News Letter 5854-006
The 2nd Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 23rd year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 18th day of the 2nd month 5854 years after the creation of Adam
The 2nd Month in the Second year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle
The Fourth Sabbath of Seven Sabbaths
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
May 5, 2018
Shabbat Shalom To the Royal Family,
Week Four of Counting of the Omer
Today is the seventh day of the fourth week of seven weeks. Today is the twenty-eighth day of the counting of fifty days from the day of the waving of the Omer on the morrow after the Sabbath. Today is Sabbath, the fourth Sabbath of seven Sabbaths. Today completes the fourth week of seven weeks. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Blood Moon over bali and the Philippines
Thanks to Alexander Dietzsch for this picture.
We have had a few reports of people seeing this Blood Moon in Bali, Indonesia and in the Philippines. We have been running a special ad this month aimed at the Philippines sharing with them our video teaching on the Blood Moons and what they reveal or are telling us. We have had a very strong response to this ad with more than 1000 new people joining us on Facebook.
Although this months blood moon does not land on a Holy Day we do hope you will take the time this Sabbath to watch this entire video and then consider the recent news and see just how relevant this video is today.
In 2015, I was in the Philippines and came away with the renewed hope that there were people who still wanted to know the truths of the Bible. Now in 2018, I have again returned from the Philippines with an even deeper understanding of these people, of their humbleness and respect for authority and for their parents. But most of all for Yehovah.
When I compare that to the comments of those who know Yehovah from the west, I am deeply saddened. IT is very plain just how hardened the hearts are of those from the west. They may know the name or their version of it. They may be able to quote gobs of scripture and do so accurately, but they do not have a love for their brother let alone for those who seek God but know nothing about Him. These people of the west have become so self-righteous that they turn those seeking away. Father, please forgive when I was like that. We who know the Torah need to be much more loving towards those who do not yet know. I have learned so much this year from my friend and Brother Aike on how to treat those still in the dark and who just do not know because no one has shown them.
This video I am sharing here is just an example of the hearts of those who are not yet in the faith if you will. And this is the heart of the whole nation that is seeking God but as yet does not have enough teachers to teach them.
You may not understand the words of this song that was sung at a graduation ceremony but you cannot deny the facial expressions of deep love and respect. I have included the words for you in English so you can know what is being said.
In the western world where most teens are eager to leave the nest and get away from those who raised them and supported them, the thought of taking care of their ageing parents is far from their conscience. Again we have much to learn from the Philippines.
Title: Awit Ng Anak
Song of Child
Better translation: A Child’s Song
Long time ago, a small child, being assisted, being helped & guided, in his/her every step
Now, I’m standing on my own feet
Thank you, my mother, my father
I do not have enough words
Nothing equals your care,
Now that you are old and weak, please allow me to take care of you
Chorus 1: You will be assisted and taken cared of
If crying, I will help you stop crying,
I will take care of you when you are sick
Will kiss your forehead
And when the night is cold, will hug you so tightly
I will pray for you & blanket you with LOVE
I remember your hardships for me- sleepless nights, tiring & sadness- you sacrificed
I will never forget
Your love is unequaled
Please don’t worry
In my mind and in my heart,
In my whole household, I will also practice your unending love
Chorus 2: My children will hold your hand
If crying , they will help you stop
Will take care of you when sick, kids your forehead
And if the evening is cold, we will give you a tight hug
Praying & wrapping you in LOVE
Chorus 1: You will be loved & taken cared off
Will help you stop crying
Will kiss your forehead
Coda: Nothing compares, nothing will equal you, loving mother, loving father, Thank you!
The Red Carpet
While in the Philippines I had the opportunity to speak before 500 Graduating Pastors in Cagayan de Oro. And today I am kicking myself for missing this rare and great opportunity to talk to them about the Red Carpet that all of them walked down in the processional ceremonies to begin the day. Why I did not pick up on this frustrates me now.
Last fall in 2017, when James and I were in Burundi and went to see the President of this country conduct a prayer service, they rolled out the Red Carpet for HIm to walk on from his limousine to his seat and then from his seat to the stage. Thousands of people came to watch. Those of us who had to cross the Red Carpet to get to our seats jumped over it and did not dare to put our feet on the carpet out of respect. When large groups came they rolled up the carpet so no one would walk on it. It was reserved for the highest in the country and that was the President.
We are counting the Omer now. We all should be counting this each day. I have Psalm 69 to read each day and then another psalm that changes each day as well on our sightedmoon.com facebook page I do hope you’re doing this and if not you can get the daily readings at the back of Remembering the Sabbatical year of 2016 or at sightedmoon.com on Facebook.
This counting is for the Feast of weeks or the Feast of Oaths as it is also known as.
So what has this to do with the Red Carpet?
The earliest known reference to walking a red carpet in literature is in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, written in 458 BC. When the title character returns from Troy, he is greeted by his vengeful wife Clytemnestra who offers him a red path to walk upon:
Now my beloved, step down from your chariot, and let not your foot, my lord, touch the Earth. Servants, let there be spread before the house he never expected to see, where Justice leads him in, a crimson path.
Agamemnon, knowing that only gods walk on such luxury, responds with trepidation:
I am a mortal, a man; I cannot trample upon these tinted splendors without fear thrown in my path.
Oriental carpets in Renaissance painting often show rugs and carpets, patterned but with red often the main background colour, laid on the steps to a throne, or on a dais where rulers or sacred figures are placed.
A red carpet was rolled out to a river to welcome the arrival of United States president James Monroe in 1821. In 1902, The New York Central Railroad used plush crimson carpets to direct people as they boarded their 20th Century Limited passenger train. This is believed to be the origin of the phrase “red-carpet treatment”. Film premieres are often laid down with red carpets.
It wasn’t until the 1920s that the red carpet and Hollywood became truly synonymous. The crimson-hued carpet was unfurled for the Hollywood premiere of Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, in front of the Egyptian Theatre in 1922. And for the following decades, there were only few places where the public could catch a glimpse of charismatic stars like Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, and the red carpet was one of them.
