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July 7, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: LESSONS FROM PENTECOST

 

COUNTING THE DAYS:

 

BEWARE OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES:

 

“Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” (Matt. 16:12)

 

“But when he [John the Baptist] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who has warned you…bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance:” (Matt. 3:7)

 

If the Jews’ religion was right, why did Paul leave it? If the Church believed the Jewish doctrines such as the Holy Days, Sabbaths, etc., why did he persecute it?

 

“…you have heard of my conversation in TIME PAST in the Jews’ religion, how…I persecuted the church of Yahweh,…” (Gal. 1:14)

 

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A PROOF THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES WERE NOT KEEPING THE CORRECT PENTECOST:

 

ACTS 2:

 

(1). The church was in a house [not the temple] with one accord on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1)

 

(2). That day there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men; obviously devoted to their beliefs. (Acts 2:5)

 

(3). This had to include Pharisees and Sadducees WHO WERE NOT OBSERVING PENTECOST THAT DAY. They were NOT with the church who was observing Pentecost. They did not receive the Holy Spirit because they were not observing Pentecost.

 

(4). They heard the commotion and came to see what was happening (Acts 2:6).

 

(5). The Jews heard the church members speaking, but those Jews were NOT speaking in other tongues.

 

THIS PROVES THE PHARISEES’ AND SADDUCEES’ METHODS OF COUNTING PENTECOST WERE WRONG.

 

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WHAT DID THE SADDUCEES BELIEVE?

 

THEY COUNTED PENTECOST FROM A WEEKLY SABBATH DURING THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD:

 

“…the Sadducees in the time of the second temple…maintained that the omer [Lev. 23:9] was offered on the day following that weekly Sabbath [v. 10] which might happen to fall within the seven days of the Passover…make(s) Pentecost…come on the first day of the week.”

 

(Unger’s Bible Dictionary, article ‘Festivals, 2. Pentecost’; pp. 356-357)

 

This false method places Pentecost, the 50th day, on the wrong Sunday each year. This is the common practice of the Catholic Church (Whitsunday) and many other churches professing to keep Pentecost.

 

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WHAT DID THE PHARISEES BELEIVE?

 

THEY COUNTED PENTECOST FROM THE 16TH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH:

 

Jewish historian, Josephus, was a lifelong Pharisee. Here is his record showing how the Pharisees counted Pentecost:

 

“But ON THE SECOND DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, WHICH IS THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF THE MONTH, they first partake of the fruits of the earth, for before that day they do not touch them . . .

 

“When a week of weeks has passed over from this sacrifice…(…forty and nine days,) on the FIFTIETH DAY, which is called Pentecost . . .”

 

(Antiquities of the Jews, Book 3, 10, 5-6).

 

This false method places Pentecost, the 50th day, on Sivan 6 each year which can fall on any day of the week.

 

June 30, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: DUST ON YOUR BIBLE?

 

You cannot believe what you do not know:

 

“Study to show yourself approved to Yahweh, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)

 

“…not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of Yahweh deceitfully… But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not…” (2 Cor. 4:2-4)

 

A PROPHET GIVES US THE KEY:

 

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little…” (Isa. 28:9-10)

 

AN APOSTLE AGREES:

 

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Cor. 2:13)

 

“For we know the Law is spiritual…” (Rom. 7:14)

 

SPIRITUAL MATURITY: Knowing Good and Evil

 

“…and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

 

For everyone that uses milk is unskilful in the Word of Righteousness: for he is a babe.

 

But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age [“perfect”], even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern BOTH GOOD AND EVIL.” (Heb. 5:12-14)

 

WANT TO LIVE LONGER?

 

“…love Yahweh your Elohim,…walk in His ways, and…keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you MAY LIVE and multiply: and Yahweh your Elohim shall bless you…. for He is your LIFE and the LENGTH OF YOUR DAYS…” (Deut. 30:16,20)

 

CONCLUSION:

 

Spiritual maturity comes by comparing the Law with the Law through practice; using it to discern both good and evil.

 

We cannot grow spiritually while not knowing Yahweh’s Law, because it reveals the truth which sets us free from the consequences of sin. (Deut. 30:15-19; Jn. 8:32).

 

June 20, 2018

 

PENTECOST 2018, the 50th Day JUNE 24:

 

SAME DAY AND MONTH, JUNE 24, AS 31 A.D. RECORDED IN ACTS 2:1!!

 

SEVENTH AND FINAL WEEK OF THE FEAST OF WEEKS:

 

We are now in the 7th and final week of the Feast of Weeks.

 

PENTECOST:

 

SUNDAY, June 24, 2018, is the Feast of Ingathering at the Turn of the Year, the Summer Solstice commonly called “Pentecost.” (Ex. 34:22; Lev. 23:15-16).

 

This Ingathering celebration is the 50th day following the 49-day Feast of Weeks ending June 23, 2018.

 

WAVE LOAVES OFFERED: TWO GROUPS OF 144,000

 

Two loaves of wheat bread baked with yeast are offered on this day (Lev. 23:17,20) signifying two groups of saints, 144,000 each. (Rev.7:1-8; 14:1).

 

One group of 144,000 is composed of the 12 tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4)

 

Another group, called “Firstfruits”, includes the church with non-Israelites, Abraham, Isaac, Noah, Lot and others. (Rev.14:1,4)

 

NEW TESTAMENT: HOLY SPIRIT [WIND] DESCENDS:

 

The New Testament word for the 50th day day is “Pentecost” [count 50]. (Acts 2:1)

 

Here is the New Testament record of this day on June 24, 31 A.D. :

 

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

 

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

 

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues [languages: v. 6], as the Spirit gave them utterance.” ((Acts 2:1-4)

 

June 16, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: 6th SABBATH OF FEAST OF WEEKS (day 42)

 

Today, June 16, 2018, is the 6th Sabbath, ending the sixth week of the Feast of Weeks. We are nearing the end of this great Harvest Festival of barley and wheat harvests (Ex. 34:22).

 

WAVE LOAVES:

 

The new wheat has been harvested and preparation begun for the wave loaves baked with leaven (Lev. 23:17). They will be offered on the Feast of Ingathering, Pentecost Sunday, day number 50 (Lev. 23:20). This year Pentecost is June 24 near the summer solstice (Ex. 34:22).

 

These two huge loaves have great significance for the two groups of 144,000 (Rev. 7:4; 14:1)! Will you be part of one of those groups?

 

HISTORICAL NOTES: THE FLOOD BEGAN AND RAIN ENDED DURING THE FEAST OF WEEKS

 

SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENED THIS 6th WEEK of the great Festival of Weeks!

 

WHAT? Historically, Sunday began the first day after the flood ended!

 

The Noachian flood ended its 40th day of torrential downpour on the 26th day of the third month, during the Feast of Weeks. This date coincides with last Sabbath, June 9.

 

Consequently, last Sunday, June 10, historically marked A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE EARTH, and Noah and family! They had survived the most colossal natural disaster in human history!

 

The earth was literally “baptized” washing away the sins of the past in a deluge of submersions!

 

The drowning cries of hundreds of millions had long since ceased. Their sins paid in full…by them. Yahweh meant business. He still does.

 

RIDING HIGH WITH YAHWEH:

 

Under the watchful eye of Yahweh, the ark and its cargo had floated over FIVE MILES above Earth’s surface, some 25,000 to 30,000 feet; nearly as high as commercial airliners fly!!

 

How do we know? Recall the flood waters covered ALL the mountains… including Mt. Everest’s 29,000 foot summit (Gen. 8:5)!

 

AMAZING FACT: Yahweh RODE THE ARK with Noah and family..and tons of animals! For notice it says: “COME thou…INTO the ark…(Gen.7:1). NOT “GO” into the ark, but “come” into it; indicating HE was inside!

