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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Messiah’s Forty Days of Fasting Leading Up to Yom Kippur!

By Maria Merola אריאל
©Copyright Double Portion Inheritance August 2008

Ever since I was a child, I was erroneously taught by the Catholic nuns that our Messiah fasted in the wilderness during the forty days known as “Lent.” This season would commence on “Ash Wednesday,” and it would culminate on “Easter Sunday,” according to Catholic tradition.

It was not until the year 2002 that I discovered these traditions of Ash Wednesday, Lent & Easter stemmed from ancient Babylonian religion, and were adopted into Christianity by Rome. To learn more history behind these false traditions, see my blog entitled “The Queen of Heaven: Why Does the Church Celebrate Easter?” 

Four years later, in 2006, I found myself stunned as I read Luke 4:19, where our Messiah declared “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” I understood in that moment that our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa fasted during the forty days of repentance or “Teshuva,” leading up to Yom Kippur. Even though Luke’s gospel does not tell us what time of year this was, there are enough clues in the language of Isaiah 61 to indicate Yom Kippur typology. 

Additionally, during his 40-day fast, our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa turned 30 years old on “Yom Teruah,” (The Feast of Trumpets), which then qualified him (according to Numbers 4:3), to be the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Messianic tradition holds to the idea that our Messiah was born on The Feast of Tabernacles or “Sukkot.” However, there are a few problems that arise with that theory. Once we understand that our Messiah was acting as the High Priest, Melchizedek when he made the declaration of “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH,” it becomes obvious that in order for him to make this declaration, he had to have had his 30th birthday BEFORE Yom Kippur!

After his cousin Yahuwchanon (John) immersed him in the Jordan River, there was a transfer of power that was being made. The authority of the Sons of Aaron as the High Priest was being passed on to our Messiah who was from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). Hebrews 7:14 confirms this when it says that “Melchizedek sprang out of Judah!”

It was on this particular Yom Kippur in Luke 4:19, that we see our Messiah revealing to those in the Synagogue that he was the “Anointed One,” the Messiah of Yisrael, and the High Priest who could then declare whether or not the nation was accepted that year for Yom Kippur. This is precisely when his 3.5 year ministry began, on Yom Kippur in 26 A.D.

To learn more about when our Messiah was born and why it matters, see the blog entitled: “When Was the Real Messiah Born & Why Does it Matter?”

Once we establish that his 30th birthday took place on the Feast of Trumpets during his 40-days of fasting in the wilderness, we can then conclude that he was old enough to become the High Priest for Yisra’el!

The clue can be found is Luke 4:19, when we learn that our Messiah “DECLARED THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF YAHUWAH!”

Only the Kohan ha’Gadowl (High Priest) could declare “THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF YAHUWAH” once per year on Yom Kippur!

The month of Elul is the 6th month on the Hebrew Calendar and it is called “chodesh ha’cheshbon, which is a month of accounting.

The name of the month Elul is spelled with four Hebrew Letters, Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed which is said to be an acronym of “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li.” This is translated “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine,” a quote from Song of Songs 6:3, where the Beloved is YaHuWaH, and the “I” is his covenant bride, Yisra’el.  

In Aramaic (the vernacular of the Jewish people at the time that the month names were adopted), the word “Elul” means “search,” which is appropriate, because this is the time of the year when we search our hearts and farmers search for the harvest.

According to deductive reasoning by reading the scriptures, the month of Elul is the same time that Mosheh (Moses) went to Mount Sinai to prepare the second set of tablets after the incident of the golden calf (Exodus 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and he descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. The 1st day of Elul commences a period of 40 days where Moses prayed for YaHuWaH to forgive the people after they committed adultery with the golden calf. After this, the commandment to prepare the second set of tablets was given. 

Could this be the reason why our Messiah fasted during these very same forty days? Could it be that he was also preparing to present the very same commandments that would be written upon the heart of his bride for Yom Kippur? You see, in Ancient Hebrew Wedding Custom, the bride was to have the Ketubah (written marriage agreement) on her at all times, or else she could not enjoy intimacy with her husband. This explains why YaHuWaH promised to “write his Towrah” (laws) in the heart of his bride (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16).

Traditionally, the Yahuwdiy (Jews) celebrate a time of fasting and repentance for “forty days.” This is the time that foreshadows the preparation for the bride to meet her bridegroom on the “Feast of Trumpets” (Yom Teruah), and on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). These two feast days, I believe represent the marriage of two different brides typified in Leah & Rachel to Ya’aqob (Jacob). Messiah has two different houses (Ephraim & Judah). From “both Houses of Yisrael” (Isaiah 8:14), our Messiah will make them one bride and he will marry them both during what is called “The Ten Days of Awe” (Revelation 3:10).

At the end of these forty days of fasting and repentance in the final Jubilee at the “last great day” of the 6th millennium and going into the “Sabbath Millennium,” which will commence the 1st day of the 7th month called “Tishri!”

The Feast of Trumpets commemorates the “ushering in of the king,” and it is a time for us to prepare our hearts for the Fall Feasts of YaHuWaH.

The two themes of the month of Elul have to do with accounting and preparation of the heart. In Aramaic the word Elul means “searching.”

Tehilliym (Psalms) 139:23 Search me, O Elohiym, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

It was during this time of year that Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser (Baptist) began preaching repentance in the wilderness: 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 3:

1 In those days came Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser (Baptist), preaching in the wilderness of Yahuwdah (Judaea),

2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Yeshayahuw (Isaiah), saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of YHWH, make his paths straight.

The Hebrew word for “repent” is as follows:

#8668 tshuwa’ah tesh-ooaw or tshuah; from #7768 in the sense of #3467; rescue (literal or figurative, personal, national or spiritual): deliverance, help, safety, salvation, victory.

The next two words are the root words that make up this word for repent (tshuwah):

#3467 yasha yawshah to be open, wide or free; to be safe; avenging, defend, deliver, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring salvation, save, get victory.

#7768 shava shawvah: to be free, freedom from trouble; cry aloud, shout.

*Note: since the Hebrew letter “Vav” was originally called a “Waw,” and it makes the “long u sound,” the word “shava”should actually be pronounced as “shauwa” and it phonetically sounds like: “sha-oo-ah.”

These three words above, all paint a picture of what is happening during the 40 days of fasting and repentance starting on the 1st of Elul (the 6th month) and leading right up to the 10th day of the 7th month of Tishri on Yom Kippur (day of covering). We first see that John the Immerser (Baptist) was “crying out” (shauwa) for the nation of Yisra’el to repent by exclaiming “tshuwa!” This was the time of year when Yisra’el was being called to prepare for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The Day of Atonement is a day of salvation (yasha) for those who repent, but it is a day of avenging or “vengeance” for those who are not ready and have not washed their garments in the blood of the lamb. For forty days, Yisra’el would always prepare their hearts during this season of repenting. It was a time to “make the crooked paths straight” and to ask forgiveness from those whom you may have wronged.

