Month 1:2 (Aviv), Week 1:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year 5935:002 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 5 [Red] April 2011
The Four Sabbaths
Sacred Tavnith in the Creation Month
Continued from Part 1
In order for a teaching to be true, it must harmonise with the divine tavnith or pattern of Yahweh's revelation in all things on every level of existence. This must be true of the Creation Calendar (also known as the Lunar-Solar or Solar-Lunar Calendar) as of everything else that the Creator has established.
"Then Elohim (God) said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth'; and it was so. Then Elohim (God) made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Elohim (God) set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness.' And Elohim (God) saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day" (Gen.1:14-19, NKJV).
The question we are asking ourselves today is this: Why did Yahweh create a month containing one Rosh Chodesh and a second Rosh Chodesh day (which we call 'Rosh Chodesh Preparation Day) with four 7-day weeks?
Firstly, I need to point out that the original month contained exactly 30 days so each month would have had a Preparation Day. The original perfection has been marred by various cosmic disturbances that have altered the moon's orbital period and possibly the earth's too. One of the beauties of the Creation Calendar, as I have mentioned before, is that it doesn't matter if these cosmic uspets take place because we still measure the sabbaths and festivals in exactly the same way in all ages and in all locations. We are also assuming that at His return, Yah'shua (Jesus) will set in order the earth and the moon so that everything is once again aligned in its proper place. Therefore we shall, as we consider the biblical month, look at the symbolism of the original, not as it appears today.
A few days ago I was meditating on the four week month and asking Yahweh what this symbolised and I got the very clear picture in my mind that each of the four weeks represented Yahweh impregnating the four aspects of being and the Ruach (Spirit) cleansing the same of sin as we work through the weekly cycle of repentance, remembering that each day corresponds to one of the seven festivals as a fractal of the original design. The principles we learned yesterday are therefore applicable not only to the seven annual festivals but to the seven days of the week too. Therefore we learn, on a smaller scale as individuals each week and month what we are to learn as a community (Israel) each year.
What, then, are the four aspects of being? They are our physical bodies (which are temples of the Ruach/Spirit), our psyche (emotional system or nefesh), our minds (thinking proecsses) and finally - and most importantly - our spirits. Each of these requires cleansing and sanctification so that we may present the whole man, each sixth day (corresponding to Yom Kippur) as our acceptable sacrifice. This is repeated four times so that the whole being is regenerated, and not just one or other aspect. In other words, we are not to major in intellect or emotions or physical observance or spirit - we are to treat all four as one whole or echad, that is, as a single month, with Yahweh as the Rosh or Head at the Main Rosh Chodesh and on the Rosh Chodesh Preparation Day (the Alef or a and the Taw or t, respectively). Thus Elohim (God) brackets each month in the same way as Elohim (God) brackets each year. If Aviv 1 is the Alef (a) of the Festivals, what is the Taw (t)? What is the annual equivalent of Preparation Day? It is Shemini Atseret, the Last Great Day, which points to the next cycle and specifically to the Millennium, just as the extra Preparation Day (when we have it) points to the next Rosh Chodesh and New Month. Therefore Rosh Chodesh Preparation Day is the Last Great Day of each month as Shemini Atesert is the Last Great Day of the annual cycle of festivals.
Which parts of the body do these four weeks represent, that would mirror in some way the three areas of the three blocks of festivals? The answer: the four limbs:
These four limbs are sumbitted to the Rosh or Head annual festival block, namely, the Alef (a) or Spring Festivals of Pesach, Chag haMatzah and Yom haBikkurim and what they represent. And what do they represent? That part of the Gospel which is 1:1 between the individual and Yahweh through Messiah! Shavu'ot, you will recall, is the first of the communal covenants. Therefore it is wholly correct that our individual hands and feet should move and serve the Messiah by being submitted to the Rosh or Head. As the annual festivals represent the torso and head, so the first three days of the week (Rishon, Shanee, and Shleshi) represent our getting right with Yahweh through our service to Him by means of our instruments of action, namely, our four limbs.
This is an extremely important scriptural signature or code. However, the four limbs serving only self produces no true increase and no authentic tavnith or pattern. The number four, as we saw yesterday, is the number of creativity or creative action, but unless it is directed toward, and in service to, Yahweh, it is pure idolatry. Until it is Yahweh-directed, it is pure selfishness for it is directed toward self-service.
Once Yahweh is made the Rosh or Head of our creativity, the four becomes five which is the number of grace, that is, Yahweh's undeserved loving-kindness toward us. Until we have that nature - the character-trait of the five, we will not have His grace and even though we think we are serving others we will, in fact, still be serving ourselves. How? By attaching conditions - the expectation or approval, recognition or reward for our service, for example, and that is not grace. It is not true Five.
The 1+4 principle may be found elsewhere in Scripture too. Just as Yahweh (1) + the action of our limbs (4) leads to 5 or Grace, so the oils used for anointing in the Old Covenant consisted of 1 base oil + 4 spices. Likewise, incense for the Tabernacle consisted of 1 salt base + 4 fragrances/spices/herbs. A similar principle is taught in the Books of Abraham brought forth by this ministry that speak of the 4 winds (North, South, West and East) that come from a single source (1), the source having these four faces or expressions, reminding us of the four-faces of the four living creatures in Ezekiel's vision (Ezek.1:6,15; 10:14,21), each face corresponding to a cherub, man, lion and eagle, respectively, showing an in interesting order or progression from the purest (cherub) to that which impure (eagle). But that is a subject of another study altogether.
Finally and in conclusion, the Creation Month is a picture of each basic unit of Israel consisting of the 1 (Jacob) and his 4 wives (Leah, Rachel, Zilpah and Bilhah). It is a picture of family life. As each week is for the individual in Messiah, so the month is for each family in Messiah with its Rosh of head, and so the yearly festivals are for the whole Family of Elohim (God), namely Messianic Israel.
It all neatly adds up. And that's another reason I believe in the Lunar-Solar Calendar. It fits divine tavnith (pattern)!
Continued in Part 3
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