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All Biblical Prophecy Points to Y’shua (Jesus)

The day I realized every 1st century New Testament writer, was referring to the TaNaK, (a Hebrew acronym meaning Torah, Prophets, Writings), was the day I stopped calling it The Old Testament.  The word Old insinuates antiquated, but The New Testament writers referred to The Word of God as Living, Active and Sharper than a double edged Sword.

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12Psalm 149:6.

Y’shua is The Word, Torah and Prophets.  He became flesh and He Told Us Every Word of God (TaNaK) is Written About Him,  So every Fulfilled Prophecy about Him has to match up to the plum line of God’s Word;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1

You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,”  John 5:39

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He (Y’shua) explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.”  Luke 24:27

Jesus said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled”that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” Luke 24:44, 45.

Y’shua, The Prophesied Seed, Anointed (Messiah):

maryThe “Seed” of the Woman first prophesied; Genesis 3:15. Fulfilled; Galatians 4:4Romans 16:20Luke 24:27.

Abraham is  given this same prophecy of the “Seed,” “through whom all families of earth will be blessed.”  The covenant of His birth is promised specifically to come through Sarah; Genesis 12:3Genesis 17:19Genesis 22:18.  Fulfilled Matthew 1:1Acts 3:25Galatians 3:8Galatians 3:16.

The promised Seed, through whom All peoples would be blessed, is given to Sarah’s son Isaac; Genesis 17:19Genesis 21:12.  Fulfilled  Galatians 4:30Hebrews 11:18Romans 9:7.

The promised Seed, through whom All families would be blessed, is given to Jacob/Israel; Genesis 26:4Genesis 28:14Numbers 24:17.  Fulfilled Matthew 1:2Luke 3:34

The promised Seed was prophesied to come through the tribe of Judah: Genesis 49:10;  Psalm 60:7Psalm 108:8.  Fulfilled Luke 3:33; Hebrews 7:14.

The promised Seed was prophesied to come through David; Psalm 89:3; Psalm 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5.  Fulfilled Matthew 1:1Luke 1:32.

The Holy (set apart) Seed was prophesied to sprout out of the stump of David’s father Jesse; Isaiah 11:1Isaiah 6:13.  Fulfilled Luke 3:32.

He will be Born of a Virgin in Bethlehem:

Born in Bethlehem; Micah 5:2.  Fulfilled Matthew 2:1Matthew 2:6Luke 2:4John 7:42.

Born of a virgin; Isaiah 7:14.  Fulfilled Matthew 1:18Luke 1:27.

There Will Be A Slaughter of Children.

Rachel’s children were no more: Jeremiah 31:15.  Fulfilled Matthew 2:16Matthew 2:18

He Will Flee to Egypt and Be Called Out of Egypt:

He will flee to Egypt and be called out of Egypt; Hosea 11:1.  Fulfilled Matthew 2:15.

He will be A Shepherd to His People:

He will Shepherd His people; Ezekiel 37:24; Isaiah 40:11Psalm 78:71.  Fulfilled Matthew 2:6;  John 10:16.

He Will Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey:

“…He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey“; Zechariah 9:9.  Fulfilled Matthew 21:5;  Mark 11:7John 12:15.

Zeal For YHVH’s House Will Consume Him:

My house will be called a house of prayer, you are making it a den of robbers; Psalm 69:9Psalm 119:139Jeremiah 7:11 .  Fulfilled John 2:17Romans 15:3;Matthew 21:13

His Throne Will Last Forever, Heir to The Throne David:

Everlasting heir to the throne of David; Isaiah 9:7; Psalm 45:6.  Fulfilled Luke 1:32.

His throne will last forever and Righteousness will be the scepter of His Kingdom: Daniel 7:14Psalm 45:6. Fulfilled Hebrews 1:8Matthew 28:18.

He Is The First and The Last.  There is No God Before Him:

He existed before He was born; Micah 5:2Isaiah 9:6Isaiah 44:6Isaiah 48:12; Proverbs 8:27 . Fulfilled Colossians 1:17John 1:1John 8:58Ephesians 1:4Revelation 1:8Revelation 2:8Revelation 22:13.

He Is A Priest Forever:

YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”; Psalm 110:4; Genesis 14:18.  Fulfilled Hebrews 5:6Hebrews 6:17; Hebrews 6:20Hebrews 7:17Hebrews 7:21John 12:34.

