News Letter 5847-031
9th day of the 7th month 5847 years after the creation of Adam
The 7th Month in the Second year of the third Sabbatical Cycle
The Third Sabbatical Cycle of the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Earthquakes Famines, and Pestilences.
October 8, 2011
Shabbat Shalom Brethren
Atonement begins at the end of Shabbat when sunsets and goes until Sunset Oct 9. Do not be afraid to let your kids also fast. They will not die. You can turn this into a game for them, a challenge. Yehovah would not command you to do something that was bad.
I also would like to share a message from Israel from Rabbi Malchlis. I have to tell you how much I love listening to this man and watching his videos from Jerusalem. I hope this is a blessing to you as he takes us on a tour on the new light rail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vJqqKXKBeE&feature=youtu.be
Here is an article I want to share, especially because this is my Prime Minister.
Canada Gets Tough on Anti-Semitism
The government of Canada took an historic step yesterday by signing the Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism. By doing so, it recognized anti-Semitism as a pernicious evil and a global threat against the Jewish people, the State of Israel and free, democratic countries everywhere. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has noted, “Those who would hate and destroy the Jewish people would ultimately hate and destroy the rest of us as well.”
The protocol is a declaration that hatred of this nature will not be tolerated in this country. It sets out an action plan for supporting initiatives that combat anti-Semitism and provides a framework for other nations to follow.
It also sets out a vibrant definition of anti-Semitism which, for the first time in history, links anti-Semitism to the denial of the right Jewish people have to their ancestral home land — the State of Israel. This, in fact, is what sets post-World War Two anti-Semitism apart from its historic roots. Today’s anti-Semitism is all about denial: denial of the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish movement to reclaim the land of Israel; denial of a Jewish history in connection to the holy land and, in particular, the centrality of Jerusalem to the Jewish people; denial of the Holocaust (while at the same time accusing Jews of Nazism); and denial of Jews to live free of anti-Semitism, hate and intolerance.
In announcing the Protocols, Foreign Minister John Baird has expressed his government’s unequivocal support for the State of Israel. In referring to this week’s turmoil at the United Nations and the Palestinian threat to unilaterally declare a state, Baird said, “Canada will not stand behind Israel at the United Nations; we will stand right beside it. It is never a bad thing to do the right thing.”
According to Baird, more and more countries are refusing to participate in the UN conference dubbed “Durban III” — otherwise known as an anti-Semitic hate fest which began as a human rights forum in South Africa in 2001; the forum ultimately degenerated into an anti-Semitic slinging match in which repressive Arab and African countries blamed all the problems facing their own countries and the world on Israel. The governments of France, New Zealand and Poland (today) joined Canada and 10 other western nations this week by declaring they will not take part.
Unquestionably, the Government of Canada’s stance on Israel is based on the principle of standing by your friends — especially when they are democracies and advocates for human rights. Most Jewish leaders would agree that Israel is indeed Canada’s greatest ally in the fight against hate and intolerance.
But the fight against hatred and anti-Semitism must be won here in Canada as well. The Ottawa Protocol is mostly the result of a report published this summer by a Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism which was comprised of leading Canadian politicians who volunteered their time to probe the increasing and alarming tide of anti-Semitism in Canada.
In a letter accompanying the report, Chairs of the Inquiry Panel and the Steering Committee Mario Silva and Scott Reid wrote, “The Inquiry Panel’s conclusion, unfortunately, is that the scourge of anti-Semitism is a growing threat in Canada, especially on the campuses of our universities.” The report cites numerous examples of anti-Semitism on various campuses including the infamous incident in 2009 when Jewish students at York University were chased and barricaded themselves in the Hillel lounge while a mob outside taunted them with anti-Semitic slurs. The list of examples is quite long and disturbing.
Universities should take note of the report and the signing of the Ottawa Protocols. They should put an immediate end to hateful and fallacious events like Israeli Apartheid Week; they should state unequivocally that freedom of speech should not be abused to provide a cover for anti-Semitism; they should ensure that Jewish students feel welcome on campus and that their learning environment should be freed from anti-Israel occurrences and finally, universities must become accountable for allowing their private property to be venues for hateful conduct among students.
The Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism is a template for every Canadian to consider. But it is especially a document of significance for universities that have allowed themselves to become vehicles of hatred and complicit in its promotion. As my friend, Professor Irwin Cotler said last night at the Ottawa signing ceremony, anti-Semitism is not only the longest known form of hatred in the history of humanity — it is the only form of hatred that is truly global.
Every person of conscience should take note of the Ottawa Protocols and never forget the lessons of the Holocaust when the world was silent.
I also have two other announcements to make right now.
1st Last Shabbat I went and visited a new group to me who have been walking this walk now for two years over all. They have less than 20 people coming from all over South Western Ontario. The leader of this group used to be a Pastor and upon learning the Sabbath left his church and began to teach those who wanted to learn what the Bible really said.
They welcomed me and we began to Midrash at 10:30 and I had to leave at 7:30 that night because my mouth was tired and my head spinning from all the subjects we discussed. These people are hungry for the word like non I have come across. They are also active and zealous to obey and share those things they are learning. What a joy just to be with them.
They told me two stories I want to share to encourage you all.
The Daughter of one couple was in Goderich Ontario in August of 2011. She was staying with the Baptist Pastor while she presented her teachings on Yehshua the Hebrew Messiah. The results of her teachings are a not known. She left Goderich and went on to the US somewhere which I now forget.
On August 21, 2011 a Tornado came across Lake Huron and hit downtown Goderich. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/08/21/ontario-weather-watch.html When this young lady saw the news, she called her parents to let them know that the Church she was speaking in was totally destroyed. But not only that, the Apartment she was staying in which was owned by the Baptist Pastor was also destroyed and the one wall fell down and destroyed the Pastors car.
In a matter of minutes the Pastor of this Baptist church had his church destroyed and his apartment and his car. All we can do now is wonder what he said against the words that this young lady had taught. Had he rejected this teaching outright? We do not know.
The second story this group told me was about another Baptist minister who was fighting against this couple who are beleivers. He had organised all the religious leaders in Owen Sound Ontario to warn them of the things this couple was teaching in their community. They were teaching the Hebraic Roots of the bible and the Hebrew Pictographs and what they mean.
It was not long after this Pastor began this anti Hebraic roots campaign that he took in one of his best apple crops ever. This is how he maintains his living. He sold the crop at a great price and had it taken to a barn where the buyers were to come to take delivery. That night the barn burnt down. All the crops destroyed. No insurance. The barn owners could not afford to pay the pastor for the loss of apples.
I have asked the people who told me these stories to write them out but I have not as yet received them and can no longer wait. I have shared them to encourage each of you to get out there and tell the world about what is coming and what you know. Yehovah is going to fight your battles and take care of those who oppose you. He is making the way for you to go forward possible, but you have to go forward in order for anything to happen. So get moving and get talking.
This young group has set up a Feast this year and you should see who is coming. http://www.sonlithillmissions.blogspot.com/
Here is the schedule if you would like to make the trip and spend some time with people who are on fire for His word. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJEWk5rckdndFVjUEFPNXdRWmxoU1E6MQ
This Feast of Tabernacles no matter where you go, you will meet many from all over. Tell them about the Sabbatical cycles and warn them of what is coming. Even if you do not fully understand it and even if you cannot properly defend it. Just tell them and share the warning. Those Yehovah is calling will hear and want to learn.
Now the second announcement is this.
Dear Brethren last week I asked you all to pray for a very special event to take place in favor of The Prophecies of Abraham. I have had to keep this a secret for a very long time. It is now time to share these things.
All The Glory belongs to Yehovah. It is His revealing and His will that we know the Sabbatical and Jubilee teachings at this time. It is all to His Glory and any boasting I am about to do is only because He has revealed it. Keep in mind I graduated High School with an English mark average of 51% and they gave that to me because they did not want to see me back again; So all the Glory belongs to Yehovah and no one else.
