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Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter “Memorial Name”
of - YHVH, which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also use our Heavenly Father’s
attribute/title, which is Elohim rather than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god.
In addition we also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah
which is - Yahushua for this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas - Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on
the earth by His family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even
until today! However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the
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The Prophetic Feasts of YHVH
With Elder & Teacher Reuben ben Gershom
The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):
When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.
1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?
2. When was it said?
3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?
I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!
Foreword to the
Feasts of YHVH
Foreword to the Feasts of YHVH
“Speak unto the Children of Israel, and say unto them, the appointed feasts of YHVH, that you proclaim, as sanctified convocations, these: they are My appointed feasts.” Vayikra - Leviticus 23:2.
In this series of “The Prophetic Feasts of YHVH”, we will examine and evaluate the wonderful revelations that YaHVaH Elohim gave Israel and the Body in Messiah Yahushua in these wonderful Feasts. Although this work contains a great deal, but sadly so little of it is known within the churches at large, let alone them being upheld as Messiah and His Apostles and all the believers did for centuries! However, you will find that these will be an extensive series of studies and I pray in the blessed Name of Yahushua that it will be an enlightening and revealing study for you!
It is my sincere desire to share with you the wonderful prophetic picture that YaHVaH our Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, has given us in these “appointed feasts.” May the fullness found within these studies have a powerful impact on your life and your walk in Elohim and our beloved Messiah Yahushua, our blessed Master and Saviour who gave His life freely and rose again in order that all who would Believe, Repent and follow His Commandments would have Life everlasting in the Kingdom of Elohim! Praise His Name!
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Yochanan - John 15:10.
The stack of three wavers of Matzah on the Passover table. What does this represent?
You will learn about these three wavers in the “Feast of Unleavened Bread!”
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In order to understand the beauty of the Word of Elohim, I believe it is profitable for us to first view the Word and the feasts for that matter standing a little from at a distance. Think of it this way, it is very much in the same manner the way we might look at a bridge. It is only when we stand on shore side that are we able to see the entire structure, thus its full grandeur and its beauty.
From afar we are able to observe and understand how that beautifully constructed bridge reaches from one side of the river to the other, without it collapsing into the river. But as we walk on the Bridge, we discover how it was built as we behold the countless of steel girders and observe how they are all connected one to another. Every girder, beam and rivet is essential to the bridge for it gives this massive and vital structure its strength, keeping it all together as one unified piece of construction. This intricate construction makes it strong and able to stand against the ravages of nature, just as it is with the Word of Elohim!
Beloved, each book, chapter, verse and every single word in our blessed Scriptures is so beautifully connected and it has stood the test of time, especially against the ravages of HaSatan – Satan the Devil! Nothing can, nor will destroy “Ha Davar” – “the Word” of Elohim!
Therefore, it is most important for us to understand the overall picture of what our Heavenly Father is saying to us in His Word and especially when it comes to His “appointed feasts” for they, like the Sabbath are there for a special and future prophetic reason! In our studies we will look into the details and we will discover how the prophetic details interwoven in each of these feasts, revealing Elohim’s plan of redemption, salvation both for Israel and Gentiles, salvation for all who accept Yahushua as their Messiah and Saviour. Then, those saved in Him become, as the Word states, “ONE in the Body, neither Jew nor Greek.” For Yahushua is our Bridge of reconciliation!
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh who are called un-circumcision by what is called the circumcision made in the flesh by hands, that at that time you were without the Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Elohim in the world. But, now in Messiah Yahushua you, who once were far off, have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. For he himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” Ephesians 2:11-14.
YaHVaH gave Israel and the faithful His “appointed feasts” in which we shall discover countless wonderful and blessed details.
These will be details that affect our lives and our understanding of His precious Word! Most of us know that these Feasts are so often called, “The Feasts of Israel,” and it could be assumed that it is the Children of Israel who are to “proclaim them” at “their appointed times.” However, it is vital for us to understand that these feasts were in fact called in the Word “The Appointed Feasts of YHVH.” Vayikra - Leviticus 23:4.
After sharing the feasts at a meeting somewhere I had been invited, someone asked me, “Why should we study the feasts of Israel. Are they not part of the old Law, and thus only for the Jews?” First of all, such question makes me very sad, for it means this poor soul has not been taught from the Word and has been so badly misled Scripturally. But, I was not surprised, for so much of the church has lost the truth of the Word, due to being part of the harlot Roman mother church, they may have come out of it so long ago, yet they retained over 90% of their doctrines and gross errors and that is so sad!
Beloved, we should study all of the Word of Elohim for He reveals Himself through His Word and in the details of His “appointed feasts”. Yes, the very feasts He gave Israel to keep and as we know Messiah Yahushua and His Apostle also kept them and we the “Little Flock” of the faithful in Messiah Yahushua also celebrate them each year as we remember Yahushua’s death and His resurrection, for “the Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us!” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
The Word of Elohim states …
“All Scripture is given by inspiration
of Elohim and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness” 2 Timotheos -
For this sound reason, we should study both the Tanach being Hebrew for the Old Covenant and the Brit Chadashah, Hebrew the New Covenant, especially details regarding the blessed feasts, for each feast is about our Saviour Yahushua, and is thus full of blessed “instruction.”
