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Preview: God’s Spring Appointed Holidays 2017

Posted in Prophecy, Spring Feasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2017 by paulthepoke

There are seven God appointed holidays communicated through the Old Testament Law. The first three spring holidays were fulfilled on the appointed holiday by Jesus Himself. The names of the feasts are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits.

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In the Gregorian calendar year of 2017, the holidays occur as follows. Passover essentially begins on Tuesday, April 11 on a western calendar. The first day of Unleavened Bread is the next day on Wednesday, April 12. Lastly, the feast of First Fruits starts on Thursday, April 13. Please note, there is not consensus on these dates within various studies of Judaism and Jewish Messianic believers in Yeshua or Jesus Christ. Humanity struggles to keep time as God has directed.

The first of God’s holidays is Passover or Pesach in the Hebrew. The holiday begins on the 14th day of the Hebrew month Nisan (March or April on a Gregorian calendar). There is a play on words in the original Hebrew. A “pesach” is an unblemished lamb which was required for the sacrifice. After the “pesach” was sacrificed, the blood was to be smeared on the wooden posts of the house. When God saw the blood on the door posts, He passed over or “pasach” and the house was spared judgment.

The original directions for the Passover were given to Moses and Aaron in Egypt. The statute and happenings are noted in Exodus 12. God defines the purpose of the holiday to Israel. Exodus 12:26-27a “And when your children say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’”

The second of God’s holidays is Unleavened Bread or Chag haMatazt in the Hebrew. The holiday begins on the 15th of Nisan and runs for seven days.

The directions of Unleavened Bread are noted in Exodus 12:15-20. The focus of the week is to live a life without leaven, the symbol for sin. Leaven is not to be in the house. Leaven products are not to be consumed. Bread without yeast, matzah, is to be eaten.

The third of God’s holidays is First Fruits or Reshit Katzir in the Hebrew. The one day holiday begins on the day after the Sabbath or Sunday on our calendar.

The directions for First Fruits are noted in Leviticus 23:9-14. The priest is to make a barley offering of the first portion of the harvest to the Lord. The priest intervenes of behalf of the people. The reality of the holiday for the people of Israel is this. The people bring their grain sheaf to the priest. They are to sacrifice a lamb without blemish. The offering is also to be presented with bread and wine.

Trend Update: Mount of Olives, Passover 2016

Posted in Prophecy, Spring Feasts, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2016 by paulthepoke

Zechariah 14:4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.

On the Mount of Olives east of the Temple Mount on Monday, April 25, 2016, a Passover sacrifice ceremony was held. Over 400 people attended the event. Multiple public figures and officials stated hope for the day the Dome of the Rock and al Aksa Mosque would be removed from the Temple Mount. They believe the time is now to raze the area and purify the land.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Participants-in-paschal-lamb-ceremony-voice-hope-to-one-day-raze-Temple-Mount-451757

You can bet your last shekel those attending this Passover ceremony know the verse in Zechariah (name means: Yahweh remembers).

The Mount of Olives is roughly 3,000 feet or a little over ½ mile from the Temple Mount. As the crowd looked across to the Temple Mount, they see the Eastern Gate or the Golden Gate. Currently the gate is considered the property of the Muslims. They have sealed it with brick and mortar. In front of the gate is a Muslim cemetery. Little do they know, they are the instruments of prophecy fulfillment.

Ezekiel 44:1-3 Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east. And it was shut. And the LORD said to me, “This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered by it. Therefore it shall remain shut. Only the prince may sit in it to eat bread before the LORD. He shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way.”

The prophet Ezekiel was told by the LORD. The Hebrew word for LORD is Yahweh, The Existing One. This is the definitive name of God. And He says only the Prince may enter this gate. This is His gate. It is stated four times in Ezekiel 44:2, the gate is to remain closed to others. Yahweh is in charge of this gate.

Fast forward roughly 500-600 years from the prophets to the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives. He is promised to return in the same manner.

Acts 1:11-12 …and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.

