Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Correction and More Thoughts on the 50th Year Jubilee

A Correction and More Thoughts on the 50th Year Jubilee

 

Hi Daniel,

 

In my last email I stated, “The 49th year and the Jubilee year are one and the same year, according to all the Scriptures and historical evidence.” I correct this sentence to read, “The 49th year and the Jubilee year are one and the same year, according to the Jericho metaphor’s Scriptural evidence.”

 

According to Lev. 25, there is no “eighth time” trumpet, the Jubilee trumpet is sounded during the 49th year, so that was not really a fair illustration that I shared in my email. It does appear that the Jordan River Crossing year is evidence of a Jubilee year, like you state in your studies. Logically, for the year of the Jordan River crossing to be a Jubilee year, you would have to start that Jubilee Cycle 8 or 9 years before the Exodus, since the river crossing occurred in the 41st year of the Exodus (Miriam – Num. 20:1, Aaron – Num. 33:38-39, and Moses – Deut. 1:3, all having died in the 40th year), and that’s just hard for my head to wrap around!! But it seems that both the year of the Exodus and the Jordan River Crossing are years of release. Does Yahweh reserve the right to declare any year He wants a Jubilee? Possibly. Or He may be using several different divine calendars, which there is evidence of in some chronologist’s studies. Yeshua’s return will be a Jubilee year, so we will know for certain that year.

 

Also, for the Jericho metaphor to be seen as evidence of a 50th year Jubilee, wouldn’t Rahab and her family have to be rescued the day AFTER Jericho was torched on the 7th day, instead of RIGHT ON the 7th day? Hmm. But as you state, the year of the Jordan River crossing is seen to be a return of the rightful landowners to their land, purchased by their forefathers!! That is solid evidence of the Jubilee Year! But was the 41st year of the Exodus a 49th or 50th year Jubilee? I believe Joshua 6 hints at a 49th year Jubilee.

 

Oh yeah, kudos on the Lunar Sabbath correction. I’ll have to share that with some of my errant friends. Good revelation and counting.

 

Keep up the great studies,

End of the Lunar Sabbath Heresy

End of the Lunar Sabbath Heresy

You all may want to read Daniel McGirr’s study disproving the Lunar Sabbath.

 

http://echadetzproject.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/e2809ceclipsing-the-lunar-sabbatarianism-fallacye2809d.pdf

 

Just to start here’s Joshua 5:9-12, “Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.

10Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month (14th) at twilight on the plains of Jericho. 11And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover (15th), unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day (1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread). 12Then the manna ceased on the day after (16th); they had eaten the produce of the land and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.”

 

If the manna ceased on the 16th, then manna still fell on the 15th, which is a problem if the 15th was the Sabbath!! Manna NEVER fell on the Sabbath! The 16th may have been the Sabbath, but the 15th COULD NOT have been the Sabbath.

 

Exodus 16:4-5, “Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My Torah or not. 5And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.””

 

Exodus 16:35, “And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” Josh and the gang crossed the Jordan River on the 10th day of the 41st year of the Exodus.

 

If you still observe a Lunar Sabbath, you may want to correct your heretical ways and walk in Yahweh’s Torah, not your own understanding.

 

Blessings,

 

Gene Benjamin II

November 28, 2011 CE

50th Year Jubilee – Another Refutation

50th Year Jubilee – Another Refutation

Hi Daniel,

 

Working my way through your Joshua studies. Good work. One stick in my craw. . . in Joshua 6:4-5 we see the instructions for the march and the SHOUT, which is the key to the miracle of the wall coming down, “And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Then in Joshua 6:15-16, we see the actual event happen, “But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for Yahweh has given you the city!” Daniel, notice that there was NOT an eighth blowing of any trumpet, which would be necessary to get to your 50th count. And, of course, if the seven priests had blown an eighth time, you would have had 56 blasts of the trumpets, not 50, on the 7th day. According to verse 16, the long blast that the people heard occurred the seventh time (the 7th blast), perfectly in accordance with the instructions in verse 4. To have a 50th blast, or Jubilee blast, you would have had to have one priest blow one trumpet for that long blast. Verse 16 just does not show that happening. The 49th year and the Jubilee year are one and the same year, according to all the Scriptures and historical evidence. Nice try though.

