Safe Arrival!

Praise Adonai!  We have arrived safely at our new location.  Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and prayers!  Additional posts should be coming shortly…

Shalom!

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Final Preps

We are into the final preparations for the move.  As we should have expected, the adversary wastes no opportunity to attack.  Please keep us in your prayers during this last half of April.  Posts may be rare during this time.  Thanks so much to all of you for your support and prayers!  Adonai is faithful!  Praise His holy name!

Information Overload?

Have you seen the incredible Biblical eschatology charts that Luis Vega puts together? They are amazingly detailed! Some might say they are “too much” and border on information overload. However, I think they are fascinating! If you take the time to study some of them, I believe you’ll be blessed. It would be hard not to learn something by reviewing his work. Of course, as with anything, be sure to test his premises to the Word of Elohim. Don’t accept his words, or any human understanding, without comparing it to the truth of Scripture.

Click on this graphic for a link to his charts.Vega chart

Omer Counting

For most events, we show our anticipation by counting down to the date. For example, “only 3 more days until my birthday” or “6 days until our guests arrive”. But with the Omer count, the count goes up.

From the day after the day of rest – that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving – you are to count seven full weeks, until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to Adonai. ~~ Leviticus 23: 15-16

We count up from the Feast of Unleavened Bread, specifically from the celebration of first fruits within that feast, to Shavu’ot or Pentecost. Each day is counted: such as Omer 10, Omer 15, etc. The 50th day is Pentecost. Most people think that this celebration began with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on Yeshua’s disciples as described in the book of Acts. However, this is an example of how being ignorant of the Hebraic Roots of Christianity can cause confusion and, in all honesty, a surface-level faith. Pentecost was established as a Feast of the Lord back in the book of Leviticus! It is known as the Feast of Weeks or Shavu’ot. Historically, it is known as the time that the law of God was given to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Doesn’t the description below mirror the scene in Acts when the Holy Spirit comes?

On the morning of the third day, there was thunder, lightning and a thick cloud on the mountain. Then a shofar blast sounded so loudly that all the people in the camp trembled. Moshe (Moses) brought the people out of the camp to meet God; they stood near the base of the mountain. Mount Sinai was enveloped in smoke, because Adonai descended onto it in fire – its smoke went up like the smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. As the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moshe spoke and God answered him with a voice. ~~ Exodus 19: 16-19

The festival of Shavu’ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them. They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. ~~ Acts 2: 1-4

The Omer count was an accepted part of Hebrew culture. It was a time of reflection, introspection and preparation for the next feast, Shavu’ot. Pentecost, as the Christian church commonly calls it, was one of three times each year that all Hebrew males were required to appear in Jerusalem before the Lord. That is why there was such a great crowd in town that day in the second chapter of Acts.

Isn’t it interesting that after Yeshua died on Passover as the ultimate Passover sacrifice and rose as the first fruits of the harvest, that his post-resurrection appearances were all during the Omer count? In fact, we know what day he rose to heaven because of this. He was seen for 40 days, and that was well established because everyone was counting the Omer toward Shavu’ot. So he rose to the Father on the 40th day of the Omer count, 10 days before Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on that day! What an amazing Elohim we serve! He weaves all things, even intricate details, throughout centuries for His purposes and His glory! Praise His Name! And, remember these things as we continue counting to this year’s Shavu’ot! Shalom!

Joyfully Busy

Time is a precious thing, isn’t it? At times there seems to be a dire shortage of it. Dear Hubby and I are joyfully busy with preparations for the upcoming move. Sorting, donating or selling extra items, packing, keeping out only what we will need, very carefully labeling things we will need immediately after the move, etc. We are experienced at moving, so we have learned some of the main pitfalls to try to avoid during this process. Our dog knows what the packing means. He’s just waiting for the fun…the car ride!

But, this time it feels different, more exciting and yet peaceful. Knowing we have waited on Elohim and He has clearly guided us to this location, the normal work of moving seems to be more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, it is not easier. We aren’t young “kids” in our twenties. Moving is definitely work. However, knowing we are following Adonai’s leading, with no doubts about that, brings a joy and peace that can only come from Him. Praise His name!

New Covenant

The New Covenant that we look forward to:

“Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Adonai’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.” ~~ Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Note that the covenant is not with everyone, just the “house of Isra’el”. For believers who think that the church replaced the Jews, this phrase should toss a speed bump into that thinking. Thankfully, YHWH’s word is clear that believers in Yeshua are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. (See the blog post here titled Grafted In.)

Some people equate the New Testament with the New Covenant. This is what they’ve been taught or generally led to believe. It seems very clear from the description of it that the New Covenant has not been completed. However, it may well have begun with Yeshua’s life on earth. We don’t have to know or argue about all the details of when it began (if it has) or its completion date, because we know the One who made the covenant and He is faithful. Praise His name!

Camera Upgrade

We have wanted to upgrade our digital camera for several years, but never made it a priority. Thankfully we finally got it done. What a difference! We knew the old camera had “issues” but we were used to it and it didn’t seem too horribly bad most of the time. But this new one is amazing! I hope you enjoy the improved photos that we’ll be posting with this new gizmo!

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