The plan of God is outlined in Leviticus chapter twenty-three.  Each High Sabbath Day has a very significant meaning; and if you are common with them, you probably understand what God Almighty is doing with this creation.

This Bible study will look at these days, and give examples of what each day means. We will commence at the first required day, the Lord’s Passover, and end at the Feast of Tabernacles.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feastsLeviticus 23:1-2.

This states that God spoke to Moses to speak to the children of Israel concerning the feasts of the Lord. These feasts of the Lord pertain to the Lord God Almighty and are His. These feasts are also holy gatherings.

These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons Leviticus 23:4

Again, the Bible states these are the feasts of the LORD.  These are holy gatherings, which must be observed in their season.  Observed in their season means that God Almighty has designated a specific time for these feast to be held and observed. We cannot let our zeal and emotion get the best of us.

Concerning the Feasts of the Lord

King David wanted to build the God of Israel a house and began to do so. Zadok the prophet was told to stop David. It was not for Him to do. We have to learn to do things that pertain to God when He commands and not when we want.

The Lord’s Passover… 

“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover” Leviticus 23:5

The Lord’s Passover must be observed on the fourteenth day of the first month, which is the month of Abib.  This month can be set by the new moon in the spring. Now let’s get the meaning of this important day.

Exodus chapter 12

Verse 5 says: the lamb must be without blemish, a male of the first year; in other words, this lamb must be perfect and must be the first born of its mother. This lamb represents the Lamb of God, which Christians should know today is Jesus the Christ. Jesus did not commit sin; that would make Him without blemish. He also was the first born of Mary, just like the lamb in verse 5; Jesus wasn’t the only child that Mary had, He was the first born.

“And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening Exodus 12:6

The death of Jesus Christ came to pass in a similar way.  Jesus was crucified on the Passover, but during the daytime; and was taken down off the cross at even [sundown].

“And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it” Exodus 12:7.

Once the lamb was killed, they put the blood over the door post. The blood protected Israel from the death angel that came through Egypt that night to smite all the firstborn in the land; both man and beast. It wasn’t enough for the lamb to die, but whoever had the faith and works to put the blood over their door post, was placed under the blood of the lamb.

Concerning the Feasts of the Lord

The Bible states a mixed multitude came out of Egypt with Israel [Exodus 12:38], this should let us know that other peoples & nations believed in the God of Israel. Especially after all the miracles He performed in Egypt. In other words, by putting the blood over the door post, their faith in God delivered them.

Exodus 12:12-13.

The blood shall be a token, and when He sees the blood, He will Passover us. This is where the word Passover comes from. It means the Lord will PASS-OVER your sins and not kill you, ‘Pass-Over’.

Connecting the Passover to Jesus, will allow you to understand what all of this represents.  Matthew 26:17

“Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?”

Notice what’s being said, they called the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the Passover. The Passover takes place the day before the Feast of Unleavened Bread as outlined in Leviticus the twenty-third chapter and Exodus the twelfth chapter. When Moses and the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they left in haste.  The bread did not have a chance to rise.  That is why they called the Passover the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

What happened to the lamb and bitter herbs? Why is Jesus only using bread and wine? Does this mean we do not have to keep the Passover? Please, no…

Concerning the Feasts of the Lord

Jesus did not change the Passover, He changed the ordinance. Remember in Exodus chapter twelve, they took a lamb every year, killed it, and ate it. Jesus represents the lamb, He did not need a lamb because He is the Passover Lamb. He was sent to die one time for all that bring themselves under His blood. So, He used the bread to represent His body, and wine to represent His blood. Notice what he says “Take, eat; this is my body.” He gave us the bread to replace His body, just as He replaced the lamb.

“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins Matthew 26:28.

The Lord says, this is the blood of the New Testament (or new covenant). It should be noted He says shed for many, not for all. Why did He say many?  Because, you must do the same thing they did in Egypt.  You must be under the Lord’s blood.  It is our own decision to put ourselves under the blood.  People that choose not to put themselves under the blood of Jesus will have the same results as those in Egypt who did not put the blood on their door post.

The final words on the Passover will come from the Apostle Peter and Paul

1 Corinthians 5:7.

Paul says, ‘Purge out therefore the old leaven’. In other words purge yourself of sin, and become a new lump, being unleavened, meaning one that is not sinful.  Just like the lamb in Exodus was their sacrifice, Christ is ours; a Lamb without blemish:

“But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:19.

The Passover is observed in remembrance of Israel in the land of Egypt, and it also represents the passing over of our sins; by bringing oneself under the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

The next High and Holy Day is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 

Leviticus 23:6-8.

Being that Christ died for us and He is our sacrifice, we are no longer under the sacrificial law…

Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: Exodus 12:15.  If you have leavened bread in your house, you must remove it. Remember leaven represents sin. Now let’s investigate what this feast represents…

Read Exodus 12:17.

This is the reason why we must observe this day.  On the 15th day of the first month, the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt. The Feast of Unleavened Bread represents Israel’s FIRST deliverance. It also represents living without sin. The removal of unleavened bread means that we are sin free. First Jesus covered us with His blood and washed us, we are then to remain clean by staying unleavened.

The next High Holy Day, The Feast Of Weeks (also known as Pentecost)

Read Leviticus 23:9-12.

These verses should sound familiar.  Notice what was to be offered? A he lamb without blemish or a perfect lamb, and it also had to be the first born.

And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD” Leviticus 23:14-16.

Before anyone could partake of it, the Lord had to first accept it.  After the priest waves the sheaf, which will fall on the weekly Sabbath (Saturday), you must count seven Sabbaths; this equals forty-nine days. Once you arrive at the seventh Sabbath, add the next day after and you will have the day of Pentecost, which always falls on the first day of the week also known as Sunday. Pentecost means fifty.

“Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD Leviticus 23:17.

Observe what the verse states, ‘they shall be baked with leaven’. Seven weeks later we must have leaven, why?  Remember during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we are not allowed to have leaven. This represents the first fruits from among men, or in other words, the first resurrection, Revelation 20:4-6.

Concerning the Feasts of the Lord… Holy Day

This is the reason why leaven is to be present; leaven represents sin; so those who are in the first resurrection will be ‘leavened, so to speak because they have committed sin during their first lifetime.  In Acts chapter two Israel was keeping Pentecost or the feast of weeks.  Pay special attention and see what Pentecost is really about:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place”. 

