I want to share some of these things with you. So our study today is entitled Pentecost/Shavuot: It's meaning and significance.
I want to also share, if you are totally new to the observance, how to arrive at the proper time to observe it. So, I want to talk about that. If you have already kept Passover, it will be a little easier.
First of all, let's get some definitions straight here. "Shavuot" is how you call the Feast in the Hebrew language. The term "Pentecost" is from Greek. And we call it in our vernacular "Feast of Weeks."
"Pentekonta" means "fifty" in the Greek language and "Pentekostay" is "fifty" in the feminine form. Therefore, we have "Pentecost." And "Shavua," the term in Hebrew, is also feminine. I think that is why they had it in the feminine form in the Greek language.
"Shavua" is the term "week" in Hebrew. "Shavuot" is feminine plural and it means "weeks." So, if you have been calling it "Sha-VOO-ot," let's try saying "Sha-voo-OAT." The "ot" has the accent. In most Hebrew words, the accent is on the final syllable or the next to last syllable.
So, that's our terms and "Shavuot" means "weeks." Sometimes when the first day of the week comes you will hear the Jewish people say, "Shavua Tov." That means "Good Week." And that is what they often say as Shabbat ends and a new week begins.
All right, now to properly understand this we have to have some understanding of Passover as far as timing goes. About two months ago we shared some studies and scriptures on Passover and the spiritual meanings and the literal meanings from the book of Exodus and other places.
So, we are going to start with that and draw on that a little bit because the two Feasts are connected as far as the timing is concerned.
Deuteronomy 16:8 - "Six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there [shall be] a sacred assembly to YAHWEH your Elohim. You shall do no work [on it].
9 - "You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from [the time] you begin [to put] the sickle to the grain.
What is He talking about? We see here, during this Week of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we have a special way of counting seven weeks after this Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the Hebrews today call it "the counting of the Omer."
So, "from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain" what is He talking about here? Well, they began to harvest barley around the time of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
They would harvest barley (this is a picture of barley, right here), and when the barley was mature enough, they would take the sickle (which is this instrument, right here). This is a relief they found of a wall in stone somewhere in Egypt. And he is using a sickle to harvest barley.
And so, they would cut the barley down, and then, of course, they would extract the seeds out of the barley. That's the whole point of it.
And with the seeds, if they were dry enough, they would grind it into powder to make flour, or if it was still a little bit wet inside, they would dry it out by roasting it over the fire and then just eat the kernels raw (or actually cooked, roasted that way). But that's a barley plant.
So, the Feasts had significance in that they were connected to the harvests. And that was part of the importance of the Feasts. And so, during the harvest time it is really a time to give thanks to Yahweh. He provided food from the ground, right? Maybe we are not so connected to that anymore.
You know, a lot of people, they get their food out of Wal-Mart, and they don't think about that it came out of the ground. Anyway, I wanted to draw on this as far as the timing goes.
Deuteronomy 16:8 - "Six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there [shall be] a sacred assembly to YAHWEH your Elohim. You shall do no work [on it].
9 - "You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from [the time] you begin [to put] the sickle to the grain.
Deuteronomy 16:10 - "Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to YAHWEH your Elohim with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as YAHWEH your Elohim blesses you.
This is a rejoicing Feast!
Deuteronomy 16:11 - "You shall rejoice before YAHWEH your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who [is] within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who [are] among you, at the place where YAHWEH your Elohim chooses to make His name abide.
We learn later that is Jerusalem. And we are going to see later that the place He chose, Jerusalem, was chosen around the time of Pentecost. We will get to that in a minute.
This is Leviticus' version of Feast keeping:
Leviticus 23:6 - `And on the fifteenth day of the same month [is] the Feast of Unleavened Bread to YAHWEH; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
7 - `On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.
8 - `But you shall offer an offering made by fire to YAHWEH for seven days. The seventh day [shall be] a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work [on it].'"
Leviticus 23:9 - And YAHWEH spoke to Moses, saying,
10 - "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: `When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
You see, they actually entered the land of Israel just after the time of Passover, and from that time forward they would bring this sheaf of barley to the priests. Then the priests would wave that sheaf of barley before Yahweh. It says:
Leviticus 23:11 - `He shall wave the sheaf before YAHWEH, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
The day after what Sabbath? The Sabbath that occurs during this Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover. So, we are trying to identify this time here of giving thanks to Yahweh for the barley harvest.
On this 7th of April, right here, that was the First Day of Unleavened Bread. Then on the 13th was the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. (That's in April, this past year, going by this year, here. This is a Roman calendar.)
And in between these two days is this Sabbath, here (on the 7th). It's right there. So, on this particular day you would have the Sabbath. It says, "on the day after the Sabbath, you shall wave the sheaf of barley." So, that is on the 8th day, the day after the Sabbath.
The Sabbath was on the 7th day of what's called April. The 8th day of April would have been the day after this Sabbath. It says to bring this sheaf to the priest, and the priest would wave it before Yahweh.
Leviticus 23:12 - `And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to YAHWEH.
13 - `Its grain offering [shall be] two-tenths [of an ephah] of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to YAHWEH, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering [shall be] of wine, one-fourth of a hin.
14 - `You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim; [it shall be] a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
Leviticus 23:15 - `And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.
"From the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering" is that first day of the week when they would bring the sheaf of the wave offering. "Seven Sabbaths shall be completed." You've got 7 x 7 is 49. And it says:
Leviticus 23:16 - `Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to YAHWEH.
