulavs and sing the same Psalms as the first group. The priests would stand in procession 30 feet apart, take one step, wave the willow, then take another step. The wave of the willows created a wind which represents the Spirit of YHVH (Ruach ha’Kodesh). They did this all the way up to the temple.

As the two groups converged on the temple, another priest stood on the southeast corner of the temple wall and played the flute calling them into the temple. Since the flute was the pierced instrument, he was called the pierced one.” (Moed Ministries)

Isn’t this incredible?!

Yeshua is the Living Water. The pierced one summoning both the Holy Spirit, and the Living water “sent out” from the pool of Siloam to the temple (Moed Ministries)!

The shofar was blown three times while the priests walked around the altar pouring the water and wine on the altar.

When Yeshua died on the tree/cross, that tree/cross was the altar, and like the water and wine, His blood and water that poured out!! This is incredible!

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Many have asked what does the name “Emmanuel” mean?
It means “ YHVH (G-d) is with us.”

John 1:14 (CJB)
14 The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

Matthew 1:23 (CJB)
23 “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,
and they will call him ‘Immanu El.”[a]

Now we can understand that He (G-d) would dwell with us in the Tabernacle of Messiah’s Body.

Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, hence the word “Tabernacle.”

Let’s first delve into some additional insight:

Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) was born during Passover (Feast of Pesach), six months before Yeshua was born. Yochanan was born first to tell them the “Light of the World” was coming.

Luke 1:17 (CJB)
17 He will go out ahead of ADONAI in the spirit and power of Eliyahu to turn the hearts of fathers to their children[a] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for ADONAI a people prepared.”

Matthew 17:10-13 (CJB)

10 The talmidim asked him, “Then why do the Torah-teachers say that Eliyahu must come first?” 11 He answered, “On the one hand, Eliyahu is coming and will restore all things; 12 on the other hand, I tell you that Eliyahu has come already, and people did not recognize him but did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way, the Son of Man too is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the talmidim understood that he was talking to them about Yochanan the Immerser.

The Messiah was born six months after Yochanan, and He was born on Feast of Tabernacles, which places his conception during Chanukah—Festival of Lights–The Light of the World! This is brilliant!! Hidden in plain sight!!

John 1:4-9 (CJB)
4 In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8 He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
9 This was the true light,
which gives light to everyone entering the world.

Now if you reread that verse, we see plainly that “Light” was written seven times. Looking back in the beginning of this blog– Feast of Tabernacles, we are reminded that (7) represents “Completeness in HIM.” Are you seeing any connections yet?

It’s so amazing what HaShem has set before us in the Word, and how many of us have missed this because we have blindly accepted “Doctrines of Man,” ignoring or not knowing HIS Appointed times? I am sure He desires and longs for us to “Tabernacle” with Him.

Many say Yeshua (Jesus) was born on December 25th. Biblically, that is incorrect, as the winters are too harsh for travel. The travelers would have to travel very far, and certainly, the shepherds would not have their sheep and lambs far up in the hills in December!! And from the verses presented, we must stay in HIS Word; seek HIS Way (not ours).

Proverbs 14:12 (CJB)
12 There can be a way which seems right to a person,
but at its end are the ways of death.

The truth shall set us free!

John 8:32 (CJB)
32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Lastly, the census was taken during the Feast of Tabernacles because that was during G-d’s appointed time for the pilgrimages to be made when everyone gathered. Now, one can begin to understand why there wasn’t any room at the Inn. Joseph, Miriam (Mary) and Yeshua stayed in a SUKKAH, not a stable, for the light and glory entered the world WHO would then tabernacle with us (John 1:14)!!
Amien!

May your Sukkot be blessed!

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement

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Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement

“On this Holiest day of the year we have the Holiest man going to the Holiest place to proclaim the Holiest name.” (Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries)

The Day of Atonement was a day of grace and compassion YHVH would give the Israelites a “New Beginning” as a covering for their sins. This day was a foreshadowing of G-d’s plan of salvation through the blood of the Lamb- Yeshua and the creation of the new earth where righteousness dwells.

