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Shavu'ot Preparations 1
The 100-fold Mount of Yah
"And Yahweh said to Moses, 'Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day Yahweh will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.' Only when the shofar (ram's horn) sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain.' After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. Then he said to the people, 'Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations'" (Ex.19:10-15, NIV).
Shalom chavarim of Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon. We are gathering today because the coming Shavu'ot (Weeks), like the spring festivals we recently observed, is going to be very different from all other Shavu'ots we have hitherto observe and shall observe, except for the last Shavu'ot before the Second Coming of Messiah in the Last Generation.
Why We Are Gathering Two Days Before Shavu'ot
My purpose this morning is to explain why we are gathered this morning aside from the fact that this is the time my family have their daily devotionals. We are preparing for Stage 2 of a three-stage endowment process that began last Aviv or the first month of the biblical calendar, in the spring.
The Three-Sage Anointing
On Aviv 9 a number of people received the first of the three-stage anointing ordained for the Remnant of Messianic Israel in these end-times. The third and final anointing will take place at Sukkot (Tabernacles) immediately before the world descends into chaos as the world faces its Mishpat Yahweh or Judgment of the Most High. As you will understand over the next three days, and the week that follows Shavu'ot (Weeks), all three anointings are works of Yahweh in grace - in His undeserved loving kindness. We have not merited them beyond our willingness to, first, believe - by exercising emunah (faith) - and, second, by being obedient to Torah and divine tavnith (pattern).
Has the Aviv Anointing Become an Habitual Part of Our Life?
Recently we discussed here how easy it is to wander out of any anointing of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) without daily application. We are waging war against the habitual patterns of the flesh, the whole fallen nature that is hostile to the things of Elohim (God). Though a deposit was made on Aviv 9 there is no guarantee that we will remain in that anointing unless there is daily rededication. There were several who received the Aviv 9 anointing who are no longer in it, or else they received a counterfeit of it because they did not make proper teshuvah (repentance). And we ourselves have acknowledged, to our great shame, that the Aviv 9 anointing has not yet become a daily reality. It has not become our habit even if we have experienced it again since that special day.
No Wall Without a Foundation
This ought to alarm us because this anointing isn't coming again. And if we are not alarmed then it is one of my tasks to alarm you over the next two days until you are determined to let Yahweh have His full way. Because unless the original foundation is present when the Divine Builder comes with the bricks to build a spiritual wall and house on that foundation at Shavu'ot (Weeks) in two days' time, that wall cannot be built, let alone the spiritual roof at Sukkot (Tabernacles)!
The Deadly Boundary
As you will see from the passage of Scripture we have just read, when Israel celebrated their First Shavu'ot (Weeks) at the foot of Mount Sinai, two days of special preparation were enjoined on the people. There is purpose in this, obviously, and there is a reason two days were set-apart for this and not just one, or even a few hours. The inward preparation for meeting with Yahweh-Elohim was mirrored in the outward actions of maintaining bodily cleanliness. Not only that, but please carefully note that the proper approach to a qadosh or holy (set-apart) Elohim (God) could not have been better emphasised than by imposing a death penalty upon those who violated the arbitrary boundaries which Yahweh had set around the mountain. Even animals could not encroach upon this sacred area!
The Blasphemy of Pitting the Son Against the Father
There are yet those Christians who believe that Elohim (God) has 'mellowed' or has 'lowered His standards' since this first Shavu'ot (Weeks). In truth they are no different from the Gnostics who believed that the Yahweh of the Tanakh (Old Testament) was some inferior angel or 'Demiurge' who was deposed by Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) because he was too harh and tempremental - like mortal men in fact! There are so many believers who are yet Gnostics yet would deny it vehemently if you told them so! How dare anyone accuse our Heavenly Father of anything wrong or inferior or set the Son above Him as having superior moral character! Let us be clear when the Messianic Scriptures (New Testament) teaches in this regard and how the writer of Hebrews viewed the boundary of holiness and the death penalty for its violation by either man or beast:
A Far Greater Shaking is Imminent
"You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a shofar blast or to such a voice speaking devarim (words) that those who heard it begged that no further davar (word) be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: 'If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.' The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, 'I am trembling with fear.'
