by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 18th, 2014

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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 18th, 2014

Happy Hanukkah, R.E.C. Beit Tikkun!


Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  Last night, the first light of the hanukkiah was kindled in homes and public venues as this special holiday began.


As the sun sets here in Jerusalem, the second night of Hanukkah begins.


Perhaps the best-known custom of Hanukkah is the lighting of the hanukkiah, and tonight, all around the world, two candles will be lit on the hanukkiah (special Hanukkah menorah)!





Symbols of Hanukkah: the hanukkiah, sufganiyot (jam-filled donuts), gelt
(chocolate coins), and dreidels (tops).


This special menorah is used only at Hanukkah, and although it is reminiscent of the seven-branched light stand that stood in the Temple, it is different.


Instead of having seven branches like the Temple Menorah, the hanukkiah has eight candles, as well as a special candle called a shamash.  Since the shamash is used to light all the other candles, it is considered to be the servant candle.


This ninth candle is most often elevated over the eight other candles in the hanukkiah and sometimes placed in the middle.


Since the second day of Hanukkah begins tonight, a second light will be added to the hanukkiah.  With the shamash, there will be three lights glowing on the Hanukkah menorah.


On each night of Hanukkah, one additional candle is added to the hanukkiah. On the last night, the shamash lights all eight candles so that all of the lights shine together.





Fully lit oil hanukkiah with the shamash raised at the end.




In addition to lighting the hanukkiah, it is also customary to read stories, spin the dreidel, sing Hanukkah songs, and eat foods fried in oil.


Sufganiyot (donuts), which are a favorite here in Israel, and latkes (potato pancakes) served with sour cream and applesauce, are two traditional Hanukkah foods.


As fattening as these deep fried foods are, they are prepared in order to memorialize the miracle God did in restoring the Temple in Jerusalem and saving the Jewish People from the Greek/Syrian army.  (It’s all about the story of the olive oil!)





A Jewish girl eats a sufganiyah on Hanukkah.
This fried food of Hanukkah memorializes the
miracle of a one-day supply of holy oil burning for
eight days while the Temple was rededicated.




Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened Here


The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word hanukh, which means dedication or education.


Hanukkah is celebrated as the Feast of Dedication to remember the re-dedication of the Temple after God faithfully delivered Israel from her oppressors.


In fact, the reason for lighting eight candles is to present to Israel and the world a visula reminder of God's faithfulness and the miraculous story of Hanukkah.


Between the years 175 to 163 BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered and divided the entire ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean, the area of Judea came under control of the Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes.


Antiochus tried to force the Jews to accept Greek culture.  He even defiled the Beit HaMikdash (Temple in Jerusalem) by sacrificing a pig on the altar and desecrating this holy place with the blood of this unclean animal.


As described in the book of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha, this wicked ruler forbade the Jewish people from keeping God’s laws.  In fact, the penalty for keeping the Torah was death.  Many Jewish people chose martyrdom over defying God’s commandments.





Since the Greeks outlawed the study of the Torah, when someone
approached, the Torah was hidden and dreidels were taken out and
played like a game of chance.  Their oppressors thought the Jewish
people were playing a children's game when they were actually pursuing
the things of God.  The letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin stand for nes gadol
haya sham, meaning a great miracle happened there.  In Israel, however,
the letters are nun, gimmel, hey, pey meaning a great miracle happened
here (poh).


Antiochus also erected a statue of the Greek false god, Zeus, in the Holy of Holies!


As horrible as this was, it fulfilled the Hebrew Prophet Daniel's prophecy concerning the “abomination of desolation.”


The Prophet Daniel wrote: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice.  Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.  With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him."  (Daniel 11:31–32)


A Jewish revolt against this assault on Judaism rose up led by the courageous freedom fighters called the Maccabees.


This name is an acronym standing for the Hebrew phrase Mi kamocha ba’elim Adonai, which means Who is like you, Lord, among the gods?





Delicious potato latkes served with generous dollops of sour cream and
applesauce—a real Hanukkah delight!


Although greatly outnumbered and overpowered, Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee led his brothers and some other Jewish men in a valiant battle to drive out tens of thousands of Greeks and reclaim the Temple.


God helped this small but courageous group of men to win the victory in 163 BC, taking back Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple to God.


Jewish law requires the Temple Menorah to stay lit 24 hours a day using consecrated oil, but tradition has it that they only found a one-day supply of sealed, consecrated oil; however, the oil miraculously burned for a whole eight days—the time it took to prepare the sanctified oil for lighting the Menorah every day after.





The most common tradition at Hanukkah is lighting the hanukkiah.  It is
lit in remembrance of the eight days that the Golden Menorah in the
Holy Temple kept burning on a one-day supply of oil.




Yeshua: the Shamash Who Kindled the Light in Our Hearts and Lives


"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  (Mark 10:45)


Since Hanukkah is not a holiday ordained by God in the Torah, some wonder if Yeshua (Jesus) actually celebrated it.


The answer is a resounding yes!


“It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication was being held in Jerusalem.  Yeshua was walking in the Temple precincts, in Solomon's Portico.  The Jews gathered round Him and asked: ‘How long must you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah say so plainly.’”  (John 10:22–24)


Yeshua went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), and while in the Temple area He proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)





Shamash: Yeshua the Messiah, like the shamash candle, kindles the
light in our hearts and brings us out of darkness into the light of life.


Just as the shamash on the hanukkiah is the servant candle that lights the other eight candles, Yeshua the Messiah came as a servant to be the light that shines in and through us to others.


John confirms that Yeshua is the light that darkness cannot overcome.


“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:4–5)


Darkness has no power over the light.  When the lights are turned on, the darkness disappears immediately!  It’s never a struggle or a contest.  Light wins every time!


“When Yeshua spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  (John 8:12)





Israeli children gather around the recreated
Temple Menorah, which is on display in
Jerusalem.  The Temple Institute created this
Menorah for use in the Third Temple, which will
inevitably by built.




The Significance of the Menorah


When the Holy Temple was restored during the time of the Maccabees, the act of re-lighting the Menorah in the Temple represented restoring God’s presence there.


The Temple was set up so that the Jewish people would have a place to come and meet with God.  And while the Menorah was placed inside the Holy Place, the Jewish sages teach that the windows in the Sanctuary walls were no ordinary windows:

“For what is normally considered the function of windows? To let the light in. But these windows were in order to let the light the out—to disseminate the spiritual light emanating from the Temple Menorah out into the world.  The Sanctuary's windows allowed the special ethereal light coming forth from the Menorah to burst out to the world from within the hallowed hall.”  (Temple Institute)


While the Bible makes it clear that the Temple will once again be rebuilt, today, those who know Yeshua do have spiritual light and are the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).


“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”  (1 Corinthians 3:16)


Without the presence and Light of God shining on us, we are all lost.  Moreover, without the presence and Light of God shining in us and out from us, we cannot minister His Good News of saving grace to others.










R.E.C./Beit Tikkun Family,




During this joyous eight-day season of Hanukkah, is a time of rejoicing with the Good News that Yeshua is the Light of the World. This is also a time of Dedicating ourselves to the Lord and a time of giving to the Kingdom of God so His word will continue to reach the world! We want to thank everyone for your generous and faithful support, and we pray abundant blessings to all!


Click Here to give your Special Hanukkah Gift: http://www.recministries.org/online-giving.htm




"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness."  (John 12:46)


"In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind."  (John 1:4)

  
From all of our ministry family...


We wish you a Very Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous Holiday Season filled with abundant blessings!


"The blessing of the Lord be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."  (Psalm 129:8)


Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 18th, 2014

Happy Hanukkah, R.E.C. Beit Tikkun!


Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  Last night, the first light of the hanukkiah was kindled in homes and public venues as this special holiday began.


As the sun sets here in Jerusalem, the second night of Hanukkah begins.


Perhaps the best-known custom of Hanukkah is the lighting of the hanukkiah, and tonight, all around the world, two candles will be lit on the hanukkiah (special Hanukkah menorah)!





Symbols of Hanukkah: the hanukkiah, sufganiyot (jam-filled donuts), gelt
(chocolate coins), and dreidels (tops).


This special menorah is used only at Hanukkah, and although it is reminiscent of the seven-branched light stand that stood in the Temple, it is different.


Instead of having seven branches like the Temple Menorah, the hanukkiah has eight candles, as well as a special candle called a shamash.  Since the shamash is used to light all the other candles, it is considered to be the servant candle.


This ninth candle is most often elevated over the eight other candles in the hanukkiah and sometimes placed in the middle.


Since the second day of Hanukkah begins tonight, a second light will be added to the hanukkiah.  With the shamash, there will be three lights glowing on the Hanukkah menorah.


On each night of Hanukkah, one additional candle is added to the hanukkiah. On the last night, the shamash lights all eight candles so that all of the lights shine together.





Fully lit oil hanukkiah with the shamash raised at the end.




In addition to lighting the hanukkiah, it is also customary to read stories, spin the dreidel, sing Hanukkah songs, and eat foods fried in oil.


Sufganiyot (donuts), which are a favorite here in Israel, and latkes (potato pancakes) served with sour cream and applesauce, are two traditional Hanukkah foods.


As fattening as these deep fried foods are, they are prepared in order to memorialize the miracle God did in restoring the Temple in Jerusalem and saving the Jewish People from the Greek/Syrian army.  (It’s all about the story of the olive oil!)





A Jewish girl eats a sufganiyah on Hanukkah.
This fried food of Hanukkah memorializes the
miracle of a one-day supply of holy oil burning for
eight days while the Temple was rededicated.




Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened Here


The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word hanukh, which means dedication or education.


Hanukkah is celebrated as the Feast of Dedication to remember the re-dedication of the Temple after God faithfully delivered Israel from her oppressors.


In fact, the reason for lighting eight candles is to present to Israel and the world a visula reminder of God's faithfulness and the miraculous story of Hanukkah.


Between the years 175 to 163 BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered and divided the entire ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean, the area of Judea came under control of the Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes.


Antiochus tried to force the Jews to accept Greek culture.  He even defiled the Beit HaMikdash (Temple in Jerusalem) by sacrificing a pig on the altar and desecrating this holy place with the blood of this unclean animal.


As described in the book of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha, this wicked ruler forbade the Jewish people from keeping God’s laws.  In fact, the penalty for keeping the Torah was death.  Many Jewish people chose martyrdom over defying God’s commandments.





Since the Greeks outlawed the study of the Torah, when someone
approached, the Torah was hidden and dreidels were taken out and
played like a game of chance.  Their oppressors thought the Jewish
people were playing a children's game when they were actually pursuing
the things of God.  The letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin stand for nes gadol
haya sham, meaning a great miracle happened there.  In Israel, however,
the letters are nun, gimmel, hey, pey meaning a great miracle happened
here (poh).


Antiochus also erected a statue of the Greek false god, Zeus, in the Holy of Holies!


As horrible as this was, it fulfilled the Hebrew Prophet Daniel's prophecy concerning the “abomination of desolation.”


The Prophet Daniel wrote: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice.  Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.  With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him."  (Daniel 11:31–32)


A Jewish revolt against this assault on Judaism rose up led by the courageous freedom fighters called the Maccabees.


This name is an acronym standing for the Hebrew phrase Mi kamocha ba’elim Adonai, which means Who is like you, Lord, among the gods?





Delicious potato latkes served with generous dollops of sour cream and
applesauce—a real Hanukkah delight!


Although greatly outnumbered and overpowered, Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee led his brothers and some other Jewish men in a valiant battle to drive out tens of thousands of Greeks and reclaim the Temple.


God helped this small but courageous group of men to win the victory in 163 BC, taking back Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple to God.


Jewish law requires the Temple Menorah to stay lit 24 hours a day using consecrated oil, but tradition has it that they only found a one-day supply of sealed, consecrated oil; however, the oil miraculously burned for a whole eight days—the time it took to prepare the sanctified oil for lighting the Menorah every day after.





The most common tradition at Hanukkah is lighting the hanukkiah.  It is
lit in remembrance of the eight days that the Golden Menorah in the
Holy Temple kept burning on a one-day supply of oil.




Yeshua: the Shamash Who Kindled the Light in Our Hearts and Lives


"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  (Mark 10:45)


Since Hanukkah is not a holiday ordained by God in the Torah, some wonder if Yeshua (Jesus) actually celebrated it.


The answer is a resounding yes!


“It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication was being held in Jerusalem.  Yeshua was walking in the Temple precincts, in Solomon's Portico.  The Jews gathered round Him and asked: ‘How long must you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah say so plainly.’”  (John 10:22–24)


Yeshua went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), and while in the Temple area He proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)





Shamash: Yeshua the Messiah, like the shamash candle, kindles the
light in our hearts and brings us out of darkness into the light of life.


Just as the shamash on the hanukkiah is the servant candle that lights the other eight candles, Yeshua the Messiah came as a servant to be the light that shines in and through us to others.


John confirms that Yeshua is the light that darkness cannot overcome.


“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:4–5)


Darkness has no power over the light.  When the lights are turned on, the darkness disappears immediately!  It’s never a struggle or a contest.  Light wins every time!


“When Yeshua spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  (John 8:12)





Israeli children gather around the recreated
Temple Menorah, which is on display in
Jerusalem.  The Temple Institute created this
Menorah for use in the Third Temple, which will
inevitably by built.




The Significance of the Menorah


When the Holy Temple was restored during the time of the Maccabees, the act of re-lighting the Menorah in the Temple represented restoring God’s presence there.


The Temple was set up so that the Jewish people would have a place to come and meet with God.  And while the Menorah was placed inside the Holy Place, the Jewish sages teach that the windows in the Sanctuary walls were no ordinary windows:

“For what is normally considered the function of windows? To let the light in. But these windows were in order to let the light the out—to disseminate the spiritual light emanating from the Temple Menorah out into the world.  The Sanctuary's windows allowed the special ethereal light coming forth from the Menorah to burst out to the world from within the hallowed hall.”  (Temple Institute)


While the Bible makes it clear that the Temple will once again be rebuilt, today, those who know Yeshua do have spiritual light and are the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).


“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”  (1 Corinthians 3:16)


Without the presence and Light of God shining on us, we are all lost.  Moreover, without the presence and Light of God shining in us and out from us, we cannot minister His Good News of saving grace to others.










R.E.C./Beit Tikkun Family,




During this joyous eight-day season of Hanukkah, is a time of rejoicing with the Good News that Yeshua is the Light of the World. This is also a time of Dedicating ourselves to the Lord and a time of giving to the Kingdom of God so His word will continue to reach the world! We want to thank everyone for your generous and faithful support, and we pray abundant blessings to all!


Click Here to give your Special Hanukkah Gift: http://www.recministries.org/online-giving.htm




"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness."  (John 12:46)


"In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind."  (John 1:4)

  
From all of our ministry family...


We wish you a Very Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous Holiday Season filled with abundant blessings!


"The blessing of the Lord be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."  (Psalm 129:8)


Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 11th, 2014

Vayeshev (He Continued Living)
Genesis 37:1-40:23
Amos 2:6-3:8
Acts 7:9-16


The Making of a Family

So if you were allowed to have the title of "God for the Day" and were given the task of planning from the heavens, an earthly family, just how would you go about that task.

Maybe here is what you would plan: First you would find a man living in a pagan land whose wife was barren. You would invite him to go to a land you are promising, but you don't tell him where the land is until he commits. He would go with his barren wife and eventually at age 100, her being a young 90, they would have a child who you would ask the guy to sacrifice to you, just to prove his devotion. After the test you would have the man's servant go back to a foreign land to find a wife for the son, but she would be found to be barren also. For time sake you would not wait till they were 100 or so, but would instead have the husband pray for her and in answering that prayer give her twins, one of which would even from the womb try to kill the other. You would plan to have one of the boys deceive the other, which would send the whole family into a near murder experience to the point that the boy who has a heart toward you has to flee from his family for about 20 years, during this time marrying two women. From these two women and their handmaidens you would bring forth 12 sons and create the greatest comedy/soap opera ever written.

