The Blood Of Jesus and the Virgin Birth

The Pure Blood of Christ and the Virgin Birth (Matthew 1:23)

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The First Artificial Insemination in History

Leviticus 17:10-14
‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’

Genesis 9:4-6
“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. “Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.

Deuteronomy 12:23
“Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
For those of you who want fact and not fancy about the Bible, I offer you the Blood of Jesus.

No one except God the Father knows nor understands the importance of blood. Many Christians know basically what the Blood of Jesus does, but they do not know what the Blood of Jesus is or consists of. Most Christians think that it is the same blood that runs through their veins just like an ordinary person. Most Christians are taught what made it different was that it just came from Jesus. No! The blood of the Lord Jesus the Christ had a unique chemical makeup. It biologically had to! This is what I want you to understand from this article.

God is so wise and wonderful, He placed our faith and future in the very core of every creature on earth: the blood. When no one knew what blood was, God in His foresight started with the basic issue of life, not water, but blood. What we need to understand as a new creation in the Lord Jesus the Christ, is that Jesus had God’s blood – unique and uncontaminated – flowing through His body.

You Can’t Have Just Anyone’s Blood

blood-cellsBlood was not studied scientifically until the last four hundred years. It wasn’t until 1628 English physician William Harvey discovered the circulatory system. In 1900, a Viennese doctor, Karl Lasteiner, discovered the different blood types, Type O, A, B and AB. Later, in 1907, another doctor suggested cross-matching blood, because you could not successfully transfuse blood among patients. It had to be the right “type.” Putting the wrong type in resulted in agglutination (gluing of the blood cells) and could result in death because the red blood cells dissolved. (In an emergency, Type O is given to a patient when there is not time to cross-match, but it is always followed up with the correct type as soon as possible.) The substance that determines you blood type is present in the red cells only. It is not present in the fluid or the plasma part of the blood. During World War II, plasma was given to wounded in place of the specific blood type because of it universality and it could be frozen.

We All Inherited Adams’ Tainted Blood

What does this mean to us? Adam sinned as the head of the entire human race (Romans 5:14) and from him we have inherited a sin nature. We cannot escape the fact that fallen man sins. How does this affect us today? I believe we receive that sin nature through the red blood cells of our parents. And we pass that on to our children through our blood. Why? Because blood is the life of all flesh.

“The life of every creature is its blood … and the life of every creature is its blood.” Leviticus 17:14

“For as in Adam, all die.” I Corinthians 15:22

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” Acts 17:26

“There is no difference, for all has sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:22-23

All men have Adam’s tainted, sinful blood, and that blood with all of its DNA and various diseases, is the same the world over. The blood types are the same the world over. Sin is the same the world over. The blood of animals is the same the world over. All the animal and human sacrifices throughout history didn’t make a difference. If life is truly in common sinful blood, then truly uncommon sinless blood must be the remedy.

Jesus Didn’t Get Adam’s Blood

1avital-truth-of-the-virgin-birthYou can read it in various obstetric handbooks: the mother’s blood supply and the baby’s blood supply is separate in the womb. Let me explain. It is simple medical biology as I understand it. If anyone has information to the contrary, please email me.

The woman’s ovum, or egg cannot produce life alone. It does not have the capability of producing blood or anything else until it is united with a male sperm. This means that only when the male sperm is introduced, can life develop. The father therefore introduces life into the mother. And since the Bible clearly states that life is in the blood, it makes sense to me that everything the father is – his very DNA- is brought into play at this mystical time. My understanding is that no blood cells are actually transmitted to the egg, but are developed independently in the baby itself. By means of diffusion, through the placenta, the baby is fed and waste taken away by the mother’s system. But as I understand it, no actual cells are transmitted from the mother to the baby and vice versa. That is important.

Previously, I said that a person cannot receive another person’s blood if it is not your matched type. But because of the role of the placenta, a mother can give birth to a baby of a completely different blood type. The reason for this is the factors that determine blood type is present in the red blood cells only, and not in the plasma or the fluid part of the blood. This plasma is the part of the blood that diffuses and interacts with the placenta that carries both food and waste to and from the mother.

My central point is: under normal conditions, no blood cells are exchanged between mother and baby. So then, the blood of Jesus came exclusively because of insemination from His Father God. It was unique and uncontaminated with anything a normal human would have inherited from Adam. Every single cell of blood was manufactured entirely in Jesus’ body and received nothing from Mary.

How Does Jesus’ Blood Work For Us?

does-it-1000x431“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” Hebrews 9:13-14

I believe all people worldwide receive the same tainted red blood cells of Adam, all people worldwide are under the same condemnation. Paul said “For there is no difference, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22-23) God demands a perfect sacrifice of blood. How is this accomplished without getting contaminated with the fallen human nature?

It was accomplished by the miraculous virgin birth of Christ! Picture this: the Lord Jesus the Christ, with God’s pure uncontaminated blood in Him, healing, helping and performing miracles. Never committing one sin! Then when He died on the cross, His perfect blood freed those in Abraham’s Bosom, was sprinkled on the eternal Mercy Seat in heaven and forever atoned for my sin and the sin of mankind breaking that sin nature I inherited from Adam that I was powerless to overcome.