Then, in 1961, the red carpet was introduced at the Academy Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. A few years later, the broadcasters of the ceremony opted to film outside the venue, showing the arrival of guests as they stepped out of their limousines. From this point in 1964, the red carpet became a globally acknowledged focal point for actors and actresses to make a grand entrance and showcase themselves at the Oscars.
That was the answer from academia, now let me suggest something else to you. Something so plain and obvious that once you see it, you will not forget this.
Gen 15:1-21 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
And he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
Yehovah had just announced His “covenant” with Abram.
H1285 beri^yth ber-eeth’
From H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
According to Theopedia, this Hebrew word derives from a root which means “to cut” and hence a covenant is a “cutting” with reference to the ancient custom of cutting or dividing animals into two parts with the contracting parties passing between them, in making a covenant, see for example
Jeremiah 34:17-19 “Therefore, thus says the Lord: You have not obeyed me by proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother and to his neighbor; behold, I proclaim to you liberty to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine, declares the Lord. I will make you a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. And the men who transgressed my covenant and did not keep the terms of the covenant that they made before me, I will make them like the calf that they cut in two and passed between its parts— the officials of Judah, the officials of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf.
The parties of the covenant are thereby saying in essence, “May I be torn apart like these animals if I fail to uphold my part of this covenant.”
So what we read in this Genesis 15:17 is a “theophany”-an outward external manifestation of the invisible God. (Like burning bush to Moses, pillar of fire during exodus …often a type of fire. In the New Testament, we read that Yehovah is a consuming fire. This is a normal manner of revealing Himself.)
Yehovah Himself is moving between the pieces of animals.
Yehovah alone passes between the slaughtered animals (while Abram sleeps!), again emphasizing the one-sided nature of this covenant, as well as the ultimate level of commitment involved –
Yehovah putting his very life on the line, as it were, as a guarantee.
Yehovah proving the reliability of His promise to Abram.
Yehovah was saying, “IF I FAIL TO KEEP MY PROMISE…MAY I BE RIPPED APART!”
When Abraham cut the animals in half and placed half on each side, the blood would run into the middle. And it was in the middle that the flaming torch and fire pot passed through. Yehovah walked between the animal halves and His feet walked on the Red blood that had carpeted the ground as they bled out.
I am suggesting that the Red Carpet represents the covenant of cutting animals in half and the making of a vow or agreement as you walked over the blood of these animals. It was of the highest of orders and not to be taken lightly and it was to be held in high esteem.
This is why today the Red Carpet is held for the Highest of dignitaries, or the Heads of State. It is greatly diminished when Hollywood tramples all over it thinking they are worthy of this High Calling.
Why is the Bride Carried through the Door on her wedding day?
We are now just 3 weeks away from Shavuot. As you know Shavuot is the time when Yehovah proposed to Israel and we accepted that proposal. This is what is called the ketubah and it is the marriage contract. It is what we read each Sabbatical year at Sukkot, which represents the wedding week. The 8th Day Feast which is right after Sukkot represents the wedding confirmation or the wedding night.
A few weeks ago we talk to you about the Feast of Oaths which is another name for the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot.
After the wedding, there is this tradition of carrying the bride across the threshold and into the new home or honeymoon suite. What has this tradition to do with the Feast of Oaths and our ketubah with Yehovah?
For a number of years now I have been taking people to the city of two gates in the Valley of Elah showing them this famous place where David came before he went down into the valley to slay Goliath. Many times we have just come from the city of Gath where Goliath lived. While here we show the brethren each of the cities mentioned in the bible from which the Philistines fled after David slew the giant. This is one of those places where the bible comes to life. It is the place where I tell them the story of the giant in front of us now as we try to warn the world of the danger they are in, for not keeping the Sabbatical years. We are that David and the UN is Goliath. But I digress.
Here in this city of two gates, we take our group picture in this one gate overlooking the valley of Elah. It is from this gate that I do my teachings from.
But in the other gate are some very interesting things that few ever see. This is the second gate.
At this second gate is very well preserved threshold.
And in this threshold is a hole on the one side.
Now I want to acknowledge the work of Clay Trumbull who has done extensive studies on the Near East traditions about the Blood Covenant, Salt covenant, and the Threshold Covenant. I also want to thank Rico Cortes for his work on this subject and bringing it to our attention. ( You can if you want to watch all three videos here. Part one, part two and part three)
We are not going to talk about the Salt covenant in this article but a Salt covenant is one where salt is presented as a sign of peace between people.
We are going to talk about this threshold and the covenants that are made upon it and what it means and how it has been passed down to us now even though many do not understand it nor know it.
When I take people to show them this hole in the threshold either here at the City of Two Gates (Khirbet Qeiyafa, Shaaraim (Hebrew: She’arayim) or at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, they all think it is a hole where the door pivots. Not so.
Let’s look at Zechariah to learn more about this hole in the threshold.
Zec 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the peoples all around, and it shall also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem.
Let us zero in on the word for cup and see what we are being told.
H5592 saph saf
From H5605, in its original sense of containing; a vestibule (as a limit); also a dish (for holding blood or wine): – bason, bowl, cup, door (post), gate, post, threshold.
H5605 saphaph saw-faf’
A primitive root; properly to snatch away, that is, terminate; but used only as denominative from H5592 (in the sense of a vestibule), to wait at the threshold: – be a doorkeeper.
Jerusalem is going to be a dish for holding blood or wine; it is going to be a door post or a gate. Jerusalem is going to be a threshold and a door keeper. You must keep this in mind from now on. You must understand that Jerusalem is the Threshold to the Temple and because the world does not recognize this, they will pay a hefty price.
We have only now begun but I want to remind you of the word Yehoshua said.
Joh 10:1 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper opens to him, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him. For they know his voice. 5 And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. 6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they did not understand what it was which He spoke to them.