 

DRY GROUND AT LAST: DURING FEAST OF WEEKS!

 

The Noah family’s historic ride aboard the Ark lasted after the rain stopped nearly another year as they “coasted-to-the-finish line.” The ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat, in eastern Turkey on the 17th day of the 7th month.
(Gen. 8:4)

 

The following year they finally set foot on dry ground on the 27th day of 2nd month…during the Feast of Weeks! (Gen. 8:14-16)

 

ONE TAKEAWAY FROM THESE ACCOUNTS:

 

When Yahweh is with you, by your side, YOU CAN SAFELY SURVIVE the worst of all possible storms of life, failure, poverty, sickness, financial crisis, lost love, aimlessness….ANYTHING!

 

But to have Him by our side we must seek His face, repent of sins and start anew.

 

AND Observe the Feast of Weeks!

 

We must be vigilant. Remember Yahshua’s comments:

 

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered the ark.

 

And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:37-39)

 

WHAT DID THEY NOT KNOW? Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2 Pet.2:5), BUT they did not believe Noah’s message that the flood was coming!

 

WHY? THEY WERE NOT KEEPING THE FEAST OF WEEKS AS NOAH as was Noah and his family! Their unbelief was fatal!

 

We must not repeat the fatal errors of that generation.

 

Have a great 6th Sabbath of this historic Feast of Weeks!

 

June 14, 2018

 

FOURTH NEW MOON OF 2018, JUNE 14 (42nd Day of Feast of Weeks)

 

SUN LOCATION: CONSTELLATION GEMINI (TWINS)

 

The “Twins” Signify “Messiah’s Reign as Prince of Peace”

 

TWINS ARE: Castor and Pollux mentioned in Acts 28:11

 

RENEWAL:

 

The New Moon is a day of RENEWAL, REBUILDING. Life, too, is composed of many renewals and rebuilding from the past toward the future. This can be our goal of repeating this effort monthly just as the New Moon rebuilds every 30 days.

 

MOON LOCATION: CONSTELLATION CANCER (The Crab)

 

The Crab signifies “Messiah’s Redeemed Possessions Held Fast”

 

MOON IS AT ITS CLOSEST POINT TO EARTH

 

ACTIONS ON THE NEW MOON:

 

The beginning of a new month is

 

(1)., A day of blowing the ram’s horn (Psa. 81:3)

 

(2). Giving offerings (Deut. 12:5)

 

(3). Worship (Isa. 66:23; Ezk. 46:3)

 

LIFE LESSONS: NEW BEGINNINGS, PERFECTION

 

Life has many new beginnings when we readjust and strive to get it right…again. Perfection is not reached in one quantum leap, but in shorter “hops” of progress.

 

Step-by-step we move toward learning and doing Yahweh’s Law more perfectly. Why does progress seem so slow sometimes? It is because we in the learning process.

Yahweh does not take the learning out of our spiritual growth; just as physical growth does not happen overnight. We learn to walk gradually. We learn to talk gradually.

 

LIKEWISE SPIRITUALLY. We learn to speak as Yahweh does…gradually. We learn to walk-the-walk of faith…gradually.

 

The renewing moon, New Moon, is a reminder of this fact of life, AND by keeping the New Moon we actually DO have a renewal enabling us to move ahead; leaving the past behind.

 

PROPHETIC:

 

The day of the New Moon also has special significance prophetically. It is an omen, a shadow [literally] of things to come (Col.2:16). But not in the same sense that astrologers use it.

As a shadow of what is ahead, it does signify a restoration of Light: renewing spiritual light to Earth, restoration of the truth and eventually of a New Heavens and a New Earth (Isa. 65:17).

 

CHURCH’S ROLE:

 

The church’s role in all this is very important in bringing that about:

 

“For the earnest expectation of the CREATION waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh.” (Rom. 8:19)

 

First, the church in the wilderness as well as the New Testament church, is renewed monthly in obedience to Yahweh’s great Law.

 

Then eventually, renewal of the universe itself will follow…in that order!

 

“…when the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?”

 

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June 9, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: 5th Sabbath of the Feast of Weeks

 

We are now in the Fifth Week of the Feast of Weeks. This important and longest festival of the year (49 days) is a foreshadow of what is ahead.

 

HISTORICALLY:

 

This 5th Sabbath is the 25th day of the third month of Yahweh’s year. It was in the third month a decree was made and sealed to free the Jews from their enemies…during the FOW (Esther 8:9).

 

Also, in the third month, during the FOW, a covenant was made to seek Yahweh and was “sealed” with an oath by swearing [“sevening”; counting seven]. (2 Chron. 15:10).

 

REDICATE:

 

This Feast of seven Weeks of harvest is a great time to rededicate, refocus, on the goal ahead of the coming the Kingdom of Yahweh: “….but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind…I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Yahweh… ” (Phil. 4:13,14)

 

ONLY YAHWEH HAS THE SOLUTIONS:

 

Sadly the platitudes of modern religion generally offer no permanent hope nor solutions to the problems which daily threaten humanity. The Bible, on the other hand, is ALL about the remedies needed to save us from ourselves. But we have to do what it says.

 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR INGATHERING:

 

Salvation is not possible outside of Yahweh’s Law, and thank Yahweh, Yahshua’s sacrifice provides a window of time for the salvation of the Firstfruits Yahweh is NOW gathering. One day this window will shut…permanently.

 

This ingathering of those called and chosen is taking place during the Feast of Weeks. It is a time of harvest which includes the firstfruits of wheat harvest. (Ex. 34:22; 23:16)

 

AND depicts the end of this age. (Matt. 13:39).

 

DREAM BIGGER THAN THE PRESENT:

 

As we celebrate this great Festival we are participating in Yahweh’s Great Plan of Harvest, of gathering His people who will Rule in a Kingdom that will last…and expand perhaps beyond the solar system: “…of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isa. 9:7)

 

With the power of an endless life (Heb. 7:16)….imagine the possibilities!!

 

Even….ruling 10 cities (Lk. 19:16,17)…ruling Nations(Rev. 2:27)… ruling a Planet (Rev. 2:28; 22:16: “Venus”: A-G Lexicon, p. 117)…!

 

NO TIME TO LET DOWN:

 

There is no time to let down, to be side-tracked by those things which can take our crown (Rev.3:11), to let the cares of this world cause us to become unfruitful (Matt. 13:22), to be deluded by the deceitfulness of having riches or the lack of riches.

 

“…for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” (Lk. 12:15)

 

“..man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh.” (Deut. 8:3; quoted in Matt. 4:4)

 

June 2, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: 4th Sabbath of the Feast of Weeks

 

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)

 

“…men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Lk. 18:1)

 

FEAST OF WEEKS HARVEST MARKS THE END OF THE PRESENT AGE:

 

Today (June 2, 2018) marks the fourth Sabbath of the 49-day Feast of Weeks which stretches into the wheat harvest (Ex. 34:22). This Feast of Harvest (Ex. 23:16) marks a seven-week period which is a “shadow of things to come.” (Col. 2:17).

 

Significant, even age-ending, events have happened during the FOW (the Noatian Flood, Yahshua’s ascension), and as a shadow of coming events, we know epic world-changing events ahead will take place during this harvest period!

 

“…THE HARVEST IS THE END OF THE WORLD (age, era); and the angels are the reapers.” (Matt. 13:39)

 

Who can doubt the awesome importance of this often forgotten commanded 49-day long Harvest Feast ordained by Yahweh? (Deut. 16:10; Ex. 34:22)

 

KEY TO PROPHECY:

 

Yahweh’s Law is the key to prophecy, and keeping the Feast of Weeks gives us understanding to see WHAT lies ahead and the very important, WHEN!