 

According to the written Word in Leviticus 23 and 25, technically, the year Josh and the gang crossed the Jordan River was the 1st year of the first Jubilee Cycle, not the 49th or the 50th year. Lev. 25:1, “When. . .” But, if you go with the Creation of Adam year as the 1st year of the first Jubilee, then Josh’s first year in the Land may have been a Jubilee. There are many chronologists who hold that view, since the Torah is the eternal Word, and Moses and Joshua were just writing down Yahweh’s eternal principles.

 

Actually, Joshua 6 is more solid evidence for the 49th year Jubilee. Thanks for pointing it out.

 

Love ya brother,

 

Gene Benjamin II

November 28, 2011 CE

Now A Viral Apocalypse

Now A Viral Apocalypse

 

Revelation 6:8, “So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”

 

Revelation 9:15, “So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.”

 

John recorded these prophecies almost 2,000 years ago. For most of that time mankind did not possess the potential to destroy half of mankind. Well, today, we know that with nuclear weapons alone we can kill everyone on earth several times over.

 

I just received a report about a new strain of the H5N1 virus, more lethal and more contagious than any previous strains of the flu virus. So what? Well, the title to the article is: Man-made super-flu could kill half humanity       With a virus like that, who needs war, famine, or earthquakes? Read the whole disgusting article here: http://rt.com/news/bird-flu-killer-strain-119/

So what? Well, with a little simple math, and knowing that the experts now claim that we just topped 7 billion humans on earth, let’s see what the numbers tell us. Revelation 6:8 tells us that one quarter of mankind will be killed. 7 billion X 25% = 1.75 billion dead humans. 7 billion – 1.75 billion dead = 5.25 billion remaining. Revelation 9:15 tells us that one third of mankind will be killed. So, 5.25 billion X 33.333 % = 1.75 billion dead. 5.25 billion – 1.75 billion dead = 3.50 billion remaining. HALF OF HUMANITY COULD BE KILLED just from a new bioterrorism virus! Yeshua said to watch and pray; it’s time to do that. From the looks of what is about to hit this planet, in terms of economic collapse and international war, famine, pestilence, and the Islamic Caliphate, the dead may be the lucky ones. I can’t wait for the rapture, but until then, let’s pray for all humans on this evil rock. Pray especially for the smart stupid people developing these weapons of mass destruction. Can you believe they want their findings published? A virus recipe anyone?

 

This would be a good time to believe in the Divine Healing, Divine Health, and Divine Life that Yeshua offers. Yeshua is immune to all these sicknesses afflicting mankind. You can be too. Only believe, now, today, before it’s too late. Yeshua is our only hope when the SHTF theory (STUFF HITS THE FAN) unfolds before our very eyes. Yeshua is returning soon, with or without a Jewish revival in the Land of Israel, but this would be a good time for our Jewish brothers and sisters to repent and turn to their Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach.

 

Blessings,

 

Gene Benjamin II

November 25, 2011 CE

 

Fill My Cup

Fill My Cup

 

Today, a heavy word comes forth from the throne of Yahweh. First, we turn to Habakkuk 2:13-14, 16b “Behold, is it not of Yahweh of hosts that the peoples labor to feed the fire (literally for what satisfies fire; labor for what is of no lasting value), and nations weary themselves in vain? 14For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. . . The cup of Yahweh’s right hand will be turned against you, and utter shame will be on your glory.” When Yahweh shows up on earth in His glory, the cup in His right hand shows up with Him. What is this cup? What’s in this cup? The cup of Yahweh’s right hand is the cup of His wrath, His indignation. What is His indignation? It is His righteous anger, His fierce anger. When Yahweh shows up in glory, if there is sin around, it is consumed, obliterated by His glory.