“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14

That word partook is koynoneho in the Greek which means to “share fully.” All mankind shares fully in the Adamic inheritance of sin nature. What is said here about Jesus is a little different. Jesus metecho or “took only a part, not all.” So how was this done? Jesus shared only in the fleshly body of humanity, while His blood remained pure. Jesus had a body from Mary so that he can be a genuine member of the human race, but the inside of Jesus was pure God. God prepared for Jesus a special body born of a woman, to be a member of the human race.

“A body thou hast prepared for me…Hebrews 10:5

The difference for us is that we partake fully of the sin nature. We have a defective spirit, a deformed body and a demented soul with the imperfect red blood cells swishing around inside. Jesus was (and is) like us in every way except without sin. His body got tired, and it bore the stripes of our sin at the pillory. It was bruised and crushed for our iniquity. Notice that He bore our sin in His body. We bear our sin in our blood and that affects our body. Therefore, when He died on the cross for our sins in His body, His blood was not contaminated.

The virgin birth and conception by the Holy Spirit was the only way salvation could have been accomplished the way God the Father demanded. Jesus was truly a descendant of the house and the lineage of David, but yet, a descendant of the house and lineage of the Divine.

The Blood Incorruptible!

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18-19

The pure incorruptible blood of Jesus was also the reason for His resurrection. The reason embalmers place fluid in the body at death is because decay sets in. Human blood is corruptible. However, in the case of Jesus, His blood was not corruptible. Jesus’ body experienced no corruption because after three days, He rose again. Jesus’ body underwent tremendous trauma: beaten, scourged, pierced by spikes, and a spear. No wonder Mary didn’t recognized Jesus right away. But His blood coursing through His veins did not decay, because it couldn’t and therefore, He could rise again!

So what does this mean for other aspects of our life with Christ? More later.

The Mazzeroth

The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God (Psalm 19:1)

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How God Hangs the Moon!

Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. Is 40:26
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Psalm 147:4
Last week I told you the astronomy and astrology world changed because NASA reintroduced a constellation that astrologers to have thirteen sign instead of the historic twelve. Why, the earth’s axis has tilted enough where they had to add back in the constellation Ophiuchus to be consistent throughout the “sun’s journey” through the solar system. As we all know, the sun doesn’t move, but we do. As the earth’s position changes, the sun “highlights” the constellations so it “appears” to us at certain times of the year by shining brighter than the stars around them. Ophiuchus has always been there, but now comes into play for some 18 days in the late fall. God said that he brings them out like an army, calling each by name and not a single one is missing!

Hmmm? What does this mean for Christians and the pagan world? God is trying to tell you the man who is the serpent bearer, the man who is wrestling with the snake, is reasserting Himself in world affairs. Just like at the birth of the Lord Jesus the Christ, the astrology world was shaken with the citing of the Star of Bethlehem by the Magi, the astrology world is once again have to recalculate their position in the universe.

The fact that there is a story to be told in the heavens should not be surprising to the Christian. God set the saga of the salvation of man in the heavens long before man was born. The Mazzeroth is the ancient star chart of the Hebrews told to Abraham and probably Adam and Eve, although I can’t prove that.

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What is the Mazzeroth?

As you can see from the chart above, the twelve tribes are illustrated and so is the history of the Hebrew people and the plan of redemption. Briefly, God told Abraham, that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Genesis 26:4 Ancient traditions ascribe astronomy to Seth, Adam and Enoch. (See notes at the end of this article.)

You’ve got to understand the ancient mind. In a world where there was no written language, no universal oral language, how were you going to communicate with people? How was God going to get his point across about His salvation message. People communicated in pictographs and the stars. This is why the Hebrews, along with other cultures, had a lunar calendar.

So what basically does all this mean to we a Christians, God had a plan for the world before the foundations of the world were set and He wanted all people from around the world to understand who He is! It is interesting that the Chinese, Chaldeans, Egyptians, and other cultures use the same constellations signs such have been found in the temples Of Denderah and Esneh in Egypt.

Are You Listening?

God has told us in the stars that His story is bigger than any church.

1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4Yet their voiceb goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. Psalm 19 1:6

Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Genesis 1:14

God has called the constellations by name:

Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. Isaiah 40:26

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Psalm 147:4

“Can you direct the movement of the stars–binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? (Incidentally, we know today these two stars are gravitationally linked!) Job 38:31

Where to Start?  

Start at the beginning.  Let’s take when Joseph was second in command in Egypt.  Do you think Joseph knew the plan of salvation?  The famous Sphinx monument in Egypt means to literally to “bind closely together.” What is bound? Again, ancient Egypt got the idea from somewhere to create a monument that has the head of a woman that is bound closely to the body of a lion. Does that sound familiar?

So it is with the Mazzeroth. So we have Virgo the woman, the first sign, bound closely to the end of the signs  with Leo, the Lion, the last sign. We start with the woman, and end with victory of the Lion! Remember prophecy, Genesis 3:15, tells us that the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent. We have Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah conquering!

These are two slides from a presentation I used to do on the Mazzeroth.  But it will give you an idea of what it means to the Hebrews.

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These are just two charts, but think of this:  if God is calling the universe to repentence and redemption, how important are you?  He knows exactly who you are and where you are.  There is not one star that is more important nor valuable than you are!