 

Will we be counted worthy to enter the “rest” of the Kingdom of Yahweh? Or will we be the tares separated from the wheat and burned at Yahshua’s second coming?

 

The wheat, the harvested good seed, is placed safely in the garner during the great Festival of Sabbaths.
(Matt.13:25-30,38).

 

Observing Yahweh’s Law is a hedge against calamity and failure, a place of safety and freedom from the consequences of sin (Deut. 30:8,9).

 

CHOOSE THE BETTER PART OF LIFE:

 

There is more to life than buying, selling, etc.,…doing what people do ordinarily….engrossed in the cares of this life. There really is a higher purpose to it all, an amazing 50,000-year grand design for those who do not faint! (I Chron. 16:15)

 

Keeping the Feast of Weeks helps secure our place in that grand scheme…while the door is still open: “My spirit will not always strive with man…(Gen. 6:3).”

 

The clock is running.

 

May 26, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: 3rd SABBATH OF FEAST WEEKS

 

12-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 

It hardly seems possible it has been that long ago! Twelve years ago to this very day, May 26, we were blessed with new understanding. On May 26, 2007, I wrote a rather lengthy email to everyone detailing the new truth about the Feast of Weeks understood on that day.

 

For many, many years we labored under a false idea carried over from our previous association with a Sabbath professing church. We were falsely taught that Pentecost IS the Feast of Weeks. Not true!

 

This corruption of Scripture still persists in virtually all the churches of god that profess the annual holy days, and all sacred name groups that I know about (See 2Thes. 2:9-12].

 

The simple arithmetic should have been obvious,but deception is blindness, even in simple things. Seven weeks, the Feast of Weeks, is 7 x 7 days = 49 days. NOT 50 days. Pentecost is the 50th day.

 

It is impossible to compress 49 days into ONE day, the 50th! Yet that is exactly what is being done with this false doctrine which skips a 49-day Feast ordained by Yahweh.

 

Yahweh was merciful to take the veil off our heart so we could understand the plain teaching of His Word (2Cor. 3:14-17).

 

Below is most of the text of that email with some additions. Lengthy, but I feel the review is worth it…especially today:

 

“This is the 3rd Sabbath in the count to Pentecost. I wanted to share some very important NEW understanding about these important weeks. The pivotal Scripture is Ex. 34:22:

 

“And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, AND the Feast of Ingathering at the revolution of the year.” (Note the word “AND” here…very important).

 

I have understood for years that the Feast of Ingathering occurs at the time of the summer solstice. We have detailed articles proving this. What is new understanding here is that this verse separates the Feast of Weeks (seven Sabbaths: Lev. 23:15,16) from the Feast of Ingathering which occurs at the summer solstice.

 

That is, the Feast of Weeks or Feast of Seven Sabbaths, is a SPECIAL feast in its own right. And is FOLLOWED by Pentecost. Pentecost is a special feast too, but follows the Feast of Seven(s).

 

Since swearing involves “sevening onesself”, it could be called the “Feast of Swearing” so-to-speak.

 

Actually, we have NOT been observing the Feast of Weeks…have not been giving it a special significance. We have just looked at it as a period of counting time, but without special significance beyond leading up to Pentecost.

 

But notice this Feast period of 7 Sabbaths is a commanded Feast just as all the other annual commanded Holy Day Feasts of Yahweh. Note TOO, these are SABBATHS…ANNUAL Sabbaths just like the other Holy Days of Yahweh!!

 

This is astonishing to me personally! It is like discovering a whole NEW set of HOLY DAYS Yahweh has commanded to be kept which have lain “hidden”, nestled in “obsecurity” next to Pentecost.

 

Clearly Yahweh says, to “Observe” this Feast of Sabbaths. This word “observe” is the same word used in Ex. 31:16 where Yahweh says, “…observe the Sabbath throughout your generations…”

 

How do we observe it? First, these are special Sabbaths, annual High Days, because they occur within this special 49-day period. These commanded convocations are on a par with ALL other annual High Sabbaths.

 

THIS IS WHY WE TRY TO MEET AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON EACH SABBATH OF THE FEAST WEEKS EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SCATTERED.

 

Next, notice this command in Deut. 16:10: “And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to Yahweh WITH a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give…according as Yahweh your Elohim has blessed you.”

 

v. 11: “And you shall REJOICE before Yahweh your Elohim [convocations], you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that within your gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which Yahweh your Elohim has chosen to place His name there.” [a convocation]

 

Notice that “keep the Feast of Weeks WITH” shows this must be during that time; with that period. This is one way we actually keep the Feast of Weeks.

 

Another Law of observance of this time is Deut. 16:16,17: “Three times in the year shall all males appear before me in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the Feast of Weeks and in the Feast of Tabernacles and they shall not appear before Yahweh empty. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of Yahweh.”

 

Pentecost, the 50th day, is not mentioned in this command. This is a separate meeting during the FOW which must precede the Pentecost convocation.

 

So clearly, (1) we are to appear before Yahweh during the Feast of Weeks, on the High Sabbaths each week, (2) ALL are to give a freewill offering according to our blessings, and (3). ALL males are to give an offering to Him during this time when they make a special appearance before Him as a group; an additional offering.

 

For those who cannot meet during the weekly High Sabbaths, there should be a Sabbath of rest with each Sabbath counted (Lev. 23:15). ALL should set aside an freewill offering sometime during each week and mail in or use PayPal. At least if unable to mail in, set an offering aside during each week. The amount is strictly up to each person as they feel they have been blessed.”

 

Have a great 3rd Sabbath of the Feast of Weeks…and rejoice over Yahweh’s great blessings! “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:32).

 

In the Faith,

 

Gary Miller

 

May 19, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES

 

2nd SABBATH OF FEAST OF WEEKS: The Count Continues.

 

Counting the days of this FEAST OF HARVEST (Ex. 23:16).

 

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psa. 90:12)

 

MONTH:…………..3

MONTH:……….DAY 4

WEEK:………..DAY 7

FEAST OF WEEKS:….DAY 14

NOATIAN FLOOD:…..DAY 18

YEAR:…………..DAY 94

TOTAL:……………137 DAYS

(Age of Ishmael)

 

(Age of Levi, father of Levitical Priests)

 

(Age of Amram, father of Aaron, Moses)

 

May 16, 2018

 

3RD NEW MOON today, May 16, 2018.

 

Today we celebrate the 3rd New Moon of the year. New Moons are prophetic signs of what is ahead (Col. 2:16,17).

 

The Shofar is blown to announce this new beginning starting another Harvest Moon as we continue counting the days of the Feast of Weeks (See below).

 

LONGEST FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR: FEAST OF WEEKS

 

The Feast of Weeks is by far the longest festival period of Yahweh’s calendar year; running 49 days!

 

MOMENTOUS EVENTS DURING THIS FESTIVAL PERIOD:

 

On a Sabbath during this great feast, the era-ending Flood began: “…and it came to pass on the seventh day (Gen.7:10; Tanakh; KJV margin).

 

[The only other reference to “the seventh day” is in Gen. 2:2,3 which is the Sabbath. Letting the Bible interpret itself tells us the reference in Gen. 7:10 was also a Sabbath.]

 

FUTURE EVENTS:

 

Future age-ending events will also occur during the Feast of Weeks. This includes the momentous second coming of Yahshua the Messiah:

 

“For the Master himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahweh: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first.” (1 Thes. 4:16).

 

It is a virtual certainty THIS WILL HAPPEN DURING THE FEAST OF WEEKS!

 

This is just one reason it is important to observe this important New Moon and Feast of Weeks in order to “…discern the signs of the times…”

 

THE TIMES INCLUDE NUMBERS…..ALWAYS.

 

We often wonder why events happen as they do, how they do, when they do?