“Yes, if you cry out for discernment
and lift up your voice for understanding. If you seek her as silver and search
for her as for hidden treasures. Then you will understand the fear of YHVH and
find the knowledge of Elohim”
“Then Yahushua said to the
Judean’s who believed Him, ‘If you abide
in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And
you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
Every detail of the feasts reveals YaHVaH’s ongoing plan of salvation for a sinful world. The feasts prophetically speak of our Saviour Yahushua, His death and His resurrection, the “filling of the Spirit of Elohim,” the age of the faithful. It also accounts for the “Great Tribulation - the Second Coming, - the Millennium reign of Yahushua,” and finally the arrival of a “New Heaven and a New Earth.” Beloved, Elohim’s plan with man is revealed in each of the Feasts of YaHVaH!
Praise YaHVaH our Elohim for His Word, as we begin to study “The Appointed Feasts of YaHVaH.”
“These are the feasts (d[emo - mo’ed) of YHVH, Sanctified convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed – Mo’ed d[em)o times” Vayikra - Leviticus 23:4.
As we commence exploring the Feasts, let us first look at the word “feasts.” In the Hebrew, the word for “feasts” is “mo'ed,” which is the same word for “appointed times” or “seasons.” Each of the feasts, according to the Word, are to be “proclaimed” at the “appointed times.” The “appointed times” in this case relates to Israel's spring and autumn agricultural seasons. A time of “sowing and of reaping” and the time of “the former and latter rains.”
“Three times a year all your males shall appear before YHVH your Elohim in the place which He chooses; at the feast of Unleavened Bread, the feast of Weeks, the feast of Tabernacles. And they shall not appear before YHVH empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of YHVH your Elohim which He has given you” Devarim - Deuteronomy 16:16-17.
It is interesting to note that Elohim blessed be He, gave Israel seven Feasts that had to be held at “appointed times,” yet He commands them to “appear” before Him only “three times” per year to celebrate them. As a simple explanation, let us ponder this analogy. We know there are three major colours in the rainbow, which Elohim set over the earth as a sign after the great flood. However, these three colours are manifest in the Sevben colours of the rainbow! Thus YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, told Israel to gather at these three feasts, being “Unleavened Bread,” “Feast of Weeks” and “the Feast of Tabernacles.”
The feasts are arranged in three separate blocks.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread - Hag HaMazot: It contains three separate events – 1. Passover, remembering the killing of the Passover Lamb 2. Unleavened Bread. 2. Firstfruits, wave offering held on the first day of the week within the seven days of HaMazot. (8 days)
The Feast of Weeks - Shavuot: Here there is just one feast – Shavuos incorrectly called Pentecost (1 Day).
The Feast Tabernacles - Sukkot: Like the first feast there are three feasts – 1. Rosh Hashanah or the Blowing of the Trumpets. 2. Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. 3. Succoth, being the feast of Tabernacles or Booths.
Thus beloved, in the very number and the arrangements of the feasts we can see a significant picture. It contains a profound message, especially as we think of the blessed meanings of the numbers 1, 3 & 7 in the Scriptures.
“And YHVH spoke to Moshe - Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them. ‘The feasts of YHVH, which you shall proclaim to be Sanctified convocations, these are My feasts. - These are the feasts of YHVH, Sanctified convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times’” Vayikra - Leviticus 23:1-2 & 4.
Elohim in His Word gave us a document of instruction and a letter of love. In simplicity, His message, through His Messiah is …
“Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mattityahu - Matthew 11:28-30.
“Come to Me, be Mine” is the call throughout the Scriptures. Unto those who have transgressed and are living in sin, Elohim’s call is, “‘Return to Me’ says YHVH of hosts ‘and I will return to you’ says YHVH of host” Zecharyah – Zechariah 3:1. The Word of Elohim is full of hope, full of blessing unto all who will heed to it.
As we continue this
study on the feasts, we should understand that the Scriptural year consisted of
360 days, being 12 months of 30 days each. There are many Scriptures confirming
this, including Genesis 7:11 & 24, 8:3 & 4, speaking of
The Jewish calendar now in use has undergone some adjustment, to keep it in alignment with the solar year, thus keeping the feast of Passover precisely at the equinox. It should also be noted that the Scriptural day begins at sunset around 6 p.m., or at the appearance of the first evening star. As the Scripture states, “And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Bereshis - Genesis 1:5). As example, the 7th.day, the Sabbath, commences on Friday evening between 5 and at 6 p.m., depending on the season.
Please keep this in mind as we study “the Feasts of YHVH Elohim,” (the LORD our God)!
The Scriptural Feasts.
Passover xs;P, - Pesach; - The lamb is sacrificed.
Unleavened Bread tACM;h; - HaMatzot. - 7 days. 1st and 7th day is a Sabbath day.
1st appearance of Israel before Yahvah Elohim
Firstfruits ~yrIWKBi - Bikkurim. - 1 day.
Feast of Weeks – Shavuot t[obuv' - 1 day. - A Sabbath day.
Trumpets or h['WrT. !Ark.zI – Zicharon Teruach - The Blowing of the Trumpets. - A Sabbath day.
Day of Atonement rIPuKih; ~Ay - Yom Kippur – Yom = Day (of) Kippur = Covering. - A Sabbath day.
Tabernacles tAKSu – Sukkot. - 7 days + 1 day. – 1st and 8th day is a Sabbath day.
“For You, YHVH, are most high above all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. You who love YHVH, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in YHVH, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His Sanctified name” Tehillim – Psalms 97:9-12
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me Your way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”
Tehillim – Psalms 86:11
May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!
Ministry founder, elder & teacher: Reuben ben Gershom.
Personal assistant & teacher: Kosta Chazantonakis.
(Brother Kosta joined the ministry in 1984).
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