The DVD first came out in March of 2008. I had been speaking and writing about it since August 2005. I then began a series of News Letters in 2009 that would lead to the publishing of The Prophecies of Abraham in Feb 2010. So now let me share with you those things I have kept secret.
March 20, 2010
I have worked through your book as well as the DVD – two words “mind blowing”!
Apologies for taking some time, I did not want to rush through it. Please find attached the Endorsement as requested.
Hope this is what you were looking for.
PS. Please feel free to improve the sentences if you need to
With Shalom in Y’shua haMashiach I greet you (see further below what this greeting entails)
Prof WA Liebenberg
Hebrew Roots teaching Institute Calvary University South Africa
19 March 2010
Re: Endorsement: “The Prophecies of Abraham”
Herewith please find the endorsement as requested by you for the above mentioned book.
“If your future has always baffled you, this book is the key to unlock its mysteries. In my 15 years as an Eschatology and Hebraic Roots teacher, I’ve never run across a book that made such an impact on me; I’m recommending this book to every student of mine who has been passionate with holy-living and end-time events; If I knew then what I know now about YHWH’s Jubilee years, I’d rather become a Sabbatical/Jubilee Researcher explaining YHWH’s appointed judgments on an ignorant world not adhering to His instructions about His Appointed Times.”
Thank you for your wisdom and sound teaching of this book. The video is well presented and to the point. It refutes any teaching attempting to prove that the Old Covenant and its principles are not in tack anymore.
Prof WA Liebenberg
Many thanks for your kind words.
I have spoken to the Professorate of Calvary University and they have accepted your book “Prophecies of Abraham” and your DVD “Chronological Order of Prophecies in the Jubilees” as part of the Curriculum for both Messianic Studies (Hebraic Roots) as well as for Midrashic Echatology (Jewish Eschatology), WELL DONE!!! Please see link http://www.hrti.co.za/PrescribedBooks.aspx for the detail. Click on Sighted moon on this page and please see if all 4 links are working from your side. Also scroll down to the bottom of the page and see the pics of the book/DVD.
Well done my friend, your material which you worked so hard on will now be ordered by every person globally enrolling from Diploma upwards. Your material is now University Prescribed Material, that does not happen every day!
Thanks a mill Joseph, and once again congratulations.
PS. Enoyed your newsletter, glad to see you are friends with OvadYah Avrahami, and Rabbi Avraham Feldt, they are friends of me as well.
With Shalom in Y’shua haMashiach I greet you and yours (see further below what this greeting entails)
Prof WA Liebenberg
March 23, 2010
My friend if YHWH can use a donkey and me then surely He can use u as well. We are all simple people. Let me tell you something, Y’shua selected only the humble simple man to become part of His team – tax collectors, fishermen, etc. Why will He not select you Joseph? He does not need the high and mighty professors and Doctors who think they are clever to carry out His work. He need you, and selected you out of 6,5 billion people in a moment in time. He trusted you and birthed His ministry in you to execute it painstakingly.
You are a stunning presenter – I watched your DVD – and you are doing a tremendous work for YHWH. To be honest with you, your work is Doctorate level research quality. You have proven something no man has proven before! Joseph you must complete your Bachelor as soon as possible so that you can roll into your Masters.
Enjoy your visit in Jerusalem.
With Shalom in Y’shua haMashiach I greet you (see further below what this greeting entails)
Prof WA Liebenberg
To the Nobel Committee,
Re. Nomination of Joseph F Dumond for a Nobel Humanitarian Prize
Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to men and women from all corners of the globe for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and for work in peace. The Norwegian Nobel Committee defines humanitarian efforts as an essential part of promoting “fraternity among nations”.
To my understanding the committee focused on a basic aspect of the word “humanitarian”: helping to improve the lives of mankind and reduce suffering. Repeatedly, it has chosen human symbols, people who through their good deeds can serve as examples for contemporary and future generations. According to the Committee, these “champions of brotherly love” or “self-sacrificing” men and women served the cause of peace by holding out a helping hand to victims of armed conflicts, etc. Men and women who wish to heal the wounds of war or to prevent a sure future catastrophic event, is in itself an important factor in
The Committee strongly stressed that we all have a global responsibility and that the proud tradition of humanitarianism must also be put on the agenda of world politics. Therefore I would like to nominate Mr. Joseph F Dumond from Canada as a Laureate for the humanitarian prize, who, in my mind, has done a tremendous effort to prevent a sure approaching catastrophic event.
Would you please be so kind to forward me the guidelines and procedure to nominate an individual. Thanking you kindly for your quick response.
Prof WA Liebenberg
The Swedish Academy
P.O. Box 2118
SE-103 13 Stockholm
Greetings to the Swedish Academy,
The Hebraic Roots Teaching Institute of South Africa has asked to have The Prophecies of Abraham added to your list of literature for nomination for the Nobel Prize in literature.
The Prophecies of Abraham was published in March of 2010 and it has solved the question of when Sabbatical and Jubilee years are and what it means for us today. Joseph F Dumond the author of The Prophecies of Abraham has an international audience to whom he writes each week in which he explains the Sabbatical years and how they repeatedly show us throughout history when diseases come at the same time during each Sabbatical and Jubilee cycle. He also shows how major disasters come at the same repeated Sabbatical cycle throughout history. You can read what other people have been saying about this most remarkable book at https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=604
On your web page http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/articles/sture/index.html it is stated;
What Strindberg is referring to is the fact that Alfred Nobel had stipulated in his will in 1895 that the Nobel prize for literature should be awarded to the person who had produced “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.
With this in mind Joseph F Dumond has produced this years most outstanding work having proven beyond all doubt when the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years are. He also shows when the curses associated with these years are expected to come and what it means to us today. We strongly feel that this book must be seriously considered for this years Nobel Prize.
Prof WA Liebenberg
All of this I have kept under my hat and not said a word as these things had to be done in secret. Today the awards were announced for the Nobel prize in Literature.
6 October 2011
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2011 is awarded to the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer
The Prophecies of Abraham did not win. But it was nominated; which is unbelievable in itself. I have shared this with you all so that this Feast you might tell others to read this book or watch the DVD and to give Glory to Yehovah for the mighty things He is doing in all our lives in these last days.
All the Glory is Yehovah’s and His alone. I am the same as each of you are, just so privileged to be allowed to come along for the ride. Not one of us chose to do this. Each of us was drafted by Yehovah and we all came kicking and screaming. Now that we are here we are so thankful He did not let us go.
Great White Throne Judgment and the Eighth Day
We have now covered each of the fall Holy Days and have just one more to cover before I leave for Sukkot in Israel. That one is the Great White Throne Judgment and the Eighth Day.
At the Great White Throne Judgment, they will be told what it says in the Gospel of Matthew:
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of Me Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ 24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:21-27)
Take note of the verse that says ‘but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.’ And the other two that say ‘those who do these sayings…’ And, ‘those who do not do these sayings…’
This is speaking of those who DO the LAW and obey it. Not to those who dismiss the Law as not important. If this is said of those who think they are doing the work, what will become of those who are not even reading their Bibles or those who have never even so much as looked into the word of Yehovah?
Brethren, take it upon yourselves to become active in whatever way the Spirit inspires you. Do not sit back and let the weight be carried by others while you do nothing. I often feel guilty for not doing as much as I know I should be. What about you? Are you still stuck to the remote and the TV? Get stirred up. Ask for more of the Spirit to be in you. Ask Yehovah to uproot and replant you where you are needed most. There is not really that much time left, as we shall see. Unless you plant some seeds, how can you ever expect to grow a crop?
In this chapter, we will look at the Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles and how it is related to the Pentecost Season and the Jubilee.
We are talking about the Eighth Millennium. This is after the thousand year reign (980 years) of Yehshua. This is after Satan has been released for a short while as stated in Revelation. It is my opinion that this is also after the Great White Throne Judgment, when every human who ever lived will be made alive and will be judged.
This Eighth Day is the time of the Great Redemption that the Jubilee points to. This is when Yehshua redeems all things. The Eighth Day is the conclusion of putting sin out of your life for the preceding seven days—or, in other words, for the preceding seven thousand years of human history.
