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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

When Was the Messiah of Israel Born?

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, September 2002.

I first began researching the birth of our Messiah in 2002, and I have spent 15 years compiling what I learned into many articles, blogs and ebooks. 

Most people don’t really want to know when the Messiah of Yisrael was born, because this means they will have to give up celebrating Christmas. These same people will often recoil whenever I suggest that our Messiah’s birth took place on a biblical feast. 

Many of them dismissively say things like The Bible does not tell us when the Messiah was born.” They are hoping this will get them off the hook, and they can plead ignorance about Christmas.

What follows is the response that I give when people assume the Bible does not tell us when our Messiah was born.

The Courses of the Temple Priests

In the first chapter of Lukes gospel, we see that John the Baptist’s father Zecharyahuw (Zechariah), the priest was visited by the angel Gabriel, and he announced that Zechariah and his barren wife (Elizabeth/Elisheba) were going to conceive a son. 

Luke’s gospel tells us that Zechariah was of the division of “Abijah” or in Hebrew “Abiyahuw.” 

This is a big clue, because in 1st Chronicles 24, we learn that King David set up a schedule for the priesthood in the Temple. Each priest served 2 weeks out of the year (and extra days during the feasts), and then they went back home after their Temple duty was finished. 

Knowing that Zechariah was of the division of “Abijah” or “Abiyahuw” tells us exactly what “course” he was serving and what time of year it was. And we find out that Zechariah was serving in the Hebrew month called “Sivan,” around the Feast of Weeks or (Shavuot/Pentecost). 

Assuming that Zechariah was in a hurry to get home to his wife Elizabeth to impregnate her (which, of course he was, since he was not able to speak until the child was born), we have to conclude that Elizabeth conceived sometime after Zechariah’s Temple duty was over (which was the 3rd Sabbath of the 3rd month of Sivan).

John’s Birth During the Season of Passover

Counting forward 281 days from when Zechariah returned home from Temple duty, we can deduce that John was born around the season of Passover. To be exact, John was born 14 days before Passover on the 1st of Abib (Nisan). We know that John the Baptist came “In the spirit and power of Eliyahuw/Elijah” (Matthew 11:14), so it is fitting that he would be born around Passover, since the “Elijah Cup” is part of the Passover Seder. It reminds us that before the Messiah can come, Eliyahuw/Elijah” must come first (Malachi 4:5-6).

*Note: Why do we use 281 days for the gestation? Because it is 9 months plus one extra day for the delivery. Also, the Hebrew word for pregnancy (herayon) has the numerical value of 281! 

Luke 1:36 tells us that Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Gabriel appeared to Miriyam (Mary) and told her that she was going to conceive the Messiah. 

This is how we know that our Messiah was 6 months younger than his cousin Yahuwchanon (John). 

If we count 180 days (6 months) forward from the 1st of Abib in 3 B.C., it lands on the Feast of Trumpets. Now, scripture does not tell us if the child was born early or late in the pregnancy, so anytime between the Feast of Trumpets & the Feast of Tabernacles would’ve been a good time for Yahuwshuwa to have been born in keeping with this time-line. 

However, all the other corroborating witnesses show that our Messiah was born earlier rather than later in the pregnancy on the Feast of Trumpets. 

A Yom Kippur Circumcision 

For starters, it is prophetically fitting that his circumcision took place on the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur, since during a circumcision, the blood of the child is sprinkled! 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

The blood of our Messiah was “sprinkled” in the Temple when he was circumcised, and this was a foreshadowing of him later-on fulfilling the pattern of the Yom Kippur sacrificial goat:

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:29 “…… Behold the Lamb of Elohiym, which takes away the sin of the world.”

Additionally, the foreskin is symbolic of the “veil to our heart,” (2nd Corinthians 3:15), and when it is removed, we shall see YaHuWaH “face-to-face” (meaning intimacy, and spiritual eyes to see). The priest in the Temple went behind the “veil,” once per year on Yom Kippur to come “face-to-face” with YaHuWaH! 

This is why the Jewish people have nicknamed Yom Kippur as “Face-to-Face!” In the future, when our Messiah lands his foot on the Mount of Olives in Zechariah 12:10, he shall come “face-to-face” with the House of Judah, and they will recognize him! This will also be on Yom Kippur! 

Yahuwshuwa was born on the first day of the 7th month of Tishri at sundown (just before it became the 2nd day of Tishri), therefore the 8-day count to his circumcision began on Tishri 2, taking us to Yom Kippur on Tishri 10! 