Now, just to make this all interesting, you would have the 12 boys in constant struggle with each other caused by favoritism of their father. One would become a spoiled brat who would tell of his dreams of the whole family bowing to him. This scenario would cause the favorite son's brothers to seek to kill him. One of the boys would step in and save his life by wanting to make a profit off the deal, so he would be sold to slavery.

This is where you would get creative. You would send the brat son to a foreign land to learn a bit of humility. To teach this lesson, you would cater to his ego and right from the start make him a great man in the country. You would then frame him with someone else's wife, pulling the rug of pride out from under him and have him thrown in a prison cell to contemplate his life. While in prison you would give him just enough favor to keep him comfortable, then bring him back to the subject of dreams by meeting a couple of men who he thought would be his immediate ticket to freedom, only to spend some more time alone considering the true purpose of dreams.

Now for the test. Please answer the following multiple choice question.

A. This is exactly the way I would have planned this out to begin and build a family. I did not see any surprises here.
B. "God is smarter than I am!"

If you answered "A" you can stop reading now. You have life all figured out and, move over Joseph, you are in line to take over as the most arrogant brat who ever lived on planet earth.

If you answered "B" there is still hope for you as you have come to the place in life of understanding His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are much more wondrous than we could ever consider.

So what is the point you may ask? Good question.

In the above summary of life between Abram and part of the life of Joseph, we see just how incredible the plans of Yahweh really are. We see the twists and turns of a story line more fascinating than any mystery novel ever written. We see Him working through His creation in ways too marvelous for us to comprehend, much less for us to figure out. So with this thought, what makes people think they are going to figure it out from where we are in time to the end? Of course we today have the whole Book. We are able to read the beginning and the end. We have the prophets and greater understanding gained from our vast references. Really?

Truth is, there was a time in my life in which I thought I had it all figured out just like many of you did. We knew what each trumpet and bowl stood for. We had the beast of Daniel all figured out right down to his belly button, but then HaShem (Yahweh our God) threw us curve balls in history and all our puzzle pieces no longer fit like we thought they would.

Now please understand what I am about to say. I am not saying we do not study the prophecies we have been given today, but what if instead of using them to "Figure out the future," we instead used them to guide and enhance our daily walk. What if we began to use prophecy, not to show others how smart we are, but rather how wonderful He is. Jacob is actually a good role model for us in this area. In Gen 37:11, we read his response to one of Joseph's dreams. While the brothers hated Joseph for the dream, Jacob "Kept the matter in mind." In Hebrew it states he "Shamar HaDavar." This can be translated to mean he observed a fragment of prophecy and hid it in his heart. You may remember a young Hebrew girl named Miriam who did the same thing around 2000 years ago.

Each person we read about in Scripture plays a great role in building a family for HaShem. I imagine that whenever they get a chance to read the book which was their life, they are going to be very surprised at how their lives were interwoven into the puzzle called Israel's story. I am sure the same surprise will be in store for each of us as we will one day be amazed at how seemingly insignificant events of our lives were also filled with great meaning. So maybe it would be best for us if instead of always focusing on the puzzle, we focused on living out our puzzle piece.



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 11th, 2014

Being Hidden: The Makings of a Spiritual Sniper"
Sniper: A skilled military shooter detailed to spot and pick off enemy soldiers from a concealed place.
Does it seem like you are in a hidden place with darkness all around you? And is the enemy breathing down your neck? Be encouraged. You may have the makings of a spiritual sniper.
Snipers are concealed by darkness in the time of war, close to enemy territory. If you can't see daylight, you may be right on schedule. Darkness brings out a sniper's full potential.
"We Own The Night!" is their motto.
Not many of God's people can stand being hidden for long periods of time. It's a lonely, dark place – but you are not alone. God is with you, and He's creating something powerful out of you. The Lord is saying to many:
"The enemy will soon know why you haven't been heard from as of yet. He will soon wonder where you came from. Treasure your hiddenness. It's your advantage. And don't fear the darkness. Your hardships and enemies have come to train you. Don't go AWOL! The moment you were born for is coming. Your light will pierce darkness. My spiritual snipers are coming forth in this season of war."
Communication Is a Must In Your Hiddenness
Although hidden, you must have clear communication with God and your comrades. You must learn the weapon of silence to hear. Silence makes the enemy wonder what you are up to while God is giving you strategy. Silence enables you to hear not only God's still small voice but also the enemy's next plan of attack.
I sense the Lord saying, "I'm corporately anointing your ears to hear and eyes to see what no other generation has ever heard or seen for this end time spiritual war. Keep in communication with one another. At times your comrades will be your eyes and ears. It's the lifeline to win. Communicate even if you don't agree. Communicate until you do. You are a team, and no one goes anywhere without each other. A team that can move as one is a dominating force. Laying down your life for each other is not a question. You are no longer considered your own."
Maneuvering Offensively
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force. Matthew 11:12
A former sniper shared with me how he was sent ahead of his troop and how he concealed himself close to the enemy. He said, "A vacant building or any forsaken covering gave me an edge for my deadly aim." He also said, "I became a terror to the terrorists. I could paralyze a large troop with one fatal shot to their comrades. Terror would grip them, for they didn't know where I was. At times I shot from a window of a forsaken building and then ran. If they suspected where I was they would immediately launch heavy artillery into that place. Bounties were placed on my head."
I asked him, "Were you afraid of dying?" He said, "No, I died when I left home. If I had any fear in me, I wouldn't have survived what I went through."
His words, "I died when I left home," pierced me. I wonder how many of us realize the day we gave our life to Yeshua Messiah was the day we died to ourselves, and He now lives in us. "It is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me" (Galatians 2:20). And Yeshua is never afraid. Having been through much warfare myself, I'm learning when I feel intimidated by the enemy, the truth is: that's really when he is terrified of me. So I move beyond what intimidates me and find sweet victory.
Staying Focused
Remember the Biblical Law: “whatever has your focus masters you!” So our focus should be on Yeshua and His word!
Many will see other comrades being elevated this season. Don't be jealous or envious. They are being called to the front line where increased danger lies. Their advancement is your protection. It's a most dangerous time to compare ourselves with one another. Some will think that their strong anointing that's promoting them lessens their need for their comrades or those in authority over them. It actually increases your need for them.
You may seem to be ahead of them in rank, but they are behind you to cover your back. If left alone with our increased anointing’s, we become dangerous to ourselves and others. This often results in "friendly fire." We need our comrades to keep speaking into our lives to adjust and sharpen our spiritual gifts and weapons to stay effective. Our training never ends. God will always have someone over us to learn from and someone under us to teach what we have learned.
Biblical "Sniper" Weapons
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4
Throughout history snipers rise from obscurity to win wars. One person stands out to me as the greatest sniper in the Bible: David, a shepherd boy, hidden in the hillsides of Judea. Trained by a bear and a lion, he makes his debut with a giant named Goliath. David becomes a sniper in the eyes of the Philistine army as he takes out Goliath with a slingshot and stone. He knew that giant would look good on his resume. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. Psalm 144:1
David was also a warrior as a scribe. His writings still pierce the darkness in our lives today. The Lord is releasing a scribe anointing upon many for new songs, books, and movies to be written to dismantle powers of darkness upon the earth. Pick up your pen and fight!
David's greatest weapon in his arsenal was worship. David was a full-time worshiper and part-time shepherd. He worshiped in secret, and God met him on the battlefield. Worship didn't keep David away from trouble. Worship brought God down into the troubles, and God never lost a battle.
In the wars that rage against us today, our greatest weapon is still to worship God in the midst of chaos. Through worship, Heaven comes and fills us with His love and presence, which can touch our worst enemies to surrender all to Yeshua. Loving our enemies keeps them from getting inside of us. We will be facing giants in the days to come. Don't leave home without your slingshot. Remember, as a Believer, Yeshua lives in you, and He is not afraid. Besides, you died when you left home.
Welcome, Sniper.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 11th, 2014

USES FOR COLLOIDAL SILVER....
ORDER MY STEPS, YESHUA....


Uses for Colloidal Silver    
While you can use colloidal silver for many other conditions, here are some of the most common uses.
Eye Infection - In case of pink eye or conjunctivitis, place one or two drops in the eye ever couple of hours
Ear infection - Use several drops or more in the ear every few hours
Nasal Infection - Spray or use several drops or more as needed in each nostril every few hours
Mouth ulcers and gum infections - Use one to two teaspoons inside mouth, swish for one to two minutes then swallow
Colds and Flu- Use one to two teaspoons, place in mouth and absorb sublingually under the tongue. Repeat every few hours. Start early to help avert full-blown illness.
Sore throat and streph Gargle with one to two teaspoons for one-minute, every two hours, then swallow
Cuts, scrapes, mild burns, and abrasions - Apply directly to area or via a band-aid or gauze. Change covering and reapply several time a day.
Urinary tract infections- Oral dosage is one tablespoon taken 3 times daily. Most users report noticeable improvement within two to three days, with the infection generally gone in five to seven days.
Yeast infections- Take a teaspoon every 3-4 hours for up to one month.
Traveling- Take a teaspoon, absorbed sublingually, every few hours.
A FEW UNIQUE PLUS TRADITIONAL USES FOR COLLOIDAL SILVER
When you control a source of penny's-per-gallon make-it-yourself high concentration silver colloid,you can use it for hundreds of health improvement applications. A few are suggested here. 
Add to suspected drinking water when traveling or camping. 
Silver-sprayed burns heal rapidly without scarring. 
Safely sterilize anything from toothbrushes to surgical instruments. 
Use topically on cuts, wounds, abrasions, rashes, sunburn, insect bites, razor nicks and bandages.
Spray on garbage to prevent decay odors. 
Mist kitchen sponges, towels, cutting boards to eliminate E. Coli and salmonella bacteria to prevent food poisoning and gastrointestinal inflammation.
Add when canning, preserving or bottling. 
Use like peroxide on zits and acne. 
Add to juices and milk to prevent spoiling, fermenting, deteriorating, clabbering or curdling. 
Spray in shoes and between toes to stop most skin itch, athletes foot and fungi.
Diminish dandruff, psoriasis, skin rashes, etc. 

Add to bath water, gargle, douches, colon irrigation, nasal spray and dental water-pic solutions.
Cuts downtime dramatically from colds, flu, pneumonia, staph, strep, respiratory infections and rhino viruses. 
Skin itch, eye irritation or infection (dilute a small amount with an equal amount of distilled water for eye use) and ear infections (warm slightly first), some moles and warts vanish (put on band aid pad and wear on wart overnight each night until gone). 
Use with Q-tips on fingernail, toenail, and ear fungi. 
Can impede tooth decay and bad breath. 
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, Colloidal Silver never permits strain-resistant pathogens to evolve.
Toothaches, mouth sores, bacterial irritations are diminished. 
Soak dentures.
Spray refrigerator, freezer and food storage bin interiors. 
Mix in postage stamp, envelope, and tape moistening wells, paint and paste pots to prevent bacterial growth, odors, spoiling or souring. 
Add to water-based paints, wallpaper paste, dishwater, cleaning and mopping solutions, etc. 
Spray pet bedding and let dry.
Spray on top of contents of opened jam, jelly, and condiment containers and inside lids before replacing.
Mix a little in pet water, birdbaths, cut flower vases. 
Add to swamp cooler water. 
Spray air conditioner filters after cleaning. 
Swab air ducts and vents to prevent breeding sites for germs. 
Use routinely in laundry final rinse water and always before packing away seasonal clothes. 
Damp clothes or towels and washcloths will not sour or mildew.
Eliminate unwanted microorganisms in planter soils and hydroponics systems. 
Spray plant foliage to stop fungi, molds, rot, and most plant diseases. 
Silver is an excellent plant-growth stimulator.
Treat pools, fountains, humidifiers, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, baths, dishwashers, re-circulating cooling tower water, gymnasium foot dips, and bath and shower mats.
Spray inside shoes, watch bands and gloves and under fingernails periodically. 
Treat shower stalls, tubs, fonts, animal watering troughs, shavers to avoid trading germs. 
Rinse fruit and vegetables before storing or using. 
Put in cooking water. 
Add to human and animal shampoos and they become disinfectants. Prevent carpets, drapes and wallpaper from mildewing.
Wipe telephone mouthpieces, pipe stems, headphones, hearing aids, eyeglass frames, hairbrushes, combs, loof as.
Excellent for diapers and diaper rash. 
Do toilet seats, bowls, tile floors, sinks, urinals, door knobs. 
Kills persistent odors. 
Rinse invalid's pillowcases, sheets, towels and bedclothes. 
There are literally thousands of other essential uses for this odorless, nearly tasteless and colorless, totally benign, powerful, non-toxic disinfectant and healing agent.
You'll find that a spray or misting bottle of Colloidal Silver solution may be the most useful
health enhancement tool in your environment. 
Dosage:
Some people, when first ingesting Colloidal Silver, have the experience that is called the Herxheimer effect. 
This experience is a result of the silver very efficiently killing off too many pathogens too fast for the body to dispose of through the normal eliminative organs. 
This forces the body to utilize the secondary eliminative organs: the lungs, sinuses and skin. 
Sometimes a new Colloidal Silver user who ingests Colloidal Silver for the first time will experience what feels like a cold or the flu (or diarrhea). This can be stopped by cutting back on the dosage (or completely abstaining for a day or so), or prevented by starting with a small dose (1/4 to 1 teaspoon twice a day) and gradually increasing the dosage. 
Some people even find they need to start off at first with just a few drops.
People who are trying to self-treat a significant health condition (like asthma, or an internal infection) may need to work up to fairly large quantities each day (4 to 6 oz 2-3 times per day) before they see an improvement.



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 11th, 2014

Hanukkah
December 8, 2014
Kislev 24th until Tevet 2nd.
The first day of Hanukkah falls on Dec. 17th this Year, Come Celebrate with us a Special Hanukkah Shabbat Service Dec. 20th at 5PM!  
  The Feast of Dedication” or Hanukkah, — you will not find this Holiday in Lev. 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord. But we find it in John 10:22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background.
The time was around 167 BC or, if you’re Jewish–BCE.  Prior to this date a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world.  This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic period” (Greeks).  His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom.  The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV.  This new Ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism (Greek Mythology) and the Greek values that he held. Many did, even many of the Jews of the land because they found it to be a very civilized way of life.
But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs, such as worshiping on the Sabbath (Saturday), Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die.
One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple.  He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down.  Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshiped in the Temple.
When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in.  His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it.  Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons.  He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler.  One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” (the Hammer in Hebrew).  To bring this piece of history to a close we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.
The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God.  They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings.  There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God.  They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem.  This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil.  They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day.  To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day.  But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready.  So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.”  It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes.  It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch (in the center) is the Shamash (Servant Lamp), which represents the Messiah.
There are many customs and traditions that brings one closer to God and understanding of His greatness associated with this holiday, but I want to keep this as short as possible.  Each night for eight nights a candle is lighted. The Shamash (the center) is always lit first, for it is from the Messiah that all light flows.  It is then used to light each candle for the eight nights.  Blessing is said and songs about Hanukkah sung. Gifts are given to the children each of the eight nights.  During the lighting of the Shamash and the other candles are lit with the Shamash, the following blessings are said. I will try to write the Hebrew in English letters for you, I hope I do it correctly.
A little advice in lighting the candles, you place them in the Menorah from right to left, but you light them with the Shamash  from left to right.
BARUKH ATAH ADONAI ELOHENU MELEKH HA-OLAM, ASHER KIDSHANU B’MITZVOHTAV L’HADLEEK NER, SHEL HANUKKAH.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has set us apart by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah.
So after lighting the candles and singing the Hanukkah songs, you set down for a festive meal, each night for eight nights.
So I will conclude with one my favorite Jewish recipe for “Latkes” or to put it more simply “Potato Pancakes.”
Ingredients:
2      Eggs
3      Cups grated, drained potatoes
4      Tbls. Grated onion
¼ tsp. Pepper
2      Tbls. Cracker or matzah meal
½ cup oil or butter
Directions:
Beat the eggs and add the potatoes, onions, salt (to taste), pepper, and meal. Heat half the oil or butter in a frying pan and drop the potato mixture into it by tablespoon.  Fry until browned on both sides. Keep pancakes hot until all are fried and add more oil or butter as required. Serve with Applesauce or sour cream. Serves 8.
Shalom, and Hag Same’ach, (Happy Holiday)
 