 

There are two cups filling up at this moment on opposite sides of the scales of justice. On one side you see the cup of man’s sin, which includes the cup of the sin of the nations. On the other side of the scale is the cup of Yahweh’s wrath. As man and the nations fill up their cup of sin, Yahweh’s cup of wrath fills up. For Yahweh to tell us, “Fill My cup” means that He is now taunting mankind and the nations of this world that hate Him and have rejected Him. Ezekiel said it this way in 23:35, “Therefore thus says Sovereign Yahweh: ‘Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, therefore you shall bear the penalty of your lewdness and your harlotry.” Paul said it this way in 1 Thessalonians 2:16b, “so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.” Think measuring cup; it has a limit; when that limit is met, the measuring cup is full. Yahweh is saying to sinful mankind, “So you want humanism, paganism, terrorism, tyranny, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, violence, murder, and nuclear war? Ok, go ahead and fill er up!” As the world fills its cup full of sin, Yahweh fills His cup with fury, anger, wrath, judgment. So, what happens when Yahweh’s cup of wrath is full? Well, that’s the part no one wants to think about, let alone experience.

 

Some will argue that “Yahweh’s cup of wrath has been appeased by the blood of Yeshua shed on His execution stake.” Not so fast, Yahweh’s wrath against sin and sinners is only appeased for those who apply the blood of Yeshua in faith to their cup (the doorposts of your heart). If your cup is not washed in the blood of Yeshua, you have no protection against the wrath of Yahweh when it is poured out of His cup of indignaton. Yahweh’s cup of wrath is not just going to dribble over the top, a little judgment at a time, a little wrath here, a drop of fury there; He is going to pour out His cup of wrath into His winepress of judgment. The whole cup is about to be dumped upon this planet full of sinful creatures and nations. John the Revelator described it this way with the sixth seal in Revelation 6:12-17, “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up (nuclear war), and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”” What is coming will not be pretty and will weaken the knees of every human on earth. What will Yahweh say to these cry babies trying to hide from His presence? Shut up! You’ve had your 6,000 years to whine and oppress each other. Habakkuk 2:20, “But Yahweh is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” The Revelation puts it this way in 11:18-19, “The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” 19Then the temple of Yahweh was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.”

 

Here’s what Yahweh says to the One World Order elitist crowd in Revelation 14:9-12, “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” You want the O.W.O.? Fill er up!!

 

Revelation 14:18-20, “And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the (sinful) vine of the earth, for her grapes (of sin, of wrath) are fully ripe.” 19So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the (sinful) vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Yahweh. 20And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.” Mankind has wanted bloodshed for 6,000 years, man has caused bloodshed for 6,000 years, man will be finished off by bloodshed on Judgment Day. And oh, by the way, that is Yahweh’s cavalry of horsemen who are doing the trampling in that day, getting bloody up to the horses’ bridles. Fill er up!!

 

Revelation 15, “Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of Yahweh is complete.

2And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of Yahweh. 3They sing the song of Moses, the servant of Yahweh, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works,

Sovereign Yahweh Almighty!

Just and true are Your ways,

O King of the saints!

4  Who shall not fear You, O Yahweh, and glorify Your name?

For You alone are holy.

For all nations shall come and worship before You,

For Your judgments have been manifested.”

5After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls (cups) full of the wrath of Yahweh who lives forever and ever. 8The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of Yahweh and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.” When Yahweh manifests His glory, His judgment is manifested, His full cup of wrath is poured out on sin and sinners. Our cup of sin is about full, His cup of wrath is about full.

 

Revelation 16:1, “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls (cups) of the wrath of Yahweh on the earth.” Once Yahweh begins to pour out His cup of wrath, nothing can stop Him. Revelation 16:17-21, “Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!18And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before Yahweh, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed Yahweh because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.”

 

The One World Babylonish Religion gets its due in Revelation 18:1-3, “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

 

The Beast System, or One World Order, gets its due crushing in Revelation 19:11-21, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of Yahweh (There will be no doubters in that day as to Who is bringing Yahweh’s judgment to earth, Yeshua Himself.). 14And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses (Remember Yahweh’s cavalry trampling the winepress of Yahweh’s wrath? This is them.). 15Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Yahweh. 16And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great Mighty One, 18that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

19And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” Armageddon is the climax of Judgment Day. Yeshua will reclaim His throne over the nations of the earth, ruling from Jerusalem. Long live the King of kings!!!

