The guys are at it again...and KILLED IT! Relevant (with the upcoming film release of Disney's "Lion King" remake), Six13 has a knack for aligning themselves just right with the current wave of interest in all things cultural. Well done, guys! Especially when you allude to the movie scenes and parody "Hakuna Matata." Gals, check it out and add it to this year's Passover playlist:
With the upcoming holy days arriving with the waxing moon crescent, we have added a new recipe to our list of healthy treats. Personally, I have been using these candies as a little reward for attentive ears during Torah readings. Especially when listening in Hebrew! And I handsomely reward myself as well, naturally...::slyly grinning::
Those Maccabeats...love them! Here is their latest release for Shabbat! Enjoy your week while the countdown 'til Shabbat continues!
Yeshua, on the last day of the feast of Sukkot, declared these words (pictured above) from the Gospel of John, Chapter 7. As I studied more about the water libation ceremony on the Temple Institute's website (pictured below in this post from http://www.templeinstitute.org/sukkot.htm), I was so overjoyed to understand this ceremonial water came directly from the "foothills of Mount Moriah" and was the "original" source of water for the city of David. This was the place where Abraham offered up his son Isaac, but YHVH instead provided the sacrifice that spared Isaac's life. (Bereshit/Genesis 22:8)
As I sit here recalling instances of our Sukkot campout this year and the memories already warmly made, I hold onto one word that connects to our outdoor experience this feast season: WARMLY. At times, the weather has been pretty hot, and it turns out (as always) Abba has had a reason why. He wanted to remind us all to seek Him through the weather!
Just like the Israelites who experienced the extreme weather conditions of the desert wilderness, we too experience all kinds of weather during the feast of Sukkot. (One Sukkot was so chilly for our family it was a blessing a friend I'd made at the feast spared TONS of blankets so we'd keep warm! I am STILL grateful for that provision she made on Abba's behalf. HalleluYAH.) But if we do not have that heavenly mindset of His word establishing itself all around us, we can lose sight of YHVH's command to be joyous! So, as I enjoy some leftover campfire potatoes and corn on the cob, I offer you an arsenal of Scriptures to proclaim in all weather conditions so you can declare prophetically and enthusiastically what these elements represent.
"I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings." Yehezqel/Ezekiel 34:26
"For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring: and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses." Yeshayahu/Isaiah 44:3-4
"If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." Vayikra/Leviticus 26: 3-4
"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of YHVH: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He." Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:2
If you get rained on, consider yourself tremendously blessed! I know we all cherished it at our campout this year because we all sought shelter under a canopy, all of us huddled together, feasting on food and His word.
"And YHVH will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and rain." Yeshayahu/Isaiah 4:5-6
"For so YHVH said unto me, I will take My rest, and I will consider in My dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest." Yeshayahu/Isaiah 18:4
"For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. And in this mountain shall YHVH of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow death up in victory; and YHVH the Lord will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for YHVH has spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is YHVH; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His YESHUA (salvation)." Yeshayahu/Isaiah 25:4-9
"They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them." Yeshayahu/Isaiah 49:10
"As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters." Mishle/Proverbs 25:13
"He giveth snow like wool: He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth His ice like morsels: who can stand before His cold? He sendeth out His word, and melteth them: He causeth His wind to blow, and the waters flow. He showeth His word unto Jacob, His statutes and His judgements to Israel." Tehillim/Psalms 147: 16-19
"Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straightened." Iyob/Job 37:9-10
Be encouraged this Sukkot and be weatherwise, Scripturally speaking. Be edified by His Word as He tabernacles with you this season. He has already made provision for every circumstance...EVERY THING you will encounter. Just trust Him to use your circumstance to spread His truth among all peoples! Chag sameach Sukkot in rainy, hot, AND cold climates!