 

IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER THINGS HAPPEN BY THE NUMBERS.

 

Below are just some examples of how events are set by numbers.

 

Here is where we are on this Third New Moon; followed by Biblical examples:

 

WEEK: DAY 4

FEAST OF WEEKS: DAY 11

NOATIAN FLOOD: DAY 14

YEAR: DAY 91

TOTAL: 120 (years until flood: Gen. 6:3)
(Moses age at death: Deut. 34:7)
(disciples Peter addressed: Acts 1:15)

FAMOUS PROPHECIES:

 

There is a prophecy in Daniel chapter 8 verses 13 and 14 identifying the revealer of the famous 2300 days prophecy as one called “Palmoni”, the “Numberer of Secrets” or the “Wonderful Numberer.”(See KJV margin)

 

Another famous prophecy which may well have been given by Palmoni is found in Dan. 5:23:

 

“And this is the writing that was written, MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN, Elohim [a mighty one], has NUMBERED your kingdom, and finished it.”

 

How meticulous is our Creator about numbers?

 

“…the very hairs of your head are numbered…” (Matt.10:30)

 

Have a great New Moon with a freewill offering, time of worship and contemplation.

 

May 12, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: FIRST SABBATH

 

FIRST SABBATH OF THE FEAST OF WEEKS (May 12, 2018):

THE FEAST OF WEEKS IS NOT PENTECOST:

 

THE FEAST OF WEEKS IS 49 DAYS….

 

“seven Sabbaths shall be complete:[49days] Even to the morrow AFTER the seventh Sabbath shall you number 50 days….and you shall offer a new meat [meal] offering to Yahweh.” (Lev. 23:15,16)

 

NOTICE a new meal offering is given AFTER the 49 days.

 

ANOTHER VERIFICATION:

 

“Also in the day of firstfruits, when you bring a new meat offering to Yahweh [same wording as in Lev. 23:16], AFTER your weeks be out….” (Num. 28:26)

 

MANY REFERENCES TO “FEAST OF WEEKS” [THE 49 DAYS]:

 

“You shall observe the Feast of Weeks…” (Ex. 34:22)

 

“And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks unto Yahweh with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand which you shall give according as Yahweh your Elohim has blessed you.” (Deut. 16:10).

 

(NOTE: Freewill Offerings are given each week: Keep Feast of Weeks WITH a freewill offering…not after)

 

“Three times in the year shall all your males appear before Yahweh your Elohim in the place that He shall choose…in the Feast of Weeks…and they shall not appear before Yahweh empty.

 

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of Yahweh your Elohim which He has given you.” (Deut. 16:16,17)

 

KEEP WEEKLY SABBATH EVEN DURING HARVEST TIME:

 

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest: in earing time and in harvest you shall rest.” (Ex. 34:21)

 

May 5, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WAVESHEAF SUNDAY

 

FEAST OF WEEKS BEGINS:

 

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 6, 2018, the 49-day FEAST OF WEEKS begins with the WAVESHEAF OFFERING taken from the barley harvest:

 

“…When you enter the land which I [Yahweh] am going to give you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.

 

And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh for you to be accepted; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.” (Lev. 23:10-11)

 

WAVESHEAF TAKEN FROM THE HARVEST OF RIPE GRAIN:

 

Note the Wavesheaf is not taken from green ears, but from the ripened grain of barley harvest….not green ears-falling during the days of unleavened bread: “…and REAP its harvest, THEN you shall bring a sheaf of….your harvest…” (Lev. 23:10)

 

“…Thrust in your sickle and reap: …for the harvest of the earth is RIPE.” (Rev. 14:15)

 

“…look on the fields; for they are white [not green] already to harvest.” (Jn. 4:35)

 

The harvest begins with the ripened grain of the barley harvest. (2 Sam. 21:9; Ruth 1:22)

 

[The 7-day Passover Feast in which unleavened bread is eaten takes place during the month of green ears (Deut. 16:1)].

 

MUST KEEP THE FEAST OF WEEKS:

 

“And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks unto Yahweh with a tribute of a freewill offering…as Yahweh your Elohim has blessed you…” (Deut. 16:10)

 

PROPER COUNT IS SEVEN WEEKS OF 49 DAYS:

 

“And you shall also count…from the day after the Sabbath….when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering;…seven complete Sabbaths. ” (Lev. 23:15)

 

April 29, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: THE SECOND PASSOVER, April 29, 2018

 

A SECOND CHANCE:

 

We do not always get a second chance at life’s great issues.

 

But there is one important event Yahweh decided MUST be given a second chance.

 

THAT EVENT IS PASSOVER

 

“The fourteenth day of the second month between the evenings they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs….according to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.” (Num. 9:21)

 

TWO REASONS A SECOND PASSOVER IS ALLOWED:

 

(1). “,,,If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body,

 

OR

 

(2). “…be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover to Yahweh.” (Num. 9:10)

 

WHY A SECOND CHANCE IS NEEDED:

 

PASSOVER IS THAT TIME WHEN WE GAIN ETERNAL LIFE!!!

 

“Whoso eats my flesh and drinks my blood, HAS ETERNAL LIFE; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Jn. 6:54)

 

“And as they were eating Yahshua took bread, and blessed it…and said, Take eat: THIS IS MY BODY…”

 

“And He took the cup,..gave thanks…saying, Drink you all of it:

 

FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT.” (Jn. 26z;26-28)

 

April 16, 2018

 

NEW MOON, APRIL 16, 2018

 

2nd NEW MOON of the Year Announced by Blowing a Trumpet (Psa. 81:3):

 

MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN:

 

The New Moon is the Conjunction of the Sun and Moon in a “cosmic marriage.”

 

To consumate this marriage, an amazing event happens. It is what astronomers call “THE DIAMOND RING EFFECT” which occurs shortly before and after this “marriage”.

 

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SUN IS A MAN; MOON IS A WOMAN:

 

“…the Sun, Moon, and eleven stars made obeisance to me [Joseph, Earth]…shall I [Jacob, the FATHER] and your mother [the WIFE] ..bow down…?” (Gen. 37:9)

 

Notice Jacob understood the SUN represents the FATHER and HUSBAND, and the MOON represents the MOTHER and WIFE!

 

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SUN AND MOON MARRY AT DAWN:

 

“…Shaharaim…[Dual DAWN] begat of Hodesh [NEW MOON] his WIFE..” (1 Chron. 8:8-9)

 

The NEW MOON [Hodesh; the new bride] was one with the SUN, [the husband] at DAWN [Shaharaim]. The marriage, the conjunction, is of Sun and Moon at the dawn of the day.

 

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A DIAMOND RING sealed the marriage, the conjunction, at the Dawn of the day.

 

This is exactly what we do at marriage….the RING, the unending circle, seals the marriage.

 

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MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB WILL BE ON A NEW MOON (Rev. 19:9)

 

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ANALOGY:

 

The New Moon starts the month when the Moon is joined, conjuncted, with Sun at Dawn of the Day.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

The first day of the month begins at DAWN at the time when the Sun and Moon conjunct.

 

March 17, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHT: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

 

DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?

 

WHAT IS TODAY? WHAT IS TOMORROW?

 

TODAY, MARCH 17, IS THE 5TH SABBATH OF THE NEW YEAR.

 

TOMORROW, MARCH 18, 2018, IS THE FIRST NEW MOON OF THE YEAR.

 

“…you can discern the face of the sky; but can you not discern the SIGNS OF THE TIMES [“Festal seasons”; Gr]?” (Matt. 16:3)

 

The Jews could not, did not, correctly discern the signs of the Festivals (Gr. kairos- festal seasons]. Had they known the true SIGNS OF THE TIMES they would have known who He was!

 

Today too, if we cannot accurately determine the Feasts of Yahweh, then we really are not sanctified by Him and do not know Him, regardless of how we may or may not feel.

