Sukkot: Dwelling With God

In the Scriptures, the English words "dwell" or "abide" are a translation of about a dozen different Hebrew and Greek words. The most frequent Hebrew term for the English word "dwell" is yashav, which is used over 400 times. Another Hebrew word which is translated as "dwell" is shakhan or shakhen which is the root of the Hebrew word Shekinah which is the Hebrew word for the light on the mercy seat which symbolized God’s presence with Man. The Apolstolic Scriptures also tell us that God longs to have his Presence dwelling with us, not just in the form of His Messiah, but of His own accord. From Genesis to Revelation, Jeff explains how God has longed to dwell with Mankind and the lengths He has gone and will go to make it a reality.

 

Sukkot: What is so important about the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles?

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 1

Richard Agee explains why the 15th day of the seventh month on God’s calendar factored so heavily in the history of God’s people and why it will in the future.

The first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot in Hebrew, looks back to when God set up His kingdom on earth with the tabernacle and temple of Israel, the arrival of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) on earth and the promised time when God Himself comes and sets up His government, His kingdom, on earth (see Zechariah 14).

Yom Kippurim: God covers and removes our faults through Messiah Yeshua

Richard Agee connects the solo work of the high priest in the tabernacle of Israel on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippurim in Hebrew for “Day of Coverings” ) with the solo work of Messiah Yeshua in covering over our sins (not living up to God’s instructions), transgressions (willfully disobeying God) and iniquity (outright rebellion against God).

Yeshua’s work on our behalf, without our involvement, prepares us for God’s presence to be among us, as celebrated during the Festival of Tabernacles (Sukkot in Hebrew for “booths” or “shelters”).

Richard explains the purpose of the command to “afflicting your souls” (Lev. 16:29-31) on Yom Kippurim, which is understood as a special time of fasting and prayer (see Isaiah 58).

From Trumpets to Coverings: 10 days from the Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement

The seventh month of God’s calendar has three appointments with Him that follow in quick succession — Feast of Trumpets (find out more) to Day of Atonement to Feast of Tabernacles. Richard Agee explores Exodus 29-30 how the calling and the santification of the High Priest coincides with the calling and sanctification of the Messiah. Continue reading From Trumpets to Coverings: 10 days from the Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement

Yom Teruah — Day of Blowing Trumpets, Beginning of Season of Rest

Judaism calls the first day of the seventh lunar month from the spring equinox Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew for "head of the year" or new year). The Bible calls it the "day of blowing trumpets" (Num. 29:1). It does begin the fall harvest festivals described in the Bible, which are associated with the coming of God to set up His kingdom on earth, otherwise known as the "Day of the LORD" (Zech. 14:16-19). However, as Richard Agee explains, it also is the start of the cycles of seven found throughout the Bible referring to "rest" (the Hebrew words for both "rest" and "seven" are similar): seventh day of the week is the day of rest, the Shabbat (Gen. 2:3; Ex. 20:8-10); every seventh year the land must rest (Ex. 23:11); seventh group of seven years, or the Jubilee (Lev. 25).

Fall 2007 appointments with God

God’s appointments with His people — moedim in Hebrew — in the spring drew from the imagery of the departure of ancient Israel from Egypt and the first harvests of barley and wheat. The fall moedim come at the end of the agricultural cycle in the land of Israel and revolve around the second wheat harvest as well as those for olives and grapes. These two sets of moedim foreshadow and remind us of the work of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Continue reading Fall 2007 appointments with God

Deuteronomy 10: “40” means new birth, new status, new life

The number 40 plays heavily in this chapter. Both Moses and Yeshua had to spend 40 days and 40 nights alone in prayer with God to prepare themselves to teach and lead His people through difficult times ahead. It’s no coincidence that a woman carries a child in her womb for 40 weeks either and the correlation is purposeful as Moses’ 40 days and nights with God brought forth the 10 commandments into the world. Yeshua’s 40 days and 40 nights gave Him the strength to resist temptation and defeat Satan.

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