Sunday, May 28, 2017

Shavout - The Feast of Weeks – Pentecost

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath
shall ye number fifty days;
 and ye shall offer a new grain offering unto the Lord.
Leviticus 23:16

noun: Shavuot
1.      a major Jewish festival held on the 6th (and usually the 7th) of Sivan, fifty days after the second day of Passover. It was originally a harvest festival, but now also commemorates the giving of the Law (the Torah).

Passover /Barley  * Shavuot / Wheat

Biblically, Shavuot is identified with wheat firstfurits (Ex34:32), whereas passover time is identified with barley firstfruits. We must keep this separation and distinction in mind. 

There is so much to GLEAN from this holiday – it is multifaceted in meaning, history and foretelling of Jesus Christ!  It is fascinating to study each aspect.  Please read the following articles that go in depth of this special time of offering to the Lord.

Below are a few highlights from scriptures relating to 
Shavout / The Feast of Weeks / Pentecost

Exodus 19
10 Commandments at
Mt. Sinai
Covenant / Betrothal
Exodus 19:11
And be ready for the third day
Lord will come down in the sight of all the people
Jeremiah 7:12
go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh
where I set my name at the first
Leviticus 23:15-16
Count 50
new grain offering
Deuteronomy 16:9-12
rejoice before the Lord thy God
remember were slaves in Egypt
Acts 1 & 2
Disciples together in unity
suddenly all filled with Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 10:17
are one bread, and one body
all partakers of that one bread
1 Corinthians 15:19-23
hope in Christ the firstfruits
the resurrection of the dead. Christ shall all be made alive
Hebrews 9:24-28
For Christ ... into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us
... but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. ... and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Jewish tradition also notes the following associations with this festival season:
·         Enoch – birth and “rapture” at the time of Shavout
·         Ruth and Boaz – married at the time of Shavout
·         King David - birth and death at the time of Shavout

A great, thorough teaching:
Shavout - The Feast of Weeks

Barley Harvest / First Fruits / Wheat Harvest
1 Corinthians 15:19-23
The Appointed Patterns - Part II - The Harvests - The Appointed Patterns - Part II - The Harvests


On Pentecost, the Church received the Comforter - the Holy Spirit sealing and promise that the Bridegroom would one day redeem (pick up) the purchased possession. Pentecost was a promise of a future fulfillment - a future completion. Our Comforter was also given to remind us of what Christ - our Redeemer - said, and what He wanted us to do, as we saw His promise coming closer to completion. We see the day approaching, right now! 
Let us have an ear to hear what the Spirit saith to the Church! Time is short! Maranatha!

Month 3  / Sivan

Partial Pentecost – A great Bible study on the meaning of Shavout
Video:  (images source)  (printable resources)

Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot — Pentecost — Feast of Weeks:
From Mount Sinai to the Upper Room; From Faithlessness to Miraculous Empowerment
Slide presentation for Shavuot service

Shavuot – God’s Perfect Timing

Does Israel’s Harvest Cycle Point to a Spring Rapture?

Does Nature Predict the Season of the Rapture?
Does Scripture Support a Pentecost Rapture?

"THE WOMAN OF PROPHECY - Pentecost Conjunctions" 
See graphics:  More celestial signs at Pentecost 2017

Good news from Syria - Harvest of barley and wheat in Syria (harvest video)

Majestic Pentecost wedding! June bride maybe

There is a lot to edify and ponder regarding God's word and example of this special feast.
This blog only scratches the surface! 
May the Lord bless you as you study and learn the rich lessons he has prepared for us. 

Jesus Christ - Yeshua Hamashiach - is our Passover Lamb! It is by his shed blood that we are saved (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).  The atonement for our sins has been fulfilled. It is important to note that we live under grace through the sacrifice of Christ. Yet these living symbols can enrich the comprehension of the finished work of Christ and deepen the understanding of future prophetic events.

The Pentecost-Rapture Scenario: The Church is “betrothed” to the Lord on Pentecost, marking the commencement of the Church Age. Roughly 2,000 years later, the Church is wed to the Lord, also on Pentecost, marking the conclusion of the Church Age. This parallels the biblical wedding tradition that consists of two stages: The first stage is the betrothal, or erusin, at which time the bride and groom become legally married via a written contract (shitre erusin) but do not dwell together. The second stage is the fullness or consummation (nisu’in), when the nuptials are finalized and the bride and groom dwell together.

Hebrew Calendar

In Exodus 12:2, יהוה instructed Moses and Aaron to reckon the month of the Exodus as "the head of the months" and it is to be the "head of the year". The Exodus occurred in Hebrew Month 1. As יהוה wanted Israel to be a spiritual nation walking in the light of truth, He instructed Moses and Aaron to reckon the Spiritual Year from the spring - from Month 1 - as this was also the month in which the universe was created.
The Creation Calendar Reckons the Universe was Created in Month 1

There is a lot to edify and ponder regarding God's word and example of this special feast.
This blog only scratches the surface! 
May the Lord bless you as you study and learn the rich lessons he has prepared for us. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thy word have I hid in mine heart

Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:11

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Psalm 119:74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Revelation 2:17
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

The Letters to the Seven Churches (video)

The Revelation Chapter 12 Sign (pdf download)

Revelation 1:16
And he had in his right hand seven stars:
and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:
and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand,
and the seven golden candlesticks.
The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches:
and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ancient Lands - Current Names

Ancient Lands and Their Current Names

And ye shall know that I am the Lord, 
when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, 
into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
Ezekiel 20:42 

Have you ever read some of the places in the Bible and wondered where they  were located, today?
It only takes a few moments to realize there are places mentioned in the  Bible that we cannot find on a map, today. Over the years, these places  have changed names. You can tell how some of them have changed because they  still look a little or sound a little like their ancient names. However,  some of them don't look or sound anything like the original names. Please find below a list of ancient biblical countries and their current names. 
Below that list there is a list of ancient cities and where they are  located. Please refer to this list as you study God's Word. Feel free to print it and use it as needed. Inevitably, you will find ancient lands in the Bible and want to know where they are today.

