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Some Christians have no idea that the Fall holy days given by YHVH are prophetic rehearsals of events surrounding the Second Advent of Christ. Others do understand that, but have been taught that the Day of Trumpets prefigures the Rapture, and the Day of Atonement prefigures Judgment Day. I would like the opportunity to address this unfortunate state of affairs. It seems to me that the popular notions are misunderstandings that arose from a lack of attention to the subtleties of the Hebrew scriptures and ancient culture.
I'll warn you now that this is a long article. I think it's worth setting aside twenty or thirty minutes to gain a better grasp on the meanings of God's extra-special days, but that's my own opinion. If nothing else, don’t miss the last section of the article, titled The Meaning of Yom Kippur. I hope the information blesses you.
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As more Christians transition into what I like to call Hebrew Christianity—walking in the ways that Christ himself did—I find myself frequently addressing the topic of time-keeping, and for good reason. We need to know how to read God's stellar clock accurately in order to properly observe Yahweh's set-apart days. All of these special events fall on particular days within particular months each year. If we don't know when the months begin, or when the year begins, how can we hope to pinpoint the mo'ediym ("set-apart days")?
This blog post will teach you how to determine the start of the year as YHVH defines it (not Julius or Gregory). Being a good Elohiym (God), YHVH has given us not just one indicator, but three. And why not? It was Elohiym himself who proclaimed that "every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses" (Matt. 18:16).
The world we live in today often demands that we schedule our work lives months in advance. That's a headache for those of us who try to obey YHVH Elohiym by resting from work on his annual holy days (Hebrew: mo'ediym). There are three high Sabbaths during the spring each year, and they occur at very specific intervals starting from the biblical new year (Abib/Nisan 1). The problem is that we can't know for certain when the biblical year will begin until it the moment that it does. Nevertheless, a list of the most likely high Sabbath dates is indispensable so long as we live in spiritual Egypt. The reality is that many of us are beholden to employers who require advanced notice of time off.
The following list of dates is only an estimate, due to the fact that Elohiym's calendar is based on the observation of agricultural and lunar conditions. If the barley has not become abib by the time the sliver of the new moon is spotted on or about March 18, then each of the estimated dates must be pushed back until the next sliver is sighted.
I learned the Bible moderately well while growing up, but in all of my childhood years I never noticed something that should have been obvious. I never clued in to the fact that the name and title of the Most High God (Elohiym) was built into the names of many biblical characters. My ignorance of the words Yah and El, and of the Hebrew language in general, caused me to miss out on part of the message of the Hebrew scriptures.
So many of the prophets and heroes of our faith had names that praised YHVH in some fashion. Below is a list of the most well-known names and their meanings.
Believe it or not, the Creator wants to have a say in how we clothe ourselves. Many believers acknowledge that YHVH is concerned with how much—nix that: how little—clothing we wear, but far fewer realize that YHVH is also concerned with what kinds of clothing we wear. According to Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11, members of Yah's kingdom are not permitted to wear garments of mixed wool and linen. No explanation is given as to why this is the case; we're simply told that this combination, called shatnez in Hebrew, is off limits.
Wool and linen fabrics are amazing except when used together. When combined in a garment or outfit, these individually helpful textiles become harmful in some way that we don't fully understand. Moreover, there are spiritual ramifications to mixing wool and linen, which you can read more about below. I've personally committed to not ever wearing an outfit (or using bed coverings) involving both of those fabrics, and I'm also striving to phase out wardrobe items made with artificial textiles.
More Christians every day are waking up to the fact that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has established special days, and that he expects his people to observe them annually, in perpetuity. In Hebrew, these special days are called mo'ediym, meaning "divine appointments." They have incredible prophetic and historical significance, and it is important to YHVH that we observe them on the proper days each year.
Unfortunately, many Christians who begin observing the mo'ediym simply adopt the Jewish calendar without questioning its accuracy. Simply put, the modern Jewish reckoning is incorrect. Allow me to offer the correct dates based on the ancient reckoning.
Most Christians have been raised with the notion that God dealt with his people in the past through the Law, or Torah, but at the Cross of Calvary instituted an entirely new system called “Grace”. Christian teachers rely heavily on the writings of Paul to argue that the Torah given through Moses is contrary to grace and freedom in Christ.
But what if we've inherited a big misunderstanding? Are we free from God's instructions for righteous living, or rather free from slavery to sin? The New Testament stresses the need for set-apart, sinless living, and it repeatedly refers to the quote-unquote “Old” Testament to define holiness.
Alexander Lawrence is a husband, father, artist, and lay scholar walking after Y'shua ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). His mission is to equip the Elect for the climax of history.
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