Six Reasons Why Messiah Could Not Have Been Born on Sukkot

There are several other reasons why our Messiah could NOT have been born on the Feast of Tabernacles, and I will list them below.

Reason #1 The first, and most obvious reason is because Luke 2:3 tells us plainly, that all (meaning the Yisraelites) “went to his own city to be taxed.”

Luqas (Luke) 2:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Yahuwceph (Joseph) also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Miriyam (Mary) his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

*Note: Did you catch this? They were in Bethlehem, not in Jerusalem during the birth of our Messiah. Bethlehem is 6 miles away from Jerusalem, which is a 2-3 hour journey on a donkey. And why would Joseph be seeking a room at the Inn? If this was during Sukkot, he would have been in Jerusalem building a sukkah for them to dwell in. This means that they were not keeping the Feast of Tabernacles yet for two more weeks. Additionally, they laid the child in a manger---not in a sukkah.

What is a manger? The Greek Lexicon tells us what it is:

#G5336. phatne fat'-nay from pateomai (to eat); a crib (for fodder):--manager, stall.

The English Dictionary defines this word manger as a long open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from.

As a matter of fact, this same word is used in Luke 13:15 when our Messiah confronts the Pharisees about how they would save the life of their animal on the Sabbath:

Luqas (Luke) 13:15 The Master then answered him, and said, You hypocrite, do not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall [manger], and lead him away to watering?

You see, his parents placed him in an animal stall, not in a sukkah that is used for the Feast of Tabernacles! 

In Acts 18:3, we read that the Apostle Shaul (Paul) was a tent-maker. The Greek word for “tentmaker,” is as follows in the Greek Lexicon:

Luke 2:7 says that the newborn Messiah was “laid in a manger,” which is an animal stall or crib, feeding trough. If he was born in a sukkah as pictured above, the Greek word used in Luke 2:7 would have said he was “laid in a skene,” or a tabernacle.

Of course, two weeks later, he would have dwelt in a sukkah with his parents, and there is no argument there. He definitely fulfilled the Feast of Tabernacles as a two-week old infant, and he was indeed “The WORD that became flesh and DWELT among us!” (John 1:14). You see, all three fall feasts were the season of his nativity, just as all three spring feast were the season of his death, burial, and resurrection.

Reason #2 If the birth of Messiah had taken place on Sukkot, Joseph wouldve had to appear at the Temple 6 miles away in Jerusalem with a sacrifice. It is not logical to think that he would have left Miriyam alone while she was going into labor in Bethlehem. Joseph had to be there to help deliver the child in order to legally adopt him as his own.

Additionally, Joseph would have become ritually unclean, and unfit to present an offering at the Temple for Sukkot after helping his wife deliver a child. Leviticus 12:2 tells us that when a woman gives birth to a male child, she is ritually unclean for seven days. 

However, by Yom Kippur, she would have completed her initial seven-days of uncleanness (followed by 33 more days of purification according to Leviticus 12:4). This means that she wouldve been able to attend the circumcision at the Temple, although she had to remain in “The Court of the Women.” It is not logical to think that Joseph took the child to the Temple to be circumcised without his mother present. The journey on a donkey was 2-3 hours each way, and the child would have needed to be nursed every 2-3 hours. 

Reason #3 Miriyam’s seven days of uncleanness following the birth of a male child would have meant that she would have had to stay in a separate Sukkah from Joseph if the birth had taken place on Sukkot (Leviticus 12:2). However, the record of the gospel says that they both stayed in the same animal stall (manger) with the child, because there was no room at the inn. And since Joseph would have to appear at the Temple to offer a sacrifice on Sukkot, he would have been rendered “unclean,” and therefore unfit to offer a sacrifice!

Reason #4 The angels told the Shepherds to go to Bethlehem to see the child. If it had been on the Feast of Tabernacles, the angels would have told the shepherds to go to Jerusalem to present an offering for the Feast of Tabernacles! 

All Yisraelite males are required to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem and to appear in the Temple three times per year for Passover, the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot/Pentecost) & The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). See  Exodus 23:17 & Deuteronomy 16:16.

Reason #5 The other problem with a Sukkot birth is that it means he only fulfilled 4 out of 7 Feasts at his first coming, leaving 3 feasts unfulfilled. With a Yom Teruah birth, it means he fulfilled all seven feasts at his first coming and then, he will fulfill all seven of them again at his second coming. This is just like Jacob who worked two periods of seven years for both brides (Rachel & Leah). Our Messiah (like Jacob) already fulfilled seven feasts for the Gentiles (typified as Leah), and then he will fulfill all seven feasts for Rachel (who typifies the House of Judah). In other words, two periods of seven feasts for Both Houses of Yisra’el!