Going back to our calendar, here, we are going to start counting from the 8th, seven Sabbaths. So, we have the Sabbath that is on the 14th of April. Then the next Sabbath after that is on the 21st. That is the second Sabbath. Then the third Sabbath, the fourth Sabbath, the fifth Sabbath, the sixth Sabbath and the seventh Sabbath.
And today is that seventh Sabbath. And it says, "on the day after the seventh Sabbath, you shall keep the Day of Pentecost." That's fifty Shavuot. 7 x 7 is 49, and we are on the 49th day now as we speak. The 50th day is what we are aiming for. "Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath."
So, the 50th day is what we are aiming for. And that is tomorrow, or starting after sundown tonight. That is how you arrive at the Day of Pentecost.
What is actually done on this Day of Pentecost?
Leviticus 23:17 - `You shall bring from your dwellings two wave [loaves] of two-tenths [of an ephah]. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. [They are] the firstfruits to YAHWEH.
18 - `And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be [as] a burnt offering to YAHWEH, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to YAHWEH.
So, you are supposed to bring bread. That is because it is the wheat harvest now. Fifty days after the barley harvest, the wheat ripens. Both are planted in the spring. Both barley and wheat are planted in the spring, and the winter wheat ripens fifty days or so after the barley ripens.
Now Pentecost is a giving of thanks for the wheat harvest that Yahweh provided. Now the two loaves it says two-tenths of an ephah that is about one and three-quarter gallons worth of wheat. These are the wheat offerings, and the wheat is brought, as we see here, to the priests.
There is the barley harvest, which is the Day of Passover, and it is ripe and ready during Passover. And the wheat harvest, the winter wheat, is sown in the fall and it is ready. And they would bring this bread and wave it before Yahweh.
We continue to read in verse 18 that there would also be seven lambs, a young bull, and two rams for a burnt offering.
Leviticus 23:19 - `Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering.
20 - `The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits [as] a wave offering before YAHWEH, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to YAHWEH for the priest.
So this offering, in order for it to be accepted, had to be done by a priest in the holy place seven lambs of the first year, a young bull, two rams for a burnt offering, and a kid of the goats as a sin offering and two male lambs for the sacrifice of a peace offering.
There are some brothers today who bake bread, and then they wave it before Yahweh. If you want to do that, that's your conviction, but we have to be careful that we don't see that as THE actual wave offering. Number one: It has to be from this year's wheat harvest. Number two: It has to be done by a priest. That is the command in Scripture.
For that reason I am not real comfortable about baking the bread and then waving it. Although, I appreciate the hearts of many who do that. I don't want to give an impression I am following Scripture on that when actually it is not what it says to do. And I'm not a priest or a Levite.
Now if you do grow wheat and you want to take some of that wheat, bake some bread and maybe give it to the poor, or something like that, fine. Maybe that would be okay.
But we are in exile right now and Yahushua is allowing that, and yet, we can still keep these Feasts in the areas we live in. And when we do this, we are going to show forth some really awesome things! There are some really, really, really awesome things about Pentecost!
You know, we have in our culture today something called the day of Thanksgiving. It's in the fall, late fall. All the harvest has come in. Back in the more agrarian days they realized that Yahweh brought this food out of the ground for us to eat.
So, they wanted to have a day called Thanksgiving in the fall to give Him thanks for the harvest that He provided that year. Well, this is very similar to that. Yahweh has provided barley. Now, He's providing wheat. Come and give thanks to Him for that. Wheat is a very major part of our diet, even today. Just as it was back then.
We don't think of that. When we go to the store there is packaged bread, and we are not thinking about, a lot of times, the work that went into producing that and the provision of Yahweh allowing food to come up from the ground that we might partake of that bread, because really there is this disconnect between us and the ground for a lot of us.
If you live in the city and you don't grow anything and eat from that, there is this disconnect. So, don't think just because it is talking about giving thanks for the harvest and stuff, "Oh, that's the Old Testament era." No, that's about 100 years ago when a lot of people had gardens and farming was more common.
Actually, from that point all the way back in history. So, it is only today with our modern industrial revolution and now the internet and technical revolution. All these things, man's creations, most of the time are in our eyes. Whereas in ancient times it was Yahweh's creation that man was observing most of the time.
So, it has a way of creating this gulf, or disconnect, between us and the things that Yahweh provides when this money shows up, you know, from our work in the bank account and we go buy. So, I think we are missing something. I really do. So, Yahweh says:
Leviticus 23:21 - `And you shall proclaim on the same day [that] it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work [on it. It shall be] a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
So, this is a statute forever. I think we are still in that age right now, right? It's called "forever." It is "in all your dwellings throughout your generations." And, of course, that's now.
And so, He says you shall have a holy convocation. That means, the word there called "holy convocation" has to do with what is called "miqra qodesh" in the Hebrew. A holy convocation basically is about gathering together to hear the Word of Yahweh. "Miqra" means "calling out." "Qodesh" is "holy." The "calling out" would read aloud the Scriptures.
He says don't do any customary work. Now, this is a little different than the regular Sabbath. There is a certain word here: "servile work" or "customary work." What does that mean? It has to do with business and occupation. Take a break from your work; come together with Yahweh's people; and give thanks for what He has done for you.
There are other Feasts where no servile work or no customary work is to be done. We see here, this is the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
Exodus 12:16 - `On the first day [there shall be] a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but [that] which everyone must eat -- that only may be prepared by you.
So, Yahweh makes an exception on His Feast Days for food preparation, where as on a normal Sabbath we are not to cook or prepare food. On this day, because it is a Feast, He says, "that only may be done."