The Name Pentecost

Now one may ask why the Apostles were said to be observing the Day of Pentecost, when the name ‘Pentecost’ itself is not used in the Old Testament where the commandment to observe this Holy Day comes from.  Pentecost means fifty, and comes from the Greek translation of the Old Testament.  Remember Leviticus the twenty-third chapter stated this Holy Day was to be the fiftieth day.  In the Old Testament this Holy Day was called the Feast of Harvest or Feast of Weeks.

Read at Acts 2:4-8.

Discern what’s being said.  Why were they all amazed and marveled? It was because Peter and the Apostles were Galileans, and the entire multitude understood them when they spoke in their own language.  The next set of verses will teach us what the fiftieth day (Pentecost) is all about?

Read Acts 2:16-20.

Peter said this is what the Prophet Joel spoke about. This Prophecy will take place in the last days.  This Prophecy was called hundreds of years before Jesus came in the flesh. We can confirm this in the writings of the prophet Joel (2:28-31).  Joel and Peter were aware of this day and what it meant. To see what time this prophecy will take place, we can go into Revelation 6:12

 12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Peter and Joel referred to this time as: the day of the Lord. The day of Pentecost is more than just a regular day; it represents the Year of the Lord Jesus’ return.  Revelation 6 verses 12 mimics Matthew 24:29

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”

The Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets

Read at Leviticus 23:23-24.

Why must we remind ourselves of blowing trumpets?  Well, let’s begin by looking in the past…

A visit from the Lord – Exodus 19:16-20.

These trumpets announced the coming of the Lord.  Wherever you see them, they precede the entrance of the Lord.  Another example is in Joshua 6:4, 20

 4And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

 20So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Seven priests with seven trumpets circle the city seven times, and the priest shall blow the trumpets.  This is when Israel took down Jericho.  This is what the Lord will do when He returns to the earth. This time it will not take down Jericho alone; but to the entire world!

See the comparison to Joshua 6 verses 4 and 20 to Revelation 8 verses 2, 5-6.  2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

It is exactly what we read in Joshua Chapter six except the angels replaced the priest.  Every time an angel sounded a trumpet; a vial of wrath was poured out on the earth.

The trumpet announces the coming of the King of kings.  This is why we observe The Memorial of Blowing Trumpets, to remind us that Jesus will return, how He will return, and what the Lord will do upon His return to this earth.

At the sound of the trump, then He will gather his elect, from one end of heaven to the other. The earth is also called heaven. This is the last trump.  There is something else that will take place on this Last Trump

“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

This is the first resurrection of the just written about in Revelation 20:4-6. The second resurrection will take place a thousand years later. Those in the first resurrection, their change will take place at the last trumpet.  The trumpet announces the coming of the Lord, the coming of the King.  This is why this day is vitally important to memorialize, this is why we keep and remember the Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets; to remind us of what the Lord will do upon His return to this earth.

The next High and Holy Day, the Day of Atonement

Read at Leviticus 23:27-28.

This is the Day of Atonement. It is required you must afflict your souls, which means you must fast on this day [sundown to sundown]. This day represents the atonement that Jesus Christ made for us. In Moses’ day the Priest would take two goats.  One would be killed and the other would go freely. The goat that was let go was called the scapegoat. Upon the scapegoat, all the sins of the people were placed.  It was then taken into the wilderness and released.

Read at Leviticus 16 verses 8-22.

These goats both represent Jesus Christ. The one goat was offered for a sin offering. Jesus Christ was our sin offering to the Father. The scapegoat presented alive represented the Lord when He was presented ALIVE to the Father in the 3rd Heaven [a land NOT inhabited]. This represents Jesus dying for us and taking all our sins upon Himself.  This is for the ones that put themselves under the blood of Jesus Christ.  He suffered for us, and requires we suffer a little for Him.

Concerning the Feasts of the Lord

Romans the 5th chapter will show us what the Lord’s death and resurrection did for us…

Important! We were reconciled or recovered by His death, and we shall be saved by His life. Remember the scapegoat? Jesus had to take our sins away, just like the scapegoat released in the wilderness. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world John 1:29.

If you put yourself under the Lord’s blood, He has made atonement for your sins that have passed. You have been reconciled. It is up to you to continue in this reconciliation unto eternal life by keeping His laws and statutes.

The next High and Holy Day, the Feast of Tabernacles

Leviticus 23:33-35.

On the first day we are to have a solemn assembly, which is a coming together.  This represents the coming together of the Lord’s people in the last days.  The release of the people of God. Deuteronomy chapter thirty-one gives us a closer view of this feast day…

Read Deuteronomy 31:9-11.

At the end of every seven years this shall be the year of release. This is in the year of Pentecost or fiftieth year. Pentecost is also called the year of release. This is when the people of God will be brought together, in the year of Pentecost.

Take in what it says.  Gather the people together that they may hear the law of the LORD. This is done during the Feast of Tabernacles. Let us have a better look at this. Let’s go to Leviticus the twenty-fifth chapter. As you read Leviticus twenty-five, keep in mind that the Year Pentecost in also called the Year of Release.

Read at Leviticus 25:8-10.

The Day of Pentecost we had seven weeks, now we have seven Sabbaths of Years [49 years].   Note what it says, thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement.

Jubilee means rejoicing or release.  Remember the word Pentecost means fifty.  We shall hallow the 50th year.  Why? If we knew where to start counting these years, we would know exactly what year and day the Lord will return. At this time, every man will return to his own country, or in other words unto his own family.

In this year every man will receive his possession.  The Jubilee is the Year of Pentecost. This day the Lord will start His deliverance.  The seventh trumpet will be blown, and the people will be gathered in the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles is the also called the Feast of Ingathering.

The Feast of Tabernacles has a physical and spiritual meaning that can be read in: Leviticus 23:40-43. Tabernacle is the body. For seven days we have lived in a flesh and blood body. We have worshiped in churches made by hands. After the seven days living in the flesh (humanity), something different will happen on the eighth day.

The Last High Holy Day, the Eighth Day Feast:

Read at Leviticus 23:36, 39.

Why must we observe a separate feast on the 8th day“Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” John 7:2,37.

