The Spirit of the Sons of God

SPIRIT OF THE SONS OF GOD In Today’s lesson, we will look at how our Father, Yahovah decides who He will choose to become His sons (the sons of God). How Yahovah Chooses His Sons We will start with Romans … Continue reading

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Pentecost and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God–Part 10–It’s Not As You Perceive Episode 82

Pentecost and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God Part 10

 

Recap of last lesson

Our last lesson covered the Feast of Firstfruits for the barley harvest where we are commanded to bring a Wave Sheaf of barley for the priest to wave before Yahovah to be accepted for us. This sheaf is the first cut sheaf from the firstfruit harvest and represents the unleavened bread of life which is the body of Yahoshua; it is the Wave Sheaf offering. This day occurred on the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath that falls within the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

According to the law, the priest must also present a Heave offering as a gift to Yahovah, on behalf of the children of Israel. The gift must be offered with the Wave Sheaf offering. Now, as priest of Yahovah in his high priestly capacity, Yahoshua took a heave or gift offering on behalf of the children of Israel. This heave offering that Yahoshua presented to the Father, was the resurrected saints of old, the people who got up out of their graves and walked towards the holy city, Jerusalem. Many people saw and recognized them.

Torah commands that no male must appear before Yahovah empty handed at the feast of Unleavened Bread: Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.” (Deut 16:16-17 KJV).   The three times in a year mentioned in this passage are the three pilgrimage feasts.

Here Yahoshua’s actions teach us that even as High Priest and in his glorified body after his death, burial and resurrection, Yahoshua continued to obey the law as stated in Deut. 16:16-17. This confirms that he never abolished the law of Yahovah but fulfill it. He fulfilled Yahovah’s instructions by being obedient to his Father in life unto death; and even after his resurrection from the dead.

How does the Gospel of the Kingdom of God relate to Pentecost

How does Pentecost relate to the Gospel of the Kingdom?

How does Pentecost relate to the Gospel of the Kingdom?

Today’s lesson focuses on how the Gospel of the Kingdom of God relates to the Day of Pentecost. We will complete today’s lesson in two parts.

The feast of Pentecost is also known as the Feast of Weeks, Feast of Firstfruits, Feast of Harvests, and Shavuot. The name Pentecost is derived from the Greek word Pentekoste, which refers to the fiftieth day, in the count starting with the first day being the Wave Sheaf Day, to the fiftieth day being the Feast of Weeks. We are instructed by Yahovah on how to count these fifty days in Lev. 23:10-11, 15-17.

Lev 23:15-17 tells us how to count fifty days to Pentecost starting with Wave Sheaf Day: “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: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.” (Lev 23:15-17 KJV)

This tells us that, Pentecost, is to be the day after the seventh Sabbath (verses 15–16), which would be the 49 days  plus 1 day making fifty consecutive days after Firstfruits; and this too will fall on the first day of the week, Sunday.

It was on the Day of Pentecost that the nation of Israel was birthed at the foot of Mount Sinai. This day marks the day they received the Ten Commandments verbally from the mouth of Yahovah.  On this day they all heard the voice of Yahovah as He introduced Himself to them and told them His name is Yahovah. This is the day they heard for the first time, the Ten Commandments spoken from the mouth of Yahovah in an audible voice.  After hearing Yahovah’s voice, the leaders of the tribes of Israel went to Moses and vowed that they would obey all of Yahovah’s commandments and everything He said they must do; if only, He would speak to them through Moses, because they were frightened that they would die if they continued to hear His voice. (Exodus 20)

They had entered into a blood covenant with Yahovah to obey His voice and do whatever He commands. Yet, they quickly broke His commandments within days after their covenant with Him, qualifying them for the death penalty. At this point Israel had no peace with Yahovah.

After 40 years of traveling through the wilderness in temporary dwellings, under the protection and teachings of Yahovah, the nation of Israel took possession of the Promised Land. They lived in accordance to His Laws for a period but returned to disobedience after the death of Joshua and the Elders. Eventually, their sins had defiled the holy land and Yahovah had to exile them to Babylon in order to restore the holiness of the land in their absence. While in exile, they complained that Yahovah was unjust because they were being punished for the sins of their parents even though they were as guilty as their parents.

In His grace, Yahovah sent encouraging words through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, to them. He promised that He would make a new covenant with them, a covenant that would help them to obey Him. Through this new covenant, He would remove their old heart of stone and give them a new heart of flesh. He would also give them a new spirit; He would put His Spirit within them, and write His laws on their new heart of flesh and in their mind.  No longer would they look to the tablets of stone for His laws because it would be within them. His Spirit in them would help them to obey. This new covenant would re-establish peace between Israel and their God, Yahovah.  It would also provide them with the grace they needed to be able to respond to His love towards them.

