Sermons Series 3:17, 24 December 2005
Introducing Hanukkah 2005
The Garden and Abortion
Important Historical Note: Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon abandoned the observance of Hanukkah at the end of 2006. For a full explanation as to why, please see the sermon, Our Last Hanukkah: The Gospel vs. The Sword (30.12.2006). This sermon has been retained, along with earlier ones, as an illustration of the process of investigation and discovery that finally led to that decision. We recommend that you read this later sermon first in order to get a proper perspective.
We are gathered here today to prepare for Hanukkah which begins on Sunday evening and I would like to begin by welcoming our guests who have joined us for these celebrations in Yah'shua's Name. This year we have simplified Hanukkah even more as we remove what we hope are the last vesitiges of Talmudic accretion and make this a simple family celebration. We have stripped away even more of the rules away that man has invented - such as the formal prayers which claim that celebrating Hanukkah in its contemporary Jewish form is a commandment of Yahweh - and have make it what it scripturally is: a commemoration of the rededication of the temple after its defilement by Yahweh's enemies together with all its messianic implications. More about this next week, though.
In past years we have emphasised the miracle that supposedly took place when the Judahites cleared out the temple idols and found a cruise of oil enough to keep the temple Menorah lit for one day but which burned for eight days. However, we know of this only from Talmudic tradition written centuries after the supposed event, something we would have expected to find in the Maccabbee scriptures had it been genuine because of the importance of this event to the resurgent Judahite nation. Much as I would like this miracle to be have been true, we must stick with what we know to be true and leave the rest of speculation.
What, then, of the nine-armed Hanukkah Menorah? As a symbol it is, of course, connected to the probable myth of the multiplication of oil, so does it have any relevance for us any more? My answer to that is that it may have a very limited use but in a different way because the original Hanukkah was, in fact, a late Tabernacles celebration which, as you know, lasts for seven days plus one day for Shemini Atsereth and (if you follow the Talmudists) another for Simchat Torah, making a total of nine days. So I suppose the 9-armed candlearbre could be made to 'fit in' with the 8 or 9-day celebration that is Hanukkah but I think we are stretching things a bit. Moreover, we should not forget the rôle of the 9-armed Hanukkah candlearbre which is to publicise the alleged miracle. This year we are not making a fellowship-wide decision on its use but next year we fully expect to have finalised the way we shall celebrate the festival hereafter. The work of restoration and cleansing must continue.
The only candlestick that Yahweh has specifically commanded and authorised is the seven-armed Menorah which we use at all celebrations and commemorations. I spoke quite a bit about this last year and have some more to add to that next week. Our own family has never purchased a traditional 9-armed metal candlestick and still don't see the need for it.
There are some who believe that Yah'shua was conceived at Hanukkah and was born during Sukkot. As we are not commanded to celebrate the birth of Yah'shua, no date being given in Scripture, we shall not concern ourselves with this matter. Our own view has always been that Yah'shua was born in the spring around Passover though this is not a dogma and people are free to speculate.
The Jews have also greatly embellished the festival with semi-compulsory foods such as potatoe Latkes and jelly doughnuts fried in oil, both symbolising the supposed miracle of the oil. If you want to make these feel free but remember they are not required, probably symbolise something that never happened, and tend to promote Talmudic traditions. To this has been added the tradition of giving gelt or money which has been lifted directly from the pagan Roman Saturnalia celebrations which also influenced the formation of Christmas with its present-giving and other pagan practices. These things we do not concern ourselves with either.
We also traditonally use Hanukkah to remind ourselves of the terrible persecutions that one-world-religion advocates have tried to impose on Yahweh's people in the past and as a warning of what is about to happen again in these the end times. We read our papers and other media with dismay as we see more and more of our religious liberties removed from us and the violent religion of Islam promoted and protected at Christianity's expense because of a small but increasing minority of immigrants. We have seen this minoirity assert itself in France recently in nation-wide riots. In Norway this year prayers at school mealtimes were officially removed by the newly elected socialist government as the dechristianisation of our nations accelerates, and in South Africa same-sex 'marriage' has been made legal. More than ever Christian families must educate their children at home and be prepared to sacrifice their pleasures and entertainments in order to do so otherwise the next - and likely last - generation will have no knowledge of Christianity at all. Truly did Yah'shua say that this generation would in every respect be like the generation before the Great Flood. So brethren and sisters, we have much to do to prepare our children for an increasingly hostile and antichrist world.