A few notes for your leisurely reading on the subject.

Bibliography
Allen, Richard H., Star Names, Their Lore And Meaning, Dover Publications, New York, 1963. (Republished From Stechert, 1899.)
Bullinger, E.W., The Witness Of The Stars, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 1967. (Reprinted From London Edition, 1893.)
Frank, Edgar, Talmudic And Rabbinical Chronology, Feldheim Publishers, Jerusalem, 1956.
Kunitzsch, Paul, And Smart, Time, Modern Star Names And Their Derivations, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 1986.
Legg Middle School: Coldwater, Mi (Internet)
Meade Autostar Suite, Astronomers Edition, Version 3.1 (Software)
Missler, Chuck, Monuments: Sacred Or Profane? Koinonia House, 1991.
Missler, Chuck, Signs In The Heavens, Koinonia House, 1994.
O’neil, W.M., Time And Calendars, Sydney University Press, Sydney, 1975.
Parker, Richard A., “The Calendars Of Ancient Eygpt,” Studies In Ancient Oriental Civilization, No. 26, University Of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1950.
Patten, Donald W., Catastrophism And The Old Testament, Pacific Meridian Publishing Company, Seattle, WA 1996.
Seiss, Joseph A., The Gospel In The Stars, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 1972. (Reprinted: Primeval Astronomy, 1882).
Spencer, Duane Edward, The Gospel In The Stars, Word Of Grace, San Antonio, Tx, 1972.
Swift, Jonathan, Gulliver’s Travels, 1726.
Velikovsky, Immanuel, Worlds In Collision, Doubleday & Co., New York, 1950.
Wikipedia, Zodiac References (Internet)

NASA Re-Adds Old Zodiac Symbol

If I be Lifted Up from the Earth, (John 12:32)
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See, I Told You, Everywhere a Sign. Can’t You Read the Signs?

5And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 5:15,16

8The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:8

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. John 3:14
Signs, signs, everywhere a sign like I told you. Now more signs from the heavens. God has used man to highlight another aspect of the message of salvation to the world.

NASA, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration is helping God though they don’t know it. This is going to drive the astrologers crazy.

On September 16, 2016, NASA re-introduced an ancient astrological sign to make the ecliptic axis of the earth more accurate. In other words, around the center of the earth, the sun “passes” through and highlights the stars in the different constellations. Twelve constellations are the ones we are used to that unsaved people use for astrological fortune telling. However, because the earth’s axis no longer points in the same direction as it did 3,000 years ago, NASA has added another constellation that was dropped from the charts by the Babylonians. Therefore, astrological signs as we know them have completely different date ranges now.

What is important for you to know as a Christian is that the Hebrews had a star chart that depicts the story of Christ long before anyone else. It is called the Mazzeroth. Look it up! Each original Zodiac sign has to do with the salvation message, but it has been corrupted my mankind over the years.

NASA has Ophiuchus “re-added” as an astrological constellation. Let me explain some of the pagan interpretations before I get to the real Christian meaning.

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Depiction of Ophiuchus.                                                               What is that on the left? It’s the Southern Cross!

In mythology, Ophiuchus is identified with the healer Asclepius, the son of Apollo, who was able to bring the dead back to life. Realizing his power, Hades convinced Zeus to kill Asclepius with a lightning bolt, and he was placed into the stars as a constellation after his death.

The constellation, Ophiuchus, has been known since ancient times, and is better known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder. It is included in the list of 48 constellations described by Ptolemy. Ophiuchus is depicted as a man handling a serpent; his body dividing the large snake into two parts, giving way to the symbol used today as an Asclepius – the medical staff. Astrologers have not included Ophiuchus in the wheel of Astrological signs because the sun spends only about nineteen days in this 13th sign of the Mazzaroth. Not that there wasn’t a 13th sign in the Heavens, but as far as astrologers were concerned, the sun traveled from the constellation ‘Scorpius’ and then proceeded directly into the sign of Sagittarius. In reality, this is not the case. The sun, for 19 days, travels through the star constellation ‘Ophiuchus’ before entering Sagittarius from Scorpius. Pagans believe sign of Ophiuchus is patterned after the original ‘Serpent Holder’, Enki, a Sumerian god.

The signs of the Zodiac are basically the path the sun takes annually across the heavens as it would appear to us at the equator. These signs are actually star constellations occupying space in which the sun appears to travels in an earth year. The original twelve signs/constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces are quite familiar to everyone, however, the thirteenth sign and constellation, Ophiuchus, is in fact, not well known. To acknowledge a 13th is chaos to astrologers, who have been giving advice of 12 signs that rule over the 12 houses of the Zodiac. God has a way of upsetting everyone’s world just as he did at the birth of Christ.

The pagans believe the constellation of Ophiuchus is the only sign of the Zodiac which is linked to a real man, Imhotep,(27th century BCE, Egypt). Attributes of Imhotep can also be found curiously enough in Joseph, son of Jacob. Imhotep is credited with many accomplishments including the knowledge and use of medicine. The pagans believe that Imhotep that he brought the art of healing to mankind but we all know that it was Joseph. Snake venom could kill you or heal you depending on how you use it. The symbol of a serpent (or snake), the caduceus, is still widely used today to represent the medical profession, and was used to represent Imhotep. Imhotep was also known as ‘Aesclepius’ to the ancient Greeks.

