The true meaning of Pentecost

Amir’s commentary on the Pentecost

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Jews worldwide will commemorate Shavuot, the “Feast of Weeks” known to the world as Pentecost (Pentecost means fifty as it is exactly fifty days since the Feast of First Fruits) on Tuesday evening into Wednesday evening.

The holiday is a celebration of the end of the Biblical seven-week wheat harvest in the Land of Israel, as well as commemorates God’s gift of the Torah to the Jewish people and His oath to His people.

Colossians 2:16-17 tells us that these festivals are all just the shadow of things to come yet the substance is Christ!

May our eyes and heart remember to learn from the shadow yet focus on the substance. In Christ we are now ALL priests! Jews and Gentiles alike. In Him we are ONE! (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Please take your time today to ponder on the shadow and the substance as it appears in the Word of God:

Leviticus 23:15-23

Acts 2:1-4

Exodus 32:28

Acts 2:41

Jews worldwide mark the beginning of Passover

Monday evening will mark the beginning of Passover, a weeklong celebration and remembrance of the God’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt and miracle of the Exodus.

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Jews worldwide will begin celebrating Passover on Monday evening.  Jews in Israel celebrate the holiday for seven days, while Jews in the Diaspora for 8. Passover, known in Hebrew as Pesach, begins on the 15th of the Jewish month Nissan until the 22nd.

God chose Moses to lead the Israelites from captivity and decades of slavery to the Promised Land. When Moses came with God’s demand to the Pharaoh, he refused marking the beginning of the ten plagues.

The plagues came across Egypt and the Pharaoh refused to let the Chosen people go. The first of plagues was water that turned into blood followed by frogs, lice, flies, deceased livestock, boils, thunder and hail, locusts, darkness for three days, and the final plague of death of the firstborn of every family, including the Pharaoh’s.

God informed Moses to have every Israelite home in Egypt to mark their door with lamb’s blood, hence the holiday’s name of Pesach, which means “to pass over” as the Lord spared his People’s firstborn.

Jewish culture centers Passover on remembering the Exodus from Egypt, the first night of the holiday marked with a ritual meal called the Seder (“order”), a meal of 14 parts and the traditional text called the Haggadah.

The Haggadah (“telling”) is filled with prayers, songs and psalms to be read over the Seder. The Haggadah additionally has many texts from the midrash (commentaries by rabbis on the Torah).

One of the major Jewish customs of the Passover is the removal of all “chammetz” (leavened bread) from Jewish homes for the entirety of the Passover holiday. This tradition commemorates the Israelites departure from Egypt in a hurry, their bread not able to rise.

During Passover, Jews eat matzah, unleavened bread, through out the entire 7 days, matzah remembered as Lechem Oni, (“The bread of Affliction”). Leavened bread is traditionally burned the day before the holiday begins, known as the “Biyur Chamtez”, however many Jewish communities today sell their bread to non-Jewish neighbors or friends.

The Seder meal consists of 14 traditions, with various forms of observance by Jewish communities worldwide. The meal ends with the traditional blessing that has been repeated since the Jews exile from the Israel, “Next year in Jerusalem”, a prayer that finally come to past with the establishment of the Jewish homeland Israel.

Two thousands years ago on Passover eve, Jesus was crucified and became the ultimate Passover as it is written: “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.”—1 Corinthians 5:7

May we all pray for the understanding of the people of Israel as for who their true Passover is, so that they will experience their personal exodus from the land of bondage to sin into the promises of God: “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”-Romans 11:26

 

The True Meaning of The Feast of Tabernacles

Amir’s commentary on The Feast of Tabernacles & Leviticus 23:33-43

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As Jews worldwide celebrate Sukkot, the last festival on the Jewish calendar, I want to share with you my short commentary on Leviticus 23:33-43

The feasts of the Lord are God’s way to have Israel commemorate His love story with them, as well as the blueprint of His plan of salvation and redemption for all sinful mankind. Both are called to leave slavery and bondage and enter into His promised land. Israel and Egypt were the shadow – the world and sin are the substance.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the final of the seven feasts of the Lord according to Leviticus 23.