He Will Be Declared The Son of God, His Firstborn, Firstborn from the Dead:

“You are my son….”  Psalm 2:7; Proverbs 30:4 ; Psalm 89:26Psalm 89:27Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 31:9.   Fulfilled Matthew 3:17Mark 1:11Luke 1:32; Acts 13:33Hebrews 1:5Hebrews 5:5Colossians 1:15.

Firstborn from the Dead, Revelation 1:5.

He Is One, He Is Our Father, He is Our Maker:

YHVH is One:  Deuteronomy 6:4.  Fulfilled, I and the Father are One; John 10:30John 10:36; John 14:9;  John 17:11Colossians 1:15.  His people are One in Him, He is our Father, our Maker; Isaiah 63:16Isaiah 64:8; Psalm 100:3.   Fulfilled John 17:21; Colossians 1:2Matthew 6:9 John 8:41, and still to come…

 He Will Sit at the Right Hand of YHVH:

YHVH says to my Lord, sit at My Right Hand…Psalm 110:1Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 42:6Isaiah 45:24; Jeremiah 23:6.  Fulfilled; Matthew 22:43Matthew 22:44Matthew 22:45Matthew 26:64Matthew 1:23Romans 8:34Romans 10:9Philippians 2:11John 13:13; Matthew 28:18Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:3Hebrews 1:13.

He Will Be Anointed (Messiah) by The Spirit of YHVH:

The Spirit of YHVH will rest on Him, the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel and Strength, Knowledge; Isaiah 11:2, Anointed/Messiah with Joy, Psalm 45:7.  Fulfilled Matthew 3:16Mark 12:36Mark 14:62Mark 16:19Luke 4:18Luke 20:42Luke 22:69John 1:32John 3:34Acts 10:38Hebrews 1:9.

He is our Judge.   Judge of the Living and the Dead:

He will be Judge of the living and the dead; Isaiah 33:22.  Fulfilled James 4:12;  John 5:30Romans 2:16Romans 14:92 Timothy 4:1Acts 10:42.

King of Zion (Spiritual Jerusalem):

He will be King of Zion; Psalm 2:6.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:37; John 18:36; Luke 1:33Acts 10:36; Revelation 19:16 and still to come…

Nomads (shepherds) will bow before him; Psalm 72:9.  Fulfilled Luke 2:8

Honored by great kings; Psalm 72:10Psalm 72:11.  Fulfilled Matthew 2:1

The nations/peoples, (Goy) and Kings, will come to You, Isaiah 60:5; Psalm 72:10.  Fulfilled Romans 11:25,  both now and still to come… “The fullness of the nations/peoples” continue to be grafted into to the Olive Tree of Israel, Revelation 21:26.  (See )

Our Creator, YHVH, King of the Universe, will destroy death forever, from Mt. Zion, in the New Jerusalem; Isaiah 25:7Isaiah 25:81 Corinthians 15:261 Corinthians 15:54Revelation 21:4, still to come…

His Way Will Be Prepared, (by John the Baptist):

A voice in the wilderness will clear the Way for YHVH… Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1Malachi 4:5.  Fulfilled Matthew 3:3Matthew 11:14Mark 1:3Luke 3:4
Luke 1:17John 1:23.

 He Will Shine The Light to the Nations/Peoples, (Goy) of Galilee…

…by way of the sea, the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles/peoples; Isaiah 9:1Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 42:1..  Fulfilled Matthew 4:16; Matthew 15:24Matthew 12:18-21; Luke 2:32 .

Nations/Gentiles, (Goy) will come to Your Light, Isaiah 60:3.  Fulfilled Acts 13:47 and still to come in the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:24.

He Will Speak in Parables:

I will open My mouth in a parable, dark (hidden) sayings of old; Psalm 78:2….  Fulfilled Matthew 13:35.

He Will Be a Prophet Like Me, From Among You:

I will raise up a prophet like Me, from among you, listen to Him, Deuteronomy 18:15Deuteronomy 18:18,19.  Fulfilled Matthew 21:11Acts 3:22; Acts 7:37.

He Will Open Blind eyes and Deaf Ears.  Bringing Good News to Bind up the Brokenhearted:

The eyes will be opened…ears unstopped…to bring good news, to bind up the brokenhearted; Isaiah 29:18Isaiah 35:5Isaiah 61:1.  Fulfilled Matthew 9:35Matthew 11:5Mark 7:37Luke 7:22; Luke 4:18; Luke 4:29.