 

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The Mazzeroth at the Time of Daniel   

What does this mean for we Christians today?

First, this reinstatement happens just prior to the beginning of the Fall Feasts, especially Rosh HaShanah or the head of the year. God is trying to tell us something big is going to happen this year. To the orthodox Jews this is not a big deal. The ancient Jews, because they use a lunar calendar, had to have a thirteenth month (or sign) added to their calendar or the spring and fall feasts days would be substantially off.

Second, this character as a snake bearer was in the house of Scorpio as a secondary constellation. But, because of the shifting of the earth’s axis, it is now being illuminated by the sun. In other words, in this new year of 5777, (a five for salvation, and three sevens which means perfection and the trinity), Jesus, the Christ is going to be illuminated and revealed to the world like He has never been before. Yes, we are going to see prophecy and more movement from heaven than we have ever seen before.

Third, the “serpent bearer” or more accurately “wrestler” is of course the Lord Jesus the Christ in prophecy. The snake is being subdued and used by the “man.” Not the other way around. God is in charge of the snake. The most famous is the fact that after the fall of man, God told Eve that the seed of woman was going to bruise the head of satan who is that old serpent. (Genesis 3:15)

Fourth, the Lord Jesus Christ, being our High Priest and healer of not only physical sickness, but sin sickness was foretold in Numbers 21 and later confirmed in John 3 by the Lord Himself. In Numbers, the disobedient children of God were bitten by poisonous snakes. Moses was told to fabricate a pole with snakes twisted around it. Those that looked upon the snakes were healed. Those that did not, died. Our Lord Jesus the Christ told Nicodemus that as the snakes were lifted up in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man he lifted up so that He could draw all men unto Him.

Fifth, to me this is more proof of the ministry of Daniel. Daniel was a specially chosen young Hebrew man brought into captivity by the Babylonians. If you remember the stories of how the only Daniel could interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams. All of Nebuchadnezzar’s home grown astrologers couldn’t. Many of us feel, that because of Daniels’ ministry, he taught them the Mazzeroth and the plan of salvation. How else could these “magi” who couldn’t interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, suddenly get smart and understand where the Saviour was supposed to be born. Daniel told them and I think influenced their study of the constellations. For those of you who do not know what the Mazzeroth is, see the next article.

This new zodiac chart for all of you who care. Think about the fact that those who really do rely on this type of chart for their decision-making have to admit they are getting wrong information. All the astrologers as in the days of Daniel the Prophet have to rethink their positions.

Aries = April 19 – May 13
Taurus = May 14 – June 19
Gemini = June 20 – July 20
Cancer = July 21 – Aug 9
Leo = August 10 – September 15
Virgo = September 16 – October  30
Libra = October 31 – November  22
Scorpio = November 23 – November  29
Ophiuchus = November 30 – December 17
Sagittarius = December 18 – January 18
Capricorn = January 19 – February 15
Aquarius = February 16 – March 11
Pisces = March 12 – April 18

I have some older teaching on the Hebrew star chart that I will publish soon.  Hope this gives you food for thought!

 

Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement

For We have a High Priest that Entered the Holy of Holies Once, for All (Hebrews 9:11)

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Happy Yom Kippur, “Have an Easy Fast!”
  15“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Leviticus 16:15

20“When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat. 21“Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness. Leviticus 16:20

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  Hebrews 9:11

It has arrived!

The most sacred day of the year for the Jews and for many Christians, is here. The second of the three fall feasts yet unfulfilled on earth by the Lord Jesus the Christ – Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement – begins today at sundown today (Leviticus 23:26-29). Are you ready if this is the last Yom Kippur you celebrate on earth?

Today for the modern Jew a bloodless sacrifice is made of fasting and prayer. The 10 Days of Awe are now concluded. They wear white, a kittel and their tallit. Then at the end of the 24 hours of repentance, fasting, one long blast of the shofar is blown. For the Christian, and the ancient Jew, the sacrifice for the sins of believers was much more involved and much more meaningful.

What is the Day of Atonement? yom-kippur-1

Simply stated, on the 10th day of Tishri, the High Priest entered the Holiest of Holies.  Two young goats were selected and by lot and one was sacrificed to represent the sins of the Israelites.  This blood was presented before mercy seat, where the Shekinah glory resided.  In the presence of the Lord, only the High Priest could stand. If his life was not pure, he could be immediately killed by the presence of God. Bells hung from his High Priestly garment allowing the other priests outside in the Holy Place to know that he was still alive and walking.  A cord around his foot, was a security measure, so that they had could remove his body without entering the Holiest of Holies.  The fate of Israel for the next year hung in the balance.  Jews, on a personal level, still believe this today.

The High Priest sprinkled the blood of the goat before the mercy seat. This blood represented all the sins of the camp of Israel. Upon the other goat sins of Israel were placed and it was carried far into the wilderness a cast and abandoned into a pit.