“…Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, (34) “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. (35) On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. (36) For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.

(37) ‘These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day— (38) besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord. (39) ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a Sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath-rest. (40) And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. (41) You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. (42) You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’” (Leviticus 23:33-43)

The Exodus of Israel from Egypt was the historical event that God wanted Israel not to forget. Jeremiah the prophet describes how God says: “….the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt…” (Jeremiah 31:32)

Of all the feasts that the Lord had prescribed for Israel to celebrate in commemoration of His relationship with them since, the only one we know that will be celebrated in the future regularly by ALL nations that are left after the tribulation is the Feast of Tabernacles.

“….And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zachariah 14:16-19)

Pay attention that none of the other 6 feasts are to be celebrated by the gentiles in the future but this one. This is a festival that originally described another old chapter of the love story between God and his chosen people – Israel.
Yet under the New Testament (New Covenant) this festival will be fulfilled and celebrated by ALL nations every year in Jerusalem.

The two elements that are interesting in Zachariah’s prophecy are:

  1. “…Everyone that is left from ALL nations…”- speaking of a remnant from a great global catastrophe
  2. “…Come up to Jerusalem to worship the King…” – The nations will come up to Jerusalem to worship the Messiah who will sit on the throne of David and restore his fallen tabernacle.

This is the only time we hear the name Feast of Tabernacles in conjunction with some global events that will cause many to perish, and then gentiles from outside of Israel together with the Jews in the land itself, will be coming to Jerusalem to be part of the Lord’s kingdom on earth.

The Tribulation followed by the return of the Messiah back to earth together with His redeemed ones, whom he took to be with Him to escape God’s judgement, are the major events that would usher the period of the fulfilment of this great festival.

No doubt that although Tabernacles is about the exodus from Egypt and the dwelling in booths during the long journey of Israel into their promised land, the bigger picture is the Kingdom of God on earth known as the Millennial Kingdom. The shift is made from our Tabernacles in the past to His Tabernacle among people in the future.

This is why we read in the Book of Revelation the following:

“… And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God…”(Revelation 21:3)

May we all remember that in order to reign with Him during that thousand years kingdom we must first go through the first feasts and believe in the Passover sacrifice that lived Unleavened life became the first fruits from among those who fell asleep and sent during Pentecost His holy spirit to be with us until the last trumpet when He will be take us to escape the tribulation. As He returns, then ALL Israel will be saved as they mourn during their last day of atonement.

Don’t skip the 6 festivals if you want to reign with Him during the 7th one!

The True Meaning of Yom Kippur

Amir’s commentary on Leviticus 23:27 and Yom Kippur

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As we approach the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, I wanted to share with you my short commentary on Leviticus 23:27

“….it shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…” (Leviticus 23:27)

One of the most common questions one will be asked over the next few days is: did you fast on Yom Kippur?

Fasting on Yom Kippur is not Biblical. It is traditional.

The Bible says something else that was interpreted by rabbis throughout the course of Jewish history as  neither eating nor drinking but praying and making petitions before God for forgiveness.

The interesting thing is that fasting is being perceived as the way to “afflict our souls” but the most common blessing one will hear from another during that very season will be “Have an easy fast”.

Should we fast? Should it be easy? What are we doing this for? Is it for us? Is it for God? Is it so we will feel good with ourselves? What then is the reason man feels terrible with the way he conducts himself throughout the year that makes him feel so good with himself after not eating for 25 hours?

Is it our soul that we afflict by not eating or just our very empty tummies?

God has asked the nation of Israel to afflict their souls. In light of the scriptures one must search what is that way one should be afflicting his soul.

Please pay close attention to the fact that there were 2 things required from the nation of Israel at the same time: Afflicting the souls and offering an offering made by fire.
Tradition is nice when it leads you to where the word of God is leading – true worship of God and humility of us. Whenever tradition brings the ME as the holy one and ME as the suffering one and ME as the righteous one – then this tradition is no better than any false teaching and false doctrines of other religions and faiths who believes in other gods.
When God is telling us “Afflict your souls”, He is talking about our souls, spirit, and not our tummies and body.

