New Video: Three Days & Three Nights Explained Hebraically

When Yeshua declared that he’d be in the tomb for three days and three nights, did he mean what he said, or did he mean parts of three days and nights as most believe? When you connect the burial and resurrection of Yeshua to its Hebraic understanding, suddenly everything falls into place and the Scriptures make perfect sense as this video shows in graphic detail.

 

New Video: The Gospel Message in the Biblical Sacrifices

How did the Levitical sacrificial system point forward prophetically to the death of Yeshua the Messiah on the cross as an atonement for men’s sins? This video connects the dots and helps make these ancient ceremonies spiritually relevant to you.

 

How to Abide in Yeshua — Lesson From a Tree

Here is a list of scriptures that speak of “abiding” with or in YHVH in some way.

YHVH, who shall abide [Heb. goor meaning “to sojourn, dwell for a time, stay for a while, to assemble oneself with, to seek hospitality with”] in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? (Ps 15:1)

I will abide [Heb. goor] in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. (Ps 61:4)

He shall abide [Heb. yashab meaing “to sit down, to set, to remain, to stay”] before Elohim for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. (Ps 61:7)

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide [Heb. luwn meaning “to temporarily lodge, pass the night, stop over”] under the shadow of the Almighty. (Ps 91:1)

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide [Gr. meno meaning “to remain, to sojourn, tarry, not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually] in darkness. (John 12:46)

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide [Gr. meno] with you for ever. (John 14:16)

Abide [Gr. meno] in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide [Gr. meno] in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide [Gr. meno] in me .… 6 If a man abide [Gr. meno] not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned .… If ye abide [Gr. meno] in me, and my words abide [Gr. meno] in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you .… If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide [Gr. meno] in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide [Gr. meno] in his love. (John 15:4–10)

Let that therefore abide [Gr. meno] in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall abide [Gr. meno] in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. … But the anointing which ye have received of him abide [Gr. meno] in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing [chrisma, that which is smeared with oil] teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide [Gr. meno] in him. 28 And now, little children, abide [Gr. meno] in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (1 John 2:24, 27–28)

Humans Are Like Tree

In several places, the Bible poetically likens humans to trees.

But his delight is in the law of YHVH; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. (Ps 1:2)

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. (Isa 44:3)

Blessed is the man that trusteth in YHVH, and whose hope YHVH is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:7)

Abiding in Yeshua, the Tree of Life — A Study of John 15:1–10

Now let’s combine the concept of abiding, humans being like trees and Yeshua as it relates to his teaching about abiding in him. Here is what Yeshua says in John 15:1–10:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide1 in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide2 in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide3 in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth4 in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me5, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide6 in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide7 in his love. (John 15:1–10; the superscripted numbers indicate the word abide occurs seven times in the passage as it relates to a righteous person abiding in Yeshua.)

Yeshua relates the concept of abiding in him to a plant or a tree with branches. What are the spiritual implications of abiding in Yeshua and do we abide in him?

The term abide is found nine times in this passage. Seven of the those nine times are in reference to abiding in Yeshua or his Father. Seven is the biblical number of completion or perfection. When we abide in Yeshua and his Father, then we’re made perfect or complete in all areas of our life: spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. The result is that we will bear much spiritual fruit for him; namely, we will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Gal 5:22–23).

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Let’s explore the spiritual dynamics of abiding in Yeshua that enable us to be spiritually complete and to produce good fruit that will result in changing the world around us for the better, and keep us on the path of righteousness, which leads to eternal life as sons and daughters of Elohim in his heaven on earth kingdom.

Here is what we can learn from John 15:

  • We are made clean (Gr. katharos meaning “to be made pure, blameless, innocent; free of corrupt desire, sin, guilt and from that which is false”) through the Word of Elohim (John 15:3, 7).
  • We must continue or abide in the love of Yeshua by keeping his and the Father’s commandments (John 15:10).
  • We must love one another (John 15:12–17). How do we do this?
  • We must practice the key elements Yeshua taught in the Sermon on the Mount. This includes the following: Continue reading
 

Torah Explorers: A Free Torah-Study Guide for Everyone!

The Torah (the first 5 books of Scripture: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) are the very words of YHVH Elohim as revealed to the children of Israel and written down by Moses. It forms the foundation for the rest of the Bible. In pre-apostolic times, the Jews divided the Torah into weekly portions called a parashiot (singular, parashah). There are 54 of these Torah portions read during a leap year, which has 13 months. During a 12-month year, the smaller Parshiot are doubled up so that there are 50 portions read.

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Typically the entire Torah is read in one year, ending at the biblical fall Feast of Tabernacles (in Hebrew, Sukkot). After Sukkot, the Torah cycle starts over again with Genesis 1.

Torah Explorers is perhaps the only study guide of its kind in the English language that’s available for free and that’s gospel oriented. It’s specifically written for pre-teens and teens, but is highly recommended for anyone (including) adults who want to explore the pro-Torah Hebrew-Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

Torah Explorers is also unique in that it was written by a pastor and Torah teacher who as a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) himself started walking in the Torah as a young child, and has continued to do so more than 50 years later.

