Shalom, shalom; peace, peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program.
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Ok, so this year September 18th Yom Teruah will open the Lord’s feasts for the autumn months. I am thinking these feasts will have an impact for the direction of this nation next year.
Shema from Deuteronomy 6
Shema, O Israel, the LORD God, the LORD is One.
Psalm 24 which is the proclamation that the earth and everything in it belongs to the LORD.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein.
Father YHVH, You are the King of the Universe, King over heaven and earth. We delight in You and all Your ways. We yearn for Your justice and righteousness to permeate the earth. We seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness so that we may prosper in Your Spirit—in knowledge, wisdom and understanding; Your truth pulls down every stronghold.
2 Corinthians 10:3. It casts down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
Help us to submit to You, to humble ourselves before You; acknowledging that we are in a time of great trouble. A time of violence and great evil.
We are seeking You for instructions, directions and strategies at this time. We are asking for a release of Your Spirit to bring repentance and healing to many. You alone are our deliverer.
We pray life over Your creation. We thank You for Your Word, for the birth, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and soon return of Yeshua. Thank You for the blood of Yeshua. Amen
It drives demons into madness when the blood of Yeshua is mentioned.
Feasts if the LORD. On this program I am going to focus on light, the number four, the seven branched Menorah that was in the Temple, signs and seasons.
One may ask why study the feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23. There are a couple of reasons. First, they were established by God in Genesis 1:14, And God said: Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, for seasons, and for days, and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth; and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night; He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. To rule over the day, and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
On the fourth day, which was a Wednesday, two physical luminaries were created for the earth, the sun and moon and the stars. The days of the week, which are seven, follow the pattern of the Menorah which is a single lamp with seven branches. It mirrors a tree. The seven branches reflect the days of the week, the seven feasts, and every branch reflects a thousand years. All together would be seven thousand years. The book of Revelation is populated with the number seven.
Follow this if you can, picture this, on the Menorah, which is a single lamp that has seven branches; the fourth branch which is the center branch; the six other branches are connected to it, that is three to the right and three to the left of it. The middle, or center branch, serves like a spine. We have a spine, and our arms, legs and head are connected to it.
The center branch is called the Shamash, and is the one that gives light to the rest of the branches. Shamash in Hebrew means servant, and is symbolic of Yeshua. The Hebrew word Shamash is related to the Hebrew word Shemash which means sun. In the book of Revelation 1:13, Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. Go down to verse 15, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Yeshua is seen here to be the center of the lamps.
These are prophetic patterns. I am going to make a connection here with the fourth day. Yeshua is spoken of in Hebrews 10:
the feasts are about Yeshua, because Yeshua is written in the volume of the book (Bible), Psalm 40:6-8 and Hebrews 10:5-7
Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of Me. I delight to do Your will. O My God, and Your Law is within my heart.
All the Word is about Yeshua. He is hidden in symbols of the Tabernacle/Temple, in the days of the week, in the stars, in the feasts, in the sacrifices; He is the Word and the Word concerns Him. It may be written in code in the Old Testament, but He is revealed in the New Testament.
So, the center branch is the fourth from either side and here is some information about the fourth or center lamp. It was also called the western lamp by the priests, because the wick would face toward the Holy of Holies. The Temple faced east to west. Some say the lampstand faced north and south. The wicks of the lamps on either side of the center branch were positioned to face the center branch, and the center branch wick burned toward the Holy of Holies.
The lampstand vessels were cleaned in the morning and replaced with oil and new wicks, and they were not lit until the evening progressed. This is done in accordance to Exodus 30:8, when Aaron is told to light the lamps at twilight.
The center stem, the wick, would not be touched until the evening when the other six bowls were lit. The flame from the center branch would light all the other six wicks. The center flame would never go out. It was perpetual until Yeshua was crucified (Josephus recounts this). It would receive the same amount of oil as the other vessels, yet when the priest would enter the Temple in the morning, the six lamps would be extinguished, but the Shamash would be burning, and it would burn until late in the evening.
So, what is the point with the wick not going out until evening? There are those who debate whether Yeshua died on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. I would venture to say since the fourth stem, the central branch represented Him and the light would not go out until the evening when the priest would then clean the cup, change the oil and place a new wick in it, that this represented Him being extinguished on that day, the fourth day of the week at twilight.
Yeshua was born in the fourth thousandth year from creation, between 6-2 BC. He was extinguished in the fifth thousandth year from creation, around 30 AD.
The more I read the Word and study it, the more I see prophetic patterns that emerge, and these are the prophetic symbols that expresses His divinity in some fashion, they interpret other passages in the Word and they speak at times as if they are clues to His future plans and purposes. Studying the feasts of the Lord aids us in becoming familiar with those prophetic patterns He founded in the Torah. They all communicate to us that everything in the Word points to Yeshua.
Like Psalms 40 said: Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of Me.
After the resurrection of Yeshua, He speaks to a couple on their way to Emmaus. It says: And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Praise the Lord, the Word points to Yeshua.
Genesis 1:14, And God said: Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs (owt), for seasons (moed), and for days, and years.
Signs in Hebrew is the word oth. “The Companion Bible” explains the Hebrew word oth to mean “things to come.” (In other words, it is saying those things that are yet future [what is in the future? The end, and what is at the end? The beginning]) and says “oth” carries the connotation of something that connects the beginning and the end. The beginning and the end is the alpha and omega in Revelation 1:8; the beginning and the end and in Hebrew would aleph and tav.