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 8th, 2014

So, What Should Be Our Focus This December?
The verse for the month is Philippians 3:13: "Brethren, I do not count myself as having apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead."
We must now shift out of the November focus of pursuing to recover our losses ("November's Grace: Pursue, Overtake, Recover All, and Spoil the Enemy!"). It would not be healthy to stay in a self-absorbed mode of considering our losses.
We thank Him for the many aspects of recovery we experienced, but now we must give Him any losses or loose ends that remain and "forget those things which are behind" and begin to reach forward "to those things which are ahead."
As we stay in the hopeful state that we gained in November, we can trust God with the results that have not yet changed and get our eyes off of ourselves. This is a month to keep our eyes first on Jesus as He is both the cause and the flood water itself that is coming in. We must begin preparing ourselves to respond to His arising around us and expect new options that we have not been considering.
In my previous dream on flooding, one phenomenon of it was that the streets were filled with rushing waters that carried many very large, upside-down, squirming pigs. The only thing we needed to watch out for was being swept out by these oversized pigs. There is an exposure of the "underbelly" of societal pigs [also known as those things that are UNCLEAN before the Lord] that has presently begun and will continue. This is a reality we must be prepared for, and we must make sure not to get knocked over by these exposures of that which has been hidden. Exposure is not the theme of this season, but it will be the accompanying phenomenon of the river of God rising in our midst.
Here I repeat the song I was singing in my previous dream: "A river will rise, a mountain will move, God's people will arise – and all will be new." Get ready, get ready, get ready.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 3rd, 2014

Hanukkah 2014 – A Gateway to Miracles"
"Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
"And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
"Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."
Along with the verses from Matthew 25, I have continually been impressed with verses of Scripture and words from the Lord, about not trusting in the strength of man, but trusting in the strong arm of the Lord to do what needs to be accomplished. One of the key passages He has been speaking to me is Psalm 147:10-11:
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
He has also focused my attention on Zechariah 4:6:

Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, "This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' saith the LORD of hosts.
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev on the Jewish calendar. It is based on two miracles: a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple.
Although Hanukkah celebrates military victory—a desperately outnumbered group of Jewish guerilla fighters known as the Macabees triumphed against mighty Greek-Syrian invaders in the second century B.C.—the holiday's major symbol is the menorah, a reminder of the "miracle of the oil". After driving their oppressors out of Jerusalem, the Jews began the process of cleansing the Second Temple, since it had been desecrated by Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
While seeking to rebuild the altar and light its menorah, the Jews discovered only one flask of untainted oil for the eternal lamp—just enough to keep it burning for one day. But somehow, the flames continued to burn eight days and nights until more oil could be procured from afar. That miracle is the reason we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days, and also why Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights.
The verse from Zechariah 4:6 is inscribed upon the menorah in Jerusalem that stands across from the Knesset, Israel's parliament. It serves to remind us not only of military victory, but of the ultimate triumph of God and the spiritual victory of the Jews over their oppressors.
Supernatural Miracles Will Bring Natural Supply
As I sought the Lord for His interpretation of the vision, I felt He gave me the understanding that as we pass into the season of Hanukkah, we will be passing through a gateway in the spirit and stepping upon a path leading us into a time of miracles and victories.
I sense that we will see supernatural miracles that bring natural supply. We will be ushered into a time of miracles in the earthly realm that bring victory over large enemy forces that have intimidated and oppressed God's people for too long.
I hear God saying, "Enough!" Though we may appear outnumbered by these oppressive armies, as we keep the oil of prayer and worship burning and put our trust in the fear of the Lord, He will give victory as He did during the Maccabean Revolt so many years ago.
As I mentioned, in the vision I saw the number 16 right after seeing the gates fashioned like two menorahs. This year, Hanukkah begins December 16th and ends December 24th—Christmas Eve. It is interesting that Hanukkah falls on the eight days leading up to where many Christians celebrate the birth of Christ which Biblically Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles and not in December. I believe that we are entering a season leading to the time that the veil will be removed from the eyes of many Christians and the Jewish people so that they can see their Savior through their Hebrew eyes (see 2 Corinthians 3:13-16, Romans 11:25-32).

Additionally, the menorahs on the two gates each contained eight candles, for a total of 16. Biblically, the number sixteen is symbolic of love. Sixteen of the names and titles for God in the Old Testament especially signify His constant, never-ending love for the children of Israel.
In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 lists "sixteen qualities of God's love" that Paul informs us we should have as well:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Love is Your Mission!
I believe the next eight years we will see an extraordinary number of Jewish men and woman coming to the awareness of the Savior as the Church exhibits the true meaning of love described in First Corinthians. We will love them with the love that God Himself possesses. This Hanukkah season will bring us into a new beginning, where the character of the Father is seen and His true love is displayed in Israel and throughout the nations, like a menorah placed in a window for all who pass by to see.
The modern menorah is a candelabrum of eight branches, with a ninth holder placed higher in the middle. It is used to light the eight candles on either side. This is a picture of Jesus, our ninth candle, who will light the next eight years with miraculous victories and miraculous supply.
I hear the words: "Worship is your passport through the days ahead, with faith as your currency and love as your mission."
Love is your mission!
This is a time to rejoice. Though the world is reporting unthinkable oppression and horrific acts of terror that seem unimaginable, God is proclaiming a different report. He is about to bare His mighty right arm as His people surrender to His strength and live in the fear of the Lord, rather than fear the strength of terrible armies. We are entering a time of great victory and great miracles.
REJOICE!!! This is a time to worship and pray and fill your lamps with oil. It is a time to trust, to dwell safely in the fear of the Lord, and let go of doubt and every bad report that has come your way. The gates are about to open and the Father of Lights will shine and dispel the darkness. A vast Heavenly army has come to fight for His people. Amen!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 2nd, 2014

Returning To the Stronghold of Hope
Over the years you will find that the Holy Spirit emphasizes different themes of God's Word to His people. Over the past few decades one of the truths being restored to the Body of Christ has been the "word of faith." In more recent years, the Holy Spirit has been highlighting the message of "hope."
In my own journey over the past decade, I have given myself to learning about hope. One of my goals in the next few years is to compose a book called Finding Hope to help many people process difficult times.
Some Definitions
According to Webster's Dictionary, hope is defined as 1) to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment, 2) to long with expectation of fulfillment. The Hebrew Word lists hope as Tikvah, Strongs #8615 tiqvah tik-vaw': literally, a cord (as an attachment; also figuratively, expectancy:--expectation ((-ted)), hope, live, thing that I long for and "the favorable and confident expectation, the happy anticipation of good."
In my recent search, the Holy Spirit has directed me to the following as primary verses on the subject of hope.
Primary Scripture Verses
Zechariah 9:12 Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; this very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Colossians 1:27 ...God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles, which is Yeshua Messiah in you, the hope of glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 ...as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Before we can ever walk in true Biblical faith, it is imperative that we first be a people of "hope," possessing a happy anticipation that something good is about to happen. The helmet of hope must be placed upon our minds, filtering what we hear and what we think, resulting in a healthy mental attitude and perspective in life.
Hope is a positive stronghold. We know about the negative effects of ungodly beliefs, but we must not end there. We must replace these old thought patterns with fresh strongholds impregnated with life that are a place of safety and well-being. One of these godly belief patterns is called the "stronghold of hope." We must put our helmets of salvation back on and refuse the bombardment of negativity.
Frankly, I have to practice this every day. I declare that something good is just about to happen. I pronounce that my joy is not dependent upon my external circumstances. I run to the enjoyable place that God is good all the time and His mercies endure forever!
• Two Pictures of Hope from Hebrews 6:17-20:
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

• Two Pictures of Hope Portrayed:
1. Hope is a place of refuge, like the cities of refuge in the Old Testament, where we run to and find safety and protection.
2. Hope is an anchor of the soul (mind, will, and emotions). A ship passes its anchor through the unstable element of water into the stable element of rock. The world in which we live is like the water – unstable, impermanent, insecure, ever-changing in its form. But our hope in Yeshua Messiah is an anchor that passes out of eternity into time and fastens us to our foundation of bedrock below – to the "Rock of Ages."
Ways to Obtain Hope
1. Be a person of the Word of God! Romans 15:4 ...that through the perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
2. Lamentations 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul. "Therefore, I have hope in Him!"
3. Romans 15:13 ...[Through faith] the power of the Holy Spirit [enables us to] abound in hope.
Yes, we have a sure expectation of unending ages of glory in the presence of the Lord. But we do not have to wait till we arrive in Heaven – we get to bring Heaven to earth. Let us return to the Stronghold of Hope and receive a double portion from the Lord! I will hope in Adonai my Lord!
In Yeshua Messiah’s Name! Amen and Amen!
Blessings to each of you!


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 2nd, 2014

7-STEP PRAYER TO  OVERCOME FEAR OR ANYTHING ATTACK OF THE ENEMY   


1. NAME THE FEAR: Take notice of your thoughts or thought patterns and try to name the fear behind them, be specific (for  example, fear of abandonment, authority, loneliness, being controlled, being shamed, crAiticism, death, humiliation, losing a loved one,  rejection, sex, suffering, illnesses, failure, etc.). Ask the Lord.  


2. CONFESS: Tell the Lord that you have allowed this fear into your life and confess it.                                                                                                                                  


 3. REPENT: Tell Jesus that you are sorry and ask for forgiveness; you may also need to forgive yourself.


 4. CANCEL SATAN’S AUTHORITY: This takes away the authority you gave him (whether conscious or subconscious) to  be in this area.  


5. INVITE YESHUA MESSIAH TO TAKE AUTHORITY IN THIS AREA: Again, name the fear and invite Jesus into this area.  


6. INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO THIS AREA: The Holy Spirit will speak truth and help heal this area but will never  go against your will.  


7. LISTEN TO THE LORD: Ask the Lord to speak his words of truth.


 DEUTERONOMY Chapter 31:6 Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who  marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you


PSALMS Chapter 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I  be afraid?


PSALMS Chapter 118:6 The LORD is with me; I am not afraid; what can mortals do against me?


PROVERBS Chapter 3:25-26 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, of the ruin of the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your  confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare.


PROVERBS Chapter 29:25 Fear of others becomes a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is safe.


ISAIAH Chapter 41:10 Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you  with my victorious right hand.


Sample Prayer:


God of Abraham, Isaac & Israel, Heavenly Father In Yeshua Messiah’s Name,


I confess that I have allowed (name the fear) in my life. I repent and choose to forgive myself for allowing this (name the fear)  in my life and release myself from this fear.


In the name of Yeshua who is both human and divine, and by the power of His blood, I cancel all of  Satan’s authority over me in this area of (name the fear).


Satan get out! In the name of Yeshua Messiah I command this (name the fear) to go.


I invite  Yeshua My Messiah  to take authority in this area (name the fear).


Holy Spirit, I invite you into my heart to heal this area of fear emotionally, physically, and  spiritually.  Yeshua Thank you Setting me free!


Father, speak your words of truth to me about this situation (listen to the Lord).


Adonai, fill that void with your love and  seal it with the blood of Yeshua My Messiah.


In Yeshua Messiah’s Name! Amen.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 2nd, 2014

Choices Leading to Paths
"Seek Me diligently so that in these next two months the necessary provisions will be made to properly prepare you for 2015. As you advance, you will begin to see things clearly. You will see the need to make adjustments concerning what you previously desired to do versus what is My will for your life. For the choices you have made and will make concerning the way I have prepared for you will bring you to a path that leads you further toward or away from your destiny.
"Don't allow your flesh to forfeit what I have called you to be. For I am divinely transferring a fresh measure of grace into your life. A grace to fully understand that which has been placed before you. Your perception will connect you with others who are seeking the same direction and truth. It is time to see what is important as you harken diligently to My voice.
"Visions, patterns, and plans that I released to you in prayer are coming to life in this hour. That which you could not discern nor comprehend before will be revealed to you in ways you can easily decipher. While walking in this new level of comprehension, allow a new determination to become the catalyst that launches you forward. There is much you can accomplish, but more can be accomplished by My hand. Know that manifestation will come out of the now and into this new hour."
The New and Now
This is the season of the New! "New-vember" (not November) is how it was spoken to me.
This is the season of the new. This month will be new because we will find that in the now, new things are being ushered in according to the will of God. These things are pouring out of Heaven and invading our now.
"The 'nos' of the past and that which has become old and out of season will submit and give way to the new. Mindsets and hearts needed to be changed, and I have used that which was perceived as delay to prepare you for the now. In order to preserve new wine, the wineskin must be made new. The patterns haven't changed, but the hour and the way in which it will be embraced by My people is new. Timing will have a great part to play in the implementation of the Kingdom advancement.
"Behold I am doing a new thing that will tear down the old religious systems, because they will be dismantled in order for the fresh winds to blow and new structures to be established. Watch what will be caught and watch what will be taught in this hour."
We are becoming who and what we are to become. We are becoming the called-out ones for this time. Changes must be made, and necessary paradigms must be embraced.
Matthew 9:17 Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.
Job 32:19 Inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.
The Gathering of the Watchmen and Midwives
"There is a birthing and a building taking place. I have been calling my Midwives to assist in the birthing process. For I am positioning them in such a place so that what is being birthed can be protected. I have ordered the building process to be strengthened in this time.
"I have also been calling forth My watchmen. For they will stand in the tower and watch over the building as they keep an eye on what is approaching the city.
"The builders and those carrying key tools of grace in this season will no longer be hindered. I am strengthening the hands of My people to war and to win. That which the enemy sought to destroy in the birthing will not come forth. They will come alive with the power to prevail. That which is being built will be complete. Weapons will be formed, but they will not prosper. For the Lord is connecting His people and His purposes so that both can be established, and the evil influences will be confronted at the gate. This company of people will do great exploits."
A Work of Prayer and Praise In the Earth
Prayer and high praise, with prophetic songs and warfare worship, and apostolic declarations, will seal the Word of the Lord. They will lead the way to prepare for the glory of God in the face of coming trouble. The Word of God will be the strength and the standard bearer as we lift the standard in the face of whatever opposes us. Greater grace will be our portion and a greater glory will be our reward.
A Glimpse Into 2015: The Coming Confrontation
God's people are entering into a significant shift in 5775 that will set things in motion that even now are just beginning to surface. There will be results that will be visible and they will be worked out in the year to come. It was a painful process for many who were hungry for change, but it also allowed us to come to the end of ourselves. By us letting go of that which we didn't need, we were then able to embrace what we needed, and it was the principle thing that was the most important to Him.
As we enter into 2015, there will be a confrontation – conflict caused by a series of events which will take place. It will seem troubling, but I hear the Lord saying to us, "Know that that which I spoke over you shall not fall to the ground. This conflict is a result of the ideals that were carried by the values of men versus the values of My heart. It is important to know that what has been declared in the Heavens over My people is now. Those who will follow My way will become living manifestations of 5775; they will gather as an army ready to stand, to fight, and to overcome."
I believe this contradiction of ideals presented by the world system with ungodly forces during the coming New Year will be the source of the confrontation. There will be battles that will be fought in the heavens, and even upon the lands, on various levels. Victories will be won based on Whose we are and not just who we are. The seeds of truth from Abba's words to us, released in this hour, will take root and the glory of God will come forth into full bloom. That same glory will strengthen us for what is coming. For that which has been ordered according to the timings of the Lord will not be hindered by the timings of man.



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 2nd, 2014

Pray to "Adon Ha Katzeer"-"Lord of the Harvest"
for Divine Favor & Breakthrough this coming New Year 5775/2015
The Shemitah Year of Release !






Part one and two of the Unwrapping of Christmas!




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The Chanukah Season starts on the eve of December 16th through the eve of December 24th, 2014
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CHRISTMAS OR CHANUKAH?