 

Gene Benjamin II

November 20, 2011 CE

Weightier Matters

Weightier Matters

by Dr John Conrad

From the September Messianic Israel Alliance Herald

    A single woman went to a pet store and bought a parrot for companionship. She looked forward to having the parrot  talk to her and simply spice up her day. At first, the parrot seemed bored. It perched listlessly in the corner of the cage  so she bought a different cage in a brighter color. This didn’t stimulate the parrot so she purchased glittering, colorful  toys and creatively arranged them in the cage. Still the parrot moped and stared lifelessly into the distance. Repeatedly,  the woman went back to the pet store, buying colored perches, toys to play on, and anything she could think of to tickle  her  parrot’s fancy. Sadly, the parrot grew more and more quiet. Finally, one day the woman went in to check on the parrot.  It lay on it s side breathing its last. With one final effort it croaked, “Lady, don’t they sell bird feed at that pet store?”
    This silly story reminds us of an old adage. People with enough to eat have lots of problems. People who don’t  have enough to eat have only one problem. The story of the parrot is a parable of the Messianic Train. Many of us are  enamored with the Train, but we forget where it is going. We spend more time fluffing the seat cushions and decorating  the windows than we do making sure the train has fuel, is functioning properly and, most importantly, headed in the  right direction. Because of misplaced priorities we often find ourselves ending up at the wrong destination. Like the  woman with the parrot we major on minors and minor on majors.
    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier  provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the  others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:23-24)
    In this passage the Greek word translated “weightier” is barus Strongs 926. It means heavy, of great moment. In other words,  important or most important. So Yeshua’s comment informs us of the most important of God’s instructions to His people.
    A quick review of Yeshua’s statement in Matthew 23:23 reveals it to be a restatement of Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man,  what is good; And what does Yahweh require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”
    Another way to understand Yeshua’s pronouncement would be to constantly view our keeping of the small matters of Torah  through the lens of justice, mercy and faithfulness. When our method of obeying Torah sabotages justice, mercy or faithfulness  it needs to be discarded.
    Our ability to discern the weightier matters is directly related to our ability to see the goal. The end or goal of the Torah is the  Messiah. Romans 10:4: “For the Messiah is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” “The end” here is  the Greek word  telos which means goal. It is like saying at the end of this road is Salt Lake City. At the end of Torah is Yeshua.  If our Torah observance does not lead to Yeshua we have jumped the tracks. Since God is love, Paul makes the obvious state ment in Romans 13:8 that “love is the fulfillment of the Torah.” We make a huge mistake when we argue about minor details  of Torah when the need in the person’s life is to know Yeshua. Like the parrot, they may be surrounded with the apparatus of  Torah observance, but they die because they are not connected to the vine and its life-giving nurture.
    A simple way to evaluate our actions is to ask several questions:
    1. What is the goal of  my behavior?
    2. Who will be helped or hurt?
    3. Will the Messiah be lifted up by my actions?
    4. Does this action reveal or display god ‘s love?
    People are drawn to genuine justice, mercy and faithfulness. I often wondered why my Swiss grandparents converted to Mor monism in the late 1800s. When I read their testimonies some of the reasons became abundantly clear. When my great grandmother read her Bible it stirred up many questions in her mind. When she took these questions to her priest he rebuffed her angrily.  She was told it was not her place to read the Bible and she was to accept what the church and its officers told her. Conversely, when  the Mormon missionaries came to Switzerland they patiently listened to her questions and did their best to answer them. They  prayed with the families and told them that each of them could approach God through Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) on their own because of His sacrifice. The idea that an individual could pray and reach out to God on his own was revolutionary and lifechanging. It was only a short time before the families converted and were baptized. This story does not testify to the correctness of Mormon doctrine, but to the correctness of showing love and mercy        .
    I’ve been told many times that we (Ephraim) must provoke Judah to jealousy with our observance of Torah. This is a recipe for  a contest–someone wins and someone loses — it is a competition. It is like a game of tag.”You trimmed your beard — you’re out!  Your tzitzits are the wrong blue, the incorrect length, you’re out! You pronounced Yeshua (Yehoshua, Yahshua) wrong — you’re  out! You followed the rabbinical calendar for the observance of the feasts — you’re out! Or you didn’t follow the rabbinical calen dar for the observance of the feasts — you’re out!”
    On the other hand, it would be helpful to refrain from saying that the church doesn’t keep Torah. Sadly, many churchgoers  eschew Torah in their speech, but while they disdain many provisions of Torah, they try their utmost to be just, merciful and faith ful. Our wearing tzitzit, celebration of new moons, Feasts, Sabbaths, observance of clean and unclean foods springs from our  commitment to be faithful. Our obedience should not be a hammer to smash the church. A loving example of Torah obedience will ultimately be much more effective.
