Counting the omer is a biblical practice done for 49 days that leads the nation of Israel to celebrate Shavuot (i.e., Pentecost or The Feast of Weeks), a contrasting festival to the Passover Seder.
10 Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I (Yahweh) am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest (i.e., the omer). 11 On the day after the Sabbath, the priest will lift the omer up before Yahweh so (that the first fruits of your harvest) may be accepted on your behalf. 13 With it (the first fruits of your harvest) you must present a grain offering consisting of four quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil. It will be a special gift, a pleasing aroma to Yahweh. You must also offer one quart of wine as a liquid offering. 14 Do not eat any bread or roasted grain or fresh kernels on that day until you bring this offering to your Elohim. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.
15 “From the day after the Sabbath—the day you bring the bundle of grain to be lifted up as a special offering—count off seven full weeks. 16 Keep counting until the day after the seventh Sabbath, fifty days later. Then present an offering of new grain to Yahweh. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves of bread to be lifted up before Yahweh as a special offering. Make these loaves from four quarts of choice flour, and bake them with yeast. They (i.e., these two loaves of bread) will be an offering to Yahweh from the first of your crops. 21 That same day (i.e., Shavuot, Pentecost or The Feast of Weeks) will be proclaimed an official day for holy assembly, a day on which you do no ordinary work. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.
Leviticus 23:10-11, 13-17 and 21
Some might reason that the resurrection is a thing of the New Testament that points straightforwardly only to Messiah Yeshua; however, if we consider after carefully reading the entire Bible (from Genesis to Revelations), any Bible enthusiast can conclude...
* that since the beginning of time, the Heavenly Father has been preserving mankind from mortal danger;
* Yahweh had a common practice of raising people from the grave;
* raising the dead from the grave is NOT limited to Messiah Yeshua as some suppose.
Most Bible enthusiasts are under the impression that on judgment day, fire is reserved solely for the wicked; however, a second reading of these very same biblical verses lead Bible enthusiasts to understand that fire will be used indiscriminately on both the righteous and the unrighteous: “For everyone will be tested with fire” (Mark 9:49, NLT), Yeshua taught. He didn’t refer to some. He didn’t even identify a specific group of people like most are led to believe! He simply taught that everyone, both the righteous and the unrighteous alike, will be tested with the very same fire that is expected to be in Abaddon.
Many tend to overlook a very simple fact, “Yeshua has an Elohim.”
Bible enthusiasts around the world will spend an excess amount of time contending and defending what they believe to be a doctrinal truth, the belief that Yeshua is God incarnate. Even though the words “God incarnate” do not appear once in the Bible, many use Scriptures to defend what Athanesius was controversially accredited to have once penned, “So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God” (Catholic Encyclopedia 1907). Even though there’s no true evidence that Athanaseus himself believed in the Trinity as it is understood today, many of these Bible enthusiasts fail to realize just what exactly they’re professing their allegiance to. Instead, they go on and on to prove an idea and a belief that historically speaking there’s no true evidence that it was ever endorsed by the Bible writers themselves.
“Yeshua is alive!” Bible enthusiasts around the world embrace this simple statement with biblical reasoning.
What Is A Spirit?
Prior to discussing what it means to say, “Yeshua is alive,” this study will first identify what a spirit is in relationship to mankind, provide two biblical terms from whence the term spirit is applied as well as provide two examples that gives a modern approach to understand the biblical concept of a spirit.
According to the Scriptures, mankind possesses a spirit that resides within his frail, human body. It is this spirit that gives the body in which the spirit resides in life (reference Job 32:8). In fact, Yeshua taught his disciples that it is this spirit which resides within the human body that gives to the human body life (reference John 6:30). Without the spirit residing within the human body, death (chiefly being, the cessation of life) takes place (reference John 6:63, 1 Peter 3:18, and James 2:26).
The word is alive! It might sound metaphorical, but the Bible tells us otherwise; in fact, the word is actually identified throughout Scriptures as a spiritual entity.
In the past couple of days, I've been dedicating myself to studying the word and prayer. The more I researched this topic, the more I came to realize and understand that the word is a spiritual entity by his own right. In fact, the Bible identifies the word in this manner: "For Yahweh's word is alive and powerful" (Hebrews 4:12a, NLT).
Now, think about that for a moment. Let the idea settle within you that Yahweh's word is both alive and powerful. Not only is the word alive, it also has an extraordinary ability: Yahweh's word "exposes our innermost thoughts and desires" (Hebrews 4:14c, NLT). Not only is the word alive, the word is also capable to discern who you are! In essence, the word is also capable of reaching into the core of your being and making your innermost thoughts and desires be made manifest to light. The word interacts with who you are!
Recently, we at Nehr HaOlam were asked, “What says the Bible about religious icons?” To me, it seems as if though many refrain from saying the word “idol” because of its implications. Granted, many are familiar with the Ten Commandments when it says, “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea” (Exodus 20:4, NLT). So instead of hearing questions like, “Is it permissible to have an idol?” questions are being reworded with “Is it permissible to possess a religious icon” with the subtle implication that an icon differs from an idol.
During our recent Bible study “My Salvation Is On The Way,” the question was asked, “What was the witness that was accounted for when Yeshua was being baptized in the Jordan River?” In order to answer this question, we had to review what the Scriptures had to say.
Picture this: an overbearing obstacle presents itself. It is so overwhelming, that your mind is preoccupied to ensure to over that particular hurdle that’s affecting the quality of life and emotional distress that you’re going through. Regardless of where you go or whom you speak to, it seems as if though there’s no possible solution.