Observe the emphasis placed on the last day of the feast; it’s also referred to as, that great day.  Now let us pay special attention to what Jesus says at the Passover:

Read at Luke 22:15-18.

Do we see what Jesus is saying here!  He says He will NOT take part of the Passover until the Kingdom of the Father shall come.  Flesh and blood cannot enter the Father’s Kingdom.  Everyone will be changed from flesh & blood (man) to spiritual bodies.  We have been given seven days in a week; God gave us seven days to inherit this type of body, [seven thousand years].  The eighth day is something completely new; that is why it is a separate feast from the seven day feast of tabernacles.

Remember the law of circumcision?  Every male is to be circumcised on the eighth day. It represents the rolling away of the flesh:

The Circumcision given to Abraham as the covenant à Genesis 17:12.

We will no longer be flesh in the Father’s Kingdom is written about in Revelation 21:2-5.  Let’s recap what we have learned…

Passover: The Passover represents the passing over of our sins, and the only way our sins will be passed over is if we bring ourselves under the blood of the Lamb, Jesus the Christ. 

Feast of Unleavened Bread: On the 15th day of the first month, the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt. The Feast of Unleavened Bread represents Israel’s FIRST deliverance.  It also represents living without sin because leaven represents sin.

Pentecost: This is the year the Lord will return.  It also represents the first resurrection of the saints; the first fruits from among men to be returned from the dead.

Memorial of Blowing Trumpets: This day reminds us what will take place prior to the Lord’s return, and also what He will do when He arrives.  It also announces the coming of a King… King Jesus

Day of Atonement: This day represents the Lord making atonement for our sins.  This is our bail; the Passover was the paper work; this is the official approval…

Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering): Represents the Lord gathering Israel and all those that are under His blood in the last days.  This will be the SECOND and FINAL DELIVERANCE of Israel.  It also represents the dwelling in tabernacles [booths] for 7 days or 7 thousand years in our flesh.

Eighth Day Feast: Represents the feast in the Father’s Kingdom.  We will no longer be composed of flesh & blood; we will have become spiritual bodies.  This brings us back to the Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world!

The Passover cleansed us. The Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world. Once Adam sinned, Jesus was going to die for the sins of the world. This required as many of us who will to walk without sin for those seven days (feast of unleavened bread).

If we complete this faithfully, we will be numbered among the first fruits in the year of the Lord’s return. This is the year of Pentecost, which is the feast of weeks, which is the year of the first resurrection.

We will know when this is going to occur because of the blowing of the trumpets, which announces our King. The Lord Jesus will atone for our sins and return to the earth on the tenth day of the seventh month (the Day of Atonement).

From there He will gather all His children to Him (the Feast of Tabernacles in order to prepare us for the Father’s Kingdom that will begin on the Eighth day.

You now know the plan of God concerning the feasts of the Lord. It is for everybody and not just our ‘Jewish’ brothers and sisters.  God bless you in the name of Jesus!

 

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2 Kings Chapter 2 Summary

Chapter two of second Kings begins with the prophets and the sons of the prophets all gearing up for the departure of Elijah. With the departure of Elijah, Elisha his assistant would become the head prophet.

All the sons of the prophets knew it. Fifty men who were sons of the prophets went to watch Elijah leave from far off. Elijah took Elisha, divided the Jordan and they walked on the dry ground. Elijah asked Elisha if he’d like anything done before he leaves.

Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit to be on him, which was a hard thing to ask according to Elijah. Elijah says to Elisha, if he saw him when he is taken from Elisha, his desire would be granted.

Chapter Summaries 2 Kings 2

Then the prophets saw a chariot of fire and horses of fire, which separated them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha was able to see it. When he came back to shore, the sons of the prophets also watched and witnessed the event, and they said the spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha, and they bowed themselves to Elisha.

The head prophet is like a king.

The sons of the prophets desired of Elisha to go seek Elijah in a mountain or valley thinking the Lord took him and cast him there. But when they went and searched three days, they found nothing.

The chapter ends with village children mocking Elisha’s bald head. Elisha cursed them in the name of the Lord and two female bears came out of the woods and killed 42 of those kids. Don’t mess with a man who has just lost a friend and mentor, as well as who is anointed by the Lord.

This is the summary of 2nd Kings chapter 2.

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The Time of Reparation

The Time of Reparation (Day of Atonement)

The Day of Atonement is a day in which the great God of Heaven and Earth, also known as the God of Israel, commanded His people to remember, observe, and keep.

The Day of Atonement is one of the annual holy days regarded in the Book of Leviticus, in chapter 23.

This annual holy day is called the Day of Atonement in the King James Bible and it is a day in which God will make an atonement for man’s rebellion and trespass.

Atonement can lend meaning to forgiveness and also to reparation, as in making reparation for someone’s behavior.

You can make reparation for a wrong or an injury, a sin or transgression.

the Price of Sin is Death

Because of these definitions, this is why this single Holy Day is perhaps one of the most important days of the entire year and the entire creation for mankind.

The Day of Atonement is connected to the Passover as the Passover is the beginning and the atonement is the ending of covering mankind’s sin.

As we will learn in this brief Bible study, those who do not allow Jesus the Messiah from God, to atone for their sins, will ultimately have to atone for their own sins.

The price of sin is death, which Jesus the Christ has already paid for everyone. We only have to mail in our receipt which is an actionable step displaying our faith.

To mail in your receipt, we simply put ourselves under the blood of Jesus. And align ourselves with the ways of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Today the Jewish people call this Yom Kippur. However the ancient Israelites simply called it the Day of Atonement. In this study we are also calling it a time of reparation.

Leviticus 23:4 King James Version (KJV)

4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

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Leviticus Chapter 23 Summary

Leviticus Chapter 23 Summary Summary

Leviticus 23 is a chapter about the feasts of the Lord God, commonly thought to be only for the “Jewish” people.

This chapter begins with God declaring these are His feasts. God reiterates the sabbath day and then moves into the instructions for the feasts.

First off, these feasts are to be kept in their rightful seasons. These feasts days are also known as High Sabbaths. The first day to be kept is the Lord’s Passover, on the 14th day of the first month (although it is not a sabbath).

Immediately after the passover is the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, which is a High Sabbath. The feast of unleavened bread is a seven day feast, with the first and last days of this feast being High Sabbaths.