Joh 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
John 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters in by Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 But he who is a hireling and not the shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away. And the wolf catches them and scatters the sheep. 13 The hireling flees, because he is a hireling and does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the Good Shepherd, and I know those that are Mine, and I am known by those who are Mine. 15 Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd. 17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I might take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment from My Father.
Something else I want you all to be aware of. The Aleph represents Yehovah. The Beit is His house. The Gimel is His Authority and the Dalet represents the door.
When you go through the door into the House of Yehovah, you go in under His Authority. You accept His laws that rule in His house.
This threshold is an extremely important place in the household as the entrance into the house of Yehovah and the importance of it is not to be dismissed.
At Passover the very first Holy Day we are told to put the blood on the doorposts. For the Israelites, this was a normal thing as they understood this meaning of the threshold covenant.
Exo 12:22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip in the blood in the bowl, and strike the lintel and the doorposts with the blood in the bowl. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For Jehovah will pass through to strike the Egyptians. And when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, Jehovah will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. 24 And you shall observe this thing for a law to you and to your sons forever.
The word for bowl here is again that word Saph which is the hole found in the threshold of the doorway.
These lambs were to be killed on the threshold and their blood collected in the ‘Saph’. From that saph, they were to smear the blood on the doorposts and the mantel using hyssop.
Are you aware that across from the true Temple site in Jerusalem is the town of Silwan? When I first went there, one of the homeowners I visited told me the name and that Silwan in Arabic meant Pillar or Post. This is also known as the Mount of Offense.
It was on this Mount of Offense that Yehoshua was killed and His blood flowed on what is the post. All sin offerings were made outside the city. The Red Heifer offering was also made outside the city here on the Mount of Offense. And then the blood was carried across the Kidron valley as they walked on the bridge (the mantel) back through the Eastern Gate to the altar where the blood was then poured out on the north or south side of the Altar where it would then run down the side of the Temple into the Kidron valley.
This then would make the Kidron Valley the threshold with the blood on the doorpost of the Mount of Offense and the other door post at the Temple and the altar. The Kidron Valley is also known as the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
Joe 3:2 I will also gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will fight with them there for My people and for My inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and divided My land. 3 And they have cast lots for My people, and have given a boy for a prostitute, and sold a girl for wine, so that they might drink.
Joe 3:11 Gather yourselves and come, all you nations, and gather yourselves together all around; cause Your mighty ones to come down there, O Jehovah. 12 Let the nations be awakened and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the nations all around. 13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, come down; for the press is full; the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision!
Now we must read Revelation 14:14-20 to learn just how deep this blood is that is about to flow. It is as high as a horse bridle and it goes for about 184 miles.
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia.
Hold on. I thought we were talking about the covenant made by Yehovah with Abraham. And now I have said that those on the earth are going to be killed in this Threshold like they were on the Red Carpet.
Yehovah said may He be torn apart like these animals should He not keep His word in this agreement. But now read what you are told in Isaiah about the whole earth.
Isaiah 24:1-6 Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
for the Lord has spoken this word.
The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
The earth lies defiled
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
So how did all men come to be under this law and now must pay the price for breaking this vow?
Galatians 3:7-9 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
“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;
The whole world has been blessed by this covenant made with Abraham. But has the whole world reciprocated and begun to obey Yehovah the one who has given these blessings? No! everywhere is the Chrisitan religion that claims to be following the bible.
Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mathew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Luke 24:44 “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
And because of this, because these Christian nations and people who claim to follow Yehovah but do not keep the covenant; because they are all guilty of having broken this covenant they too will be torn apart like those animals.
But at this time it is Yehovah doing it not the rest of us.
This Covenant that Yehovah made with Abraham and swore by His own name and then confirmed by walking through the blood Himself. Yehovah was promising Abraham and the then the whole world. It was an engagement oath by Yehovah.
Again the Aleph Bet Gimel, Dalet. dgba This is picturing Yehovah, the Aleph at His house, Bet, going, Gimel, to the Door, Yehshua.The very next letter is Hey h. Hey is for man. I have been using the Paleo Hebrew. Here is the modern Hebrew letters. hdgba So Man is being called to come through the door to the house of Yehovah. And that is just the first 5 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. But you must come by walking on the very carpet that Yehovah walked on. The Hebrew word used for covenant is the word trk Karat to cut.
This is HIs covenant and you must agree to it. You must agree to the rules of His house in order to accept the promise He has made to us. And you do so by going through this Door, the Door with the blood smeared on it at Passover. That Door is Yehshua. Yehovah Saves.
And we agreed to this at Shavuot at Mount Sinai.
Yehovah proposed to us through the Abraham Covenant. We accepted that proposal at Mount Sinai and we accepted the terms of this Marriage contract at this time. That Marriage is going to take place at the end of the 7th Millennium just before the 8th Millennium begins. This is the whole teaching of Sukkot.
Before we continue there is one more thing we must have you make note of.
Exo 21:1 And these are the judgments which you shall set before them. 2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years. And in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. 3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself. If he was married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my sons. I do not want to go out free 6 his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door or to the door-post. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him forever.
Deu 15:12 If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. 13 And when you send him out free from you, you shall not let him go away empty. 14 You shall richly bestow on him from your flock, and from your grain floor, and from your winepress; with what Jehovah your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. 15 And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah your God redeemed you. Therefore I command you this thing today. 16 And if he says to you, I will not go away from you, because he loves you and your house, because it has been good for him with you; 17 then you shall take an awl and put it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant forever. And also to your slave-girl you shall do so. 18 It shall not seem hard to you when you send him away from you free, for he has been worth a double hired servant in serving you six years. And Jehovah your God shall bless you in all that you do.
The very first thing Yehovah tells the Israelites after He gave them the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai at Shavuot was this law of the Bond Servant. Again it involves blood on the doorpost which would have dripped down to the threshold. Your ear is to be pressed against the Door as it were and then pierced. Your blood is now also on that door in covenant with our Master.