Yahuwshuwa admonished us not to bother bringing a gift to the altar until we go and make peace with our brother:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 5:24 Leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 

To those who repent and make the crooked paths straight (correct the wrongs that they have committed), the Day of Atonement will be a day of “acceptance” by YaHuWaH. But to those who do not humble themselves and repent, it will be a day of “vengeance.” On the future Day of Atonement when Messiah returns in Revelation 19:2, he will “avenge” the blood of his set-apart ones (his bride). It is for this reason that he read only the first half of Isaiah 61:2 at the end of his “forty days of fasting” in the wilderness:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of YHWH, and the day of vengeance of our Elohiym; to comfort all that mourn;

Yahuwshuwa only read the first half of this verse when he declared that he had come to fulfill this prophecy by “proclaiming the acceptable year of YaHuWaH.” 

But he did not finish the latter part of this verse where he will declare at his second coming “The Day of Vengeance of our Elohiym,” because that will happen when he returns on the Day of Wrath in Revelation 19:15.

We can see three parts to Isaiah 61:2 to be fulfilled in history:

1.) To Proclaim “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” 

Yahuwshuwa already did this at the beginning of his ministry when he emerged from his 40-day fast on Yom Kippur. This statement is “Yom Kippur” language. Only the High Priest (Kohen haGadowl) could declare “The Acceptable year of YaHuWaH” each year for Yom Kippur. You see, the atonement of the entire nation depended on the righteousness of the High Priest. The High Priest had to first make atonement for himself by killing a bullock. And then he would be a proper vessel to make atonement for the entire nation when he killed the Yom Kippur sacrificial goat. If the High Priest was not righteous, he would die behind the veil in the “Holy of Holies,” and this meant that the entire nation was not atoned for that year and they were “not accepted.” 

When John the Immerser baptized Yahuwshuwa, he was transferring the role of the High Priest from the sons of Aaron back to the Melchizedek Priesthood again. And so Yahuwshuwa was now acting as the High Priest that year when he interceded in the wilderness for Yisra’el. This is why he qualified as one who could then “declare the acceptable year of YaHuWaH!”

2.) To Proclaim “The Day of Vengeance of our Elohiym.” 

He will do this at his second coming when he returns to “avenge” the injustices that have been done to his bride. He will avenge their blood and “even the score.”

3.) To Comfort All that Mourn. 

On that day, the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) will finally see the one whom “they have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10) and “they will mourn for him as one mourns for his only son.” Not only that, but all of the tribes of the earth shall mourn for him (Matthew 24:30), because not only the House of Judah, but all have crucified him!

Understanding the Two Calendars in Scripture

There seems to be some confusion about the fact that on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri, the Jewish people refer to Yom Teruah as their New Year or “Rosh Ha’Shanah.” This is referred to as the Civil New Year. However, scripture calls it “a memorial of blowing trumpets” or “Yom Teruah” (Day of Blowing).

To clear up this confusion, it is important to understand that there are two calendars in scripture. The first is the “Civil Calendar” which begins on the 1st of Tishri (the 7th month), and the second is the “Sacred Calendar” which begins on Abib (Aviv or Nisan). From Genesis 1 to Exodus 12, scripture uses the Civil Calendar when referring to dates. However, in Exodus 12, Elohiym instituted a second calendar which begins on Abib/Aviv (Nisan). This is the “Sacred Calendar,” which the Bible uses when referring to dates from Exodus 12 through Revelation 22.

To read more about the biblical New Year in the Spring, see my other article entitled: “Times, Seasons & the Thief in the Night: When is the Real New Year?

The Sacred Calendar is Seven Months Long

In Exodus 12, YaHuWaH Elohiym instituted a second calendar which begins on the 1st of Abib (Aviv or Nisan).  This is the “Sacred Calendar” which the Towrah uses when referring to dates from Exodus 12 through Revelation 22. The Sacred Calendar marks the beginning of the Spiritual New Year and it governs the timing of YaHuWaH’s Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23. 

YaHuWaH’s Feasts set the appointed times (days) for the manifestation of Elohiym’s redemption in Messiah Yahuwshuwa, which has to do with our spiritual position in him. Passover celebrates the beginning of our salvation through the blood of Yahuwshuwa, (our Passover Lamb), and takes place in the first month of the Sacred Calendar. Consequently, the 1st of Abib (Aviv/Nisan) marks the beginning of Elohiym’s Spiritual New Year in Messiah that he established at the Exodus:

Shemoth (Exodus)12:1-2 And YHWH spoke unto Mosheh (Moses) and Aharown (Aaron) in the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt) saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Shemoth (Exodus) 13:

3 And Mosheh (Moses) said unto the people, Remember this day, in which you came out from Mitzrayim (Egypt), out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand YHWH brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

This day came you out in the month Abib.

The word “Abib” is #24 in the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance: to be tender; green; young ear of grain; hence the name of the month Abib; green ears of corn (not maize).

Consequently, the Jewish people have a “fiscal” year where they “account” for their harvest. In many businesses today, they have what is called “a fiscal year” where the company does their annual inventory and they report their income to the government. This is the same thing that the Jews mean when they refer to this time of year as a “Civil New Year” called “Rosh HaShanah.” In the 1st month of the year called Abib (Aviv or Nisan), this commemorates the time when YaHuWaH brought Yisra’el out of Egypt. This is to be celebrated 14 days before Passover.

The idea of calling the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri “Rosh Ha’Shanah” comes from the fact that on the “Rabbinic Calendar” reckoning, they are using the calendar that was instituted before YaHuWaH brought Yisrael out of Egypt. However, we cannot justify referring to the Feast of Trumpets as “Rosh Ha’Shanah,” because scripture never calls it that. Scripture calls it “Yom Teruah,” which means “The Day of Blowing.” 

Two scriptures are primarily used to defend the Jewish New Year as 
Rosh Ha’Shanah: 

Shemoth (Exodus) 23:16 “The feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when you have gathered in your labours out of the field.” 

Shemoth (Exodus) 34:22 “You shall celebrate... the Feast of Ingathering at the turn (revolution) of the year.”

The End of a Seven-Month-Long Sacred Year 

The end of the year mentioned in the above scriptures refers to Yisra’el’s Sacred Calendar whereby the feasts are measured on a seven-month-long cycle. These feasts begin with Passover and end seven months later with The Feast of Tabernacles. This agricultural year begins with the spring barley harvest during the season of Passover and ends with the fall wheat harvest on the last day of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). This agricultural calendar is based on a seven-month-long lunar cycle, which refers to the monthly rotation of the moon around the earth. Thus the Hebrew Concordance describes a revolution of time as “the time of planting and harvests.”