So, on the Feast Day Sabbaths it appears that since preparing of meals and such are permissible on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and that is a day when no servile work is to be done, here we are in the Festival of Shavuot, and He uses the same verbiage that no customary work or servile or occupational work shall be done.
And since an exception was given before for food, it would seem that food preparation is not considered to be servile work or occupational work. You wouldn't want to get paid for it, but He is saying, "Come together. Eat from this harvest that has been provided for you, and give thanks to Yahweh for it."
The only difference is in the time when there was a priesthood in place and there was a temple standing. That was a time when they would give the firstfruits of their harvest to the priest and give that to Yahweh, and he would make the offerings and what not. Then they were able to partake of that year's wheat harvest.
Another thing we should look at, I think, is:
Deuteronomy 16:9 - "You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from [the time] you begin [to put] the sickle to the grain.
10 - "Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to YAHWEH your Elohim with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as YAHWEH your Elohim blesses you.
11 - "You shall rejoice before YAHWEH your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who [is] within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who [are] among you, at the place where YAHWEH your Elohim chooses to make His name abide.
Yahweh is looking for a freewill offering of some kind. He wants us to give something of our own free will. In those days, it would be animals or grains or whatever that was given to the priesthood. That freewill offering was given to the priest, but it was also given to the poor and the needy and those who had needs.
So, if you want to give some money to those who are poor or some food or something to someone as an offering, then that is, I think, what He really wants us to do. And if there is somebody in ministry that is doing the work of Yahweh, in your understanding, and you provide for them, that would be the next best thing maybe.
So, we want to take a portion of whatever Yahweh provides and give Him some kind of offering, something that would benefit others. Actually, He says in Deuteronomy 16, verse 16:
Deuteronomy 16:16 - "Three times a year all your males shall appear before YAHWEH your Elohim in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before YAHWEH empty-handed.
So, we are not to appear unless we have something with us to give in some respect.
So, we do not have the priest waving our bread today, but we can rest. We can have a holy convocation. And we can really meditate on a lot of the spiritual meanings of this Feast and the significance of it.
Of course, we can give thanks for the wheat harvest. I mean, how many of us have eaten bread this past year? And lot's of it, right? Unless we are allergic or something. But this is the time of year when we want to give thanks to Yahweh specifically for that harvest, and Yahweh is the one giving the increase.
Now, I want to take a look at some of the spiritual things about the harvest. I think Yahweh separated this wheat harvest at a special time for a reason. I mean, it is just one plant, but it is a mainstay of a person's diet.
We are created from the dust of the land, and we are created in the image of Elohim. So, when this wheat grows up out of the dust of the land and we partake of the wheat, that is basically from Yahweh planting life in the earth. That life fed off the nutrients in the soil, put it into the seeds for the next plant to grow.
And we are partaking of those seeds when we eat wheat. So, we are also from the dust of the ground. We need to partake of something from the ground in order to survive, whether it be directly or indirectly.
Whether through a plant or from an animal that partakes of the grass and then we eat the meat off the animal, we are taking the nutrients from the soil to keep us alive.
Now, "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh." Remember that scripture from Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy?
So, what happened at this time of Pentecost in the book of Exodus?
Exodus 19:1 - In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came [to] the Wilderness of Sinai.
It was at this time, this third month, a few days after this that Yahweh thundered His commandments from Sinai. It would correspond to that third month that just started. Well, Pentecost is always somewhere in the beginning of the third month.
This year, in my area of the world, it would be the 5th day of the third month because the New Moon was seen the night of the 22nd.
From Scriptures we know that the Word of Yahweh is sometimes compared to bread. So, Yahweh gives Israel His bread, His Torah, from heaven and comes down on the mountain and says, "This is the way that you need to live. This is the way of life. This is the way of love. This is the way of truth."
Now, Yahushua, we know, obeyed every one of these words perfectly. And there are Scriptures, and I wish I could go through all of these, but there are Scriptures which we know that refer to Yahushua as the Word that dwelled among us, the Word made flesh that dwelled among us.
He is the Living Word made flesh because when we look at Him and His life and the way He conducted Himself, it is just like seeing the Word of Yahweh. It is just like witnessing the Word of Yahweh in action. In fact, He said:
John 6:51 - "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."
It says, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." So, last Passover we partook of the Messiah, which was pictured in the unleavened bread which is typically made from wheat. And we partook of that bread, unleavened, which means without sin. That is what He is referring to here. He is the Living Bread.
Now, on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the Spirit of Yahweh came down and manifested the Word of Yahweh in the lives of the Apostles. That was evidence that the Word of Yahweh, Yahushua the Messiah, had come down from heaven and had an indwelling in the lives of the Apostles.
And that is the promise of the New Covenant, that the Word would come and dwell in the hearts of men.
Jeremiah 31:31 - "Behold, the days are coming, says YAHWEH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah --
Who is He making a new covenant with? With the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Jeremiah 31:32 - "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them , says YAHWEH.
33 - "But this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YAHWEH: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
"I will put My (what?) in their minds." "My law." His Word. Yahushua is that law. Yahushua is the Word.
Jeremiah 31:34 - "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, `Know YAHWEH,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says YAHWEH. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Here is the great promise, right here: "For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." What an awesome promise that is!
That is the promise of the New Covenant, that He would implant His Word and offer forgiveness of sins. And that is what Yahushua has done for us. He has placed Yahweh's Word in us. Because He dwells in us, His Word is in us also. His Law, His Torah, is in us also. And He offers forgiveness of sin.