In every case when something is being cleansed in Scripture, it was done for seven days. Then on the Eighth Day it was clean and presented to the priest. The Temple was built for seven years and then it was dedicated in the eighth year. The Messiah was born and after seven days, He was circumcised on the Eighth Day.
The Priesthood was set apart and atoned for seven days in Leviticus 8 and then on the Eighth Day they were clean and could serve Yehovah. It was the same for those who touched a dead body or had leprosy, or had a discharge from the body.
In Ezekiel 43:25 we read that the altar was atoned for by having a goat, a young bull and a ram offered as a Sin Offering for each of the seven days. After the seven days came to an end, on the Eighth Day, the priest could then offer the Peace Offering.
Notice that each of the sin offerings represents Yehshua. He is the One who has made atonement for man for these past seven thousand years. On the Eighth Day a Peace Offering will be made. It is on this Eighth Day that we are finally at perfect peace with Yehovah.
In Revelation we read: Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the heaven saying, “See, the Booth of Elohim is with men, and He shall dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and Elohim Himself shall be with them and be their Elohim.
God Himself will be with them and He will be their God. It is at this time that Yehovah will dwell once again amongst men—Yehovah Himself.
This is what the Holy Day which comes after the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles represents. It is not to be confused with the Last Great Day as some call it. The Last Great Day is the seventh day of the Feast. The Eighth Day is a separate and distinct Holy Day. It represents the time Yehovah Himself comes down and dwells amongst men.
The only other Holy Day Festival with seven days of preparation followed by the Eighth Day is the Jubilee Cycle which is represented in the countdown to Pentecost. You have seven Sabbaths, followed by the Eighth Sabbath or the Jubilee.
All the Holy Days point to this one event found in the celebration of the Eighth Day at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles. All the Holy Days speak of those things that Yehshua will do at the Appointed Times—just as He did during Passover on the exact day, and at the exact hour. All the Holy Days and all the Appointed Times are in preparation for the Eighth Day—when Yehovah will dwell here on Earth with men. Can you grasp that thought?
Again in Revelation we read: Rev 22:5 And night shall be no more, and they shall have no need of a lamp or the light of the sun, because ???? Elohim shall give them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
The Eighth Day goes on forever. No more night. This is because the brightness of the Father’s light will always be here on Earth.
Now consider this. There are many things done in groups of seven as a preparation for atonement to make it complete. Seven days of cleansing, seven days of preparation and then on the Eighth Day, the sanctification is complete.
Seven days are for cleansing and give way to sanctification on the Eighth Day Atonement! We tend to look forward to the seventh day (the Seventh Millennium) as the day when Yehshua returns and the troubles of this life are finally over. The plan of Yehovah, however, doesn’t strictly focus on the return of Yehshua. His return is incredibly important, but, even more importantly, Yehovah, our Father, is establishing His throne here on Earth. This is of supreme importance. The whole process will then be complete. Seven days to cleanse and prepare the Earth, but the Eighth Day is the completion, and of extreme significance to Yehovah’s plan.
Seven days or seven thousand years for sin to be done away with and then Yehovah will come and dwell amongst His chosen ones here on Earth. Satan however, has counterfeited this plan. He has mixed the truth of Yehovah’s plan with falsehood and he offers himself as a counterfeit to Yehovah.
We read in I Kings 12:32 where Jeroboam ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was in Judah. It is interesting that Jeroboam choose the eighth month and not the sixth or the ninth month.
I hope some of you are ready for this. Turn once again to Revelation where it is written: Rev 17:10 “And there are seven sovereigns: five have fallen, and one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he has to remain a little while. 11 “And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes to destruction.
Satan is trying to impersonate Yehovah and Yehshua—the seventh and the eighth. Satan is coming as the Beast in Revelation 17, pretending to come as the eighth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire—eighth being reckoned as Righteousness (Yehovah). Satan is not just competing against the Messiah, but is trying to replace Yehovah as well. He desires to sit on His throne!
Satan has sought to replace Yehovah since the beginning, as we read in the Book of Isaiah: Isa 14:12 “How you have fallen from the heavens, O H?l?l, son of the morning! You have been cut down to the ground, you who laid low the gentiles! 13 “For you have said in your heart, ‘Let me go up to the heavens, let me raise my throne above the stars of ?l, and let me sit in the mount of meeting on the sides of the north; 14 let me go up above the heights of the clouds, let me be like the Most High.’
‘I will be like the Most High.’
Simon Magus, the sorcerer and high priest of Babylon established a following for himself, which proved to be a counterfeit to The Way and later this counterfeit was known as Christianity. He honoured the number eight. In the Epistle of Barnabus, it was argued for the Eighth Day to be honoured as the Sabbath, and not the seventh day. His purpose was to counterfeit the Scriptural Sabbath and perpetrate a longstanding belief in and embracing of a counterfeit messiah, counterfeit brethren and counterfeit churches all put in place by Satan so as not to glorify Yehovah but to glorify himself.
In the Book of Daniel we read: 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. (Daniel 7:25)
Times and Law are both tied up in the fourth commandment. Keep Holy my Sabbath. This is the Law. When man attempts to change the time of the Sabbath from what Yehovah has established as the Sabbath, then man is changing the time.
How is Satan doing this? He has changed the seventh day Sabbath into the Eighth Day, has he not? Where in all the Bible is the scripture which says we should worship on the Eighth Day of the week, which is also the first day of the week? You cannot find such a verse, because it is not there. So why do so many ‘Christians’ worship on the first day of the week, or Sunday? This is the counterfeit worship spoken of in Daniel as you just read.
Now, let’s turn our thoughts back to the Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles. We celebrate the seven days of the Feast prior to this day as a celebration of the millennial rule when Yehshua will rule the earth for 1,000 (980; this is 20 Jubilee cycles of 49, not 50 as the world thinks) years and Satan is bound up for that time.
We get this from the Book of Peter, which reads: 2Pe 3:8 But, beloved ones, let not this one matter be hidden from you: that with ???? one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
When we apply this to the weekly Sabbath Rest, we get six days of work or six thousand years of work and then the Sabbath Year of Rest or the one thousand years when Yehshua is ruling over the Earth. So just like the weekly Sabbath of rest is on the 7th day, the millennial rest is on the 7th Millennium, not the eighth or first day as the Christian would have you believe by keeping Sunday as the day of rest.
This is all wrapped up in the Feast of Tabernacles—the seven days of the Feast and the seven thousand years of Yehovah’s plan. But then comes the Eighth Day. How does this fit into Yehovah’s plan?
In reading the words of the Prophet, Isaiah we find: Isa 9:6 For a Child shall be born unto us, a Son shall be given unto us, and the rule is on His shoulder. And His Name is called Wonder, Counsellor, Strong ?l, Father of Continuity, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His rule and peace there is no end, upon the throne of Dawid? and over His reign1, to establish it and sustain it with right-ruling and with righteousness from now on, even forever. The ardour of ???? of hosts does this. Footnote: 1See 16:5, Ps. 2, Ps. 45:6, Mic. 5:2, Lk. 1:32-33.
The seven thousand years end but the rule of His government will have no end. We all think in terms of when Yehshua will return—the seventh day, but the Bible points to the Eighth Day when Yehovah returns and of that day there is no end.
In Revelation we read: Rev 21:1 And I saw a renewed heaven and a renewed earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 And I, Yoh?anan, saw the set-apart city, renewed Yerushalayim, coming down out of the heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the heaven saying, “See, the Booth of Elohim is with men, and He shall dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and Elohim Himself shall be with them and be their Elohim. 4 “And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying. And there shall be no more pain, for the former matters have passed away.” 5 And He who was sitting on the throne said, “See, I make all matters new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and trustworthy.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I shall give of the fountain of the water of life without payment. 7 “The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son.