He will be rejected by His own, Despised, Hated and Not Believed:

He was rejected by His own people and not believed: Isaiah 53:1Isaiah 53:2Isaiah 53:3Psalm 118:22.  Fulfilled John 1:11John 5:43John 7:5John 7:48; John 12:37John 12:38Acts 3:14; Romans 10:16.

Abhorred and hated by the nations/peoples.  Because of My Name they will hate you too; Isaiah 49:7Psalm 35:19Psalm 69:4.  Fulfilled John 15:21John 15:25Matthew 10:22Matthew 24:91 John 3:13.

A stumbling stone, a rock of offence to both houses of Israel…to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; Isaiah 8:14;   Fulfilled 1 Peter 2:8Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11Romans 9:33.

Leaders will be against YHVH and His Anointed, Psalm 2:2.  Fulfilled Acts 4:26Revelation 19:19, and still to come…

He Will Be Betrayed by a Close Friend for 30 Shekels of Silver:

Betrayed by a close friend, for 30 shekels of silver; Psalm 41:9Psalm 55:12Psalm 55:13, Zechariah 11:12.  Fulfilled Matthew 10:4Matthew 26:14,47Matthew 26:15Matthew 26:23Matthew 27:9Luke 22:21John 13:18.

The 30 shekels will be used to buy the Potter’s Field;  Zechariah 11:13.  Fulfilled  Matthew 27:6Matthew 27:7; Matthew 27:8.

He Will Be Falsely Accused and Mocked:

He will be accused by malicious witnesses. Sneered at and mocked; Psalm 22:7Psalm 35:11Psalm 27:12; Psalm 109:25.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:39Matthew 26:59Mark 15:29Luke 23:35Acts 6:13Mark 14:55,56.

He Will Be Beaten, Scourged, Abused and Hung on a Tree:

He will be pierced, through hands and feet, bruised, flogged, beaten, beard pulled out, humiliated and spat upon; Zechariah 12:10Isaiah 50:6Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 22:16,17.  Fulfilled John 19:37Matthew 26:67Matthew 27:26Matthew 27:30Mark 14:65Mark 15:19;Luke 22:631 Peter 2:24 Revelation 1:7.

Soldiers Will Cast Lots For His Clothing:

Soldiers gambled for my clothing; Psalm 22:18.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24John 19:24.

He Will Yield His Life, Bare Our Sin and be Numbered with the Transgressors:

He poured out His soul to death, numbered with transgressors, He bore the sin/disease of the multitude; Isaiah 53:4Isaiah 53:12. Fulfilled Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27Mark 15:28Luke 22:37Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:24.

Buried With Wicked, (those who retain their blame) Men, in A Rich Man’s grave, yet He is Blameless:

His grave assigned with the wicked, buried in a rich man’s grave,  He did no wrong nor spoke any deceit; Isaiah 53:9.  Fulfilled 1 Peter 2:22Matthew 27:57; and still to come, Revelation 14:5.

 He Will Be Given Gall Mixed With Vinegar Wine For His Thirst:

He will be given gall mixed with vinegar when He is thirsty: Psalm 22:15Psalm 69:21.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:34Matthew 27:48John 19:28.

None of His Bones Will be Broken:

The Passover sacrifice will have no bones broken: Exodus 12:46Numbers 9:12Psalm 34:20.  Fulfilled John 19:33; John 19:36.

 That Day There will be Darkness Over the Land At Noon:

In that day, there will be darkness at noon, (the sixth hour): Amos 8:9.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:45; Luke 23:44.

He will Pray for His Enemies (Transgressors):

He will pray/intercede for His enemies: Psalm 109:4Isaiah 53:12; Isaiah 59:16.  Fulfilled Luke 23:34;  Matthew 5:44; Romans 8:34Hebrews 7:25.

He Will Suffer, Die on a Tree and Be Resurrected the Third Day:

His body will not decay. Raised on the third day.  Firstborn from the dead.  Made Higher than the King of earth; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:9Psalm 49:15Isaiah 53:5Hosea 6:2 .  Matthew 17:23; Matthew 16:21Matthew 17:9Matthew 20:19Luke 24:7Luke 24:46John 20:9 .  Fulfilled 1 Corinthians 15:4Acts 2:32Acts 3:15Acts 5:30Acts 13:35John 2:22Mark 16:6; Colossians 1:181 Timothy 6:15;  Revelation 19:16.