And so, the indwelling of the Messiah, the indwelling of the Spirit of Yahweh, is pictured on this Day of Pentecost.
And since the Word of Yahweh is written in our hearts, since the law of Yahweh is written there and since Yahushua lives within us it is no longer we who live but He who lives in us of course, we are going to live as He did; we are going to walk as He walked; and of course, we are going to keep Torah like He did because He dwells in us.
So, Passover represents us partaking of that Messiah and that coming in and then the Spirit coming down on the Day of Pentecost to empower us, to bring cleansing, to forgive us our sins and enable us to keep the Word of Yahweh.
Now, all of this is significant, and we are going to get more into that later, but first I want to take a look here at 1 Samuel, chapter 12. There are some events that occurred around the time of Pentecost. Now, the word "Pentecost" is never mentioned, but we know because it mentions a wheat harvest occurring at that time.
The wheat harvest would have occurred around the time of Pentecost. And this time of Pentecost was the time of year that Yahweh chose to give Israel the king that they asked for.
1Samuel 12:13 - "Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen [and] whom you have desired. And take note, YAHWEH has set a king over you.
14 - "If you fear YAHWEH and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of YAHWEH, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following YAHWEH your Elohim.
Now notice He puts the responsibility on the people? "If you obey His voice you and the king who reigns over you will continue following Yahweh."
1Samuel 12:15 - "However, if you do not obey the voice of YAHWEH, but rebel against the commandment of YAHWEH, then the hand of YAHWEH will be against you, as [it was] against your fathers.
16 - "Now therefore, stand and see this great thing which YAHWEH will do before your eyes:
1Samuel 12:17 - "[Is] today not the wheat harvest? I will call to YAHWEH, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness [is] great, which you have done in the sight of YAHWEH, in asking a king for yourselves."
That is the time of Pentecost. See, Yahweh wanted to be their king, but they wanted a man to be their king.
1Samuel 12:18 - So Samuel called to YAHWEH, and YAHWEH sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared YAHWEH and Samuel.
Very interesting. Just like at Sinai, He thundered down the commandments. The time that they asked for a king, He put the fear of Yahweh in them through this. The same way He put the fear of Yahweh in them when He thundered His commandments at Sinai.
So this is the time that they asked for a king, around the time of this wheat harvest. I want to continue reading here. It says, 1 Samuel, chapter 6 (talking about the ark of Yahweh):
1Samuel 6:11 - And they set the ark of YAHWEH on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors.
This is the time when the Philistines had captured the ark, and they were sending the ark back to Israel because of all the plagues they were having. And they hooked up a couple of milk cows that they separated from the calves and hooked up the cart with the ark of Yahweh on it, the ark of the covenant, to the milk cows on the cart and then went off.
And normally you never see a milk cow ever want to leave it's calves. But those milk cows (two of them) took off down the road and left the land of the Philistines.
1Samuel 6:12 - Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, [and] went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. And the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh.
And then... (I'm trying to rush through this a little bit. I have a lot to cover, here.) But what happened here after this was, the ark basically had no permanent home. I mean, it was hung out for a while at the house of Joshua, and then it went to Eleazar for about twenty years.
So, this ark is representing the presence of Yahweh. The ark is representing the presence of Yahweh in the throne room. There are the two keruvim, or cherubim, that are facing eachother with the wings, covering cherubs. The ark of Yahweh is representing Yahweh's presence in between the covering cherubim.
And so, the presence of Yahweh had no home. It went to the Philistines. It went to Joshua. It went to Eleazar. And then, finally, David brought it to Jerusalem.
Now what happened after this was that David had made a terrible mistake in choosing to number the children of Israel. This is one of the two major mistakes that David had made, but this particular mistake that David had made was there because Yahweh was angry with the people. And so, He moved David against the people.
I don't have the Scripture up right now. We have to kind of go through this. But David, of course, was the one who did the wrong, and it says Satan rose up against David and tempted David. Then David had the people numbered.
But Yahweh did it because He was angry with the people. He allowed Satan to come in, took His protection off of David, allowed the enemy to come in and tempt him to find out how many warriors they had. Well, David had made this mistake and Yahweh gave him three choices.
He said, "You can have famine; you can be defeated by your enemies of war; or I can send a plague." And David said, "Let me not be in the hands of man. Let me be in the hands of Yahweh because He is gracious and merciful."
And so, the plague is coming through the land and killing thousands and thousands of men, and David is starting to feel really bad about this. So, here is what he says:
1Chronicles 21:17 - And David said to Elohim, "Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, O YAHWEH my Elohim, be against me and my father's house, but not against Your people that they should be plagued."
Now, David took responsibility, but we read earlier that when the people are wicked then the king will also be. And what happened when the people were wicked? David did the sin with counting the people. It kind of worked hand-in-hand.
But David says, "Let this be against me and against my father's house, but not against Your people that they should be plagued." And to me, that is an interesting comment, and I want to share why that is in a minute. It says:
1Chronicles 21:18 - Therefore, the angel of YAHWEH commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect an altar to YAHWEH on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
So, this is a command from the angel, this angel of Yahweh that is destroying the people with the plague, and he is telling David, "Go erect an alter on this specific place the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite."
Now, many believe this particular place is actually Mount Moriah where Abraham offered his son Isaac on the alter, and there was a ram that was found there instead. A male lamb was found there instead. That is the lamb Yahweh provided.
So here is, maybe, the same place. We're not 100% sure.
1Chronicles 21:19 - So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of YAHWEH.