The Ancient Country or People The Current Name or Region
Ammon, Moab and Edom     Jordan
Arabia Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and some of Iraq and Jordan
Aram  Syria
Assyria  Iraq
CanaanNorthern Israel and Southern Lebanon
CushEthiopia and some of Sudan, Somalia and Yemen (and possibly more of Africa)
DecapolisNorthwestern Jordan and a small part of Israel
Dedan and ShebaSaudi Arabia
Magog, Rus and RoshRussia
Meshech and Tubal  Turkey
MidianWestern Saudi Arabia and Southern Jordan
Phoenicia Lebanon
PersiaIran and some of Iraq
Phut/Put   Libya and some of Egypt and North Africa
ScythiaSouthern Russia
TogarmahParts of Turkey, Turkomen, Turkestan and Armenia
TarshishCarthage (and possibly even Great Britain)

The Ancient CityThe Current Location
AlexandriaMediterranean coast of Egypt
AntiochNorthwest Syria (Coastal) - present day "Hatay"
Athens, Berea, Corinth, Philippi and ThessalonicaGreece
CyreneNorthwest Libya
Ephesus, Pergamum and SmyrnaWestern Turkey
Haran and Padan-aramEastern Syria
Iconium and LystraCentral Turkey
ShinarIraq - Ancient Babel and present day "Babylon"
Sidon and TyreWestern Lebanon (Coastal)
TarsusEastern Turkey
UrSoutheastern Iraq
Original source:

India occurs only in Esther 1:1 and 8:9 where the extent of the dominion of the Persian king is described.  The country so designated here is not the peninsula of Hindustan, but the country surrounding the Indus, the Punjab.  The people and the products of India were well known to the Jews, who seem to have carried on an active trade with that country (Ezekiel 27:15 Ezekiel 27:24).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Events

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Celestial Events
The planet Jupiter again dominates this month by being the most conspicuous planet in the night sky. You can look for the bright planet well above the south-southeastern horizon at nightfall. Jupiter moves toward the western horizon as time goes on but remains visible most of the night.
The red glow of Mars is still visible in the western sky after sunset. Mars is getting lower and more difficult to see.
Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for May 2017 -
May 7 - Moon couples up with Jupiter -
May 30 -

At creation God set his timepieces in motion. 

Genesis 1:1-16
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven
to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And 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.

More can be discovered here:

April 29-July 30 - Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria replica in Arona, Italy
May 2 - Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)
May 2 -  Jonah movie (one night only)
May 4 - 66th Annual National Day of Prayer -
Our theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us...Heal Us! Taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...”.
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
May 6 - 80th Anniv. of the Hindenburg burning
May 7 - France election
May 7 -
May 7 - Moon couples up with Jupiter -
May 8 - Holy See Press Office, Via della Conciliazione 54, to present the scientific conference “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities” from 9 to 12 May 2017 at the Vatican Observatory.
May 8-9 - Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
May 8 - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword  premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Guy Ritche, Jude Law, David Beckham
May 9 - South Korea election
May 9 – Russian Victory Day -
May 9-12 - Vatican Observatory conference at Castelgandolfo  “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities”  (see May 8)
May 10/11 - Second Passover – “A second chance” -  Omer Day 28
May 11 to 14 -
May 11 - European premiere King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Iyar 16 (May 10 A.D. 70) - Titus' siege of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount
May 12 - UK premiere - Alien: Covenant
May 12 - USA premiere King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
May 12 – movie release “Snatched”
May 13 - A special party is to be held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace for the children of those who have died serving in the Armed Forces. Hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry -
May 13 - α–Scorpiid meteor shower.
May 14, 1948 - Creation of the state of Israel declared
May 14 – music event at Palmyra Arch in Arona -
May 14 – Mother’s Day
May 17 -
May 19 - USA premiere - Alien: Covenant
May 19 - Moon at Last Quarter - 00:34 UTC.
May 22 – Armed Forces Day
May 22 – Victoria Day
May 24 – Jerusalem 50th Celebration
May 12 – movie release “Snatched”
May 24 - Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
May 25 – Berlin / Obama / 500th Anniversary of Protestant church
May 25 – Trump to NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium
May 25 - Ascension Day
May 25 – movie release “Baywatch”
May 25 – New Moon
May 26-27 – Trump at G7 summit in Sicily -  meeting of the heads of the world's richest nations. The White House has not yet said if he would be stopping in Rome to meet the pope, which would be an unusual omission for a visiting head of state. Pope urges mediation to end N. Korea crisis, avert devastating war
May 26 – movie premiere “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
27 May–3 June - National Reconciliation Week  / 70th Anniversary
  Australia’s reconciliation journey:
May 27 – Prince William at FA Cup Final @ Wembley -   
May 27 begins Disneyland "Hero Up" -  Special Event: May 27 - September 10, 2017
May 27 – Month 3 / Sivan begins at sunset - 4 months until Sept. 23 -
May 27 – Ramadan begins
May 29 - International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29 – Memorial Day
May 30 - Prince Harry at launch of the UK team for Invictus Toronto at Tower of London
May 31 - Global Conference on Guarantee Institutions for SME Financing, Madrid, 31 May – 02 June 2017. 25th Anniversary event Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King of Spain
June 1/2 – Shavuot/First Fruits – Pentecost   (A betrothal covenant)
  – (June 5 – Sunday - mainstream Christians)

Other international meetings:  &