Finally we have used Hanukkah to recount the discourse in John's Gospel that Yah'shua gave in the temple area of Solomon's collonade about which I spoke at some length two years ago, in which He strongly hinted at His Deity and was nearly stoned to death for it. Because this Feast of Dedication is also called the Festival of Lights it is also traditionally used by us to remember that Yah'shua is the Light of the world in societies full of darkness.
Let us also not follow the traditional prayers which are not only misleading but not true. Yahweh has not, as the traditional Jewish prayers claim, "commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah" - it is the rabbis who have done so on their own authority apart from the requirements of written Torah. The Hallalu prayer should also be dismissed or modified because its claim that the "lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make use of them, but only look at them", is again a lie. The original lights in the Temple may have been sacred but the ones we light in our homes most definitely are not. They are merely symbols.
What of the special four-sided spinning-top dice called the dreidel? Well, we do not know whether the story that dreidels were created in order to conceal Torah-reading from the Syrian Greeks is true or not for that may also be a Talmudic myth. Certainly the gambling games pursued by Jews today using the dreidel are not in accordance with scriptural standards even though it is true that the proceeds are usually given to charity by them. What of the four letters, Hay-Gimmel-Nun-Shin on the sides of the dice? They spell out Nes Gadol Hayah Sham which means "a great miracle happened here" which, if the liberation of the country and temple is meant, is certainly true, but not necessarily the alleged miracle of the the lamps. If you use the dreidel then use it with caution or not at all. We will not be useing them any more in our household other than as a teaching illustration and a symbolic reminder of how we must sometimes be as cunning as serpents whilst as harmless as doves to protect ourselves and our families in times of political and religious oppession.
Hanukkah is one of the two minor festivals and it is not commanded by Torah. It is, however, a valuable prophetic addition and as we shall see next week is strongly hinted at by the prophet Daniel. Though it is not to be emphasised like the seven everlasting festivals authorised by Torah there is much good we can do at this time. We should use it as a time to focus on the scriptural themes I have mentioned and get our minds far off all the pagan Christmas racket going on around us, at least in the evenings when each working day is over. There is also a great need for much intercessory prayer at this time as Christmas is also a major satanic ritual time in which many suffer horrible torture and are brutally murdered. I hope that this, then, adequately sets our agenda this year. Let us also make it a happy time for children with games and other activities.
The predominant theme of Hanukkah remains temple dedication not just because it was at this time that the Jersualem Temple was rededicated after gentile defilement but because on this day - the 25th of Kisilev - the very first Tabernacle erected in the Sinai desert was dedicated to Yahweh. This in many ways is of more interest to us because it concerns all twelve tribes of Israel and not just the tribe of Judah with which Hanukkah is traditionally and exclusivly associated. I will have more to say of these things next Sabbath.
At the beginning of this year I predicted that 2005 would be a year of great change for us and so indeed it has proven to be. Various prophecies have been made by others which have also been fulfilled. For the last four months I have been telling you each Sabbath what has been happening in the Garden of Yahweh. Never before have we had such concentrated, direct revelation from our Heavenly Father. Each day face-to-face discussions take place in the Garden with Yah'shua and each day new miracles are happening. We have had most of our theological beliefs confirmed, one or two corrections made, but perhaps even more important than these things, we have witnessed people renewed and transformed.
I realise that many people have felt 'left out' and this has led those who have not seen or experienced the Garden directly to believe that somehow they have been left out of the blessings too. I wish to state here and now that this is not so. The ability to see the Garden is a gift like any other spiritual gift and seems to be posessed more keenly by women than by men, and by those who have suffered much abuse in their lives and are therefore more sensitive. I myself only see it periodically, and then only in short glimpses, and evidently this is enough for me and my wife even though we are intimately connected with it as gardeners. It is not for us to judge or worry about what we see or do not see. What is more important is that we 'see' or understand the principles of eternal life, adhere unwaiveringly to Yah'shuaas Messiah, and obey the commandments of New Covenant Torah. We are made right with Yahweh by our trusting and obedience, not by the possession of gifts we would like but do not necessarily have. As the offspring of Israel, the allegorical Bride of the Messiah, we are known, marked, protected and justified as the ones "who keep the commandments of Yahweh and have the testimony of Yah'shua the Messiah" (Rev 12:17, NKJV). Therefore Yahweh's message to everyone is to, firstly, obey Torah and guard your testimony of Yah'shua.