In Hosea we find: Hos 6:1 ‘Come, and let us turn back to ????. For He has torn but He does heal us, He has stricken but He binds us up. 2 ‘After two days He shall revive us, on the third day He shall raise us up, so that we live before Him.3 ‘So let us know, let us pursue to know ????. His going forth is as certain as the morning. And He comes to us like the rain, like the latter rain watering the earth.’
What is Hosea saying to us? After two days, Yehovah will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up. Remember that Yehshua died on the fourth day just before sunset. He also died in the fourth Millennium just before the fifth Millennium started. See the previous chapters.
I have found no one else who is saying what is to follow. So this is my own take. Take it for what it is worth.
Yehshua died at the end of the fourth millennium. He was raised up and took the first of the First Fruits with Him to present as a Wave Offering before Yehovah, representing the rest of the harvest still yet to come.
When Hosea says ‘after two days,’ he is referring to the second Wave Offering of Pentecost being offered. This is when we who are in Yehshua and keeping His Laws and doing His will, will be changed to spirit beings or will be raised from the grave. This will take place just before the thousand year rest. Take note of the Scriptures that say this one shall not enter my rest. It is saying this one will not be revived to live during the Seventh Millennium. This is speaking of those who will not keep Torah; those who will not keep the 7th Day Sabbath, or the Holy Days as written in Lev 23 and only those found in Lev 23. And it is speaking of those who will not keep the Sabbatical years.
Let me now show you where we are in Yehovah’s time schedule. One Millennial day is made up of 20 Jubilee cycles. Each Jubilee cycle is 49 years. Remember the 50th year is also the 1st year the same as Pentecost in on the first day of the week.
So two millennial days are represented by 980 + 980 which adds up to be 1,960 years. The Messiah was killed on Wednesday the fourth Day of the week. This was also the fourth Millennial day of the of the 7 day millennial week.
From the creation of Adam each day looks like this and I will use the corresponding Gregorian calendar years so you can compare.
The First day is 980 Years this is from 3836 BC to2857 BC. This is the day of Adam.
The Second Day is 980 + 980 and this adds up to 1960 years. This is from 2856 BC to 1877 BC. This is when Noah’s Flood took place.
The Third day is 1960 + 980 and this adds up to 2940 Years. This is from 1876 BC to 897 BC. This is the life of Abraham and the Exodus and the building of the Temple.
The Fourth Day is 2940 years + 980 and this adds up to 3920 years after the creation of Adam. This is from 896 BC to 84 CE. This is the destruction of Israel in 723 BC and of Judah in 586 BC. This is also the birth in 3BC and destruction of the Yehshua the Messiah in 31 CE and the Temple in 70 CE. And since this time Israel, all 12 tribes have not been back in the land as a nation. They all sleep the same as Yehshua was asleep in the earth three days and three nights. So for these three days, these three Millennial days the Nation of Israel including all 12 tribes is dead and does not exist, but is about to be raised from the dead the same as Yehshua was.
Hosea is speaking of millennial days. Hos 6:1 ‘Come, and let us turn back to ????. For He has torn but He does heal us, He has stricken but He binds us up. 2 ‘After two days He shall revive us, on the third day He shall raise us up, so that we live before Him.3 ‘So let us know, let us pursue to know ????. His going forth is as certain as the morning. And He comes to us like the rain, like the latter rain watering the earth.’
We have been torn apart and we as the 13 tribe nation of Israel have been stricken since the Captivity of Israel in 723 and Judah in 586 and concluded when the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE. Now after two days. Note this is to happen after two days.
The fifth day is then 3920 + 980 and this adds up to 4900. This is from 85 CE to 1064 CE The dark days when we are spiritually in the grave. When we Israel are in the grave the same as the Messiah was for three days and three nights.
The sixth Day is then 4900 + 980 which adds up to 5880. This is from 1065 CE to 2044 CE. And we are now in the year 2011.
So there are the two days. After two days He shall revive us, on the third day He shall raise us up, so that we live before Him. Many are being revived now at the end of this millennial day just before the third day which Hosea is speaking about
That third day is the 7th Millennium and it as this time that we are to be raised up.
This exact same thing happened when the Messiah was crucified.
In the Gospel of Matthew we read: 52 “…and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:52-53)
The Wave Sheaf was marked out before the weekly Sabbath. After the weekly Sabbath was over, it was cut and brought into the Temple to be prepared.
The marking of the sheaf represents the bodies being raised on the second day in Hosea. Messiah was killed Wednesday.
Thursday was the first day of the Week of Unleavened Bread and a High Holy Day. Friday was the weekly preparation day and the second day after the crucifixion or, the same day the Wave Sheaf was marked. After the third day, at the end of the weekly Sabbath, the Messiah was raised up and so were the saints on the third day. On the first day of the week the Wave Sheaf was waved before Yehovah. This is also the Eighth Day.
Now, as a millennial day we can see that at the end of the sixth millennium, the saints will be raised up to rule with Messiah. They represent the Wave Offering of both the Barley and the Wheat, of which are representative of the whole of mankind.
When the Messiah comes back down to the Earth at the end of the Seventh Millennium, then all of mankind who ever lived shall be raised up in the Great White Throne Judgment—as prophesied in Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones. Once they have been redeemed, and then comes the Eighth Millennium, and this is when Yehovah will dwell on Earth amongst men.
The Holy Days are represented by three harvest seasons. The Barley Harvest at Passover time is the first. This is when the Wave Sheaf Offering took place. The second Holy Season in which you are commanded to go up to Jerusalem was Pentecost. This is when the second Wave Sheaf Offering is made. The third Holy season is the Feast of Tabernacles when the rest of the Harvest is then taken up. Take note of the fact that the Feast of Trumpets and Atonement are not part of these three harvest seasons.
So here you have the entire plan of Yehovah laid out in each Holy Day found in Lev 23. Each leads into the next one. All of them point to the Eighth Day at the end of Sukkot when all of mankind will be raised up from the dead and given the chance to live with Yehovah.
By obeying now and keeping the Holy Days of Lev 23 now you create for yourself an opportunity to receive the award of being raised along with those in what is known as the wheat wave offering of Pentecost. These are the first fruits with special status. Yearn to be amongst these…yearn and be zealous to obey all the commandments and not just the ones you like. You will be disappointed to find out you have been turn away when Yehshua say be gone I never knew you; those who work lawlessness. Those who would not keep Torah or the commandments, those who would not obey.
Each of the Holy Days as laid out in Lev 23 one by one point to the Eighth day which is the greatest day and yet today it is the one least understood or respected. It is on this day that many pack up from the feast and start going home. Don’t you be one of them. Keep this day and memorialise this day for the awesome time that it signifies; The Time when the Creator of the whole universe will come and dwell on Earth with men.
Triennial Torah Cycle
We continue this weekend with our regular Triennial Torah reading which can be found at
08/10/2011 Ex 36 Jer 5-6 Prov 8 Acts 6 – 7:22
Even though many of the Israelites had stiff necks and hard hearts, those whose hearts were willing gave more than enough for the house of God, which was at that time the tabernacle. The Nelson Study Bible notes: “The offerings for the tabernacle are perhaps the most impressive offering ever taken from God’s people for any endeavor! The key was the stirring of the heart and the willingness of the spirit of those who gave. Both men and women gave. Even in this patriarchal time, women participated actively in God’s work. All people came with gifts that were sumptuous, varied, and abundant. At last they had to be told to stop giving (see 36:2-7)!” Perhaps they were inspired to be extra generous after receiving God’s abundant forgiveness for their idolatry in the golden calf incident. This should give us the example we need to follow when God wants something done—we should have this same willingness of heart and generosity of spirit (see Acts 20:35; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Like the Israelites, we should be stirred to give generously when we realize the abundance of mercy God has given to us.
Among the gifts the people brought was the wood for the tabernacle. The wood was from the acacia tree (shittim tree in the older King James). The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible makes some interesting comments about it. “Ideally suited for cabinet making, the hard orange-brown wood…is still common in the desert regions of the Negeb and Sinai. These acacias produce a very durable wood.”