 CHRIST'S MASS

The word Christmas is a shortened form of “Christ’s Mass”. The word “Mass” is a Latin word meaning “offering”. Thus “Christ’s Mass” literally means “Messiah’s Offering”. Messiah’s offering was of course his crucifixion, not his birth. When a person says “Merry Christmas” they are actually saying “Merry Crucifixion of Messiah.” Moreover Christians observe “Christmas” (Messiah’s Offering) once a year. However the Scriptures tell us that Messiah was offered once for all time and is not offered again and again once a year (Hebrews 10:1-4, 10-14). An annual “Christ’s Mass” is therefore clearly unscriptural.

YESHUA/JESUS’ BIRTHDAY?

The Christian Book of Why it admits that December 25th was NOT the birthday if Messiah:

…Most biblical scholars agree that the birth, in fact,
did not take place in December at all…
(CBW p. 205)

When Yeshua was born the shepherds were at watch in their fields (Lk. 2:8) which could not have been in the Winter. In fact it can be shown that Messiah was born at Sukkot (Boothes/Tabernacles) in 4 B.C.E..

The key to calculating the date of the birth of Messiah is Luke 1:5 where we learn that Zechariah the father of Yochanan was a priest of the course of Abijah.

The priests became to numerous to all serve at the Temple all the time, so they were divided into 24 courses (1Chron. 24). Each course served for two weeks each year, once in the former rain (first half of the year) and once in the latter rain (second half of the year). There were also three weeks in which all the priests were required to serve, these were the three pilgrimage festivals (Dt. 16:16). 24 times 2 is 48 plus three is 51. 51 weeks is 357 days fitting nicely within the 360 day lunar year.

The course of Abijah is the eighth course (1Chron. 24:10) which serves the tenth week during the former rain portion of the year (this is because during Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost) all fo the priests serve together Dt. 16:16). Zechariah had his vision while serving in the course of Abijah in the tenth week (It will become apparent that he was serving his first course not his second as the timing will show as we progress). Thus Zechariah's vision took place during the 10th week of the year (The religious year beginning at Nisan/Abib around 14 days before Passover). We must add two additional weeks before Yochanon (John) could be conceived, due to the purity laws (Lev. 12:5; 15:19, 25). So Yochanon was concieved in the 12th week of the year. He was born about 40 weeks later during the 52nd week of the year (12 + 40 = 52) which brings us to Passover. Thus Yochanon was born at Passover, the very time that Elijah was, according to Jewish tradition, supposed to appear.

Yeshua was conceived 6 months (about 25 weeks) after Yochanon's conception. This means Yeshua was conceived around the 37th week around Chanukah. This would mean the light of the world was conceived during the festival of lights.

Yeshua was born 40 weeks later (around week 77 that is week 25 of the following year) this brings us to the time of the fall feasts.

There are several clues that Yeshua was born at Sukkot:

1. Bethleham was "booked solid." This would not have been due census which would have taken place over the period of a year. Every Jew was required to come to Jerusalem for Sukkot (Dt. 16:16) this would have over run Jerusalem as well as Bethleham just five miles away.

2. Yeshua was born in a stable. The Hebrew word for "stable" is "sukkah"
(as in Gen. 33:17) so it is likely that Yeshua was born in a Sukkah/booth.

3. If Yeshua was born on the first day of Sukkot then he would have been circumcised on the "eighth great day" a festival following Sukkot. This day was the original "Simchat Torah" (Rejoicing in the Torah) which is now held the following day in Rabbinic Judaism. So Yeshua would have entered the covenant on the day of "rejoicing in the Torah."

4. When the angels appeared to the shepherds they made a statement which closely echos the ancient Sukkot liturgy "...behold, we have come to declare to you glad tidings of great joy." (Lk. 2:10-11)

5. Sukkot is symbolic of God dwelling in a "tabernacle" (body?) with us.

Now in Mt. 2:7-8, 16 Herod kills all the children two and under. The fact that he killed such a wide range indicates that he did not know quite how long ago Messiah had been born. Yeshua's parents fled to Egypt until they heard Herod was dead. They were back in Bethleham in time to perform Miriam's (Mary's) purification and Yeshua's dedication on the 4oth day after Yeshua's birth (as required by Torah) (Luke 2:22-38.

By this time Herod had to be dead or they could not have come to the Temple in Jerusalem. Herod had to have died during the 40 days between Yeshua's birth, and his dedication 40 days later. Herod is known to have died in September of 4 B.C.E. So Yeshua had to have born in the fall (this rueles out that Zechariah could have been serving during Abijah's second course of the year, since that would place Yeshua's birth in the Spring and not allow for Herod's death during the 40 days after his birth in the fall). This also tells us that the year of Yeshua's birth was 4 B.C.E.


THE PAGAN ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS

As early as the first century converts from Pagan backgrounds (who “did service unto them which by nature are no gods”) were attempting to incorporate their old pagan festivals into the Messianic movement and Paul rebuked them for this:

8: Howbeit then, when ye knew not God,
ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9: But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God,
how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10: Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11: I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
(Gal. 4:8-11; KJV)

About the year 230 the Gentile Christian "Church Father" Tertullian wrote:

By us [Gentile Christians] who are strangers to (Jewish)
Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable
to God, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia,
and Matronalia are now frequented, with gifts being carried
to and fro.

That Christmas is of pagan origin is hardly a matter of debate. It is a matter of fact that the same date was celebrated by the Pagan Romans as the Birthday of the Sun god and had originated in the Babylonian Mystery Religion.

Most encyclopedias readily admit this fact under their articles on Christmas. Even the Christian Book of Why CBW) (which in general advocates observance of Christmas) admits the pagan origin of Christmas.
One of the first questions this book answers about Christmas is “Why was Christmas not celebrated by Christians of the Early Church?” (a point even the Christian Book of Why does not dispute). The CBW answers this
question:

Christians of the first century did not celebrate the
festival honoring the birth of Jesus…. It was the feeling
at that time by all Christians that the celebration…
was a custom of the pagans. In an effort to divorce
themselves from all pagan practices, the early Christians
refused to set aside a date marking Jesus’ birth. As
a result, the first celebration of Christmas by Christians
did not take place until the fourth century.
(CBW p. 205)

The next question answered by the Christian Book of Why is “Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?” The CBW answers:

…Most biblical scholars agree that the birth, in fact,
did not take place in December at all… Why then the
25th of December? Actually, the date was chosen not
by Christians, but by Romans, the traditional antagonists
of the Early Church. … the Romans celebrated the “Feast
of Sol Invictus” (The Feast of the Unconquerable Sun) on
December 25th. Bishop Liberius of Rome ordered in 354
that all Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child on
that day.
(CBW pp. 205-206)

To obtain more adherents to Roman Catholicism it was the policy of the papacy to amalgamate the heathen festivals with things of Christendom.
Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine the first missionary to the British Isles (C.E. 597):

Do not destroy the temples of the English G-ds;
change them to Christian churches. Do not forbid
the "harmless" customs which have been associated
with the old religions; consecrate them to Christian use.

Thus Rome retained a pagan form for "Xmas" but could not restrain its pagan spirit-- existing to this day. Most of the major elements one generally associates with Christmas can be shown to be of pagan origin.

Mistletoe, holly berries, wreaths, Christmas ham, the Christmas goose, the yule log, the Christmas tree and even Santa Clause can be traced back to pagan origins.

Mistletoe is a parasite which the Druids used as a charm. Holly Berries were believed to be sacred to the Sun god. Wreaths were used by pagan Druids as well. The boar and goose were animals commonly offered by Pagans to the Sun god. The Norse and Anglo Saxon tribes would burn a “Yule Log” to honor Thor. The Scandinavians even adopted the word Yule (wheel, sun) as their word for “Christmas”. The Christmas tree may be traced back to the worship of Oak trees by the Anglo and Germanic tribes but goes even further back to the use of trees in the worship of Tammuz by the Babylonians.

Santa has a pagan origin as well. When the Norse burned the yule log they believed that the goddess Hertha would appear in the fireplace and bring good luck upon the home. Christians replaced the goddess Hertha with St.
Nicholas, and anti-Semitic fourth century “Saint” whose feast day was near Christmas time. The Dutch called St. Nicholas “Sinter Klause” which was picked up in America as “Santa Clause”. Santa Clause retains godlike qualities. He is apparently omnisent (he knows who is naughty and nice) omnipresent (visits all of the children of the world in one night) and perhaps even omnipotent (at the very least has magical powers). It is interesting that “Santa” is an anagram of “Satan” and that both are often called “Old Nick”.

In fact because of its well known pagan origins Christmas was actually illegal in early colonial America and only gradually became a legal holiday in the United States. In fact the Christian Book of Why even includes the Question “Why was the celebration of Christmas once banned in the United States?” (p. 206). It was not until 1856 that Christmas was made a legal holiday in Massachusetts, the last of the US states to accept Christmas as a legal holiday.

Although many Christians see Christmas as a “Christian” holiday, Christmas is actually a very worldly holiday. Non-Jews do not join with Jews to celebrate Jewish holidays. Non-Muslims do not join with Muslims to celebrate Muslim holidays. So why do non-Christians join with Christians in the celebration of Christmas? Why do pornographic magazines feature special Christmas issues? Why do topless bars, gay bars and strip joints host Christmas parties? Why do non-believers love Christmas? Because Christmas is clearly a worldly holiday. On this day Christians and non-believers join in the celebration of the high carnival of the year, while Nazarene Jews and others abstaining from this pagan holiday are called “ignorant”, “narrow minded” and “crack pots” for objecting to Christmas observance. On this day the whole world pretends to love Messiah, even though Messiah said the whole world hates him (Jn. 7:7).

"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
(Eph. 5:11).

The birth of Jesus is remembered each year but Yeshua is contemptuously set at naught.

The Torah reminds us:

"You shall not follow a multitude to do evil"
(Ex. 23:2)

And as Yeshua himself said:

"That which is highly esteemed among men is abominable in the sight of Elohim"
(Luke 16:15)

And as Paul writes:

"Be you not conformed to this world but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may know what is that good and acceptable and wholehearted will of God."
(Rom. 12:2)

We are commanded to come out from Babylon, be separate and not to partake of her sins (2Cor. 6:14-18; Rev. 18:2-5; Is. 48:20; 52:11; Jer. 50:8; 51:6, 45; Zech. 2:6-7).


Meat Offered to Idols

It has been suggested that Paul's statements in 1Cor. 8:1-13; 10:7, 14-28 conflict with the ruling against eating meat offered up to idols (Acts 15:10, 29; 21:25; Rev. 2:14, 20). However there is in reality no conflict.
Let me explain:

Acts chapter 15 does not give an exhaustive enumeration of all of the laws which apply to gentiles, but rather the "greater burden" or outer lying limits of the Noachdic or Gentile Law (Acts 15:28). This is based on a Jewish principle called "KOL V'KHOMER" (light and heavy) which recognizes that certain commandments are of greater weight than others (see Mt. 23:23; the principle is used in Mt. 12:11-12 & Jn. 7:22-23). There was never any question as to whether Gentiles could forsake justice, blaspheme, murder or steal; so there was no need to list these with the greatest burden of Gentile Law.

The Noachdic Law against idolatry is given very strict borders. Idolatry is to include eating meat offered to idols.

Now in 1Cor. 8:1-13; 10:7, 14-28 Paul agrees that one may not knowingly eat meat offered up to idols. The halachic issue Paul questions, is whether or not one must ask, when purchasing meat, whether or not it has been offered to idols. Paul argues (based on Ps. 24:1=1Cor. 10:26, 28) that meat is not actually altered by the idol but that eating such meat appears to others to endorse the idol to which it was offered. If meat is advertised as having been offered to idols, then believers may not eat it, since this would appear to endorse the idol. However, since the idol has no real power over the meat, believers are not required to ask, since this would imply that the believer believed that the idol had power over the meat, thus ascribing power to the idol and endorsing idolatry by acknowledging the idol's alleged power.

A basis for Paul's argument can be found by comparing Paul's summation of his argument in 1Cor. 10:28 to the story of the martyr Eleazar in 2Maccabbes 6:1-29. Eleazer was a prominent Jew under the Helene rule. A day came when all of the Jews were to show their loyalty by eating meat offered to idols at a public feast. Eleazar was not willing to do so, but because of his prominence, the authorities offered to allow him to sneak kosher meat into the feast and eat it instead, thus only appearing to eat meat offered up to idols. Eleazer refused, knowing that this would appear to endorse idolatry, despite the fact that the meat would be kosher. As a result Eleazar was executed. This story demonstrates that eating meat offered to idols is wrong, not because of the meat itself, but because of the implied endorsement of the idolatry. Thus, Paul's interpretation does not conflict with Acts 15 but actually implies a very strict interpretation, by which eating kosher meat would also be forbidden, if the meat were falsely advertised as having been offered to an idol.

The December 25th holiday (Christmas) is a holiday which has been offered up to idols. The idols have not changed the day, but observance of December 25th appears to support idolatry. It is a well known fact (found in most any encyclopedia and even the Christian Book of Why) that Christmas is simply a Christian adoption of a pagan holiday. Believers who observe Christmas appear to endorse idolatry. This can have the effect of making the believers testimony to his faith appear false (or hypocritical) while driving non-believers to other faiths which may be apostate in other areas but which abstain from Pagan holidays (for example the Jehovah’s Witnesses). Those who witness to the truth in other areas but observe Christmas dishonor the truth and make it look as if it must be false. And this is part of the message of Chanukah as we will see later.


What about Romans 14?

Some Christians will quote Romans 14:5-6 in an effort to prove that we should not object to observing Christmas as a special day. The problem is that they take Rom. 14:5-6 out of context.

In Romans 14 Paul is comparing those who are weak in the faith with those who are not (14:1-2). He first compares non-vegetarians to vegetarians (14:2) and finds that while vegetarians are weak in the faith, we should not “despise” them (14:3).

Then Paul compares those who “esteem one day above another” to one who “esteems every day alike” (14:5). If we compare with the parallelism of the previous example it would seem that Paul is saying that those who esteem every day alike are weak in the faith just as vegetarians are weak in the faith. Thus the “correct” position described in Rom. 14:5 is to “esteem one day above another” (as required by Torah). In context those who “esteem one day above another” in Rom. 14:5 are those who observe sacred days as laid out in Torah. They are NOT those observing pagan festivals. The ones we are told not to judge are not Christmas keepers either but the ones who “esteem every day alike” (i.e. who do not observe any holidays at all).

The following chart will help illustrate the point:

[One who is not weak] “One who is weak”
“Believes he may eat all things” “eats only herbs”
“esteems one day above another” “esteems every day alike”

Paul is saying that these weaker brothers should be strengthened in the faith, not despised and judged. However Paul speaks very differently about those who attempt to incorporate Pagan holidays into the true faith:

8: Howbeit then, when ye knew not God,
ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9: But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God,
how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10: Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11: I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
(Gal. 4:8-11; KJV)


Chanukah not Christmas

While the early believers did not observe Christmas, Yeshua himself observed Chanukah as recorded in John 10:22-23:

And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of the Dedication (Chanukah),
and it was winter.
And Yeshua walked in the Temple in Solomon’s porch.

It is sad that Chanukah is often thought of a Jewish equivalent of Christmas. Christmas and Chanukah are complete opposites. Christmas is the result of assimilation into Pagan Helenistic culture. Chanukah has to do with resisting assimilation into Pagan Helenistic culture, even to the point of death. Why do we observe Chanukah?

When the Greek Helene Empire was split after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, there were continuous attempts by the Greeks to force our people to abandon Torah and Judaism and adopt Helenistic ideas, customs and practices. In 175 BCE King Antiochus force was employed to persecute all Jews who held to Judaism. He looted the Templeforced all Jews to bow down to idols he placed there and sacrificed a pig on the Holy Alter.

Of course this defilement of the Temple and persecution resulted in a Jewish uprising. The leader of this uprising was Judah Maccabee. On the 25th of Kislev, exactly three years to the day after the defilement of the Temple, the Greeks were driven out in the year 165 BCE. Thus on the 25th of Kislev the Temple was rededicated.