After the destruction of the Temple that Solomon built, Yahovah made arrangements for the King of Babylon to be gracious to the Israelites, release them from their bondage and to return to their land. The King was instructed by Yahovah to rebuild the Temple unto Yahovah, so he gave time off and authority to Nehemiah and Ezra to receive resources, manpower, resources, safe passage and freed all Israelites to go home and join the workforce to build the Temple of Yahovah. He returned full inventory of all the temple furnishings to the Israelites for the furnishing of the Temple.

Through the instructions of the building of the Temple, the furnishings of the Temple and the ceremonies to be carried out in the Temple on His Feast Days; and on a daily basis, Yahovah taught the children of Israel about His new covenant that He planned to make with them. His lesson Plan had symbols and exercises pertaining to each symbol, to teach them about the New Covenant He would make with them. But their hearts were dull and they did not have eyes to see or ears to hear; so they did perceive the lessons they were being taught on a daily basis through their services in the temple.

Instead, they latched on to the steps of the process without understanding the significance of the meaning of each step and the symbols used in the process. The symbols were meant to be a shadow of the new covenant to come but they regarded the symbols as the reality instead of the shadow.

But, at His appointed time, he delivered on His promise of the new covenant to them.  It was in the year 28 AD, at Pentecost, the last spring feast after the death, burial, resurrection, and final ascension of Yahoshua that Yahovah fulfilled his promise of the new covenant.  Acts 2 records the event of when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples and those who believed the gospel of the Kingdom of God. This outpouring was the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire.  Those who received this baptism received the new covenant which Yahovah had promised. This covenant was fulfilled through Yahoshua who told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem. In Luke 24:49 Yahoshua said, “And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” So, the prophecies of the new covenant were fulfilled as the Holy Spirit was poured out on those who believed, repented and were baptized in the name of Yahoshua. On that day, the body of Messiah received an additional 3000 believers.

Pentecost and the Gospel of the Kingdom requires the infilling of the Holy Spirit as was given on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.

Pentecost and the Gospel of the Kingdom requires the infilling of the Holy Spirit as was given on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.

The change in each person’s heart, mind and spirit happens after they receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The following scriptures describe the change that happens:

Ezekiel 36:26-28 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Jer 31:31-32  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: (KJV)

Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Jer 33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Heb 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Luke 24:49 Yahoshua said, “And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

I hope you were blessed with this lesson. We will complete this topic at a deeper level in our next lesson. Please feel free to leave me a comment. Shalom.

 

 

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Wave Sheaf and the Gospel of the Kingdom, Part 9

Wave Sheaf and the Gospel of the Kingdom

Part 9 of the Multi-Episode Series on the Gospel of the Kingdom

It’s Not As You Perceive-81

In Leviticus 23:10-14 we find the instructions for the Wave Sheaf offering that Yahovah requires from the spring barley harvest to be waved before Him on the first day of the week during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the month of Aviv, the first month of the year. This tells us that the week of Unleavened Bread is significant; and the Wave Sheaf offering is also unleavened.

At the beginning of the harvest, the Israelites are commanded to select the first and best sheaf of the barley crop and take it to the temple where the priest will offer it to Him for acceptance. If He accepts the offering then the people can then reap the harvest. They can expect that the harvest for the rest of its duration will be blessed and the nation can expect a healthy and bountiful harvest. This command for Wave Sheaf offering is found in Leviticus 23:10-14 and it says,

“When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf (single bundle) of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before Yahovah so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering unto Yahovah, a lamb a year old without defect, together with its grain offering of two tenth of an ephah (35 liters or 1 bushel) of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made to Yahovah by fire- a pleasing aroma, and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin (6 liters) of wine. You must not eat any bread or any new grain until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come wherever you live.”

From the barley harvest, Yahovah requires that the priest bring one sheaf of barley from the first fruit of the harvest and wave it before His altar for his acceptance, first thing in the morning on the Wave Sheaf Day. This is done on Wave Sheaf Day. This day must fall on the first day of the week within the seven days of Unleavened Bread.  Therefore there are 4 criteria which the day must meet 1) it must fall within the week of unleavened bread 2) it must fall on the first day of the week 3) it must came after Passover 4)it must fall on the day after the weekly Sabbath.