He Bore our sin/blame; Proverbs 20:30Isaiah 53:4Isaiah 53:5Isaiah 53:11; John 1:29.   Fulfilled John 3:16Romans 5:6Romans 5:8 1 Corinthians 15:3Galatians 1:4Colossians 2:14

Made Higher than the kings of the Earth; Psalm 89:27.   Fulfilled Revelation 1:5.

He Will Ascend on High:  

You have ascended on High: Psalm 68:18Proverbs 30:4.  Fulfilled Ephesians 4:8; Mark 16:19Luke 24:51John 3:13; Acts 1:9.

He Will Send His Spirit:

I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Isaiah 44:3Joel 2:28, (3:1) .  Fulfilled John 7:38John 20:22Acts 2:17, and still to come.

He Will Establish The Renewed Covenant, Putting His Torah (The Way to Life) Within Our Hearts:

He will make an everlasting covenant; Isaiah 55:3Jeremiah 31:31Jeremiah 31:33Jeremiah 32:40…Fulfilled Romans 11:272 Corinthians 3:31 Thessalonians 4:9Hebrews 8:10Hebrews 10:16

He Will Be A Light to the Nations/Gentiles, To Bring Salvation to the Earth:

The nations will come to Your Light; Isaiah 60:3Isaiah 11:10 .  Fulfilled Revelation 21:24; Romans 11:25Romans 15:12John 12:32Luke 2:32Acts 11:18Acts 13:47 and more still to come…

 

Abraham The Hebrew

The Word Hebrew (Ivrit) Means “To Cross Over”

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Abram Crosses Over to An Unseen Promised Land

The Lord said to Abram,

“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;

I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3

“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”  Genesis 22:18

Abram The Hebrew

Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were allies with Abram.” Genesis 14:13

Jacob, (Ya’acob), Abraham’s grandson, is named Israel when he is blessed with the same Covenant of his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac.

God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name.” Thus He called him Israel. Genesis 35:10

Jacob’s Name Change = The Origin of Israel

“I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven,and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; Genesis 26:4

Israel had Twelve Son’s Called The Twelve Tribes of Israel

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’”  Matthew 2:6Micah 5:2

 The Promised Seed Will Come Through The Tribe of Judah (The Jews)

I will establish your seed forever And build up your throne to all generations.” Selah.” Psalm 89:4

The Promised Seed Will Be A Descendant of David The Son of Jesse

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the Assemblies. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16Isaiah 11:1Acts 13:23

All The Nations of The Earth Are Blessed Through One Seed

“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say, “and to seeds,” meaning many, but “and to your seed,” meaning One, who is Messiah.”  Galatians 3:16

Y’suha, The First and The Last, The Promised Seed From The Beginning

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He (The promised Seed) shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15

The Hebrew idiom, “He shall bruise you on the head,”  means He will have victory over His adversary the serpent (satan).

These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life.” Revelation 2:8; Revelation 1:17Revelation 22:13Isaiah 48:12Isaiah 44:6

Our Hebrew Messiah crossed over from death to lasting Life.

To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

We Are All Hebrews Called to Cross Over From Death to Lasting Life In

Our Creator’s Unseen, Promised Kingdom

A Kingdom where The One and Only Life Giver rules and there is no division; no Jewish or non-Jewish, (no religious divisions) not even between male or female, slave or free, because we are all One in our Creator.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are All One in (Christ Jesus) Messiah Y’shua,” Galatians 3:28

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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.  Matthew 13:44

First off we see the treasure represents The Kingdom of heaven.

Secondly, what does it mean that it’s hidden in a field?

  The field is explained earlier in Matthew 13 as meaning the earth or world.

The field is the world,” Matthew 13:38

I’m also keeping in mind the explanation of  soil or ground representing the heart.

When anyone hears the message of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.”  Matthew 13:19

Thirdly, Who is the man?

In the Parable of the Sower, the man, sowing good seed is the Son of Adam, a phrase referring to Y’shua (Jesus).  Matthew 26:24Matthew 24:30

He replied,“The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man (Adam).” Matthew 13:37

At first glance this parable does sound like Y’shua, until we remember the treasure represents His Kingdom and it is us, not Him, who is instructed to seek His Kingdom, Matthew 6:33

We are instructed to buy, get, purchase, aquire Wisdom, Truth and Understanding

“Acquire (Get/buy) wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” Proverbs 4:5

“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire (get/buy) wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

“Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23

How much better is it to get/buy wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …”  Proverbs 16:16 

In this last verse I see the answer, Y’shua instructs “a man” to sell everything…and then he will have treasure in heaven.