To learn more about how our Messiah fulfilled all seven feasts at his first coming, see the blog entitled: “What is the Testimony of Yahuwshuwa?” 

Reason #6 In Luke 4, Yahuwshuwa began his ministry after his 40-day fast, when he went into the Synagogue and read the Isaiah 61 scroll. This was on Yom Kippur, because as the High Priest Melchizedek he declared “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” Only the High Priest could declare those words on Yom Kippur! 

What this means is that he had to be 30 years old when he did this, according to the Towrah (see Numbers chapter 4). 

And since he was “beginning to be about 30 years old” at his baptism 40 days earlier, (Luke 3:23); Therefore, we must conclude that he turned 30 on Yom Teruah, just in time for him to declare “the acceptable year” on Yom Kippur as a 30-year old High Priest! 

If he had been born on Sukkot, his 30th birthday would’ve still been five days away, and therefore, he did not qualify to “declare the acceptable year!”

Overwhelming Evidence for a Feast of Trumpets Birth

At the beginning of my research back in 2002, the first thing I did was read this book by Dr. Ernest L. Martin “The Star that Astonished the World.”

Dr. Martin painstakingly goes into much detail pinpointing the exact day, year, and hour our Messiah was born, based on the constellations. I highly recommend that you read his book.

The entire book can be downloaded free at the link below:

From the research of Dr. Martin, (and many other proofs that I discovered on my own), we can be certain that the Messiah of Yisra’el named “Yahuwshuwa” (Joshua, not Jesus)  was born on September 11th in 3 B.C. on “Yom Teruw’ah,” aka “The Feast of Trumpets.”

This constellation was visible over Bethlehem on that famous night, as it was prophesied about in 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 September 11th in 3 B.C., just before sundown, this planetary alignment was taking place, as a “one-time-event” in history. On this date, and never before this date, nor ever again afterwards, has this same configuration of the planets and stars been seen.

The Hebrew word for “virgin” is “bethuwlah,” which is what this constellation is named after. The pagans renamed these constellations after pagan deities, and they assimilated this “virgin” to their false mother goddess, Gaia, the planetary mother. However, its origin has always pointed to only one “mother” which is Jerusalem “the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26).

The constellation was renamed in Latin “Virgo the Virgin,” and she has twelve stars around her head (for the twelve tribes of Yisra’el). She also had the moon under her feet. The sun was “mid-body,” because she was pregnant with the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2), and she was “clothed with the sun.” She was also giving birth to “Ariel,” the Lion of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). The planet Jupiter was also seen inside this constellation, which is called Malkiy-Tzedeq (King of Righteousness) or in English, Melchizedek. The pagans renamed this planet after the pagan deity from Greece (Zeus) or Jupiter (Roman). 

Does the Math Add Up for a Yom Kippur Circumcision?

According to the testimony of Ernest L. Martin, the birth of Messiah took place at sundown on the Feast of Trumpets around 6-7 p.m. The Towrah tells us that on the ninth day of the seventh month of Tishri, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is to begin at evening:

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.

We should then be able to count eight days following his birth until his circumcision just before Yom Kippur. So let us count:

Messiah born at sundown 1st of Tishri just before the 2nd of Tishri
2nd of Tishri sundown: day #1
3rd of Tishri sundown: day #2
4th of Tishri sundown: day #3
5th of Tishri sundown: day #4
6th of Tishri sundown: day #5
7th of Tishri sundown: day #6
8th of Tishri sundown: day #7
9th of Tishri sundown: day #8 Messiah circumcised.
9th of Tishri @ sundown becomes the 10th of Tishri, Yom Kippur begins (Leviticus 23:32).

I also want to recommend this PDF document as another witness to the birth of Messiah on the Feast of Trumpets:

Download the PDF file below at this link:

Here are some final things to consider. Our Messiah’s birth on the Feast of Trumpets is fitting, because it is nick-named “The Day that No Man Knows!” 

The reason why this feast is properly called “The Day that No Man Knows,” is because it is the only feast that is determined by the sighting of the first crescent moon by at least two credible witnesses. To learn more about this feast, see the blog entitled: Yom Teruw’ah: “The Day That No Man Knows!”

It is also important to understand that Yom Teruah spans two days because the first day was spent watching for the new moon. On the second day, the new moon was sanctified by the Sanhedrin, and then began the celebration of the Feast of Trumpets.