Today, who is our High Priest.  In heaven, He entered a ‘more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made,…and not a part of this creation,’ (Hebrews 9:11) not using the blood of goats….but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.’ (Hebrews 9:12)  The Lord Jesus the Christ offered Himself unblemished to God, and then cleansed our consciences from acts that lead to death. (Hebrews 9:14)  Jesus appeared in the presence of God the Father.  (Hebrews 9:24) Here once for all, the Lord Jesus the Christ presented himself in the Holiest of Holies, ‘at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.’  (Hebrews 9:13,26). With Christ, the perfect God-Man-High Priest, your fate never hung in the balance. God the Father was going to accept the perfect sacrifice from the perfect High Priest and man representing an imperfect earthly man.

Christ, our High Priest (Hebrews 9) as He leaves the Holy Place, he removed His High Priestly attire and doned the mantle of the King of Kings. Jesus now begins the third portion of His ministry. On earth He was a Prophet, in Heaven at the right hand of the Father, He is our High Priest. With Priestly work done, the next phase of His ministry is King. With the heavens now standing wide open’ (Revelation 19:11) John sees King Jesus on a white horse, this time ‘his eyes are blazing fire and on his head are many crowns…. His name is Torah, the Word of God.  The armies of heaven are following him and out of his mouth is an iron scepter with which he will rule them.”  (Revelation 19:14-15)   Jesus is now preparing to make war with those of the Armageddon forces who have laid siege and captured God’s Holy City, Jerusalem.

So what? What is different between the Old Covenant Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16 and 23 and the book of Hebrew’s Day of Atonement?   The ancient High Priest went into the Holiest of Holies and came out still the High Priest. Either dead or alive, his earthly status didn’t change.  Jesus, as a type of Melchezedek, enters the Holiest of Holies in the Temple of Heaven and emerges the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! In the presence of his Father, the Lord of hosts, God the Father, bestows the kingship and the crowns of glory.  (Hebrews 2:7-8) Yes, He is still our advocate with the Father, but God has placed everything under His feet. This is one of many reasons when we ask, we receive. At this time, according to John, “Then God’s temple in heaven was laid open, and within the temple was seen the ark of his covenant. There came flashes of lightning and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a storm of hail.”  (Revelation 11:19)  Prior to this, Jesus is not our king, but our high priest. Now as the King of Kings, Jesus will destroy the forces of Armageddon, (Revelation 19:15) throw the Antichrist and the false prophet into the Lake of Fire, reserved for demonic and satanic beings. (Revelation 19:20) As King of Kings, He will order the binding of Satan, who will be cast into the depths of the earth.

You as a Christian have ringside seats to the most exciting time in the history of mankind. And today, marks the Day of Atonement. Are you ready?  Yom Kippur ends with a long blast on the Shofar, will it be last sound you hear?

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The Hiding of the Bride of Christ

Wake Up, Behold the Bridegroom Comes With a Shout! (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
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We shall not all sleep, but be changed!                   (1 Corinthians 15:51)

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. Isaiah 6:1

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:9
Last week I said that the fall feasts and in particular Rosh HaShanah have multi-faceted traditions surrounding it. The reason is because so little is explained in Leviticus 23 about what these feasts mean and how to celebrate them. Of the ten traditions that I found, one is called Yom Hakeseh or the Day of Concealment (or the Hidden Day). Another tradition is Kiddushin or Nesu’in or the Wedding Ceremony.

Again, the genius Father God has set up another series of ancient traditions that herald the coming of our King, Jesus the Christ. Remember, first the natural, then the spiritual. (1 Corinthians 15:46).
Previously, I said when the Rapture of the Church occurs, it will also signal a judgment upon the earth. In Revelation, the Church, the Bride of Christ, is revealed at the time of judgment, but will be hidden and protected until the time of tribulation is over and presented to Heaven at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

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The Rapture of the Church is a type and shadow of the marriage tradition of the Jews in the first century. The snatching away of the church is a parallel of the bridegroom coming for his bride only at a time designated by the father (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

There are 12 major sections of the traditional Jewish wedding. As you read them, you will see how each relates to us as the bride of Christ and where we get some of our traditions today. But for those of you who want the bottom line up front hiddeness issues are these:

First, during the betrothal period, the bride doesn’t see the bridegroom in person. As a parallel, when we get saved, we are in a betrothal period until the bridegroom comes for us. We never have seen our bridegroom face to face, (though we see through a glass darkly 1 Corinthians 13:12).

Second, the bridegroom doesn’t see the bride either, but is in his father’s house preparing the bridal chamber. This is what Jesus is doing for us, He is preparing a place for us in His father’s house awaiting our arrival, so let not our hearts be troubled, He will come (John 14:1).

Third, only the father knows when the bridal chamber will be ready. It is not up to the son, but up to the father, and he is the only one who has to be satisfied. Only our Father in heaven knows when the plans have been completed by Jesus our bridegroom for our arrival. (Matthew 24:36)

Fourth, the bridegroom comes like “a thief in the night” to get his bride when the father gives the thumbs up. (Matthew 25:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Fifth, the bride and groom “hide” in the chupah or wedding chamber that was approved by the father for a period of seven days until they are presented at the marriage supper.

Sixth, at the marriage ceremony, the bridegroom is crowned as the king of his household, just as Jesus the Christ will be crowned king of the universe and begin His millennial reign on this earth.