2 Peter: 3:13 13 but we, following along with his promise, wait for new heavens and a new earth,[b] in which righteousness will be at home.

If we look back on the seven days of creation, on Day Six beast & man were created, and when Adam & Eve (Chavah) sinned, they needed to have atonement; this Day of Atonement was established then– Day Six.

When a man neglects the Spirit of Knowledge, his fallen state becomes more extreme and he identifies more with the beast he hunts than the Spirit of Elohim. The Spirit of Knowledge patiently works and builds understanding in the relationship.

The Spirit of Knowledge is a deep mature love that exhibits the awareness of the needs and desires of another.

Spirit of Knowledge is a spirit that moved on the sixth day of creation to inspire the creation of Adam & Chavah (Eve)—the mother of all living.

Good works must be relational acts of love or they are dead works fit for fire! (Dr. Hollisa Alewine, Creation Gospel)

The Spirit of Knowledge is also called Ruach Daat, and it is interesting to note that the Hebrew letter “VAV” is the number six, and means nail-to connect or attach. When man sinned, they could no longer continue living in the Garden, nor could they dwell with the Father as sin separated them.

They needed to be atoned for to have the “connection” back to the Father, as so do we! Without Adonai’s Plan of Salvation for the atonement of our sins through the death on the cross/tree through our Savior, Yeshua, we would have no eternity with the Father.

There is another very interesting connection that “knowledge” is also known as “The Tree of Knowledge.”

Father Abba, from the beginning (Tanakh/ Old Testament), He demonstrated “Grace and Mercy” for those who love and obey Him.

There are many characters that relate to The Spirit of Knowledge and as we mature and grow in Him, we, too, can abide in these:

• Sacrificial Love (A husband should protect his bride- even to die for her)
• Covers Sins
• Does Not Blame, but heals
• Restores
• Nurtures
• Repents & seeks forgiveness
• Cares for creation
• Unites
• Intuitive

This also brings in the Philadelphia Church being connected (Dr. Hollisa Alewine, Creation Gospel).

WOW! Doesn’t this sound like our bridegroom WHO laid down HIS life for his bride; giving us a way to reunite with forgiveness by her repentance? That is complete sacrificial love.

The “Day of Atonement” is a translation of the Hebrew term “Yom Kippur.” It is the second feast in the Fall and the concluding day of the season of repentance which began on Elul 1, the first of the sixth month. It is the only day the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies seeing G-d “face-to-face.” Prophetically, this is the day we will see Him “face-to-face.” The ten days starting the Feast of Trumpets and ending with the Day of Atonement are called the Days of Awe. The door of heaven is opened on the Feast of Trumpets. On Yom Kippur, those doors will be closed. These intervening ten days of Awe are days of intense personal reflection. The weekly Sabbath, which falls during the Days of Awe are known as the Sabbath of Return. It is named after the reading for that day from Hosea. (Moed Ministries).

The Feast of Trumpets will be a day of Judgement. The Day of Judgment will be the day that atonement is executed.

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Where this is Judgment, we hope there is also Teshuva (Return to HIM, repentance).
But how do we view “Judgment?” Do we look at it as a big judge in a courtroom wearing a long, over-sized black robe; ready to pass the death penalty on us? Or would we look at it as a day of rejoicing that we are saved because of us having Teshuva?

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Let’s look at Jonah. I am sure many remember Jonah being swallowed by a whale. But we may have missed some details.

Do you think Yonah (Jonah) ran from G-d because he was selfish, fearful, or perhaps there was a deeper reason?

There is another, deeper look into the fundamentals of Yom Kippur in Yonah.

Yonah was called by G-d (Hashem) to go to Nineveh in Tarshish and tell them to repent or they will be destroyed. But he ran away instead. Did he really think he could get away with it? Can anyone, especially a prophet, actually get away with running from G-d?

What is the lesson from the gourd and the worm?