The author of Torah Explorers developed this teaching tool for his own four children and those of the congregations he and his wife shepherd. We hope that Torah Explorers will help to ground all those who read and study it in the full counsel of Elohim’s Word (from Genesis to Revelation), and help them to establish a foundation for a righteous lifestyle, and point them to a life-giving and intimate relationship with Elohim through his Son, Yeshua the Messiah, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Torah Explorers is not only an instructive commentary on the Torah, but it is also an interactive and thought-provoking study guide with questions and Scriptures to look up to find the answers. It is ideal tool for individuals and groups. We recommend that the readers keep a special notebook wherein they keep their Torah Explorers printouts along with their notes and answers to the questions.

Torah Explorers everyone how to study the Bible while at the same time washing them spiritually with the water of Elohim’s Word (Eph 5:26). It is our goal to help raise up the younger generation to be obedient to the Torah commandments of YHVH and to be followers of the Yeshua—the identifying characteristics of the end time saints (Rev 12:17; 14:12).

Find Torah Explorers  at Torah Explorers http://hoshanarabbah.org/parshiot.html.

 

Why Animal Sacrifices?

The Purpose of Sacrifice

The concept of animal sacrifices may be a hard for modern people to comprehend — especially for those who are squeamish when it comes to death and blood. This ancient ritual, rooted in the nomadic lifestyles of the inhabitants of the Middle East, carried more symbolic significance for a people whose daily existence was tied to the earth and dependent on domestic animals for their survival. It is out of this cultural background that the biblical narrative springs and with it the ritual symbols with which the ancient people described therein could relate. With these things in mind, the following is a list showing the main reasons for YHVH’s establishment of an animal sacrificial system as a means to help man to understand spiritual lessons far beyond the actual sacrifice itself.

  • The Levitical system foreshadowed and pointed to the Messiah’s ultimate sacrifice (Heb 9:11–12).
  • The tabernacle offerings were specifically designed to spiritually draw the offerer near to Elohim through the sacrifice of a prescribed animal (Ps 51:16–17; 50:12–15 cp. 1 Pet 2:21).

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  • Elohim commanded offerings to assist the offerer to better understand himself; his attitude, and his personal relationship with Elohim (e.g., Gen 3:21; 4:3–5; 8:20; 22:1–2 cp. 1 Cor 11:28).
  • Altars were erected by the patriarchs in order to honor Elohim through sacrifice after having had direct contact with him (Gen 12:6–8; 13:18; 26:24–25; 35:1; 35:2–4; Exod 17:13–16; cp. Exod 20:12).
  • Proper and regular sacrificial offerings kept the children of Israel in direct contact with the Elohim of the patriarchs (Exod 5:3; 10:25; cp. 1 Tim 2:5).
  • To make the offerer holy (set-apart) so that he would be allowed to approach and commune with the Set-Apart Elohim of Israel (Isa 43:15; 57:15; Lev 19:2 cp. 2 Cor 6:16–18).
  • Under certain circumstances, blood, as used in the Levitical system, could serve as Continue reading
 

Moshe and Moshiach: Prophetic Shadows and Fulfillments

Moses Was a Type of Messiah Yeshua

Scripture infers that Moses was a figure who prophetically foreshadowed Yeshua the Messiah. Perhaps the most notable scripture in this regard is the Deuteronomy 18 passage where Moses, speaking to the Israelites, prophesies that, “YHVH your Elohim will raise up unto you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me, unto him you shall listen” (verse 15). Below we have compiled a list of similarities between Moses and Yeshua, which are too numerous to be merely coincidental (the majority of these insights are from the book Gleanings In Exodus by A. W. Pink).

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  • Both were Israelites.
  • Both were born while their nations were under the dominion of a hostile power.
  • As infants the lives of both were imperiled by the reigning king.
  • Both were adopted.
  • Both spent their childhood in Egypt.
  • Both were filled with deep compassion and sympathy for the plight of Israel.
  • Both renounced their kingly glory and took on the form of a servant.
  • Both were rejected by their brethren.
  • Both were shepherds (Exod 3:1 and John 10:11, 16).
  • Before entering into their ministry calling both spent time in seclusion in the wilderness: Moses for 40 years and Yeshua for 40 days.
  • Both were commissioned by YHVH to set the captives free.
  • The commission of both was confirmed by signs and miracles.
  • Moses’ first two miracles were power of the serpent and leprosy (Exod 4:6–8. After commencing his public ministry Yeshua’s first miracles were power over the serpent (Matt 4:10–11) and over leprosy (Matt 8:3).
  • Both delivered Israel.
  • The children of Israel were baptized into Moses (1 Cor 10:1–2) and redeemed believers into Yeshua (Rom 6:3). Continue reading
 

“Yeshua Slept Here”

John  7:54, And everyone went to his own house. But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives.

Below is a picture of the cave at the base of the Mount of Olives called the Grotto of Gethsemane, which is where Yeshua on occasion may have slept at night. This cave is a short five minute walk from the Temple Mount.

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