Can you see the hiddeness?   The Bride is hidden from her bridegroom during the betrothal, the Bridegroom is “hidden” from his bride while in his father’s house, and lastly, the bride is “hidden” or protected in the the father’s house for seven days until the bride and groom is presented at the marriage supper.  Can you see the rapture of the church and the start of the third part of Jesus’ ministry: Prophet, Priest, and lastly King?

The following are some more details. But hopefully you have gotten the idea that we are on the brink of greatest triumph and tragedy mankind has ever seen: the instantaneous catching away of millions of people from the earth and the ensuing madness of the judgment of God on those who are left.

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Bride Selection
First, the Bride was chosen by the father. The father would send his trusted servant to search out the bride. Abraham (a type of God the Father) secured a bride for Isaac (a type of Messiah) and sent his servant Eliezer (a type of the Holy Spirit) to find Rebekah (Genesis 24:2-4; 15:2). Just as the bride was chosen by the father of the bridegroom, so the believers in the Messiah are chosen. (John 15:16). No one comes to the Father except the Holy Spirit draws him. The bridegroom chose the bride and lavished his love upon her and she returned his love. Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself of it.” In Genesis 24, Rebekah consented to marry Isaac even before she ever met him. Today, the believers in the Jesus consent to become His bride even though we have never seen Him. First Peter 1:8 tells us, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Bride price established.
Secondly, the bride price was established. The agreed upon price was called a mohar in Hebrew. Jesus, our bridegroom, paid with His life. Matthew 26:39, “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” First Peter 1:18-19 says, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, . . .but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” In 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

The bride and groom were betrothed.
Betrothal was the first of two steps in the marriage process. Betrothal in Hebrew is known as erusin orkiddushin. Betrothal legally binds the bride and the groom together in a marriage contract, except they do not physically live together. Historically, God betrothed Himself to Israel at Mount Sinai (Jeremiah 2:2; Hosea 2:19-20). Whenever you accept the Jesus as savior, you become betrothed to Him while living on the earth.

A written document is drawn up.
The ketubah is the marriage contract that states the bride price, the promises of the groom, and the rights of the bride. The word ketubah means “that which is written.” The groom promised to work for her, to honor, support, and maintain her in truth, to provide food, clothing, and to live together with her as husband and wife. The ketubah was the unalienable right of the bride. The ketubah must be executed and signed prior to the wedding ceremony. The Bible is the believer’s ketubah. All the promises that God provided for the believers are legally yours, in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen….”

The bride must give her consent.
God betrothed Himself to Israel at Mount Sinai as stated in Jeremiah 2:2. Israel consented to the marriage proposal from God and said, “I do,” as it is written in Exodus 24:3. Romans 10:10 tells us when we confess and believe the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord we are saved.

Gifts were given to the bride and the cup of covenant was shared
The betrothal is complete when the groom seals the deal with a gift and bride accepts it. The gift most often given today is a ring. When the groom placed the ring on the bride’s finger, the rite of betrothal was completed. This completed rite is known in Hebrew as kiddushin, which means “sanctification.”
God gives the Holy Spirit as a guarantee or as our earnest money (John 14:26; 15:26-27; Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22). He gives gifts to men (Ephesians 4:7-8): righteousness (Romans 5:17-18), eternal life (Romans 6:23), grace (Romans 5:12,14-15), faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and other spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1,4).

The cup of the covenant was shared and also sealed the covenant between the bride and groom. Th couple drinks from a common cup of wine. The cup is first given to the groom to sip, and then is given to the bride. This cup, known as the cup of covenant, spoken of in Jeremiah 31:31-33. Jesus spoke of the cup of the New Covenant in Luke 22:  We take it on a regular basis in church called Communion or the Lord’s Supper.

The bride was ritually cleansed.
Mikvah was a ceremonial act of purification by the immersion in water. It indicated a separation from a former way to a new way. In marriage, it indicates leaving an old life for a new life with your spouse (Genesis 2:23-24; Ephesians 5:31). Immersing in the mikvah is considered spiritual rebirth. The reason is that a mikvah has the power to change a person completely. Concerning the marriage to Israel at Mount Sinai, God said in Ezekiel 16:8-9, as it is written, “…I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee… and thou becamest Mine. Then washed I thee with water….” The washing, or immersion, here refers to that of Israel before the people received the Torah when God betrothed Himself to Israel at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:14-15). Jesus spoke to the Pharisee, Nicodemus, that he must be born anew (immersed) to enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:1-7). The believers are to be immersed in the name of Jesus (Acts 19:4). The Holy Spirit is the baptizer of God (Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5; 11:15-16).

The bridegroom departs, goes back to his father’s house to prepare the bridal chamber.
At this point, the bridegroom leaves for his father’s house to prepare the bridal chamber. It was understood to be the man’s duty to be with his father, build a house, and prepare for the eventual wedding. Before he goes, he will make a statement to the bride. “I go to prepare a place for you; if I go, I will return again unto you.” This is the same statement Jesus made in John 14:1-3 before He went to His father’s house in Heaven.

The bride was consecrated and set apart for a period of time while the bridegroom was away building the house.
Before the bridegroom could go and get the bride, the groom’s father had to be satisfied that every preparation had been made by the son. Only then would he give permission for the son to get the bride. In other words, it was the father who “okayed” the final bridal chamber. The bridegroom did not know when his father would declare the bridal chamber fit and send him to go get his bride. This is exactly what Jesus was referring to in Mark 13:32-37.

