Keeping Your Appointments: Passover, Unleavened Bread and More!

As I mentioned in the last article Keeping Your Appointments: The Sabbath ((https://codgerville.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/keeping-your-appointments-the-sabbath/)) my source material is from Leviticus 23. Hopefully, the one thing this series will clarify for you is that our Creator has many sabbaths in addition to the weekly sabbath. And, the next thing that I hope to bring some clarification to is that if you don’t know and keep YHVH’s feast days you will not have any idea when something is supposed to happen. In other words, the feasts are all about Yeshua (Jesus).

I want to reiterate a phrase, with a slight change, from the first article of this series: “At the Appointed Time,        ((whichever one at its appointed time))    , we take an intermission from our busy lives and we rehearse our part by renewing our covenant with our Father.”  All you have to do is fill in the blank.

Because of the nature of the next Appointed Time I want to divide up the holy days into a more manageable grouping. First let us look at the context: Lev 23:4 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times.
Lev 23:5 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to יהוה.
Lev 23:6 ‘And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to יהוה – seven days you eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7 ‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
Lev 23:8 ‘And you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’ ”

Let’s divide this up: 1) on the 14th day of the first month is Passover. (Notice; this is not called a feast day, holy day or festival); 2) On the fifteenth day is the Festival (Holy Day) of Unleavened Bread, and 3) On the seventh day of Unleavened Bread is another Holy Day. Please Notice: There is no mention of the 16th day at all. This is very important!

I am sure you are wondering what is the first month. Easy, Abib or Aviv. But what is an Abib, you ask? Good question. Abib or Aviv is a stage of development for the barley crop. Barley is an important grain in the life of Israel and the Middle East. It has several stages of development and pretty well known by the farmers of the crops. There is a stage in the barley where the heads are full and green and beginning to turn yellow indicating that it is ripening. At this stage you can roast the ‘ears’ or heads and the doughy inside will firm up and can be eaten or ground for flour. This stage is commonly called aviv: Exo 9:31 And the flax and the barley were smitten, for the barley was in the head* and the flax was in bud.
Exo 9:32 But the wheat and the spelt were not smitten, for they were late crops. **((This is very important and we will look at it in more detail for another Holy day.))

The word head* is the word aviv/abib: H24 – אָבִיב – aw-beeb’: green, that is a young ear of grain; hence the name of the month Abib; – Abib, ear, green ears of corn.

I think you are now beginning to see that our Creator set up His calendar based on the moon in conjunction with the harvesting of the crops. This is very important in many ways, especially as it relates to prophecy: Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “See, do not do it! I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers who possess the witness of יהושע. Worship Elohim! For the witness of יהושע is the spirit of prophecy.” ——In this series I hope to show you just how important this phrase is and link some loose ends to make Yeshua’s parables come to life.

Wow! I have set myself up for a huge fall. I say that I am going to show Yeshua in the feasts, link Yeshua’s parables to the feast and decipher the feast so that you can understand them. This is one of those times where you start to feel the “crunch”. Let’s look at what we have covered so far: 1) Abiv/Aviv; 2) Passover; and Unleavened Bread. Let’s look at them in detail before we go any farther.

How is Abib/Aviv determined? The answer is not simple because you have to do something and cannot go to a calendar or NASA website. It is your responsibility to “Keep watch”: Mat 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming.
Mat 24:43 “And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Mat 24:44 “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Aḏam is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

Mat 25:13 “Watch therefore, because you do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Aḏam is coming,

Mat 26:38 Then He said to them, “My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
Mat 26:39 And going forward a little, He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I desire, but as You desire.”
Mat 26:40 And He came to the taught ones and found them asleep, and said to Kĕpha, “So, were you not able to watch with Me one hour?
Mat 26:41 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.”

Mar 13:33 “Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is
Mar 13:34 as a man going abroad, having left his house and given authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
Mar 13:35 “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening or at midnight, or at the crowing of the cock, or in the morning,
Mar 13:36 lest, coming suddenly, he should find you sleeping.
Mar 13:37 “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

Mar 14:34 And He said to them, “My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch.”
Mar 14:35 And He went on a little, and fell on the ground, and was praying that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
Mar 14:36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all is possible for You. Make this cup pass from Me. Yet not what I desire, but what You desire.”
Mar 14:37 And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Kĕpha, “Shimʽon, are you sleeping? You were not able to watch one hour!
Mar 14:38 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.”