Today I want to share with you something wonderful that happened in the Garden two weeks ago that illustrates the great love and mercy of our Heavenly Father. We live in a world where terrible killings are taking place. The last world war saw holocausts against Jews and others. Today we are witnessing the holocaust of the unborn, what is euphemistically called 'abortion'. People are being lied to and told that foetuses are not really humans but just extensions of their mothers' bodies contrary to the plain biological evidence that these little ones have their own genetics, their own blood types, nervous systems, feelings, and many other features that uniquely stamp them as individuals. The intimate connection between these unborn children and their mothers is being used to dehumanise them to the level of a sophisticated wart or cancer tumour. And indeed they are being surgically removed, often with great violence, as if they were no more than inconvenient, unnatural growths. The mass murder of the unborn has hugely demonised this world and made it a kingdom of Molech.
Two weeks ago one of my adopted daughters was visiting us and related the traumatic experiences she had about 20 years ago when her husband had forced her to have two abortions. She had lived with terrible guilt all these years over what had happened, particularly with the second child whom she had so much wanted. As we were talking she broke down into tears and I comforted her as best I could as she related all the emotional scars these brutal operations had caused her. I explained to her that she would one day be reunited with these two children in the Millennium and would have the joy of raising them as though they had not been killed. I asked her if she wanted me to adopt them to which she readily agreed. And so it was that we went into prayer and I formally became their new father.
As I did so some wonderful things began to happen. Firstly I felt this inrushing of the Ruach haQodesh and this extraordinary joy. I was speechless. Now I am not given much to outward expressions of emotion but this was one of them. As I shared my experience, my daughter suddenly saw a vision - she knew immediately that they were two girls and could see one of them in vision - with brown curly hair and brown eyes. All her maternal instincts were awakened and we were both in tears. I knew that these were my two daughters now and that they were somehow very closely associated with me but was not totally sure how.
Now if you're like me and are aware of what Torah says about the dead, you will know that we are commanded not to attempt to contact thm. It is strictly forbidden along with witchcraft. In the occult, and particularly in spiritualism, psychics claim to be able to call up the dead so that they are either visible or heard through 'channelling' through the psychic. We recall the story of the witch of Endor in the Old Testament whom King Saul paid to summonse up the dead prophet Samuel. Whether that was the actual Samuel or not is open to debate and is not likely to be resolved here today. What I can say, and do know absolutely, is that we are not to attempt to contact the dead and that any manifestations are going to be demonic impersonations. It doesn't matter how much the manifestations seems to be like the deceased person we knew and love, remembering that demons know people intimately, especially if they have lived in them. If Satan can appear as an angel of Light, and even as a counterfeit Yah'shua, then you can be 100% sure that demons can impersonate the dead. I have seen it with my own eyes and so have numerous clients of mine. Contacting the dead is forbidden and all manifestations are demonic. This does not mean, though, that Yahweh cannot send the spirit of a dead person to someone living, but it is very rare. And when this happens, it is usually immediately after death. Remember also that demons do impersonate. Moreover, many of these appearances may not be literal spirit appearances but visions, that is, pictures given to us to comfort us, especially small children who may have lost a parent. If such a thing happens to you, be sure to test it. Do not assume that every manifestation is from Yahweh.
In satanism, people are commonly murdered and their flesh eaten by devil worshippers or their victims forced to eat parts. This gruesome practice has a diabolical purpose, namely, to transfer the spirit of the dead person to the one who has been eating the flesh. Yes, amazing though it may seem to many of you, dead people can live inside the living. I have presided over many deliverance sessions in which these dead people were escortted out by Yahweh's malakim or angels and taken to their proper resting place in the world of spirits. And when I say the spirits of these dead people are inside the living, I mean that literally.