I don't know how some of you feel about rap (I teach hip-hop as a form of praise dance so you can guess my thoughts), but this song and the explanation of the gospel of the Day of Atonement and Yeshua, the Lamb of YHVH, is spot on combined with a powerful contemporary beat. HalleluYah for how YHVH is reaching out to us in ways we will hear it and receive it! The Torah IS for today and we ARE receiving YHVH's plan for the salvation of every man. Please prepare yourselves for the upcoming fast and solemnity of the blood shed for US this Yom Kippur.
*WARNING: These images are disturbing. I cannot imagine what it was like for Israel to bring offering upon offering to the Temple. It is not so easy when looking at the shed blood to dismiss our sins which cause it, is it? Please pray and prepare your families for this day, and I pray humble and broken spirits flood Abba now and as the Day of Atonement comes. May we rid ourselves of impurities and offer ourselves as living sacrifices, like Yeshua, today.
I saw this video posted about 5 minutes after I posted my Yom Teruah blog. The law of two witnesses still applies, ladies!
Chag sameach! The new moon was sighted tonight from Israel by at least two witnesses: Yoel Halevi and Deborah Levine in the city of Jerusalem, as posted by Nehemiah Gordon on Facebook.
This is a feast discussed in both the Tanak (Torah/Prophets/Writings) and the Brit Chadashah (Renewed Covenant). It truly is the feast where men cannot know the day or hour (in case it is not spotted in the sky from Jerusalem). Here are the Scriptures to testify to this feast:
"Speak to the children of Yisrael, saying, 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering. You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to YHVH." Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:24-25 (ISR98)
This feast is connected to Rosh Chodesh (the "head of the month"), so the moon must be starting to make its appearance and its renewal. I have heard refutation of the Torah being done away with, but knowing the Torah unlocks revelation into the Gospels of Matthew (Chapter 24) and Mark:
"But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is-as a man going abroad, having left his house and given authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming-in the evening or at midnight, or at the crowing of the cock, or in the morning, lest, coming suddenly, he should find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!" Mark 13:32-37
Also, Yeshua talks about the parable of the ten virgins:
"And at midnight a cry was heard, 'See, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him! Then all those maidens rose up and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, indeed, there would not be enough for us and you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. And later the other maidens also came, saying, 'Master, Master open up for us!' But he answering, said, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, because you do not know the day or the hour in which the Son of Adam is coming." Matthew 25: 1-13
But remember, when Yeshua DOES come (HalleluYah!), the Gospel of Matthew reveals:
"And immediately after the distress of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Adam shall appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of Adam coming on the clouds of the heaven with power and much esteem. And He shall send His messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." Matthew 24: 29-31
Now I point out the similarities, based on these Scriptures, for the Feast and Messiah's return:
1. Both emphatically are unknown the day or hour.
2. Both give serious signs from the heavens to indicate the time is near.
3. Both connect the mitzvah of blowing a trumpet.
4. Both emphasize the need to watch and stand guard of the approaching time.
So hide these truths in your treasury because they will leave us wise to the coming of Mashiach (Messiah).
I have had people throw 1Thessalonians 5 at me to argue that every day is the same and that the Scriptures stress the idea we are to be unknowing (aka ignorant) of Mashiach's return. However, if one reads those verses in context and totality, you will glean a very different understanding:
"Now, brothers, as to the times and the seasons, you do not need to be written to. For you yourselves know very well that the day of YHVH comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Now keep reading...