    A couple of years ago, we held a Seder for a group of people in Missouri. Several families didn’t come because they were  horrified by the “un-Biblical” Jewish traditions they had identified as part of the Seder. A teacher had been in the area warning  people about all evil traditions — both those perpetrated by the church and those from rabbinical Judaism. Anyone keeping these traditions would be hopelessly compromised by them. However, nothing in the Seder could be construed as thwarting justice, mercy or faithfulness. While straining out a gnat they had swallowed a camel. An opportunity to develop friendships and fellowship with other Israelites had been thwarted by silly, unfounded fears. When they had a chance to gather with the Messiah, they had opted for scattering with the enemy. Unintentionally, they had made their understanding of Torah the goal, instead of Yeshua and His love.
    Another clear obstacle to true Torah observance is the human tendency to judge what we see or sense with our five senses. Isaiah 11 makes it clear that the Messiah will not judge by what he sees or what he hears. He will judge by righteousness. Samuel would have picked several incorrect candidates from Jesse’s sons to be the next king of Israel. Yahweh had toremind him that He did not look at the outside of a man, but at his heart.
    This means sharing Torah requires a deep spiritual connection with Yeshua. Our goal is to bring people into a relationship with their Messiah. This relationship is lived out in a life that follows the precepts of Torah. It is important not to fall prey to the idea that Torah consists of the externals; tzitzit, Sabbaths, Feasts, and diet. It is our connection and love of our Messiah that motivates us to keep His commandments. We don’t wear tzitzit to let people know that we are Messianic. We wear them to remind us to love Yahweh with all of our heart, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
    I’ve never forgotten a young man who had come into a strong Messianic understanding. He considered himself very magnanimous because he accepted to some degree any who kept the 7th day Sabbath. Now there is no question that the 7th day Sabbath is an eternal Biblical principle. Imagine my chagrin when I discovered he was hiding his chewing tobacco habit (disgusting)  from me and the fact he was sleeping with his unmarried girl friend. I know of another Messianic with a long, untrimmed beard, side curls and tzitzit down to his knees. He enjoys internet pornography rationalizing that “men will be men.”
    I will briefly touch on another sensitive area. In Messianic circles we often honor speakers with exciting teaching abilities or those given to sensational prophetic statements. We display a total lack of discernment when we do not hold our leaders to the weightier matters of Torah–justice, mercy and faithfulness. We need discernment to listen to that which is true. When statements are made based upon faulty research, or bent to fit a particular point of view, we become politicians espousing a partisan line and not teachers of Torah.
    Another point comes from Rabbi Shalom Arush, who counsels many troubled marriages. One of the precepts he stresses is that if one of the partners is led to become Torah obedient this must become a very good thing for the other partner. Otherwise, the partner will view Torah as destructive. We must ask ourselves-has the Torah in my life made me a better spouse, a better son or daughter, a better parent, a better employer, a better employee, a better member of the
    Messianic fellowship? Have those living around you sensed your humility, your desire to serve and your fervent love for Yeshua? Or did they turn away because you reeked of religious arrogance and self-righteous certainty?
    Torah is the DNA of our Messiah — it is His genetic material that He has planted in our hearts. It is the seed of the Kingdom. When it is nurtured and grown in the proper environment it yields love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. As Paul reminds us, none of these qualities are against Torah; none violate it. I would go further and say that when these attributes do not characterize Torah-keeping folks, the seed has been corrupted.
    Yahweh makes an astonishing pronouncement in Isaiah 1:12-14 “When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts? Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and Sabbath, the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them.”
    Why does He reject all these activities that He commanded Israel to do for Him? Because they had neglected the weightier matters of Torah. He pleads with Israel, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)
    We have been so blessed to be a part of this restoration in this day. Torah is not bondage, but rather life. This revelation transforms us. Let’s make certain that in our holy pursuit of Torah that the foundation of Yeshua is built in well. That the important things have truly been given the credit they deserve. For many their introduction to Torah will be the lives we live before them. May the Messiah and His love be revealed in us, I pray.
    Dr John Conrad

Judgment Has Begun With the House of Yahweh

Judgment Has Begun With the House of Yahweh

 

Leviticus 26, “You shall not make idols for yourselves;

neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves;

nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it (1st commandment);

for I am Yahewh your Mighty One.