Trend Update: Temple Mount, Passover 2016

Posted in Prophecy, Spring Feasts, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2016 by paulthepoke

The Bible details many temples across the span of time. The first was the Tabernacle or the Tent of Meeting as the Hebrew people wandered through the desert after their exodus from Egypt. Next was Solomon’s Temple. During the time of Jesus, Herod’s temple was in existence. Herod’s Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. It has been close to 2,000 years since the Jewish people have worshipped at their Temple in Jerusalem. The Bible speaks of a Temple during the Tribulation. Jesus will have a Millennial Temple during His reign. The book of Revelation and the prophet Isaiah speak of a Heavenly Temple and the throne room of God.

Matthew 24:15-16 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” –Jesus  

See also Mark 13:14.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 …who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

Revelation 11:1-2 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over to the nations. They will trample the holy city for 42 months.

The Spring Passover of 2016 has come to an end. During the holiday approximately 850 Jews went up and on the Temple Mount during the week. Two Jewish men even bowed to the ground and began to worship. This was met with immediate resistance. It is illegal for Jews to worship on the Temple Mount per agreement and Muslim law. Public opinion and perception are changing. Jewish people are wanting to go and pray on the Temple Mount. Some are being more aggressive and attempting marriages on the mount. Some are suggesting that animal sacrifices be carried out on the Temple Mount.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-support-widens-for-jewish-prayer-on-temple-mount-should-we-fear-apocalyptic-consequences/

On the Mount of Olives east of the Temple Mount on Monday, April 25, 2016, a Passover sacrifice ceremony was held. Over 400 people attended the event. Multiple public figures and officials stated hope for the day the Dome of the Rock and al Aksa Mosque would be removed from the Temple Mount. They believe the time is now to raze the area and purify the land.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Participants-in-paschal-lamb-ceremony-voice-hope-to-one-day-raze-Temple-Mount-451757

Public pressure is mounting to rebuild a third temple…

 

 

Trend Update: Ezekiel 38-39/Magog (Russia)/Golan Heights, Passover 2016

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Spring Feasts, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2016 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:15-16 You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.

The uttermost parts of the north refers to Russia. Moscow is straight line due north of Jerusalem. The Bible and secular historians are in agreement that Magog appears to be modern day Russia.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

Today, April 21, 2016, Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin. The Prime Minister of Israel made it clear to Putin that Israel will never leave the Golan Heights. He also laid out a list of “red lines” to Russia and the world.

“We are doing everything to prevent the emergence of an additional front of terror against us at the Golan Heights,” Benjamin Netanyahu.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.715737

“I have come to Russia to step up coordination on security matters, to prevent mistakes, misunderstandings. We are not going back to the days when rockets were fired at our communities and our children from the top of the Golan… and so, with an agreement or without, the Golan Heights will remain part of [Israel’s] sovereign territory,” Benjamin Netanyahu.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-will-never-leave-golan-netanyahu-tells-putin/

The time point given is the latter days.

God is in control. He is the one bringing Gog (whoever that person may be) and the armies up against Israel. Notice, God refers to the land as “my land”. Despite what Gog or the United Nations may think, humanity is not in charge.

The purpose of the conflict is to show the world of nations who God is. God wants the world to “know” Him.

The Hebrew word for “know” is yada`. It means: to perceive, find out and discern, to discriminate, distinguish, to know by experience; to recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess; be acquainted with.

This conflict will be an attention getter for the entire planet.

Gog is being used by God. The Lord will qadash (Hebrew) Himself. Translated, it means: to show oneself sacred or majestic, to be honored, or be treated as sacred. The verb tense in the Hebrew is passive or similar to past tense in English. As far as the text is concerned, this is a done deal. From the standpoint of Ezekiel 2,700 years ago to today (April 2016), the event has already happened. It is pre written history.

If Vladimir Putin is Gog…he is about to meet his Maker. If it is time…this is going to get ugly.

Trend Update: Golan Heights/God’s Spring Appointed Feasts, 2016

Posted in Prophecy, Spring Feasts, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2016 by paulthepoke

Joel 3:2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.

Momentum is gathering for dividing the land of Israel. This time (April 2016), there is no promise of land for peace. Now, the world is claiming the Golan Heights is not part of Israel.