Because living people are seen inside my garden or inside the Garden of Yahweh it has been assumed that their spirits are somehow inside these gardens. That is not correct. This is not astral projection as occultists call it. The spirits of these people remain in their own physical bodies. This is also true of Yah'shua Himself for He lives in every garden of those who have made Him Lord and Saviour of their hearts. He dwells in your Garden as much as mine as king of our souls. This we know because because those who are my literal and adopted children have their Gardens inside mine, and they are able to meet with and converse with Yah'shua in my Garden as well as their own. Yah'shua, being Elohim, can of course be spiritually present in more than one locality at a time because He is not limited by time. I am not sure this is true of malakim or angels because they are seen to enter and leave the Garden, unlike Yah'shua. I believe this to be true of people also. We also, it would see, are only able to be in one place at a time in our own Gardens, though different parts, aspects or alters can be in different places. However, there is most certainly a sense in which we can be in many place at the same time, specifically when we are in the hearts of those who love us. Thus I am present in the hearts of all those who love me and they are able to see me not as some hologram or projection but as a living heart-entity. This is hard for us, accustumed to thinking in terms of three dimensional physical space and time, to comprehend, but there does seem to be a sense in which we can be in multiple places like Yah'shua by virtue of our association with an eternal dimension, namely, the heart. I realise my words inadequately express this experience and reality so you will forgive me if it is not as clear as I would like it to be.
I was once asked if the dead can live in our hearts and I recall hesitating, not a little fearful of the implications. However, if we remember that the Garden of the Heart is not a physical dimension but a spiritual one we will perhaps avoid misunderstanding. I said that I adopted two girls who were dead, who had been aborted some 20 years before, and freed them from the demonic captivity of Molech. When I felt the Ruach flood into me, I was sure they were somehow present in me in some way, but I hesitated to say this right out because of fear.
The next day I was talking to another adopted daughter who sees very clearly in the Garden. I had been away from her for a while and said that I would come to her to the place she was in in the Garden. As I approached she drew my attention to the fact that I was being accompanied by three unknown (to her) girls. I had not told her of the experience of the day before and wanted to test what had happened thoroughly so I said nothing. I asked her to ask the girls who they were but she got no answer from them. I realised at once who they were - one was an alter I had received for nurturing a couple of days before, whom we identified by name, and the two others were the two aborted girls of my other adopted daughter.
Brethren and sisters, I can categorically state now that the so-called 'dead' can live in the garden too. But I must emphasise that we must not go seeking after them - ever. These two girls were placed in my heart by Yahweh as part of a recognised Torah proceedure of adoption and covering. Later that day we named them to complete their identity and belonging. Their mother today has great peace, her guilt has gone through the forgiveness of Messiah, and I am enjoying the presence of two more daughters. I have every reason to believe that they will remain with me in the Garden until the Millennium where they will grow up and get married, whence they will come under their husbands' covering. Nevertheless I am sure they will always remain in my heart as my daughters just as we do as Yahweh's in the Garden of Yah'shua.
This was an unexpected and very pleasant development right before Hanukkah which I felt I should share with you. Who can tell what is going to happen next? There have been so many pleasant surprises. Our Heavenly Father and Mother are great Nurturers - their care for us is deep and never-ceasing and they ensure that we are never left alone uncared for in any dimension of reality at any time. We are multi-dimensional beings in a universe of even more dimensions - physical, psychic and spiritual, the latter of which has many levels. There is so much to explore and do in our spiritual lives. I pray, above all, that your hearts are now filled with more hope as you anticipate all the good things that Yahweh has to give you. Amen.
Comments from Readers
Brother, I am so blessed by your teachings.
First, the Ruach showed me of my pre-existence before reading your article on it. In fact, it is how I came upon this ministry. I was looking for someone to confirm what I was feeling - rather KNOWING - in my spirit.
I believed "instinctively" about being able to 'see' into my garden, having worked with those from SRA and them telling me what they 'saw' in the spirit world. I long to 'see' into my garden, yet I know as sure as anything that it is real and it does exist.
(Incidentally, my first experience with a SRA victim when we first met who was being restored was when she told me, "wow, what bright light you have!" - can you explain that to me? She said simply that it meant I have a "good heart".