2  You shall keep My (4th commandment) Sabbaths (plural, all 8 of Yahweh’s Sabbaths are: 1 – 7th day Sabbath; 2 – 1st Day of Unleavened Bread; 3 – 7th Day of Unleavened Bread; 4 – Feast of Shavuot, or Pentecost; 5 – Feast of Trumpets; 6 – Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement; 7 – 1st Day of Feast of Tabernacles; 8 – 8th Day of Feast of Tabernacles.) and reverence My sanctuary:

I am Yahweh.

 

If these are not the eight Feasts that you celebrate during the year, per Leviticus 23 and 25, then you might want to re-check your religion. You wouldn’t want Yahweh to think you’re a pagan, heathen Gentile!!

 

3  ‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,

4  then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

5  Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing;

you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

6  I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid;

I will rid the land of evil beasts,

and the sword will not go through your land.

7  You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.

8  Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight;

your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.

9  ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.

10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.

11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.

12 I will walk among you and be your Mighty One, and you shall be My people.

13 I am Yahweh your Mighty One, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves;

I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.

 

Notice the blessings in the verses above for being an obedient child of Yahweh. That looks like the good life, the American Dream, if you will. Is that what is happening in America, Britain and the Commonwealth Nations, and Israel? Well, maybe, up until a few years ago. But what do we see happening in these countries today? Keep reading Leviticus 26. I live in the realm of grace, but even children under grace are supposed to be obedient children. Our loving Heavenly Father is now disciplining His children.

 

14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,

15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,

16 I also will do this to you:

I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.

And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. (Remember our vets and military personnel, but America HAS NOT WON A WAR IN 66 YEARS!!!)

Those who hate you shall reign over you (think Shariah Law of Islam), and you shall flee when no one pursues you (think thousands of rockets exploding in Israel, but not followed up by troops).

18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven (years) times more for your sins.

19 I will break the pride of your power (This has happened to America and Britain. Britain does not have enough ships to patrol their own shoreline!);

I will make your heavens like iron (DROUGHT) and your earth like bronze (FAMINE).

20 And your strength shall be spent in vain (think ipod, ipad, iphone, i . . . i . . . i);

for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven (years) times more plagues, according to your sins.

22 I will also send wild beasts among you (PESTILENCE), which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number;

and your highways shall be desolate (Couldn’t a highly inflated price of oil do this?).

23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me,

24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven (years) times for your sins.

25 And I will bring a sword (WAR) against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;

when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you;

and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy (CAPTIVITY).

26 When I have cut off your supply of bread (FAMINE), ten women shall bake your bread in one oven (POVERTY by inflation and lack), and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied (think one bisquit or muffin per week, or, one bisquit per church group!!).

27 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,

28 then I also will walk contrary to you in fury;

and I, even I, will chastise you seven (years) times for your sins.

29 You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters (CANNIBALISM).

30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols (Yahweh has NO superiors and NO peers);

and My soul shall abhor you.

31 I will lay your cities waste (OCCUPY WASTELAND!) and bring your sanctuaries (could easily mean church buildings and synagogues) to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.

32 I will bring the land to desolation (we are facing a DUST BOWL era), and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.

33 I will scatter you among the nations (CAPTIVITY) and draw out a sword (WAR) after you;

your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

34 Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land;

then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.

35 As long as it lies desolate it shall rest—

for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it (Did not Yahweh just command us to OBEY His Sabbaths?).

36 ‘And as for those of you who are left (a small percentage remnant), I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies;

the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee;

they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues (remember the rockets in Israel).

37 They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues;

and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies (Who really has the courage today to stand up against the Muslim hoards taking over our nations by deceit and intimidation? It may be too late to deport or execute all of them.).