Meanwhile, the bride waited eagerly for the return of the bridegroom. In the mind of the bride, the bridegroom could come at any time, even in the middle of the night. Therefore, she had to be ready at all times. Jesus referred to this in Mark 13:32-37 and Matthew 25:1-13. While waiting for her bridegroom to come, the bride had to have thought to herself, “Is he really coming back for me? Is he really going to keep his word?” Peter answered this in 2 Peter 3:1-13.

The bridegroom suddenly returns with a shout and the sound of the shofar.
The time of the return of the bridegroom was usually at midnight. When the bridegroom did come, he came with a shout (Matthew 25:6) and with the blowing of a shofar (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 4:1). The marriage between the bride and the groom would take place under the chupah or wedding canopy. Since Heaven is a type of chupah, we can see that when Jesus gives a shout for His bride, accompanied by the blowing of a shofar, the marriage between Jesus and His bride will take place in Heaven.

The marriage ceremony would have a sacred procession. For this reason, the bridegroom will be led to the chupah first. When the bridegroom approaches the chupah, the cantor chants, “Blessed is he who comes.” “Blessed is he who comes” is an idiomatic expression meaning “welcome.” Jesus said that He would not return for His bride until these words were said (Matthew 23:39). The groom is greeted like a king under the chupah. During this time Jesus, the bridegroom, will be crowned King under the chupah, which is Heaven.

He would abduct his bride, usually in the middle of the night, to go to the bridal chamber where the marriage would be consummated.
This is the full marriage, known in Hebrew as Nesu’in. The bride and groom will go to the wedding chamber, or chadar in Hebrew, where the marriage will be consummated. They will stay in that wedding chamber for seven days. At the end of the seven days, the bride and groom will emerge from the wedding chamber ( Joel 2:16).

The word week in Hebrew is shavuah. It means a “seven.” It can mean seven days or seven years. An example of the Hebrew word for week (shavuah) meaning seven years can be found in Daniel 9:24, as it is written, “Seventy weeks [shavuah, 490 years] are determined upon thy people…” and in 9:27, “And he [the false Messiah known as the antichrist] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [shavuah, seven years]….” The week referred to in Daniel 9:27 is known to Bible believers as the tribulation period. The Jewish people understand this time to be the birthpangs of the Messiah known in Hebrew eschatology as the Chevlai shel Mashiach. This is taken from Jeremiah 30:5-7. From this we can see that the believers in the Messiah will be with the Messiah in Heaven for His wedding while the earth will be experiencing the seven-year tribulation period, or the Chevlai shel Mashiach, in Hebrew.

Finally, the marriage supper for all the guests invited by the father of the bride.
The bride and the groom would be in the wedding chamber for seven days. When the bride and the groom initially went into the wedding chamber, the friend of the bridegroom stood outside the door. All the assembled guests of the wedding gathered outside, waiting for the friend of the bride-groom to announce the consummation of the marriage, which was relayed to him by the groom. John the Baptist referred to in John 3:29. At this signal, great rejoicing broke forth (John 3:29). The marriage was consummated on the first night (Genesis 29:23). The bloodstained bed linen from this night was kept as proof of the bride’s virginity (Deuteronomy 22:13-21).

On the wedding day, the bridegroom is seen as a king and the bride as a queen. During the consummation of the marriage, the bridegroom will be crowned King over all the earth and the bride (the believers in Yeshua, the Messiah) will live with Him and rule with Him forever. The crowning of the King and the marriage can be seen in Isaiah 62:3-7. At the end of the week (seven-year tribulation, or birthpangs of the Messiah), the marriage supper will take place. The marriage supper will not take place in Heaven. After the marriage, the bride and Groom will return to earth.

The marriage supper will be taking place on earth and only the invited guests of the Father of the Groom (God the Father) will be present at the banquet meal. This can be seen in Revelation 19:7-16 and 20:4. Jesus spoke of the marriage supper and the banquet in Luke 12:35-38 and Matthew 8:11.
The wedding supper is a theme of the festival of Sukkot, which will be discussed later if time permits. During Sukkot, the people were instructed by God to build a temporary shelter. One of the things God instructed the people to do there is eat. When they eat, they set a plate for seven people these include Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Matthew 8:11).The unbelievers in the Messiah will attend a separate banquet where the fowls of the air will eat their flesh (Revelation 19:17-18). You don’t want to be in that banquet!

What does all this mean? We as the bride of Christ must be ready and anticipating the coming of our bridegroom!

Behold, I Show You a Mystery!

Happy “Yom Teruah” and “Yom Hekeseh!”

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“Behold, I Show You a Mystery!” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52)

23 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. Leviticus 23:23  (New American Standard

 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. Psalm 81:3 (New American Standard)

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  I Corinthians 15:51,52 (New American Standard)

Dateline Jerusalem! The new moon has been officially sited in Jerusalem today, October 2, 2016 with about 2.3 percent illumination.