During child-birth, “No man knows” when the head of the baby will “crown” or become visible from the birth canal. So it is with the sighting of the first crescent moon, and this is why it is called “The Day that No Man Knows!”

Our Messiah was being trumpeted into the world as the “Righteous King” and his head was “crowning” at that precise moment when the “last trumpet” sounded, and his mother, Miriyam shouted(on the day of shouting), she gave a push, and the king was born!

As with his first coming, our Messiah told us that his second coming would also be when “No man knows the day or hour!” (Matthew 24:36-Mark 13:32). And so it follows that with any pregnancy, we are given a “due date,” but only the Heavenly Father knows when the baby will come. Hence, the baby comes at a time when no man knows!

Interestingly, for the past 2,000 years, nobody seemed to know when our Messiah was born. However, in these last days, he is revealing hidden things about himself, such as his true name, and his true date of birth!

Just like Joseph, the “suffering servant,” who hid himself from his lost brothers until the appointed time, our Messiah is now revealing his true identity to those of us who were lost in paganism!

Our Messiah’s date of birth, and his true name is important in order to differentiate him from all the impostors who were supposedly reincarnated on December 25th.

A more thorough and detailed thesis on the birth of Messiah can be found in my other ebook.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Chanukkah & The Spirit of Prophecy

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, December 9th 2017

Every year when the Chanukkah and Christ-Mass season roll around, we’ve all noticed that people attempt to blend the two celebrations together as if they are the same. However, any attempt to marry these two celebrations, is a violation of scripture, as we are warned not to mix the sacred with the profane: 

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

The only thing that may seem similar about the two celebrations is that there are lot of lights associated with both events.

With that said, we must recognize that while our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa referred to himself as “the light of the world,” (John 8:12: 9:5, 11:9), the devil is also able to transform himself as “an angel of light,” (2nd Corinthians 11:14). 

In Isaiah 14:12, we read about the fallen angel “Lucifer, son of the morning,” whose name in Hebrew is “Heylel ben shachar.”  Lucifer is a Latin word that means “light-bearer.” 

It is therefore, no surprise that the devil has a close counterfeit for every holy feast day that YaHuWaH has given his people to celebrate. In Leviticus 23, we are shown seven feasts that are to be kept annually as a sign of our covenant with the Creator.

Although Chanukkah is not included in these seven festivals, it is certainly a biblical memorial which is deeply rooted in prophecy--both past and future. 

2nd Corinthians 6:14 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?

The graphics below illustrate the fact that Chanukkah and Christ-Mass are diametrically opposed, and any attempt to blend them is to a violation of 2nd Corinthians 6:14...... for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?

Ever since the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-4, witches, satanists, and occultists have celebrated eight pagan sabbaths annually for their pagan sun-god. However, in the 3rd century, the Roman Emperor Constantine disguised these pagan celebrations and made them appear as “Christian holidays.” Can you recognize them?

Yule became Christmas.
Imbolc became “Saint Valentine’s Day.”
Ostara is the Celtic name for the pagan fertility goddess named Ishtar (Easter).
Beltane is called “May Day.” 
Litha is now called “Saint John’s Day. 
Lammas is called “The Ascension of Mary.” 
Mabon is the Autumn Equinox.
Samhain is today called Halloween. 

In 1538, the Roman Catholic Church officially declared these eight pagan Sabbaths as so-called “Christian holidays.” Never-the-less, they can never be “redeemed for Christ,” because to do so is a violation of Deuteronomy 12:29-31:

“When YHWH your Elohiym has cut off ahead of you the nations you are entering in order to dispossess, and when you have dispossessed them and are living in their land; be careful, after they have been destroyed ahead of you, not to be trapped into following them; so that you inquire after their gods and ask, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I want to do the same.’ You must not do this to YHWH your Elohiym! For they have done to their gods all the abominations that YHWH hates! ”

In Revelation 19:10 we are told that “The testimony of Yahuwshuwa is the spirit of prophecy,” therefore, to blend the two celebrations is to confuse the testimony of our Messiah with the testimony of the false pagan gods!

To learn more about YaHuWaH’s seven feasts and how they point us to the life of our Messiah, see the blog entitled: “What is the Testimony of Yahuwshuwa?”

In order to understand prophecy, we must know and have his testimony!

1.) He was conceived on the Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah).

2.) He was born on the 2nd day of the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah).

3.) He was circumcised on the 8th day (from his birth) on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

4.) He began his public ministry as a 30-year old High Priest on Yom Kippur.

5.) He was sacrificed as the Passover Lamb on Pesach/Passover.

6.) He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag Matza).