After the regular weekly sabbath that came after the last day of the feast of unleavened bread; the children of Israel are to count to themselves seven sabbaths (7 weeks), and on the day after the sabbath (the 50th day) is the feasts of weeks. This is also known as the Pentecost Feast or High Sabbath.

In the seventh month of the year on the first day of the month, there is another High Sabbath known as the memorial of the blowing of trumpets. Nine days later, on the tenth day of the month, there is a very important High Sabbath known as the Day of Atonement (read about this day carefully).

Then on the fifteenth day of the month, another seven day feast takes place called the feasts of tabernacles. The first day is a High Sabbath. Finally, the last feast of the year is the Eighth day feast, also a High Sabbath. This chapter outlines the feasts of God and what should be done on those days.

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Exodus Chapter 23 Summary

Exodus Chapter 23 Summary

Chapter 23, continues with the judgments of God for the children of Israel to keep and do.

God gives advice and consequences for behaviors committed against others. One warning was not to follow a multitude (of people) to do evil.

The children of Israel were commanded (as they are today) to treat their neighbor as they treat themselves. They were to avoid taking gifts for judgment because a gift blinds one’s eyes.

The Sabbath day was reminded to them to rest with their entire family and belongings, as well as keeping the feasts of the Lord. Three times in a year are all males to appear before the Lord God.

The chapter ends with God promising to send an angel to go into the land of Canaan before the children of Israel.

They are warned to obey the angel’s voice and not to provoke him because he will not pardon their sins because the angel comes in the name of the Lord.

If they obey the angel, God will drive out the inhabitants of the land and take away sickness from the midst of the children of Israel.

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 the Eighth Day Feast 2011

Peace and blessing and welcome to BibleStudyMinistry.com.  We are happy to be posting again and happy to post on the Lord’s High and Holy Sabbath Day, the Eighth Day.

What is the Eighth Day Feast About?

This is a required Holy Day of the Lord, just as important as the Passover, and hopefully when you finish reading this article you will understand why this is important to observe.

In Leviticus 23 all of the feasts of the Lord are delineated, as it pertains to what they mean and what they are for.  In verses 1-2, 4, and 33-36 concern the 8th day.

After the Feast of Tabernacles, which last seven days beginning on the fifteenth day of the seventh month; on the eight day we are commanded to have a feast and solemn assembly unto the Lord.

The Eighth Day Feast is Commonly Thought of as a Jewish Holiday

This is commonly thought of as a “Jewish” holiday but in reading the scriptures it is apparent this feast and all the others are for everyone who serve the Lord.

Why are we concerned with the eighth day in the first place?  In Genesis, God created man and man was not created to die.  When the creation was completed, death was not part of the creation for man or animals (Genesis 2 v7-9, 16-17).

God gave Adam freedom to eat of every tree in the garden, except for the tree that pertains to Satan.  And once Adam and Eve broke that commandment, death was introduced into the creation through sin.

the Eighth Day Feast Study Lesson

Once again, originally, death was not a part of the creation, man sinned and God added death to the creation (Gen 3 v6-7, 17-19).  And this is supported in Psalm chapter 82 when God called man gods.

However, because we sinned, He noted we will die like men and fall like one of the princes (Satan).  And now because of death, “all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”  They are out of course because it was not part of the plan for man to die.

Many say Adam did not die that same day because he live 930 years (Genesis 5 v1-5). But he indeed died the same day WHEN we establish that a day to the Lord is 1,000 years (2 Peter 3 v8).  God gave man 7 days to exist in this form (flesh and blood).  It is equated to a trial run for determination for either the kingdom of God or the trash bin, lake of fire (Leviticus 23 v3).

the Eighth Day FeastAfter seven days, something else happens.  We have seven days to live in the flesh, when it is over, we will no longer be humans, but God (with God being a uniplural word).  We will return to what God originally intended for us; immortality and dominion.

God worked for six days and rested on the seventh day and ended His work (Genesis 1 v26-27, 31 & Genesis 2 v1-5).

This day of rest has not actually happened yet, because Paul and David wrote for us to labor to enter into this day of rest.  It is written that we should labor to get into the day of rest (Hebrews 4 v1, 3-6, 8-11).

The Creation Story is a Blueprint?

Genesis chapter 1 is a blueprint of the creation.  The actual creation is taking place now, even this moment.  The day of rest is approaching, and it is a full thousand years when Jesus Christ will be Lord over the entire earth.

JESUS will return and lock Satan in a bottomless pit for a thousand years (one day to the Lord) and the earth will have rest from Satan, evil, and wickedness.

After the seventh day is over, the judgment will be set, and death will be swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15 v21-26, 28).  Jesus will abolish death and bring forth immortality through the gospel (2 Timothy 1 v7, 9-10).

We Become Like Those Who We are Around

We have examples of what happens when humans are around immortal beings.  Moses was around Jesus (before Jesus came into the human realm) in the mount for 40 days and 40 nights. When Moses returned to the children of Israel, he was shining like a light bulb in a dark room.

It was so odd for the people to see Moses like this, they didn’t want to come near him until he put a veil over his face (Exodus 34 v29-34). We are currently under the administration of death, but in the eighth day it will be all about life (2nd Corinthians 3 v1, 5-13).

Last week the Feast of Tabernacles spoke about being in booths. These booths represent the human element, the human body of flesh and blood.  God told the children of Israel that they will dwell in booths for 7 days.  We will be in the flesh and blood body for 7,000 years (Leviticus 23 v39-43).

Shining Forth Like the Sun on the Eighth Day

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable about the wheat and the tares.  The tares are eventually sifted out by the angels, bundled up and thrown in the fire.  The wheat will “shine forth” as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (v24-25, 30, 36-40, 41-43)?”

This kingdom, the wheat is allowed into, was prepared and ready for them from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25 v31-34).

At that time we’ll see people knocking to get into the Father’s kingdom but they will be thrust out into outer darkness.  We are to seek to get in at the straight gate so we can join Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Father’s kingdom, which will be on the eighth day (Luke 13 v24-29).

the Eighth Day Feast

Jesus told a story while at the house of a Pharisee about a supper.  He said when you have a supper; don’t invite rich people or friends, because they can pay you back.  Instead you should invite the poor, maimed, lame, and blind.