20 - Now Ornan turned and saw the angel; and his four sons [who were] with him hid themselves, but Ornan continued threshing wheat.
Ornan was not afraid and continued threshing wheat. THRESHING WHEAT. THRESHING WHEAT. This is the time of the WHEAT HARVEST.
So, around this same time of Pentecost, we see a significant thing just happened. And that is, the angel of Yahweh told David to erect an alter. Let's continue reading:
1Chronicles 21:21 - Then David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David. And he went out from the threshing floor, and bowed before David with [his] face to the ground.
22 - Then David said to Ornan, "Grant me the place of [this] threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to YAHWEH. You shall grant it to me at the full price, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people."
1Chronicles 21:23 - And Ornan said to David, "Take [it] to yourself, and let my lord the king do [what is] good in his eyes. Look, I [also] give [you] the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering; I give [it] all."
24 - Then King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will surely buy [it] for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for YAHWEH, nor offer burnt offerings with [that which] costs [me] nothing."
Otherwise it is not really a sacrifice, at least not a suitable one.
Now the significance of this, brothers, (I want to bring this all together), is that this threshing floor is the place where the temple was built. In 2 Chronicles 3, verse 1, it says:
2Chronicles 3:1 - Now Solomon began to build the house of YAHWEH at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where [YAHWEH] had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
I guess it is, right there in the Scriptures (Mount Moriah). So, on Mount Moriah... (I guess I didn't know that was there. I don't know why I didn't notice it.) But Mount Moriah is the place where Abraham named it Moriah because that is where Yahweh provided. "Moriyah" in Hebrew means "chosen by Yahweh."
And Mount Moriyah (chosen by Yahweh) is the place where Yahweh chose to set up this temple that Solomon was about to build, and that is the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
So this particular location was a significant location. Yahweh had told Abraham, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, go up to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I shall tell you."
That is where Isaac was offered. That is where the lamb was caught in the thicket of thorns. That is the place where Ornan the Jebusite had lived. That is the place where the angel of Yahweh commanded that the alter be erected. And that is also the time of Pentecost. This occurred at the time of Pentecost.
So, what I am seeing here, as it appears to me, is that Yahweh gave His Word, His Commandments, at the time of Pentecost. He also chose Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost. He also chose to allow Israel to have a king at the time of Pentecost.
So the place where He chose this dwelling place for His ark, this dwelling place for His presence to dwell, Yahweh's Spirit stopped at Ornan's threshing floor and commanded that this is where the alter would be built. Then later we read Solomon saying (after He built the House of Elohim):
2Chronicles 6:2 - I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever."
3 - Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
4 - And he said: "Blessed [be] YAHWEH Elohim of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands [what] He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,
2Chronicles 6:5 - `Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel [in which] to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel.
6 - `Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there; and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'
7 - "Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of YAHWEH Elohim of Israel.
2Chronicles 6:8 - "But YAHWEH said to my father David, `Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart.
9 - `Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.'
So, these words were spoken by Yahweh to David, and Solomon is recalling these words as he dedicates this temple. But there is a dual meaning here because the Messiah is that chosen King. The Messiah is that Son of David who would build the Temple of Yahweh the Messiah, the Son of David, who took away our sins and indwells in us now by His Spirit.
All these events tie in together as significant things that occurred at the time of Pentecost. It is all related the giving of His word; the choosing of a dwelling place, Jerusalem; and now, within us. It is all related to one another, and it all ties in to this time of Pentecost.
When Yahweh's Spirit dwells in us, then Yahweh's Word dwells in us. And when Yahushua spoke to the people, He said:
John 6:63 - "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and [they] are life.
The word "spirit" in the Hebrew language, "ruach," means "breath." So Yahweh breathes in us the breath of life when we read His Word, when we receive the Messiah Yahushua. So, His Word and His Spirit were given during Pentecost.
The Word was given at Sinai. The King was provided. The dwelling place of Jerusalem was chosen. And the dwelling place, our hearts, was chosen on the Day of Pentecost. And that is the promise of the New Covenant.
So, the Old Covenant was instituted at the Day of Pentecost, and at that time three thousand souls were killed because they were worshipping the golden calf. He had three thousand people killed on this day of Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost, the New Covenant, three thousand souls were saved.
And so, the Spirit gives life. The letter kills. The Spirit makes alive. But with Messiah Yahushua, the Word can dwell in us. The Spirit can dwell in us, and we will not die because we have the promise of the New Covenant, which says, "I will forgive them their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
And so, now, when Yahweh chose Jerusalem to be His dwelling place as a representation for us to be the dwelling place of Yahweh, Yahweh is now building a Temple. He is using His Son, just as the promise was to Solomon, to build a Temple. And we are that Temple.
Ephesians 2:19 - Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of Elohim,
You used to be Gentiles. Now you are not strangers and foreigners. Now you are joined to Israel because of Yahushua dwelling in you. It is no longer you who live. Yahushua dwells in you.
Ephesians 2:20 - having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yahushua Messiah Himself being the chief [cornerstone],
You cannot build your foundation on Torah. The Torah will only condemn you. What you need is the testimony of Yahushua through the apostles and the prophets to build your foundation on. Then Yahushua Himself being the chief cornerstone.
Ephesians 2:21 - in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in Yahweh,
22 - in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of Elohim in the Spirit.
So, through the Messiah, we are being built together a dwelling place of Yahweh. We are the Temple, the Son of David's building, the place chosen at Pentecost.
We are called to expand that dwelling place to others who would desire to receive the promises of this New Covenant that was given to Israel and given to Judah a covenant that we are joined to because we are no longer strangers and foreigners to Israel. We are Yisrael!
