Tuesday, April 08, 2014

THE WORD OF MAN V.S. THE WORD OF GOD - PART 2

(NASB used)

This is Part 2 of the sixth chapter of the gospel of John (Yochanan). As stated in Part 1, Ch. 6 is a marvelous presentation of biblical text. It offers the very spoken words of Yeshua, miracles, as well as evil! I have noticed several interesting nuggets of study within its context. See if you have noticed these and find them as intriguing as I do. This study is a cursory one. I'm sure you can see much more than I have.  It is presented in parts because chapter 6 is lengthy.

Chapter 6 also provides great examples of the dichotomy between man's understanding of Yeshua's Word verses Yeshua's WORD, hence the title of the entry. See if you agree!

It is recommended you read Part 1 first.

John 6:15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.

[Introductory Note: What makes the Bible divine is that nothing stated is irrelevant and it contains more bonafide, fulfilled prophecy than any other book known to man. Strange isn't it, that the Bible's detractors ignore this. There seems to be a purpose for each and every verse in the biblical text - multiple purposes in some cases. This one sentence explodes into many fragments of truth and illumination. Yeshua had just performed a great miracle and spoke words that only the Prophet who was to come would say. (See Part 1). The crowds would naturally want to present Him as the conquering King, the Messiah who was to come and overthrow their oppressors! However, we know, because we have a more complete story, that Yeshua did not come the first time as the conquering King, Mashiach ben David, but as the suffering servant, Mashiach ben Yosef. Interestingly, the 4 gospels thematically present Yeshua as; The King (Matthew), The Servant (Mark), The Son of Man (Luke), and The Son of God and Sinless Lamb (John). The book of Revelation, which many have described as the fifth gospel, presents Him as The Righteous Judge. BTW, the first 4 gospels describe Yeshua living out and fulfilling the 4 Spring Feasts of Yehovah, and Revelation, the 3 Fall Feasts, which will be fulfilled at His Second Coming! You see, if we do not study and celebrate the Feasts of the LORD, we will never understand the B'rit Hadashah! Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good Friday - all that claptrap is pagan and has nothing to do with real truth!]

John 6:16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,

John 6:17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

John 6:18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

John 6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.

John 6:20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."

John 6:21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.


[Note: Amazing! Where does one start with these last few verses!?! Obviously, the itinerary was to continue to Capernaum. Yeshua was not present when the boat left - He missed the boat - not wishing to be crowned "King" at this time! It was dark and the disciples had rowed some distance out, with wind against them (the Sea of Galilee is about 8 miles across at it's widest point). Some commenters say that Yeshua had climbed one of the large hills near Beit Saida (House of Fishing), which leads towards the Golan Heights, and He could actually see that His disciples were not making progress against the storm. Think about it. How frightened would you be if you saw someone walking on water towards your boat? And, did you notice, the boat and it's occupants arrived immediately where they were going, after retrieving Yeshua! In Matthew's account Peter (Kefa) asks to join Jesus on the water. Some folks ridicule the fact that the gospel accounts have differences in the stories they tell, but remember, each account is from the personal point of view of a different author, so slight differences are normal. All 4 gospels should be read in order to amalgamate the whole picture. My personal interest in this is the supernatural aspect. Many such supernatural events occur in scripture. I believe we have been given a "snapshot view" of what living as a spirit being might be like. Remember, spiritual beings can also interact with physical things. The Bible is full of such references! Here are just 4 of my favorites. There are many more:

... Jesus (and Peter) walking on water (Matthew 14, Mark 6, John 6)
... Jesus vanishing from the two disciples sight (Luke 24)
... Jesus suddenly appearing in their midst (Luke 24)
... a floating ax head! (2 Kings 6)

You see, the good book tells us things, very important things, and we are supposed to listen and learn. Studying the Bible is NOT a casual exercise or something suitable for boredom while pew sitting!  : ) ]

John 6:22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone.

John 6:23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.