These are unable to repay you and your repayment will come from the Lord at His return (the resurrection of the just).

One of the men sitting eating said something very important and it showed that he had spiritual insight about the Father’s kingdom.  He said, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”

You are blessed if you are able to eat in the Father’s kingdom.

Then Jesus went into a parable about a man who made a great supper and demanded many people to come.  He sent servants to tell people to appear.  Immediately, with one consent many made excuses why they couldn’t come.

You’d think they were invited to help him move or take him to the airport.  Everyone had their own excuse of why they couldn’t attend. They were busy with the cares of this world; with things that made them no profit in the world to come.

When the servant came back and told his master, the master became upset and ordered him to bring in the poor, maimed, halt, and blind to the great supper.  Now all the big wigs that made excuse, the Lord will in no manner allow them to taste of His supper.

This story Jesus told is about the Father inviting people to His great supper on the 8th day.  This is the supper we want a part of, when the disciples sat with Jesus at the Passover, Jesus didn’t eat the bread and wine. Instead, Jesus said He will not taste of it until He taste it in His Father’s kingdom (St. John 13 v1-4 & Luke 22 v13-18).

After Everyone Else

Jesus will not eat the Passover during the 1,000 years on earth (on the 7th day), but will wait until the 8th day to eat the Passover supper.

St. John 7 v37-38

37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Jesus went up to the Feast of Tabernacles (verse 2); and we know from reading Leviticus 23 that the feast of tabernacles is for seven days.

In the last day, that great day of the feast, we also know this is the Eighth day feast, Jesus beckoned that any man or woman who is thirsty for knowledge and for everlasting life, come to Him and drink.

Anyone who believes on Jesus, as the scripture says, out of Jesus belly shall flow rivers of LIVING water.  Praise the living Lord.

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This is the water that will get you eternal life; this is the Word, the Spirit that will get you eternal life in the Father’s kingdom on the eighth day.  On this day there is no death, no sickness, just pure life (Revelation 21 v1-4)!

This is the day we are all really looking forward to.  This is the day, if we make it, we’ll all be smiling because we will all be immortal and be like God with all power.

Bless is he who eats bread in the kingdom of God; which begins on the eighth day!  I hope this has edified your understanding and if you have questions contact us.  Enjoy and glory on this eighth day Sabbath for 2011.

 

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2011 Day of Atonement

Today is the Day of Atonement for the calendar year 2011. For anybody who acknowledges to be a “Christian” this is an important day.

This is the actual day where the Lord wipes away our sins.  Many people preach and chase people down telling them “Jesus died for you, He took our sins away,” and these same people unfortunately are clueless to the fact that this day is representing just that.

We will inform and share with you the importance of this day; let us began in Leviticus 23 where the Lord’s entire Sabbath’s to observe are written.

Began in verse 1-2 says:

1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

This is here to simply show that the text does not say these are Jewish feast, as my teacher does, I like to do this to remind all of us that this is not a ‘Jewish’ thing as in Yom Kippur, but a “Yahweh” thing as in the God of Israel (Jesus).

2011 Day of Atonement

If these are the Lords feast and Holy Days, then if we serve the Lord we should partake in them. It only makes sense. Skip down to verses 26-32 as it deals directly with the day at hand;

26And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

28And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.

29For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

30And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

31Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

32It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

On the 10 day of the 7th month we are to have a Holy Service, it is the Day of Atonement.  We are to afflict our souls, and do ABSOLUTELY NO work. This is a day where the Lord commands we absolutely do no work.

Today, we may work jobs that demand our attendance on this day or we’d be fired, if that is the case, the Lord knows what we are up against, but if you can get one day out of the year off, this is the day to put in your request.

People that don’t observe this day will be cut off among their people. That was in Israel and it is for the world at large as well.  We have to remember the Israelites are only a chosen people sent to teach and instruct the rest of the people of the ways of the Most High.

What God has given to Israel to do, He is giving to the world to do.

Let us move on…

How do we afflict our souls?

You do not have to go striking yourself and throwing yourself against the wall, but simply fast and reframe from your pleasures [smoking, TV, Harry Potter, etc], to take in a bit of suffering that Jesus went through for us.

Biblical example of afflicting our soul can be read in Isaiah 58 v1-3 – Here the Lord is explaining that He doesn’t hear our prayers when we do these fake attempts to afflict our soul and fast but we’re still watching TV, we call ourselves fasting but we’re still on the job hustling, we say we are fasting from a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream but not from our Doritos.

The point is that they called fasting afflicting your soul in that chapter.  This fast includes water and food.  It is a real affliction.

Let me move on and take it to Leviticus 16 v2-5, 6-10, 15-16, 18-22 …

Here we see the ordinance of the Day of Atonement.  Aaron (the high priest) had to perform the atonement for the people. Aaron had to go into the Most Holy place to do this and Moses commanded him only to go there once a year or else he’d die.

If Aaron just floated in there as he wished God would destroy him, because the Most Holy place is where the Lord dwelled or represented the presence of the Lord. Even parents rebuke their kids when they do not knock before whooshing into their room.

5And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

This verse says Aaron is to take two kids of goats for a sin offering – first he is to make atonement for his house and for himself; then Aaron (the then High Priest) takes the two goats and presents them before the Lord. Aaron had to cast lots on the two goats, and this is because one goat is going to be sacrificed & killed while the other is to be presented before the Lord alive.

2011 Day of Atonement All Generations

The live goat is called the scapegoat. These two goats represented Jesus Christ. This is because God was never in the business of raising goats from the dead. God did not even want to be in the business of killing goats. He commanded Aaron to bring two goats because one would die for the people’s sins, and the other to walk away with the sins of the people.

If we are paying close attention to the ordinance here we will see that Jesus did just this for us. First, Jeus had to die in our place for our sins. He did that. Next He had to present Himself to the Father in making atonement for us. A dead man or being cannot present anything to anyone, so Jesus had to be resurrected, which represents the live goat. Last, Jesus had to be presented to the Father in Heaven.

Verse 21-22:

21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

After Aaron puts his hands over the scapegoat (hence the picture above) it is sent out into the wilderness by a fit man, and the goat bears upon him all the sins of the people and was led away to a place not inhabited by man. The Angels took Jesus in a cloud back to the 3rd Heaven after His resurrection to present Himself to the Father and then sit on the right hand of the FATHER till He returns.