7.) He was raised from the dead on First Fruits (Yom ha’Bikkuriym).

8.) He poured out his spirit/ruwach on his taught ones on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost-Shabuot).

In the future, he will repeat these again!

1.) He will gather his bride as she will be “born-again” into immortality (just like her bridegroom) on Yom Teruah.

2.) He will come back for the Day of Wrath, and to redeem the House of David and Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:10) on Yom Kippur.

3.) He will bring his bride into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb on the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

4.) He will rebuild and dedicate the Temple of YaHuWaH on Chanukkah!

Do you see this? All twelve events begin and end with Chanukkah!

*Note: This is the reason why the Prophet Haggai (whose name means “festival”) prophesied in Haggai 2:18-20 that from the 24th day of the 9th month of Kislev (Chanukkah), YaHuWaH was going to begin to restore his Temple!

Our Messiah’s body (his temple) was being formed in the womb on Chanukkah, and when he returns, he will rebuild it again on Chanukkah!

Yahuwchanon (John) 2:19-21 Yahuwshuwa answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up....But he spoke of the temple of his body.

Within three literal days, he raised up his body (his temple), and within 3,000 years----after the Millennium, (one day is like a thousand years to YHWH), he will become that Temple! (Revelation 21:22).

I realize that many of you have been taught to believe that our Messiah was born on the Feast of Tabernacles, and that he only fulfilled three of the Spring Feasts at his first coming, leaving 4 other feasts unfulfilled.

However, as we just saw, Yahuwshuwa did fulfill all Seven Feasts at his first coming.

At the beginning of his ministry, he fulfilled Yom Kippur again as the High Priest, Melchizedek when he declared “The acceptable year of YaHuWaH.”

Only the High Priest could declare those words on Yom Kippur!

What this means is that he had to be 30 years old when he did this, according to the Towrah (Numbers chapter 4).

And since he was “beginning to be about 30 years old” at his baptism 40 days earlier, (Luke 3:23); Therefore, we must conclude that he turned 30 on Yom Teruah, just in time for him to declare “the acceptable year” on Yom Kippur as a 30-year old High Priest!

If he had been born on Sukkot, his 30th birthday would’ve still been 5 days away, and therefore, he did not qualify to “declare the acceptable year!”

See these two blogs where I show three witnesses to the evidence of our Messiah’s incarnation/conception on Chanukkah and his birth 9 months later on Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets)!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vayesheve /וישב / “And he dwelt.”

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, December 9th 2017

Vayesheve /וישב / “And he dwelt.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 37:1-40:23.

Nabiym (Prophets): Amowc (Amos) 2:6-3:8.

Briyth Chadashah (Renewed Covenant): Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 1:18-25: Ma’aseh Shlichiym (Acts of the Apostles) 7:9-16.

In this week’s Towrah Portion, we learn that Ya’aqob (Jacob) moved his entire family to Canaan, where his father, Yitzchaq (Isaac) dwelt as a stranger.

Jacob’s favor toward Joseph (his first-born son to Rachel) caused much jealousy and rivalry in the family. However, to be fair to Jacob, we must realize that the dysfunction in this family began with the father of Leah & Rachel (Laban) who tricked Jacob into marrying Leah (the older daughter) before he would allow him to marry his younger daughter, Rachel. 

After Jacob’s marriage to these two sisters, there was “rivalry” and jealousy between Leah & Rachel. We are told that Rachel was loved by Jacob, but Leah was hated. Joseph, (being the son of the beloved wife, Rachel) was favored by Jacob above the others. As a matter of fact, in  Genesis 48:22, we read that Jacob gave Joseph “a double portion inheritance” above his brothers.

Joseph inheriting a double portion is a prophetic picture of the future Messiah who will inherit both Houses of Yisra’el. Never-the-less, to avoid this type of rivalry and jealousy from being repeated in families, YaHuWaH handed down this commandment to Mosheh (Moses):

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 21:

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:

16 Then it shall be, when he makes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:

17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he has: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Jacob even had a coat of many colors made for Yahuwceph (Joseph), much to the disapproval of his brothers. To make matters worse, Joseph had two prophetic dreams, which also reveal prophetic shadow pictures of the future Messiah. 

These two dreams reveal that the sun, the moon, and the stars (all of creation) would bow to our Messiah, as he is the Creator of all things (Colossians 2:16). 

Additionally, all three celestial signs in the heavens would testify to our Messiah at his birth, as seen in the Constellations. 

To learn more, see this blog entitled: “When was the Real Messiah Born & Why Does it Matter?”