This threshold is a very serious and meaningful place in the house and we need to heed that meaning. It is about the promise of Yehovah, the Red Carpet and going through the Door, Yehshua. But there is much more.
We read what is said in Zechariah 12:2 about the cup, saph and the threshold, now let’s read verse 3.
Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
The expression cut in pieces is a direct relationship to the animals killed at the threshold of the homes. It is a direct relationship to the blood that was smeared on the doorpost and the mantel.
When you make a covenant you take the animal and slaughter it and then you cut the body of it in pieces placing them on either side so that the blood from them flowed down the middle. Each person would then walk through the blood in their bare feet and say something to the effect that if they did not keep this covenant between them, may they be cut in pieces as this animal.
Yehovah did this very thing with Abraham. Making Abraham a promise that Yehovah could not break. It was Yehovah alone who walked between the animals and got their blood on His feet.
Gen 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Again Yehovah is going to make Jerusalem a threshold of trembling. I am replacing the word ‘cup’ with the other word it means and that is a threshold.
Zec 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a Threshold of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Anyone who crosses this threshold and does not seek to keep the covenant does so with evil in their heart. They will be cut in pieces and this is what is happening in the Valley of Decision, the Valley of Judgement when the armies of the world come against Jerusalem in that Day of the Lord. But also the rest of the world that has not kept this covenant will now be cut in pieces as was agreed to should we not keep this covenant. This is deadly serious and we are now fast approaching this time when this well executed.
Another custom with the threshold was that you did not step on the threshold. You stepped over it to show a sign of respect to the household and to the sacrifice that was made on that spot for the covenant. Those who stepped on the threshold stomped on it to show disdain for the occupants of the house.
There is another Jewish tradition that we must also now look at.
A mezuzah (Hebrew: “doorpost”; plural: ? mezuzot) comprises a piece of parchment called a klaft (always contained in a decorative case) inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). These verses consist of the Jewish prayer “Shema Yisrael”, beginning with the phrase: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD (is) our God, the LORD is One”. In mainstream Rabbinic Judaism, a mezuzah is affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to “write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house” (Deuteronomy 6:9). Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah in every doorway in the home except bathrooms (which is not a living space) laundry rooms and closets, if they are too small to qualify as rooms. The klaft parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe (“sofer stam”) who has undergone many years of meticulous training, and the verses are written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen. The parchment is then rolled up and placed inside the case.
Perhaps now with all that we have shared thus far, the Mezuzah may have a more meaningful impact on you. The door and its post represent the covenant of Mount Sinai which was ratified with the blood. The Mezuzah on the door is a visual reminder of that covenant, as the mezuzah has a part of it inside of it.
At Passover, there is something you need to know and understand. When you eat that meal and drink that wine you are accepting the terms of that covenant made at Mount Sinai again. All those who join you in that meal are also accepting that agreement. This is why you do not allow those who do not keep the Torah to join you for Passover.
Exo 12:47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. 49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Here again is that word Brit. only this time is it the Brit Milah
H1285 beri^yth ber-eeth’
From H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
Gen 17:10 10 This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant betwixt Me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner, that is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant.
That night of Passover the Israelites made the first agreement. They obeyed Yehovah and all those on the inside of that threshold were guarded by Yehovah from the death angel.
Exo 12:22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip in the blood in the bowl, and strike the lintel and the doorposts with the blood in the bowl. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For Jehovah will pass through to strike the Egyptians. And when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, Jehovah will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. 24 And you shall observe this thing for a law to you and to your sons forever.
Before Israel had even agreed to this covenant, Yehovah was showing them that if they obeyed Him He would guard them and keep them safe.
Then at Mount Sinai Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and 70 of the elders ate a meal and accepted the terms of this covenant. The people too also agreed and the blood was then sprinkled on them and the law itself. You have the agreement, (covenant) and you have a covenantal meal and you have a sacrifice, the shedding of the blood.
Exo 24:1 And He said to Moses, Come up to Jehovah, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. And bow yourselves afar off. 2 And Moses alone shall come near Jehovah, but they shall not come near. Neither shall the people go up with him. 3 And Moses came and told the people all the Words of Jehovah, and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words which Jehovah has said, we will do. 4 And Moses wrote all the Words of Jehovah, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar below the mountain and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the sons of Israel who offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of bulls to Jehovah. 6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins, and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the ears of the people. And they said, All that Jehovah has said we will do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which Jehovah has made with you concerning all these words. 9 And Moses went up, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. 10 And they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as the essence of the heavens for clearness. 11 And upon the nobles of the sons of Israel He did not lay his hands. Also they saw God, and ate and drank. 12 And Jehovah said to Moses, Come up to Me in the mountain, and be there. And I will give you tablets of stone, and the Law, and commandments which I have written, so that you may teach them.
Exo 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his attendant Joshua. And Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, You stay here for us until we come again to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur arewith you. If any man has any matters to do, let him come to them. 15 And Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. 16 And the glory of Jehovah abode upon Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 And the sight of the glory of Jehovah was like devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the sons of Israel. 18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and went up into the mountain. And Moses was in the mountain forty days and forty nights.
This was a covenant meal the same as the Passover meal was, only now this is taking place at Shavuot. It has deadly consequences if you break it or trample upon it.
Yehshua was killed at the threshold of Jerusalem on the Mount of Offence at the edge of the Kidron. The same as the lamb is slain at the threshold of the house and its blood collected in the Saph or bowl of the lentil.
He did not have to die. We were supposed to die because we broke that covenant. But He paid that price in our stead.
If we do not repent then we get to pay that price with our own lives. For those who repent and return to obeying the covenant the debt, the penalty for not keeping the agreement has been paid. Those who want to show hatred towards the household would not step over the threshold. Instead, they would stomp on the threshold in disrespect. They are stomping on the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
That army that is going to come up the threshold of the Kidron to stomp on Jerusalem is doing so against the Torah and Yehovah.
Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying in a great voice to Him sitting on the cloud, Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth was dried. 16 And He sitting on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple in Heaven, also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had authority over fire. And he spoke with a great cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the anger of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.
Now consider what is written in the book of Hebrews.
Heb 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful looking for judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He who despised Moses’ Law died without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy of punishment, the one who has trampled the Son of God, and who has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who has said, “Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, says theLord.” And again, “The Lord shall judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Many teachers teach about the blood covenant and the threshold covenant and salt covenant. Yet they will not keep the Sabbatical and Jubilee years and they teach you not to keep them as well. They will not obey. What about you? Are you trampling on the threshold of Yehovah? The Sabbatical and Jubilee years were part of that Sinai Covenant. The Holy Days of Lev 23 are part of that Sinai Covenant. The weekly Sabbath is part of that Sinai Covenant. This is our Ketubah, our Marriage contract that we agreed to.
Exo 23:10 And you shall sow your land six years, and shall gather in the fruits of it. 11 But the seventh yearyou shall let it rest and let it alone, so that the poor of your people may eat. And what they leave, the animals of the field shall eat. In the same way you shall deal with your vineyard and with your oliveyard. 12 You shall do your work six days, and on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your ass may rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.
Here are just a few of the other commandments of this threshold agreement that many tramble on and do not heed.
Exodus 20:1-3 And God spoke all these words, saying,
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
There is only one Yehovah and no other.
Exodus 20:4-6 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
So why do we see so many bowing down to statues and carrying them around from place to place? If you have statutes in your house that represent God or Jesus or Mary or Buddha, or Angels you need to remove them immediately.
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
This does not mean nor is it speaking about cussing. When you marry Yehovah as you have just agreed to in this covenant then you are taking on his name and He is going to give you a new name as we are told in Revelation. It is the same as when a woman is married she now takes on the name of her husband. She now bears his name in all she does. If she is known as a prostitute or an evil woman then she takes her husbands name in vain. That is she ruins his good name. So you are not to ruin the name of Yehovah by the evil actions that you used to do.
Rev 2:17 To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
Isaiah 56:5 To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.
Isaiah 62:2 The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.
Isaiah 65:15 “You will leave your name for a curse to My chosen ones, And the Lord GOD will slay you. But My servants will be called by another name.
This next commandment is the one that many say is nailed to the cross and done away. What they are saying is that they will not submit to the laws of Yehovah’s house. They will not agree to the blood covenant and they just will not obey Yehovah.
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
We are also told in the very first verse of Lev 23 that the appointed Feast of Yehovah are also His Sabbaths. They are Gods Holy Days and not the Jewish ones. They were in force and kept long before there ever was a Jew. Yehovah is the same yesterday today and forever. He does not change.
Lev 23:1-3 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.
“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.
Now after the first appointed time to meet with Yehovah He begins to list each of those times during each year when He is going to meet with you. It is up to you to be there on time so that you can attend that meeting.
Passover The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Lev 23:4-8 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. But you shall present a food offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.”
Lev 23:9-11 The Feast of Firstfruits
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, so that you may be accepted. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Lev 23:15-16 The Feast of Weeks
“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the Lord.
Lev 23:23-25 The Feast of Trumpets
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.”
Lev 23:26-32 The Day of Atonement
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the Lord. And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”
Lev 23:33-36 The Feast of Booths
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the Lord. On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord.
Lev 23:36 The Eight Day Feast
On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.
“These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the Lord food offerings, burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day, besides the Lord’s Sabbaths and besides your gifts and besides all your vow offerings and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.
All of these are part of the Marriage contract. This is all part of the Marriage Ketubah that we all agreed to.
After this Yehovah restated the Holy Days they are to keep and then concluded the agreement. Right after that, we read how all the people agreed to it with the sprinkling of the blood.
Exo 24:3 And Moses came and told the people all the Words of Jehovah, and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words which Jehovah has said, we will do. 4 And Moses wrote all the Words of Jehovah, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar below the mountain and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the sons of Israel who offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of bulls to Jehovah. 6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins, and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the ears of the people. And they said, All that Jehovah has said we will do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which Jehovah has made with you concerning all these words.
If you say you believe in Yehoshua, or Yehshua or Jesus or that you confess the name of Jesus as we’re are told to do in Romans do you understand what it is that you are confessing?
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Look at the word confess in Romans 10:9
G3670 homologeo hom-ol-og-eh’-o
From a compound of the base of G3674 and G3056; to assent, that is, covenant, acknowledge: – con- (pro-) fess, confession is made, give thanks, promise.
G3674 homou hom-oo’
Genitive case of homos (the same; akin to G260) as adverb; at the same place or time: – together.
G3056 logos log’-os
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ): – account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.
Yehshua was the word. He was the Torah. When you confess in Him, you are in fact saying you will return to that word and you believe in that word. That word that was given at Mount Sinai. It is not just knowing that He was or saying His name. It is repenting from breaking that covenant, confessing our sins for not keeping it and then returning to obedience. This is the promise we make. All of this is contained in that first part of the word, homologeo?.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
That word was slain at the Threshold. That Covenantal Word’s blood was placed on the Doorpost. Again think of the Mezuzah. That word, those words in your bible, the first 5 books are the words that we have agreed to when we confess the name of Yehshua. Those words are Yehovah and it is those words that are contained in the blood that is flowing from the threshold of the house of Yehovah. It is His blood on the threshold that we agree to when we cross over into His Kingdom.
Now consider what is said in Jeremiah
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will cut a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, 32 not according to the covenant that I cut with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of Mine they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Jehovah; 33 but this shall be the covenant that I will cut with the house of Israel: After those days, says Jehovah, I will put My Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
The word Cut means;
H3772 ka^rath kaw-rath’
A primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication to destroy or consume; specifically to covenant (that is, make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces): – be chewed, be con- [feder-] ate, covenant, cut (down, off), destroy, fail, feller, be freed, hew (down), make a league ([covenant]), X lose, perish, X utterly, X want.