Luk 12:37 “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, shall find watching. Truly, I say to you that he shall gird himself and make them sit down to eat, and shall come and serve them.
Luk 12:38 “And if he comes in the second watch, or in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
Luk 12:39 “And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

Luk_21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

In the every day world of ancient Yisrael ‘watching” was very important and it was even an honor and huge responsibility to be a “Watchman”: Eze 33:1 And the word of יהוה came to me, saying,
Eze 33:2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and you shall say to them, ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land shall take a man from their borders and shall make him their watchman,
Eze 33:3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land, and shall blow the ram’s horn and shall warn the people,
Eze 33:4 then whoever shall hear the sound of the ram’s horn and shall not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood is on his own head.
Eze 33:5 ‘He heard the sound of the ram’s horn, but he did not take warning, his blood is on himself. But he who takes warning shall deliver his being.
Eze 33:6 ‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and shall not blow the ram’s horn, and the people shall not be warned, and the sword comes and takes any being from among them, he is taken away in his crookedness, and his blood I require at the watchman’s hand.’
Eze 33:7 “And you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Yisra’ĕl. And you shall hear a word from My mouth and you shall warn them for Me.

A watchman kept watch for many things, not the least of which was the enemy. But watchmen were positioned around Yisrael to watch for the sliver of the moon to begin the new month. Once the moon was sighted he would like a watch fire and sound the shophar (Ram’s horn) to signal the new month had arrived. This would be repeated each time another watchman sighted the moon. You had to have at least two witnesses to call the beginning of the new month. If the sun set on the thirtieth day of the lunar cycle and the moon still had not been sighted. due to clouds or other events, then it was ‘declared’ the new month. So, references to keeping watch were a part of everyday life to the average Yisraelite.

We have now established that Abib is the first month of the year and that Passover was the 14th day of the month and Unleavened Bread was the 15th day of the month and also how the month was determined. I want to stop here and throw a curve ball, not to confuse or obfuscate anything but to give full accountability to you in what I, personally do: I celebrate a gathering on the sunset of the 13th day, beginning the 14th day and I call this gathering The Remembrance Meal. This is not one of יהוה s Leviticus 23 Holy Days and I will not try to convince it is but, I want to explain why I keep it.

Mar 14:1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread was after two days. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to take Him through treachery and put Him to death.
Mar 14:2 And they said, “Not at the festival, lest there shall be an uproar of the people.”

Here we see the plot against Yeshua emerge. They knew that the people would revolt against them if they sought to put Yeshua to death on the Festival of Unleavened Bread. So, they plotted to put Him to death the day before, on Passover, which is NOT a Holy Day but is known as Preparation Day for Unleavened Bread. Remember, this day began at sunset on the 13th day. I want to point out that at sunset on the 14th day the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins and there was no buying or selling allowed in Jerusalem, period. In fact, the gates were closed so that people could not come into buy or sell after the beginning of the Holy Day. All of this is a matter of historical fact. Now back to Yeshua and His disciples: Joh 13:27 And after the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. יהושע, therefore, said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
Joh 13:28 But no one at the table knew why He said this to him,
Joh 13:29 for some were supposing, because Yehuḏah had the bag, that יהושע was saying to him, “Buy what we need for the festival,” or that he should give somewhat to the poor.

The disciples would never have supposed this if this was indeed the sunset of the 14th day because buying was prohibited. With this taking place after sunset on the 13th let’s look at the “Last Supper” again: Luk 22:14 And when the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve emissaries with Him.
Luk 22:15 And He said to them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering,
Luk 22:16 for I say to you, I shall certainly not eat of it again until it is filled in the reign of Elohim.”
Luk 22:17 And taking the cup, giving thanks, He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves,
Luk 22:18 for I say to you, I shall certainly not drink of the fruit of the vine until the reign of Elohim comes.”
Luk 22:19 And taking bread, giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.
Luk 22:20 Likewise the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood which is shed for you. 

