That was the sound of the shofar. At the movement, or the journey of the Ark, Moses would exclaim: “Arise, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You!’’
Shalom – shalom; peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program. (March 31, 2019)
I am still in the process of putting these teachings on a website called Ancient Scrollsonline.com.
The evening of the 19th of April will begin the Lord’s feast of Passover.
I will recite the Sh’ma:
Shema, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. The first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.
I thank You for being God, for being the King of the universe, King over heaven and earth. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein. Ps 24
We ask You to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I ask that You would go into the hidden places in us and surgically remove the impurities, the evil inclinations that we possess. We are surely a wretched people without You.
Thank You for Your Word, and help us to seize it, to follow it with fear and trembling knowing that the day of Your return is near.
In Yeshua’s name. Amen.
So on with the good news today. The good news is Yeshua is returning. There is enough hope in that for us to get through today and tomorrow and the day after that, until we are with Him. Our hope is fully in Yeshua and the work that He has accomplished for us. His earthly work, meaning His birth, His ministry, His suffering, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. He died that we might come near to God by His sacrificial blood. Life is in the blood. His righteous blood covers our sins, it covers our death from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, our transgressions, and iniquities.
We all have sinned against God. We are a wretched people in a wretched state without the blood of Yeshua to cleanse us. Now is the day of salvation, now is the day to flee from His wrath (as John the Baptist told the religious sects at the Jordan). The message is still the same today for the church as it was for the Pharisees and Sadducees of the Temple cult: “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” (Matthew 3). Let us lay aside our sins and move on to the wonderful future that awaits us in Yeshua the Messiah, and I am speaking of the Messianic Age where we will be with Yeshua. We have a hope. We have a future only in Him, not in this world.
In speaking of the future, for some time, I have been thinking of doing a series of programs concerning the future Messianic Age and the time of eternity. Some would think these are one and the same but they have unique differences. As an example, the Messianic Age has a duration of a thousand years, so it will be temporary, eternity is infinite.
In my youth I associated the Messianic Age with eternity, and not until I read of the feasts of the Lord in Leviticus 23, did I understand chapters 21 and 22 of Revelation. Chapter 21 is talking about the Messianic Age, which is the feast of Tabernacles; and chapter 22 is the Lord’s feast, the eighth day which represents eternity.
Let us begin looking at the Lord’s feasts in Leviticus 23. These are the Lord’s feasts they are not Jewish feasts—the Jews just happen to observe them. My household observes the feasts of the Lord, because we figured out they are His chronological plans, they are a revelation, of future events. We have the book of Revelation because it confirms, it is a revelation of the Lord’s fall feasts: Yom Kippur, tabernacles and the 8th day. These feasts are about Yeshua, about His plans on the earth, it is about His kingdom that He is bringing with Him at the end of this Age.
I am not going to cover the first of the falls feasts: Rosh Hashanah/yom teruah, or Yom kippur today; just Tabernacles/booths and the 8th day and talk some on the symbolism in certain passages where the Gentiles are included in these feasts.
All the feasts represent what Yeshua has done and will continue to do. To refresh your memory here is brief summary of the spring feasts in Leviticus 23: Passover, HaBikkurim/firstfruits of barley harvest, the counting of the Omer (fifty days), and Pentecost/Shavuot.
Passover represents our deliverance from the darkness by His death, firstfruits of Barley (HaBikkurim) is about His resurrection, at the counting of the Omer that leads up to Pentecost (this is the wheat harvest), is symbolic of Yeshua making several appearances in His incorruptible body to His disciples and then He ascended to His Father, and finally the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost/Shavuot.
The Lord’s autumn or fall feasts are going to be fulfilled to a greater degree soon, more specifically Yom Kippur, Tabernacles and the 8th day.
I will put these in perspective: the fall feasts teach us first to repent, which is Rosh Hashanah, this is the season or the feast we are in now. Repentance is available to us. We are entering into His coming judgment (Yom Kippur/day of atonement; the book of Revelation is about judgment). The next feast cycle is the Messianic kingdom (Tabernacles/Succot), and Eternity (the eighth day/Shemini Atzeret).
And the Lord spoke 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.’
I am going to reread this again after I define some words in this passage that are Hebrew.
Holy in Hebrew in this context means “qadash”, spoken as “Kaw-dash” (Strong’s concordance number 6942). This word means to be set-apart or to be holy/sanctify for God.
In Hebrew, the word “convocation” means “miqra”, spoken as “Mik-raw” (Strong’s concordance number 4744). In Hebrew, this word means “rehearsal.” Rehearsal is defined as the act of practicing in preparation for an event.
Leviticus 23 And the Lord spoke 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 set apart rehearsals, these are My feasts.’
Paul instructed the saints in Colosse to continue observing the feasts of the Lord and to defy those who would judge them on their observance of His feasts; on what they ate or drank, on the new moon, or the Sabbath. Paul told the saints concerning these feasts, he said which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Colossians 2:17 (ET Cepher).
Saying they, the feasts, are about Yeshua, everything that He is going to accomplish in the future, also.
The feasts of the Lord prepare us for what He plans to do next on the earth.
The Feast of Tabernacles
33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation (set apart rehearsal). You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
37 ‘These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations (set-apart rehearsals), to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day— 38 besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord.
39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest (Shemini Atzeret). 40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days (booth in Hebrew is succah). All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’”
44 So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
The fall feasts of the Lord are called the End of days from Exodus 23:17
16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year (also known as the end of days), when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Leviticus gave us several appellations for the feast of tabernacles: the feast, end of days, the ingathering, feast of rejoicing/season of our joy, and there is one more appellation, the feast of the nations.