 

SIGNS FROM HEAVEN:

 

The weekly and annual Sabbaths are SIGNS from Heaven; knowing what Days are Holy. The ONLY SIGN given of sanctification. (Ex. 31:13; Ezk. 20:12, 20)

 

Likewise, the ONLY sign of Yahshua’s ministry, of His Messiahship, was the sign involving DAY and NIGHT; separating the two (See Gen. 1:4-5).

 

TOMORROW, MARCH 18, 2018, IS THE FIRST NEW MOON OF THE YEAR.

 

This all important New Moon begins the first month of the year when Yahweh’s Annual Holy Days begin. We have to know which New Moon is the first month of the year [Read: “The Beginning and End of the Biblical Year” and “Come Out of Babylon: Keep the Scriptural New Moon”; www.icyahweh.org]

 

Without the correct knowledge of Yahweh weekly Sabbath [Dawn-to-Dark],the Beginning and Ending of the Year, AND the New Moons, we cannot determine the Annual Holy Days, the SIGN of Yahweh’s sanctification.

 

Something to think about seriously.

 

March 15, 2018

 

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February 10, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHO WILL BE LEFT BEHIND?

 

“Then said one to Him, Master, are there few that be saved? And He said to them,

 

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able,…

 

Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets.

 

But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not….depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.

 

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of Yahweh, and you yourselves thrust out!

 

And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of Yahweh.”

 

(Luke 13:23-24,26-29)

 

February 3, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF…?

 

“Fear you not, for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your Elohim: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you: yes, I will uphold you…they that strive with you shall perish…” (Isa. 41:10-11)

 

“Fears are nothing more that states of mind.” (Napoleon Hill)

 

THREE FEARS CAUSING MOST OF OUR WORRIES

 

Fear of Poverty

Fear of Criticism

Fear of Ill Health

Symptoms of Fear of Poverty and (Evidence of:)

 

Indecision……….(sustained doubt)

Doubt……………(excuses, envy)

Worry……………(finding fault, self-consciousness)

Over caution……..(see negatives in every circumstance)

Procrastination…..(compromise rather than put up a stiff fight)

Symptoms of Fear of Criticism and (Evidence of:)

 

Self-consciousness……..(timidity in conversation)

Lack of poise………….(lack of voice control)

Inferiority complex…….(trying to impress others; imitating others)

Extravagance…………..(trying to “keep up with the Jones”)

Lack of initiative……..(slowness in making decisions)

Symptoms of Fear of Ill Health and (Evidence of:)

 

Hypochondria………….(habit of talking of illness, disease)

Self-coddling…………(wanting sympathy, feigning illness)

Intemperance………….(ignoring causes by use of drugs)

 

January 27, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: MYSTERY SOLVED

 

What Religion Generally Ignores: Timing is Everything

 

BIBLICAL CALENDAR RECOVERED!

 

Read our Book…

 

“The Beginning and End of the Biblical Year”

 

Yahweh preserved in the Bible sufficient details to recover His true Holy Days.

 

Centuries later the false perception continues, however, that the Bible is void of the structure of the Sacred Calendar.

 

Seriously, how could Yahweh command observance of His New Moons and Holy Days, but leave nothing in His Holy Word showing how He fixes those times?

 

This study shows the facts of Scripture and firm historical dating which reveal two cardinal points: the Beginning and End of the Biblical year.

 

Knowing these, the true Scriptural day and New Moons, we show how to determine Yahweh’s solar-lunar Holy Days…from the Bible; not tradition nor other calendar schemes from Babylon and elsewhere.

 

HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE CORRECT TIMES?

 

Yahweh’s Sabbaths are the sign of His people, those He has sanctified (Ex. 31:13; Ezk. 20:12, 20). Getting them right is crucial….for eternity.

 

How can we be sanctified without the knowledge of His Sabbaths? This information is essential to salvation, your salvation. Approach it with an open mind. Lay aside tradition and see what Yahweh’s Word says about His calendar.

 

January 20, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: What is the Truth?

 

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (Jn. 8:32)

 

“Sanctify them through your truth: your word is TRUTH.” (Jn. 17:17).

 

WHAT WORD?

 

“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that SANCTIFY them.” (Ezk. 20:12)

 

“I am Yahweh your Mighty One; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my SABBATHS; and they shall be a sign between Me and you…” (Ezk. 20:20)

 

January 17, 2018

 

What if your beliefs are not Biblical?

 

What important fact do most churches not teach?

 

Today is the 11th New Moon of the year.

 

Few churches teach the importance of the New Moons as days of worship…which they are (Isa. 66:23; Ezk. 46:3).

 

Why not?

 

The prophets clearly record the New Moon is a day of worship. They cannot add to the Law something not already there. (Deut. 12:32).

 

The New Testament also shows the New Moons are observed along with the Sabbath and Holy Days: “Let no man judge you [find fault]…in respect of an Holy Day, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath day: Which ARE (present tense) a shadow of things to come [prophetic signs]…” (Col. 2:16,17)

 

January 13, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: DEAR SEEKER OF TRUTH

 

WHAT IS THE RELIGIOUS “ESTABLISHMENT” TRYING TO HIDE?

 

WHAT DO THEY NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW?

 

ANSWER: MOSES [THE LAW] AND THE PROPHETS: “…If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” [Lk. 16:31]

HOW DO THEY HIDE THE TRUTH? SIMPLE: THEY IGNORE IT.

WHY DO THEY NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW? BECAUSE MOSES AND THE PROPHETS REVEAL SIN AND ITS PRESENT AND FUTURE CONSEQUENCES. THIS CONTRADICTS WHAT THEY TEACH.

EXAMPLES:

 

MOSES:

 

(1). Tithing is on money (not hard to figure out why they cling to this one), when the Bible teaches tithing only on agricultural produce [Lev.27:30,32].

 

(2). The count to Pentecost starts within the Days of Unleavened Bread. But the Bible never mentions UB regarding the count [Lev. 23:10-17].

 

(3). The Sacred Names of Yahweh and Yahshua are replaceable by God, Lord, Jesus [Ex. 20:7; Matt. 21:9 {“Lord” = Yahweh; is a quote of Psa. 118:26; Jn. 12:28; 17:26].

 

(4). The Biblical seventh-day Sabbath was replaced by Sunday or by the Babylonian sunset-to-sunset Sabbath from Friday sunset-to-Saturday sunset [Dan.7:25; Lk.16:17].

 

(5). The Biblical Holy Days are done away or replaced by Easter and Christmas [Dan. 7:25; Lk. 16:17].

 

(6). Yahweh is love and does not judge us. But Yahweh says, “…if you despise my statutes…or judgments…that you will not do all my commandments, I…will do this to you; I will even appoint over you terror[ists] …sorrow of heart…you will be slain before your enemies…I will break the pride of your power…I will bring the land into desolation…” [Lev. 26:15-17,19,32]

 

THE PROPHETS: “…no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.” [2 Pet. 1:20)

 

(1). True believers are no longer bound by Old Testament Laws. But the prophet says, “…they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes [Deut. 5:1-21], but polluted my Sabbaths: for their heart went after idols…hallow my Sabbaths…” [Ezk. 20:16,20]

 

(2). Prophecy is basically Catholic-centered proclaiming the “ten horns” of prophecy are a resurrected “Holy Roman Empire” headed by ten EU nations. The Bible teaches the ten horns, who destroy the city of Babylon, [Rev.17:12,16], are Muslim nations [For proof see “Ten Horns Rising” in Insight magazine, www.icyahweh.org].

 

(3). The whore who rides the Beast [Rev.17:1-6] is the Roman Catholic Church, but the Bible says she is a city [Rev.17:18].