This event is recorded in the First Book of the Maccabees as follows:

Then said Judas and his brothers, "Behold, our enemies are crushed; let us
go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it."
So all the army assembled and they went up to Mount Zion.
And they saw the sanctuary desolate, the altar profaned, and the gates
burned. In the courts they saw bushes sprung up as in a thicket,
or as on one of the mountains. They saw also the chambers
of the priests in ruins.
Then they rent their clothes, and mourned with great lamentation, and
sprinkled themselves with ashes.
They fell face down on the ground, and sounded the signal on the trumpets,
and cried out to Heaven.
Then Judas detailed men to fight against those in the citadel until he had
cleansed the sanctuary.
He chose blameless priests devoted to the law, and they cleansed
the sanctuary and removed the defiled stones to an unclean place.
They deliberated what to do about the altar of burnt offering, which had
been profaned.
And they thought it best to tear it down, lest it bring reproach upon them,
for the Gentiles had defiled it. So they tore down the altar,
and stored the stones in a convenient place on the temple hill until there
should come a prophet to tell what to do with them.
Then they took unhewn stones, as the law directs, and built a new altar
like the former one.
They also rebuilt the sanctuary and the interior of the temple, and
consecrated the courts.
They made new holy vessels, and brought the lampstand, the altar of
incense, and the table into the temple.
Then they burned incense on the altar and lighted the lamps on the
lampstand, and these gave light in the temple.
They placed the bread on the table and hung up the curtains. Thus they
finished all the work they had undertaken.
Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, which is
the month of Chislev, in the one hundred and forty-eighth year,
they rose and offered sacrifice, as the law directs, on the new altar of
burnt offering which they had built.
At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it,
it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes
and cymbals.
All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who
had prospered them.
So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and offered
burnt offerings with gladness; they offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise.
They decorated the front of the temple with golden crowns and small shields; they restored the gates and the chambers for the priests, and furnished them with doors.
There was very great gladness among the people, and the reproach of the
Gentiles was removed.
Then Judas and his brothers and all the assembly of Israel determined that
every year at that season the days of dedication of
the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days,
beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Chislev.
(1Maccabees 4:36-59)

The Talmud add the following information:

What is the reason for Chanukah? For our Rabbis taught:
On the 25th of Kislev begin the days of Chanukah,
which are eight, during which lamentation for the dead
and fasting are forbidden. For when the Greeks entered
the Temple, they defiled all the oils in it, and when the
Hasmonean dynasty prevailed against and defeated them,
they [the Hasmoneans] searched and found only one cruse
of oil which possessed the seal of the High Priest, but which
contained sufficient oil for only one day's lighting; yet
a miracle occurred there and they lit [the lamp] for eight days.
The following year these days were appointed a Festival with
the recitation of Hallel and thanksgiving.
(b.Shabbat 21b)

(See also: 2Macc. 10:5-8 and Josephus Ant. 12:7:6-7)

Let us remember the true message of Chanukah that Yeshua is the true light of world and what for us is the "reason for the season"... resisting Pagan helenistic influences such as Christmas will only bring blessings to your life and to your children, children's.
In Yeshua Messiah's Love,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on June 17th, 2014

What Is Shavuot?


The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) marks the end of the Spring Feasts. It is the climax of the Israelites’ story of redemption, which started with Passover. God saved and delivered His people by the blood of the Passover Lamb and then brought them to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.

It was at this time that YHVH (the God of Israel) betrothed His people. Wedding vows were given there in the presence of YHVH (when the people spoke as one, saying “all that YHVH has spoken, we will do” – Exodus 19:8) and the marriage contract, or ketubah, was written down in the form of the Torah. When God’s people walk according to Torah, we as the bride are choosing to follow our wedding vows. We are saying “I do” to our Bridegroom all over again!

Furthermore, as with all the Spring Feasts, Yeshua prophetically fulfilled this Feast by giving the Holy Spirit to His disciples on this very day (Acts 2). Shavuot, therefore, celebrates true, biblical worship. It was on this day that God gave both the Truth of His Word (Torah) and His Spirit, thus enabling His people to worship in both Spirit and Truth: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).


Don’t Miss our upcoming Shabbat Service June 7th,2014 at 5PM when you actually witness the Vows of the bride being lived out when we do our congregational Betrothal Service for my daughter Sarah and on  this Shavuot!

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Keeping the Sabbath & Keeping Your Job

"I'd like to keep the Sabbath, but I can't - I have to work on Saturdays."

Wrong. You may think so, but you are mistaken. No one who believes in keeping the Sabbath has to work on Saturdays, at least not in America. No one is pointing a gun at the heads of American Christians and Jews and forcing them to work on Saturdays. Americans who work on the Sabbath do so by their own choice, not because they have to.

There were many Sabbath-keeping Christians in Communist Russia who were ordered by their oppressive government to work on Saturdays. Many of these Christians chose to obey God rather than man, and they lost a lot more than some crummy job. They suffered imprisonment 1 exile, and torture for refusing to break God's holy Sabbath. When we stand with these faithful saints before the Lord on Judgment Day, will any of us have the gall to say, "Well, Lord, I wanted to keep the Sabbath, but I couldn't - I had to work on Saturdays"?

How does a disciple of the Messiah go about getting every Sabbath off from his job? First of all, you do not go in and ask your employer if you can have Saturdays off. You are not there to make a request; you are there to inform. You inform your employer (politely and respectfully, of course) that you will not be available to work from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Your employer may respond in a number of ways:

·         "I'll see what we can do to accommodate you, but in the meantime you'll have to keep working Saturdays."

·         "We can give you Saturdays off, but you'll have to work for a few hours on Friday nights."

·         "We'll do our best to accommodate you, but we may have to occasionally ask you to come in on a Saturday if we're short of help."

None of these responses is acceptable. Pharaoh tried three times to persuade Moses and Aaron to compromise the Lord's demands. (See Exodus 8:25-29, 10:8-11.) Moses and Aaron steadfastly refused to accept Pharaoh's offer of a compromise solution, and we must likewise refuse to accept an employer's offer of a compromise.

What if your employer refuses to accommodate you? One solution is to look for a different job. However, that may not be necessary. If this particular job is important to you, you may want to inform your employer of his legal obligation to accommodate employees' religious practices. This should be done in a polite, respectful manner, not in an obnoxious or threatening way.

Many people do not realize that federal law requires employers to accommodate employees who need time off for religious reasons, "unless the employer demonstrates that accommodation would result in undue hardship on the conduct of its business." You, the employee, do not have to prove the validity of your case. It is the employer who must try to prove that letting you keep the Sabbath would cause undue hardship to his business. The burden of proof is on the employer, not on the employee.


Federal law considers the following solutions to be "reasonable accommodation" which would not cause undue hardship to an employer's business:


·         Securing a substitute worker (even if the employer has to secure the substitute).

·         Flexible scheduling (flexible arrival and departure times; floating or optional holidays; flexible work breaks; use of lunch time in exchange for early departure; staggered work hours; permitting an employee to make up time lost due to the observance of religious practices).

·         Lateral transfer and change of job assignment.

The employer "must offer the alternative which least disadvantages the individual [i.e., the employee] with respect to his or her employment opportunities. The employer can also be required to bear the extra costs of accommodating the employee, unless the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determines that it is "more than a de minimus cost."

Sometimes an employer is afraid to give an employee every Saturday off for fear that other employees will see this and likewise demand every Saturday (or Sunday) off for religious reasons. However, according to federal law, this is not proof of undue hardship: "A mere assumption that many more people, with the same religious practices as the person being accommodated, may also need accommodation is not evidence of undue hardship."

The above legal information can be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended [section 701(j), 703 and 717] and in Part XII Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion. These same laws apply to labor organizations as well as to employers. The laws pertain not only to scheduling (though this is the most frequent accommodation needed), but also to other religious practices such as a man's right to wear a beard because of his religious convictions.

The employer's legal obligation to accommodate "pertains to prospective employees as well as current employees." This means that employers conducting a job interview must be very careful when asking about the need for religious accommodation: "The Commission will infer that the need for an accommodation discriminatorily influenced a decision to reject an applicant when: (i) prior to an offer of employment the employer makes an inquiry into an applicant's availability without having a business necessity justification; and (ii) after the employer has determined the applicant's need for an accommodation, the employer rejects a qualified applicant. The burden is then on the employer to demonstrate that factors other than the need for an accommodation were the reason for rejecting the qualified applicant, or that a reasonable accommodation without undue hardship was not possible."

I do not wish to bore readers with a lot of legal jargon, but Sabbath-keepers need to know that employees have legal rights to reasonable accommodations, and that some employees take their employers to court to enforce these rights. Even as I was writing this article, a story appeared in the 11/27/98 Jewish Press about a Seventh-Day Adventist whose employer tried to refuse to accommodate her: "Lisette Balint, a resident of Carson City, Nevada, was offered a position in the city's sheriff's department, [and] the department refused to excuse her from working on the Sabbath" ("U.S. Court Defends Religious Rights," p. 62).

Sometimes the employer wins the case, of course, because sometimes it truly would cause undue hardship for the employer to accommodate the employee. When undue hardship is not an issue, though, the law is on our side.

Most employers are reasonable people and are intelligent enough to know that it would be wiser for them to accommodate your need than it would be to refuse you. Many employers will actually respect you for taking a firm, but polite, stand for what you believe. If they are smart, they will know that a person with strong convictions is likely to be a reliable, honest worker with some integrity. They will want to find a way to accommodate you. Some employers are not so kind and understanding, and will simply tell you, "No, you have to work on Saturdays." If that is the case, then you must pray and ask the Lord to show you what He would have you to do. Would the Lord have you take your employer to court, or would the Lord have you look for a different job? (You don't need to pray about whether or not the Lord would have you keep working on the Sabbath; He's already told you in the Ten Commandments not to do that!)

Fighting for your legal rights in court is one issue, but there is also the issue of maintaining a good testimony as a disciple of the Messiah. Some questions you might want to consider:

·         Do I really want to work for an employer who lets me have the Sabbath off only because he was forced to do so by the court?

·         Will going to court result in resentment and/or jealousy in my workplace, and do I want to work in such an atmosphere?

·         Is this job really worth fighting for?

·         Is it possible that letting me have every Sabbath off really would cause undue hardship for my employer's business?

·         Even if the court rules in my favor, would there still be some hardship (though not "undue"), and would it be right to let my employer bear this inconvenience?

Keeping your job should really be your third priority in this arena. Keeping the Sabbath and keeping your testimony should be the first priorities. If you can do this and also keep your job, that's great. Personally, I would not feel comfortable forcing my employer to pay extra costs in order to accommodate me, even though the law can require the employer to bear these minimal costs. For the sake of my testimony as a disciple of the Lord, I would prefer to not exercise this legal right, and would pay for the extra costs myself, unless my employer voluntarily and cheerfully insisted on bearing the cost. I would also be reluctant to demand my legal right to "the alternative which least disadvantages the individual with respect to his or her employment opportunities." If an employer was willing to accommodate me, I would want to find the solution which least disadvantages both of us. If my employer is willing to bear some minor inconvenience in order to accommodate me, then I should be willing to bear some minor inconvenience to keep the Sabbath.

Every situation is unique and has many factors to consider. This is why it is important to pray before deciding whether or not to take your employer to court if he refuses to let you have the Sabbath off. If you do lose your job for the sake of obeying the Lord, the Lord will honor your sacrifice. He may not provide another job immediately, but He has promised to meet your physical needs if you "seek first the kingdom of God" (Mathew 6:33).

In closing, always remember that you are not called to be a slave to your job. Although you are to treat your employer with honor and respect, your employer is not your Owner and Master. If you are a disciple of the Son of God, then He is your real Owner and Master. You are called to be a servant in His Kingdom. You are not called to be a slave to the world system. So don't let your employer or anyone else tell you that you have to work on the Sabbath. Amen!

Shalom, Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Testing Of The Heart

There's a testing of our hearts taking place right now, and the outcome will be according to our decision. God will not violate our free will and we must live with the consequence of the choice we make. Will we follow after Him or continue on our own path according to our fleshly desires?

When Elijah found Elisha and threw his mantle on him, Elisha's first response was to run back and kiss his parents goodbye, then he would follow Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:20). Elisha was functioning in the carnal realm, or natural senses. And being a good son, his first response would be to honor his parents and tell them he was departing to follow after and be trained by this powerful man of God. Elisha, like the woman that missed the boat, had a choice to make. Elijah put him to the test, just like we are being tested today. Will you follow after Me or follow after your own fleshly desires?

So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you." And he [testing Elisha] said, "Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.]" So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen's yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him. 1 Kings 19:19-21 AMP

Elijah heard directly from God. But God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. The Lord was in the still, small voice. Today God is stretching forth His hand the second time to deliver the keys of David into the hand of the righteous who have followed the Father in spirit and truth. They have forsaken all others for the work of the Cross of Yeshua Messiah.


The Fiery Sword

We've come to the place in history being written that God will rewrite what man has done in his own will. God is sending forth a fiery sword out of the mouth of His true prophets in this day that will cause division. It is His division that conquers the false, because truth will trump the false every time. It may not look like it at first, but watch as God begins a small work and brings increase through the nations of the world. He's coming in power in this day and we must be ready to move quickly. There is no obstacle in our life that God can't cover or remove.

The Book of Jude gives a warning about the false teachers (Those who teach outside of the Torah and Yeshua) that would creep in unnoticed for the purpose of turning God's grace into lewdness and deny Yeshua as Messiah (see verse 4). They are dreamers that defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of whatever they do not know because they don't know the person of the Word. They have never established a personal relationship with the Lord, and therefore operate from the flesh. And because they lack personal relationship with God and the desire to know His will, they corrupt themselves. Therefore they fall into apostasy and cause others to stumble (see verses 8-10).

Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. Jude 11

We're given three examples in the above verse, and I believe it is a progression. Man begins with hatred in his heart that leads to greed, and in time, as they mature in the nature of the evil one, it manifests itself in rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (see 1 Samuel 15:23), and God rejects those who partake of it.

The Way Of Cain: Cain had enmity in his heart. It was a deep-rooted hatred toward his brother that in time caused Cain to murder Abel. Cain's hatred and jealousy toward Abel was greater than his love for God. He had a choice to make. He chose to satisfy his flesh instead of following after God's heart and ruling over his fleshly desire. Cain had never established personal relationship with the Father, where I believe Abel did. That is why God rejected his offering.

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. Genesis 4:7

The Error Of Balaam For Profit: Balaam was a soothsayer who mixed truth with false doctrine. His error was greed, or covetousness, because he was paid well to bring a curse upon the people of Israel. God's anger was kindled against him when he disobeyed Him and later withstood the Angel of the Lord three times. Balaam repented and brought the word of the Lord, refusing to curse Israel (see Numbers 22-23).

The Rebellion Of Korah: Korah rejected true leadership, causing many to perish. He was one of the richest leaders of the Levites and a cousin of Moses and Aaron. He was jealous and felt overlooked for leadership, and therefore gathered 250 leaders of the assembly to rebel against Moses and Aaron. This angered God and He separated the holy from the profane. God did a new thing (see Numbers 16:30-32) and the earth opened up its mouth and swallowed them and their households – and a fire consumed the rest of the 250 men (see Numbers 16).

Crossroads In Time

The Body of Christ has come to a crossroads in time, a juncture on their heavenly journey in the Messiah Yeshua. Each one must decide for themselves which way to go, either you follow  your own flesh and doctrines of man! Some will want to turn back for fear of the unknown, yet others will proceed in faith. It is there that God meets them head-on, and they will move into a new dimension in Him. Those who choose to proceed in faith must be space aviators and explore the uncharted waters of the Spirit.

Yeshua is coming for His Bride without spot or wrinkle ( In other words without the pagan practices that they have adopted). She will be scarred from the many battle wounds she sustained, but she will be worthy as she praises Him. The world has set itself on a course of self-destruction, and day-by-day she lingers in her own filth. But His Bride will be set aside, a glory to be witnessed as she stands out among the rest.

Don't miss the boat. Step out in faith and follow God in His truth of your Hebrew Roots which is all about Yeshua Messiah with a whole heart. Let Him be the Loving Father that steers you through uncharted waters by the winds of His Holy Spirit of Truth and witness the new dimensions in Him. Just dare to believe and stand for what’s right! Amen!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

The APOSTLE PAUL -- Commandment Breaker, or Commandment Keeper?