John 6:24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

John 6:25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"


[Note: We have only One Rabbi (Great One) and that is Yeshua. No man can be our Rabbi. It is correct to call Yeshua Rabbi! We have no Father either, except the One in Heaven and yes, Yeshua can be called Father and Yehovah, for they are One! I do not agree with Messianics or others having Rabbis in their synagogues and I certainly don't agree with having Priests! For that matter, assemblies should be governed by Elders more so than Preachers! Having said this, it becomes clear that most of man's religious institutions do not agree with what the biblical text says. This should frighten the living daylights out of most churches and synagogues and those who frequent them! How do I know all this? Is this just my opinion? Please enjoy this Topical Concordance selection from the Hebrew Roots Bible ...

Changing of the Priesthood:
Heb. 8:1-2
Ps. 110:4
Heb. 5:9-10, 7:24
Gal. 3:17
Ex. 19:5-6
Num. 3:11-13, 8:14-19
Gal. 3:19
Ex. 32:1-9, 19-20, 26-28
Heb. 7:11-22
Gal. 3:18
Heb. 10:1-14
Heb. 8:3-13
Heb. 9:11-28


Congregational Government:
1 Cor. 11:3
Eph. 4:5-6
Col. 1:13, 18
Matt. 16:18-19
Eph. 4:11-16
Eph. 2:20-22
1 Cor. 12:27-28
Deut. 17:8-13
Acts 15:1-6
Num. 16:1-5, 11, 21
Acts 13:1-3
Phi. 1:1
Acts 6:1-6
1 Pet. 5:1-5
Tit. 1:4-5
Acts 20:28
Heb. 13:17 


Deacons:
1 Tim. 3:8-13
Phi. 1:1
Acts 6:1-6
1 Thess. 3:2 


Elders:
1 Tim. 3:1-7
1 Pet. 5:1-5
2 John 1:1
3 John 1:1
1 Tim. 5:19
Acts 11:30, 14:23
Acts 20:17
1 Tim. 5:17-18 


Faith In Yeshua:
John 3:16-17
John 14:6
John 6:40, 47
Rom. 10:4, 9-13
Gal. 3:22, 26
Acts 13:38-39
Phi. 3:8-14
Acts 15:10-11
John 11:25-26
Rom. 4:24-5:2
1 John 5:11-13
John 17:1-3
John 14:1
John 12:46-48 


Father And The Son:
Prov. 30:4
Ecc. 12:1
Gen. 1:26-27
Heb. 1:1-11
Gen. 19:24
Zech. 3:1-2
Ps. 110:1, 5-7
Zech. 13:7
Ps. 2:2, 7
John 5:19, 30-31
John 8:17-18 


Judicial Order:
1 Cor. 14:40
Gen. 1:4, 5, 11-13, 16,19, 22-23, 31
Eph. 5:21
1 Cor. 14:33
1 Sam. 16:1, 7, 12-13
Deut. 34:9
Tit. 1:4-5
Rom. 13:1-2
Eph. 4:11-15
Heb. 13:17
1 Cor. 14:34-35
Gen. 3:16
1 Tim. 2:11-14
James 5:14 


Spirit of the Holy One:
Gen. 1:2
Jer. 51:15
Luke 1:35
Col. 2:12
1 Cor. 1:17-18
2 Cor. 13:4
Eph. 3:16
Mic. 3:8
2 Pet. 1:3
2 Tim. 1:7-8
Luke 5:17
Heb. 2:4
Rom. 15:19
Rom. 1:4
Rev. 15:8 


The Melchizedek Priesthood:
Ps. 110:1-7
Heb. 3:1
Gen. 3:21
Gen. 14:18-20
Heb. 7:1-6, 13-17
Heb. 8:1-6
1 Pet. 2:5-10
Ex. 19:22, 24:5
2 Cor. 3:1-6
Rom. 15:16
Is. 61:6
Rev. 5:8-10, 20:6
Heb. 4:14, 5:10 


The Name of Yeshua:
Acts 26:14-15
Ex. 23:20-21
Ps. 68:4
Matt. 1:21
Acts 4:12
Acts 2:38
Eph. 1:20-21
Phil. 2:9-10
Luke 24:47
John 20:31
John 3:18
1 John 3:23 


Yeshua Is Elohim:
John 8:24, 56-58
Mic. 5:2
Col. 1:13-19
John 1:1-3
Ps. 33:6
Is. 52:10
Job. 12:7-10
Heb. 1:1-13
Matt. 1:23
John 20:27-28
Ps. 50:23
Acts 2:36
Luke 2:11
Acts 10:36
1 Cor. 12:3
Phil. 2:11
Col. 2:9
 

Folks, I am NOT a smart fellow. And I humbly say; I sincerely believe that the Ruach just drops this stuff in my lap sometimes. You see, the good LORD knows I need all the help I can get!]