Why did Yonah want to die before Nineveh was forgiven?

Why did he tell the pagan sailors to throw him off of the ship in the storm?

Why didn’t he want them to be forgiven? Nineveh was the capitol city of Assyrians and the enemies of the Jews. They had plans to make war to exile the Jews.

“Rabbi Fohrman explores in his Alpehbeta videos the true purpose of the kikayon plant towards the end of the book of Jonah. To do so, he traces the chain of the word “רעה (ra’ah),” evil, throughout the book of Jonah and begins to uncover what it is that so deeply troubled Jonah.”

As Yonah (Jonah) sat up on the hill in hopes they didn’t repent and for G-d destroy them, he made himself a Sukkah (booth/tent) to sit under for shade. So if he had shade already, why did G-d place a guard – kikayon plant over (cover) Jonah’s sukkah?

Elohim needed to save Yonah from his evil (ra’ah).
Ra’ah was first mentioned when G-d wanted to send Yonah to Nineveh because they had done evil and were going to be destroyed. Then ra’ah mentioned during the storm when the sailors tossed him into the sea. Then it’s mentioned again when Nineveh repents from their ra’ah, from the evil ways. The next time it is mentioned when G-d see’s they repented from their ra’ah-evilness, and makes a teshuva! Then Elohim relents the ra’ah HE was going to place on Nineveh. Then there was a domino effect when Yonah (Jonah) felt a terrible ra’ah and needed G-d’s protection. Yonah became very angry towards G-d; telling G-d that HE changed His mind on doing ra’ah to the people.

So why did Jonah run away? Jonah said because “I knew you were a gracious and merciful G-d, slow to anger and full of compassion.”

Where have we heard those words before? It was in Exodus when Adonai revealed to Mosheh (Moses) His 13 traits of compassion on Mount Sinai after the sin of the golden calf.

It was that grace and mercy that saved the Jews and mixed-multitude from that destruction. But for some strange reason, Jonah threw those same words back to G-d—in a negative way—changing that phrase by using ra’ah in the words of his statement leaving out “I am a G-d of Truth (Amitai-Truth)”. Jonah was the son of Amitia, which means son of Truth.

What is the son of truth really saying?
For every act there is a reaction……
Was Jonah looking for Divine Justice?

When Elohim told Yonah/Jonah to go to Nineveh so that they could tell him (Jonah)and G-d they were sorry and repented, G-d would drop the charges. Life no longer mattered to Jonah any more. He wanted them to pay for their evilness.

Jonah was the son of Truth. How could he see “letting them off the hook” as being Truth? Looking back at the story while he was on the ship, he was on the lowest level; sleeping in the height of the storm. Jonah ignored G-d when YHVH called out to him. He had nothing to say to Adonai. The sailors cast lots. He tells them to throw him overboard. He didn’t know there was a fish (whale) in the water about to swallow him into its belly.

In the belly of the whale, Yonah still wanted to die, but Adonai had different plans.

Jonah’s Prayer (CJB)
2 (1:17) ADONAI prepared a huge fish to swallow Yonah; and Yonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. 2 (1) From the belly of the fish Yonah prayed to ADONAI his God; 3 (2) he said,
“Out of my distress I called to ADONAI,
and he answered me;
from the belly of Sh’ol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
4 (3) For you threw me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas;
and the flood enveloped me;
all your surging waves passed over me.
5 (4) I thought, ‘I have been banished from your sight.’
But I will again look at your holy temple.
6 (5) The water surrounded me, threatened my life;
the deep closed over me, seaweed twined around my head.
7 (6) I was going down to the bottoms of the mountains,
to a land whose bars would close me in forever;
but you brought me up alive from the pit,
ADONAI, my God!
8 (7) As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered ADONAI;
and my prayer came in to you,
into your holy temple.
9 (8) “Those who worship vain idols
give up their source of mercy;
10 (9) but I, speaking my thanks aloud,
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed, I will pay.
Salvation comes from ADONAI!”
11 (10) Then ADONAI spoke to the fish, and it vomited Yonah out onto dry land.
Jonah was saved from death by God and his prayer reconciles him, but Jonah hadn’t yet repented, nor had he changed his perspective.