The following words below in Hebrew are used to describe the end of the harvest season:

#8622 tquwphah tek-oo-faw from #5362; a revolution (of the sun) course of time; circuit, come about, end.

#5362 naqaphto strike with more or less violence; beat, knock together; surround or circulate; cut down, destroy, go around.

This word “naqaph” refers to the season of threshing the wheat. The wheat is “beaten” so that the chaff is left behind and nothing but the wheat is left.

Yisra’el’s lunar-based agricultural year ends at the conclusion of Sukkoth, with the winter wheat harvest at the last feast of the agricultural year which represents “the end-time harvest” for New Covenant believers. The “first-fruits” harvest for those who were redeemed when Messiah resurrected happened during the Spring Feasts representing all those saved under the Old Covenant (see Ephesians 4 & Luke 16). To find out more about the how to determine a biblical new moon, see the link below:

At his first coming, Yahuwshuwa fulfilled the role of “Messiah Ben Joseph” (Son of Joseph) because he came as a “suffering servant” typified in the life of Yahuwceph (Joseph) who was rejected by his ten brothers. Josephs brothers are a picture of the Ten Lost Tribes of the House of Yisrael who have been in exile in the nations since the end of the Assyrian Captivity.

Yahuwshuwa will return as “Messiah Ben David” the conquering reigning king as a prophetic “type” of King David who will sit on the throne as he will rule all Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

Because Ancient Yisra’el was an agriculturally-based nation, their feasts and celebrations revolved around the planting seasons. Their agricultural calendar only included seven lunar-based months, which began in the month of Abib and ended in the month 7th month of Tishri.

In the book of Enoch, we discover that YaHuWaH showed Enoch 13 constellations for 13 Tribes of Yisra’el—the 13th tribe being Ephraim. Ephraim is not included in Revelation 7 because his tribe becomes “a multitude of nations” (melow goyim or fullness of the gentiles) and he is treated as a separate tribe in the last days. Ephraim can only be grafted into the House of Yisra’el (the olive tree) by way of Messiah (who is from the Tribe of Judah). This is why Ephraim is grafted into the Tribe of Judah in the last days (Ezekiel 37:16, Ezekiel 47:22). 

Because Yisra’el also functioned with a fiscal year of a twelve-month long calendar-year, related to the solar cycle of the sun, (which is based on the rotation of the earth around the sun), Yisra’el’s twelve- month solar calendar begins at Abib and ends with the 12th month of Adar. But in some years there is a 13th month called Adar II for leap years.

The Jewish tradition to have the New Year begin on Yom Teruah places it before the fall harvest of Sukkoth. This does not make sense, because YaHuWaH commands us to observe “The Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year with the fruit of our labors (Exodus 23:16). To begin a New Year fifteen days before the eight-day harvest begins (on the Feast of Tabernacles), and twenty-three days before it ends, seems to violate Towrah. However, we can see that that the “Head of the Linear Year” is approaching with the ushering in of the Fall Feasts on Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and thus it is the “season of harvest” that is taking place during this time leading up to the culmination of the harvest on the last day of Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles).

The Biblical New Year, however, is in the month called “Abib” (Aviv) according to Exodus 12-13. No place in scripture does YaHuWaH command us to call the Feast of Trumpets “the first of the year.”

The Civil Calendar 

The first word in the Bible is “bereshyith,” which means “in the beginning, and is a direct reference to the beginning of Elohiym’s creation (Genesis 1:1). The following Hebrew words give us a clearer picture:

#7225 re’shiyth ray-sheeth from the same as 7218; the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit): beginning, chief, first, principle thing.

#7218 rosh roshe from an unused root apparently meaning to shake the head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time rank): beginningcaptain, chief place, company, end, excellent, first, forefront, head, height, highest part, priest, lead, poor, principal, ruler, sum, top.

As you can see, the word “Bereshiyth” (Genesis) means “in the beginning” and it has the same root as “Rosh” or “head” as in “Rosh Ha’Shanah,” which means “beginning” or “head of the year.” 

Consequently, the traditional Hebraic understanding is that Elohiym began his creation on the Jewish Rosh HaShanah in the 7th month of Tishri. Leviticus 25 confirms this because the Jubilee Cycles and Sabbatical Years are measured on the 10th day of the 7th month of Tishri, indicating that our linear time is being measured in the 7th month.

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:9 Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh monthin the Day of Atonement shall you make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and you shall return every man unto his possession, and you shall return every man unto his family. 

Thus we can see that the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri marks the beginning of the Civil Calendar which tallies the years of mankind from the beginning of creation. Hence, the traditional Jewish “Rosh HaShanah” (the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri) marks the beginning of the Civil New Year which is measured on the Civil Calendar. 

The “Civil Calendar” is not a rabbinic corruption of the calendar as I had originally thought, but it is a biblical reckoning that measures time itself, because it determines the number of years (linear time) from the beginning of creation until the end of the creation (approximately 7,000 years). Consequently, if we believe that the total number of years from the creation of this earth to the end of Messiah’s 1,000-year reign is 7,000 years, we are counting those 7,000 years on the “Civil Calendar.” This means that there will be a total of 7,000 Jewish Rosh Ha’Shanah’s from the beginning to the ending, and they are all observed on the Civil New Year which is on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri. However, scripture never calls this feast day “Rosh Ha’Shanah.” The Towrah refers to the 1st day of the 7th month as follows:

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:24 Speak unto the children of Yisra’el, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Bemidbar (Numbers) 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

As you can see in Numbers 29:1 “a day of blowing” in Hebrew is literally called “Yom Teruah.” 

The Civil Calendar also governs the seven-year cycle called “the sabbatical year” or the “shmittah,” when all debts were forgiven, all slaves were set free, and the land was given a sabbatical rest (Deuteronomy 15:1-3). It also measures the 50 years of the Jubilee cycle when slaves were not only freed, but all ancestral plots of land were restored back to their original owners (Leviticus 25:8-12). Consequently, the Civil New Year, which starts on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri is very important and should not be written off as “rabbinic tradition.” 

Civil & Sacred Calendars Unite on the 1st of Tishri 

The Spring Feasts celebrate Messiah’s first coming as the Passover Lamb to save his people (the first-born sons of Yisra’el). And the Fall Feasts celebrate his second coming to rule and reign on the earth for 1,000 years. Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) is the first of the fall feasts which celebrate the great end-time harvest. This is where Yahuwshuwa reaps “the elect” who are the “wheat” (as opposed to the false tares) into his presence, and the unbelievers are reaped into the wine-press of his great wrath (Revelation 14:14-20). 