To the Wilderness Represents the Third Heaven

The angel represents the fit man and the wilderness is the 3rd Heaven, because no man has inhabited Heaven. All of this is Jesus.  It all points to Jesus the Christ! This is the kind of stuff Paul had to go back and study when he went to Arabia and the Holy Spirit guided him in the scriptures as it pertains to Jesus Christ.

But let’s see if this fits Jesus bill let’s go to St. John chapter 1 v 29:

29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Like the scapegoat Jesus took away the sins of the world.

We’ll finish with Romans 5 v1-2, 11:

11And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

So friends, if you believe in Jesus you should be fasting and refraining from all manner of work today (day of Atonement), you should have a Holy Gathering honoring the Lord God of Israel, which is Jesus, because we are purposely afflicting our souls to show Jesus we are and will suffer with Him as He suffered with and for us.

Last, we are happy that He has made atonement for our sins to the Father in Heaven so we have a chance at eternal life.  Adam took that chance away from us in the garden, but Jesus took it on Himself to restore it to us.

It’s really quite straightforward when we really examine it. Many church leaders today know this but don’t teach it, either out of lack of believing it pertinence today or ignorant to its’ purpose.

The 2011 Day of Atonement.

This is singlehandedly the most important day of the year, it is the completion of the Passover, it is the official reconciling of the world to God, it is the actual day the Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth, and unfortunately, 99% of Christians are taking a nap on it because they are not reading their Bibles.

No one can learn it unless they study their bible and search it out.

The Day of Atonement – thank you for being here and reading and hopefully you are edified in the name of Jesus.

 

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Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets

Today is a High & Holy Day to the God of Israel; it is the Memorial of the Blowing of the Trumpets. It is a very important day for followers of the Messiah, the house of Jacob, and the children of Israel.
However, many Christians do not know what this day is about; and as a supplement source, we hope to help them/you out with that. Jewish people keep this memorial under the name of Rosh Hashanah.
And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation: You shall do no manner of work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you, Numbers 29:1.
In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns, a holy convocation, Leviticus 23:24.
To the Jewish people it is a day of blowing a horn as told by them in the Torah; but why is this done?
In Leviticus chapter 23, all of the Lord’s commanded Feast, Holy Days, and memorials are outlined.  Let’s look into this, we’ll begin in Leviticus chapter 23.

Leviticus 23

Verse 1,  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
The Lord is speaking to Moses; God always gave Moses the instructions and not Moses himself giving the instructions. Important to note.  God told Moses to command the children of Israel concerning the feast of the Lord, which they shall keep as holy gatherings; even these are the Lord’s feast, or festivals.
These are God’s celebrations, and everyone is invited, yet they are not attending His celebrations. They want not of His HolyDays, people have their own HoliDays.
But these are the feasts of the God of Israel, even these are His feast.  If the feast belongs to the God that we serve; how is it that many Christians do not attend to these High Days?
The world is all about endorsements, if Kim, Khloe, Kylie, or Kendall endorsed the Lord’s Sabbaths, maybe the attendence would improve.
But we have an even stronger endorsement for what Moses wrote. Jesus gives Moses a very fine endorsement that Christians, and all the world should keep in mind; this endorsement is found in John chapter 5; and we’ll read at verse 45:
45, Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46, For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47, But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Jesus tells the people that they should not fear that He will accuse them to the Father in Heaven; the only accuser will be Moses.  Really. He was speaking to the Pharisees who put all their trust in Moses, and none in Jesus.  Then Jesus gives His endorsement of Moses.
If you believed Moses, you would have believed in me’, speaking of Himself; because Moses wrote all about Jesus.  ‘But, if you do not believe Moses’ writing, how in the world can you believe my words’, Jesus says, speaking of Himself.
Jesus clearly let’s us know, in order to believe Him, we must believe Moses.  This may be concerning news for those who do not like Moses, or do not pay attention to any of His teachings; but it is also edifying and uplifting to know and learn.
The Lord is showing you through this article that Moses is not that bad of a guy.
At any rate, we just got the strongest endorsement in the world for Moses, it wasn’t Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, TD Jakes, or one of the Kardashians, but it was Jesus the Messiah!
Now we can come back to Leviticus 23 and verse 23 concerning the 7th month memorial of blowing trumpets.
23, And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
24, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
25, Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
In the 7th month, on the first day of the month, we have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, and should partake in a holy gathering. Why?  Why do we have to remind ourselves of the blowing of trumpets?

Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets 2011

Well, for it to be one of the Lord’s high and holy days, it must be important and carry a great significance.  Let’s look in the pass first – Exodus 19 v10-20, when the Lord had Moses prepare the people to meet Him on Mount Sinai the Lord came down on the mountain and it was burning with smoke and lightning’s, verse 16
16, And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightning’s, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
Can imagine, you hear trumpets but don’t know where it’s coming from and it’s so loud that you just want to cry.
19, And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
These trumpets announced the coming of the King, the coming of the Lord. When ever you see these trumpets in the bible they usually represent entrance of the Lord, or a warning for the people.
In Exodus chapter 20, the people had, had enough:
18, And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
Let’s see the foreshadowing of the trumpets in action.  In Joshua chapter 6, we get a small example of what Jesus the Christ will do on a worldwide level in the coming future.
4, And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
Seven priests, had seven trumpets, circle the city seven times, and the priest shall blow the trumpets.  This is when Israel was taking down Jericho; and the Lord was going before them.
Those priests blew the trumpets before the Lord.  This is certainly different than what we see today; before Israel went to war the priest went first, and then the soldiers.
The Lord went first and those trumpets announced the coming of the Lord.  This is why kings and presidents do this today; they are impersonating an old custom from the Lord God of Heaven. See verse 20 of Joshua chapter 6:
20, So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
The people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets and the wall fell down flat; and the people went and took the city.  This is what the Lord is going to do on the world wide level at His second coming.  This is described in detail in Revelation 8:
2, And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
John saw 7 angels bearing 7 trumpets; this sounds like Joshua chapter 6, except the angels replaced the priest.
Verse 5, And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6, And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Verse 5, we see thundering, lightning’s, and earthquakes – this happened before the Lord came down on the Mt Sinai.  And the 7 angels that had the 7 trumpets prepared to sound.
Every time they sounded the trumpet; something drastic happened to the earth.  This can be read in entirety, but the 7th trumpet sound is the big deal; because at the 7th trumpet here comes the Lord Jesus.
Let’s view it from Paul’s point of view.
1st Corinthians 15
Verse 52, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
At the last trump, the Lord raises the dead and changes the living that are righteous, and meets them in the air, and then they all come down to the earth.
Isaiah chapter 27, verse 13, supports the blast of the last trumpet that welcomes the return of the Lord.
The trumpet announces the coming of the Lord, the coming of the King, the King is King Jesus and when He will take down this earth to conquer and colonize it, and prepare the earth for His day of Rest.
This is why this day is vitally important for the inhabitants of the earth, this is why we keep and remember the Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets.
It is a memorial to remind us of what the Lord will do upon His return to this earth.
My hope is that you and your family consider adopting this in your church service, your belief, and practice, because it is part of the will of God.  It is good to serve the Lord fully and Holy; praise the Lord in Jesus name.
And happy Holy Day to you, the memorial of the blowing of trumpets, 2016.
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Deuteronomy chapter 16 summary again continues Moses instructions to the children of Israel. It starts off with a reminder to keep the Lord’s Holy Days. In the month Abib is the Passover. It’s a very important day.