But now, I read where you have encountered the spirits of the dead inhabiting the living and I am Praising God for I, too, have encountered this twice and sent them to the LORD, Yahweh. I recognized that they were not demons and simply asked the LORD to please take them where they belonged. They both had human names and told me their stories how they came to abide in this woman at separate times. The one actually came into her father before she was born and graduated into her at her birth or conception!
I am excited that the LORD is blessing you with these experiences and that He is confirming to me the things He has shown me.
I know the LORD has called me for a specific work and that I pre-existed but have a mission to fulfill. I want to learn all there is and I want to be somehow used by/in your ministry as the LORD, Yah'shua directs.
If I am not asking too much, would you please pray for me?
May Yah bless (FB, USA, 6 June 2010)
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Adon(ai) = Master, a pagan fertility god, Adonis; used by many Messianics but not MLT
(a)eon(ian) = 7 dispensation- or age-long time periods, not forever (see le-olam-va-ed)
Alef-Tav = Alpha-Omega, A-Z, first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet = Yah'shua
Amen = truly, let it be so, written Amein by some Messianics
Apocrypha = Hebraic Scriptures not a part of the Protestant canon (e.g. Baruch)
Anti-Messiah = Hebraic term for the end-time Antichrist or anyone opposed to the Messiah
antinomian = lawless Christian who disregards all or part of Torah/commandments
Ashkenazi Jew = East European Jew descended from the Turkic-Japhethite Khazars
Assembly = church, congregation, ekklesia, community, fellowship, koinonia, gathering
Azazel = the Yom Kippur scapegoat
Baal, Ba'al = any other master than Yahweh, usually demonic in MLT terminology
Bachor(im) = firstborn son(s)
Bar/Bat Mitzvah = Son/Daughter of Commandment, covenant to obey Torah at age 12
being = soul, the whole person (spirit and body), e.g. "my whole being"
Beit, bet, beth = house, e.g. Beit Yisrael (House of Israel), Beth Lechem (House of Bread)
Beit haMikdash = Yahweh's Temple in Yerushalayim
B'rit Chadashah = the New Covenant; B'rit Chadashah Scriptures = New Testament
B'rit Milah = circumcision - abolished in the B'rit Chadashah, replaced by Mikvah
canon = authoritative Scripture (Heb. qaneh, Gk. kanŰn = measuring instrument)
Catechumen = a serious, covenanted investigator seeking Mikvah or Baptism in MLT
Chag haMatzah = Feast of Unleavened Bread, second of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Chavurat Bekorot = MLT's Priesthood Order, Holy Order and Assembly of the Firstborn
Cohen = priest; Cohen Gadol = High Priest (also spelled Kohen)
Council of Yah's elohim = the heavenly Assembly of the Firstborn or Chavurat Bekorot
demon = fallen malek or angel in rebellion against Yahweh (Heb. shad; see l-Shaddai)
derech = the Way, Path or Road - Yah'shua and the Gospel are the Way
Drash = moral or homiletic interpretation of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Echad = One, Union of two or more in one (as opposed to Yachid) - see Elohim
Echad Godhead Doctrine = Father Yahweh, Son Yah'shua and Sevenfold Ruach (Mother)
Êl, Eloah, Elah = God the Father, Yahweh
Êl-Elyon = Most High God, Yahweh
Êl-Shaddai = Master/Lord over all shads or demons
Elohim = God, the Godhead (Father, Son & Holy Spirit), lit. 'Mighty One(s)', 'Ruler(s)'
elohim = Israelite judges, rulers, angels or gods (false deities, idols, demons)
emunah = faith, actively trusting, clinging or adhering to (especially Yahweh or Yah'shua)
emet = truth, Yah'shua is the Emet
Ephraimite = descendant of the patriarch Ephraim and head of Messsianic Israel
Feasts of Yahweh = the 7 annual Moedim (Pesach, Chag haMatzah, Yom haBikkurim, Shavu'ot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot)
Gan-Eden = Garden of Eden, Paradise and state of the purified heart in Messiah
goy(im) = nation(s), Israelites or gentiles not born in or converted to the Covenant
hallelu-Yah = praise Yah(weh)!