16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem (Gog, Magog war) shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
So here is the visual of the greater prophetic magnitude of the rehearsal of Tabernacles. All the nations will go to Jerusalem to worship Him. How will Israel and the nations worship Him? First, by showing up and Leviticus 23:40 gives us some information: And ye shall take you on the first day the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook, and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days (These are called lulavs) 41And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year; it is a statute forever in your generations (observed from every generation into the Messianic kingdom); ye shall keep it in the seventh month.
Nehemiah 8 has given us some interesting information on the construction of the sukkah, or booths, they were to dwell in for the feast of Tabernacles.
Israel has returned to Jerusalem from exile and Nehemiah begins to read to them from the book of the Law at the beginning of the seventh month which is Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah. During the reading they worshiped the Lord and they were still mourning from their sins that they had committed against God.
On the second day the elders met with Ezra the scribe in order to understand the words of the Law. And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, and here are the instructions on the construction of these booths: they should Go out to the mountains, and bring olive branches and wild olive branches, myrtle branches, palm branches and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.” Jewish Publication Society.
I emphasized wild olive branches. Romans 11, Paul is instructing the saints, the Gentiles in Rome, concerning the people of Israel, that God had not cast them (Israel) away.
And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree (Israel), do not boast against the branches.
Here is a pattern that emerges, imagery of the Gentiles being represented as a wild olive trees, or branches, being grafted in to Israel. In Nehemiah we see the inclusion of the wild olive branch in the sukkah, this of course represents the Messianic Age when Yeshua will rule over the earth to bring justice and righteousness to all the nations.
I am at the end of the program. Rico Cortes will sing the Aaronic blessing in Hebrew from Numbers 6:24-26.
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 wrinkles, spots and blemishes. Love God, love your neighbor.
The mission of the Messiah is six-fold. His primary task is to cause all the world to return to God and His teachings.
He will also restore the royal dynasty to the descendants of David.
He will oversee the rebuilding of Jerusalem, including the Third Temple.
He will gather the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.
He will reestablish the Sanhedrin, the religious supreme court and legislature of the Jewish people. This is a necessary condition for the rebuilding of the Third Temple, as it is written, “I will restore your judges as at first, and your counselors as in the beginning; afterward, you will be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and those who return to her, with righteousness” (Isaiah 1:26-27). Such a Sanhedrin would also be able to formally recognize the Messiah as the king of Israel.
He will restore the sacrificial system as well as the practices of the Sabbatical Year (Shmitah) and the Jubilee Year (Yovel).
Still, Jerusalem will become the center of worship and instruction for all mankind. God thus told His prophet, “I will return to Zion and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth and the Mountain of the God of Hosts, the Holy Mountain” (Zechariah 8:3).
This will begin the period when the teachings of God will be supreme over all mankind, as it is written, “For the Lord of Hosts will be King in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. [He will reveal His] Glory in the presence of His wise elders” (Isaiah 24:23). All peoples will then come to Jerusalem to seek God. The prophet Zechariah describes this graphically when he says, “Many people and mighty nations will come and seek the God of Hosts in Jerusalem… In those days, ten people out of all the nations will take hold of the corner of the garment of every Jew and say, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you'” (Zechariah 8:22-23).
In Jerusalem, the Jewish people will thus be established as the spiritual and moral teachers of all mankind. At that time, Jerusalem will become the spiritual capital of the world.
In the Messianic Era, all people will believe in God and proclaim His Unity. The prophet thus foretold, “God will be King over all the earth; on that day God will be One and His Name One: (Zechariah 14:9).
keen interest in this context is the term “new” in verse 17. Paul had his choice of either of two words, kainos or neos, but he chose the one best suited to God’s purpose here. He chose kainos, indicating newness in the sense of fresh existence. Neos means newness in the sense of renovation, for example, repairing something that already exists. In this context, God is describing a transformation in the inner man from carnality to spiritual thought and conduct. The new creation is not merely a repair job of the old, existing, carnal nature. It is a complete change to a nature, a heart, that had not been there before conversion.
The apostle nudges our thoughts to a parallel incident, when God created Adam in Genesis 1. Adam was an entity who did not exist before God acted. In this creation described in II Corinthians 5, though, God is not exercising His divine powers by creating an entirely new person, but He is fashioning a new heart, a new nature, that will produce righteousness, in contrast to the old nature that produced self-centered sin.
One by one, God is calling people out of Satan’s worldly system and creating a Family Kingdom described in multiple locations throughout His Word. We have all borne the physical and character image of the sinner Adam; we are now being created in the spiritual image of the holy, righteous, and sinless Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:48-49). But know this: The new creation does not end with the spiritual creation of the sons of God. It carries on to include even a New Heaven and a New Earth.
The new creation begun by God with repentant and converted human beings is just the beginning of a massive creation that will surely follow because God has willed it as part of His plan (Isaiah 55:11). His Word provides an idea of what it entails, alerting God’s children of the new creation that has begun in them and will expand indefinitely.
Isaiah 42:9 reads, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 65:17 adds, “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.” The prophet chose to use the Hebrew word hadas (“new”; Strong’s 2319) that, as kainos in New Testament Greek, indicates “that which did not exist before.”
37 He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seeds are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels.
40.Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
41. The Son of Man will send out His angels and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness (torahlessness).
42. and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
This agrees with the revelation John received in Revelation 19:19
19. And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20. The the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.