At one time, yes, we were once Gentiles, but no longer. We are joined. We were aliens form the commonwealth of Israel, but now we are brought near. Now we are no longer strangers and foreigners. We are grafted in. And so, we are recipients of this New Covenant where Yahweh's Word, His Spirit, is being placed on our hearts.
And so, I just look at this time of the wheat harvest, the time that we are in now this Pentecost, this Shavuot, this Feast of Weeks, the giving of the Spirit, the giving of the Torah, the giving of a King, the giving of a dwelling place for Yahweh's Spirit all tying in together.
I just love how His Word comes together and speaks with one powerful voice through the ages Genesis through Revelation. You can say the Bible was written by forty authors, over a period of fifteen hundred years, many living on three different continents... and yet, it all speaks with one message.
It all speaks with one cohesive Word, from one end to the other. I love the continuing running thread from Genesis to Revelation. And to me, that is a major reason I believe in the inspiration of Scripture. But... we are not finished, yet.
Let's take a look at Matthew chapter 3 (talking about John the Baptist here):
Matthew 3:5 - Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him
6 - and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 - But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Matthew 3:8 - "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,
9 - "and do not think to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as [our] father.' For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
And, you know what? He did. Because we are created from the dust of the ground, and we are made children of Abraham through Yahushua HaMashiach.
Matthew 3:10 - "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 - "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
12 - "His winnowing fan [is] in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
That wheat harvest, brothers, that we are reading about here we are that wheat harvest. We are the wheat harvest that He will come and gather.
A parable He gave in Matthew 13, verse 24, it says:
Matthew 13:24 - Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 - "but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
We are the wheat.
Matthew 13:26 - "But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
27 - "So the servants of the owner came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'
28 - "He said to them, `An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, `Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'
Matthew 13:29 - "But he said, `No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
30 - `Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
Interestingly, the tares at first are nearly indistinguishable from wheat. And it is when they begin to bear fruit, when they begin to bear seed, that the difference starts to be revealed. And you start to see the kernels that are coming out of this tare plant are not wheat. Yahushua says, "By their fruits you shall know them."
So, if they are not bearing wheat, they are bearing tares; then they are planting from the enemy.
Now the seed is the Word of Elohim. The wheat's seed is the Word of Elohim, right? When we partake of Passover, what are you partaking of? You are partaking of the wheat. You are partaking of the Messiah. You are partaking of the Word of Elohim. And it has to be unleavened. It can't have any sin added to it. It has to be pure wheat.
And so, we have to bear that. We have to be bearing the fruit like the Messiah bore the fruit. The unleavened. We are called to be bearing that.
Now, Jerusalem was the place where the king of Israel dwelt, right? Jerusalem was the place where the king of Israel lived, and it also was the place where Yahweh's Spirit dwelt.
We are now this Temple. We are the place of Yahweh's Spirit, and that is also where the King of Israel dwells, right? Yahushua is that King of Israel, and He is the One dwelling in us.
Now, Yahweh told Solomon that He would allow Israel to dwell in the land unless Solomon had turned to idols. He told Solomon, "Solomon, if you turn to idols, I will uproot Israel from the land." And that is exactly what happened. He turned to idols, caused his children to stumble, and over time the people became tares when the king was wicked.
We have a righteous King now. We have a righteous King dwelling in us. One whom if we follow, we will never be uprooted from among His People. And we can safely follow this King Yahushua because He gives us Yahweh's Spirit. Shavuot, or Pentecost, happens to be marking this time when Yahweh did so in Acts chapter 2, and that was a promise that he gave.
Acts 2:1 - When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
The disciples of Yahushua are doing what? They are keeping Pentecost. They are all in one accord in one place. One hundred and twenty of them. This is after Messiah was resurrected. And on this day, because they had gathered together, He gave an outpouring of His Spirit, which resulted in three thousand souls being baptized in Yahushua's name.
It says that Peter had told the people there, after they had wondered what this spirit was that was coming down and manifesting the Word of Yahweh to them:
Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
So, the Word of Elohim will dwell in you, too. See?
Acts 2:39 - "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as YAHWEH our Elohim will call."
40 - And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
41 - Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added [to them].
Contrary to the three thousand who died when they disobeyed Yahweh by worshipping the golden calf.
So, we have to receive His Spirit, for the old man has been killed by the law. The old man has been put to death by the law, but the new man rises up with Yahushua the Messiah dwelling in us.
We are dead to the law, but the law is not dead to us. But we are dead to the law. And so, the law cannot kill us because Yahushua dwells in us. And so, we are redeemed. We are saved through that.
The Torah shows us the way Yahushua lived His life. When we read the Torah, we can learn all about the Messiah because that is exactly how He lived His life.
The Torah itself cannot give us life. The law cannot bring us life. It can only show us the right way of life, but it cannot give us life.
There is a disconnect. The Spirit of Yahweh within us, through Yahushua our Master, brings us the life we need, the righteousness we need, to be called His Children, to dwell within Him forever. And if He is living in us, brothers, then, yes, we will manifest Torah observance on the outer layer.
It all makes sense. It's all clean. It's all complete Genesis through Revelation, one Word throughout, not trying to cut part of the Words of Yahweh away from something that we would find relevant today. It is all relevant.
Now Yahushua ascended to heaven on the day after the Sabbath, which was this day when the barley was waved before Yahweh. Yahushua said to Mary, after He had appeared:
John 20:17 - Yahushua said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, `I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and [to] My Elohim and your Elohim.'"