Now, Rosh Hashanah, the feast of mystery officially begins. Why is this a feast of mystery? Because God never tells us why this feast was instituted. If you read about the other four feasts in Leviticus 23, you know what they are about. But, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the Feast of Trumpets or Tabernacles, God really doesn’t say.

Leviticus 23:23, God institutes a two-day feast at the first of the month called Rosh Hashanah, or “Head of the Year.” That is unusual in itself because the previous four feasts occur during the middle of the month at the full moon. However, this feast begins at the first day of the month at the “new moon,” or dark of the moon. It is not explained. So over the centuries, the Hebrew sages “created” tradition to explain what they felt the feast was about. These include:

1. Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year, Birthday of the World)
2. Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets, The Awakening Blast)
3. Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment)
4. HaMelech (Coronation Day of the Messiah)
5. Yom HaZikkaron (Day of Remembrance)
6. Chevlai shel Mashiach (Time of Jacob’s Trouble,   Birthpangs of the Messiah)
7. Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the Wedding Ceremony)
8. Natzal (the Resurrection)
9. Shofar HaGadol (the Last Trump)
10. Yom Hakeseh (the Hidden Day)
11. The opening of the Gates

What I want to discuss is Yom Hekeseh, the Hidden Day and what the has to do with Kiddushin the wedding ceremony. Stay with me for a couple of paragraphs of review.

Again, Rosh Hashanah has several implications as the fifth unfulfilled festival. It is yes, a time that marks the beginning of a new calendar year. And for most of us westerners, that is about all it means in addition to food and football games. For the Jew it has several other meanings and implications that we need to know about. If this is a marker for the rapture of the church, then we need to be aware of not only the meaning of the numbers that make up the new Jewish year of 5777, but also the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony at the time of our Lord, Jesus the Christ.

I said previously, that 7775 and 5777 were markers for types of judgments upon the earth. Lamech’s age when he died was 777 and 5 years later was the flood, the first judgment on the earth. Conversely, the new Jewish year, 5777 may begin another period of judgment upon the earth if the rapture of the church occurs. The judgment is of course the great tribulation period.

The me and the sages are correct, the church, who is referred to many times as the Bride of Christ, will not suffer the judgment meant for the rest of the world who are unbelievers, because we will be hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3) as a partaker in the rapture of the church.

rosh-hashana111Another name for Rosh Hashanah is the “Yom Hakeseh” or Day of Concealment. The term keseh or keceh is derived from the Hebrew root kacah, which means to “conceal, cover, or hide.” It is taken by the Hebrew primarily from Psalm 27🕔:5 “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.”

Why would there be trouble? The sages are not too, sure. However, trumpets are blown in the Old Testament for three main reasons: for salvation, for proclamation and for trouble.

Every day during the preceding month of Elul, a trumpet is blown to warn the people to turn back to God, except for the thirtieth day of Elul, which is the day preceding Rosh Hashanah. On that day the trumpet is not blown, and is therefore silent. This is because much about Rosh Hashanah is concealed and shrouded in mystery. The mystical aspect of Rosh Hashanah is indicated in Scripture: “Sound the shofar on the New Moon, in concealment of the day of our festival” (Psalm 81:3). Satan, the accuser, is not to be given notice about the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment (See list above).

The sages wanted Rosh Hashanah hidden from satan, because he is the adversary. The Bible says that satan comes to rob and to steal (John 10:10, and to confuse (1 Corinthians 14:33). Because it is the Day of Judgment, it is symbolically hidden from satan (satan did not know and understand the plan of the Cross,  1 Corinthians 2:7-8). This was hidden from him as well. Believers never said when the day of Rosh Hashanah was; they simply said, “Of that day and hour no one knows, only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36).

Because Rosh Hashanah was understood to be the hidden day, this statement by the Lord Jesus the Christ is actually an idiom for Rosh Hashanah. Thus it should be given as proof that He was speaking of Rosh Hashanah because Rosh Hashanah is the only day in the whole year that was referred to as the hidden day or the day that no man knew.

The practical reason that no one knew the day or the hour was because know one knew when the moon was going to be judged as a “new moon.” Two witnesses had to establish that they saw the first sliver of the new moon, thus establishing the first day of the year, the month and the festival. That is why this was a two day festival: it gave them some wiggle room if the moon was obscured by clouds.

So, because Rosh HaShanah takes place on the new moon, Colossians 2:16-17 says that the new moon will teach about the Messiah. The Jewish (biblical) month is based upon a lunar cycle. The moon can barely be seen as the cycle begins. But then the moon turns toward the sun and begins to reflect the light of the sun. The sun in the sky is a picture of the Lord Jesus the Christ (Malachi 4:2), and the moon is a picture of the believers in the Messiah. The sun has its own light, but the moon’s light is a reflection of the sun. When we first become believers in the Lord Jesus the Christ, we can hardly be seen spiritually, and we know very little about God. But then our lives begin to revolve around the Messiah as the moon revolves around the sun. As we begin to turn more and more toward the center of creation, we begin to reflect that light (Jesus) more and more, just as the moon reflects the light from the center of the solar system.

What this has to do with the ancient Hebrew wedding ceremony is simply this: the bride is another example from the Hebrew sages of someone who is suddenly snatched away when no one know the day or the hour when her bridegroom comes. More about that in the next article.

Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:51,52, “Behold, I show you a mystery!”