Notice the words here are consume, chewed covenant, make a league, all the ingredients of the covenantal meal along with the agreement.
Notice this covenant still has to be cut and blood spilt to ratify it. Most people read right over this part and it refers back to the original.
The laws will not be changed. They are the same laws we find in Lev but now they are on our hearts. They are not done away. They never were nailed to the cross. They have never changed.
Now consider the story of Lot.
Gen 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at evening. And Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. And Lot rose up to meet them when he saw them. And he bowed himself with his face toward the ground, 2 and said, Behold now, my lords, please turn into your servant’s house and stay all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early and go your way. And they said, No, but we will stay in the street. 3 But he urgently pressed on them, and they turned in to him and entered into his house. And he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both old and young, all the people from every quarter. 5 And they called to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men which came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may know them. 6 And Lot went out to the door to them, and shut the door after him. 7 And he said, I pray you, brothers, do not act evilly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man. I pray you, let me bring them out to you, and you do to them as you see fit. But do nothing to these men, for this is why they came under the shadow of my roof. 9 And they said, Stand back! And they said, This one came in to stay, and must he judge always? Now we will deal worse with you than with them. And they pressed hard upon the man, Lot, and came near to breaking the door. 10But the men put out their hands and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door.
Lot brought the two angels into his house. They stepped across the threshold of Lots House. This simple act was a statement that Lot would protect these men no matter what. It was his duty to do so once they crossed over the threshold into Lots house. And this is why he even resorted to offering his two daughters to the men outside the house. But the men outside then began to break down the door and were going to cross that threshold of Lots house and do harm to the angels. Lot had vowed to protect these strangers. And these Sodomite men were trampling on that threshold of Lot’s house.
Remember what we shared from John 10? Anyone coming into the home another way and does not respect that threshold is a thief.
Joh 10:1 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber. Over the threshold when you do this the man is saying, I will be your protector, I will be your provider, with all my strength.
The story of the Two Witnesses are again connected to these two messengers sent to Lot to warn him to flee. Lot brought them inside the Threshold for protection. The entire city sought them to do harm to them and they were trampling on Lots Threshold. Let us now read this part of Revelation with this new understanding.
Rev 11:1 And a reed like a rod was given to me. And the angel stood, saying, Rise up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it was given to the nations. And they will trample the holy city forty-two months. 3 And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if anyone will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone will hurt them, so it is right for him to be killed. 6 These have authority to shut up the heaven, that it may not rain in the days of their prophecy. And they have authority over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. 7 And when they complete their testimony, the beast coming up out of the abyss will make war against them and will overcome them and kill them. 8 And their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And many of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will see their dead bodies three days and a half, and they will not allow their dead bodies to be put in tombs. 10 And the ones who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, and will make merry, and will send one another gifts, because these two prophets tormented those living on the earth. 11 And after three days and a half, a spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet. And great fear fell on those seeing them. 12 And they heard a great voice from Heaven saying to them, Come up here. And they went up to Heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And in that hour a great earthquake occurred, and the tenth part of the city fell. And seven thousand names of men were slain in the earthquake. And the rest were frightened and gave glory to the God of Heaven.
The two witnesses will be killed in the same place Yehshua was killed on the Mount of Offense. This is at the Threshold of the Temple. These people like the people of Sodom will seek to kill the two witnesses and will trample the Holy City for 42 months. Then Yehovah will destroy 7000 of them in an earthquake.
Let us also look at another example at Mount Sinai itself.
Exodus 29:10-12 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull. Then you shall kill the bull before the Lord, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.
The sacrifice is brought to the Tabernacle, the House of Yehovah and is killed at the DOOR, and the rest of the blood poured on the ground at the base of the Altar. The Threshold is considered the Altar of the Home.
Here is another example, again at Mount Sinai.
Exodus 32:15-29 And Moses turned and went down from the mountain, and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand. The tablets were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other they were written. Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets.
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.”
But he said:
“It is not the noise of the shout of victory,
Nor the noise of the cry of defeat,
But the sound of singing I hear.”
So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses’ anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it. And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?”
So Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, ‘Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ And I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.”
Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’ ” So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day. Then Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day, for every man has opposed his son and his brother.”
Once again Moses is standing in the DOORWAY of the Tabernacle. Those who stood with Yehovah came to the Door and those trampling on the covenant did not and were killed.
Today you see the vestiges of this threshold covenant when nations roll out the red carpet for dignitaries. The red carpet represents the blood across that threshold. It says that your safety is guaranteed by the state while you are our guest here.
Here is another example that I have had trouble dealing with until I understood this threshold covenant. Abner was a General in the army of King Saul who hunted David. Joab killed Abner and then David later had Joab killed. Why did David do this to his trusted and loyal General Joab?
2Sa 3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? He said, Cut your covenant with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with you, to bring about all Israel to you.
2Sa 3:17 The word of Abner was with the elders of Israel, saying, You sought for David in times past to be king over you. 18 And then do it, for Jehovah has spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save My people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies. 19 And Abner also spoke in the ears of Benjamin. And Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and all that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin. 20 And Abner came to David at Hebron, and twenty men came with him. And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him. 21 And Abner said to David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel to my lord the king, so that they may make a covenant with you, and so that you may reign over all that your heart desires. And David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.
2Sa 3:22 And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them. But Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace. 23 And Joab and all the army with him came, and they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he has gone in peace. 24 And Joab came to the king and said, What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is this, that you have sent him away, and he has already gone? 25 You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you, and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you do. 26 And Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner, who brought him again from the well of Sirah. But David did not know. 27 And Abner returned to Hebron. And Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him privately. And he struck him there in the belly, and he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28 And afterward David heard, and said, My kingdom and I areguiltless before Jehovah forever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 Let it whirl about the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house. And let there not fail from the house of Joab one who has an issue, or who is a leper, or who leans on a staff, or who falls on the sword, or who lacks bread.