In Israel, the Golan is in the far northeast part of the country. The Golan Heights is bordered by Syria to the east. Lebanon borders the Golan on the north. The Sea of Galilee is to the southwest. Jordan is on the southern border.

Genesis 12:3 “…And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

The chorus was started on April 19, 2016 with the United States and Germany. The US State Department openly states the Golan Heights is not part of Israel. “This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and the status of those territories should be determined through negotiations.”

The German Foreign Ministry stated, “It’s a basic principle of international law and the UN charter that no state can claim the right to annex another state’s territory just like that.”

http://www.jta.org/2016/04/18/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/us-germany-golan-heights-not-part-of-israel

On April 20, 2016, the European Union has thrown in their two cents. “The EU recognizes Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, regardless of the (Israeli) government’s claims on other areas, until a final settlement is reached,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4793821,00.html

The United Nations Security Council has weighed in on the topic as of April 21, 2016. They are opposed to Israel in the Golan Heights and are quoting Security Council resolutions.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/World-unconvinced-by-Natanyahus-claim-Golan-will-remain-part-of-Israel-451748

Yes, the Arab League and Syria are upset…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “The Golan will forever remain in Israel’s hands.”

My money is ultimately on Israel. Amos 9:15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the Lord your God. The Jewish people have been replanted in the land as of 1917. Israel became a nation again in 1948. Jerusalem became the capital again in 1967. It has been about 50 years since something big happened…Jubilee???

By the way, God’s Spring Appointed Feasts are about to begin. Passover begins at sundown on Friday, 4/22/2016 on our Gregorian calendar, Nisan 14 if you are on Hebrew time.

Unleavened Bread: Matzah

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy, Spring Feasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by paulthepoke

The second of God’s holidays is Unleavened Bread or Chag haMatazt in the Hebrew. The holiday begins on the 15th of Nisan and runs for seven days.

The directions for Unleavened Bread are noted in Exodus 12:18-20. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.

The focus of the week is to live a life without leaven, the symbol for sin. Leaven is not to be in the house. Leaven products are not to be consumed. Bread without yeast, matzah, is to be eaten.

What does the matzah look like? In the most fundamental Judaism homes, matzah is an irregular, round shaped piece of bread. It resembles a cracker or wafer in thickness. There are even rows of tiny holes on the wafer bread. The cracker-like bread appears to be striped.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. Peter is quoting Isaiah 53.

Jesus is the unleavened bread. He is the bread of life. John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.  

John 6:48 I am the bread of life.

John 6:50-51 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.

Passover: Hyssop

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy, Spring Feasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2016 by paulthepoke

Exodus 12:22 You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.

Hyssop is used in the directions of the Passover celebration for the Israelites.

The Hebrew word for hyssop is ‘ezowb. Per Strong’s Concordance it is a plant used for medicinal and religious purposes.

Many conjectures have been formed as to what this plant really was. Some contend that it was a species of marjoram (origanum), six species of which are found in Palestine. Others with more probability think that it was the caper plant, the Capparis spinosa of Linnaeus. This plant grew in Egypt, in the desert of Sinai, and in Palestine. It was capable of producing a stem three or four feet in length. -NET Bible

Psalms 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Hyssop is like bleach for sin. Purify or chata’ in the Hebrew means: to bear loss; to make a sin-offering; to purify from sin; to purify from uncleanness.

Numbers 19:18 A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the persons who were there, and on the one who touched the bone or the one slain or the one dying naturally or the grave.

Hyssop is required for ceremonial cleanliness when a person came in contact with dead bodies or dead animals. Cleanliness kept the Israelite from being cut off from the assembly.

Leviticus 14:52 He shall thus cleanse the house with the blood of the bird and with the running water, along with the live bird and with the cedar wood and with the hyssop and with the scarlet string.

Another example of ritual cleaning involves the use of hyssop in a leprous house. Hyssop is involved in the law of leprosy (Leviticus 14:33-57).

Jesus Christ’s work on the cross is our purification for sin. John 1:29 Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  Jesus is the sacrificial paschal lamb. Christ’s crown of thorns is the brushed blood on the lintel of the door. He is the shed blood on the doorposts with His outstretched arms on the cross.

John 19:29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.

1 John 1:7b … and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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