Therefore, the 1st of Tishri (Yom Teruah) celebrates the prophetic fulfillment of Messiah’s return to begin his millennial reign on earth as King of Kings (civil authority) and Master of Masters (spiritual authority). Thus, the Jewish Rosh HaShanah (the 1st of Tishri on the Civil Calendar) counts each linear year of Elohiym’s creation and determines the year of Messiah’s return as King, while Yom Teruah (the 1st of Tishri on the Sacred Calendar) celebrates the appointed time (day) of his return as our spiritual High Priest (Melchizedek).

In the Beginning Was the Word 

Traditionally, the Sages and Rabbis have taught that Adam was created on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri. But how can we know this for certain? Well, we have a few clues in scripture. Before I share these scriptures, I want to share with you the research that I did using the works of Dr. Ernest L. Martin and Roy Reinhold. From these sources (among many others), I came to the undeniable fact that our Messiah was born on September 11th in 3 B.C. This date that we use today on the Gregorian Calendar took place the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri on Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets). See the research at this blog and download the ebook at this link: 

Our Messiah is called “the last Adam” in scripture in 1st Corinthians 15:45, hence it makes sense that Yahuwshuwa and Adam were both born on the 1st of Tishri in the 7th month. The future bride of Messiah will be “born-again” on the 1st of Tishri as well when she puts off the old body of sins in the flesh and she puts in incorruption or immortality (1st Corinthians 15:50-53).

We just saw that the word for “bereshiyth,” means “in the beginning,” and we can also see that when Messiah Yahuwshuwa was born, the Apostle Yahuwchanon (John) used the very same wording as in Genesis 1:

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohiym, and the Word was Elohiym.

In the original Hebrew for Genesis 1:1, it also reveals that “in the beginning” Elohiym created the “Alef & Taw” (the beginning and the ending) or what is called “Alpha & Omega” in Greek (Revelation 1:8 & 11; 21:6; 22:13):

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 1:1 In the beginning, Elohiym created את [Aleph & Taw] the heaven (shamayim) and ואת [Waw, Aleph & Taw] the earth (erets).

In the beginning at creation, Elohiym created the “Aleph” meaning “the first” and he created “the Taw” meaning “the last.” The “Aleph” represents the Father and the “Taw” represents the Son. The “Waw” represents “the nail” and we can see above that the “Father & Son” were together from the beginning in heaven (shamayim) but when the Word became flesh and came to earth (erets), the “Father & Son” were nailed together as the “Aleph & Taw!” 

This is why in Zechariah 12:10 YaHuWaH speaking of himself in the first person singular said: “…And they shall look upon me את [Aleph & Taw] whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

The Heavenly Father is referring to himself in the first person as “me” in this passage and the Son is being referred to as “him” in this passage. But the Son became “the first-born” when he was resurrected from the dead (Colossians 1:15-18). Interestingly, the “Father” is seen as the “Aleph & Taw” (the first and the last) and he is synonymous with the Son as the “him.” The Father is saying that they have pierced him and the Son together! This means that the Father and the Son are so perfectly united that they are not separate beings!

Yahuwshuwa Messiah is Time

Because Yahuwshuwa referred to himself as “the beginning and the ending,” this means that he is eternal, and he himself is the author of time (Revelation 1:8). It then appears that the “beginning of time” as we know it was at the beginning of creation and because he was born into the world as a baby on the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri, then this means that “time” itself began at the 1st of Tishri in the 7th month. 

Another clue that we have is that our Creator, YaHuWaH came down to Adam & Eve to talk to them in person (Genesis 3:8) and when he saw that they had eaten of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” against his commandment, he then “made coverings for them from animal skins:”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did YHWH Elohiym make coats of skins, and clothed them.

I believe that this event took place on Yom Kippur because the word “kippur” means “atonement” but it comes from another Hebrew root “kaphar” which means “to cover.” Even though scripture does not come right out and tell us this, we can see hints of the fact that YaHuWaH came down as a foreshadowing of the future Messiah who would act as our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek makes atonement for our sins in eternity as he “covers us” with his blood which also qualifies us to be “clothed” in wedding garments on the future wedding day on the “Day of Atonement” (Yom Kippur). 

And thus, it makes sense that  YaHuWaH placed Adam in the garden on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri and then he gave him a wife (Hawah or Eve). This is a picture of the marriage supper of the lamb in Revelation 19:7, which will take place within seven of the ten days between the Feast of Trumpets & The Day of Atonement. It appears that Adam & Hawah (Eve) were not together as husband and wife for very long before the serpent tried to devour her “seed” (the future Messiah) by deceiving her in Genesis 3:1. 

The same thing happens again in Revelation 12:1 when the woman (Yisra’el) is about to give birth to a man-child and the dragon is waiting to devour her child as soon as he is born. This is a picture of when King Herod killed all the male children under two years of age (Matthew 2:16) when he found out about the birth of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. This prophecy in Revelation 12 has a double fulfillment pertaining to the birth of Messiah on Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) with the woman being Miryam (Mary) and the man-child being Yahuwshuwa. The dragon used King Herod to attempt to devour the child. It will be fulfilled again in the future on Yom Teruah when the bride of Messiah (a corporate man-child or the one new man) is “born-again” into a new resurrected body as he is born of “the woman” (the nation of Yisra’el). 

The Anti-Messiah will also be used of the dragon to once again attempt to devour the man-child. We can see subtle hints in the story of creation that seem to point to the fact that Adam was created on the 1st of Tishri and YaHuWaH made “atonement” for Adam & Eve on the Day of Atonement on the 10th day of Tishri.

Thus we can see that both calendars come together in the 7th month with the fall feasts and are divided in the middle as seen on the 7-branch menorah.

The Seven-Year Ministry of Ya’aqob (Jacob) & Messiah Seen in the Feasts & the Seven-Branch Menorah

The three spring feasts represent “the first-fruits” of the barley harvest of souls for “Old Covenant” Yisra’el. All those who were righteous under the 
“Old Covenant” but did not have the blood atonement of Messiah, were redeemed when he went into the lower parts of the earth and redeemed these first-fruits of men’s souls from Abraham’s Bosom. At this time, he also presented them before the Father in heaven at the throne (Luke 16 & Ephesians 4). Ya’aqob (Jacob) worked for seven years for Rachel, but he was tricked into marrying Leah (symbolic of the Gentiles). Yahuwshuwa Messiah came for the “House of Judah” (typified in Rachel), but his gospel was rejected by them and sent to the nations. Ya’aqob (Jacob) was then married to Rachel (typified in the House of Judah) after he “finished the week” with Leah. This means that during the “Ten Days of Awe,” there will be a literal “seven-day” wedding between Yahuwshuwa Messiah and his bride (all born-again believers both Jew & Gentile in the nations typified in Leah), as these are the first-born sons typified as Ephraim. 

Now you may be asking yourself “Wait a minute, Leah did not give birth to Ephraim—but he was the grandson of Rachel, so why are you assimilating Leah to the Ten Northern Tribes headed by Ephraim?