Although the account of the Israelites’ generosity is inspiring, it didn’t necessarily mean that they would be just as zealous about opportunities that were more spiritual in nature, and it didn’t mean that such zeal would necessarily last for long. Indeed, as we will see, the people would sink into rebellion again and again. For this is the nature of human beings unaided by spiritual conversion from God.
Much of this treasure that was offered up to Yehovah was left behind at Mount Sinai and is there to this very day. It was buried in the lake area where the water had gathered that came out of the rock that split which Moses had struck.
Jeremiah 5 continues on from chapter 4. See, God says to the prophet, if you can find anyone in Jerusalem “who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her” (5:1). Shockingly, the context implies that no one could be found.
Jeremiah considers that many people are poor and uneducated (verse 4), so maybe he will have success if he goes “to the great men and speak to them, for they have known the way of the LORD”—having had access to the Scriptures and history, being literate people (verse 5). “But these have altogether broken the yoke”—they have rejected God’s authority and cast off any restraint (same verse). Therefore the wild animals (the gentiles) will slay them and take over their cities because “their backslidings have increased” (verse 6). “How shall I pardon you for this?,” God asks in verse 7. “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man…. In accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath” (Romans 2:1-6).
The Israelites have a long history of lusting for and engaging in all the pagan philosophies and practices of Satan’s world, when God has not only given them the best religion, but the only true religion on earth. God pictures them as being led strictly by sensual impulse rather than any intelligence (verses 7-8). “‘Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the LORD. ‘And shall I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?” (verse 9). After relating more of their sins, He repeats the question (verse 29)—and again a few chapters later (9:9).
The imagery of God breaking off sinful “branches” of Israel (5:10) is later used by the apostle Paul (see Romans 11). God is especially angry with false ministers who claim to be His spokesmen, and yet mislead the people with lies and false security (Jeremiah 5:12-13).
God proclaims: “I will bring a nation against you from afar…. a nation whose language you do not know…. They are all mighty men [well-armed and brutal]” (verses 15-17). This is dual, relating to Jeremiah’s day and the end time, for verse 18 says, “Nevertheless in those days [indicating the last days]…I will not make a complete end of you.” God says, “Declare this in the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah.”
The recalcitrance of the people is largely explained by the fact that they are spiritually blind and deaf (verses 20-21). Yet all creation is a proof of God. And if people don’t understand anything else, they ought at least to realize that they must obey their Maker (verse 24). Again, it is the people’s sins that deprive them of blessings and happiness (verse 25).
“For among My people are found wicked men,” God declares—extremely evil people who will do anything to anybody for personal gain, usually for money (verses 26-29). But the root cause of the evils is false religion. It is a “horrible thing” to God that “prophets prophesy [preach or teach] falsely, and the priests rule by their own power [not by God’s Spirit]; and My people love to have it so” (verses 30-31). What a sad indictment! People would rather listen to lies than the truth. We especially see it today in the name of tolerance. Anyone who would label the behavior of others as wrong is looked upon as a bigot and hatemonger. And when criticism is silenced, there is soon no fear of consequences, as in verses 12-13.
The last verse asks the critical question, “But what will you do in the end [that is, when the hammer of judgment falls]?” The apostle Peter later asked a similar question: “Therefore, since all these things [the physical world around us] will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness…?” (2 Peter 3:11). We should all be asking ourselves such questions.
The prophecy of the previous chapters continues and concludes in Jeremiah 6.
Jerusalem was situated in the former borderlands between Benjamin and Judah—and the tribe of Benjamin had remained part of the southern kingdom of Judah. So the “children of Benjamin” in verse 1 would represent the inhabitants dwelling on the north side of the city. Tekoa and Beth Haccerem were a few miles south of Jerusalem. Thus, the city and its outlying areas are all under immediate threat. Again, as in chapters 1 and 4, the people are warned that “disaster appears out of the north” (6:1, 22)—from ancient and end-time Babylon.
In verse 2, Judah is likened to a vulnerable and helpless woman. She sees her enemies surrounding her, but she is unprepared—for their attack is coming that night (verses 3-5). In verses 6-8, God directs Judah’s enemies to make ready for their attack of Jerusalem. The only hope for Zion’s inhabitants is to “be instructed” by God, but “their ear is uncircumcised [covered]” (verse 10)—they won’t listen. God’s Word is actually offensive to them (verse 10, NIV). “It’s one thing for a modern society to be pluralistic and permit differences in belief and values. It’s another thing for a society to become increasingly hostile to Christian beliefs and biblical values. Where the Word of the Lord offends, judgment will surely fall” (Lawrence Richards, The Bible Reader’s Companion, 1991, note on verse 10).
Therefore God warns that He is about to unleash His fury on all the people, “because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely” (verses 8-13). “Healing the hurt of My people slightly” (see verse 14) refers to easing any discomfort concerning possible consequences by speaking reassuring words of promised “peace.” This was the mantra even as conditions worsened—just as it often is today. Appeals to conscience did no good because the people “were not at all ashamed” (verse 15)—another example of people “having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2). The words of this section of Jeremiah, it should be noted, are repeated later in the book (see 8:10-12).
God reminds the people of the “old paths” and “good way”—the laws He revealed long ago that expressed His way of life (6:16). The Jewish Tanakh renders it this way: “Stand by the roads and consider, inquire about ancient paths: Which is the road to happiness? Travel, it, and find tranquillity for yourselves.” But they refuse to walk that way (same verse). God sent watchmen who trumpeted warnings, but they wouldn’t listen (verse 17). So He says, “I will certainly bring calamity” (verse 19).
Offerings and sacrifices without obedience are worthless (verses 18-20). Or, put another way, “Religion without righteousness reeks” (Bible Reader’s Companion, note on verse 20). God and His inexorable laws are stumbling blocks to those who want to walk contrary to them (verse 21; compare Isaiah 8:14). Also, just as God has many ways to give success to the righteous, He has many ways to cause failure to those who live in defiance of Him.
God uses Jeremiah as an assayer of metals to analyze the people for purity, but instead of silver (truth and righteousness), he finds only other metals of little value (verses 27-28). “In ancient times lead and silver were put in a crucible together and heated. The lead oxidized and carried off the alloys of baser metals, leaving the silver pure. The image of the refiner’s fire is found several times in the Old Testament and suggests a test for moral quality. Here, however, God’s attempt to purify His people is futile. The ore is so impure that no silver can be found, and the whole batch is dumped out” (note on verses 27-30).
Chapter 8 is the second appeal of wisdom in the prologue, following 1:20-33, in the form of a hymn extolling its value and importance. Recall that the adulteress was “loud” and “outside, at times in the open square, lurking in every corner” (7:12) to waylay the simple. Wisdom is also to be found crying out all over town and wherever people might be found. But what she speaks is right (verses 8-9). And what she offers is priceless blessings far greater than any physical possessions or pleasures (verses 10-11, 18-21; compare 3:14-15). She may seem undignified in hawking her wares everywhere, so to speak, but the point is that wisdom is not restricted to the higher echelons of society. She is available for everyone who will love her and seek her. Of course, wisdom is also vital for rulers. It is wisdom, skill in how to live and behave, that enables proper governance (8:15-16). Solomon understood this when He asked God for wisdom to rightly govern the nation of Israel.
We must not only love what God loves but also hate what He hates (verse 13).
God Himself made use of His own wisdom in creation (8:22-31; compare 3:19-20). The personification of wisdom here has led some to believe that the preincarnate Jesus Christ is the One speaking as Wisdom in these verses. However, we must consider that Wisdom here speaks of having been “brought forth” before anything else (verses 24-25)and this is not true of God the Word who always existed. Again, we must understand in this passage a personification of a quality that is not in actuality a person. While there are some parallels here with Jesus Christ, who served as the agent of God in creation and was the embodiment of divine wisdom, we should not make the mistake of equating Him with Woman Wisdom.