Heylel = proper name of Satan or haSatan = the Adversary, the devil
Sabbath = Yom Shabbat (Friday to Saturday sunset, add 1 day in IDL Zone)
Hochmah = Wisdom, title of the 7-fold Ruach haQodesh
IDL = International Date Line, false man-made time division in Pacific Ocean
IDL Zone = Area between the true Divine Date Line (Lake Van/Eden) and the false one
Israeli = citizen of the modern Edomite-Khazar Republic of Israel (not Biblical Israel)
Israelite = citizen of biblical state of Israel or a modern follower of the Messiah
Jew = post-biblical term describing descendants of Edomite and Khazar converts to Judaism
Johannine = pertaining to the Apostle Yochanan (e.g. Gospel of John)
Josephite = descendant of the patriarch Joseph, the head of Messianic Israel
Judahite = a person in direct descent from the patriarch Judah, forefather of the Messiah
Judaism = a Talmudic-based religion rejecting Yah'shua the Messiah
Judean = a citizen of the Kingdom or Province of Judah until the 2nd Century diaspora
Kadosh la Yahweh = set-apart or dedicated to Yahweh, 'Holiness to the Lord', MLT motto
Karaites = Jews (from 700 AD) who reject the Talmud and accept only the Tanakh
kashrut = keeping kosher, food laws of Yahweh and correspinding lifestyle
Ketuvim = Writings or Hagiographa of the Tanakh
Khazar = a Turkic convert to Judaism ~700 AD forming the Ashkenazi Jewish community
kosher = clean foods authorised by Yahweh for human consumption
Lashon Hara = evil-speaking, gossip or slander
legalism = false route to salvation through works (self-salvation)
le-olam-va-ed = dispensation- or age-long, aeonian, not eternal, forever or for eternity
Lev = heart, as in Lev-Tsiyon = heart of Zion
Lev-Tsiyon = Heart of the Fortress [of Yahweh], Hebrew name of MLT's founder
Master = Lord, Sir, Adon(ai) - (one in authority, a ruler - a king, husband, prophet, judge)
Malak(im) = Angel(s), heavenly supernatural messenger(s)
manna = wafers of honey, bread from heaven (lit. 'what is this?')
matzah = unleavened bread, see Chag haMatzah
Menorah = 7-armed candlearbra = the 7 annual Moedim and 7-fold Ruach haQodesh
Messiah = Christ; Anti-Messiah = Antichrist
Messianic Community = Body of Christ, sum total of all true believers; all true fellowships
Messianic Israel = all who worship Yahweh, trust in Yah'shua, obey Torah and overcome
Messianic Jew = Messianic convert from Judaism still clinging to Talmudic traditions
Midrash = aggadic interpretation of scripture vi‚ Drash, a scriptural discussion
Mikvah = baptism by immersion of convert into Yah'shua or of wife into husband
Mishpachah = family: nuclear, congregational, tribal or the whole of Messianic Israel
MLT = Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon = family of the heart of the fortress [of Yahweh]
Mishpat = right-ruling or judgement
mitzvah/mitzvot = commandment(s)
moed(im) = appointment(s) of Yahweh, 7 Annual Feasts, Sabbath and Rosh Chodesh
Nefilim, Nephilim = giant offspring of materialised demons and human women
Nevi'im = prophetic writings of the Old Testament or Tanakh
New Birth = spiritual conversion in the Ruach haRishon, being 'born again' with new heart
Nidah = a woman's menstruation period during which no intercourse is permitted
Olive Branch = collection of revelations, prophecies and visions published by MLT
Paraclete = Comforter, Advocate (NEB), Counsellor, Ruach haQodesh (Gk. paraklÍtos)
PaRDeS = method of textual interpretation (homiletics) - see P'shat, Remez, Drash, Sod
Patriarch = a father who is head of his family, clan or tribe (lit. 'father-ruler')
Pentateuch = first five books of the Tanakh (Genesis-Deuteronomy), also called Torah
peribolaion = headcovering worn by daughters/wives in submission to fathers/husbands
Pesach = Passover, first of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Peshitta = an Aramaic version of the Bible
Prototrinitarianism = early, simplified MLT formulation of the Echad Godhead Doctrine
Prush(im) = Pharisee(s)