 

(4). The Messiah was crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday. But the Bible teaches He was crucified on Wednesday and resurrected late Saturday evening which equals three days and three nights [Matt. 12:40; Jonah 1:17].

 

(5). The future for converted believers is going to heaven, when the Bible says nothing of the kind [Jn. 3:13; Eccl. 9:5].

 

(6). The new covenant replaces the Old Testament law. However, the Bible says, “…the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant… this shall be the covenant that I will make…says Yahweh…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write them in their hearts…” (Jer. 31:32,33; quoted by Paul: Heb.8:10).

 

The list does not stop there….

 

WHY NOT “LET THE OTHER SIDE BE HEARD, i.e. THE BIBLE?”

 

January 6, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: HOW HARD IS IT TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL LIFE?

 

“…Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? …if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matt. 19:17-18)

 

“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT.” (Matt. 7:13-14).

 

“Then said, Yahshua [“Jesus”; KJV] to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

 

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Matt. 16:24, 26]

 

ARE THE COMMANDMENTS NO LONGER BINDING?

 

“I AM YAHWEH, I CHANGE NOT…” (Mal. 3:6)

 

“It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the Law to fail.” (Lk. 16:17)

 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor: But the Seventh Day is the Sabbath of Yahweh: in it you shall do no work…” (Ex. 20:8-10)

 

December 30, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: A Long and Winding Road must be Run with Patience.

 

THE PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS:

 

“Here is the patience of the saints:…here are they that keep the commandments of Yahweh and the faith of Yahshua.” (Rev.14:12)

 

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:… I know your works, and charity, and service, and faith and your patience…the last to be more than the first.” (Rev. 2:19)

 

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:… Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Rev. 3:10)

 

“…knowing that tribulation works patience; and patience, experience; and experience, HOPE…” (Rom. 5:3-4)

 

AND FINALLY…IF WE

 

“…Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)

 

December 23, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: TRUE FAITH, TRUE GOSPEL, TRUE CHURCH?

 

Can a church be the TRUE church without teaching the Laws of Scripture (first 5 books) which the prophets taught, which are the foundation of the church (Eph 2:20); without the “faith which was once delivered to the saints…;” without proclaiming the coming Kingdom of Yahweh founded on that Law?

 

Is there an actual “True” Church with the same doctrines of the original church the Messiah founded? He said “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” (Matt. 16:18).

 

That is, it will not die out. Did He mean it?

 

Its Head, the Messiah Yahshua, lives through the ages to see that it remains!

 

He said there would be one….today.

 

Perhaps just a remnant, a scattered flock, this “ecclesia”, will come preaching the very same gospel message He taught; will be an organized group dedicated to the foundational truths He laid down; having the same faith founded on the restored Law of Scripture.

 

And what are the central truths He came preaching that identifies that church? How we will recognize it?

 

TWO MESSAGES IDENTIFY IT:

 

(1). That church will be proclaiming the name of Yahweh: “I am come in my Father’s name…(John 10:25)…I kept them in your name (Jn. 17:12)…I have declared to them your name.
(Jn 17:26).”

 

The Father’s name is Yahweh: Matt. 21:9; Mk. 11:10; Lk. 13:35; Jn. 12:13. (These verses are quotes of Psa. 118:26: LORD = YAHWEH).”

 

(2). That church will have the sign of sanctification: Yahweh’s Law of His Holy Sabbaths:

 

“…I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctifies them…hallow my Sabbaths: and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your Mighty One.” (Ezk. 20:12,20; See also Ex. 31:13).

 

December 18, 2017

 

HAPPY NEW MOON!

 

Today, December 18, 2017, is the 10th month on Yahweh’s calendar. Somewhat interesting that it occurs in DECember.

You may recall that December was originally the tenth month of the year. This is the reason for the “DEC” prefix which means “ten.” This was before Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar inserted an extra month each to honor themselves: July and August. This pushed October to the 10th month (originally the 8th month; “OCT” is a prefix meaning “8”) and pushed December to the 12th month.

 

Paul refers to the New Moon observance in Col. 2:16,17 included with the Holy Days and Sabbath. Although the New Moons are times of worship, they are not Sabbaths.

 

On this day, the shofar is blown: Psa. 81:3: “Blow at New Moon a Shofar…”

 

The silver trumpets, the “chatsotserah”, were blown “…over your burnt offerings and over the saccrifices of you peace offerings…(Num. 10:10).” That is why we do not blow silver trumpets on the New Moons…no burnt offerings.

 

One requirement of New Moons observance, sometimes overlooked, is giving a freewill offering on that day (Isa.66:23, Hos. 2:11 and Ezk. 46:3 with Deut.12:6, Ezr.8:28). New Moon offerings can be money; a fact easily provable from Scripture.

 

Anyone who doubts this required freewill offering should read our study “Freewill Offerings on the New Moons” which shows the Biblical basis for New Moon offering. The term “freewill” does not mean it is optional, but the amount given is our call….as we have been blessed.

 

These offerings yield great benefits as any who have done so for any length of time will attest. Financial problems continue to plague us when we neglect giving to Yahweh. We cannot rob Yahweh without reaping the penalty (Mal. 3:8-12).

 

Of course Malachi mentions tithes in addition to offerings, but we must remember tithing is only on agricultural produce…not money [Read our booklet, “Biblical Tithing is NOT on Money.”].

 

It is not that Yahweh needs the offering [which can be money], but that we need the blessings!

 

Other requirements include having a time of worship [Isa.66:23; Ezk. 46:3], and having some kind of a special meal on this day as illustrated with the account of Saul and David (I Sam. 20:24-27).

 

All these start the month off in harmony with natural laws, and sets the right tone (no pun intended) for the days ahead each month. These are laws which make for success if followed and curses if neglected.

 

Too, blowing the shofar is a buffer against demon activity since they do not like loud noises. This is a particularly important benefit during this time of year, the so called Christmas season, when demon activity is ramped up.

 

Have a great month! Love, in Yahshua, Gary Miller

 

December 16, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: MORE SIGNS TO WATCH!

 

“And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars:…For nations shall rise against nation,…there shall be famine, and pestilences, …All these are the beginning of sorrows…
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many…” (Matt. 24:6-8, 11).

 

(1). “…famine, and pestilence…” Why are 20 Million People on the Brink of Famine in a ‘World of Plenty’? One word: War or recovering from war.

 

Examples: Somalia: Recovering from war now has over six million people in need of food assistance—more than half the country’s population.

 

South Sudan: 100,000 are affected by famine; one million more on the bring of famine.

 

Northern Nigeria: At least five million people face the risk of famine.

 

Yemen: 7 million facing starvation.

 

(2). “…and earthquakes in various places…”

 

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Mexico on September 8, 2017, was the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 85 years. Many of the areas were reduced to rubble. Italy felt an earthquake of a 6.6 magnitude, which was the most powerful earthquake to hit Italy since 1980.

 

Since 2003, nineteen giant earthquakes (8.0 or greater) have occurred. In the 40 years prior, there were only THREE of this magnitude!

 

(3) “…many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…” There are some 45,000 Bible-professing groups proclaiming their gospel. Among them we find the “prosperity gospel [‘God wants you to be rich],” the gospel of love freed from the Laws of the Old Testament and tolerance for every lifestyle, the gospel of heaven’s gate at death…

 

Churches and their leaders become filthy rich in cash, real estate holdings, business investments, ranches, etc., by spreading “another gospel” (Gal. 1:6-8), in the name of one Jesus Christ. The Bible has become their “get rich quick” scheme.

 

December 9, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: Christmas Trees? In the Bible?