"But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living Elohim (God). You have come to thousands upon thousands of malakim (angels) in joyful assembly, to the assembly of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to Elohim (God), the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Yah'shua (Jesus) the mediator of a b'rit chadashah (new covenant), and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better davar (word) than the blood of Abel.
"See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.' The words 'once more' indicate the removing of what can be shaken - that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship Elohim (God) acceptably with reverence and awe, for our Elohim (God) is a consuming fire'" (Heb.12:18-29, NIV).
I pray with all fervour of soul that you have paid close attention to these devarim (words) because they give no licence for disobedience or casualness in regard to the mitzvot (commandments). And if you have treated them lightly, be forewarned, because if you think that previously under Moses there was a shaking, be advised that a far greater shaking is on its way...for those who choose to remain and not to flee.
Shaking the Last Generation
The writer of Hebrews herein tells us that in the days of Moses the physical earth was shaken. Does He say that the shaking will be any less? Not at all, He says it will be even more extensive. Let me remind you: "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." Does anyone wish to disagree with this? For let me tell you this - we are due for both an inner and an outer shaking. In the Final Shavu'ot (Weeks), which the Last Generation will come up to, they will experience exactly what those first Israeles experienced and more, not just of the earth but of the shammayim (heavens) too.
Preparing for Shaking
What of us here and now - in the next couple of days, and in the days leading up to Sukkot (Tabernacles)? We are going - and are about to go - through a dress rehearsal. The shaking will not be as great as the final one but you will still think it too much just as those first Israelites did. You are not ready for it. If you were to go into that shaking today, as you are now, you would flee. Some of you would likely lose faith. That is why we are given three preparations, and many days of preparation before and after each new anointing.
Have You Been Counting 100 Days?
If you think we have spiritual work to do before Shavu'ot (Weeks), you would be right. Today is the 48th day of the 50 day count. We have had seven sabbaths and 50 days to prepare for what is coming. And we have not adequately prepared. We got too comfortable and rested on the imagined laurels of Aviv 9. Most of the Messianic Movement subscribes to the false rabbinical belief that 50 days is enough. They have, as they suppose, already observed Shavu'ot (Weeks). We require 100 days, twice as many, which is why we are commanded to count seven sabbaths and fifty days. How many of you have been consciously counting these days off as we are commanded to, aware of exactly what we are counting to?
The 100 Sheep Parable
Actually, it's not a 100 day count but a 99 day omer count, though in biblical numerics plus or minus 1 is considered on target. A hint as to the prophetic meaning of this count is to be found in a parable told by the Master:
The Kingdom is Precise
"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost" (Matt.18:12-14, NIV).
One hundred sheep are needed for the complete count. And if we are but one short, we are nevertheless to count it and regard it as the most important number of the count! We are not to neglect so much as one sheep, or one day - accuracy or precision are important in Yahweh's Kingdom.
The Abundance Embalming of Messiah
When Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrhh and aloes for the embalming of Messiah, be brought about 100 pounds ("pints" - AENT). Why 100? Because it is a number that signifies an over-abundance. Mary also brought an over-abundance of perfume with which to anoint Yah'shua's (Jesus') feet and was criticised for it by ever fault-finding Judas, was she not? (Jn.12:1-8). Yet he was a thief. So why, I ask again, 100?
Weeks Not Pentecost
"'I tell you the emet (truth),' Yah'shua (Jesus) replied, 'no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the Besorah (Gospel) will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal chayim (life). But many who are first will be last, and the last first'" (Mark 10:29-31, NIV).
The reward of the 100-fold increase is for those who have sacrificed everything. And that is the definition of the Bride of Messiah, not those who have just spoken a few words of the 'sinners' prayer', or obeyed some of the mitzvot (commandments) or shared only a portion of their soul. The 100 represents all. And that is why there is a 100-day count to Shavu'ot (Weeks), that's why this festival is called 'Weeks' and not 'Pentecost' which is a false name denoting only ½ of 100, or 50 - 'pente' meaning '50'. If anything it should be called 'Centicost'. Pentecost is the counterfeit Shavu'ot which means 'weeks' because messianics and Jews won't count the first seven weeks, only the last 50 days. So we call it the Feast of Weeks because we don't take short-cuts.