38 You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up (Yeah, the deserts can swallow whole armies, let alone civilians.).

39 And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands;

also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.

 

Yahweh’s judgment and punishment, in His wrath and fury, does not sound like a pleasant way to end one’s life. But there is good news. Just repent and turn to Yeshua!!

 

40 But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies;

if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt— (Are you a hard-hearted pagan or believer? Are you living in defiance against your Creator?)

42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember;

I will remember the land.

43 The land also shall be left empty by them, and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them;

they will accept their guilt, because they despised My judgments and because their soul abhorred My statutes (Do you hate Yahweh, your only Savior, or His Law?).

44 Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them;

for I am Yahweh their Mighty One.

45 But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their Mighty One:

I am Yahweh.’”

46These are the statutes and judgments and laws which Yahweh made between Himself and the children of Israel on Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.”

 

Friends, Yahweh does not want to destroy any human, let alone His own children. But He is a holy, righteous Father, and He expects us to obey His Word, His commandments, His Law, His Torah. Obedience is a matter of the heart, an attitude of love towards and for our loving Father. You know, almost two thousand years have passed since Yeshua did His crucifixion thing to pay for our sins, but 99.9% of Jews still don’t believe Yeshua is their Messiah, and 99.9% of so-called Christians don’t celebrate Yahweh’s Sabbaths, or Feasts. Don’t you think we’ve offended our Creator? Yes, we have, that’s why He is bringing His curses upon our nations.

 

Think about this. 1994-1995 was a Sabbatical year and the last Jubilee Year to occur on Yahweh’s calendar. In the first 7 years of this new Jubilee cycle, from 1995-2001, Yahweh APPOINTED US TO TERROR, according to Lev. 26:16 above. Does anyone remember the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing in 1995, or September 11, 2001? What did we see in the next 7 year Sabbatical cycle from 2002-2008? Drought, famine, more and more war, economic instability and collapse? Does anyone remember the stock market crash just before the Feast of Trumpets in September, 2008? Yahweh is just getting started. In this 3rd Sabbatical cycle of this new Jubilee cycle, what have we seen and what will we see in this Sabbatical cycle of 2009-2015? Pestilence. Wild animals attacking people, millions of fish, birds and animals just falling over dead. We hear of new viruses, bacteria and vermin almost weekly. Nature is turning against us. More severe weather, floods, earthquakes, drought, famine. Severe worldwide famine is just around the corner of time. What until we see a nuclear outbreak in the Middle East. The 4th Sabbatical cycle in this new Jubilee Cycle from 2016-2022 may very well see war and cannibalism. Will we be fighting over food, or because we don’t have food? If we don’t repent of our sins and the sins of our nations and forefathers, we may see captivity in the 5th Sabbatical cycle of this Jubilee Cycle from 2023-2029. Will we repent by then? Or will Yeshua have to bring on the 7-year tribulation period from 2030-2036 or 2037-2043? Will Yeshua return to announce the Jubilee Year on Yom Kippur in 2043? I don’t know, I really don’t want to live that long, but I would like to see Yeshua come back and establish His Kingdom on this planet.

 

Is Yahweh following His Jubilee calendar? Yes, He is. To me, it looks like Leviticus 26 parallels the judgments of Revelation quite literally. I’ve realigned Daniel’s 70 Feasts of Weeks (see Daniel 9:24-27) to correspond with the recapture of Jerusalem and the Temple mount by the IDF in the summer of 1967. Since they did this after the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot, or Pentecost in 1967, I begin counting the 70 Feasts of Weeks with 1968. Yeshua can come anytime after the 69th Feast of Weeks. What year is that? It is the year 2036, the 6th Sabbatical year in this Jubilee Cycle! We have an appointed time ahead of us. I would rather it be a marriage to and coronation of our King of kings and not an appointment with more terror, drought, famine, or war. How about you? Happy repenting.

 

Gene Benjamin II

November 12, 2011 CE

Why NOT a Fifty Year Jubilee Cycle

Why NOT a Fifty Year Jubilee Cycle

 

 

Lev. 23:11, “He shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after (Sunday, the 1st day of the next 7-day Sabbath cycle) the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.”

