Shalom-shalom; peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program. This is Sunday, April 15, 2018

There are 34 days left until Shavuot, or Pentecost, and this is Day 16 of the Omer.

So, today we are going to examine Exodus 3 which is the season of revelation for Moses; and this occurs before Moses returns to Egypt with God’s message to set the captive Hebrews free. We are going to refresh our memories on the feast of the Lord.

Father,

You are King of the Universe, over heaven and earth. Last year I heard You say and it was from Revelation 11:15 that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of God and His Christ, the Mashiach (which means His Anointed One). There was a transition that came to the world in January 2017.  There has been a transition in the spiritual realm. My thoughts are that you are assuming the role of the Lion of Judah.

Father, You certainly see the offense and strife of the nations. I pray Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I pray for the healing of the nations that they will be reconciled to You and to Your teachings.

I pray for this nation to repent before you. I pray You would cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Father, I ask that You would take the stony places out from the hearts in this nation and replace our hearts with pliable flesh. Help this nation to hate its sins, and its iniquities.

I pray Your knowledge, wisdom and understanding will permeate the President and his wife, his advisors, his counselors, the Congress and Senate. I pray against the plans and strategies of the enemy that has come to steal, kill and destroy; so we pray protection over the Trumps.

In the name of Yeshua.

It was about 14 years ago the Holy Spirit began to deal with me about going deeper in the Word, to learn of it from a different perspective.  All the years that I had gone to church I was taught mostly Bible application; and there is certainly nothing wrong with that except it was time for me to eat the meat of the word

And I remember having dreams of kitchen cabinets and in these cabinets would be jars, there would be a jar of Hebrew words and a jar of Greek words, and I supposed this meant I would be receiving more understanding from the Torah (Hebrew) and the New Testament (Greek). I am very thankful to God that He reveals His word to me. Then at some time I became acquainted with Rita Sharp who helped me along this journey to sort of rediscover the roots of the Word and it refreshed me. Rita, back then, focused more on the feasts of the Lord, so through this I learned that the Torah moved on patterns and cycles, and these cycles, revolve around the harvesting of their crops which consisted of the barley in the early spring, the wheat in late spring; and the fruit harvest arriving in July some time and continuing to September, and depending on the crop even to December.

So, God set up His feasts in Leviticus 23 to correlate with the cycles of agriculture. But these feasts are not just about agriculture.  They are prophetic images, of something deeper that He has purposed. And they are all shadows of the Messiah as it says in Colossians 2:16, So let no one judge you in food or in drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

So Paul is saying the feasts depict Yeshua. He was saying to the new converts to now allow the pagans, those who are lost and have no sense of the reality of what a Christian is judge you all on keeping kosher, observing the feasts of the Lord, and keeping holy the Sabbath, and observing the new moon to determine the feasts of the Lord, because all of these concern Yeshua, they are about Yeshua. So he saying do not let those people who are dead to Christ and going to hell tell you to do differently than what I had instructed you to do, because you have nothing in common with the world anymore.

As I have said in the past they are rehearsals for something greater that He has planned. These cycles can be repeated over and over to make a point.

And I am going to go somewhere with this. Moses, his Hebrew name Moshe, returns to Egypt from Midian and he is on a mission from God to demand Pharaoh release the Hebrews from slavery. On the night of Passover the death angel slays all the first born whose doors have not been covered by the blood of the lamb.

Today, most Christians relate this narrative to a work that Yeshua did on the cross. That spiritual death passes over those who receive Yeshua as their Savior, and keep the teachings of God. The church may not understand the firstfruit of the barley harvest being presented at the Temple as the resurrection of Yeshua, but they understand that He was raised from the dead. Yeshua fulfilled Passover, which is the Hebrew for Pesach, and He fulfilled the feast of firstfruit and in Hebrew that would be Bikkurim which is the barley harvest.

The Hebrews experiencing Passover the way they did in Egypt runs parallel, or repeated itself again to the time of Yeshua’s death on the tree. The barley first fruits being offered in the Temple became a pattern for the resurrection of Yeshua. Yeshua fulfills the Lord’s spring feasts in Leviticus 23. These Lord’s feasts are appointed times, in Hebrew would be mo’edim.