On hearing this, Jesus told him, “You still lack one thing: Sell everything you own and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,follow Me.” Luke 18:22

We are the man, the treasure is the Kingdom of Heaven, hidden (unseen) in this world.  When we find it we will joyfully sell all that we have in this temporary life to follow Y’shua in the lasting world of His Kingdom.

Parable of The Leaven

 The Parable of The Leaven


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He (Y’shua) told them still another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33

What is Leaven?

1.)  What is Leaven?  Leaven is used to make bread dough rise.  It is a single celled microorganism classified in the fungus kingdom.  Also known as yeast, it creates a fermentation process that converts sugars to carbon dioxide gas and makes bread dough rise.

Pictured above, Sally Fields plays, The Flying Nun, in one of my favorite childhood T.V. shows.  Here she discovers the power of yeast in bread dough.

The Spiritual Meaning of The Leaven

“Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”  Luke 12:1

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?  Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, (Messiah) our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.…” 1 Corinthians 5:6

Y’shua explained several parables giving, those with ears to hear,  clues revealing Spiritual Truth, using physical examples.

“Watch out!” Jesus told them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Matthew 16:6

“How can you not understand that I was not telling you about bread?   But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Matthew 16:11

Then they understood that He was not telling them to beware of the yeast used in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:12

Hypocrisy, Corrupted Teaching and our Boasting is referred to as the old, bad leaven.  

At our Creator’s annually appointed Feast of Unleavened Bread we get rid of our leaven, Leviticus 23:5 .

“Therefore let us keep the (Passover/Unleavened Bread) Feast, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8

2.)  Who is The Woman?  The Spirit of God is a feminine Hebrew word, Ruach.

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit (Ruach) of God was moving over the surface of the waters.Genesis 1:2.

We Become One in His Spirit

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of Life drink freely. Revelation 22:17

YHVH’s (He Exists) named His people Israel, meaning the one who victoriously struggles and overcome with God, El.

We may call ourselves The Church, Assembly, Congregation, His Body, His Children, His Seed, His Servants or The Bride of Messiah/Christ, but the only division is between those who do what their Creator says and those who don’t.

YHVH is One and He Does Not Change:  Deuteronomy 6:4John 17:11John 17:21Mark 12:29James 2:19.  Malachi 3:6James 1:171 Corinthians 10:171 Corinthians 12:12.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

The Woman is His Spirit

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into One body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given One Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

“So it is not the children of the flesh who are God’s (Spiritual) children, but it is the children of the promise (given to Abraham) who are regarded as offspring.”  Romans 9:8Galatians 3:16

“so in Christ/Messiah we who are many are One Body, and each member belongs to one another.”  Romans 12:5Ephesians 5:30

“…For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ/Messiah.”  2 Corinthians 11:2

And when the dragon (serpent) saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Revelation 12:13;  Genesis 3:15.

And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, (that’s us) who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus...” Revelation 12:17

Like Yeast, (the Kingdom of Heaven) that the Woman, (The Ruach), took and mixed into three measures of flour.

3.)  Why Three Measures?  This is the same amount Sarah used when she made bread for their three heavenly visitors.

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” Genesis 18:6

Three measures of flour is a weight called an Ephah, which is approximately 92.99- 144 cups of flour, depending on which conversion table you google.  I also found Three measures, or an Ephah, of flour mentioned in these passages:  Judges 6:191 Samuel 1:241 Samuel 17:17 Ezekiel 45:24Ezekiel 46:5.

Similar to the grain offering given at The Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost, fifty days after Y’shua resurrected from the dead and ten days after He ascended to heaven, there were about 120 people (three measures) obediently and humbly waiting, (unleavened) for the promised Spirit (Ruach), Acts 1:15Luke 24:49 .

The Giving of Torah and The Giving of The Spirit, Both at Shavuot?

According to Jewish tradition Moses received the Torah at Shavuot and we know The Spirit was given to Y’shua’s disciples at Shavuot (Pentecost).  Y’shua also referred to Himself as The Torah and The Spirit, also saying “…These are the very Words that bear witness about Me,” John 5:39Matthew 3:11Ephesians 6:17.

Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the truth and the life, (Torah). No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6; 1 John 5:6;  Revelation 19:10

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  Matthew 23:12

The Appointed Time of Passover/Unleavened Bread

Passover/Unleavened Bread is celebrated on the 14th of the first lunar month at twilight. Physically we search our homes for hidden yeast and remove every spec of it from our homes.  Beginning the eve of Passover, only Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, Exodus 13:7.

Spiritually we also prepare our hearts to be searched and cleaned out, similar to King David’s prayer;

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;  And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting Way.” Psalm 139:23

The Kingdom of Heaven is like, a Woman, (The Ruach) who took yeast, (The Kingdom) and mixed it with three measures of (unleavened/humble) flour until All of it was leavened.

And that is what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.

 

 

 

Parable of The Sower

Parable of The Sower, Matthew 13:1

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A Parable is a Physical Example Revealing a Spiritual Reality.

And Y’shua (Jesus) sat down in a boat on the lake and began speaking in parables to the immense crowds gathered to Him on the shore.

  1.  The Sower of the Seed came out to sow.  Some seed fell by the wayside and when the birds came they devoured them.
  2.  Some seed fell on rocky ground where there was no depth of soil, and it sprang up right away but when the sun rose, with it’s scorching heat, it withered.
  3.   Some fell on thorns and the thorns grew up and chocked them out.
  4.   But some fell upon good ground and produced fruit, one hundred, sixty and thirty fold what was sown.

The One Who Has Ears Must Hear, (Shama), Matthew 13:9

This parable is the first of the seven famous parables found in Matthew 13.

Y’shua’s disciples ask Him why He is speaking to the crowds in parables?  In short, Y’shua answers them by quoting the prophet Isaiah:

In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’  Matthew 13:14, 15; Isaiah 6:9.

Not Hearing, (Spiritually) is the Curse, Deuteronomy 29:4

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:16

Now Y’shua explains the Parable of The Sower to His Disciples:

  1.  The seed sown by the wayside represents the one who hears the Message of The Kingdom and does not understand, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
  2.  The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who immediately take the message with joy but does not have a root.  When affliction and persecution come, because of the message, he falls away.
  3. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the message but the anxiety of the age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the message so it becomes useless.
  4. The seed sown on good ground is the one who hears the message and understands, bearing fruit one hundred, sixty and thirty fold what was sown.

 

 

 

 

Parable of The Mustard Seed

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Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field.  Although it is one of the least of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of herb plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches.” Matthew 13:31

The Mustard Seed is The Third Kingdom Parable found in Matthew 13

Jesus, Y’shua, interjects this parable, (a physical example revealing a Spiritual reality) right between the parable of The Wheat and The Weeds and it’s explanation.

Unlike the first two parables, there are no more explanations.  All we know for sure are the facts disclosing another unseen or spiritual mystery of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is like…

Our first detail is a tiny mustard seed:  Based on the other two explanations we knot the seed represents the The Word, The Message of the Kingdom and The Sons of the Kingdom.

The man sowing the seed:  Is the Son of Adam, a phrase referring to Y’shua.

His field:  Is the earth.

The Birds of the sky/air dwell in it’s branches:  In the previous Parable of the Sower, the birds represent satan snatching away the Truth.  These verses referring to birds also confirm this view: Revelation 18:2; Daniel 4:21; Isaiah 13:21.

Interestingly, the birds in this parable find protection, shelter and nourishment from the Mustard tree, similar the birds dwelling in the Cedar, Psalm 104:17.

 The same parable of the birds dwelling in the Cedar is found here:  Ezekiel 17:23Ezekiel 31:6.

In the book of Daniel the parable of the great tree is interpreted as representing King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire,  Daniel 4:22.  The birds dwelling in it’s branches were neither good nor bad.  The point was their habitation, to the end of the known earth, was under his dominion.

It is the Growth of the Mustard Seed that seems to be significant in this parable.  This tiny seed grows like a weed, gardeners know not to plant it in their gardens because it cannot be contained and would eventually take over the entire garden.

This extraordinary, inevitable and fruitful growth is what the Kingdom is like.

The birds, in this parable, dwell or nest in its branches.  mustard-tree

 

 

To Judge or Not to Judge?

To Judge or Not To Judge?