Still others see a parallel between the personification of wisdom and the Egyptian concept of Maat, though this is unlikely. The NIV Archaeological Study Bible explains: “In ancient Egypt Maat was the abstract principle of truth, order, justice and harmony; as well as the name of a goddess who personified those virtues. Kings were enjoined to practice Maat in order to ensure a long reign…. Scholars naturally wonder to what degree the Egyptian concept of Maat influenced Israelite thinking on justice and order in society. Specifically, the feminine personification of Wisdom in Proverbs 8 has been suggested to have been derived from the Egyptian goddess Maat…. It is difficult to posit a direct line of influence from Egypt to Israel on the subjects of order, justice or Maat. Both Israel and Egypt understood that justice and harmony are necessary for life to function smoothly. But Wisdom, in Proverbs 8, is a personification not a goddess. She exemplifies the order and justice God has built into creation. Lady Wisdom appears elsewhere in Proverbs; for example in 1:20-33 she calls upon people to heed her teachings and so to find life. The embodiment of wisdom as a lady who invites people to follow her is a distinctively Israelite idea, with no analogy in Egyptian teaching” (“Maat and Lady Wisdom,” sidebar on Proverbs 8, p. 971).
Wisdom’s direct appeal here ends with the assurance of life and blessings to those who find and heed her nand death to those who reject her (verses 32-36).
Acts 6 – 7:22
We are now going to read about the murder of Stephen. This is the lead up to that crime. You will notice that the wisdom that Stephen spoke caused the accusers not to be able to resist his words. So these men had to resort to lies and false witnesses.
You all should take note of this. You will be accused of falsely when the persecution begins. Speak the truth and be a good witness. Who know what purpose Yehovah is going to cause through your words and actions.
This event with Stephen leads us to the first encounter with Paul. How will your actions lead? We will never know if you do not do the will of the Father and keep and teach the commandments.
The 613 laws.
We are doing 7 laws each week during our septennial study. We shall study laws 562-568
We also have commentary, with editing from me, again from http://theownersmanual.net/The_Owners_Manual_02_The_Law_of_Love.Torah
(562)Foods become defiled by contact with unclean things. “Anything on which any of them [i.e., the carcass of an unclean animal] falls when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is any item of wood or clothing or skin or sack, whatever item it is in which any work is done, it must be put in water. And it shall be unclean until evening; then it shall be clean. Any earthen vessel into which any of them falls you shall break; and whatever is in it shall be unclean: in such a vessel, any edible food upon which water falls becomes unclean, and any drink that may be drunk from it becomes unclean. And everything on which a part of any such carcass falls shall be unclean; whether it is an oven or cooking stove, it shall be broken down; for they are unclean, and shall be unclean to you.” (Leviticus 11:32-35) Yes, if a dead fly falls into your lemonade, the lemonade has become defiled, unclean. But so has the glass. Depending upon whether it can be properly washed, the contaminated vessel is to be either cleansed in water or destroyed. (I get the feeling that while an unglazed, unfired clay pot would have to be destroyed, one hardened in the fire of the kiln could be washed and reused.) There are obvious hygiene considerations, but the steps that Yahweh specified one must go through to regain the status of being ritually pure have meaning far beyond these practical health reasons.
We need to address what it meant to be “ritually defiled,” or “ceremonially unclean.” The Hebrew adjective tame is apparently derived from the noun describing alluvial mud, or the related verb meaning “to flow over,” a graphic description of what happens to us as we walk through this world—without even trying, we get inundated by the filth of our environment from time to time. With its derivatives, tame is used in scripture 279 times (two thirds of them in the Torah), making it a concept ubiquitous in God’s Law. While becoming tame was obviously supposed to be avoided if possible, it was equally clear that it would be inevitable from time to time. As long as we’re mortals, the risk of “defilement” is always present.
Although tame is translated with such evil sounding words as “unclean,” “defiled,” and “impure,” it’s not precisely the same thing as sin, which is technically “missing the mark.” It is a statement of condition, not of behavior. If you’ll recall in our discussion of the Levitical sacrifices (Chapter 12), God drew a distinction between offerings for sin (chata’t) and “mistakes” or trespasses (asham). But there is no sacrifice to cover becoming tame/defiled. Cleansing is available (by washing in water and letting time pass), but forgiveness is deemed unnecessary and inappropriate. There are, however, consequences for having become defiled. It temporarily disqualified a priest or Levite from performing his usual service at the sanctuary, and it separated the ordinary Israelite from fellowship and participation in the life of his community, most notably prohibiting him from approaching Yahweh in worship. That’s why we refer to these things as “ritually” or “ceremonially” defiling, even though the words aren’t there in the Hebrew. In this life, becoming tame is a condition that by definition is (or can be) accidental, unavoidable, inadvertent—even inevitable.
Although tame isn’t “sin” per se, it can serve as a picture of our sin, that is, our fallen state or condition. It points out that in addition to requiring atonement through sacrifice, we also need to be cleansed. Ezekiel in particular uses the metaphor of ritual defilement to describe an idolatrous Israel. That makes the cleansing process—the washing in water and the passage of time—especially significant for Israel. You see, another ubiquitous scriptural metaphor pictures Israel as the “land,” while the gentile nations are called the “sea.” So it is that an unrepentant Israel has been “immersed” in the gentile nations for the better part of two thousand years, enduring a cleansing process that will only be complete when her Messiah returns to close the book on the times of the gentiles—at the definitive Day of Atonement, coming soon to a world near you.
(563)Anyone who touches the carcass of a beast that died of itself shall be unclean. “And if any animal which you may eat dies, he who touches its carcass shall be unclean until evening. He who eats of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. He also who carries its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. (Leviticus 11:39-40) The issue here is how a clean animal has died. If a man butchered a sheep or cow for food, or if it was slaughtered as a sacrifice according to the instructions of the Torah (draining the blood, etc.), then he would not be defiled by handling the carcass. However, if one of his cattle dropped dead and he had to dispose of its corpse, he would be “unclean” under the Law. As we saw in Mitzvah #156, a clean animal who died of its own accord could be sold to the neighboring gentiles as food, but the Israelite, having been set apart to Yahweh, was not to eat of it. Here we see that if he did eat some of it, it would ritually defile him.
If we look hard enough for them, we can perceive the life-lessons that are latent here. The death of a clean animal (i.e., one suitable for sacrifice) can be a good thing or not, depending upon how it died. It either provides us with nourishment and satisfaction or it’s a meaningless waste of living resources. God, I believe, is trying to make us understand that our intimate contact with the dead things of this world separates us from Him and His people, if only temporarily. It makes us useless in His service and too filthy to be of any benefit to our fellow man. Worse, this condition of uncleanness is exacerbated if we attempt to “nourish” ourselves with the lifeless distractions we see around us. In point of fact, the only “good” death—i.e., the only death from which we can legitimately derive benefit—is that purposely suffered by something “clean,” for that death is a reflection of the sacrifice of the Messiah on our behalf, a death that (like the properly slaughtered cow or sheep) actually brings life in its wake—the innocent meeting the needs of the guilty.
(564) A lying-in woman is unclean like a menstruating woman (in terms of uncleanness). “If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. She shall then continue in the blood of her purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary until the days of her purification are fulfilled. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her customary impurity, and she shall continue in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.” (Leviticus 12:2-5) We discussed this passage under Mitzvah #501, where the subject was what offerings the new mom was to bring. Here we are given the details of her period of ritual impurity—forty days total (seven plus thirty-three) if she had borne a son, and twice that long if the child was a daughter.
Indulge me for a moment while I chase a rabbit. Could it be significant that the number of days of a woman’s purification precisely matches the number of years of King David’s reign? I Kings 2:11 reports that David, “a man after God’s own heart,” reigned in Hebron seven years, and then in Jerusalem for thirty-three. The character of his reign, then, is defined by where he lived. Both the numbers and place names are significant. Hebron means “association” or “alliance,” from the verb habar, meaning “to join or unite.” Seven is the ubiquitous number indicating divine completion, so David’s Hebron sojourn—as well as the woman’s first portion of her post-partum cleansing, if my observations have merit—is indicative of a perfect, complete alliance with Yahweh.