So, on this Day of Firstfruits that we talked about at the beginning of the broadcast today, that day after the Sabbath when the priests would wave the barley before Yahweh, is the day Yahushua resurrected and went to heaven.
Not Easter. The Day of Firstfruits. Because He is the firstfruits of those who fell asleep, and He ascended to our Father in heaven. Now, the Messiah ascended to our Father. It says:
1Corinthians 15:20 - But now Messiah is risen from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Now, we are also called firstfruits. Did you know that?
James 1:18 - Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
How can we be a firstfruit and the Messiah be a firstfruit? How can we both be firstfruits? John 12:24, Yahushua made a very interesting statement:
John 12:24 - "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
He is talking about His own resurrection here. His own death and resurrection. So, the grain of wheat (of which He was) went into the ground (went into the tomb), and it died. But it has to die in order for it to produce much grain.
You know, when a literal grain of wheat goes into the ground and comes into contact with water, that grain of wheat is destroyed through the water. But with that grain of wheat the water softens the hard shell, so everything except the germ inside, the plant, begins to decompose. The germ does not decompose.
The decomposed material becomes the first nourishment for the germ of that plant to begin to divide cells, to begin to grow into a plant that will spring up out of the ground and then again produce more wheat.
And so, through Yahushua's death He was buried in the ground that grain of wheat went into the ground and died. But the Spirit of Yahweh came down and raised Yahushua from the dead. That germ came forth and produced more fruit, of which we are, okay?
We, also, have to do the same as He did. We must be buried with Him in baptism.
Romans 6:4 - Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 - For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection,
6 - knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him], that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Colossians 3:1 - If then you were raised with Messiah, seek those things which are above, where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of Elohim.
2 - Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 - For you died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in Elohim.
Ephesians 2:4 - But Elohim, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 - even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah (by grace you have been saved),
6 - and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the heavenly [places] in Messiah Yahushua,
What Peter was calling the people to do was to get baptized, representing the death of the old man, the resurrection of the new man through Yahushua our Savior and King, that we might be seated in the heavenly places, that we might become the dwelling place of Elohim in the Spirit, that the King of Yisrael may dwell in us sending forth Yahweh's Spirit.
With these things in mind, all this on Shavuot, all of this on Pentecost, and the firstfruits of the Apostles' ministry, the three thousand souls that were saved because they were baptized into the Messiah's death and resurrection, and we become the firstfruits through that participation in His death and resurrection.
But are we without sin like He was? He's perfect. But, you know, we are still in the process of being perfected. The two loaves that were waved by the priests were leavened loaves. They had leavening in them.
They were loaves of bread that were waved before Yahweh, that he is offering up to Yahweh from the land that came from the people this wheat harvest that was brought and these loaves that were baked. So, that is the contrast. Pentecost has leavened loaves. Passover does not have leavening in the bread that is produced.
In fact, it says in 1 Corinthians 5:6:
1Corinthians 5:6 - Your glorying [is] not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
7 - Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
And so, the wheat is leavened, which shows that Yahweh accepts us, brothers. Even though we may be not completely without leaven in our lives, Yahweh still accepts us. Just as He accepted the leavened loaves at Pentecost, He accepts the leavened people on the Day of Pentecost. Why? Because Yahushua is dwelling in them.
And that wheat harvest from that year's wheat would be used for the unleavened bread the following year to represent the Messiah Yahushua. And that bread would be unleavened. So, Yahweh is teaching us. He is purging the leavening out of us through Yahushua our Savior and our King.
So, during this Feast of Unleavened Bread, got to have that wheat from the previous wheat's harvest if you are going to use wheat. At that time the bread is without leavening. At that time we are taught the Messiah makes us unleavened when we partake of Him. When we partake of that unleavened bread, He makes us unleavened.
We eat unleavened bread seven days representing seven thousand years of mankind on the earth where we are in need of Messiah's continual cleansing.
But, my brethren, the day will come when the trumpet will sound the Day of Trumpets. Yahushua will be reigning over all the earth this last thousand years and will put every enemy under His feet, and the last enemy that will be destroyed is death. Man will have His sin atoned for Day of Atonement, and access will be granted into the Throne Room.
The heavens and the earth will be cleansed and made new, and the tabernacle of Yahweh will be with men the Feast of Tabernacles. Until then, brothers, we have some work to do. There are some who would say, "Yahushua fulfilled all that." "Wasn't that already fulfilled?" "When the Spirit was given in Acts 2, didn't that fulfill Shavuot?"
That whole thinking that "fulfill" means "do away with," in my mind, is foreign to Scripture. That whole thinking. Just because Yahushua has done something or fulfilled something does not mean "cease to observe." Where is that in the Bible? It is nowhere. It is only in modern teaching today.
For instance, we know that baptism is a shadow, or a picture, of our death and Messiah's life being reborn in us as we come up out of the water, but we don't do away with baptism because it represented the Messiah and the Messiah fulfills all that. That's a picture.
And so, these Feast Days are also a picture a physical representation of a spiritual thing that is occurring in our life and ultimately fulfilled completely when corruption puts on incorruption. We say we are born again. We say we are saved, but ultimately those things will occur when we are resurrected.
And so, "fulfillment" does not mean "abolishment." If I told my son, "Go get a glass of water," and he did it, then he fulfilled my command.
In the same way we are called. The Messiah fulfilled the commands. We're called to be like the Messiah and fulfill the commands. To do them. And He kept the Word of Yahweh perfectly.