Beginning and the end; it is like having a sheet of paper and with a pencil making a dot or a period and then draw a circle and come back to it. We are circling back to the one who created everything—Yeshua—the beginning and the end.
In the sense of appearing; a signal; flag; beacon; monument; omen; prodigy; evidence
The Greek would be semeion: to indicate
Seasons mean in Hebrew Moed, that is, appointed times. Signs and seasons are the appointed times set by God to meet with Him. These seasons are the feasts of the Lord that I have been speaking on from Leviticus 23.
Alef and Tav spell the Hebrew word Owt. It has a connecting letter of vav. The Hebrew letter vav connects the beginning and the end. Yeshua said He was the alef and tav (alpha and Omega), so that He is also the sign, He is the owt.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Yeshua said He was the alef and tav (alpha and Omega), the deeper connection would be that He is also the sign—He is the ‘owt.’ Jews were always seeking a sign, and the sign was there before them the whole time in the flesh.
So, the feasts are prophetic signs, they are an owt, of future “things to come” like it says in the Companion Bible.
We know this to be true, because Yeshua fulfilled the feast of Passover, He is the Unleavened bread, He rose on the third day of the feast of HaBikkurim, which is the feast of Firstfruits of Barley.
During the counting of the Omer, this is the barley count. It mimics the time it took Israel going from Egypt to reach Mt Sinai to receive the Covenant–it took 50 days for them to arrive there. This is known as the time of spiritual ascension. Israel is coming up out of Egypt, out of slavery, out of poverty, out of the nation of idols to meet the God that delivered them from bondage.
They all killed the Passover lamb, the last plague was issued, then they all left on their journey which took 50 days to arrive there at Mt Sinai. The giving of the Torah was Shavuot, we would say Pentecost.
The Israelites according to Exodus 16, this is before their arrival at Mt Sinai, the LORD on the fifteenth of the second month began sending them manna to eat. In verse 13, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew was lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. Moses said: This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the very thing which the LORD has commanded: Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons, let every man take for those who are in his tent.
This is the first place the omer is seen in the Torah. An omer is about 2 quarts, some say 3 quarts. Anyway, Yeshua during this same period of the Israelites coming out of Egypt about 1500 years earlier, 1500 years later during this observance revealed Himself to the disciples– during the counting of the omer. These patterns are everywhere, it is learning how to interpret them. On the fortieth day of the counting of the omer in Acts 1:9, Yeshua ascends to the Father. Ten days later the Holy Spirit is poured out at Shavuot/Pentecost.
The feasts of the Lord are significant today, because just as the spring feasts are about Yeshua so are the autumn feasts about Him. It is through the feasts that He makes His appearance to humankind. He died at Passover, and He will make His appearance again at the autumn feasts. He must complete the feasts.
The feasts tell us what God has done, what He is doing and what He will do in the future. He is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. All the major redemptive accomplishments of Christ pass in review perennially during the course of the year through the feasts of the Lord.
An elementary way to look at the feasts is to see them as cycles. Us, in the western part of the world do cycles every day, but they are mundane—things that are common. For instance, our cycle usually begins with getting up, getting the kids off to school, we no longer do that because of COVID-19, and going to work. We come home and cycle more mundane activities like cooking, cleaning, mowing grass and then going to bed. We cycle to the weekend if some of us are fortunate to have the weekend off.
We cycle through mundane holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and cycle through our birthday and everyone else’s birthday and anniversary. We cycle through the months and finally through the year. We cycle into life by being born and then we cycle out and die, we have a shelf life or an expiration date.
The moon cycles through its phases and the earth cycles around the sun. These are common, earthly cycles, but what God does with His feasts causes holy time. His feasts are holy-days, instead of holidays. Holiday started out as holy day, and was observed with the suspension of work. God’s holy-days are observed with the suspension of work.
Okay, so we are going to begin with Leviticus 23 and examine some of the Lord’s feasts.
- And the Lordspoke to Moses, saying, 2. “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
So, what the Word speaks to us is that these feasts are the Lord’s feasts and not just Jewish feasts, the Jews just happen to observe them.
Actually, I will stop here and begin it next week as I am close to the end of the program.
If it is God’s will, I will be here next program. Remember to walk by faith and not by sight. Do two things this week: love and forgive. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Love God and love your neighbor.
Ricco Cortes will sing the Aaronic blessing
To cause the lamp to burn always—i.e., every night without intermission. Josephus says that three lights were kept burning both night and day (Ant. Jud., iii. 7, § 7); but there is nothing in Scripture to confirm this. The tabernacle would have received sufficient light during the daytime through the entrance curtain, which was of linen (Exodus 26:36), not to mention that the curtain may, when necessary, have been looped up. The lighting of the lamps every evening is distinctly asserted in Exodus 30:8; their extinction in the morning appears from 1Samuel 3:3.
To burn always, i.e. at all the times. appointed; daily, though not continually; as the lamb offered only every morning and every evening is called a continual burnt-offering, Exodus 29:42. For that these were lighted only at the evening, may seem probable from the next verse, and from Exodus 27:21 30:8 Leviticus 24:3 1 Samuel 3:3 2 Chronicles 13:11. But because Josephus and Philo, who were eye-witnesses of the temple service, and had no temptation to lie in this matter, expressly affirm, that some lights did burn in the day-time; and it may seem indecent and improbable that God should dwell and the priests minister in darkness, and there were no windows to give light to the tabernacle by day; it may be granted that some few burnt in the day, and all in the night, and that the latter is only mentioned in the places alleged, as being a more solemn time when all are lighted.