 

Surprising, but, yes they are! (Read ICY’s booklet: “Christmas: The Untold Story”; www.icyahweh.org)

 

Notice what the prophet of Yahweh, Jeremiah, recorded sometime between 586-538 B.C.E. as a direct command from the Creator of the Universe. He records this vivid description of what is now called a “Christmas tree”. Note too, this is the custom of the heathen:

 

“Learn not the ways of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain: For one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it [“deck the halls..”] with silver [“silver bells..it’s…”] and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree…Be not afraid of them…” (Jer. 10:1-5).

 

If Yahweh says, “Learn not the ways of the heathen…” we are not to learn or practice them—national holiday or not.

 

Other facts:

 

“…the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, ‘Yule-day’ or the ‘Child’s day,’ and the night that preceded it, ‘Mother-night, ‘ long before they came in contact with Christianity…[this] sufficiently proves its real character. Far and wide in the realms of Paganism, this birthday observed…” (“The Two Babylons, Alexander Heslop, pp. 93-94).

 

Heslop further concludes:

 

“…within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance…That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival is beyond doubt. The time of year, and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin…” (p. 93).

 

December 2, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: It is not in the Bible. The Evening-to-Evening Day is not there.

 

WHERE THE JEWS GOT A SUNSET-TO-SUNSET DAY:

 

Some Israelites’ adoption of the sunset-to-sunset day while in Babylonian captivity is an historical fact as shown by this frank admission from J. Z. Lauterbach:

 

“There can be no doubt that in pre-exilic times the Israelites reckoned…The day began with the dawn… [notice] in post-exilic times, however, …a change in the system of reckoning the day was made, and the day was reckoned as extending from the preceding to the following evening…”

 

The facts of history do not lie.

 

Read the article: “Explanation of Leviticus 23:32. The Evening-to-Evening Scripture” @ www.icyahweh.org

 

Reference: “When Does the Sabbath Begin?”, Rabbinical Essays, by Jacob Z. Lauterbach, Hebrew Union College Press Cincinnati, 1951; pp. 446-451

 

November 25, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHAT IS AHEAD FOR SYRIA? SYRIA IN BIBLE PROPHECY

 

ISAIAH: More Destruction Ahead

 

The present capital is Damascus [considered world’s oldest city]:

 

“For the head of Syria is Damascus…” (Isa. 7:8).

 

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap…” (Isa. 17:1).

 

“The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria …” (Isa. 17:3).

 

AMOS: Damascus’ Defenses Fall

 

“Thus saith Yahweh [“the LORD”; KJV]: For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof…I will break also the bar of Damascus, [“shatter the defenses of;” Moffatt] and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, …and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,” saith Yahweh [“the LORD”]. (Amos 1:3, 5).

 

In much earlier times King Tiglathpileser of Assyria carried the people of Damascus captive to Kir (II Kin. 16:9). Kir is a place subject to the Assyrians, “between the Euxine and Caspian seas, and formerly a city of the Medes…” It is also a place in Moab [modern Jordan].

 

PROPHECY REPEATS:

 

In modern times, these prophecies are once again being fulfilled as Syria struggles in a war that so far no one has won! Are we about to witness a final fulfillment, a cyclic completion, of the prophets’ words to Syria?

 

November 18, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: ARE NEW MOONS SABBATHS?

 

Sometimes it is claimed the monthly New Moons are Sabbaths in which no business or work is done the same as the weekly and annual Sabbaths. Is the 9th New Moon tomorrow (11-19-2017) a Sabbath?

 

THE LAW:

Conspicuously, the Law nowhere indicates each New Moon is a Sabbath. This in itself is definitive proof.

 

THE PROPHETS:

 

HOSEA:

 

Notice how Hosea separates New Moons and Sabbaths which are both feasts: “I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days: her New Moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn Feasts.” (Hosea 2:11).

 

The plural in Hosea 2:11, “SabbathS” includes all Sabbaths which clearly does not include New Moons.

 

ELISHA:

 

Also, the prophet Elisha separates these two observances, “…Wherefore will you go to him today? It is neither New Moon nor Sabbath…(2 Ki. 3:23).”

 

He, like Hosea, does not include New Moons with Sabbaths. He did not say, “…It is neither New Moon Sabbath nor Sabbath..” If both were Sabbaths, why separate them?

 

EZEKIEL:

 

New Moons are special festivals which include worship: “…the people…shall worship at the door of this gate before Yahweh in the Sabbaths and in the New Moons.” (Ezk. 46:3; also Isa. 66:23), and blowing of trumpets (Num. 10:3; Psa. 81:3).

 

Here prophet Ezekiel, like Hosea and Elisha, separates the Sabbaths and New Moons. SabbathS would include ALL Sabbaths of which the regular monthly New Moons are clearly not a part.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

These references taken together leave no doubt the monthly New Moon (except for Shoutings/Trumpets) is not a Sabbath…unless a yearly Sabbath or weekly Sabbath happens to fall on a New Moon.

 

November 11, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: Too Big to Fail?

 

America shares with the ancient Roman Empire an obsessive love of pleasure, leisure, violence and sports.

 

The Rome of that bygone era was thought impregnable, nearly “eternal.”

 

Amid its opulence and power such thoughts of “a fall” were heretically beyond belief. But it happened.

 

What role did its religious climate play in that fall?

 

The erosion of its moral base and work ethic fostered by growing government intrusion into private life, accelerated Rome’s demise.

 

Is America, such a young republic, on the precipice of a similar fate in a much shorter time?

 

What role will religion play in America’s ultimate fate?

 

Rome was not “too big to fail,” are we?

 

November 2, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: Two Things We Need to Know

 

What do we need to know to protect our freedoms?

 

This: What are the Laws?

 

AND

 

Who is going to Enforce them?

 

It is obvious there is no Freedom without Law. There is no Law without Enforcement…consequences.

 

There are natural Laws acting without emotion, regardless of religious beliefs, race, wealth, poverty, political views or personalty type.

 

They are always enforced….always. If we are ignorant of them, makes no difference, the consequences act regardless.

 

The Bible is full of these Laws, but placing them under the category of religion, often seems to make them more or less arbitrary. They are not.

 

Unseen, but relentless, they act for us or against us….Our choice which consequence we get.

 

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you Life and Death, Blessing and Cursing: therefore choose Life, that both you and your seed may Live.(Deut. 30:19)

 

“If you despise my statutes…or abhor my judgments….so that you will not do all my commandments…I also will do this to you: I will even appoint over you TERROR [ism]…” (Lev. 26:15-16)

 

October 13, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: HOPE

 

When we see the sad and tragic devastations in Texas, Florida, California…all that is left for many is one thing: HOPE

 

“For we are saved by HOPE:…if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

 

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

 

“And we know that all things work together for good to them who love Yahweh, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” [Rom. 8:24-26,28]

 

September 23, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: CATHOLIC CONFESSIONS

 

Follow this link to see what Catholics confess about the 7th Day Sabbath:

 

https://www.facebook.com/CtCoob/videos/825413927493226

 

“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy.

 

Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Elohim: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is with your gates:…” (Ex. 20:8-10)

 

September 19, 2017

FEAST OF SHOUTINGS (TRUMPETS): 7th NEW MOON
(Sept. 20, 2017)
(Annual Holy Day)

 

“Blow at New Moon a Shofar…” (Psa. 81:3)

 

“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets [shofars], an Holy Convocation. You shall do no servile work…” (Lev. 23:24-25)

 

“Let no man therefore judge you …in respect of an Holy Day, or of the New Moon…which are [not “were”] a shadow of things to come…” (Col. 2:16-17)

 

“As many as have sinned in the Law shall be judged by the Law…For not the hearers of the Law are just before Yahweh, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.” (Rom. 2:12)

 

“And the seventh angel sounded [a shofar: Rev. 8:2]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying,

 

The kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of Yahweh and His Messiah, and He shall reign forever and forever.” (Rev. 11:15; Yahweh: “Lord”; Messiah: “Christ”; KJV)

 

September 16, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHAT WILL HAPPEN SEPTEMBER 23, 2017?