Following the Passover is the seven-day feast of unleavened bread. For seven days it takes place for all Israel and the stranger within their gates. No leavened bread is to be seen within their coast for seven days.

After unleavened bread, Israel was to count seven weeks and the day after the seventh Sabbath was the feast of weeks or Pentecost. Bring a freewill offering of thine hand and give to the Lord according to as God has blessed, is the command on this day.

Deuteronomy Chapter 16 Summary

In the latter part of the year, the feast of Tabernacles takes place. It is also for seven days and everyone was to rejoice in the feast of the Lord. The father, his wife and children, his employees, the Levite, stranger, fatherless, and widowed that were with him also.

Everyone is to celebrate the Lord God. These are the three times in a year all males were to present themselves before the Lord their God. The feast of unleavened bread, feasts of weeks, and feasts of tabernacles were those three times in a year.

The chapter ends with the Israelites who were to appoint judges and officers of every tribe. The judge was commanded not to take bribes or gifts in order not to pervert righteous judgment.

Here’s your summary of Deuteronomy chapter 16.

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A cloud of anger from the Lord has overcast Jerusalem; the fairest city of Israel lies in the dust of the earth, cast from the heights of heaven at his command. In his day of awesome fury he has shown no mercy even to his Temple.[a]

The Lord without mercy has destroyed every home in Israel. In his wrath he has broken every fortress, every wall. He has brought the kingdom to dust, with all its rulers.

All the strength of Israel vanishes beneath his wrath. He has withdrawn his protection as the enemy attacks. God burns across the land of Israel like a raging fire.

He bends his bow against his people as though he were an enemy. His strength is used against them to kill their finest youth. His fury is poured out like fire upon them.

Yes, the Lord has vanquished Israel like an enemy. He has destroyed her forts and palaces. Sorrows and tears are his portion for Jerusalem.

He has violently broken down his Temple as though it were a booth of leaves and branches in a garden! No longer can the people celebrate their holy feasts and Sabbaths. Kings and priests together fall before his wrath.

The Lord has rejected his own altar, for he despises the false “worship” of his people; he has given their palaces to their enemies, who carouse in the Temple as Israel used to do on days of holy feasts!

The Lord determined to destroy Jerusalem. He laid out an unalterable line of destruction. Therefore the ramparts and walls fell down before him.

Jerusalem’s gates are useless. All their locks and bars are broken, for he has crushed them. Her kings and princes are enslaved in far-off lands, without a temple, without a divine law to govern them or prophetic vision to guide them.

10 The elders of Jerusalem sit upon the ground in silence, clothed in sackcloth; they throw dust upon their heads in sorrow and despair. The virgins of Jerusalem hang their heads in shame.

11 I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken, my spirit poured out, as I see what has happened to my people; little children and tiny babies are fainting and dying in the streets.

12 “Mama, Mama, we want food,” they cry, and then collapse upon their mothers’ shrunken breasts. Their lives ebb away like those wounded in battle.

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13 In all the world has there ever been such sorrow? O Jerusalem, what can I compare your anguish to? How can I comfort you? For your wound is deep as the sea. Who can heal you?

14 Your “prophets” have said so many foolish things, false to the core. They have not tried to hold you back from slavery by pointing out your sins. They lied and said that all was well.

15 All who pass by scoff and shake their heads and say, “Is this the city called ‘Most Beautiful in All the World,’ and ‘Joy of All the Earth’?”

16 All your enemies deride you. They hiss and grind their teeth and say, “We have destroyed her at last! Long have we waited for this hour, and it is finally here! With our own eyes we’ve seen her fall.”

17 But it is the Lord who did it, just as he had warned. He has fulfilled the promises of doom he made so long ago. He has destroyed Jerusalem without mercy and caused her enemies to rejoice over her and boast of their power.

18 Then the people wept before the Lord. O walls of Jerusalem, let tears fall down upon you like a river; give yourselves no rest from weeping day or night.

19 Rise in the night and cry to your God. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord; lift up your hands to him; plead for your children as they faint with hunger in the streets.

20 O Lord, think! These are your own people to whom you are doing this. Shall mothers eat their little children, those they bounced upon their knees? Shall priests and prophets die within the Temple of the Lord?

21 See them lying in the streets—old and young, boys and girls, killed by the enemies’ swords. You have killed them, Lord, in your anger; you have killed them without mercy.

22 You have deliberately called for this destruction; in the day of your anger none escaped or remained. All my little children lie dead upon the streets before the enemy.

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Our Honorable Men are Famished is not the way to start an article, especially with honorable men and women readers of our site. However, it is a subject and study in the Word of God. We must address even elephants in the room.

A wise man once told me that life becomes extremely sad and real when one finds their hero in life has major flaws. When you learn that your hero or idol is not perfect, a lot of air you had about them leaves your soul.