"But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that the Day should overtake you as a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. So then, we should not sleep, as others do, but we should watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But we who are of the day should be sober, putting on the breastplate of belief and love, and as a helmet the expectation of deliverance. Because Elohim did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain deliverance through our Master Yeshua Messiah, who died for us, so that we, whether awake or asleep, should live together with Him." 1 Thessalonians 5: 4-10
Sha'ul (Paul) further encourages us in ways to prepare ourselves for Yeshua Messiah's coming:
"Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, as indeed you do. But brothers, we beg you to know those who labour among you, and are over you in the Master and admonish you, and to hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we appeal to you, brothers, warn those who are disorderly, encourage the faint-hearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in all circumstances give thanks, for this is the desire of Elohim in Messiah Yeshua for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, prove them all. Hold fast what is good. Keep back from every form of wickedness. And Elohim of peace Himself set you completely apart, and your entire spirit, and being, and body-be preserved blameless at the coming of our Master Yeshua Messiah! He who calls you is trustworthy, who also shall do it. Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a set-apart kiss. I charge you by the Master that this letter be read to all the set-apart brothers. The favour of our Master Yeshua Messiah be with you. Amen." 1 Thessalonions 5: 11-28 (ISR98)
So we need to observe this moed (appointed time/rehearsal) of YHVH as we prepare to usher in the return of Messiah!
I pray you have a blessed feast! I FINALLY made sound blowing our shofar tonight! I finally, thanks to the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) through me, am a SHOFAR HERO!!! It was not easy but with Abba and Yeshua and the Ruach HaKodesh, all things are possible! Have fun waking up your neighbors tonight with the trumpet blasts...
I love the fact that restoration from YHVH our Elohim begins with REST. HalleluYah!
Remember this as we enter this holy seventh month of Ethanim. (Hey, it's wonderful to know He made it simple for us to implement. Seven and rest. Seven and rest. In days, weeks, months, years, and feasts too!)
Ethanim (Aleph, Yod, Tav, Final Mem) in Hebrew means "permanent." Just another clarification that His calendar and His Sabbaths do not change!!!
And he answered and said to me, "This is the word of YHVH to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says YHVH of hosts." Zechariah 4:6 (ISR98)
He does the work, our job is to acknowledge that and rest in it!
"And all the men of Yisrael assembled to Sovereign Shelomoh (King Solomon) at the festival in the month of Ethanim, which is the seventh month." 1 Kings 8:2 (ISR98)
Chag sameach, everybody. Enjoy your month where YHVH provides for all who desire it!!!
I know many of you reading this have children, and after many years now trying to observe Yom Kippur with kids (young, energetic ones especially) I wanted to throw out some ideas for what we do throughout the day that you may want to try with your family. The idea is to connect this holy day on their level (considering most are not fasting).
Well, I must admit that I am quite a fan of Veggie Tales programs. (I started my collection prior to having kids just because I was so excited to watch them with my little ones one day!) I especially fell in love with "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie" and began watching it yearly during Yom Kippur to keep the little ones engaged while attempting to obey YHVH's commandments of complete rest. After a few years of this, someone gave me a book that went along with the movie called, "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie-A Very Veggie Family Adventure!" by Mark Whitlock and Cindy Kenney. This book is fantastic! It is filled with fun family activities to help connect the character lessons of the Jonah story (compassion, mercy and forgiveness) in unforgettable ways!
Sidenote: Actually, I didn't notice this until just now...the front cover actually says it's an "All Play-No Work Activity Book." The Father, if you didn't know, is quite humorous. Thanks Dad for the clarification!!!
So if you need some fun downtime ideas that will leave an indelible impression on the little guys (and you too!) try watching the Jonah movie in segments. Stop the video from time to time and incorporate these hands on activities to reinforce forgiveness. We love the "tower of flour" activity and the kids were in stitches tonight doing a silly version of the Matthew 18:23-35 parable. We read our "Swiss Cheese Story" then read the Biblical account. My thing is connecting the commandments and the Scriptures in ways that work for our family and I thank the Father for making that possible. And memorable. I hope you all had a blessed Yom Kippur and the countdown to Sukkot begins!!!!
Here is the link to the book thru Amazon: A Very Veggie Family Adventure
And here's the official Veggie Tales' store link for the movie: Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie DVD
And finally...a music video just for kicks!
Meredith Welborn is a mother of five beautiful children who has gradually integrated the Torah into her family's life as YHVH directs her. Her heart's desire is to create a forum for women to grow in the goodness of the Torah, Yah's holy instruction manual.