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Ever ponder the phrase, “don’t judge me?”  In one breath this protest against human opinion is based on another human opinion.  Opinions formed by assumptions are an ugly human trait, but that doesn’t mean all judgement is bad.

Bad judgement doesn’t know how to discern between good and bad, it uses non-objective assumptions, fluctuating feelings and hearsay to form opinions.

It is Just Judgement that knows how to discern between good and bad, it asks objective questions, it’s impartial and equitable while searching out the facts.

To be without Judgement is called, “double minded,” meaning divided, two faced, not hot or cold, unstable, wavering and undecided.  Without judgement we are unable to be decisive, discerning, shrewd and prudent.

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8

I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. Revelation 3:15

I hate, (turn against) those who are double-minded, But I love Your law (Torah). Psalm 119:113

Judgement is necessary and it’s good when it has Wisdom, Knowledge and Discernment/Understanding in the balance.  Colossians 1:9

When Not to Judge

Do not judge, or you will be judged...Matthew 7:1-5

According to Matthew 7:2, we will all be judged justly, exactly the way we judged others.  Verse 5 gives a specific warning that hypocrites are not to judge.

You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:5

A hypocrite being the person who passes judgement on others while pretending they don’t do the same things;

You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on another. For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.Romans 2:1

When to Judge

Now if we judged ourselves properly, we would not come under judgment. 1 Corinthians 11:31

Self-judgment is the form of prayer King David modeled:  

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting Way.” Psalm 139:23; Psalm 26:2

His son, King Solomon, also showed us that God gives us Wisdom and Knowledge to Judge Justly when we ask:

“So give Your servant an understanding (hearing) heart to judge Your people to discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”1 Kings 3:9

God was so pleased with King Solomon’s request that He gave him a Wise and Discerning heart, like no one before him nor anyone after him. 1 Kings 3:12
If you want to glean from the Wisest man who ever lived read his Proverbs:
Proverbs 1:1-3
1. The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel :
2. To know Wisdom, (chokmah #2451 from Chakam) and Correction, (musar #4148 from yasar); to Understand/Discern (bin #995) words with Understanding, (binah #998 from bin);
3. To take, (laqack #3947) Correction, (musar #4148) Prudently, (sakal #7919a); what is Right, (Tzedeq #6664) Just, (Mishpat #4941) and Impartial/Even, (meshar #4339 from yashar)…
When the log is removed from our own eye, we know we are not a hypocrite, we still need to ask God for Wisdom to Judge Justly.  There are religious teachers with knowledge of God’s Word and still can’t discern good from bad.

Teachers will be Judged more Strictly

Not many of you should become teachers, brethren, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1

Teachers, referring to religious leaders, Rabbis, Priests, Preachers, Imams, even parents, anyone who influences others needs to consider themselves warned before they instruct others incorrectly. Matthew 18:6Matthew 23:15.

Do not teach man-made traditions as commandments of God, Matthew 15:9.   If we are compelled to share our religious beliefs, we better know how to make a distinction between the teachings of the world and our Creator’s Perfect Word.
“Her priests have done violence to My law, (Torah) and have profaned My holy things; they do not know the distinction between the holy and the common, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My Sabbaths,” Ezekiel 22:26

So When you judge, Judge Justly, Not by Appearances or with Partiality but with Merciful Loving Kindness.

Stop judging by outward appearances,and start judging justly.” John 7:24Exodus 18:26Exodus 23:3Leviticus 19:15Deuteronomy 1:17Deuteronomy 10:17Deuteronomy 16:19Proverbs 18:5Proverbs 24:23Proverbs 28:21James 2:1James 2:9Acts 10:34.

For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem after the successful rebellion of the Maccabees against King Antiouchus Epiphanes, (175-164 B.C.)

The full story of Hanukkah is documented in the books of 1st and 2nd Maccabees.

In short, 167 B.C. was the peak of Greek persecution and oppression in Jerusalem.  Mattathias, the Temple Kohen) and his five sons, Yohanan, Shimon, Judah, Eleazer, Yonatan, began a revolt against King Antiochus IV when he erects an alter of Zeus in the Temple and orders the sacrifice of a pig.

A Hellenized Jew and a Greek official are about to do the unthinkable when Mattathias stabs and kills them both.   He yells to the people, “Follow me, all of you who are for God’s law and stand by the covenant.” (1-Maccabees 2:27)

They head for the hills and form a guerrilla army.  Mattathias’ eldest son Judah gains the nick name Maccabee meaning The Hammer” which is also an acronym for mi komocho ba’alim Hashem, “who is like you among the powers O God.”