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

Yahuwceph (Joseph) was a prophetic “type” of our Messiah Yahuwshuwa, and his coat given to him by his Father Ya’aqob (Jacob) is symbolic of the Heavenly Father giving to our Messiah “the nations for an inheritance” (Psalms 2:8).

The coat of many colors symbolizes the various colors of the flags of the nations and it represents the skin colors of the people of these nations.

It also symbolizes “covenant,” because in Genesis 9:13, YaHuWaH set a rainbow in the sky as a sign to Noah and the inhabitants of the earth, of his “seven covenants” which are called “everlasting covenants.”

There are seven colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Each millennium from creation represents one of these colors. Thus, the rainbow will be completed when our Messiah returns and fulfills the Sabbath Millennium for 1,000 years, taking us to the 7th color in the rainbow!

What color is that? Purple!

What does the color purple symbolize? It symbolizes “royalty.”

You see, one of the colors used in the Tabernacle of Mosheh (Moses) is “purple,” which is a blend of “blue and red.” 

As you can see by the illustration of the curtain, the purple color is in the center (sandwiched between blue and red). This is to signify that our Messiah (who is Melchizedek) is the first one to hold the office of both a king and a priest. It is he who brings both offices together, thus uniting the earthly priests with him as the heavenly priest. 

When the earthly priests are given a new resurrected body, they will be called “kings and priests” after the order of Melchizedek, the royal priesthood (see 1st Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10).

Red is symbolic of the priesthood, because in Exodus 24:8-12, “Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which YHWH has made with you concerning all these words.”

Immediately afterward, Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders met with the Elohiym of Yisra’el, and there was under his feet “a paved work of sapphire stone and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.”

This means that the color of heaven, (sapphire blue) radiated from the aura of YaHuWaH as he summoned Mosheh:

“Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give you tables of stone, and a Towrah, and commandments which I have written; that you may teach them.”

Thus, we see that red is the color of the “blood of the goat” which only the High Priest (Kohen ha’Gadowl) ministers at the altar once per year on Yom Kippur. However, the color blue symbolizes the Kings of Judah, as they were commanded to “rule with the scepter of the Towrah” (Genesis 49:10).

The office of Melchizedek is one of a “King & Priest,” which means that he ministers the Towrah, as a “King of Judah” (represented by the blue), but he also sprinkles the blood of the goat on behalf of the people (represented by the color red). When these two colors are blended together, they form a brand new color---purple, and purple is the color of royalty!

The office of Melchizedek (King of Righteousness) is called “A Royal Priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9). 

Melchizedek is symbolized by these two colors (blue and red), which results in the color purple! In other words, he holds both offices, king and priest.

In the gospels of Mark, Luke, and John, we read that our Messiah was clothed with “purple” and crowned as a king with thorns. What does this tell us?

It shows us that like Joseph, (who was a “suffering servant”), our Messiah came the first time to suffer, and to bear the sins of the people. The crown of thorns was to symbolize that he bore the “curse of sin and death” (Genesis 3:18; Romans 5:12; Romans 8:2; Matthew 7:16).

Melchizedek, the Royal Priest Clothed in Purple

Marqos (Mark) 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head...

Marqos (Mark) 15:20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe...

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:5 Then came Yahuwshuwa forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!

The last color in the rainbow is purple, because it represent the 8th Millennium, when all seven covenants will be completed:

1.) The Adamic Covenant: Genesis 3:15
2.) The Noahide Covenant: Genesis 6:18- 9:9-17
3.) The Abrahamic Covenant: Genesis 15:18-17:21
4.) The Mosaic Covenant: Exodus 2:24- Joshua 23:16
5.) The Davidic Covenant: 1st Chronicles 17:1-Jeremiah 33:21
6.) Messiah’s Renewed Covenant: Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8 & 12:24
7.) The Everlasting Covenant: Genesis 9:16, Genesis 17:7,13,19; Leviticus 24:8, Numbers 25:13, 2nd Samuel 23:5, 1st Chronicles 16:17, Psalms 105:10, Isaiah 24:5, 55:3, 61:8, Jeremiah 32:40, Ezekiel 16:60, 37:26, Hebrews 13:20.

Because there are “seven colors” in a rainbow, YaHuWaH was demonstrating to Noah and to humanity that all seven of his covenants are one everlasting covenant!

Before the flood, all nations of the earth were connected as one continent. However, in Genesis 10:32 YaHuWaH divided the nations of the earth:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 10:

25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

After YaHuWaH divided the nations of the earth, how many continents did he divide the earth into?


