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The 8th Day – The Last Feast is Just the Beginning

penn-cove-etherealShemini Atzeret, or The 8th Day, is the last of the Lord’s Feast days on the calendar, following seven other Feasts and placed on the end of a seven-day Feast, Sukkot / the Feast of Tabernacles.

But the instructions for this day are a bit vague – it is to be a Sabbath with a holy convocation and an offering – much the same as the weekly Sabbath.  What’s the significance of this day?  In my study of this question, I was surprised at just how significant this day is.  It changed my whole understanding of not just the Fall Feasts, but all of the Feasts.  Instead of just an extra day of rest on the end, it has become the whole point of all the Feasts.  Here are the eight things I learned about The 8th Day. (more…)


Yeshua’s Ascension Brings a Double Portion on Pentecost

Yeshua's AscensionIn a separate blog post I discuss how the day of Pentecost/Shavuot kicks-off the new covenant, guarantees our eternal inheritance, and brings new life through the Holy Spirit – enabling us to fulfill our mission and destiny on earth.

As believers in Yeshua, we already carry the Holy Spirit within us every day.  But if we’re prepared for it, I believe there’s a double portion of Yeshua’s Spirit poured out on Shavuot. (more…)


Feast of Trumpets: “A day of complete rest for remembering”

Blow the ShofarThis year the Feast of Trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah) begins on the evening of October 2, 2016.  We put aside our work and gather with other believers, share a meal, blow our shofar, present an offering and worship just as Yehovah commanded us in Leviticus 23.

But Leviticus 23:24 also tells us this is to be “a day of complete rest for remembering.”  Remembering what, it doesn’t say.  In fact none of the references to the Feast of Trumpets tell us what we’re remembering.

To get some perspective, let’s go back in time about 3,500 years when the observance of this day was first commanded.  (more…)


Thank Goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

SukkahThe rising cost of living, terrorist attacks, government takeovers, the spread of deadly diseases, civil unrest  – the headlines bombard us.  The low level hum of a looming turmoil grows louder.  Thank goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

The Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot in Hebrew, is the seventh and last Feast in God’s holy days.  This year it takes place from sundown October 16 through sundown October 23, 2016.  It looks back to God’s unlimited provision for the Israelites as they sojourned 40 years in the wilderness.  During the seven days of Sukkot, we spend time in our flimsy, homemade shelters to remind us of our complete dependence on God.  Sukkot also looks forward to the Millennial Age where we will “tabernacle” with Yeshua eternally.

But there’s an often overlooked aspect to this Feast.  (more…)


Why Count the Omer? Part 2: Nine Days of Prayer

counting the omer 2In Leviticus 23:15 God instructs us to count the seven weeks (49 days) that occur before the Day of Pentecost (the 50th day) also called the Festival of Weeks and Shavuot in Hebrew.  But counting days with no explanation? Why would this be important to God and to us?

For the Israelites, it pertained mainly to their harvest cycle and offerings to be presented.  For us living after the time of Yeshua, and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, we can see the spiritual implications of this count.  We know that on the 50th day after Yeshua’s resurrection, something unimaginably wonderful happened:  The pouring out of the Holy Spirit not only on the disciples, but on all those who come to faith in Yeshua as the Messiah!  The implications of that day reverberate even stronger in these last of the last days.  The 50th day is one I want to be prepared for every year. (more…)


The New Moon – Who Knew?

Sighting of the New Moon

New Moon Observance

I had been reading the five books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy) every year for five years and observing the Sabbath, Feasts and Festivals for five years.  But as many times as I’ve read the Bible and practiced the Feasts, Yehovah never fails to show me new insights every time.  This year has been no exception.

I had signed up to speak on the portion of scripture called “Phineas,” Numbers 25-30.  Not knowing what I would speak about, I figured there was plenty to choose from.  Numbers 28-29 are commonly referred to for teachings on observing Yehovah’s appointed times or Holy Days.

As I came to those chapters, I read quickly through the list: The daily offerings, the Sabbath, the New Moon, Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost… Wait, the New Moon?  When did they start that?  Is that one of Yehovah’s appointed times?  Why have I never observed this day?  I decided I had to look into this. (more…)


Pentecost: 2000 Years Ago or 2016?

3The Day of Pentecost – we remember the supernatural flames appearing in the room where Yeshua’s followers were gathered.  Inside the room, there was the sound of a “mighty rushing wind” and the speaking of other languages they’d never learned.  It’s the pouring out of God’s very spirit into mere humans (Acts 2). That’s plenty to celebrate and remember right there.  But what’s the purpose in our noting it every year? (more…)