Do you remember Obadiah? And what he did in the days of King Saul and Elijah?
100 was the full compliment of Israel's nevi'im (prophets) - and notice the two components of 50 that correspond to the 7 sabbaths (49/50 days) and the final 50 days.
"Obadiah was a devout believer in Yahweh. While Jezebel was killing off Yahweh's nevi'im (prophets), Obadiah had taken a hundred nevi'im (prophets) and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water" (1 Kings 18:3-4, NIV).
David and the 100-fold Bride
David, who was a type of the Messiah, was promised Saul's daughter in marriage if he brought back the foreskins of 100 Philistines (1 Sam.18:25). 100 is the full bridal price that the Messiah pays for the full compliment of His Bride. And would it surprise you to learn that the name of David's first wife, Mikal, has a numerical value of 100? So do a number of other key Hebrew words including melek (king), mayim (water), adon (lord, master), malak (reign), ga'al (redeem), nachal (inherit), lechem (bread), melekuh (kingdom), chakah (wait), yada' (know), dahm (blood), yadah (praise), yofi (beauty), yayin (wine) and several others which would occupy a study all on its own.
The 100-fold Punishment for False Accusation
And if that virgin, pure Bride - or any bride - is wrongly accused, what is the punishment exacted by the Torah (Law)?
This work and its labourers has received considerable abuse in the form of false accusation and persecution over the years and will be redeemed 100 shekels symbolically - those who are abused for Yahweh's sake will receive an abundant recompense, a fullness, an over-abundance.
"They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the girl's father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name" (Deut.22:19, NIV).
Abraham and the Abundance of Years
And finally let it be remembered that Abraham was 100 years old when the promised seed, Isaac, was finally born to him as he waited partienty, and not without stumbling, for Yahweh to keep His Davar (Word) (Gen.21:5).
Quitting at 50
Many prodigals have departed from us because they wanted their reward after 50 symbolic days instead of 100. Only those with endurance wait out the time appointed, which is why so many have missed the Ark. Yet, as must surely be evident, we ourselves cannot even then become complacent. We have not exactly ridden out our 100 days as pure spiritual virgins, have we? I won't even ask what mitzvot (commandments) we have broken over the past 98 days since the omer count started.
Wash Your Clothes!
So what are we supposed to be doing these next two days before Shavu'ot (Weeks)? And why have we neglected these days, and the instructions given by Yahweh, in the past? We are supposed to be metaphorically washing our clothes today and tomorrow. Yahweh wants us clean and the only way to be clean is to make teshuvah (repent) so that we are in full possession of what the great 18th century preacher Jonathan Edwards called "holy affections" which are the 10 evidences that we are true believers in the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) - they are listed for us in the first epistle of John - and we are going to conclude this study by quickly reviewing them.
THE TEN HOLY AFFECTIONS
1. Submissive Respect
The first is submissive respect. The apostle John said:
Do you respect Yahweh? Is your opinion just as important or even more relevant than His? Are Yahweh's pronouncements authoritative in your life? Is Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) your Master?
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the emet (truth) is not in us" (1 John 1:8, NKJV).
2. Scripture Obedience
The second is Scripture obedience:
He explains that this Davar (Word) is the mitzvot (commandments) of Torah in the verse before. Do you read your Bible daily? Do you read Scriptures seeking to obey what you find? Are you in rebellion to Yah's Davar (Word) or in submission to it? Do you love the Bible?
"Whoever keeps His Davar (Word), truly the love of Elohim (God) is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him" (1 John 2:5, NKJV).
3. Societal Rejection
The third is willingness to be rejected by society:
Do you love the world, your money, your possessions? Do you want the world to admire you, to look up to you? Do you want to be accepted by the world? Do any of these things mean more to you that Yah'shua (Jesus) and His approval? Would you be willing to give all of these up for Yah'shua (Jesus)?
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15, NKJV).
4. Steadfast Faithfulness
The fourth is steadfast faithfulness:
Are you in regular fellowship with Yahweh's people? Are you able to be negligent about this without feeling any real guilt? Do you long for fellowship and communion with the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones)? Are you faithful to Yah's Davar (Word)? Are you faithful and steadfast in that which He has committed to your trust - your spiritual gifts, resourses, reading His Davar/Word and so on? Are you steadfast year in and year out?