That is what the rainbow symbolizes, and that is what Yahuwceph’s (Joseph’s) coat of many colors represents!

Joseph’s coat symbolizes all the nations of the earth coming into covenant with our Creator in the last days.

Interestingly, Yahuwceph’s (Joseph)’s very name means “YaHuWaH will increase,” but his son Ephrayim’s name means “double fruit.”

Yahuwceph/Joseph, (who symbolizes our Messiah), will become doubly fruitful through his son Ephrayim.

The stick (scepter) of Joseph is in the hand of his son Ephrayim, because Ephrayim will become doubly fruitful in the last days:

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 37:19 Say unto them, Thus says YHWH Elohiym; Behold, I will take the stick of Yahuwceph (Joseph), which is in the hand of Ephrayim, and the tribes of Yisra’el his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Yahuwdah (Judah), and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand.

It was Ya’aqob/Jacob (whose name was changed to Yisra’el) that prophesied over his grandson Ephrayim:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 48:19 “…..and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”

In Hebrew, this phrase “multitude of nations” literally means “fullness of the gentiles,” or “melo ha’goyim” (see Roman 11:25).

Yisra’el shall become a multitude of nations in these last days! This means that all nations of the earth shall be blessed if they join themselves to the covenant that YaHuWaH made with Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. 

All those goat nations that disobey the commandments of YaHuWaH shall be sent away into “everlasting punishment,” but those who are obedient shall be given “eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).

The Two Dreams of the Cup-Bearer & the Baker

Finally, this week’s Towrah Portion ends with Joseph going to prison (just like our Messiah). While Joseph was in prison, he ministered to two of his inmates.

These inmates represent the “two thieves” on the cross on either side of our Messiah when he was nailed the tree (Matthew 27:38 & Mark 15:27). 

These two prisoners also symbolize the “sheep and the goat nations” that will be separated by our Messiah when he returns (Matthew 25:32-33).

You may be asking yourself “How do you know that the baker and the cup-bearer symbolize the two thieves and the goat/sheep nations?” 

The cup-bearer was fruitful when he squeezed the grapes for his master, and made him something to drink. But the baker lost the food that he had made when the birds ate it all up. This means that all of his work was done in vain. The cup-bearer symbolizes those of the House of Ephrayim who become “doubly fruitful” by preaching Messiah and his good news. The baker symbolizes those of the House of Judah who had done many “good works” (by obeying the Towrah), yet their efforts were in vain, for they rejected the Messiah and had no fruit to show for their work.

The night before our Messiah, was sacrificed on the tree, he said the following words at the Passover meal with he disciples as he lifted up the cup of wine:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Marqos (Mark) 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many.

Luqas (Luke) 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament (covenant) in my blood, which is shed for you.

The cup-bearer squeezing the grapes into the cup symbolizes those who sins are atoned for by the blood of the Passover Lamb, and therefore, they will be restored back to the covenant, and to the kingdom. The baker, however symbolizes all those who count on their own “good works” rather than the atoning work of our Messiah.

As we read the account, we are going to see similarities with the two prisoners and the two thieves on the cross, as well as the sheep and the goats parable:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Yahuwceph (Joseph) said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to Elohiym? tell me them, I pray you.

9 And the chief butler (cup-bearer) told his dream to Yahuwceph (Joseph), and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

*Note: Our Messiah likened himself to “The Vine” in his Father’s vineyard in John 15:1-5. The branches symbolize those who “abide in him,” as they will become fruitful. However, the branches that do not “abide in the vine” will be “cut off.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

*Note: these three branches symbolize three groups of people, which are the Two Houses of Yisra’el, and the gentile nations who believe in Yahuwshuwa as the Messiah, and they are “grafted into the vine” (Romans 11:11-24). By the way, what color are grapes? Purple! Those who abide in the vine are part of the “Royal Priesthood of Melchizedek!” 

In other words, those who “have washed their garments in the blood of the lamb” (red) and keep his commandments (blue for towrah) will have the right to eat from the tree of life! (Revelation 7:14; 12:17; 14:12; 22:14).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

12 And Yahuwceph (Joseph) said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head, and restore you unto your place: and you shall deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler (cup-bearer).