Some claim Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. What did the Apostle really teach?

MILLIONS of professing Christians assume Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. If you keep the law of YEHOVAH God, it is claimed, you are under a curse! Chances are, you, too, have heard this teaching from childhood and have assumed it to be true.

To be sure, many have sincerely thought and assumed that this is New Testament teaching. But YEHOVAH God commands us to quit assuming -- to "Prove all things" (I Thessalonians 5:21).

Does it make any difference to YEHOVAH God whether you obey Him? Some claim Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. What did the Apostle really teach?

How many have stopped to personally examine the writings of Paul -- to really PROVE what Paul taught concerning the Ten Commandments? Have you?

How to Begin

Some of what Paul wrote is admittedly difficult to understand. Peter was inspired to say that Paul wrote "some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable WREST, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (II Peter 3:16).

But on the other hand, Paul also wrote much which is clear, plain and EASY to understand. In those passages it would be impossible to MISunderstand what he is saying.

The logical way to understand Paul's teachings about the Ten Commandments is to go first to his plain, clear, straightforward statements on this subject. Only when we first understand these, are we ready to intelligently study Paul's more difficult passages.

However, because the natural mind of man has a built-in hostility toward YEHOVAH God and His Ten Commandment law (Romans 8:7), men don't follow this logical approach.

Instead of understanding Paul's difficult statements in the light of his PLAIN, CLEAR, easy-to-understand words, many do just the opposite. They totally discard, reject and IGNORE Paul's direct, straightforward, UNMISTAKABLE statements about the Ten Commandments. They then twist and distort his more difficult-to-be-understood statements to their own fancy -- and their own DESTRUCTION.

Let's not be guilty of such a mistake! Let's examine Paul's direct, straight-from-the-shoulder POSITIVE teaching about the Ten Commandments first. Only then can we hope to understand those passages which are more difficult.

What Paul Clearly Taught

Now what are some of Paul's clear statements about the Ten Commandments? One such statement is found in I Corinthians 6:9-10. Here Paul warns: "Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,..nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God."

In this one short passage the apostle Paul names the breaking of FOUR of the Ten Commandments -- idolatry, adultery, stealing and coveting -- and dogmatically states that any found guilty of breaking these commandments will not inherit YEHOVAH's Kingdom! And he sternly warns us not to deceive ourselves by thinking otherwise!

Notice another unmistakably clear and easy-to-understand passage: "Now the works of the flesh are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,...wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).

This passage repeats two commandments -- those pertaining to adultery and idolatry -- and adds one more -- the command against murder or killing.

This makes a total of FIVE commandments which Paul has specifically and unequivocally stated Christians must keep if they are to inherit or enter YEHOVAH's Kingdom. And since idolatry, which is mentioned in both of these passages, automatically breaks the First Commandment, which is "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3), Paul has actually commanded obedience to six of the Ten Commandments in just two short passages!

Now turn to Colossians 3:5-9. This passage reads: "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of DISOBEDIENCE...But now ye also PUT OFF ALL THESE: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. LIE NOT one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds."

This scripture names and condemns disobedience to two more of the Ten Commandments -- bearing false witness or lying, and taking YEHOVAH's name in vain through blasphemy and filthy talk (See also Ephesians 4:29).

Next open your Bible to Ephesians 6:1-2. Here we read, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise." This is a direct quote from the Commandment in Exodus 20:12. Yet here Paul explicitly COMMANDS Christians to obey it!

This makes a total of NINE Commandments which Paul has distinctly and separately named as being binding on Christians. Only the Sabbath Command is left. Let's see what Paul taught about it.

Paul and the Fourth Commandment

Every argument imaginable has been advanced against the Command to keep holy the day YEHOVAH God made holy (Exodus 20:8). Men want to use time as they please. They don't want YEHOVAH God telling them what to do! Men hate this Command more than any other, it seems. It is the Test Commandment to show who YEHOVAH's people really are.

Did Paul obey this Commandment? Did he personally keep the day YEHOVAH God made holy -- and did he teach others to obey it? Let's not just guess or assume. Let's examine the Scriptures and "prove all things."

In Acts 13 we have the account of Paul and Barnabas coming to Antioch in Pisidia. There they "went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."

Then Paul stood up and spoke, preaching the Messiah to them.

"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the GENTILES besought that these words might be preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH" (Acts 13:14-15, 42).

Now since Paul was preaching "the grace of God" (v. 43) , here was his opportunity to straighten out these Gentiles. Notice what Paul did.

"And the NEXT SABBATH DAY came almost the whole city together to hear the Word of God." Here Paul waited a whole week in order to preach to the Gentiles upon the day YEHOVAH God made holy!

But this is not the only passage showing that Paul obeyed this Commandment.

In Acts 18:1-11 there is the account of Paul living with Aquila and Priscilla for one and one-half years (vs. 11). During this time we read that he "reasoned In the synagogue EVERY SABBATH, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks" (verse 4).

Notice it! This passage tells us in plain language that Paul labored the six working days -- not just five days -- and taught in the synagogue every Sabbath for one and one-half years!

Likewise in Acts 17:2, Paul "as his manner was, went in unto them, and three SABBATH DAYS reasoned with them out of the Scriptures."

It was Paul's MANNER -- his CUSTOM -- to keep YEHOVAH's day holy. Did he follow the Messiah in this? Certainly! Yeshua, "as his custom was...went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY" (Luke 4:16).

It was the Messiah's custom to keep the Sabbath. Paul followed the Messiah and he commands Christians: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1). Paul kept the Fourth Commandment and he commands Christians to follow him in this regard.

For a final clincher of this fact, turn to Hebrews 4:9. Here, according to the original Greek, Paul makes the direct statement, "There remaineth therefore a Sabbath observance to the people of God."

This passage is obscured in the King James Version which reads, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." But the word translated "rest" comes from the Greek word "sabbatismos" and, as the marginal readings in many Bibles show, means "keeping of the Sabbath" or "Sabbath observance." Because the King James translators didn't believe this verse meant what it said they translated "sabbatismos" by the obscure word "rest."

This verse, then, tells us point blank that those who really are YEHOVAH's people will be keeping holy the day He made holy.

Yes, Paul commanded obedience to the Fourth Commandment just as surely and firmly as he did to each of the other nine.

What Will YOU Do?

The evidence is overwhelming! Paul personally kept ALL TEN of YEHOVAH God's Commandments. In doing this he followed in the steps of Yeshua the Messiah. This is why Paul could say, "Be you followers [imitators] of me even as I also am of Christ."

The question for us today is, are WE willing to follow the Messiah, too? If we, like Paul, are crucified with the Messiah (Galatians 2:20) , and the Messiah lives HIS life in us by his spirit, the Messiah IN us will still keep YEHOVAH's Commandments, for he is the SAME, yesterday, today and forever.

There are hundreds of additional New Testament passages covering obedience to YEHOVAH God and His Law, both from the writings of Paul and others. Space does not permit it all to be included here. We have, however, given sufficient information to prove conclusively and beyond a shadow of a doubt that Paul DID teach obedience to the Ten Commandments.

Don't be deceived by those who teach disobedience! Many who hate YEHOVAH's law are very skillful at putting a clever twist on certain of Paul's more difficult passages to make it appear that the Ten Commandments are "done away."

Heed Peter's warning! Don't be deceived!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy - Basic Rules For Observing the Weekly Sabbath


We who have committed ourselves to keeping covenant with Elohim are commanded to "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." (Sundown Friday to Saturday Sundown) (Exodus 20:8) 'Holy' means "separate" or "special". We are to give honor to the Sabbath. In order to accomplish this, we must plan and prepare – and be out of step with the world – in order to keep the Sabbath holy.

Honoring the Sabbath is an outward sign of the covenant that we make with Elohim. "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily, My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am Yahweh that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath, therefore; for it is holy unto you…Six days may work be done, but in the seventh, it is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh… It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever." (Exodus 31:13-17)

"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." (Ezekiel 20:12,20) Observing the Sabbath is one sign that we are the people of Elohim.

"And Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it." (Genesis 2:3) There is no mention made anywhere in the scriptures of the Bible that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh day of the week (commonly known as Saturday) to the first day (Sunday).

Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have openly admitted that their church, and not the Messiah, changed the Sabbath. "Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer, Yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week, and did the (Catholic) Church exchange the seventh day, Saturday, for Sunday, the first day? I answer, Yes. Did Christ change the day'? I answer, No!" (James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore) "For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, which is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the (Roman Catholic) church, outside the Bible." (Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947) "Question: Which is the Sabbath day? Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." (The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine)

The Messiah kept the Sabbath. "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read." (Luke 4:16) "And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue." (Mark 6:2) "And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath." (Luke 13:10)

Paul, whose writings many people misinterpret, continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath. Gentile believers, as well as Jews, met together on the Sabbath. "As they (Paul and his Jewish companions) left, they were urged by the Gentiles to continue this preaching the following Sabbath … The next Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44) "Every Sabbath, he (Paul) spoke in synagogues, trying to convert Jews and Gentiles". (Acts 18:4)

Prophecy clearly points out that the Elect in the Last Days, and during the Millennium will observe the Sabbath. The Redeemer spoke of the Sabbath in the Last Days, in regard to the time of the future Tribulation. (Matthew 24:20) Isaiah referred to keeping the Sabbath in the time we commonly call the Millennium. (Isaiah 66:23)

Those who keep the Sabbath commandment are promised a special place within the Eternal Kingdom. Those who keep the Sabbaths are promised "a place and a name better than of sons and daughters…an everlasting name that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 56:5-6; 58:13-14)

Because of upbringing, previous religious practices, as well as the customs of our culture and communities, the fact is that most people are inexperienced at keeping any sort of Sabbath (other than attending a church meeting). Especially over the past 30 or 40 years, Western church-goers have become less and less observant of any sort of Sabbath. Even among those who (incorrectly) believe that Sunday is the Sabbath, that day is generally not honored as a day of rest. To be sure, there are many who worship on Sunday – but most of them do not set apart the day to the honour of God. Though they may go to church meeting on Sunday, they stop by the restaurant or the stores on their way home from worshipping. They go to athletic matches, or the amusement park, or the movie theaters in the afternoon or evening of the day that they call the Sabbath.

The fact is that when someone begins go observe the Sabbath of Yahweh, quite often he or she is very inexperienced. Most people have little concept of what it means to observe "the Sabbath day to keep it holy?" As you will see, it means far more than assembling for worship on the Sabbath.

This paper is a summary of our halachah of keeping the weekly Sabbath. (Halachah is a Hebrew word that means 'interpretation' or 'path'. It is how a particular commandment is interpreted and put into practical application.) Though commandments are clearly stated in the scriptures, there is quite often need for interpretation, added explanation, and clarification. Though we can read what the commandment is, we are sometimes left to ponder how to apply it. Sometimes uncertainty or confusion arises regarding how to keep the Sabbath day holy.

For example, the scripture instructs: "Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the Sabbath day." (Exodus 35:3) What does that mean for us in the present? How should those who wish to keep the Sabbath holy understand this commandment? The explanation and interpretation of this commandment is known as the halachah.

Sabbath rules are vague in some instances, or may even seem to be at odds with each other. One purpose for this apparent conflict is to cause us to think, ponder, and pray about the matter.

When two Sabbath rules seem to conflict, we apply the "greater than - less than" principle. For example, the commandment to assemble together with the Saints (believers) is 'greater than' the commandment not to travel on the Sabbath day. Circumstances make the difference. When in doubt, ask!

The Sabbath was made for man. (Mark 2:27) It was made by Yahweh-Elohim on the seventh day of creation. "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." (Genesis 2:2-3)

Assembling together

·         "The seventh day is…an holy convocation (sacred assembly)…" (Leviticus 23:3)

·         "There remaineth a (Sabbath) rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)

·         "Let us...not forsak(e) the assembling of ourselves together..." (Hebrews 10:24-25) (In other words, don’t be like the heathens who break the Lord’s Sabbath)

Rest

·         "The seventh day is the Sabbath of rest…" (Leviticus 23:3)

·         "There remaineth a (Sabbath) rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)

Rest means rest. Rest does not mean work. Building, manufacturing, assembling, and planning projects or commercial pursuits are work. Planting, watering, gathering, cleaning, doing laundry, etc, are also not resting.

We should do that which is uplifting and restful – not tiring.

No Work

"You will work for six days, but the seventh will be a day of complete rest…" (Leviticus 23:3)

What is work?

By the strictest definition, breathing is work. Digestion is work. Moving is work. So a halachah regarding work is necessary in relation to Sabbath.

This means no work for yourself…and…not causing others to work for you. This includes employees, children, and those under your control. Just because someone is 'working anyway' such as an employee at a restaurant, does not give us an excuse to eat there on Sabbath.

On the Sabbath we admire and give thanks for the Creation – we don't alter the Creation on the Sabbath.

"But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger, that is within thy gates" (Exodus 20:10)

We are to do no work – even in harvest time. (Exodus 34:21) Farmers or gardeners ought not to harvest on the Sabbath.

The Apostles picked corn (barley) to eat one meal, because they were hungy…but did not harvest.

We are commanded, "You will not light a fire on the Sabbath day…" (Exodus 35:3) The key to understanding this instruction is in the word 'light' (or 'kindle' in another translation) – which means to start a fire. The concept behind this is that we ought not begin a new project on Sabbath. The commandment does not prohibit us from having the furnace on in cold weather, or from having a gas hot water heater or stove lit.

Starting an automobile results in internal combustion within the engine. A spark is created, which ignites the mixture of fuel and air, to move the cylinders. This is an example of a 'greater than – less than' halachah. The commandment to assemble together with the saints is greater than the commandment against traveling or starting a car engine. Driving to and from Sabbath meeting is appropriate.

Cooking, on the other hand, should be avoided on the Sabbath. We should do the work of cooking the day before (Exodus 16:23) But warming food that has been previously prepared, serving it, and cleaning up afterward are acceptable.

We are not to plan other activities while it is still Sabbath. (Amos 8:5) On the Sabbath we ought not plan our future work, plan shopping, etc.

We ought not to ask someone for advice that involves his or her occupation on the Sabbath. For example, it is not appropriate to ask a person in the congregation who is a mechanic a question about a problem you are having with your car, on the Sabbath day.

The commandment regarding the weekly Sabbath is for no work of any kind.

On some of the annual Sabbaths, the commandment relates only to servile work. (Servile work is mainly occupational or domestic work.)

The following are ridiculous examples of Sabbath prohibitions among certain Talmudic Jews, past and present. They lost perspective of the purpose of the Torah, and invented unreasonable notions and restrictions.

·         The most conservative of Jews prohibit dragging a chair across the floor because it might form a rut, which would be digging.

·         Taking a bath is forbidden by Jewish sects, because steam rising from the hot water might lift up some dirt, resulting in cleaning – which is work.

·         Orthodox Jews forbid killing a mosquito or other biting insect.

·         Certain Jews have ruled that a radish may be dipped into salt – but not left there too long, because this would begin the pickling and preserving process – which is work.

·         Some Jews have forbidden clapping one's hands on Sabbath.

·         In case of a fire, only that which would be needful on that Sabbath day could be rescued; everything else must be allowed to perish.

·         Orthodox Jews will not carry a handkerchief or eyeglasses on Sabbath, nor wear anything that might need to be taken off later in the day, and have to be carried home from synagogue. If the weather gets warm, for example, it is forbidden to remove one's jacket to be more comfortable.

·         Some Jews will not look in a mirror on Sabbath, lest they see something, such as a gray hair, that they might be tempted to pull.

·         Some sects forbid taking out or putting in of false teeth on Sabbath.

·         Many forbid opening the refrigerator, because a light would turn on.

·         In ancient times, having a bowel movement on Sabbath was considered work. Or, because the latrine was so far outside the city walls, people within the city would have to travel more than a Sabbath day's journey to get there!