Pseudepigrapha = Non-canonical Hebrew writings additional to the Apocrypha
P'shat = literal, contextual, philological, exoteric, outer meaning of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Qadosh Qadoshim = Holy of Holies, most sacred set-apart room of the Beit haMikdash
Qodesh, Kodesh = set-apart, holy (see Ruach haQodesh)
Rabbi = Teacher, term used by Messianic Jews and some Messianic Israelites = Pastor
Refuge, the 12 Cities of = divinely protected MLT fortresses during the 7-year Tribulation
Remez = hint or allegorical level of Hebraic understanding of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Rosh Chodesh = monthly New Moon appointment of Yahweh
ruach = spirit of a person (lit.'breath')
Ruach Elohim = Spirit of God (the Spirit of the collective Godhead or Elohim)
Ruach haChamashee = 5th Ruach presides over Yom Teruah and Yom Chamashee
Ruach haQodesh = the Sevenfold Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost (lit. 'Set-Apart Breath')
Ruach haRevee = 4th Ruach presides over Shavu'ot, Yom Revee and Bar Mitzvah
Ruach haRishon = 1st Ruach presides over Pesach, Yom Rishon and the New Birth
Ruach haShanee = 2nd Ruach presides over Chag haMatzah and Yom Shanee
Ruach haSheshi = 6th Ruach presides over Yom Kippur and Yom Sheshi
Ruach haShleshi = 3rd Ruach presides over Yom haBikkurim, Yom Shleshi and Mikvah
Sabbath = Yom Shabbat (Friday to Saturday sunset, add 1 day in IDL Zone)
Satan = rebel archangel Heylel, father of lies, devil, chief demon (lit.'Adversary')
Sephardic Jew = West European Jew of mixed blood containing many Judahites
Septuagint = Greek translation of the Tanakh, LXX
Shegal haShabbat = 7th Ruach (Sabbath Queen) presides over Sukkot and Yom Shabbat
Shekinah = Divine Presence and Glory of Yahweh-Elohim
Set-apart = holy, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, separated (to and by Yahweh)
Shabbat-Shabbaton = High Sabbath (e.g. Yom Kippur)
Shalom = heavenly peace, standard Hebraic greeting invoking Yahweh's peace
Shamash(im) = servant(s), deacon(s), attendant(s)
Shavu'ot = Pentecost or Weeks, fourth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Sheol = grave or pit, euphamism for Hades or hell - also see Tartarus
shofar = ram's horn, blown during Yahweh's Moedim
simcha = joy, keynote of Sukkot
Sod = mystical, anagogic, inner or esoteric understanding of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Sukkot = Tabernacles or Booths, seventh of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Synagogue = Greek word used by Jews and Messianics (but not MLT) for a meeting house
talmid(a) = male/female disciple or student
Talmud = scriptures, teachings and commentaries belonging to non-Messianic Judaism
Tanakh = acronym for Old Testament Scriptures - Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim
Tartarus = place of imprisonment under the earth for rebellious angels and Nephilim
teshuvah = repentance, remorse and contrition leading back to Torah obedience
Torah = Yahweh's teachings or Law; New Covenant Torah includes Yah'shua's teachings
Tribulation, the Great = the final 7 years of the present aeon when Anti-Messiah rules
Trinity = Catholic Godhead formula - see Echad Godhead Doctrine and Prototrinitarianism
Tsiyon = Zion, a fortress, a name of Jerusalem and a prominent hill
Tzitzit/Tizitziyot = tassel(s) worn by men in remembrance of Torah
Universalism = salvation of all at the cosmic Yovel, with different rewards and punishments
Yachid = one, single person or item, as opposed to Echad (many in one, unity)
Yah'shua the Messiah = Jesus Christ (the Son)
Yahudah = Judah - see Judahite
Yahweh, Yah, YHWH = the true Name of our Heavenly Father, also carried by Yah'shua
Yahweh-Elohim = LORD God (the Father, Yahweh as Head of the Godhead or Elohim)
Yahweh haQatan = the sent Yahweh = Yah(weh)'shua, Malak of Yahweh's Presence
Yam Suf = Sea of Reeds, the true Israelite Exodus water crossing, not the Red Sea
Yarden = Jordan River (lit. 'meanderer')
Yerushalayim = Jerusalem