It is a tough pill to swallow, but it is the truth. Most people grow up totally amazed by certain people or a person, then they learn those same people or individual has tons of behind the scene flaws. Sometimes people purposely overlook these flaws because they are so enamored by the hero, they simply don’t see the flaws.

Our Honorable Men are Famished

However, when their flaws are made plain, people can’t but except their hero is just like anyone else. They are all subject to mistakes and biblically speaking, sins. The thing about man is that our flaws will eventually show themselves.

One of the reasons the world is sick is because the doctor or physician is sick himself. Our idols are sick and we don’t know it because they are cosmetically put together very well. I mean just look at some of our leaders, they look like a million bucks. They speak very well, they are charismatic, so we do not see the trail of blood leaking out of them.

Check Your Doctor Out

There is a medical doctor or naturopath doctor, rather, who took the obituaries of hundreds of MDs investigating their life span. He concluded that the average MD (Medical Doctor) lived about 58 years. The average lifespan of a regular citizen was roughly 75 years.

This created a bit of an uproar. This does not make sense from a scientific standpoint. How does a medical doctor, with the education and practice to keep patients healthy and living longer, not have the ability to keep him or herself living even longer?

On a spiritual level, the same thing is going on; the spiritual physician, which and who is the Pastor, is spiritually malnourished. People come to church for the Word of God, for healing, inspiration, and yet the church is loaded with sick people. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, many are sick.

Our Honorable Men are Famished

The people in Church are famished and hungry but don’t realize they are not being fed. To often, this also includes the pastor. It is not much of a surprise to me, the prophets, and apostles of God said that this is the case. They stated so because it is written all over the scriptures. One only needs to take the time and read carefully.

In Isaiah chapter 5 and verse 11, the Lord revealed to Isaiah of the state of the children of Israel’s honorable men. Men love to judge mankind by his outward appearance, therefore we’re able to get caught within the physical attributes of a person and not their spiritual attributes. See verse 11:

11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

Consider the Operations of His Hands

God gave a warning to those who rise up early in the morning to get a strong drink. They get the strong drink and continue in this inflamed state of being drunk deep into the evening. Isaiah continues:

12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.

These people get drunk, party, and never consider what the Creator of the worlds is doing with their very own lives. Most people are even unaware what God is doing with the entire creation altogether. People party in church, and party at home, party everywhere, and never consider what God is working out for or against them. They barely consider what God is doing with the creation.

My People are Gone into Captivity

13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

As a result of all of this partying, God’s people have gone into captivity. Remember the House of Jacob went into captivity by the hands of the Assyrians (under Sennacherib), by the Babylonians (under Nebuchadnezzar), and finally by the Romans with General Titus.

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They have gone into captivity because they have absolutely no knowledge of God. In addition to this, their honourable men are famished. This is speaking in regards to all the honorable men in this nation, the world, and even in the body of “Christianity.”

…Thirsting after the Words of GOD

The men we esteem with honor are famished themselves. The multitude that follow these men (and women) are all dried up for thirst. What are they thirsting after? They are thirsting after the Words of God. See verse 15:

15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

As this famine takes its course and intensifies, the mean man will be brought down, the mighty man will be humbled alongside with the lofty man. Everyone is going to be brought down, because they will all be hungry scrambling for spiritual bread.

Cutting of Head and Tail…

Let us look a bit closer at our honorable men; we need to know who they are and how they are causing all of us to error in our ways IF we aren’t paying attention. Isaiah chapter 9 verse 13 tells us more of the story.

13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.

14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Israel has been receiving chastisement and affliction from their God for their transgression, yet they stubbornly ignored it all and continued to be as wicked as they wanted then and still today.

Things get bad, change…

In a hypothetical example, let’s say you have a job working for your parents company. For whatever reason, your parents fired you from that job with their company. Let’s also say they took back all the perks the job had such as their car and per diem spending.

Since you were not working, you couldn’t pay to keep your utilities on you’d consider the consequences of your actions. That’s what normal conscious people would do. In this example, you’d think after a while with all these negative turn of events, you’d turn back to your parents humbly.

It just makes sense to me, perhaps to you, and a few others to humble-up and get our act together. Sure a few rebellious people would say, “not me, I’d show how tough I can be without my parents.” Those are the rebellious hearted people. Most rational people would have humbled-up. Not the children of Israel; they had the rebellious heart.

No more visions from God?

God is doing and done everything to get their attention, yet they continue in their folly, unbelief, and insurrection. The judgement against them was set and is heavy.

God will cut off from Israel, head and tail, branch and rush in one day! The elderly and honourable man is the head. God has cut them off. But look who is the tail; it is the prophet (who we call today the pastor preacher or priest) that teaches lies. God is going to cut them off from seeing a vision, from receiving insight on the truth and from being a priest of God. Let’s see this clearly in Lamentations.

Lamentations Chapter 2

9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord.

What are we to do?

Israel and Judah’s gates and cities are sunk low and destroyed because of their sin. Their kings and princes are in captivity among the Gentiles, and her prophets find no vision from God because they are cut off. Wealthy people cut their negative disobedient kids from the family will and trust.

When someone is cut off, they are unable to receive the benefits they were receiving prior to being cut off or were going to receive. Priest and prophets of Israel had the benefit of receiving visions and answers from God directly and quickly, but no more. That has been cut off, primarily towards the wicked.

The priest were cut off. They were telling lies and teaching things that do not profit God’s people. Therefore the Creator has cut them off. They have no visions and insight from God. The only thing they can tell anyone, is the only thing anyone can tell another; that is either what is written or something they make up in their mind.

Hard Consequences for Rejecting God

The House of Jacob, and I use that interchangeably with the children of Israel, were supposed to be a royal priesthood. They were anointed an holy nation because they were given the laws, statutes, commandments, judgements, and oracles from the Creator. Nevertheless, the God of Israel has rejected them (for the time being) because they have refused Him.

Remember King Asa and Azariah the prophet? The prophet told the king to draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Forsake God, and God will forsake you. In Hosea chapter 4, God says the same thing.

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

This is a scripture everyone quotes, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” However, that is about all they quote. They always leave out the rest about rejecting knowledge of God and consequently, God has also rejected them as His leaders and priests.

Selah

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Salud to one of our falling princes who went to rest… love and grace to Yanayaka!