If Aviv 14, falls on a Sunday then Wave sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday, the 7th day of ULB

If Aviv 14 falls on a Monday, then Wave Sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday the 6th day of ULB

If Aviv 14 falls on a Tuesday, then Wave Sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday the 5th day of ULB

If Aviv 14 falls on a Wednesday, then Wave Sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday the 4th day of ULB

If Aviv 14 falls on a Thursday, then Wave Sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday the 3rdth day of ULB

If Aviv 14 falls on a Friday, then Wave Sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday, the 2nd day of ULB

If Aviv 14 falls on a Saturday, then Wave Sheaf offering Day would fall on Sunday the 1stth day of ULB

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The Gospel of the Kingdom of God Part 8–The Feast of Unleavened Bread Relative to the Gospel of the Kingdom of God

The Gospel of the Kingdom of God Part 8

The Feast of Unleavened Bread Relative to the Gospel of the Kingdom of God

As disciples of Yahoshua, we are commissioned to go out and make disciples of all nations, preaching the gospel that Yahoshua taught. To do this we must return to the teachings of Yahoshua in order to deliver the pure message of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. This is the same gospel that the apostles received from Yahoshua and preached to the first century believers. Any other teaching that does not conform to his teaching is corrupted with leaven.

In Luke 12 and Matthew 16, Yahoshua commanded his disciples to avoid or beware of the leaven of Herod, the Pharisees and Sadducees. That leaven he spoke of is their teachings, laws and doctrines? Yahoshua who came to fulfill (make plain) the Torah and the Prophets, addressed in his teachings, the issues of the day affecting the people’s walk with God. He targeted the leaven of the religious leaders of the Jews and labeled them hypocrites, brood of vipers, children of the devil and seed of the devil.

What is the true Gospel of the Kingdom?

What is the true Gospel of the Kingdom?

There are different types of leaven spoken about in the Bible and in general, leaven represents sin and corrupt influence. However, there is one instance where he used leaven in a parable and it represented something good. This was the parable of the “Woman who hid a small amount of leaven in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened” (Matthew 13:33).

This lesson focuses on the Feast of Unleavened Bread and how it relates to the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Leaven here represents sin and corrupt influences. Our Father in heaven wants us to remove the bad leaven because it disqualifies us from the first resurrection, from entering the Kingdom of God, and from being the bride of Messiah.

He described the leaven-free lifestyle, in Matthew 5 and Matthew 6 and finally he described the rewards of living a leaven-free life and the consequences of not avoiding the leaven. His goal was to educate us on what is acceptable to Yahovah, since Yahovah requires us to be perfect as He is perfect.

As a result, Yahoshua said, “You be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect”. The natural mind tells us that it is impossible for us to be perfect because we live in this carnal body. However, Yahovah has not asked us to do the impossible. The problem we face is that those of us, who came out of the Christian church, are filled with the leaven (teachings, doctrine) that misinterprets the grace of God.

What is the relationship between the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?

What is the relationship between the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?

The Bible lists Yahovah’s grace (Hebrew: Chen) and mercy to help us meet the holiness criteria. The Hebrew meaning of the word for grace is ‘favor, charm’. In Hebrew root word ‘chanan’ (khaw-nan) meaning to bend or stoop in kindness to another as a superior to an inferior; favor, to bestow (Strongs# 2603). His grace bestows his love and mercy towards us to HELP us in the areas of our needs.
His has given us the greatest miracle of His grace through His Son, because of His love. Through Yahoshua we have received Father’s grace of sanctification, salvation, redemption, purification and justification. This is the greatest miracle of grace we have received but we overlook it and stand in jeopardy of losing eternal life, ignoring so great a salvation, knowing that His grace is greater than all our sins.

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Gospel of the Kingdom of God and the Feast of Passover Part 7

Gospel of the Kingdom of God–Part 7–Episode 79 It’s Not As You Perceive

Passover and the Gospel of the Kingdom

 

Our Father in heaven, Yahovah, made the perfect plan and set it up in the perfect order. He gave us perfect instructions to participate in His plan and if we could only follow it perfectly, then everything with us would be good. In His perfect plan, Father made Yahoshua the  focal point of His whole salvation plan and the Kingdom of God.

What relationship exists between Passover and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?

What relationship exists between Passover and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?

To help us follow his instructions, He gave us a hand and by opening His treasure to us. He gave us His most valued treasure, His only begotten son to shed all his blood on the crucifixion cross in our place because we had no hope of paying the debt we owed, which is the death penalty. So Yahoshua paid it for us with his perfect, holy and righteous life.

Father determined that every aspect of the Kingdom of God will revolve around His Son, Yahoshua. So that the qualification to enter the Kingdom of God, is that we all enter through Yahoshua because He is the door. He came to earth and covertly accomplished this assignment.

And without Yahoshua there is no Passover because he was the only perfect righteous man to meet the qualifications of the Lamb of God. He is holy and perfect just like his father; because of his live for us he gave his life freely to redeem us and deliver us from pending eternal death.  He was the only human being to meet Yahovah’s standard of righteousness needed for the Passover sacrifice.

What is the true Gospel of the Kingdom?

What is the true Gospel of the Kingdom?

Passover is the first pilgrimage feast of Yahovah for the Kingdom of God and without it, the other Spring feasts and Fall feasts are non existent. this Feast commemorates the death of Yahoshua. And every time we do this we do it in remembrance of his death until he comes.

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