·         Thrashing was forbidden – therefore, rubbing heads of barley together in one's hands, as the disciples did, was considered work by some of the Jews in Messiah's time. (Matthew 12:1+)

·         Healing the sick was classified as work by popular Jewish sects in Jesus' day. Picking up and carrying one's sick-bed or crutches was considered to be work.

No Buying or Selling

"They...entered into...an oath to walk in God's law...and to observe and do all the commandments of Yahweh our Lord...and if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals (food) on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the Sabbath..." (Nehemiah 10:29-31)

"Work" actually includes commerce: buying, selling, and trading are each work.

Shopping is planning to buy.

Buying over the Internet, for example, is still buying.

Among the transgressions of backsliding Israel, Nehemiah observed things that they ought not be doing on Sabbath.

"In those days I saw in Judah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles (leaders) of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon our city? …Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath." (Nehemiah 13:15-19)

Carrying a burden is prohibited on Sabbath

This form of work is specifically forbidden in Jeremiah 17:21-22, (and probably also in Exodus 36:6).

While the commandment against carrying a burden refers to literal work, we ought to consider it metaphorically, as well. The Sabbath is a day to lay aside mental and emotional burdens as we gather to study, worship, and praise Yahweh-Elohim.

Sabbath is a state of mind and condition of the heart, as well as an appointed day on the calendar.

Travel

"Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." (Exodus 16:29) The word translated as "place" can mean home, camp, locale or neighborhood.

A Sabbath day's journey is referred to in Matthew 24:20 and Acts 1:12. This was 2000 cubits (which is 0.57 mile) in one direction

Traveling ought to be limited for the purposes of attending church meetings, visiting family, visiting the sick, etc. Traveling out of one's neighborhood ought not to be for the purpose of pursuing other interests on the Sabbath.

"Place" can be interpreted to mean our mental condition or attitude. We ought not to leave the mental attitude of holiness on the Sabbath day.

"If you turn away your foot from...doing your pleasure...not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words..." (Isaiah 58:13)

Sabbath is to be a God-centered day, instead of a self-centered centered day.

This means we are to avoid doing the things that take our minds away from Yahweh-Elohim, away from the commandments, away from the Kingdom of Heaven, etc.

We ought to avoid going places on Sabbath where it is not observed.

We should center our attention, conversation and activities on Yahweh-Elohim.

Participating in secular entertainment should be avoided on Sabbath.

Activities should be focused on fellowship…not on competition. The attention should not be scoring and winning, but on communion and relaxation. Serious competition is striving to win something – which is work.

Playing games is permitted on the Sabbath, depending on the game. For example, Phase 10 is appropriate, but Monopoly (which is based on buying and selling) is not appropriate for the Sabbath.

Regarding Sabbath activities, ask yourself the question: Does this activity result in inappropriate feelings or thoughts? Keeping the Sabbath holy involves the spirit of the Sabbath – which includes our intentions.

We need to avoid attending events or entering places that charge admission (even if we have a free pass).

What about free public places, such as the library or municipal swimming pool? To go to either of those places requires someone else to work – the librarian or the lifeguard. So we ought avoid those types of places on Sabbath

How about listening to radio, watching television or videos, being on the computer, or playing video games? Regardless of the day of the week, we are instructed not to find pleasure watching sinful behavior. (Romans 1:29-32) Radios, televisions and computers are not in and of themselves either evil or good. It is the content that maybe good or evil. The rule against finding pleasure watching wicked behavior restricts us from certain types of programs or games. There is nothing sinful about watching news programs, or wholesome programming or movies. (However, if you derive your income from the stock market, for example, you should not watch a financial news program on Sabbath.)

What about dating on Sabbath? As with other things, it depends upon the context and intent of the date, obviously. Going on a date for a walk in the park is much different than going to dinner at a restaurant and a movie theater, obviously.

Six Days Shalt Thou Work

We are supposed to work six days. It must be remembered that part of the Sabbath commandment deals with work. "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath." (Exodus 20:8-10; 31:15) "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day..." (Exodus 35:2)

Examples of 'exemptions' permitted on Sabbath

Certain occupations and circumstances require aiding or protecting others. This includes medical occupations, emergency services, military, police, etc. (However, the individual should seek to have a balanced schedule – that is, avoiding taking a shift on Sabbath except when it is unnecessary. Whenever circumstances permit, an individual should try to observe the Sabbath as completely as possible.)

The work of the ministry is necessary on Sabbath. Healing on the Sabbath is appropriate. (Matthew 12:10; John 5:5)

Feeding and watering pets or livestock is appropriate. Milking cows is a necessary task on the Sabbath.

"And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift (it) out?" (Matthew 12:11; Luke 13:15)

Emergencies should definitely be attended to on Sabbath.

Work that relates to safety, sanitation, and prevention of wastefulness (such as shutting off a valve to stop a water leak), or preventing loss of property (such as extinguishing a building that is on fire.)

Carrying a baby and a diaper (nappy) bag are exempt from the commandment against carrying burdens. Likewise, changing a diaper (nappy) is a necessary type of work. Naturally, caring for children or the sick should be performed on Sabbath

Cleaning up after eating is most appropriate because it is a sanitary practice.

Acts of personal hygiene are proper, including bathing, brushing teeth, etc.

Staying in a house that is rented is not forbidden (although we are actually 'paying' for that day).

Using electricity or phone is acceptable, because this service is provided automatically.

Whenever any work can be postponed, it should be.

We are commanded to remember the Sabbath day.

This includes remembering to plan for the Sabbath. Planning shopping, work, and other things in order to be prepared for the Sabbath.

'Preparation day' is a title for Friday, because during in it our minds should think ahead to what we need to do to get ready for Sabbath. (There is also a 'preparation day' before the annual appointed Sabbaths, such as Passover.)

How does the death penalty for breaking the Sabbath relate? (Exodus 31:12-17)

This is a perfect example of the 'curse of the law' that Paul wrote of. (Galatians 3:13) Although breaking the Sabbath commandment is still a sin, our repentance and our faith in the Messiah saves us from the penalty of death.

What happens when we decide not to keep Sabbath?

Having understanding of the Sabbath commandment, when we decide not to keep it holy, we are out of covenant. Sabbath breaking is equated with apostasy. (Ezekiel 20)

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven". (Matthew 5:19)

When we disobey the Sabbath commandment, we invite the cursings listed in Deuteronomy 28 into our lives.

There is a penalty for breaking Sabbath. Although it is not the physical death penalty in our day, there is still a penalty for committing sin. Sabbath-breaking is a sin – and the 'wages of sin is death'. Messiah's death pays the penalty of broken laws for those who covenant with Him, and do their best to obey His commandments (and also little children, and those who do not know the law).

As we strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, we must adopt the attitude of being willing to obey. It takes effort and time to rearrange our lifestyle and schedule to comply with Sabbath. Yahweh-Elohim expects us to work toward obedience, and not procrastinate or make excuse.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

Anti-Semitism is Alive and Flourishing In Modern "Christianity"!


The spirit of Anti-Semitism is staging a worldwide revival. Why do so many people hate the Jews? Why do even some of YEHOVAH God's people have a strange fear of  anything "Jewish"? Yeshua the Messiah was a "Jew." Salvation is "of the Jews." Why do so many people today fear and tremble at the thought of being identified with the Jews in any way? 

Today, there is widespread and growing hatred, bigotry, jealousy, strife, enmity, and hostility toward the Jews, both in Europe, amonst the Arab world, and even in the United States of America! Synagogues have been defaced, graves and tombstones in France have been smeared with paint and swaztikas, and graffiti has been scrawled on Jewish buildings, homes, and businesses.

Why is there so much hostility toward the Jews? Even many "Christians," even some in YEHOVAH's Church, ridicule the Jewish people out of ignorance and self-righteousness .

Yet Yeshua the Messiah said, to the contrary, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do" (Matt. 23:2-3).

Centuries ago, YEHOVAH God said to Abraham, our forefather, and the father of the Jews, "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that blesseth thee, and curse them that curseth thee..." (Gen. 12:2-3). In a very real sense, those who bless the Jews will be blessed, and those who curse them and revile and reproach them, will suffer the curses of Almighty God! They are the seed of Abraham, and they are special -- for they are the ONLY people that have maintained and preserved the Torah and the LAWS and Word -- the "oracles" -- of Almighty GOD! (Romans 3:1-2).

Clearly, we should BLESS the people of YEHOVAH God, and BLESS the Jews, who have maintained and preserved the holy oracles of YEHOVAH God so that we can obey His commandments and statutes!

The apostle Paul was no anti-Semite. He wrote, "I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew" (Rom. 11:1-2). Paul wrote, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."

Paul went on, saying, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (Rom. 10:1-3).

Paul loved his brethren after the flesh. He truly sought the conversion and salvation of the Jewish people -- their repentance. He lamented their spiritual blindness. Yet he knew there was a purpose in it all, and that eventually the blindness would be removed.

Paul pointed out, "Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall t he receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" (Rom. 11:12-15).

Paul concluded, "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when Ishall take away their sins" (Rom. 11:24-25).

Even though the Jewish people as a whole have not at this juncture accepted the identity of the Messiah, Yeshua of the New Testament, but still remain blinded to this wonderful truth, we must remember that YEHOVAH God can also remove that blindness. Many Jews cannot see the truth of YEHOVAH God regarding the Messiah, today, because of the garbled state of this world's "Christianity" and its perversion of the truth of YEHOVAH God. When they look at "Christianity," they see a religion full of pagan practices derived from the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Babylonians. They see a paganized "Messiah" who is long-haired, effeminate, sallow-complexioned, hanging on a "cross." They also see a "church" which has persecuted Jews, down through the centuries, forcing them to convert or be tortured, confess "Christ" or die on the rack! Some of the most vicious, savage persecution meted out against the Jews historically has come from supposed "Christians" and "Catholics" in Europe!

Nevertheless, YEHOVAH God will bring the Jews back to Jerusalem and Israel, and He will open their eyes and minds to the glory of Yeshua the Messiah! Zechariah the prophet wrote: "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn" (Zech. 12:10-11).

Why, then, is there so much hatred and virulent hostility toward the Jews in the Christian-professing world, and even among the off-shoots of the Worldwide Church of God?

An Overview of Anti-Semitism

The truth is, the spirit of anti-Semitism is the spirit of Antichrist! This is the same spirit and attitude as that of Antiochus Epiphanes, who viciously persecuted the Jews in 167-164 B.C., because they would not conform to the prevaling worldview of Hellenism and Greek religious philosophy. Those who held on to the Torah and Law of YEHOVAH God were hunted down, tortured, killed, and their property confiscated.

The attitude of the Antichrist was summed up by Emperor Constantine in the fourth century of the present era. He exhorted the so-called nominal "Christians" of the visible church, with its headquarters at Rome, in the council of Nicea in 325 A.D. to establish a worldwide church free from any and all vestiges and influences of the Jews. His attitude was distinctly hostile and full of venom and hatred of everything Jewish. He wrote in a conciliar letter:

"It appeared an unholy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast that we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of the soul...Let us then have NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THE DETESTABLE JEWISH CROWD: For we have received of our Saviour a different way...Strive and pray continually that the purity of your souls may not seem in any thing to be SULLIED BY FELLOWSHIIP with these most wicked men...All should unite in demanding that which sound reason appears to demand, and AVOIDING ALL PARTICIPATION IN THE PERJURED CONDUCT of the Jews" (Eusebius, Life of Constantine, 3, 18-19, NPNF, 2nd, I, p. 524-525).

Writes Dr. Samuel Bacchiocchi in From Sabbath to Sunday, a fascinating study of the origin of Sunday worship, and the history of the early Church:

"The anti-Judaic motivation for the repudiation of the Jewish reckoning of Passover could not have been expressed more explicitly and forcefully than in the letter of Constantine. Nicaea represents the culmination of a controversy initiated two centuries earlier and motivated by strong anti-Judaic feelings and one which had Rome as its epicenter" (p. 206).

The spirit of hostility to the truth and people of YEHOVAH God is an age-old spirit -- it is the spirit of Satan the devil, who hates the ways of YEHOVAH God (John 8:44). He reviles the things of YEHOVAH, and tramples on that which is holy. The carnal mind of man follows him in rebellion and enmity against the laws of YEHOVAH God (Rom. 8:7).

However, the spirit of YEHOVAH God LOVES the things of YEHOVAH, the people of YEHOVAH, and the TRUTHS and LAWS of YEHOVAH God (Acts 5:32; Rom. 5:5; I John 5:3).

As Paul wrote to the Gentile Ephesians, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19). Paul wrote to the Galatians, likewise, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all ONE in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:28-29).

"Salvation Is of the JEWS"

Yeshua the Messiah, our Saviour and Messiah, of course, was a Jew. He was descended from king David, himself a Jew, of the tribe of Judah. The apostle Paul wrote in the book of Hebrews, "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood" (Heb. 7:14). He is called "the lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5-6). He "came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11).

Yeshua told the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria, "YE worship ye know not what: WE know what WE worship: for SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS " (John 4:22). The apostle Paul wrote further, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto SALVATION to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).

Do these comments suggest in any way that true Christians should repudiate the Jews, or have nothing to do with them? Salvation itself, Yeshua says, comes THROUGH them!

The original Church of YEHOVAH God, founded at Pentecost on 31 A.D., with the coming of the holy spirit, was composed overwhelmingly of JEWISH people, primarily those who had followed or were considered Pharisees (Acts 2:15) -- "devout men, out of every nation under heaven" who were assembled that year in Jerusalem for the holy day of Pentecost or Shavuot! Since the public Temple Pentecost services were conducted according to the rules and customs of the Pharisees, these "devout" men were diligent observers of the LAWS of YEHOVAH God, as taught by the Pharisees! They were, therefore, observant JEWS!

Should YEHOVAH's people today FEAR to be looked upon by others, or apostacizing church members, or friends or former associates, as "Jews" because they observe the SAME HOLY DAYS as the Jews do? YEHOVAH God forbid! Yeshua the Messiah himself observed the same days, and taught us to do so, following in his footsteps (I Pet. 2:21; I John 2:6). Yeshua is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). He will observe the SAME holy days in you today that he observed 1900 years ago, in the days of his flesh (Gal. 2:20) -- and none other!!!

The apostle Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, was not ashamed of being looked upon as 'Jewish." He said, "Follow ME, as I follow Christ " (I Cor. 11:2). He wrote, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach " (Heb. 13:12-13). David wrote, prophetically of Christ, "Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children [not just physical family, but other "church members"!]. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me" (Psalm 69:7-9).

Suffering Reproach

The apostle Paul applied this to the Messiah, saying, "For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me" (Rom. 15:3). If being looked upon as a "Jew" causes you embarrassment and shame, then perhaps you should consider the words of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, "For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (I Tim. 4:10).

Likewise, Peter wrote, "If ye be REPROACHED for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you" (I Pet. 4:14). "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him NOT BE ASHAMED; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" (I Pet. 4:16-18).

True Christians should not be ashamed of being called "Jew," "Jewish," or any epithet, which identifies them with the customs and LAWS of YEHOVAH God as revealed in the Torah, the Scriptures, and the entire Word of the living GOD. Paul wrote, to the contrary, "For he is not Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God" (Rom. 2:28-29).

We should not be ashamed of being looked upon as "Jewish" merely because we TRULY follow in the footsteps of Yeshua the Messiah, who was a TRUE JEW in every way. The apostle Paul wrote, "What advantage therefore hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the ORACLES OF GOD" (Rom. 3:1-2).

The apostle Paul refers to the Jews as "the natural branches" of YEHOVAH God's olive tree (Rom. 11:16-24), and Gentiles as "a wild olive tree, grafted in among them" (verse 17). We should not despise or look down our noses at the "natural branches," but rejoice that together we can stand by faith and obedience to YEHOVAH God, through His holy spirit!

Getting Back to Our "Jewish" Roots!

Those of us who truly desire to follow the Messiah, and the apostles, and recapture the faith which was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), need to re-examine our attitudes toward the Jews and the things regarded as "Jewish." Ignorance creates fear. But as the old song goes, "To know, know, know him, is to love, love, love him." To really get to know the Jews, is to LOVE them. To live in ignorance and fear of them, is to grow in hatred, hostility, enmity, and folly.