In the same way He fulfilled the law, we're called to fulfill the law through loving one another, through loving our Heavenly Father. And the way in which we show love is in keeping those commandments.
What has happened is that we have this situation in our modern lives today where the Feasts of Yahweh that manifest the Messiah in such a powerful way are set aside in favor of pagan-rooted things Christmas and Easter and... Where in the world? That's not from the Scriptures.
You see, people saw a need to celebrate something about Messiah, so they adopted pagan things and tried to make them Messiah-like this. You know... this is when Messiah was born... this is when Messiah was resurrected.
But Yahweh already had observances that pointed to the Messiah. He already had them. And they show forth the ministry of the Apostles and the Messiah and the things that Yahweh has done. We don't need those other things. We really don't.
So, this Pentecost, this Shavuot, give thanks to Yahweh for sending forth His Spirit to you, for choosing a King on Shavuot to dwell in the dwelling place, the King that dwells in your hearts. Give Him thanks for that on Shavuot.
Give thanks for His Word being written down on the tablets of your heart. And if that Word is written on your heart, bear fruit unto Yahweh. Don't be a tare. Be a wheat kernel like the Messiah, and bear fruit unto Yahweh unleavened bread. Unleavened bread. Even though we are leavened, He still accepts us because of Yahushua who makes us unleavened.
And so, what I am saying, brothers: There is a harvest out there that is waiting, but we are the laborers. Yahushua says:
Luke 10:2 - Then He said to them, "The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few; therefore pray the Master of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
And at Shavuot, or Pentecost, of Acts chapter 2, the Spirit of Yahweh was given, the Word of Yahweh was magnified, and a great work was done that Yahweh wants us to continue to this day, because we are the wheat harvest.
And at the end of the age, the reapers will come and gather us to the place where the Messiah has prepared for us, and we will ever be with Him when He gathers His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with an unquenchable fire.
Matthew 3:12 - "His winnowing fan [is] in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
And for me, this is another reason to rejoice on the day of Pentecost. It was during this time of year when Yahweh gave Israel the king that ended up being an image of Elohim. And He didn't want them to have a king because man is an imperfect king. But He sent Yahushua to be a perfect King for us.
It was this time of year when David said, "Be against me and my father's house." And so, Yahweh decided to be against His own King, Yahushua the Messiah, and poured all the sin of the whole world against David, the sons of David, the House of David.
He put all the sin of the whole world against the Son of David and chose Jerusalem, a place for His Spirit to dwell, a place where the Son of David would bear the sins of the whole world, so that the wrath might be upon the Son of David instead of us.
So, brothers, let's consider the growing season that we are in and the responsibility we have to share our faith, and be sure that we are not among those hiding talents in the sand, that we are bearing fruit. After all, why are we here on this earth? Why are we here? Is it to just live comfortably and enjoy the work of our hands?
I think Yahweh wants us to be the arms of the Body of Messiah, reaching out to others continually. Even if we're not the arms, we are doing something. We are redeeming the time for being useful for His work.
If we are just focusing on our own work, our own pleasure, our own desire, then we are ignoring the work of Yahweh that He has called every single believer to do. We are hiding our talent in the sand.
But the harvest is great in this age, brothers. This is a great time to be alive. To the best of my knowledge, not since the first century of Acts chapter 2 and the days of the Apostles have so many people embraced both Messiah and Torah. Not since that time.
Mainstream churches are crying out for revival, and a revival is happening right underneath their nose, being ignored by some, but embraced by others like you, who are watching and listening to this broadcast today.
So, this Pentecost, praise Him for the harvest. Seek to be the harvest, and seek to gather others to be a part of the harvest, because Yahweh wants to pour out His Spirit of truth on so many more.
Don't be discouraged by the tares. Yes, they are among us, but they won't be rooted out until the end of the age. And don't be discouraged by the leaven in your brother's wheat. We are all a work in progress, and we have an answer Yahushua who will cleanse us. And sometimes our wheat don't look so great, but we are all growing.
That's why we need the water. We need the Spirit of Yahweh. We need the rain to make us grow, the Spirit to make us grow, and we need the light of Yahweh to make us grow. We need the Light, the Word of Yahweh to shine our light, to the way to live our lives, the way we need to walk, and we need the Spirit to cleanse us.
The water cleanses. "Cleanse us from all unrighteousness" the Spirit of Yahweh dwelling in us to make us righteous. And so, as we grow from the Spirit and the Light, from the Water and the Light, from the Spirit and the Word, let's be laborers going forth and saying, "Unto Yahweh our strength."
Psalms 119:126 - [It is] time for [You] to act, O YAHWEH, [For] they have regarded Your law as void.
It is time to restore what man has made void. These Feasts are a blessing, and they have much to teach us.
The world is missing out on this message. Let's share it with those that we meet with humbleness and grace, so the full message of His Word, not just Messiah, but also Torah and Messiah, would go out the way of life we are called to walk and the Spirit cleansing us from all of our iniquities.
It's high time, brothers, that the Torah of Yahweh be proclaimed as the standard for all men to live by, without pretense, without fear of man, and without excuse because it is time for the world to realize, religion is not going to save you.
It is only a restored relationship with the Father through Yahushua that will save us. And that restored relationship is what enables us to be the dwelling place of Yahweh, a place that He has chosen. A place that He has chosen. He has chosen you to be Jerusalem. He has chosen me to be a dwelling place for His Spirit.
Let's manifest to the world that that Spirit is dwelling in us through obedience to His Word. And we are that place chosen, brothers, on the day of Pentecost.
May Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh truly have mercy on us all!