The answer to that question will take a bit of explaining, so pay close attention. First of all, the name “Leah” (Jacob’s first wife) has multiple meanings. Her name means “weak-eyed” but it also means “cow.” Leah represents the ten sons of Ya’aqob (Jacob) who were later scattered to the nations under the tribal name of “Ephraim.” Ephraim is likened unto a “heifer” (cow) in Hosea 10:11. Leah had ten sons (to include those by born by Bilhah & Zilphah), hence her children are the “Ten Northern Tribes.” The name Rachel means “lamb” and she had two sons (Benjamin & Joseph), who ended up becoming the “Two Southern Tribes” in 1st Kings 12, under the leadership of the King of Judah (Rehoboam). 

Another reason why Leah symbolizes the ten sons of Jacob (to include those born by Zilpah & Bilhah), is because out Jacob’s twelve sons, Judah was the one who offered to give his life as a ransom for the life of Benjamin when Joseph had sent his brothers back home without Benjamin (Genesis 43:8). Therefore, Judah vowed to be surety for Benjamin forever (Genesis 43:9). This is why Judah & Benjamin have remained together as Rachel’s children of the Two Southern Tribes of Judah. Judah & Benjamin were both instrumental in bringing about restoration between Joseph and the other sons of Jacob. Rachels two sons (Benjamin & Joseph) were both helped by Leahs fourth son Judah, and this is why Judah has joined himself to Rachels two sons forever. This is also why the House of Judah typifies Rachel to this day. It is because the two families end up switching places in the last days. Judah becomes like Ephraim (the prodigal son) in the last days, but he returns home. But Ephraim begins to obey Torah (like Judah) and so the first becomes the last and the last becomes the first! 

Another reason why we can assimilate Rachel to the House of Judah is because her body was buried in Bethlehem-Judah (Genesis 35:19). Later on, the prophecy of Jeremiah came to pass when King Herod killed all the baby boys of the House of Judah two years old and under (Matthew 2:15-16; Jeremiah 31:15), and Rachels children are referred to as those of the House of Judah:

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 31:15 Thus says YHWH; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 2:

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth (angry), and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Rachels children are those of Bethlehem-Judah, while the House of Ephraim are Leahs children. If Ephraim is the grandson of Rachel, then why is he assimilated to Leah? Did you ever notice that Leah was buried with Jacob, but Rachel was not? Here we read that Jacob was buried with his first wife Leah:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 49:31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.

And what does this tell us about Leah? Pay attention to this, because you are going to see that those who are buried in baptism are the true bride of Messiah:

Romiym (Romans) 6:

3 Know you not, that so many of us as were immersed (baptized) into Yahuwshuwa Mashiyach were immersed (baptized) into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by immersion (baptism) into death: that like as Mashiyach was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

Are you getting the picture yet? Those who are “buried in baptism with Messiah are the true bride! Leah represents the “first-born” from among the dead, because she was buried with Jacob! She represents the born-again bride who will be caught up to meet the bridegroom on the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), for Leah was married first and she was also the first-born daughter of Laban. But then seven days later, her sister Rachel was also married to the bridegroom.

Although Ephraim was the “last-born” son of Yahuwceph (Joseph), in the end, his name means “double fruitfulness” as he becomes the “double portion inheritance” of Joseph. Ephraim in the end-times becomes “the first-born” (Jeremiah 31:9). Even though Leah did not give birth to Ephraim, the sons of Leah end up being ruled by Joseph’s son Ephraim because the dream given to Yahuwceph (Joseph) foretold that he would be the ruler over his brothers (Genesis 37:6-8), and it is through his son Ephraim that he rules over these ten sons of Leah. This is the reason why Ya’aqob who was renamed as “Yisra’el” crossed his arms over and placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head (making him the first-born) and his left hand on Manasseh’s head (making him the last).

The Seven Feasts of YaHuWaH

1.) Passover: Messiah’s death as the Passover Lamb for the first-born & his death as the Red Heifer for “the prodigal son” Ephraim, the younger son in Luke 15. When the younger son returned home, the Father killed the “fatted calf”(Luke 15:23) symbolic of the Red Heifer. When the younger son receives this blood atonement for his sins, he is advanced to the first-born status when he is born-again of incorruptible seed by the Holy Spirit (1st Peter 1:23; Jeremiah 31:9).

2.) Unleavened Bread: Messiah’s burial. Leah was buried with Jacob but Rachel was not (Genesis 49:31). This means that only those who are willing to “die” to the old nature with Messiah in burial (baptism) will be raised to new life with him.

3.) First-Fruits: Messiah’s resurrection and “first-fruits” offering for the righteous souls who died under the Old Covenant are typified in the spring barley harvest.

4.) Pentecost: This 4th feast brings together all of those redeemed under both covenants (Leah & Rachel) and it is the “middle branch” on the menorah, as well as the “middle feast” representing Messiah who brings together both houses of Yisra’el and both covenants. Messiah came to us in the 4th millennium at his first coming and he comes from the tribe of Judah (the 4th son born to Leah) and he represents “the door” to the Father (the 4th letter in the Hebrew Alphabet) called “the dalet.” Also, in the name YaHuWDaH (Judah), the dalet is the 4th letter. And finally, Messiah died on the 4th day of the week “in the midst of the week” (Daniel 9:27) and this was on a Wednesday. He also resurrected at the close of the 7th day of the week (the Sabbath) which represents his second coming at the last feast of the sacred year which is the Feast of Tabernacles. 

The three fall feasts represent “the latter rain” harvest of the wheat which are the redeemed souls under the Renewed Covenant.

5.) Trumpets: This is the feast where the Renewed Covenant believers who are typified in Leah (Ten Northern Tribes of Ephraim) are redeemed. These symbolize the born-again (redeemed) gentiles, (nations) the bullock, the Red Heifer. These are redeemed at the sound of the last trumpet on this feast. 

There are four different types of trumpets sounded on the Feast of Trumpets and the number “4” represents “the four angels from the four winds of heaven who gather the elect from the four corners of the earth!” These four types of trumpet blasts are as follows:

*First Trumpet: The Tekiah - A pure unbroken sound that calls man to search his heart, forsake his wrong ways, and seek forgiveness through repentance.

*Second Trumpet: The Shebarim - A broken, staccato, trembling sound. It typifies the sorrow that comes to man when he realizes his misconduct and desires to change his ways. It sounds like a man moaning in repentance.

*Third Trumpet: The Teruah - A wave-like sound of alarm calling upon man to stand by the banner of Elohiym.

*Fourth Trumpet: The Tekiah Gedolah - The prolonged, unbroken sound typifying a final appeal to sincere repentance and atonement.