I can show you numerous books and courses of how to get along without eating much. Weight-loss programs have become a very popular thing in our “health-conscious-world”.
Glorifying God and humbling ourselves in His sight so He will lift us higher and higher is something that only the Word of God – written and in the flesh (Jesus) can show us how to do.

My point is very simple: The Jewish tradition has missed the point of this holiday even without talking about Jesus. Instead of afflicting the soul they choose to afflict the body (a very common thing in many new age and old age religions) so the spirit can feel good, clean and even happy about its ability to make a sacrifice to the God it worships. In other words: We afflict the wrong thing. We shift our focus from God to us, as usual.

What is then the affliction of the soul? – Here comes the point of Jesus – One can afflict His soul only when one understand that one has no chance becoming holy by one’s own strength and deeds. This helplessness is the worst thing one’s soul can experience.

What then is our option if we can not do it by ourselves?

Here comes the second thing God has demanded: Offering!

Who is then that was offered for us since we can not justify ourselves by our own strength and deeds:

Peter and Paul, both Jewish people by all opinions, were well acquainted with the Law and the traditions, and both of them understood that precious truth that was revealed in Messiah’s life, death and resurrection:
In His Life he was purer than anyone else and fulfilled the Law making himself later on the perfect “Passover Lamb” who was examined while being alive for it’s purity.
In His death – we understand how insufficient the blood of Animal was and how perfect the sacrifice of Christ was:

Hebrews 10:1-18
10 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”
8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Psalm 40:6-8
6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Allow me to end this short commentary with these wonderful words that should echo in the ears of all who still believes that somehow there is something they can do to please God besides their simple but sincere trust and faith in the one whom God sent to pay our debt and remove sin’s power once and for all:

“….for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved….” (Acts 4:12)

And you shall call His Name Yeshua (Jesus’s name in Hebrew which comes from the word “salvation” in Hebrew) – For He will SAVE His people from their sins…” (Matthew 1:21)

Afflict your souls oh Israel by understanding that by your own strength and deeds you will NOT be saved!

Bring this perfect sacrifice that is better than any animal can ever be and is the only way truth and life – Yeshua!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved – you and your household …”
(Acts 16:31)

Rosh Hashanah or The Feast of the Trumpets?

A short commentary on the coming Feast of Trumpets known to the Jews as Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah means “The head of the year” – namely the beginning of the year. It’s the Jewish New Year. Yet Biblically the feast that we are told to be celebrating has absolutely nothing to do with the beginning of the year as it was the first day of the seventh month.

“…Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…’”
(Leviticus 23:23-25)

The Calendar God intended Israel to follow had Passover as the first feast on the fourteenth day of the first month. In fact, no holiday was prescribed for the head of the year at all.

There are many traditions as for why the Feast of Trumpets is now the head of the year, but none of them is Biblical whatsoever. However, the trumpets element of this unique feast is extremely important.

The Bible tells us that God ordered Moses to make 2 silver trumpets.
These trumpets were formed in order to direct the camp in its journey from Mt. Sinai towards the Promised Land as well as the calling for the attention of the people.

“…And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps….”
(Numbers 10:1-2)

I believe that God is using Israel and the Church as the 2 silver trumpets calling for the attention of the world and preparing those that are willing to repent to get ready for their journey to the real Promised Land – The presence of the Lord!
Are you a trumpet? Are you living like one? Do people see in you the need for them to change?

“….For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?…”
(1Corinthians 14:8)

We are to be ready soon to our journey to our Promised Land. A very short yet most awaited one – The Rapture. Indeed the trumpets are sounding! Can you hear them?

“…. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….”
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

Are you ready?

A few words from Amir ahead of his August ministry tour in Hawaii and California

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Are you ready? Do you understand the times and the seasons? The words of Jesus concerning the end times together with the perfect alignment of current events with Bible prophecy are all pointing at the fact that we are indeed living in the end time!

Tune in to my upcoming teachings in Hawaii and California during my August ministry tour! Let us wake up and be sober and not fall asleep as others do! Bible Prophecy is not to scare but to prepare!

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