He saw his nightmare coming true after G-d told him to go to Nineveh and accept their apology (500 miles from shore).

Nineveh repented, had Teshuva,and G-d relented the ra’ah that would have destroyed them. Jonah told G-d it would have been better that G-d killed him as it would be better than to live. HaShem remained quiet and gave him a lesson with the worm instead.

So back to Jonah sitting in his sukkah and the plant to create the extra shade (covering), even though he already knew that Elohim already spared Nineveh. That night, when the worm ate the roots of the plant, and the plant withered up and died, Yonah(Jonah), once again, wanted to die.

Why was he so upset over the plant dying? What did the plant represent, justice or compassion?

It was the pure expression of love, and HaShem wanted to send Yonah (Jonah) His expression of love and compassion. So if the plant giving shade is the expression of love and compassion, what is the expression of the worm? JUSTICE!

Jonah was upset for a plant that didn’t belong in the world died when it didn’t deserve to die; yet, he wanted to live in a world that had justice. But he also wanted to live in a world with compassion.

If a judge can only make his judgment in court based off of what the person did, how does one make judgment based off of compassion? Compassion asks, “What can you become?”

Jonah soon begins to understand that he had compassion on a plant that he didn’t even create; yet, he didn’t have compassion for Nineveh Whom his Creator created.

Where is Teshuva in this story with Jonah? Teshuva doesn’t change the past, it will only change the FUTURE.It is to turn back to the Father.

Nineveh, like the plant, may not deserve to be here. Nineveh was very evil indeed, but because they had Teshuva, look at what they could become!

Yes, their sins were forgiven.They couldn’t change their past actions, but they could change their future.

Remember us for the sake of Life,
A King Who desires Life,
Inscribe us in the Book of Life
For Your sake O’ G-d of Life.
Who is like You
O’ Father of compassion,
Who remembers his creatures
For Life with compassion”

As we enter Yom Kippur, we need to acknowledge that even though we can’t change our past we can reflect on our past, reevaluate our potential for the future; giving all Glory to Abba.

We need to seek Him for forgiveness (Teshuva)of our sins, ask Him to help us have sacrificial love for others, be forgiving (even if they don’t deserve it), to honor HIS Word, and to follow HIS WAY.

When we love HaShem’s creation, we can nurture it, have unity, and restore healing.

Yonah (Jonah) was in the belly of a whale for 3 days and 3 nights which was a foreshadowing of our Savior and Redeemer, Yeshua. He was in the the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. Yeshua, died on the tree/cross for our sins. He is our atonement and testimony through the shedding of HIS blood. We are forgiven by repenting/teshuva for our sins. Yeshua died, was buried and resurrected on the 3rd day so that we may have true Salvation.

May you be blessed this day and always,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Day of blowing the Trumpet)

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Day of blowing the trumpet)

As we venture into this amazing Holy Feast, it is important to view more connections-Biblical. Many believe that Elohim is our Creator, but so many of us have missed the connections along the way; namely, knowing what HIS Feasts are. One might say, “I thought I was following the map, I saw the streets listed on the map, but I didn’t realize there was more to it, and I got lost along the way.”

Well, now we are in the Feast of the Trumpets, and though we are in the dress rehearsal, when the day comes, we will hear Adonai’s Trumpet; sounding the alarms, and we better listen up.

With that being said, let’s take a gander at some of those connections before heading over to the Trumpets- Yom Teruah.

On Creation Day “5,” Birds and Fish were created. They swim/fly fiercely and rapidly; taking the seed out in the water/wind currents—carrying out HIS Word.
Because the Hebrew letters were already placed in creation, and everything in Hebrew is based off of Hebrew letters (used for numbers, too), we must factor in the Hebrew letter “5” which is “Hey.” Hey is to “Behold.”

