And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord‘s passover.
6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
9 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the Lord.
13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the Lord for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.
14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.
18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the Lord, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the Lord.
19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.
20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest.
21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God.
23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
26 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God.
29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.
30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.
31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.
33 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.
35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
37 These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
38 Beside the sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord.
39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
(Leviticus 23:1-44) King James Version (KJV) Public Domain
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We serve the living Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Ask the Holy Spirit to come and speak to your heart in that still, small voice. If you don’t know Christ, that’s what Easter is all about. I want you to take a step as the prodigal son did: he walked back to the father.
First of all, I want you to know that there’s no sin that anyone has ever committed that’s so horrible or so wicked that it can’t be forgiven. God doesn’t turn anybody down. Secondly, I ask you—once you’ve confessed your sins and believed in the cleansing power of Jesus Christ’s blood—don’t go back to them. Give them over, and don’t let the devil haunt you with them because those sins are under the blood of Christ.
Some of you live in condemnation. You live in fear. Believe that this lamb was slain for you, and your sin was laid on his shoulder. He carried your sin, and he paid the price for that, and there’s nothing you can do to work it through. So, right now, just lay it down. Then when these thoughts come back to hound you, say, “Jesus is my righteousness. Christ is my righteousness. Christ is my righteousness.”
When Satan comes and lies to you, when he tells you that you still have some devil in you or whatever he says. Right now, just say back: “Christ is my righteousness.”
Say it right now. “Christ is my righteousness.”
Glory be to God. He is our righteousness. We deserved hell, and he gave us heaven because we trust in him.
I want you to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart if you’ve drifted from him and want to come back to his love and grace on this Easter. The Bible says believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved. I believe that. I believe that with all my heart. (Click to Source)
What Is That Rapture Word? | The Two Resurrections Explained
by Scottie Clarke
The concept and doctrine of the rapture is nothing new. It was not first brought forth by John Darby or anyone in the 1800’s. It was first taught by Messiah Himself and later expounded upon by the apostle Paul. John even gave us more revelation about it finalizing the scriptures.
The English word “rapture” is not the resurrection word as it is commonly misunderstood to be, nor is it the word for changing to incorruptible bodies. It is merely a transportation word that is linked exclusively to the living who are caught up to meet the resurrected believers and Messiah in the clouds after the resurrection of the dead. A careful reading of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 will show this.
Verse 16 shows the resurrection of the dead in Messiah. Verse 17 shows that at that time there will be living believers who are “caught up” or “caught away” immediately after them to a great assembly in the clouds.
The English terms “caught up” or “caught away” in 1 Thess. 4:17 is G726 harpazo, which means to seize, carry off by force, claim for one’s self eagerly, to snatch out or away.
Long before English bibles, harpazo was translated by Saint Jerome in the second century for the Latin Vulgate to “rapio” or “raptus” which is where the English word “rapture” obviously derived from. These Latin words mean basically the same, but of course the contextual meaning is what the original Greek offers us in “harpazo”. So this is nothing new.
The first clear reference to this is in John 11:25-26. Lazarus’ sister Martha was speaking with Messiah just after Lazarus had died. The conversation was about his resurrection.
In verse 25 Messiah states that He is the resurrection and the eternal life. He said, “he who believes in Me, though he dies, he shall live.” This is a direct link to 1 Thess. 4:16 from Paul regarding the resurrection of the dead in the end times.
The next thing He said in John 11:26 is, “And everyone that is living and believing in me shall never die at all.” Read that again. This is a direct link to 1 Thess. 4:17 from Paul about believers who are alive on earth at the moment of the above resurrection before the Tribulation.
Review John 11:25-26 against 1 Thess 4:16-17. Messiah taught the resurrection AND rapture before Paul did! Martha had no idea what He was talking about, but it had to be written for us.
So the word we use (rapture) only refers to the living as a transportation word into the clouds to meet them all in the air as G726 shows. This word is not about being changed to incorruptible bodies either, but of course Paul went into that for us in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Here a little, there a little. It really is hiding all throughout the scriptures for us to find.
This goes into the greater study of the harvest He is gathering (Mt. 9:37) which is foreshadowed in the old testament. It is called the First Resurrection (Rev. 20:4-5) which is in three parts, first fruits, main harvest and the gleanings.
The second resurrection is the Great White Throne judgement unto death (Mt. 25:11-12; Rev. 20:12-15). It consists of everyone else who ever lived but denied Him (2 Tim. 2:12). They go to the lake of fire.