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

John 6:27 "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."


[Note: Would that we, all of us, have this seal! (Rev. 7)]

John 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?"

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

John 6:30 So they said to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?

John 6:31 "Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'"

John 6:32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.

John 6:33 "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."

John 6:34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, always give us this bread."

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

John 6:36 "But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.

John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

John 6:38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

John 6:39 "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.

John 6:40 "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."

John 6:41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven."

John 6:42 They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"

John 6:43 Jesus answered and said to them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.

John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.


[Note: If you had any question that Yeshua claimed to be "from" Elohim, the last few verses should settle that. Please notice something here. The blue text I've highlighted "raises up" "on the last day". It is stated 3 times. When this happens it is done for emphasis. Yeshua is saying; HEAR THIS! IT"S ME TELLING YOU SOMETHING-LISTEN! DON"T BELIEVE ANYONE ELSE! Does anyone still believe we go to heaven when we die (in a conscious state)? What does the "last day" mean to you? Forget what it means to you, the Bible says emphatically it's the Second Coming. I used to be one of those who believed the Earth laid dormant for the millennium. When I stopped listening to man and actually read my Bible I knew I was wrong! The Fall Feasts of the LORD make the picture clear. We who are part of the First Resurrection do go to Heaven for a brief period, for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb but return to Earth to rule with Him for a 1,000 years - may we all be there! Until that blessed Resurrection we are dead!]

John 6:45 "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

John 6:46 "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.

John 6:47 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.

John 6:48 "I am the bread of life.


[Note: Every Hebrew household knows about bread and it's importance. Traditional prayers about bread have been repeated throughout Israelite history. At the end of Chapter 8 of John, Yeshua says; "Abraham saw my day and rejoiced in it". He was referencing Gen. 14 when the Malki-Tzedek brought out bread and wine and Abram gave him a tenth of everything he owned. Tradition says the following 2 prayers were said at that time, and later, at the Last Supper. These 2 prayers have been historically known in more or less this form for millennia.  (transliterated, obviously!)

Ba-rooch ah-ta Yehovah, El-lo-hay-noo Meh-lech ha-oh-lam, Ha-mo-tzee Leh-chem, Meen ha-ah Retz. Amain.

Blessed are you Yehovah, O LORD Our God, King of the Universe, Who Brings forth Bread from the Earth. Amen.

... and

Ba-rooch ah-ta Yehovah, El-lo-hay-noo Meh-lech ha-oh-lam, Bo-Ray P'ree Ha-gah-fen. Amain.

Blessed are you Yehovah, O LORD Our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the Vine. Amen.

The Manna the Israelites ate, which came from God, is a shadow picture of Yeshua, The Bread of Life!]

John 6:49 "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

John 6:50 "This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.

John 6:51 "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."

John 6:52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"

John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.

John 6:54 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

John 6:55 "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

John 6:56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

John 6:57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.

John 6:58 "This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever."

John 6:59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

John 6:60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, "This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?"

John 6:61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?

John 6:62 "What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?

John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.


[Note: "the flesh profits nothing"; the words I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." So much for a claimed Eucharist that magically turns to flesh and blood. How "dark age" and demonic is that concept anyway? The Bread and Wine is a "remembrance", a memorial, and was done with leavened bread. The Last Supper was NOT a Passover celebration! The Lamb(s) were not slaughtered until the next day.]

John 6:64 "But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.

John 6:65 And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father."

John 6:66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.

John 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?"

John 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.

John 6:69 "We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God."

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, "Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?"

John 6:71 Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.