The day is coming, very soon now, when as the prophet Zechariah foretold, that the whole attitude of the world will change toward the Jews. Zechariah declared:

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of HIM THAT IS A JEW, saying, we will go with you: for we have heard that GOD IS WITH YOU" (Zech. 8:20-23).

If we are truly converted people, then in YEHOVAH God's sight we are "true Jews."  The truth of the Hebrew Roots does not deny either the laws and commandments of YEHOVAH God, the Torah, nor does it deny the Messianic aspect of  the Hebrew Roots and our Hebrew Messiah Yeshua and His message -- and its fulfillment in the Messiah, Yeshua! Hebrew is the language and DNA of our God and Messiah Yeshua, and that DNA is in all of us, whether you want to recognize that or not. So if you are indeed a "true Jew," then rejoice -- for your name is written in Heaven and in the Book of Life! Amen! 

 In Yeshua Messiah’s Service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

An Overview of the Festivals of Messiah Yeshua

UNDERSTANDING THE FEASTS

       The festivals are blueprints through which G-d revealed His overall plan of redemption for both man and the earth following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Gan Eden) as well as the role that the Messiah (Yeshua) would play in that redemption. The festivals are divided into two major portions, depending upon whether they occur in the spring or the fall. The spring festivals teach about the first coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the fall festivals teach about the second coming of the Messiah Yeshua. In Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 it is written, "...His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." The "latter and former rain" in this passage is commonly interpreted and understood to be the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). This is indeed a valid interpretation and application; however, the former and latter rain also refers to the first and second coming of the Messiah (Yeshua).

      G-d set up the festivals in an agricultural context. G-d gave the natural for us to understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47). During the course of the year, the rains come in Israel at two primary times--the spring and the fall. If we cross-reference Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 with Joel (Yoel) 2:23, we see that the former rain is the Hebrew word moreh which means "teacher," and the word moderately in Joel 2:23, is the Hebrew word tzedakah, which means "righteousness." The teacher of righteousness was a term for the Messiah. Yeshua (Jesus) was the teacher of righteousness sent by G-d as can be seen in John (Yochanan) 3:2. Yeshua was sent by G-d to the earth to faithfully teach us righteousness, just as G-d faithfully sends us the rain (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 55:10-11). The harvest (believers in the Messiah) is the product that the rain (the Messiah) produces.

      In Leviticus 23:2 it is written, "......the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations...." The Hebrew term translated as convocation in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:2,4 is miqra, which means "a rehearsal." From this we can see that G-d gave the festivals to be yearly "rehearsals" of the future events in the redemption. Because G-d gave the "rehearsals" to teach us about the major events in the redemption, if we want to understand the major events in the redemption, then we need to understand what G-d was teaching us by these rehearsals. The purpose of this book is to show how the "rehearsals" teach us about the real events in the redemption and the role of the Messiah (Yeshua) in these events.

      In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, G-d instructed the people to come to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) three times a year to observe the feasts. As they came, they observed ceremonies given by G-d that were performed in both the temple (Beit HaMikdash) and the home. These ceremonies were twofold in nature. They looked forward and they looked backward. Many of these ceremonies and the specific instructions concerning what was done during these feasts and how they were done can be found in the Mishnah, the oral teaching of Judaism, in the section called Mo'ed. The Mishnah is divided into six orders. Each order is divided into tractates, or different sections of each order. The order called Mo'ed speaks of the festivals. Mo'ed, which we saw earlier means "an appointed time," has two meanings. First, in Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, the Jewish people have an appointment to be at a specific place (Jerusalem) at a specific time (the time of the three major pilgrimage festivals). Secondly, G-d has an appointment to perform certain events in the redemption at this time. There are four important aspects to remember when dealing with each of the seven great festivals of the L-rd:

1.     All of the festivals are, at the same time, both historical and prophetic.

2.     All of the festivals teach about the Messiah (Yeshua), or Jesus.

3.     All of the festivals are agricultural in context.

4.     All of the festivals teach about your personal relationship with G-d and how you are to walk (halacha) with Him as you grow in the knowledge of Him, from being a baby believer to a mature believer.

      It is important to remember that as an entire unit, the festivals teach and reveal the complete plan of G-d; however, each festival centers on a particular theme in the plan of G-d.

OVERVIEW OF THE SPRING FESTIVALS

      The four spring festivals are Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), First Fruits (Bikkurim), and the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

1.     Passover (Pesach) occurs in the first month of the religious calendar (Aviv, also called Nisan), on the fourteenth day, Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:5.

2.     Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) immediately follows the first day of Passover (Pesach). It is observed in the first month (Aviv/Nisan) from the fifteenth day to the twenty-first day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:6-8).

3.     The Feast of First Fruits of the barley harvest (Bikkurim) is observed during the week of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah). It will always be the day following the weekly sabbath, the first day of the week (Yom Rishon), which we call Sunday (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:9-11). Anciently, on this day, sheaves of barley were waved before the L-rd in a prescribed ceremony. Today, this festival is not observed in traditional Judaism.

4.     The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is also known as Pentecost. Beginning on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), we begin to count 50 days. This is called the counting of the omer. On the fiftieth day following the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) or Pentecost (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-21). (Note: Pentecost is a Greek word that literally means "fiftieth.")

      These four spring festivals are joined together as an interrelated unit. The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is considered the conclusion or atzeret to Passover. The season of Passover (Pesach) is not considered totally over until Shavuot (Pentecost) is completed.

The Exodus Story: From Pesach to Shavuot

      Pesach (Passover) begins in Egypt (Mitzrayim) (a type of the world), where the children of Israel had become slaves. When the children of Israel cried out to G-d to remember the promises He made to Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzchak), and Jacob (Ya'akov), G-d called forth a deliverer named Moses (Moshe). G-d told Moses (Moshe) that He was going to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt (Mitzrayim) to the Promised Land (Exodus [Shemot] 3:8). When G-d sent Moses (Moshe) to Pharaoh, G-d did not tell Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to leave Egypt and go to the Promised Land. Instead, G-d only instructed Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to take a three-day journey into the wilderness to make a sacrifice to G-d (Exodus [Shemot] 3:18). Moses (Moshe) obeyed G-d's instructions exactly as can be seen in Exodus (Shemot) 5:1-3. Pharaoh's first deviance of the Almighty One of Israel was his refusal to allow the people of G-d to observe a feast and to sacrifice to Him!

      After a remarkable series of plagues inflicted on Egypt (Mitzrayim) because of Pharaoh's continued stubbornness, the children of Israel were finally released to leave Egypt laden with the spoils of the Egyptians. The children of Israel came to the banks of the Red Sea on the seventeenth day of Aviv/Nisan, which is three days after the day of Passover in the first month of the religious calendar. The Passover Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan and the people left Egypt (Mitzrayim) before midnight in the evening of the fifteenth after the death angel struck the firstborn of Egypt (Mitzrayim). When Pharaoh saw that the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, he foolishly decided to pusue them with his army (Exodus [Shemot] 14:1-9). The children of Israel became afraid, but Moses (Moshe) rose up and said, as it is written, "...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation [Yeshooah in Hebrew], of the Lord..." (Exodus [Shemot] 14:13). Jesus (Yeshua) in Hebrew means salvation or Savior (Matthew [Mattityahu] 1:21).

      At this point, the sea divided and the children of Israel crossed the floor of the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army, along with Pharaoh, pursued the Hebrews into the Red Sea and were drowned (Exodus [Shemot] 14:26-28; 15:4,19). The Bible says that the L-rd's right hand destroyed the Egyptians (Exodus [Shemot] 15:6,12). The right hand is a term for the Messiah, Yeshua (Psalms [Tehillim] 44:3; 48:10; 63:8; 74:10-11; 89:13; 98:1; 110:1; 118:16; 138:7; Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 41:10; 53:1-5; 62:8; Acts 2:32-36; 5:31-32; Hebrews 1:3).

      It is important to note that Pharaoh, along with his army, drowned in the sea. In the days of Joseph (Yosef), there was a famine in Israel and the children of Israel went down to Egypt (Mitzrayim) and gave themselves to rulership under Pharaoh. Because of this, Pharaoh had legal ownership over the people. This ownership could be broken only by the death of Pharaoh, thus freeing the children of Israel to go to the Promised Land. Because of this fact, G-d did not violate His word to Pharaoh through Moses (Moshe) when he asked Pharaoh to let the people go on a three-day journey into the wilderness, but later continued to go to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh died, his rulership over the children of Israel was legally broken and the people were free to go to the Promised Land. For this reason, the season of Passover (Pesach) is called "The Feast of Our Freedom".

      Spiritually speaking, Pharaoh is a type of satan (Ha satan). Until you accept the Messiah (Yeshua) into your life, Satan (Ha satan) has legal ownership over you. By the death of Yeshua (Jesus), the legal ownership that satan (Ha satan) has over our lives is broken and we are free to enter into the spiritual promised land of G-d and receive all the promises that He has promised us.

Fifty Days From the Red Sea: Shavuot (Pentecost)

      From the crossing of the Red Sea (Nisan 17) to the day Moses (Moshe) met G-d on Mount Sinai were 47 days. For 47 days the children of Israel traveled through the wildemess before they came to Mount Sinai on the third day of the third month (Sivan) (Exodus [Shemot] 19:1). G-d instructed the people through Moses (Moshe) to sanctify themselves before He visited them three days later on Mount Sinai, which would be the sixth day of the third month of Sivan (Exodus [Shemot] 19:10-11). This day would be the fiftieth day following the crossing of the Red Sea; it came to be known as the revelation of G-d at Mount Sinai. This day being the fiftieth day from the crossing of the Red Sea on Nisan 17 would be the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

      Therefore, from the Exodus story, we can see that the Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan, the day of Passover (Pesach). On the fifteenth of Nisan, the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), the people left Egypt; on the seventeenth of Nisan the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea; and 50 days later on the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost, G-d gave the Torah (instruction) on Mount Sinai. In the following chapters, we will see how Yeshua (Jesus) died on Passover (Pesach) (Nisan 14), was in the sepulcher on the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) (Nisan 15), and was resurrected on the day of First Fruits (Bikkurim) (Nisan 17), and the Holy Spirit empowered the believers 50 days following Yeshua's (Jesus) resurrection on the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). We will also discover what these feasts mean to the individual believer and how they relate to our personal relationship with G-d.

FALL FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

      The fall festival season begins with a 40-day period called, in Hebrew, Teshuvah, which means "to repent or return." This 40-day period begins in the sixth month of the religious calendar, the month of Elul, and concludes on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. Each morning in the synagogue following the morning prayers, a shofar is blown (except on sabbaths and the day preceding Rosh HaShanah, the Feast of Trumpets). Psalm (Tehillim) 27 is read every day. Rosh HaShanah is the thirtieth day into this 40-day period of Teshuvah or repentance. The biblical name for Rosh HaShanah is Yom Teruah, which means "the day of the awakening blast." Non-Jews call this the Feast of Trumpets. It is observed on the seventh month (Tishrei) and the first day of the month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:23-24). G-d gave us this day to teach us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and much more. This day is both the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a period of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on Yom Kippur. Therefore, the last 10 days of the 40-day period of Teshuvah, beginning on Elul 1, is also called the High Holy Days.

      The first and second days of the 10 High Holy Days (Tishrei 1-10) are collectively known as one day (Nehemiah 7:73; 8:1-2,13). The seven-day period from Tishrei 3 through Tishrei 9 is called the Days of Awe or the Awesome Days (Yamim Nora'im). G-d gave these special days on His calendar to teach us about the future tribulation period on earth (Chevlai shel Mashiach). These seven days will correspond to the seven years of the tribulation known in Hebrew as the "birthpangs of the Messiah" (Chevlai shel Mashiach).

      Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is observed on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:26-32). Since Rosh Hashanah teaches us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah and the wedding of the Messiah, and the Days of Awe teach us about the tribulation (Chevlai shel Mashiach), Yom Kippur teaches us about the literal second coming of the Messiah Yeshua when He will set His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).

      The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is observed the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei to the twenty-first day. This festival teaches us the joy of the Messianic Kingdom, known in Hebrew as the Athid Lavo or to non-Jews as the Millennium. This can be found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:33-44. The day following the twenty-first day of Tishrei, the last day of Sukkot, is a special day called Shemini Atzeret. It is known as the eighth day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:36) and is the twenty-second day of Tishrei.

      Another festival called Simchat Torah is observed in conjunction with Shemini Atzeret. Simchat means "rejoicing" in Hebrew, so Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the Torah." In ancient times, this festival was observed on the twenty-second of Tishrei, the same day as Shemini Atzeret. Today it is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishrei. The celebration of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah spans a 48-hour period, but it is referred to as "one long day." It is only one of two instances in the biblical year when there is a 48-hour period known as one long day. The other is Rosh HaShanah, which spans the first and second days of Tishrei. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah were given by G-d to teach us how things will be following the Messianic age or the Millennium when the world will enter into eternity.

FEASTS OF THE L-RD

Biblical/Hebrew Name - English Name - Time of Observance

1. Pesach - Passover - Nisan/Aviv 14


2. Hag HaMatzah - Feast of Unleavened Bread - Nisan/Aviv 15-21


3. Bikkurim - First Fruits of Barley Harvest - The morrow after the sabbath during Hag HaMatzah


4. Shavuot - Feast of Weeks/Pentecost - Fifty days from the Feast of First Fruits


5. Yom Teruah - Feast of Trumpets - Tishrei 1 (Rosh HaShanah)


6. Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement - Tishrei 10


7. Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles/Booths - Tishrei 15-21


a. Shemini Atzeret - The eighth assembly/conclusion - Tishrei 22

b. Simchat Torah - Rejoicing in the Torah - Tishrei 23

HISTORICAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

                FEAST                                              HISTORICAL ASPECT


1. Passover    -       Israel's deliverance out of Egyptian bondage (Pesach)


2. Unleavened Bread  -  The going out of Egypt (Hag HaMatzah)


3. First Fruits  -     Crossing the Red Sea (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost     -    Giving the Torah at Mount Sinai  (Shavuot)


5. Rosh HaShanah  -    Blowing the Shofar/Jewish New Year  (Yom Teruah)


6. Day of Atonement  -  Priest entered the Holy of Holies (Yom Kippur) Cleansing of the people's sins


7. Tabernacles   -    Entering the Promised Land/Great Rejoicing (Sukkot)

MESSIANIC APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

                FEAST                                   MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT


1. Passover    -       Death of Yeshua on the tree (Pesach)


2. Unleavened Bread  -  The Burial of Yeshua  (Hag HaMatzah)


3. First Fruits   -    Resurrection of Yeshua  (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost         Pouring out of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)  (Shavuot) on Shavuot (Acts 2)


5. Rosh HaShanah   -  The Resurrection of the Dead /(Yom Teruah)  Rapture (Natzal) of believers


6. Day of Atonement  - The Day of Messiah's Second Coming (Zech 14:4) (Yom Kippur)      


7. Tabernacles   -     The Messianic Era/Millennium (Sukkot) (Athid Lavo)

   SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

         FEAST                                     SPIRITUAL APPLICATION ( Halacha )


1. Passover   --  Repent (Teshuvah) and trust by faith (Emunah)   (Pesach)  n the shed blood of Yeshua


2. Unleavened Bread  --  Sanctification and separation from evil represented (Hag HaMatzah) by water immersion (Mikvah)


3. First Fruits   --   Walking (Halacha) in newness of life  (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost    --   Immersion in the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot)  and growing in faith (Emunah) in G-d

                            (making spiritual aliyah)


5. Rosh HaShanah  -- Hear (Shema) the calling (Shofar) of (Yom Teruah) for our lives      


6. Day of Atonement  --  Yielding ourselves to G-d so we may live (face to face)  (Yom Kippur)  in His Presence


7. Tabernacles   --  A daily rest (shabbat) in the Messiah and (Sukkot) having the rest (menuchah) of His Kingdom in our hearts

Hope and pray this teaching has blessed your heart and will guide you to a fuller life with your savior Yeshua Messiah!

In His Service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez




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