In Exodus 3 Moses experiences an Angel in the burning bush. This was before Moses appeared before Pharaoh.  Now the reason I am going to go over this is because there is a pattern. There has to be a pattern in concert with the feast of the Lord. Now this is before Moses leaves to go to Egypt.

So let’s go over Exodus 3, I will read it from the Chumash and the translation will be slightly different than some of your translations.  

Moses was shepherding the sheep of Jethro (his father-in-law) the priest of Midian, he guided the sheep far into the Wilderness, and he arrived at the Mountain of Elohim, toward Horeb.

Verse 2. An Angel of YHVH appeared to him in a blaze of fire from amid the bush, he saw and behold! (the word behold sometimes will be a signal that something messianic follows)The bush was burning in the fire but the bush was not consumed. Moses thought: “I will turn aside now and look at this great sight—why will the bush not be burned?”

YHVH saw that he turned aside to see; and Elohim called out to him from amid the bush and said, “Moses, Moses,” and he replied: “Here am I.”

According to some of the teachings of the Jewish sages this event took place a year before the Passover in Egypt. If so, then this fits in concert with the pattern of the Lord’s feast even though it was not called Passover yet. It will be the next year it will be called Passover or Pesach.

I have a book called “Codex Judaica: Chronological Index of Jewish History”. I mention it in case some of you may want to add it to your own collection of reference books, and you may be curious as to where I acquire some of my information.

In the Codex Judaica it reads: Moshe had a revelation in the burning bush on the 15th of Nissan, (now the 15th of Nissan is the month the Jews observe the Lord’s feast of Passover) and exactly one year passed until the Exodus from Egypt. The plagues commenced on the 1st of Av, and continued consecutively, on the first of each month, until the last plague which was on the eve of the 15th of Nissan . . .

So, Moses had his burning bush experience on the 15th of the month Nissan which is Passover. Passover in Nissan is about the time of our March-April month when church people observe the Easter bunny. The plagues commenced on the 1st day of the month of Av–which was about 4 to 4½ months from Nissan; Av would be about our August; and august is the month when the first and second temples were destroyed—the 9th of Av and it is called the time of “Dire Straits.”

The Hebrews determined the beginning of their months by the lunar cycle of the first sliver of the moon which is a crescent moon; and it was this lunar cycle of the first day of every month that Egypt would experience a plague and the last plague—the death of the firstborn was on a full moon in Nissan 14.  

I am going to continue reading the Codex Judaica

According to the Codex Judaica, the Hebrews were free from slave labor from the 1st of Tishrei (the first of Tishrei is the new moon, the crescent moon. So, this is about 6 months from Moses’ encounter with God and the burning bush.  Tishrei is about our September-October time). Also, the first of Tishrei is significant in that it is called the feast of Yom Teruah and it was known then in Leviticus 23 as the Day of the Shout, we interpret it to be Feast of Trumpets.  Yom Teruah is called the day and the hour that no man knows: Matthew 24:36 when Yeshua is having this discussion with his disciples concerning the end of the age.

The Codex continues to say the children of Israel who left Egypt on the 15th of Nissan, were 600,000 men of draftable age (20-60). In normal demographic extensions, this would add up to a total population of approximately 2 million people. This exodus from Egypt was exactly 430 years from Genesis 15 where God makes a covenant between the parts with Abraham, and exactly 400 years after Isaac was born. Many Egyptians (some say 40,000 left with them, including many Khartumim people (who were referred to as Erev Rav) are not mentioned again. . .  page 70 of the Codex Judaica.

The 40,000 Egyptians and the Khartumim were those that were labeled the mixed multitude in Exodus 12:38 and these same ones caused a great complaint against eating the Angel food called manna in Numbers 11:4

Moses was shepherding the sheep of Jethro (his father-in-law) the priest of Midian, he guided the sheep far into the Wilderness, and he arrived at the Mountain of Elohim, toward Horeb.

Your translation may say it was mount Horeb (Hebrew Cho-reev) but according to the commentaries Horeb was the general area where the Mountain of God was located. Now, the commentaries do say that this is Mount Sinai, if you look at Exodus 3:12 it is stated that the sign (Hebrew word oth, from Genesis 1:14) for Moses would be that when he would bring the people out of Egypt, they would serve God on this mountain; and later they do meet God at Mt. Sinai at the feast of Shavuot, or Pentecost.