[Note: Enter ... the Evil]

... End, Part 2
The Observer

Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE WORD OF MAN V.S. THE WORD OF GOD - PART 1

(NASB used)

The sixth chapter of the gospel of John (Yochanan) is a marvelous presentation of biblical text. It offers the very spoken words of Yeshua, miracles, as well as evil! I have noticed several interesting nuggets of study within its context. See if you have noticed these and find them as intriguing as I do. This study is a cursory one. I'm sure you can see much more than I have.  It is presented in parts because chapter 6 is lengthy.

Chapter 6 also provides great examples of the dichotomy between man's understanding of Yeshua's Word verses Yeshua's WORD, hence the title of the entry. See if you agree!

We believers place great emphasis on what we call, "God's inerrant Word". This belief means different things to different people. Some folks have told me, "it's the KJV or nothing!". Others have said, "every word in the Bible, no matter which translation, is TRUTH!" Both of these statements cannot be true and everything becomes nonsensical if you believe this.

Obviously, God's TRUTH is a spiritual truth derived from studying our various translations of "His Word", while under the guidance of the Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit). Reviewing man's teachings on biblical text is only a means to arrive at the truth, not "The TRUTH" itself. This is why I emphasize over and over again, I am no one's teacher - I am simply a student myself, expressing myself on a blog. Stated another way, ALL of us have been guilty of having "itching ears" (2 Timothy 4:3) so we must keep this in the back of our minds. One thing I have learned, however, is that sitting in a pew and listening to a man drone away is NOT the way to study the Bible. The Words of the Bible must be loved, loved with great attention, devotion, and passion, with prayer and intellectual thought, read with a yearning for each word, never to be read superficially, while listening and waiting patiently for any spiritual epiphany that may blossom.

 ... so here goes! : )

John 6:1 After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).

John 6:2 A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.

John 6:3 Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.

[Introductory Note: Many folks argue over the location of this event, the feeding of the 5,000, an event which is also described in Matthew (Mattityahu), Mark, and Luke. But exactly where it happened and whether it happened on a "mountain" as we in the West understand a "mountain", or rolling hills, does nothing to diminish the spiritual importance of feeding the followers with the bread of life (as we shall see). And as Michael Rood (and others) have stated, this event is a marker that can be used as a coordinating moment of time in the chronological history of Yeshua's ministry. The "Sea" of Galilee is actually a large lake, also called Lake Tiberias]

John 6:4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.

[Note: This verse is one of great consternation and illustrates why we should be very careful when reading our Bibles. Many scholars say this verse simply DOES NOT, and SHOULD NOT be present here. Why?!? Because Passover is in the spring! The feeding of the 5,000 occurred in late summer/early autumn! The nearest Feast day would be Tabernacles (Sukkot), not Passover (Pesach). The earlier manuscript families, MSS 472 & 850 do not have this verse. This is a terrific example of Man's Word vs. God's WORD. Man, wishing to promote certain concepts and doctrine, have altered manuscripts over the centuries. This is why we must read with discernment. Otherwise, we have Yeshua feeding "Artos/Artone", leavened bread, to thousands during or near Passover, when unleavened bread (Azumos) is eaten. If you represent a group which denies the Feasts and hates everything "Jewish" you just may love this added verse! No small wonder Jewish folks cannot accept their own Messiah when the "Church" paints Yeshua as a Torah breaking false Prophet! (Deut.-D'varim 13) (See again, Michael Rood's explanation) Our translations have many such errors and preachers should be making us aware of them, but they don't! You have to ask why!?! Do they have an agenda? An agenda NOT in agreement with HIS Holy WORD, or is it just ignorance, as I once had?  No, if someone like me can find the truth, they can.  I think it's more a lack of desire to know the truth!]

John 6:5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?"

John 6:6 This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.

John 6:7 Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little."

John 6:8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, *said to Him,

John 6:9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?"

[Note: The great speaker, Charles Spurgeon, actually had a sermon based on this verse - if you're interested.]

John 6:10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

John 6:11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.

[Note: In most non-Jewish households we have been taught to give thanks for a meal and eat.  In most Jewish families you eat and then give thanks (Deut.-D'varim 8:10).  And you're not blessing the food, but blessing God for providing us the food!  Here is a search with referenced verses concerning this vast and controversial subject.  My take on this is it's fine to bless food to our nourishment and to bless God for giving it to us.  And NO, I DO NOT believe unclean foods can be prayed over and is thus made clean.  Whether you bless before or after a meal is irrelevant.