Jerusalem is a bit harder to pin down. The name has two components. The first might be yarah, a primitive root verb meaning “to throw, shoot, cast, or pour,” leading to two derivative concepts, to teach or instruct, and to “throw water,” i.e. rain. On the other hand, if yerussa is the origin of “Jeru…” then “possession” or “inheritance” is meant. If it’s yira, it means, “to see.” The second component is shalam—restitution, recompense, reward, payment, or amends, and thus by implication, peace). So Strong’s says Jerusalem means “teaching of peace.” The Open Bible suggests it’s “Possession of Peace.” Baker and Carpenter and others call it “Foundation of Peace.” I’ve also heard it called the “City of Peace,” “Secure Habitation,” “To See Peace,” and the place from which “Redemption Flows” or from which “Restitution Pours.” I have the feeling that it really means “all of the above,” for all these things describe the city as it is in God’s view. The city of Jerusalem has no earthly significance outside of what Yahshua accomplished there. So what’s the importance of thirty-three? Not coincidentally, this is precisely the number of years Yahshua walked the earth as the Son of Man (from the fall of 3 B.C. to the spring of 31 A.D.).
This is turning out to be a tangled skein but one worth unraveling. The woman represents the human race (or at least the portion of it indwelled with the Holy Spirit), and her husband is symbolic of Yahweh. The son born to her is figurative of Yahshua—the union of God and humanity. The birth of a woman’s son was the direct result of her “association or alliance,” her joining (habar/Hebron) with her husband. The first seven days of her purification reflect this perfect unity of God with humanity—the life of Christ. Only after this period is her son circumcised (which, you’ll recall, is symbolic of the removal of our sin, which became historical fact after—and as a result of—Yahshua’s sacrifice, His being “cut off”). The day of circumcision thus begins her final thirty-three day period of purification, during which (using “Jerusalem” as our key) her son (named “Yahweh is Salvation”) becomes her “inheritance,” her “possession,” (or alternately, her teacher or the One who pours salvation upon her) through whom she would be at peace with God—a peace attained through shalam: restitution, recompense, the making of amends. And since the name “David” means “love,” this final purification period, symbolized by Jerusalem, is “the place where Love lives.” Thus the final thirty-three days represent our mortal life in Christ, just as the first seven prophesied Christ’s mortal life among us. We are to walk through this life in the reality of His atonement and in the light of His love.
Either that, or Moses was just making this stuff up as he went along, and I’m seeing things that aren’t really there. I’ll let you decide.
THE THINGS THAT DEFILE US
(565)A leper is unclean and defiles. “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean.” (Leviticus 13:2-3) Moses goes on for the next forty-plus verses describing the visual criteria the priest was to use for determining whether a blemish that appeared on the skin was “a leprous sore.” From the description, it is clear that far more than clinical leprosy—Elephantaisis graecorum, a.k.a. Hansen’s Disease—is included in the biblical “leprosy.” The Hebrew word sara’at refers to a wide range of malignant (and more to the point, potentially contagious) skin diseases, but the catch-all terms “leprosy,” “leprous,” and “leper” serve as convenient designations for all these various conditions.
As we have come to expect, there is more to the “law of leprosy” than merely preventing physical disease from spreading. The picture is that of preventing spiritual sickness from proliferating. Let’s begin by identifying the players, in symbolic terms. Aaron plays the role of Yahshua, our ultimate High Priest. His “sons” are believers who have been given access to the throne of grace through Christ’s sacrifice. Israel here represents humanity at large—we who have been created and invited to reciprocate Yahweh’s love. And the “leprous sore” is anything that is not consistent with God’s perfect plan for mankind—estrangement, falsehood, heresy, idolatry, error—of which there are many varieties (no fewer than a dozen different skin maladies are listed in the first 46 verses of Leviticus 13).
If we examine the oft-repeated verbs in this passage that apply to what the priests are supposed to be doing, we discover a stunning truth, one that is very unpopular in today’s politically correct landscape: Believers are to be more than discerning; we are instructed to be judgmental and intolerant of falsehood. We are not supposed to be forgiving, broadminded, and lenient where the truth of God’s word is concerned, though we are to forgive the moral lapses of our fellow man, graciously pardoning their personal attacks against us. The difference is important. But if a doctrine or principle is wrong—any kind of wrong—then it must be identified and dealt with.
The numbers tell the tale. First, at least twenty-five times in this passage the priests are instructed to look, see, examine, or otherwise consider the blemish in question. We are not to close our eyes to the falsehood around us; rather, we are instructed to look for it, recognize it for what it is, and identify it. Whatever the politicians, pundits, and preachers are saying is to be examined and compared with what we know to be true—the Word of God. And that includes the things I’m telling you.
Second, we are told seven times to “isolate” the suspected carrier of the disease. The priest was instructed to keep the person (i.e., his suspected sickness) set apart from the general population until it could be determined precisely what the blemish really was—a dangerous malignancy or a harmless freckle. In spiritual terms, we are being warned to exercise caution—to make a thorough examination of any idea or teaching before we accept it as truth or reject it as falsehood. We are to take time performing the “due diligence” that’s required to get to the truth. (The Berean Ekklesia was commended in Acts 17:11 for doing precisely that—checking what Paul had told them against the authority of the Scriptures.) Our failure to heed this principle has allowed many destructive heresies to creep into the practice of our faith, turning what should have been a simple relationship with our heavenly Father into a tradition-encrusted religion. And conversely, in our haste to condemn anything that doesn’t mesh with our religious traditions (as opposed to what God’s Word actually teaches), our failure to “isolate” and calmly examine less-than-obvious scriptural truths has marginalized them and robbed many of us of their edification and blessing. (Examples: Yahweh’s ubiquitous six-plus-one pattern; the prophetic significance of His seven appointed gatherings, the “Feasts” of Yahweh; the benefits that naturally result from adherence to the Torah’s precepts; and the divergent roles Yahweh has assigned to biological Israel and the Ekklesia, the so-called “Church.”)
Third, the believer-priests were told seventeen times in this passage to “pronounce” the subject either clean or unclean, based upon the findings revealed by their “looking” and “isolating.” We are not to keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone, being impolite, or trampling upon their “rights.” Rather, we are to shine the bright light of God’s truth upon the matter, no matter how out of step with society we are—even if it’s our own “Christian” society. Believers today have been told that it would be somehow “unloving” to confront Muslims or Hindus, atheistic secular humanists, or even apostate “Christians” with the error of their beliefs. But in point of fact, all we’re doing by remaining silent is encouraging them to walk around with a contagious, deadly disease that promises to kill not only them but anyone with which they come in contact. Where’s the love in that? If your child starts to chase a ball into a busy street, you scream and run after them. Why? Because you love them and don’t want them to get hurt. You don’t worry about sounding intolerant, judgmental, or even hysterical. You’re not concerned about unfairly suppressing your child’s “recreational rights.” At that moment, you only know that being intolerant of speeding cars and judgmental about your child’s ability to see them coming can save his life. What’s true on the playground is equally true on the rest of the planet.
(566)The leper shall be universally recognized as such by the prescribed marks So too, all other unclean persons should declare themselves as such. “Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.” (Leviticus 13:45-46) Oh, if only! We just learned that “leprosy” is a metaphor for spiritual sickness. If only those with malignant doctrines to spread were this easy to identify. But these days, instead of sackcloth and ashes, they tend to wear expensive Italian suits. Instead of covering their mouths so their lies can’t be spread, they stand before microphones and cameras and spew their diseases to anyone foolish enough to listen. Instead of being recognized as being unclean and defiled before God, they surround themselves with fawning sycophants.
Or maybe it just seems like spiritual leprosy is being ignored today. Maybe the truth is that the whole world has become one big leper colony. “The camp,” the place where Yahweh’s people dwell, has been reduced to tiny pockets of faithfulness in a sea of spiritual sickness. Most people today live “outside the camp.” As Paul put it, “Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. From such people turn away!” (II Timothy 3:1-5) The Apostle has described precisely the kind of spiritual leprosy we see about us today, for we do indeed live “in the last days.”