1Co 11:23 For I received from the Master that which I also delivered to you: that the Master יהושע in the night in which He was delivered up took bread,
1Co 11:24 and having given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
1Co 11:25 In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of Me.
1Co 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes.
1Co 11:27 So that whoever should eat this bread or drink this cup of the Master unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Master.
1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29 For the one who is eating and drinking unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Master.
1Co 11:30 Because of this many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
1Co 11:31 For if we were to examine ourselves, we would not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Master, that we should not be condemned with the world.
1Co 11:33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
1Co 11:34 And if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I shall set in order when I come.

It is easy to see from Sha’ul’s (Paul’s) words that he took this admonition very seriously. This is why our qahal keeps the Remembrance Meal on the night beginning the 14th day and not on the sunset of the 14th day. Everyone has to make up their own minds about this.

Passover:

Without a doubt, I believe that most, if not all, believers understand the parallel between Yeshua and Passover: Joh 1:29 On the next day Yoḥanan saw יהושע coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!

On Passover day the temple priests, like any other day, would begin their duties/sacrifices at 9:00AM or the third hour of the day. From sunrise to the third hour of the day the priests were preparing the altar, gathering necessities, saying prayers to prepare themselves for the day routine of sacrificing animals in accordance with Torah. The first sacrifice usually began at 9:00AM: Mar 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they impaled Him.

It was at the ninth hour that the last sacrifice of the day was performed: Mat 27:45 And from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land, until the ninth hour.
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour יהושע cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Ěli, Ěli, lemah sheḇaqtani?” that is, “My Ěl, My Ěl, why have You forsaken Me?”

It is important to see why Yeshua was placed on the cross and died when He did. This was in accordance with the appropriate times for sacrificing animals. PLEASE NOTE: Yeshua did not die as a HUMAN sacrifice. That would have been unacceptable to יהוה (YHVH). What Yeshua accomplished in treated in greater detail here: https://codgerville.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/for-we-wrestle-not-against-flesh-and-blood-part-vii-yhvh-yeshua-you/

Unleavened Bread:

Like I said earlier, most people see the significance of Passover, but few see the significance of Unleavened Bread: Mat 16:6 And יהושע said to them, “Mind! And beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
Mat 16:7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “Because we brought no bread!”
Mat 16:8 But יהושע, aware of this, said to them, “O you of little belief, why do you reason among yourselves because you brought no bread?
Mat 16:9 “Do you still not understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you picked up?
Mat 16:10 “Or the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you picked up?
Mat 16:11 “How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread, but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?”

And, what was the leaven of the Pharisees? Luk 12:1 Meanwhile, when an innumerable crowd of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His taught ones, first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Leaven represents sin! Yeshua was without sin (blemish): Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, יהושע the Son of Elohim, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin.

Yeshua was tempted by sin but did NOT sin. Like the Passover lamb, He was inspected for 4 days prior to Passover and what was the verdict: Mat 27:24 And when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but rather an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this Righteous One. You shall see to it.”

After 4 days of examination at the hands of the Pharisees, scribes and a Roman governor He is pronounced Righteous!! Yeshua is the unleavened (without sin) bread. We celebrate Unleavened Bread because it points us back to Yeshua. He is the barley, He is the Unleavened Bread: Joh 6:31 “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it has been written, ‘He gave them bread out of the heaven to eat.’ ”
Joh 6:32 Therefore יהושע said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Mosheh did not give you the bread out of the heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of the heaven.
Joh 6:33 “For the bread of Elohim is He who comes down out of the heaven and gives life to the world.”