The harvest of the field begins with a grain offering (First Fruits, Lev. 23:10) which are those who were raised from the dead on the same day Messiah was (Mt. 27:52-53; John 5:25) They are known as the 144,000 (Rev 14:4). He took them to the Father as the grain offering on that Festival Day before returning to prove Himself to His disciples that evening and remaining with them for 40 days.
The main harvest is just before the Tribulation and consists of all believers living and dead in these last 2000 years.
Lastly, there is the gleanings of the field which means “left over” or even “left behind” (Lev. 23:22). Many will become believers during the Tribulation. These are the final part of the harvest. They are harvested at the end of the Tribulation (Rev. 7:9-17; Rev. 14:15-16; 20:4-6). We call them Tribulation Saints.
So there was a resurrection to life which ended the dispensation of the law and began the dispensation of grace (first fruits).
There will be a resurrection AND rapture to life to close the age of grace before the Tribulation dispensation (main harvest).
There is a resurrection to life which closes the Tribulation dispensation before the dispensation of Messiah’s millennium reign (gleanings).
And finally there will be a resurrection unto death to close the millennium reign dispensation before eternity. Resurrections always begin and end a dispensation.
There is even a small resurrection directly in the center of the Tribulation dispensation which is of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:11-12) which changes this dispensation from bad to worse. Everything is with absolute precision.
Additionally, the precision of these resurrections to life also include the Feast days.
The First Fruits were taken on First Fruits. The Main Harvest will be taken on the Feast of Trumpets. The Two Witnesses will likely also be taken on First Fruits and the Gleanings will be taken on the Feast of Atonement.
I cannot say it enough. Study the Feast Days. NOTHING IS RANDOM OR “WHENEVER”.
Again, the first resurrection to eternal life is in three distinct parts before the millennium reign. The second resurrection to eternal death stands alone finalizing the millennium reign (Dan. 12:2; John 5:25, 28-29).
So the word “rapture” is exclusively for the blessed group that Messiah talked about in John 11:26, “And everyone that is living and believing in Me shall never die at all.” As this relates directly to the very verse that Paul talked about in 1 Thess. 4:17 using this word.
“Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away (G726 harpazo) together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air – and so we shall always be with the Master.”
I hope this brought clarity on the subject. Thank you for reading and for your support.
Scottie Clarke March 9, 2018
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Time for Review
Anyone who has read the Torah knows that many commandments and instructions are repeated many times. The simple reason is that our Creator knows us very well. He understands the way we think and the way we tend to forget, unless things are repeated and maybe even then.
In Leviticus 23 we see a review of the Feasts. Let’s look at each one briefly as a review.
Shabbat – Because of His work in our lives we should enjoy rest, both spiritual and physical. We are to cease from endless striving for our redemption. Yeshua has accomplished this for us and we rest in Him. We are also to give our bodies physical rest on the Shabbat.
Passover – We remember the slavery we were once living and celebrate our being set free to live a new life.
First Fruits – As Yeshua was the first to be raised from the dead, we will also be raised from this life and enter into His likeness.
Unleavened Bread – Leaven is a type of sin. We are to be conformed into His sinless image through obedience to His word.
Pentecost – We celebrate the instructions He has given to us and the Spirit He has placed in us to enable us to walk in those instructions. The work of Passover in not truly complete until we have been given a new way of life in Torah.
Feast of Trumpets – Life is a wonderful gift, but we look for a day of complete restoration. One day the shofar will sound, His family will be gathered into His presence and we will forever be with Him.
Day of Atonement – While in this life we should “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” We are to live our lives unto Him, knowing that one day we will all give an account for the way we lived. On that day we will stand alone, not with friends and family. On that day it will not matter what anyone else thinks, it will only matter what He knows.
Tabernacles – The day of final and complete redemption! The day when all the work of this life will be over. Sin will have been dealt with for all eternity. We will be His people and He will be our Elohim! He will “Tabernacle” in the midst of His people and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.
You may have noticed the Feasts tend to switch back and forth from the here and now to the hereafter. I believe there is good reason for this. The Feasts are another reminder to be like Abraham. Although he was in this world he was never attached to this world. He was always looking for a city whose builder and maker was Elohim. The Feasts should cause us to live this life in fear and reverence of a Holy Creator and to always keep an eye toward the Eastern Sky and eternity.
With the world situation the way it is today, I am reminded of the Jewish people who lived through the Warsaw ghettos. When asked if they had kept Shabbat in the ghetto they said, “It is not that we kept Shabbat, but Shabbat kept us.” I wonder if one day we will be overheard saying that during the tribulation it was not that we kept the Feasts, but the Feasts kept us?