(567)A leprous garment is unclean and defiles. “If a garment has a leprous plague in it, whether it is a woolen garment or a linen garment, whether it is in the warp or woof of linen or wool, whether in leather or in anything made of leather, and if the plague is greenish or reddish in the garment or in the leather, whether in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, it is a leprous plague and shall be shown to the priest. The priest shall examine the plague and isolate that which has the plague seven days. And he shall examine the plague on the seventh day. If the plague has spread in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, in the leather or in anything made of leather, the plague is an active leprosy. It is unclean. He shall therefore burn that garment in which is the plague, whether warp or woof, in wool or in linen, or anything of leather, for it is an active leprosy; the garment shall be burned in the fire.” (Leviticus 12:47-52) Here’s where it becomes obvious that “leprosy” is not just a skin disease, but a symbol for something far more pervasive.
In scripture, our garments are a picture of how we are perceived—especially by Yahweh. As far back as Eden, what we wore (or didn’t wear) was an indication of our spiritual condition. When we were sinless, we needed no clothing whatsoever—our lives were transparent and without guile. The fig leaf ensemble our parents donned after they fell into sin was little more than an admission of their shame. The animal skins with which God replaced the leaves were our first hint that innocent blood would be required to cover our sins. In the same way, Joseph’s coat was a sign that he was loved by his father, as was the “best robe” placed upon the humbled shoulders of the repentant prodigal son. And time and again we are told of God’s elect being “arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Revelation 19:8) This in reality is a garment of light given to believers by Yahweh, through which He does not see our sin. Rather, He chooses to see only the glory and perfection of Yahshua (something that was previewed by Peter, James, and John when they saw Him “transfigured before them. His face shown like the sun and His clothes became white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2)
Contrast that glorious garment with the disease-ridden rags worn by the spiritually lost. “But if the priest examines it, and indeed the plague has not spread in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, then the priest shall command that they wash the thing in which is the plague; and he shall isolate it another seven days.” As with skin ailments, no snap judgments are made. The priest must go out of his way to see that every opportunity is given for the leprous garment to change, for the plague to correct itself. “Then the priest shall examine the plague after it has been washed; and indeed if the plague has not changed its color, though the plague has not spread, it is unclean, and you shall burn it in the fire; it continues eating away, whether the damage is outside or inside.” (Leviticus 13:53-55) It is not enough for the disease to stop spreading. One way or another, it must be eradicated. In the end, it’s a matter of who is doing the washing: we cannot make our covering acceptable—it is beyond our ability. But David knew the answer, praying to Yahweh, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin… Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:2, 7)
“If the priest examines it, and indeed the plague has faded after washing it, then he shall tear it out of the garment, whether out of the warp or out of the woof, or out of the leather. But if it appears again in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, it is a spreading plague; you shall burn with fire that in which is the plague.” Likewise, our cleansing is not always a miraculous, “now you see it, now you don’t” sort of thing. Sometimes, even though the outward signs of our spiritual sickness have faded or been suppressed, only time will tell if they’re gone for good. “And if you wash the garment, either warp or woof, or whatever is made of leather, if the plague has disappeared from it, then it shall be washed a second time, and shall be clean.” This is more encouraging than we have a right to expect. Apparently, it is possible to be cleansed of our spiritual malignancies. It is possible to be rid of the influence of false doctrine. But note: the cleansing is a two step process. It is not enough to turn your back on Islam or atheism or…you fill in the blank. One must subsequently receive the cleansing of sin from the only one who can—Yahshua—through our acceptance of His sacrifice. “This is the law of the leprous plague in a garment of wool or linen, either in the warp or woof, or in anything made of leather, to pronounce it clean or to pronounce it unclean.” (Leviticus 13:56-59)
(568) A leprous house defiles. “When you have come into the land of Canaan, which I give you as a possession, and I put the leprous plague in a house in the land of your possession, and he who owns the house comes and tells the priest, saying, ‘It seems to me that there is some plague in the house,’ then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest goes into it to examine the plague, that all that is in the house may not be made unclean; and afterward the priest shall go in to examine the house.” (Leviticus 14:34-36) We’ve moved from skin afflictions and apparel infections to “sick building syndrome,” yet another metaphor for spiritual sickness. For convenience, we’re calling all of this stuff “leprosy,” though there’s obviously a lot more than one physical malady in view. Here we see a new wrinkle: Yahweh Himself is said to be afflicting the house with the leprous plague, and the homeowner is expected to notice it and report it to the priest. This may seem odd, until we factor in Proverbs 3:33. “The curse of Yahweh is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.” Obviously, a “house” here is a symbol for something larger—where we live, expressed in broad strokes, our whole socieo-economic-religio-political world.
Following the symbols to their logical conclusion, we see that the believer is to be cognizant of his surroundings, the society in which he lives. If he sees “a plague in the house,” (and who could miss the signs of spiritual disease in our world today?) he is to report it to the priest. That’s a picture of prayer, for the priest was the divinely appointed link between God and Man. The priest (and remember, our High Priest is Yahshua) first “empties the house,” that is, he takes out those within it who remain undefiled. Interestingly, he does this before the stones of the house are subjected to examination, to testing or trial. On reflection, it seems this whole passage is eschatological in nature.
Note that the occupant is not to (1) tear down the house himself, (2) ignore the problem, (3) become tolerant of it, or (4) defer to the opinion of his neighbors or the government—human wisdom, such as it is. No, he is to go to the priest—that is, to Yahshua. But wait—we’ve already established that the plague is Yahweh’s doing, sent in response to our society’s wickedness. Are we supposed to appeal to the One who sent the disease in order to be kept out of it? Yes, we are. See Revelation 3:10 if you don’t believe me.
The continuing instructions explain (sort of). “And he shall examine the plague; and indeed if the plague is on the walls of the house with ingrained streaks, greenish or reddish [the colors of Islam and Communism—a coincidence?], which appear to be deep in the wall, then the priest shall go out of the house, to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days.” Is what seems like a problem really a problem? Only time will tell. The “seven days,” while generally metaphorical of God’s perfect timing, might possibly indicate the seven years of trial the earth will experience after the godly inhabitants have departed—a time known as the Tribulation. Note that during this time, the Priest (symbolic of Yahshua) is “out of the house,” a condition that cannot come to pass as long as His people still inhabit the planet. As we saw before, isolation, separation, holiness, is part of the formula. The godly inhabitants of the “house” are not to be exposed to the potential threat while its true nature is yet fully undetermined. They are to be set apart from the world.
“And the priest [ultimately, Yahshua] shall come again on the seventh day [yeah, I read about that somewhere: it’s the ultimate Sabbath—the Millennial reign of Christ] and look; and indeed if the plague has spread on the walls of the house, then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which is the plague, and they shall cast them into an unclean place outside the city. And he shall cause the house to be scraped inside, all around, and the dust that they scrape off they shall pour out in an unclean place outside the city. Then they shall take other stones and put them in the place of those stones, and he shall take other mortar and plaster the house.” (Leviticus 14:37-42) Here’s the bottom line. If an idea is truly toxic, the Priest (Yahshua) will, after giving it time to show its true colors, remove its presence and consign it to an “unclean place outside the city” (for its practitioners, metaphorical of hell). Thus doctrines like Ba’al worship, rabbinic Judaism, apostate “Christianity,” Islam, and atheistic secular humanism will all appear in turn, poison their respective societies, and be removed from the house on the “seventh day,” unceremoniously scraped off and hauled away. But Yahweh doesn’t intend to leave gaping holes in the house of human society. “Other stones”—true believers, even if they weren’t originally part of the wall’s construction—will be brought in as replacements: it’s the Church of Repentant Laodicea. And the “plaster?” I believe this white, opaque coating is analogous to the garments of light God’s children will wear in His Kingdom—imputed righteousness.