Joh_6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:31 “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it has been written, ‘He gave them bread out of the heaven to eat.’ ”
Joh 6:32 Therefore יהושע said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Mosheh did not give you the bread out of the heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of the heaven.
Joh 6:33 “For the bread of Elohim is He who comes down out of the heaven and gives life to the world.”
Joh 6:34 So they said to Him, “Master, give us this bread always.”
Joh 6:35 And יהושע said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not get hungry at all, and he who believes in Me shall not get thirsty at all.
Joh 6:36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and still do not believe.
Joh 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I shall by no means cast out.
Joh 6:38 “Because I have come down out of the heaven, not to do My own desire, but the desire of Him who sent Me.
Joh 6:39 “This is the desire of the Father who sent Me, that all He has given Me I should not lose of it, but should raise it in the last day.
Joh 6:40 “And this is the desire of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him should possess everlasting life. And I shall raise him up in the last day.”
Joh 6:41 Therefore the Yehuḏim were grumbling against Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down out of the heaven.”
Joh 6:42 And they said, “Is not this יהושע, the son of Yosĕph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down out of the heaven’?”
Joh 6:43 Then יהושע answered and said to them, “Do not grumble with one another.
Joh 6:44 “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I shall raise him up in the last day.
Joh 6:45 “It has been written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by יהוה.’ Everyone, then, who has heard from the Father, and learned, comes to Me.
Joh 6:46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from Elohim – He has seen the Father.
Joh 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me possesses everlasting life.
Joh 6:48 “I am the bread of life.
Joh 6:49 “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died.
Joh 6:50 “This is the bread which comes down out of the heaven, so that anyone might eat of it, and not die.
Joh 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down out of the heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever. And indeed, the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Joh 6:52 The Yehuḏim, therefore, were striving with one another, saying, “How is this One able to give us His flesh to eat?”
Joh 6:53 יהושע therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Aḏam and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day.
Joh 6:55 “For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink.
Joh 6:56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me shall live because of Me.
Joh 6:58 “This is the bread which came down out of the heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna and died. He who eats this bread shall live forever.”

Do you see it? Yeshua is the barley bread without leaven, no sin! I could quote many more verses of scripture but I hope that you see the connection between Yeshua and the Unleavened Bread. Now we take another step into the feasts.

The Festival of the First Fruits:

Lev 23:9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 23:10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.
Lev 23:11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.

This is also known as the Wave Offering. This takes place on the first day after the weekly Sabbath following the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You are not supposed to eat of the new crop of barley until after the Wave Offering. You can still eat of the stored grain from the previous year’s harvest but not the new grain. The barley sheaf must be raised up and waved before the people at 9:00AM (the third hour) for all to see. There is a reason for everything in scripture and let’s look hard: Mat 28:1 Now after the Sabbath, toward dawn on the first day of the week, Miryam from Maḡdala and the other Miryam came to see the tomb. 

Mar 16:9 And having risen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Miryam from Maḡdala, from whom He had cast out seven demons.

Luk 24:1 And on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared,
Luk 24:2 and they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

Joh 20:1 And on the first day of the week Miryam from Maḡdala came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

Joh 20:16 יהושע said to her, “Miryam!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
Joh 20:17 יהושע said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My Elohim and your Elohim.’ ”

All  the Gospels agree it was the first day of the week but John gives us extra detail. Mary, in her excitement, leaps toward Yeshua to grab Him and He stops her. Why? For He had not yet ascended to His Father. Why is that important? Remember; first day of the week after Unleavened Bread, Wave Offering, High Priest, 9:00AM, ringing any bells?

When Yeshua rose from the grave He became our intermediary our High Priest: Heb 2:17 So in every way He had to be made like His brothers, in order to become a compassionate and trustworthy High Priest in matters related to Elohim, to make atonement for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18 For in what He had suffered, Himself being tried, He is able to help those who are tried.

Heb 3:1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah יהושע,

Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, יהושע the Son of Elohim, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin.

Heb 5:5 So also the Messiah did not extol Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him, “You are My Son, today I have brought You forth.”

Yeshua arose from the grave and had to ascend to His Father, so that as our High Priest He would perform the Wave Offering in the heavenly tabernacle in the court of the heavenly Host. Mary, who had just gone into the tomb and came out had gone into a place where a dead body had lain and had she touched Yeshua He would have been ceremonially unclean.

Here is another, less likely explanation: Mary was still young enough to have a menstrual cycle and had she hugged Yeshua He would have likewise been unclean and unable to perform the offering.

PLEASE REMEMBER: MOSES WAS TOLD TO WRITE WHAT HE SAW IN HEAVEN AS AN “EXAMPLE”. THERE IS A HEAVENLY TABERNACLE, TABLE OF SHOW BREAD, GOLDEN CENSOR, ARK OF THE COVENANT, MENORAH AND ALTAR.

The Seventh Day:

WARNING: This my speculation based on scripture. I know there are many thoughts on the seventh day but here are mine: Mar 16:6 And he said to them, “Do not be much astonished. You seek יהושע of Natsareth, who was impaled. He was raised – He is not here! See the place where they laid Him.
Mar 16:7 “And go, say to His taught ones, and Kĕpha, that He is going before you into Galil. You shall see Him there as He said to you.”