This 4th trumpet is “the last trumpet” sound made on the Feast of Trumpets and this represents “the four angels from the four winds and the four corners of the earth” as they gather the elect (Matthew 24:29-31).

6.) Yom Kippur: This is the 6th feast of the year and it represents the redemption of mankind, because Adam was created on the 6th day of creation. This will be the day when the remnant from the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) who are sealed (according to Ezekiel 9 & Revelation 7) will see their Messiah “face-to-face.” This will happen at the Jubilee in the last 50th year as redemption for the House of Yahuwdah (Judah). This is when Yahuwshuwa will also be married to the other bride from the House of Judah who will finally accept him as their Messiah when they see him face-to-face. These redeemed Jews are typified in Rachel.

7.) Tabernacles: This feast will begin the in-gathering of both Houses of Yisra’el as Messiah will make them both as “one stick” (Ezekiel 37:16-17) or one bride and this will commence the “Sabbath Millennium” which will last for 1,000 years or (one day) as “a thousand years is like one day to YaHuWaH” (2nd Peter 3:8).

While the Feast of Trumpets takes place at the Civil New Year (because it commences at the time of creation when linear time began), it can be seen as “the anniversary of time.” YaHuWaH’s physical creation of man began on the 1st of Tishri in the 7th month with Adam. But mankinds spiritual redemption began in the 1st month of Abib when YaHuWaH brought Yisra’el out of Egypt. Hence, the 1st day of the 7th month is when we are born physically, and the 1st day of the 1st month is when we are born spiritually. This reminds us of what Yahuwshuwa said to Nicodemus: 

Yahuwchanon (John) 3:

5 Yahuwshuwa answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Elohiym.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

We must first be born of water (the amniotic sack in the mother’s womb) which means we are born physically of water. And then we are born-again when we die to the old sinful nature in baptism of the water of repentance. And that is when we are born from above of the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Hence, the fall feasts are akin to being born physically (of water) and the spring feasts are akin to being born spiritually (of the Spirit). The New Year in the spring on the first of Abib represents our spiritual birth or renewal. But the Civil New Year in the fall (between Yom Teruah & Yom Kippur) represents our physical birth when we put on immortality in the future!

The Thirty Days of Elul

In Ancient Biblical times the Hebrew people had a tradition where the watchmen gave a trumpet warning each day for thirty days leading up to “Yom Teruah” (Day of Blowing) and it is  called “The Thirty Days of Elul” leading up to the “Feast of Trumpets” (Leviticus 23:24). In Revelation 11:8, the “two witnesses” are “caught up” and taken up to YaHuWaH as “the seventh angel” in heaven sounds the trumpet/shofar! This can only mean one thing! The “catching away” of the bride or what is commonly called “The Rapture” is going to happen on the Yom Teruah or the Day of Blowing. And this will happen “after the 1,260 days of the ministry of the two witnesses (immediately after the tribulation, Matthew 24:29-31) and you will note that this all occurs with a “great sound of a trumpet!”

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation [1,260 days] of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

In 1st Corinthians 15:50-53 we are told that we are going to be “changed” by putting on incorruption (immortality) “at the last trumpet” and this is none other than the “seventh trumpet” sounded in Revelation 11:8 as well as the “great sound of a trumpet” in Matthew 24:31 “immediately after the tribulation (1,260 days)! 

Yahuwshuwa’s Immersion on the 1st Day of the 6th Month of Elul 

Even though the scriptures are not specific about the time-frame when Yahuwshuwa was immersed (baptized), we can see patterns in scripture that point to the fact that he was baptized 40 days before Yom Kippur. The 1st day of the 6th month of Elul correlates to the 6th day of creation when Adam was “born” or created. By the end of the 6th day of creation going into the 7th day, is when YaHuWaH would have rested and this means that he “breathed into Adam the breath of life”on the 7th day of creation which also took place on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri. You see, the Feast of Trumpets is called “The Day of Blowing,” so it is fitting that YaHuWaH “blew his nostrils” and blew (breathed) into Adam his Ruwach or breath!

Before a baby is born, he is in the womb with water in the amniotic sac. The 6th month is when Yahuwshuwa was immersed in water just like the amniotic sac before he was born on the same day as Adam---the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri.

Likewise it is prophetically fitting that his baptism represented his legal moment of death, but also his legal moment of “birth” (Romans 6:4). Immersion (baptism) is a picture of “death, burial & resurrection.”

As I mentioned earlier, the month of Elul on the Hebrew Calendar has 30 days and there are 30 trumpet warnings for each day leading up to the Feast of Trumpets, also called Yom Teruah. Then there are ten more days leading up to Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. We can see that Yahuwshuwa himself fulfilled these 40 days of repentance when he was led by the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 4: 

1 Then was Yahuwshuwa led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungry.  

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of Elohiym, command that these stones be made bread. 

Why would the Holy Spirit lead Yahuwshuwa to fast and pray immediately following his baptism for 40 days and nights?

Yahuwshuwa was celebrating the 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur!

How do we know Yahuwshuwa was baptized 40 days before the Day of Atonement? On the Day of Atonement, (Yom Kippur) the priests in the temple were commanded to cast lots to determine which of the twin goats would be the sacrificial goat, and which one would be the scapegoat. The sacrificial goat would be killed, but the scapegoat would be sent into the wilderness (the full instructions are found in Leviticus 16). 

When Yahuwshuwa came to John for baptism, all of his actions were meant to fulfill the requirements of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). While the priests were carrying out these rituals in the temple in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), Yahuwshuwa came to Yahuwchanon (John) for baptism. 

John was the true High Priest in the eyes of Elohiym. Caiaphas was the High Priest in the temple, chosen by Rome. Yahuwshuwa was, in effect, presenting himself as the first goat, which was to be “killed” for the cleansing of the sanctuary. His baptism was the moment of his legal death. Baptism represents death (Romans 6:4).

After his baptism, Matthew 4:1 says: “Then was Yahuwshuwa led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

He immediately fulfilled the pattern of the second goat, which at that time was being led “by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:21). The Hebrew word translated “fit” here means: seasonal, timely, or ready. In this case, we see that the “fit man” was the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), who always comes at the appointed time and season to do the work. And so we see that Yahuwshuwa’s baptism and the Spirit’s leading him into the wilderness ran directly parallel to the temple activities on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). This can only indicate that he was immersed (baptized) 40 days before the Day of Atonement, which would have been about 30 days before his 30th birthday on the Feast of Trumpets.

Yahuwshuwa was born on September 11th in 3 B.C. on a qodesh (holy) feast called “Yom Teruah” or “Day of Trumpets.” A book entitled “The Star That Astonished the World” by Dr. Ernest L. Martin shows that the planetary alignment which occurred that year when Yahuwshuwa was born was from this prophecy:

Chazown (Revelation) 12: 

1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 

2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered… 

5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto Elohiym, and to his throne. 