Yisrael = Israel (lit. 'ruling with l') = true believers under the New Covenant
Yom Chamashee = 5th day of the week (Thursday, Friday in IDL Zone)
Yom Din, Yom haDin = (the) Day of Judgement
Yom haBikkurim = Feast of Firstfruits, third of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yom Revee = 4th day of the week (Wednesday, Thursday in IDL Zone)
Yom Rishon = 1st day of the week (Sunday, Monday in IDL Zone)
Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement, sixth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yom Shabbat = 7th day of the week and Sabbath Rest (Saturday, Sunday in IDL Zone)
Yom Shanee = 2nd day of the week (Monday, Tuesday in IDL Zone)
Yom Sheshi = 6th day of the week (Friday, Saturday in IDL Zone)
Yom Shleshi = 3rd day of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday in IDL Zone)
Yom Teruah = Day of Trumpets, fifth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yosef = Joseph - see Josephite
Yovel = Jubilee or Year of Jubilee
Zaqen(im) = elder(s) of an assembly or congregation, or senior members of a community
ZoŽ Life = Greek term for spiritual life in the Messiah
Commonly Used MLT Abbreviations
For additional abbreviations and explanations,
please see the Micropedia
Amp.V(er). = Amplified Version of the Bible
Aram. = Aramaic
AV = Authorised Version of the Bible - see KJV
BCAY = B'rit Chadashah Assembly of Yahweh - see NCCG
BoA = Books of Abraham (e.g. 1Abr., 2Abr., etc.)
cp, cf = compare with
CB(Q) = Chavurat Bekorot
CEV = Contemporary English Version of the Bible
ch. = chapter
CJB = Complete Jewish Bible
CLNT = Concordant Literal New Testament
CYe = Council of Yah's elohim
Eng. = English
ff. = and onwards/forwards
fn = footnote
Gk. = Greek
GNB = Good News Bible - see TEV
Heb. = Hebrew, Hebraic
HEM = Holy Echad Marriage, eternal marriage
HO = Holy Order - see Chavurat Bekorot
HOC = Holy Order Collection of revelations - see OB
HRV = Hebraic-Roots Version of the Bible
ibid. = ibidem (lit. 'in the same place'), referring to a book previously cited
ICJC = Independent Church of Jesus Christ, earlier name of NCCF
ISRV = Institute for Scripture Research Version of the Bible
JB = Jerusalem Bible
JBP/Phillips = J.B.Phillips translation of the New Testament
JNT = Jewish New Testament
KJV = King James Version of the Bible - see AV
LB = Living Bible
lit. = literally or literature
LXX = Septuagint, Greek translation of the OT
MLT = Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon
Moff. = Moffatt translation of the Bible
MRC = Messianic Renewed Covenant Version of the NT
MS(S) = Manuscript(s)
NASB, NASV = New American Standard Bible/Version
NC&C = New Covenants & Commandments - see OB
NCCF = New Covenant Christian Fellowship, earlier name of NCCG
NCCG = New Covenant Church of God, earlier name of MLT - see BCAY
NCP = New Covenant Press, publishing arm of MLT
NCW = New Covenant Witness, MLT magazine
NEB = New English Bible
NIV = New International Version of the Bible
NKJV = New King James Version of the Bible
Nor. = Norwegian
NT = New Testament, B'rit Chadashah
NWT = New World Translation of the Bible, unreliable Jehovah's Witness version
OB = Olive Branch - see NC&C
op.cit. = opere citato (lit. in the work cited)
OT = Old Testament, Tanakh
p(p). = page(s)
pl. = plural - see s.
PWNC = Prophetic Words of the New Covenant, revelation cataloging system - see OB
QED = quod erat demonstrandum (lit. which was shown to be proved)
RCF = Restoration Christian Fellowship, earlier name of ICJC
RhQ = Ruach haQodesh, Holy Spirit
RSTNE = Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition of the Bible
RSV = Revised Standard Version of the Bible
RV = Revised Version of the Bible
s. = singular - see pl.
S&G = Smith & Goodspeed Version of the Bible
TEV = Today's English Version of the Bible - see GNB
Vulg. = Biblia Vulgata, Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible
WEB = World English Bible
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