 

Lev. 23:15, “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after (Sunday, the 1st day of the next 7-day Sabbath cycle) the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths (49 days exactly) shall be completed.”

 

Lev. 23:16, “Count fifty days to the day after (Sunday, the 1st day of the next 7-day Sabbath cycle) the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to Yahweh.”

 

As we examine Moses’ teaching on the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot, we see a Scriptural pattern of 49 and 50 days, seven Sabbath cycles, and then a day after the seventh Sabbath, the 50th day. Now notice something important, that 50th day is always a Sunday, which is always the 1st day of the next Sabbath cycle. The 50th day IS NOT a day zero, IT IS DAY 1 OF THE NEXT SABBATH CYCLE! To call the Sunday, or day after the 7th Sabbath, a day zero would break the Scriptural pattern of the Sabbath week, or Shabuwa.

 

Now take this Scriptural pattern and look at Moses’ teaching in Leviticus 25 concerning the Jubilee year. Leviticus 25:3-4, “Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; 4but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to Yahweh. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.” Notice that the six-year work years and seventh year rest year are simply an expansion of the weekly Shabuwa, work six days and rest the seventh. Lev. 25:8-9, “And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.” Here we see the six years of work and seventh year of rest expanded into a 49-year cycle of Sabbatical years. Lev. 25:10-13, “And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year (the Sunday year, which we know from the Scriptural pattern found in the Feast of Weeks, is always the 1st day (year) of the next cycle), and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. 11That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field.

13‘In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.”

 

To try to make the 50th year a year zero breaks the Scriptural pattern found in the mini-Jubilee we see in the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot. I’ve seen some teachers of the Jubilee confuse the 49th year with the Jubilee, but the 49th year is simply the 7th seven-year sabbatical year; NOT the Jubilee year. The Jubilee occurs the NEXT year, which is always a Sunday-type year, which is always the FIRST year of the next 49-year Jubilee cycle. The 49-year Jubilee cycle, with its 7 seven-year Sabbatical cycles is the only Scriptural cycle that matches with known historical celebrations of Sabbatical years. A 50-year Jubilee cycle simply does not match with known history.

 

All known sabbatical years can be tied to Hezekiah/Isaiah’s Jubilee year that Isaiah prophesied to Hezekiah in Isaiah 37:30 and 2 Kings 19:29, “This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year (the 49th year, or 7th Sabbatical year of the Jubilee cycle) such as grows of itself, and the second year (the Jubilee year itself, the Sunday-type year) what springs from the same; also in the third year (the 2nd year of a new Jubilee and Sabbatical cycle) sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.” This singularly unique Scriptural Jubilee example occurred in 702/701 BCE. 702/701 BCE was the 49th year, or year 7 of the regular Sabbatical cycle, which ties to ALL other known historical Sabbatical year celebrations. 701/700 BCE was the Jubilee year itself, the 8th year of Lev. 25:22, “And you shall sow in the eighth year. . .” (after the Jubilee is over) 700/699 BCE was the 9th year of Lev. 25:22, “. . . and eat old produce until the ninth year; until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest.” The 7th, 8th, and 9th years spoken of here are the three years spoken of in Lev. 25:20-21, “And if you say, “What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our produce?” 21Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.”

 

Here is verse 21 in equation form: year 1 = 7th year of old cycle = 49th year of old cycle; year 2 = 8th year of old cycle = 50th Jubilee Year = 1st year of new cycle; year 3 = 9th year of old cycle = 2nd year of new cycle

 

The Scriptural 49-year Jubilee pattern was set in the teaching of the Feast of Weeks. Isaiah prophesied a Jubilee Year that actually occurred in Scriptural history; see 2 Kings 19. The 49-year Jubilee Cycle is the only one that matches the Scriptural teachings and Hebrew history, corroborated by Assyrian history. 702 BCE was Assyrian King Sennacherib’s 3rd year, his 2nd attack on Judah, during his 4th war campaign, which apparently was his last. 2 Chronicles 32:21, “Then Yahweh sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, leader, and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own land.” 2 Kings 19:36, “So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.”

 

Bless you brother. I hope this clarifies the Jubilee Cycle for you. Keep up the great studies!

 

Gene Benjamin II

November 11, 2011 CE