We see the apostles told to go to Galilee to meet Yeshua but they were confused. I believe that the interval between His resurrection and Yeshua meeting the disciples in Galilee was 3 days. That would have been the seventh day of the feast. Yes, I know about the sabbath week idea and others but it is clear too, that the disciples did not immediately go to Galilee.

Once again: Yeshua died at 3PM on Passover Day (Wednesday)

Wed. night plus Thursday day = Day 1 in the grave;

Thurs. night plus Friday day = Day 2 in the grave;

Friday night plus Shabbat day = Day 3 in the grave; and Yeshua arose at sunset on Shabbat: Joh 20:1 And on the first day of the week Miryam from Maḡdala came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

Remember, a Hebrew day begins at sunset not sunrise. Sunday morning would have been day 4 of the feast, Monday Day 5, Tuesday Day 6 and Wednesday Day 7 of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Yeshua arose from the grave at the end of the third day going into the fourth day and then, I believe, met the eleven apostles in Galilee on the seventh day of the feast and there He gave them the Great Commission. Remember, Yeshua died on Passover Day and was put in the grave before sunset beginning Unleavened Bread. He ascended to His Father on the fourth day. Don’t forget, only Yeshua’s body was in the grave during those three days, in the Spirit He was performing a multitude of tasks. He rounded up all the fallen angels and locked them into the Abyss and then “preached” to them there: 1Pe 3:18 Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit,
1Pe 3:19 in which also He went and proclaimed unto the spirits in prison,
1Pe 3:20 who were disobedient at one time when the patience of Elohim waited in the days of Noaḥ, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight beings, were saved through water,

Mat 12:40 “For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son of Aḏam be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Is this a perfect understanding? NO!! This is the best my simple mind can conceive as the purpose of this missing block of time. What He did in Heaven from Day 4 through Day 7 I don’t know, perhaps being ministered to by the other angels.

In the next article we will look at the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) and its importance to us as believers today.

Num 6:22 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:
Num 6:24 “יהוה bless you and guard you;
Num 6:25 יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;
Num 6:26 יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” ’
Num 6:27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”

Shalom,

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For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood! (Part VII: YHVH – Yeshua-You)

A friend of mine unknowingly confirmed the necessity of this article in a totally unrelated email. Thanks Kathy!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I want to take this opportunity to thank the many new readers that have come to the site from all over the world. For at least 2 days there were more readers coming from India than even the U.S. Thank you. Also, I did notice a single reader from Vietnam and that gave me great joy. Thank you for taking the time to come to Codgerville!!! Raphael, as always, I want to thank you and you friends in Brazil for your continued interest. John, thank you very much for your interest. And, finally, I would like to explain that I started this article almost 2 weeks ago now but have been under the weather since I began the article and I am, only now, getting strong enough to continue it. I took 6 pages of notes, front and back and single-spaced and as I look at them my only thought is: “Huh?” So please bear with me.*** Continue reading

For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood! (Part VI: The AntiChrist and The Mark)

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**On the lighter side: I saw a bumper sticker during the second Clinton administration that read “If Bill Clinton is the answer it must have been a stupid question.” Please remember this as you go through this article and are given the tools to frame the question. Continue reading

For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood! (Part V: The Name and The Mark)

What is in a Name?

Have you ever researched your name? Or, have you researched your family name? Names can be funny in their origins, or practical or based on some new technology of their day. Take for instance the invention of the English longbow. It changed the history of warfare and the political geography of Europe in the 11th century. Look at some of the names that evolved from that technology: Archer, Bowman, Stringer, Fletcher, Knox, Shafter, Pointer, to name a few, but you get the idea. Can you imagine what would happen if technology of the 21st century was used for the same purpose? You would have family names of Blog, Tweet, Chat, Facebook or Facetime, or maybe Apple, Dos, Unix, or Pinterest. Well, maybe not. Continue reading

For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood! (Part III: The Purpose)

Immediately when I write “The Purpose” I think about all the various possibilities that it might include. It will be the most difficult to “quantify”. The most obvious purpose is; Why this series of articles” Continue reading