"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Qodesh (Holy, Set-Apart) One, and you know all things ("discriminate every person" - AENT; "separate between every man" - HRV; "you know all this" - JNT/CJB) (1 John 2:19-20, NKJV).
5. Second Coming Anticipation
The fifth is anticipating the second coming:
Are you living in daily awareness that Yah'shua (Jesus) will return for His own? Are you eagerly looking forward to His coming for you? Does your daily life reflect the fact that He might come today? Are you ready to meet Him at any time?
"We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this tiqveh (hope) in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:2-3, NKJV).
6. Sin Sensitivity
The sixth is sensitivity to sin:
Does your sin bother you? Do you wish you sinned less than you do? Are you sinning less now than when you made your first profession of faith in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus)? Do you enjoy your sin, or does it affect your happiness? Do you realise that Yahweh sees all sin?
"Whoever has been born of Elohim (God) does not [habitually practice] sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of Elohim (God)" (1 John 3:9, NKJV).
7. Sibling Love
The seventh is sibling ahavah (love):
Do you love other believers in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus)? Do you enjoy being in their company or would you rather be with people of the world? Are fellow believers your dearest friends?
"We know that we have passed from death to chayim (life), because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death" (1 John 3:14, NKJV).
8. Supplications Answered
The eighth is having your supplications answered:
Do you pray? Are you observing the mitzvot (commandments) of Torah? Are you behaving in a way that pleases Elohim (God)? Can you point to specific answers that could have come from no one but Elohim (God)? Do you find yourself conversing regularly with Yahweh as a trusted friend?
"And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His mitzvot (commandments) and do those things that are pleasing in His sight" (1 John 3:22, NKJV).
9. Sharp Discernment
The ninth is sharp discernment:
10. Ruach Awareness
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of Elohim (God); because many false nevi'im (prophets) have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1, NKJV).
The tenth is Ruach or Spirit awareness:
Do you have a conscious awareness that the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) lives in you? Does She teach you things from the Scriptures on a regular basis? Does the Ruach (Spirit) convict you of sin when you sin, or can you sin with abandon?
"By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Ruach (Spirit)" (1 John 4:13, NKJV).
The Topography of the Moed
Brethren and sisters, I told you the other day that I was scared about coming before Yahweh this time. One or two of you were surprised in the light of the simcha (joy) that is also our communion with Him, yet the two are by no means incompatible. I deliver this message to you today in much fear. I pray that when the shaking starts that none of the Arkers will run away nor ask Yahweh for an intermediary as those first Israelites mistakenly did because they won't - can't - get one. Tomorrow we are going to go into greater depth to find out what mattered to Yahweh at the first Shavu'ot (Weeks). I recommend you carefully study Exodus 19-24 and remind yourself of the general contents of the chapters that follow to the 31st chapter. Rather than dissect each verse, I suggest you look at the categories of the messianic lifestyle that are covered. Shavu'ot (Weeks) this year will not just be one day long as it traditionally is, nor will there just be these two days of preparation, but there will be a week of much soul-searching and prayer afterwards too, followed by a 40 day ascent as we seek Yah's Panim (Face). Together, this year, all of these are a part of a much extended moed (appointment) as we continue in this the second year of the Second, Final and Greater Exodus. I will have more to say about this tomorrow.
Vision of the Latter-Day Mount
During the course of the day it remains for me to lay down the markers around our own 'Mount Sinai'. Six days ago (Month 4:20, 6 July) Yahweh showed me a vision at 8.31 am of this place and the land rose up to form a a perfectly round hill and at its apex was this consecrated building.
In the meantime, I make the invitation to all aboard the Ark to consecrate themselves and may the Elohim (God) of Shavu'ot (Weeks) be with us together with the approaching manifestation of the Ruach haRevee (Fourth Spirit) in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). And may much mayim (water) flow out of the Rock (Is.48:1) which is our Master and into our souls as we present ourselves to Him for service. Amen.
Continued in Part 2
"Yahweh, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbour no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man
but honours those who fear Yahweh,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken" (Psalm 15, NIV).