On no other day except on September 11th in 3 B.C. do we see this very same planetary alignment taking place. On this day and never before this date nor ever again afterwards, has this constellation been seen. It was “Virgo, the virgin” or “Bethulah” (in Hebrew), and she had 12 stars around her head (for the twelve tribes of Yisra’el), and the moon was underneath her feet. The sun was “mid- body” and so she was “clothed with the sun” and she was giving birth to “Ariel” the Lion of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). This happened at no other time in history except on this date which was a holy day in which Elohiym already commanded Yisra’el to “keep forever” and this day is called Yom Teruah, a “memorial of blowing trumpets.” The Heavenly Father was “announcing” the arrival of his son into the world with trumpets and shouting! I believe that Yahuwshuwa was born at the “tail-end” of the 1st of Tishri (just before it became the 2nd day of Tishri at sundown). This would mean that one only needs to count eight days until the 9th day of the 7th month of Tishri, when Yom Kippur actually begins:

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:32 It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and you shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening unto evening, shall you celebrate your Sabbath.

Eight days after his birth, his parents circumcised Yahuwshuwa in the temple on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Then 5 days later was the Feast of Tabernacles called “Sukkoth” where Miryam (Mary) & Yahuwceph (Joseph) would have done what every other Yisraelite family would have done which is to “dwell in a sukkah.” The Hebrew word for tabernacle is “sukkah” which is the same thing as a stable or a manger. 

In most other years, Yahuwshuwa would’ve been born on the Feast of Tabernacles (6 months after John the Baptist’s birth). Luke 1:36 tells us that it was the 6th month of Elizabeths pregnancy when Miryam (Mary) conceived Yahuwshuwa. This is how we know that there are exactly six months between the birth of John and our Messiah. But since that year in 3 B.C. was a “leap year,” and the month of Adar II was not in the calendar (making the year shorter), then counting 180 days from Passover (6 months after Elizabeth gave birth to John) landed precisely on Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets when Yahuwshuwa was born!

In Luke 3:23, we are told that Yahuwshuwa was “beginning to be about 30 years old” when he was immersed by his cousin John. He was not quite 30 years old yet, but he would be on the Feast of Trumpets within 30 days following his baptism!

In order to fulfill the Torah (law), neither John the Immerser--- nor Yahuwshuwa were eligible for initiation into the ministry until they were fully 30 years old (Numbers 4:3, 23, 30, 35, 39). Scripture tells us that John the Immerser was 6 months older than Yahuwshuwa since the angel Gabriel came to Miryam in the “sixth month” of Elizabeth’s pregnancy to announce that she would conceive Yahuwshuwa (Luke 1:24-36). John the Immerser probably began his ministry around his 30th birthday which had fallen on Passover.

If Yahuwshuwa had been born during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), he would not have been able to act as the High Priest (Kohen Gadowl) that year by declaring “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH” on Yom Kippur! Why not? Because Yom Kippur is five days earlier than the Feast of Tabernacles. Yahuwshuwa was fulfilling the role of the High Priest that year when he read the Isaiah 61 scroll in Luke 4:19. Only the High Priest was allowed to declare “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” According to the Towrah, a priest must be 30 years of age before he can enter the priesthood. This can only mean one thing. His 30th birthday had to occur BEFORE the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) in order for him to be the High Priest that year so that he could The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH!” 

Five days after his circumcision as an infant on Yom Kippur, Yahuwshuwa then dwelled with his parents during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). He dwelled in a “sukkah” (stable or a manger). So we can see that he actually fulfilled all three of the fall feasts at the time of his nativity! 

On the Feast of Tabernacles we are commanded to live in temporary shelters outside for seven days. This is meant to illustrate to us that we are dwelling in a temporary body that will one day decay and be replaced by a new resurrected body. It also shows us that this earth that we live in is also temporary and it will burn up one day and be replaced by the “New Heaven & New Earth” (Revelation 21:1). Thus we can see that the bride will be born into immortality on the same day as when our Messiah was born. And then the bride will dwell in the “chuppah” (honeymoon chamber) with her bridegroom for seven days! 

In Leviticus 23, YaHuWaH established three very important prophetically significant “mowediym” (holy feast days) in the autumn of the year. They all occur in the seventh month of the Hebrew Calendar, which is called the month of Tishri.

This correlates roughly with September or October of our Gregorian Calendar. Now let us observe the pattern for the three fall feasts and how they reveal Messiah and his bride:

*Feast of Trumpets: (1st day of the 7th month of Tishri): Birth of Messiah & the future birth of the bride into immortality.

*Day of Atonement: (10th day of the 7th month of Tishri): Circumcision of Messiah & the second bride’s heart is circumcised in the future; both brides are made one bride (one stick) in the hand of YaHuWaH (Ezekiel 37:16-17).

*Feast of Tabernacles: (15th day of the 7th month of Tishri): Messiah dwelt with his parents in the sukkah & the future bride dwells with her bridegroom in the sukkah (chuppah) for the seven-day “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:7).

Yahuwshuwa fulfilled an intermediate fulfillment of the Day of Atonement aka “Yom Kippur” as he was immersed as the sacrificial goat. And was then sent by the Holy Spirit to be the scapegoat into the wilderness for 40 days to be tested on our behalf. In other words, during these 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur, Yahuwshuwa was being tempted on our behalf so that we could also overcome sin:

Ibriym (Hebrews) 4:15 For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Yahuwshuwa Fasted 40 Days for 40 Years

By observing Ezekiel, we get an understanding of why our Messiah went to the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days and 40 nights. He knew that the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) was going to reject him as their Messiah, as they were given forty years to accept him from the time of his death on the tree in 30 A.D. leading up to the Roman Siege in 70 A.D. That is why he fasted and prayed for their future sins, just as Ezekiel had done years earlier: 

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 4:

1 You also, son of man, take you a tile, and lay it before you, and pourtray upon it the city, even Yerushalayim (Jerusalem):

2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.

*Note: This is a prophecy about Jerusalem and how they would be judged in the Roman Siege in 70 A.D. For 40 years they were given a period of “testing” to see if they would accept their Messiah whom they pierced or not. And at the end of those 40 years, they still did not repent. That is when the Romans came in and destroyed their city and their temple according to Daniel 9:26. Yahuwshuwa also prophesied against Jerusalem in agreement with Daniel & Ezekiel’s prophecies (Matthew 23:37-39).

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 4:

3 Moreover take you unto you an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city: and set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Yisra’el.

4 Lie you also upon your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Yisra’el upon it: according to the number of the days that you shall lie upon it you shall bear their iniquity.

5 For I have laid upon you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shall you bear the iniquity of the house of Yisra’el.