There are (7) Spirits of Yahweh (G-d), (7) Days of Creation, (7) Feasts, (7) Churches and (7) Candlesticks (Menorah- 7 branches).

• The Spirit of Power ( Ruach Gvurah—Mighty Warrior) alludes to the strength to carry out a task or commandment of Adonai (Creation Gospel).
• Wind—Spirit—Ruach
• Provision
• Birds scatter seeds (Word) as Disciples spread the Gospel to all nations and moving rapidly.
• AWAKEN & REPENT!
• TESHUVAH-RETURN to Him Repentance/ to turn back to Him!
• To mend ones way.
• The seeds that fell under the tree on the 3rd day will grow and provide a resting counsel for the birds that return from the scatterings and migrations of the 5th day.
• The Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit)- Set Apart.
• Sardis Church

There are (3) Themes of the “Feasts of Trumpets” which are in the fall months.
1. Remembrance
2. Sovereignty
3. Shofar

The call to remembrance -100 blast of the shofar.
There are (3) types of blasts: tekiah, shavarim, and teruah. The tekiah is one long blast signaling alarm. The shavarim consists of three medium blasts of wailing, and the teruah consists of nine short blasts like broken sobs. The one hundredth blast in called the “last trumpet.” (Divine Appointments by: Dan & Brenda Cathcart)

Some of the reasons for the Trumpets blown:
• Proclaim Adonai as King on the anniversary of Creation! Yes, it’s an anniversary of HIS creation—us!
• To announce the 10-days of Awe as a warning that Elohim will enforce HIS decrees.
• To remind us that we said we would listen and do all of HIS Commandments at the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
• To remember that if we don’t change our ways, we are responsible for our own destruction.
• Cities will tremble, and so will we.
• It reminds us that the shofar will be blown on the Day of Judgment. This is a self-check in asking ourselves, “Where are we in our walk? Are we REALLY following HIS WAYS!? Wake-up!!
• The shofar will be blown on the day of resurrection. This reminds us of HIS victory over death!!
At the blowing of the shofar, HE will come to awaken the dead, enact judgment, and rule as our King (Cathcart). All of these reasons relate to the coming of our Messiah Yeshua.

Are we truly ready for HIS Trumpet on “LAST CALL?”

Leviticus 23:23,24Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
(v) 23 ADONAI said to Moshe, 24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

The Feast of Trumpets is also the beginning of the seventh month on the Biblical calendar, which holds a great significance as it is also the Sabbatical month—set apart. The number seven also represent spiritual completeness (Carthcart).

Numbers 29:1 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
29 “‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work; it is a day of blowing the shofar for you.

Zechariah 9:14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
14 ADONAI will appear over them,
and his arrow will flash like lightning.
Adonai ELOHIM will blow the shofar
and go out in the whirlwinds of the south.

It is a time when Israel remembers their G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel), and repents, humbles themselves, and calls out to their Father and HE listens to HIS children and brings them to the Promised Land in their rejoicing.

Like a mother coming quickly to the cry of her baby, our Father Abba will return:

Isaiah 26:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth
cries out and writhes in her labor pains,
so we have been at your presence, ADONAI —

Remembering the promise Elohim made to Abraham, G-d will carefully gather HIS people back to Him on the great blowing of the shofar. And at that, the books are opened to be read who is in the “Book of Life” and “Book of Deeds.” Those who are not in the “Book of Life” are cast into the Lake of Fire.

The “Book of Deeds” is not necessarily deeds that we have gone off to do. The deeds are HaShem’s DEEDS on what HE has already told us to do in the Bible. Have we done what HE has already asked us to do that were written in HIS TORAH (G-d’s instructions)?
Don’t wait until later to seek the Father out, do it now so that you can be sure that your name is in the “Book of Life.”

As our Father draws nearer to us, that is when we need to draw nearer to HIM just like Moses did. We should not hide when the Father draws near us like Adam did in the garden.

Don’t wait until the trumpet blows…..one breath too short would be a tragedy for Eternity.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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