*Note: In Revelation 11:11, the two witnesses will be raised from the dead “after three days.” Similarly, the righteous thief asked our Messiah in Luke 23:42 “Master, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 

After “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40), Yahuwshuwa was raised from the dead, and the righteous thief was restored back the kingdom because he believed on him (Luke 23:43). In Genesis 40:14, Joseph asked the cup-bearer “remember me when you are restored back to Pharaoh’s kingdom.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

14 But think on me when it shall be well with you, and show kindness, I pray you, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

*Note: like our Messiah (who was unjustly put into a dungeon and punished), Joseph was also unjustly put into prison for the purpose of ministering to these two men, who symbolize “both houses of Yisra’el.” Our Messiah was punished on behalf of both houses, and it seems that Joseph was also sent to prison to bring these two men out of prison. However, one man was cut off, while the other was restored.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Yahuwceph (Joseph), I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats (foods) for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18 And Yahuwceph (Joseph) answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head from off you, and shall hang you on a tree; and the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.

20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

*Note: Do you remember another person who was beheaded at another birthday party? In Matthew 14:6-11 & Mark 6:21-28, Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser (Baptist) was beheaded at the birthday of King Herod! 

What is the connection? In Revelation 20:4, those who are “beheaded for the testimony of Yahuwshuwa will be restored to the kingdom after their resurrection. In this case, both the butler and the baker represent two halves of a whole nation. Both Houses of Yisrael make up the entire nation. Though one part of the nation (Judah) was killed because of their rejection of Messiah, later on, they will be restored as a nation. This means that although the House of Judah rejected their Messiah, and thus they were “cut off,they will again be restored just as the cup-bearer was restored.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:22  But he hanged the chief baker: as Yahuwceph (Joseph) had interpreted to them.

*Note: Judas Iscariot (who hung himself) represents the House of Yahuwdah (Judah), as the entire nation rejected our Messiah at his first coming. Like the chief baker (who was hung), his flesh would be eaten by the birds. Similarly, there will be those who will be counted as “wicked goats” when our Messiah returns, and their dead bodies will be eaten by the birds on the “Great Day of Wrath” in Revelation 19:21.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40: 23 Yet did not the chief butler (cup-bearer) remember Yahuwceph (Joseph), but forgot him.

As we continue reading in Genesis 41, we will find out that the cup-bearer did eventually remember Joseph at the proper time, when Pharaoh was troubled by two dreams. You see, even though there was a delay, the cup-bearer eventually did what was right and remembered Joseph. In the same way, the House of Judah has delayed in accepting Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah, but eventually, they will remember him and receive him at his second coming.

The lesson that we learn from the dreams of the baker and the cup-bearer, is that both men were condemned to death. In other words, just like all sinners, we are guilty and thus, worthy of death. Yet, only one of them was restored back to the kingdom, because he was humble, and thus he bore fruit. How do we know that he was humble and fruitful? 

The cup-bearer squeezed the juice from the grapes for Pharaoh, and this correlates to the parable that our Messiah told in Luke 21:33-41.

When the master of the vineyard sent his servants, (and finally his son) to reap the harvest of grapes, those who “brought forth fruit” from the vine, received a reward. However, those who allowed “the birds to eat the seed” (as in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13), were banished from the kingdom and destroyed. They did not bring forth fruit for the master, and therefore, they were counted as worthless and wicked.

The two dreams of Joseph as a youth, the two dreams of the butler and the baker and finally, the two dreams of Pharaoh, tell us a story of the future Messiah, and the Two Houses of Yisrael. 

In the first dreams that Joseph had as a youth, we are shown that although there were ten wicked sons of Jacob, and two righteous sons (Joseph & Benjamin), in the end, they would all be united and restored to one another. Similarly, both Houses of Yisrael will be united and restored back to their Messiah.

The two dreams of the butler and the baker tell us that although both houses have been condemned and sentenced to death, (like the two thieves), eventually both of them will be restored back to the kingdom at different times in history. Our Messiah taught us that “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

At his first coming, the House of Judah rejected Yahuwshuwa, and as a result, they ceased to be fruitful, and their kingdom was taken away from them. However, at his second coming, the House of Ephrayim (the gentile nations) will cease to be fruitful unless they agree to help restore their big brother Judah back to the kingdom. 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 20:8 So when even was come, the master of the vineyard said unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Marqos (Mark) 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Marqos (Mark) 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Luqas (Luke) 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

It is clear that the two prisoners whose dreams were interpreted by Joseph represent two groups of people. Those who are humble, versus those who are prideful and unrepentant. Those who place their trust in their own self-righteousness, versus those who trust in the righteousness of their Messiah and his finished atoning work. 

Ya’aqob (James) 4:6 But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says Elohiym resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.

1st Keefa (Peter) 5:5 ..... for Elohiym resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

I recommend reading this blog for deeper insight into this week’s Towrah Portion: “Two Conditions of the Human Heart Seen in Ephraim & Judah.”

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