2Sa 3:30 And Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle. 31 And David said to Joab and to all the people with him, Tear your clothes and gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And King David followed the bier. 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner. And all the people wept. 33 And the king mourned over Abner and said, Did Abner die like a fool dies? 34 Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put into fetters; as a man falls before wicked men, so you fell. And all the people wept again over him. 35 And all the people came to cause David to eat food while it was still day; David swore, saying, So let God do to me, and more also, if I taste bread or anything else until the sun is down. 36 And all the people took notice, and it pleased them, as whatever the king did pleased all the people. 37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to kill Abner the son of Ner. 38 And the king said to his servants, Do you not know that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? 39 And I amweak this day, though anointed king. And these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too hard for me. Jehovah shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
Joab and his brother Abishai had murdered Abner who had accepted the covenant meal with David and was now under his protection according to the threshold covenant. Abner had walked on the red covenant of the City of David per say. Joab broke that threshold covenant and now David could not be trusted to give protection to those in his care. This is why Joab had to die.
The Threshold covenant is a very serious deal.
We have shared with you the story of Lot and what happened there. We also connected that to the Two Witnesses. There is another story in Judges that reads the same as the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Judges 19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. But his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four whole months. Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her and bring her back, having his servant and a couple of donkeys with him. So she brought him into her father’s house; and when the father of the young woman saw him, he was glad to meet him. Now his father-in-law, the young woman’s father, detained him; and he stayed with him three days. So they ate and drank and lodged there.
Then it came to pass on the fourth day that they arose early in the morning, and he stood to depart; but the young woman’s father said to his son-in-law, “Refresh your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.”
So they sat down, and the two of them ate and drank together. Then the young woman’s father said to the man, “Please be content to stay all night, and let your heart be merry.” And when the man stood to depart, his father-in-law urged him; so he lodged there again. Then he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart, but the young woman’s father said, “Please refresh your heart.” So they delayed until afternoon; and both of them ate.
And when the man stood to depart—he and his concubine and his servant—his father-in-law, the young woman’s father, said to him, “Look, the day is now drawing toward evening; please spend the night. See, the day is coming to an end; lodge here, that your heart may be merry. Tomorrow go your way early, so that you may get home.”
However, the man was not willing to spend that night; so he rose and departed, and came opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). With him were the two saddled donkeys; his concubine was also with him. They were near Jebus, and the day was far spent; and the servant said to his master, “Come, please, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and lodge in it.”
But his master said to him, “We will not turn aside here into a city of foreigners, who are not of the children of Israel; we will go on to Gibeah.” So he said to his servant, “Come, let us draw near to one of these places, and spend the night in Gibeah or in Ramah.” And they passed by and went their way; and the sun went down on them near Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin. They turned aside there to go in to lodge in Gibeah. And when he went in, he sat down in the open square of the city, for no one would take them into his house to spend the night.
Just then an old man came in from his work in the field at evening, who also was from the mountains of Ephraim; he was staying in Gibeah, whereas the men of the place were Benjamites. And when he raised his eyes, he saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, “Where are you going, and where do you come from?”
So he said to him, “We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah toward the remote mountains of Ephraim; I am from there. I went to Bethlehem in Judah; now I am going to the house of the Lord. But there is no one who will take me into his house, although we have both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and bread and wine for myself, for your female servant, and for the young man who is with your servant; there is no lack of anything.”
And the old man said, “Peace be with you! However, let all your needs be my responsibility; only do not spend the night in the open square.” So he brought him into his house, and gave fodder to the donkeys. And they washed their feet, and ate and drank.
As disturbing as this story is, I want you to now pay attention the what the woman does and where her hands are.
As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!”
But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. Look, here is my virgin daughter and the mans concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!” But the men would not heed him. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until morning; and when the day began to break, they let her go.
Then the woman came as the day was dawning, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, till it was light.
When her master arose in the morning, and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, there was his concubine, fallen at the door of the house with her hands on the threshold. And he said to her, “Get up and let us be going.” But there was no answer. So the man lifted her onto the donkey; and the man got up and went to his place.
When he entered his house he took a knife, laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel. And so it was that all who saw it said, “No such deed has been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up from the land of Egypt until this day. Consider it, confer, and speak up!”
Now instead of this being a story about pagans acting as they did in Sodom and Gomorrah, Yehovah is showing us that it took place in Israel as well. We have also shown you about the two witnesses being killed at the threshold in a place called Sodom and Gomorrah and we have shown you about the valley of Jehosaphat and the slaughter of that day. We have also shown you that Yehshua the lamb of God and the Red Heifer was slain outside the gate of the city at the threshold. Yehshua is the door and when His blood fell that day on the ground once they stuck the spear into Him, that threshold became sanctified. Add to all of this before we move on, that the UN is the greatest promoter of the LGBTQ rights as human rights. Add to all of this the many, many, many votes that the UN issues against the nation of Israel for so-called human rights violations.
Are you now beginning to see the reason things happen in these last days and why? It is all connected to the Threshold and the agreement we made with Yehovah and the agreement on His part to protect us when we cross over that threshold. Hebrew means one who crosses over, does it not?
Here is another story from the bible. Understand the symbols used in relation to the threshold covenant.
Joshua 2:17-21 So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”
Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
The scarlet thread represented the blood on the threshold and those outside the door would die whereas those inside the door would be saved alive.
Again the Threshold was a guarantee of protection by the homeowner. Today it is the Red Carpet being rolled out for the Dignitaries from other countries.
Now when a man marries a bride and then carries her across the threshold it is a covenant of blood. He is saying in effect that he will protect her and take care of her all of her days. The same as Yehovah protected Israel from the death angel. The same as Lot protected the angels from the men of Sodom. The husband is going to protect his wife and family from all other evils with his own life if need be. The woman is also saying I agree to the covenant or the rules of this house.
Israel is the bride of Yehovah and at the end of the 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Yehovah is going to carry Israel into HIs house on the 8th Day Feast. Israel must agree to obey those rules of His house. Everyone in the world who obeys the covenant becomes part of Israel.