Verse 2. An Angel of YHVH appeared to him in a blaze of fire from amid the bush, he saw and behold! (the word behold sometimes will be a signal that something messianic follows)The bush was burning in the fire but the bush was not consumed. Moses thought: “I will turn aside now and look at this great sight—why will the bush not be burned?”

YHVH saw that he turned aside to see; and Elohim called out to him from amid the bush and said, “Moses, Moses,” and he replied: “Here am I.”

The Angel of YHVH—there are many opinions and mine among others is this Angel is Yeshua, and Angel is His other title among the other titles that He possesses, the manifestation of God that is visible to the human eye. We know Yeshua to be the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

Elohim is the expression of God as the Creator of the universe and is first found in Genesis 1:1 and 2 and though some Jews will insist Elohim is singular—in the beginning it was plural to indicate more than one. Now we know the apostle John understood the plural form because John says in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and it insists on a connection that is not set apart from God—there is this unity. There is this harmony with the Word and YHVH. Then in Genesis 1:2 . . . and darkness was on the face of the deep and the Spirit of God—the Ruach Elohim moved upon the face of the waters. Ruach Elohim manifests the Word of God, it becomes concrete, tangible, physical—where nothing becomes something. Ruach HaKodesh makes the word evident.   

Why are the Jews so anti Yeshua. They are faithfully attempting to be solely monotheistic—only one God—period. This is why, because their history is replete with their whoring with other gods. They cannot accept there is a Word of God that is functioning along with the Holy Spirit to bring the purposes of God to fruition in our lives and the world. So, over time nouns like Elohim can no longer be defined as plural, but singular, because plural would indicate there is more than one and one is all they can have; anything else would be worshiping more than one, and that is going to get them in trouble. The Jews have brought so much grief on themselves by worshiping other gods, and we do the same thing.  Elohim then becomes reinterpreted or redefined to be singular and not plural.

So, this is where I am going with this . . . we will go back to exodus 3:2

and Elohim called out to him from amid the bush and said, “Moses, Moses,” and he replied: “Here am I.”

Moses Moses to me would be the voices of the Elohim – YHVH and Yshua–because of this unity of purpose and intentions of the Word and YHVH.

YHVH has its connection to Eh-yeh asher Eh-yeh—I Am that I Am. The source of all being and has being inherent in Himself. He self exists, permanently. Yeshua, who is the Word, He also expresses the same: I Am the bread of Life, I Am the Son of God, I am way, Eh-yeh the truth, Eh-yeh the door, just a few examples. John 20:17

 

Okay so I am at the end of the program today. If it be God’s will I will be on the program next week. Have a safe and blessed week. Remember to walk by faith, not by sight. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from all blemishes, spots and wrinkles; and love God and love your neighbor.

 

I wish to add that the Hebrews are going through a type of resurrection as they progress toward Shavuot. Physically they are redeemed but they are going toward a spiritual redemption.

I am not going to go over these right now. What I want you to be aware of are these certain judgments that accompany the feasts of the Lord, the mo’edim.

Ok, so I am going to go ahead and close it here . . .

Moses had this encounter with this supernatural being called I Am that I Am. Then God gives to Moses His future plans Exodus 3:12: “So I have come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites, and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.’’

Now Exodus 4 it is written that Moses asks his father-in-law leave so he may go to Egypt to see if his family was still alive. Verse 19 does not say how long it was before Moses hears from God again in Midian. It says: Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.”

Then in verse 27: And the Ld said to Aaron: “’Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.’ So he went and met him on the mountain of God.’’

Together Moses and Aaron go as a team to face off with Pharaoh who considers himself a god, the son of Ra, and to destroy the gods of Egypt; and God releases His people from the bondage of Egypt.

Next week we will go over some of the plagues and look at the death of the first born and their release from Egypt.

 

Okay so I am at the end of the program today. If it be God’s will I will be on the program next week. Have a safe and blessed week. Remember to walk by faith, not by sight. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from all blemishes, spots and wrinkles; and love God and love your neighbor.