*Note: The Ten Northern Tribes of Yisra’el had been taken captive into Assyria for 390 years and their captivity was now over by the time that Yahuwshuwa had come to earth as the Messiah. Now, his judgment was against the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) for their leaders were not doing their job in bringing back these lost sheep from the scattered tribes after the Assyrian Captivity:

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 4:

6 And when you have accomplished them, lie again on your right side, and you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Yahuwdah (Judah) forty days: I have appointed you each day for a year.

7 Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it.
*Note: Here we see that Ezekiel foretold about Jerusalem’s future sins for not accepting their Messiah and not bringing back the lost sheep of the House of Yisrael. The leaders of the House of Yahuwdah were making many man-made rules and regulations that kept the other tribes from returning back to the covenant. Hence, our Messiah had to come to redeem them himself.

The Yom Kippur Miracle for Forty Years

In the Jewish Talmud, (the oral traditions of the Rabbis) are some historical facts written that positively prove that Yahuwshuwa did indeed die on the tree in 30 A.D. There are two verses out of the Talmud that can be used as a great witnessing tool to Jews. And since most uphold the Talmud to be as great as the Torah (since they teach it is the Oral Torah) this witnessing tool should be that much more effective. I do not accept the Talmud as being equal to scripture, but I do see it as a historic reference that can help us better understand the history and context of scripture.

In Yisra’el, before the time of Messiah, the priests were required to draw lots on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) to see whether or not YaHuWaH Elohiym would forgive them of their sins as a nation or not. The priests would draw either a white stone (for YaHuWaH) or a black stone (for the scapegoat) to determine what the goat would be used for. For the 200 years before 30 A.D, the white and black stones came up about even with each other (50/50 chance).

But for the 40 years after 30 A.D., the black stone came up EVERY time! The chance of that happening is about 5.5 billion to 1.

The priests would also take a red ribbon (symbolizing sin/blood) and tie half around the horn of the scapegoat and tie half to the temple door. The scapegoat bore the sins of the nation of Yisra’el. If YaHuWaH forgave them of their sins, the red ribbon on the temple door would miraculously turn white. This was done in front of a large crowd to show them they had Elohiyms favor:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says YHWH. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” 

Since 30 A.D., the ribbon stopped turning white as snow; this is even recorded in the Talmud:

Yoma 39 b “Our rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot [For the Lord] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-colored strap become white; nor did the western most light shine; and the doors of the Hekel [Temple] would open by themselves.” 

There is only one possible explanation for this:

Because Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach was the perfect sin sacrifice and died in 30 A.D!

Ibriym (Hebrews) 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” 

Only his blood can truly atone for our sins and once he paid that price, animal sacrifice was worthless.

Ibriym (Hebrews) 10:4-6 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he comes into the world, he says, Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure.” 

This was all done as a rehearsal for things to come, so Yisra’el would recognize the true Messiah when he came.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 1:11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? says YHWH: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.” 

Another thing that is recorded in the Talmud, is this historical mystery of the temple doors. The doors to the temple would swing open by themselves starting in 30 A.D. Recorded in the Talmud:

Sota 6:3 “Said Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai to the Temple, ‘O Temple, why do you frighten us? We know that you will end up destroyed. For it has been said, ‘Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedar.” 

Lastly, the most important menorah lamp that was to remain lit at all times kept going out on its own accord. The priests went to all measures to insure it would stay lit but much to their futile efforts, the menorah kept going out.

Yahuwshuwa died for our sins and just like the book of Hebrews tells us, the priesthood changed. Messiah is now our High Priest and has given us access to the Father. It is also significant that the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., exactly 40 years after Yahuwshuwa’s death. YaHuWaH gave Yisra’el 40 years to repent of their sins to accept Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah. And when they did not, (in spite of all the signs he gave them), their probationary period ended in 70 A.D. and their temple and city was destroyed just as Yahuwshuwa prophesied. Yahuwshuwa fasted and prayed “a day for each year” for Yisra’el’s rebellion! Just like Ezekiel!

Yahuwshuwa fasted for 40 days to fulfill the 40 years that Judah rejected him from 30 A.D. until 70 A.D. when he destroyed the temple. Just like Ezekiel, he bore the iniquity for the house of Judah “one day for each year” (Ezekiel 4:6).

Yahuwshuwa fasted one day for each year just like Ezekiel, and then Yahuwshuwa prophesied against Jerusalem that their generation would be destroyed 40 years later in the Roman Siege!

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 23:36-38 “O Yershalyim...behold your house is left to you desolate.” 

What did Yahuwshuwa do when he returned out of the wilderness? He displayed the role of the scapegoat going to the wilderness, never to return. In other words, the sins of Yisra’el he bore himself “never to be remembered!”

But he also displayed the role of the sacrificial lamb at his baptism, because Yahuwchanon (John) recognized him as “the Lamb of Elohiym that takes away the sin of the world…”

And so Yahuwshuwa fulfilled both the sacrificial lamb (for Judah, the first born) and then the Red Heifer (for Ephraim the prodigal) who later on in the end times also inherits the status of “first-born” (Jeremiah 31:9). And he also performed the pattern of the Yom Kippur “twin goats” for both Houses of Yisra’el during the 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur! Thus it is during those last ten days between these two feast days (Trumpets & Atonement) that he brings both Houses of Yisrael & both brides (Leah & Rachel) into one bride, one house, one stick in his hand!

1 comment:

  1. Could you please look at this info and tell me what you think?
    Yod - י - ē (long "e", as in "she")
    Heh -ה - ă (short "a", as in "father")
    Waw -ו - ō (long "o", as in "hello")
    Examples of commonly used Hebrew words which use the letters of the Creator's Name, Yahowah, are:
    Towrah - TWRH - תורה - Taw Waw Resh Heh
    Shalom - SLWM - שלום - Shin Lamed Waw Mem
    Goy - GWY - גוי - Gimel Waw Yod
    Israel - YSRAL - ישראל - Yod Shin Resh Alef Lamed
    Ani - ANY - אני - Alef Nun Yod (Hebrew word for "me")(Important: The Hebrew "yod" is a vowel, not a consonant. It is not pronounced like the "y" in "you" or in "yellow"! The name is not "Yisrael"; it is "Israel", or "Eesrael", or "Ysrael".)
    We end up with the sounds ee-ah-oh-ah. Again, it is critical to remember that the Hebrew "yod" does not carry the sound of the English consonant "Y"; that is, we do not pronounce a "yod" as "yah". The "yod" carries the sound of a long "e" in English. The Hebrew "yod hey", or in English "ee-ah", when spoken together, produce "yah". Were the "yod" to be "yah" by itself, then we would have "Yah-ah", which would be completely inaccurate. Moreover, the Hebrew "waw hey" produce in English "oh ah", or in the normal flow of speech, "owah". We end up then with ee-ah-oh-ah, or Yahowah when spoken fluidly.
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    Robb LaPeen
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