... ("... as much as they wanted")  Have you noticed?  Some folks don't want to learn much about the Bible?  They don't wish to eat much?  They do not hunger for the WORD.]

John 6:12 When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, "Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost."

John 6:13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

[Note: Wow!  Did you catch that?  Nothing much is stated by Yeshua without deep meaning!  This physical demonstration of the gathering of end-time Israel - so that nothing will be lost - so all who are willing and have eaten will be filled, and the Remnant gathered - TWELVE baskets!  So much for the Church claiming to be the replacement for Israel.  Obviously, this represents the 12 tribes scattered throughout the world.  This reminds me of the prophecy of the two sticks from Ezekiel-Yechezk'el 37.  Here is a study of that prophecy.


This also brings up a related subject, the gross demonic heresy of Replacement Theology.  Follow the link to see a great study on it, but essentially the theology states that because of the failure of the Jewish people to spread the worship of the God of Ahvraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'akov throughout the world, Jesus had to come to us and start a new religion, Christianity, and therefore all promises, prophecies, and rewards to be given to "Israel" now belong to the new Israel, the Gentile Church.  Down South, this is what we call, SATANIC!  The Bible is very clear on this, the original Israel will be cleansed, redeemed, and once again be the Bride of the Bridegroom and given all the land between the great river Nile to the Euphrates!  We unnatural branches are lucky to even be a part of it - and we should not be conceited or boast (Romans 11)!]

John 6:14 Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world." (emphasis mine)


[Note: Most Christians don't have a clue what this important verse is saying!  It is literally referencing Moses (Moshe) in Deut.-D'varim 18:18.  Yehovah was to raise a Prophet, The Prophet, likened unto Moshe, from His people, to whom we must Sh'ma (listen and obey)!  This is Yeshua, of course, Mashiach ben Yosef, the Messiah in the character of Joseph, the suffering servant, who was to come and repair the worship man had corrupted by his rules and tradition, to fulfill (fully preach) the Torah and restore the appointed times (the Feasts)!  Folks, this is happening right under our noses!  The "Church" is failing, the true believers are moving towards Yehovah-Yeshua, His Feasts and Torah, and the sun-worshippers wonder why, as they return to their drones, and consider how to punish the ones who no longer believe in man!]

... End, Part 1
The Observer

Friday, February 14, 2014

Shabbat Shalom !
 

The Observer

Sunday, February 09, 2014

CELEBRATING PURIM !

If you've never sat down and read the story of Queen Esther, it would be timely to do so now! The book of Esther is one of the most ignored, but important books of the Bible. It's story lays out a shadow picture of no less than the end times.

Purim, pronounced "Pour-ree-im", is the name of the celebration. Purim, in Hebrew, means "casting lots". In the story, the evil Haman cast lots to determine the day on which "Israel" would be destroyed. The same abomination will happen at the end times, to destroy all of those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Rev. 12:17)

[Note: as for me, this verse should awaken all "believers" who still think Torah has been done away with! Jews and Christians alike should wonder why those who follow the commandments of God AND hold to the testimony of Yeshua are worthy of the persecution. You know - the Remnant that follows the Narrow Path! Folks, it's time we understand and actually believe what the Bible says, not man!]

Here are two calendars showing when to celebrate.  One is from 119 Ministries and the other is from Michael Rood.  The calendar "argument" is a huge subject best left to Yehovah to sort out - and He will. : )

Here is a good reference for the celebration of Purim. As always, be sure to filter out any Rabbinical rulings, while keeping in mind - all tradition is not bad, as long as it does not add to or subtract from His Word! Also, you will discover that each person or religious group has their own interpretation of the events in the book of Esther, so don't be shocked if you come across a myriad of eschatological "flavors" when you conduct your research.

So, I recommend you sit down, read Esther, study it, and decide how you wish to celebrate. Purim is not one of Yehovah's instructed Feasts or Holidays, but is a tradition.

BTW, many scholars say Yeshua was on His way to Jerusalem to celebrate Purim when He first stopped at Bethany and raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. Coincidence? Not likely, in light of the story of Queen Esther! : )
 

The Observer

Friday, February 07, 2014