Is this not exactly what Yehovah has done dying on the tree in our stead? And He did it at the Threshold of Jerusalem on the edge of the Mount of Offence where the red heifers were slaughtered and their blood flowed down into the Kidron. And just as Yehshua was killed on the edge of the Kidron representing the threshold of the House of Yehovah, the lambs at Passover were killed at the threshold of the door of the Tabernacle.
I have been warning for years about the coming sword and the curses for those who do not keep the commandments, the covenant of Mount Sinai. But most forget that those who obey will be protected by a very jealous Yehovah who has all the host of heaven at His disposal. We are told to fear not. If we obey we have nothing to fear. Those who do not obey are the ones who are to tremble.
Now read again what you are told in Zechariah.
Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then the Lord will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.
Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
Yes, you shall flee
As you fled from the earthquake
In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
Yehovah is going to fight for those of us who obey Him and Keep His commandments, His covenant. He will fight for us. How awesome is that?
Kiddushin and Nisuin
I was looking for the reason a man lifts a woman across the threshold and I discovered the following. I think you will be blessed by this. From Judaism 101;
The process of marriage occurs in two distinct stages: kiddushin (commonly translated as betrothal) and nisuin (full-fledged marriage). Kiddushin occurs when the woman accepts the money, contract or sexual relations offered by the prospective husband. The word “kiddushin” comes from the root Qof-Dalet-Shin, meaning “sanctified.” It reflects the sanctity of the marital relation. However, the root word also connotes something that is set aside for a specific (sacred) purpose, and the ritual of kiddushin sets aside the woman to be the wife of a particular man and no other.
I noticed the Dalet which is representative of the Door and Shin which is Yehovah, in the root of this word and looked up what Eric Bissel had to say about what Qof stood for.
PILLAR OF FIRE/CLOUD. • BACK OF HEAD, BEHIND, COVER. • MESSIAH IS THE BACK SIDE OF ELOHIM, THE MANIFESTATION MOSES SAW. • HE OVERSEES AND COVERS US WITH HIS GLORY.
And then I ended up on a Kabbalah site which had the following;
Khof Meaning– 19th Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet
The letter Khof (also spelled Kuf, or Qof) originally meant the back of the head, or the eye of a needle and which also means monkey. It is the symbol of both the sacred Kedushah ?????, and the profane – the Klipah ?????, the peel, cover, or husk which represents the negativities in the world. Khof has to do with the requirement of removing the husk of the superficial to reveal the holiness within.
In Hebrew, Khof means monkey, a creature which resembles a human but is purely animalistic, with none of the higher capacities of a human. This indicates the requirement for a human to overcome his purely animalistic nature and to emulate the image of the Creator he is made in, to realize his true spiritual nature beyond just the physical. The Khof is the only letter which extends below the line of the other letters, indicating descent into the lower world, but also the ability to ascend from there.
Kuf is also ???? – circle, go around. Khof represents all the cycles of nature, changing seasons, monthly and yearly cycles. It is the constant movement, circulation, and change of life. It could also represent that through the cycles of life that we see – evolution, growth, change, suffering, happiness, life experience – we are constantly worked on in order to evolve and realize our true spiritual nature.
Last week we spoke to you of the wife walking around her husband 7 times and we showed you the 7th Day Sabbath and the 7 Holy Days and the 7 Sabbatical years and the 7 weeks until Shavuot and the 7 Sabbatical cycles leading to the Jubilee year. the act of sevening ourselves and drawing closer to Yehovah. The wise virgins while the unwise do not have the time to develop this sevening process as it takes time each year to keep each of the Feasts at the proper time.
Here in this one word, Kiddushin is the Bride of Yehovah circling him 7 times at the door at the threshold of the covenant. Such a powerful word. Back to Judaism 101.
Kiddushin is far more binding than an engagement as we understand the term in modern English; in fact, Rambam speaks of a period of engagement before the kiddushin. Once kiddushin is complete, the woman is legally the wife of the man. The relationship created by kiddushin can only be dissolved by death or divorce. However, the spouses do not live together at the time of the kiddushin, and the mutual obligations created by the marital relationship do not take effect until the nisuin is complete.
The nisuin (from a word meaning “elevation”) completes the process of marriage. The husband brings the wife into his home and they begin their married life together.
I went to look up this one word and found a long discussion about it.
the common meaning of the root of the word nissuin of “to elevate or to lift”. and that to lift something includes the meanings of both to carry and to take. In regard to the difference between kiddushin and nissuin, is that kiddushin is not so much taking her to you as much as removing her from others, where nissuin is the actual taking of her to you as one entity/partnership.
Yehovah made HIs covenant with Abraham at I am sure Joshua’s Altar. We were betrothed at Mount Sinai. Kiddushin. The wise virgins wait to be lifted up and to be one with Him on the 8th Day.
In the past, the kiddushin and nisuin would routinely occur as much as a year apart. During that time, the husband would prepare a home for the new family. There was always a risk that during this long period of separation, the woman would discover that she wanted to marry another man, or the man would disappear, leaving the woman in the awkward state of being married but without a husband. Today, the two ceremonies are normally performed together.
Because marriage under Jewish law is essentially a private contractual agreement between a man and a woman, it does not require the presence of a rabbi or any other religious official. It is common, however, for rabbis to officiate, partly in imitation of the Christian practice and partly because the presence of a religious or civil official is required under United States civil law.
As you can see, it is very easy to make a marriage, so the rabbis instituted severe punishments (usually flogging and compelled divorce) where marriage was undertaken without proper planning and solemnity.
Now consider what Yehshua said.
John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
This is great section of John and I would like to share it here as well
John 14:5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
John 15:1 I Am the True Vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
The Hatred of the World
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: They hated me without a cause.’
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
John 16:1 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Yehovah is going to raise us up as His Bride and carry us across that Threshold
2 Cor 4:13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.