Although they battle against the Selucid Greeks for 25 years they are able to gain control of the Temple after 3 years.  The Temple is cleansed and rededicated on the 25th of Kislev, (the 9th lunar month).

Biblical Record of Hanukkah

Y’shua, (Jesus) is noted as being at the Temple during the Feast of Dedication/Hanukkah.

At that time the Feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple courts in Solomon’s Colonnade.…” John 10:22, 23.

 

Historical Accounts of Hanukkah

First century historian Josephus also verifies Hanukkah in his book, Jewish Antiquities XII:

“Now Judas celebrated the festival of the restoration of the sacrifices of the temple for eight days, and omitted no sort of pleasures thereon; but he feasted them upon very rich and splendid sacrifices; and he honored God, and delighted them by hymns and psalms. Nay, they were so very glad at the revival of their customs, when, after a long time of intermission, they unexpectedly had regained the freedom of their worship, that they made it a law for their posterity, that they should keep a festival, on account of the restoration of their temple worship, for eight days. And from that time to this we celebrate this festival, and call it Lights. I suppose the reason was because this liberty beyond our hopes appeared to us; and that thence was the name given to that festival. Judas also rebuilt the walls round about the city, and reared towers of great height against the incursions of enemies, and set guards therein. He also fortified the city Bethsura that it might serve as a citadel against any distresses that might come from our enemies.”

“The king, (Aniochus IV) being thereto disposed beforehand, complied with them, and came upon the Jews with a great army, and took their city by force, and slew a great multitude of those that favored Ptolemy, and sent out his soldiers to plunder them without mercy. He also spoiled the temple, and put a stop to the constant practice of offering a daily sacrifice of expiation for three years and six months.”

Megillat Antiochus, a second century Aramaic original, speaks of Hanukkah:

“After this, the sons of Israel went up to the Temple and rebuilt its gates and purified the Temple from the dead bodies and from the defilement. And they sought after pure olive oil to light the lamps therewith, but could not find any, except one bowl that was sealed with the signet ring of the High Priest from the days of Samuel the prophet and they knew that it was pure. There was in it [enough oil] to light [the lamps therewith] for one day, but the God of heaven whose name dwells there put therein his blessing and they were able to light from it eight days. Therefore, the sons of Ḥashmonai made this covenant and took upon themselves a solemn vow, they and the sons of Israel, all of them, to publish amongst the sons of Israel, [to the end] that they might observe these eight days of joy and honour, as the days of the feasts written in [the book of] the Law; [even] to light in them so as to make known to those who come after them that their God wrought for them salvation from heaven. In them, it is not permitted to mourn, neither to decree a fast [on those days], and anyone who has a vow to perform, let him perform it.”

Truth and Tradition

On the right is a picture of an authentic Menorah as described in the Torah, Exodus 37:17. On the left is a Hanukiah, adding two extra branches to the candlestick because one days oil burned miraculously for eight days during the re-dedication of the 2nd Temple.  The one on the right is Truth, the one on the left is tradition.

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Why Should Non-Jewish Believers Celebrate Hanukkah?

Y’shua came from the tribe of Judah so He was Jewish.  Judah was only one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Judah was set apart for God’s purpose, not because God was partial, and Judah’s prophesy was fulfilled at the birth of Y’shua.  Now there is no Jewish or Gentile division for those who are One in Abraham’s Seed, Y’shua:  Galatians 3:28Romans 3:29Romans 10:12; Colossians 3:11.

The only division that remains is between God’s children and the World, Matthew 10:34John 17:16.  To put it clearly, God is One, He is not divided.

The desecration of the Temple is prophesied to happen again, Matthew 24:15, 16; Mark 13:14Luke 21:20Daniel 12:11.  His people need to understand that we are His Temple.

Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”  1 Corinthians 3:16

Unlike the seven sacred days our Creator has instructed His people to celebrate in His Torah, Hanukkah is different.  Hanukkah is a historical reminder of those who were faithful to God’s Instructions.  History repeats itself, will we be counted among those who took a stand against the adversaries of the One True Creator of the Universe?

The Truth is Hanukkah was prophesied in Daniel and Y’shua prophesied that it would happen again.  Should you celebrate it? Are you a child of the Most High?

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