 

Do the following verses from Matt. 24 apply to that date….or does that date foretell another event of great significance?

 

“For just as the lightening comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.”

 

“…and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky…” (Matt. 24:27, 29-30)

 

Across the internet multiple YouTube videos are predicting the second coming of the Messiah or some ominous events will take place on September 23, 2017.

 

They are basing their predictions on the following:

 

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev. 12:1)

 

Their interpretation of this verse goes something like this:

 

(1). The woman represents the constellation Virgo- one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac used in astrology to predict personal traits and the future for persons born with this sign (August 23 to September 22).

 

(2). “…clothed with the sun..” is the sun entering Virgo Sept. 23, 2017.

 

(3). “…the moon under her feet…” is the New Moon crescent at the feet of Virgo Sept. 23, 2017.

 

(4). “…a crown of twelve stars…” is 9 stars of the constellation Leo which lies above Virgo’s head…PLUS the planets Mercury, Mars, and Venus which align just above Virgo’s head on Sept. 23, 2017.

 

(5). Also, the planet Jupiter enters Virgo Sept. 23, 2017, and stays 9 months (reference to Rev. 12:5’s record of the birth of a male baby.)

 

(6). September 23, 2017 is the Feast of Trumpets.

 

Those proclaiming this date as significant always leave themselves an out…saying something MAY or MAY NOT happen then.

 

WE ARE SAYING ALL THESE ARE PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS OF REV. 12.1,5, and have no Scriptural grounds whatever! Therefore, we do NOT expect this date to have any special significance! The second coming of Yahshua, the Messiah, will not occur on September 23, 2017.

 

AND the Feast of (Shoutings) Trumpets is not September 23, 2017, but September 20 in some locations and September 21 in Jerusalem….

 

The apostle Peter said, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Pet. 1:20). We, ICY, believe Peter’s statement.

 

WATCH FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF “INSIGHT” MAGAZINE (www.icyahweh.org) which contains specific information on REV. 12:1,5 identifying the woman and the stars in her crown…FROM THE BIBLE…not a private interpretation! (This information was presented in a power point at the 2015 Feast of Tabernacles.)

 

September 9, 2017

SABBATH THOUGHTS

 

“And Yahweh spoke…saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an
holy convocation.

 

You shall do no servile work…” (Lev. 23:24-25)

 

“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing
the trumpets…” (Num 29:1)

 

“I am Yahweh your Elohim; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;

 

And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your Elohim.” (Ezk. 20:19-20)

 

September 2, 2017

SABBATHS THOUGHTS: HELPING….AND HURTING…AND HOPING

 

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope…” (Eccl. 9:4)

 

“Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to have pity…” (Psa. 69:20)

 

“For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come
nigh unto thee.” (Psa. 32:6)

 

August 26, 2017

SABBATH THOUGHTS: BABYLON IS RISING!

 

“The Second Coming of Babylon”: Read this book first published 27 years ago!

 

A World Capital, a great city-called a “woman” in prophecy, is about to make a meteoric rise to prominence and dominance on the world scene!

 

What is the name of this awakening giant, this center of opulence and world power? Where is it located?

 

This book reveals the clear, definite Biblical answers to these questions. No guessing. No speculation.

 

Too, this “woman” rides a 10-horned beast. Who are these “ten horns” of prophecy (Rev. 17:12, 14, 16)?

 

Read the actual NAMES of the ten-horns of prophecy unveiled right from your Bible.

 

Learn when-month and year-the woman will likely be destroyed.

 

“The Second Coming of Babylon,” is an urgent, stunning message for this end-time generation about, “…things which must shortly come to pass…” (Rev. 1:2).

 

Watch: “The Iraqi Dinar and Modern Babylon” on YouTube to see evidence of the prophecies in this book coming alive!

 

August 22, 2017

 

SIXTH NEW MOON OF THE YEAR: A SPECIAL ONE THIS TIME

 

Yesterday, August 21, 2017, the US had its most dramatic eclipse-covering the most states-since 1918 as a total eclipse swept across the face of America from coast-to-coast!

 

From our location, Pocahontas, AR, I made several photos as the eclipse progressed (see attachments). We were not in the path where a total eclipse could be seen, but our location experienced 95.7% maximum coverage.

 

The Biblical first day of the month for the US, however, is today, August 22, 2017 as the day moves around the globe.

 

Following on the cusp of a dramatic TOTAL ECLIPSE sets this sixth month apart from most!

 

The New Moons are important sentients in the heavens throughout the year, and are definitely shadows of things to come (Col. 2:16-17).

 

A reference in Matt. 24:29-30 strongly hints Yahshua will return following closely after what apparently is the description of a total solar eclipse. Read this remarkable account!

 

This sixth New Moon also tells us the Feast of Tabernacles is a month and a half away; just six weeks. I hope everyone has finalized or is finalizing plans to attend this important festival.

 

As chaos, “a therapy culture” of this generation, and rebellion against authority accelerate, so are end time prophecies coming to light as never before!

 

With this it becomes increasingly important that we maintain our focus in staying the course in keeping Yahweh’s planned Holy Days.

 

The New Moons are also one of those important times we must not overlook or devalue!

 

 

 August 19, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: TITHING…..ON MONEY? SURPRISING FACT!
THE BIBLE NOWHERE TEACHES TITHING ON MONEY….not once.
HERE ARE THE LAWS OF TITHING:

 

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree is holy unto Yahweh.” (Lev. 27:30)

 

“And the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto Yahweh.” (Lev. 27:32)

 

These verses do not say these tithes on produce and animals can be exchanged for money and then ten percent of the money given. That would be adding to the Law (Deut. 12:32).

 

Now. Sometimes the word translated “increase” in the King James version is used to mean anything beyond produce or animals such as your paycheck, or monetary profit, by quoting:

 

“Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of your seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.” (Deut. 14:22)

 

“…thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year…” (Deut. 14:28)

 

Or perhaps: “”When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase….” (Deut. 26:12)

 

The word “increase” in the KJV should be translated “produce, crop” (New World translation); “yield, produce, fruit” (Revised Standard Version); “produce, crop” (Moffatt translation)

 

Usually a favorite verse used to try to support tithing on money is:

 

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,…and prove me now herewith,….if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Mal. 3:10)

 

Money is mentioned numerous times in Scripture, but not once is any command given to tithe on it.

 

READ OUR BOOK: “BIBLICAL TITHING IS NOT ON MONEY” and YOU BE THE JUDGE. What does the Bible really say about tithing?

 

August 12, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS:  THEY ADMIT THE SABBATH IS STILL BINDING.
WHY DO THEY NOT OBSERVE IT?

 

“The Sabbath instituted in the beginning, and confirmed by Moses and the prophets, has never been abrogated…”  [“Bishop’s Pastoral” (Methodist Episcopal)]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:

 

“…and, as his custom was, he [Yahshua] went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up for to read.” (Lk. 4:16).

 

“…and…on the Sabbath day he [Yahshua] entered into the synagogue, and taught.”  (Mk. 1:21)

 

“And he [Yahshua] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.”  (Lk. 13:10)

 

“And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”  (Acts 18:4)

 

 

August 5, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS:   TIME AND PURPOSE

 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 

“….a time to heal;…time to break down, and time to build up;

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” (Eccl. 3:1, 3-4)

 

“A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Prv. 17:22)

 

“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23)

 

“The Name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run into it and is safe.” (Prv. 18:10)

 

 

July 29, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: BELIEVE

 

“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” (Matt. 21:22)

 

“…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.

 

Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” (Mark 11:23-24)

 

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” (Shakespeare)