Now picture this. A person walks into your life and with a quick call, that obstacle that you once experienced is completely out of your life. The alleviation is so great, that it’s comparable to a stream of water coursing thoroughly throughout your entire body. The relief causes you to fall on your knees and cry out of the sheer liberation from such a heavy burden. The only thing that you have to offer your aid is a heartfelt gratitude with a simple statement, “Thank you. Thank you ever so kindly.” Then, you take the person’s hand, kiss it and express your sincere gratitude.
That is what it’s like to worship Messiah Yeshua.
Many find it difficult to define the Trinity, much less use Scriptures to present their case.
Many reason that the Trinity is a mystery that no one can truly understand fully. This usually occurs in many people’s minds because the doctrine simply surpasses their understanding of who the Creator may be to them. It’s quite likely that in their defense, they’ll cite something along the lines like “Look, Elohim is greater than we can understand” (Job 36:26a). Then again, there are those who’ll simply give a specific look of disapproval, suck their teeth, and imagine, “Poor guy! He’s simply lost and needs to be saved.” Then, there are those who cite numerous biblical passages completely out of its original context in order to prove their case. The fact remains that the Trinity is a doctrine that took several centuries to develop.
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the Trinity as “[…] the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead” (Encyclopedia Britannica 2014). As per the word Trinity itself, The Encyclopedia Britannica admits that “[n]either the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Hebrew Scriptures: “Hear, O Israel: The L-rd our G-d is one L-rd” (Deuteronomy 6:4)” (Encyclopedia Britannica 2014). It also explains how the Trinitarian concept came to be the doctrine that it is today:
Language is “the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way” (OED 2014). When we refer to speech, then it is “the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds” (OED 2014). When we refer to writing, then it is “a sequence of letters, words, or symbols marked on a surface” (OED 2014).
The Bible introduces us with the idea that G-d was capable of expressing His thoughts and feelings by means of verbal and written communication. He too was able to communicate to the Israeli people by writing out The Ten Commandments with His own finger. Though all of Israel both saw and heard the Creator performing such marvelous things, they oftentimes opted not to have this form of communication with the Creator; however, the Heavenly Father was still willing to recall them.
In like manner, the Bible introduces us with the notion that the Heavenly was not limited in expressing His thoughts and His feelings by means of either verbal or written communication. Yes, He has the ability to utilize a sequence of letters, words and symbols as well as mark them on a surface of some sort to express His ideas and thoughts.
Provided that many wish to understand the manner by which the Heavenly Father communicates with His creation, this study discusses this, the manner by which we identify as being a stammered and slurred speech.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
"For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard" (Acts 22:15).
Oftentimes, an opportunity presents itself where you can leave someone with a big impact as to who you are as a Bible enthusiast who follows the teachings of Messiah Yeshua. We’re quite sure that you have had your personal story where you excelled in witnessing Messiah Yeshua. We would all love to read your comments! Thus, this blog is not about discussing who’s right or wrong; rather, it’s about how you have approached this situation and how you were able to overcome those obstacles.
When compared to the typical Sunday service, Shabbat is a completely different experience that many just do not understand. Some might even reason that those who keep the Sabbath do so for all the wrong reasons! However, we understand that when we observe the Sabbath and assemble to meet with the Heavenly Father at His prescribed time, we anticipate for the Sabbath to come out of our willingness to obey His commandments. We worry about making sure that those little errands are done and out of the way so that our minds are not preoccupied when we’re gathered together to meet with the Heavenly Father. We also make those final travel arrangements and stay so that we can assemble ourselves with either a home fellowship or local assembly. Then, we celebrate Shabbat.
Bible enthusiast from Perth, Western Australia asks, “How do Messianic Jews pray? How does it differ from the Evangelical Movement?”
Scriptures say that “[…] if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither [does] the Elohim’s assembly” (1 Corinthians 11:16).
Aaliyah, a two years old child from South Africa, sits at her window sill waiting for daddy to come home. She tends to look out the window and see all the cars passing by; however, she recognizes daddy’s blue car as he pulls up the driveway, beeps his horn, wave at his daughter with a great big smile on his face, walks up the door and rings the doorbell. With a big happy smile on her face, Aaliyah says, “Daddy, daddy, daddy!” and runs to the door. Of course, mommy has to make sure that Aaliyah doesn’t open the door to strangers, so mommy reminds Aaliyah, “Be sure to tell mommy when the door rings, and I will open the door, ok?” With all the excitement and a big grin in her face, Aaliyah says, “Mommy, ok mommy” and nods her head yes in complete agreement.
If we’ve heard it once, we heard it several times before, false prophetic messages that claim to foretell the coming of Messiah Yeshua to the earth. The main question lingering in the minds of many is, “When can we expect Messiah to come?” Though answers vary between religious institutions, few rarely ever comfort the body of Messiah with the biblical message contained within the very Word (reference 1 Thessalonians 4:18); instead, these false prophets present upsetting messages that misguide good, honest people with many social anxieties who simply have a genuine passion for knowing biblical truths and discourage them from wanting to incline their ears to the Heavenly Father’s voice as prescribed in His Word. So, I dare to call them out on their lies and fabricated stories as they continue to misrepresent the Jewish people along with our faithful obedience to the Heavenly Father’s commandments as prescribed in Torah. As for you who follow the teachings of Messiah Yeshua, I encourage you to turn a deaf ear to these soothsayers and simply trust in the Word.
Previously, we discussed how the international body of Messiah perceives heaven, the place where the Heavenly Father established His throne as well as the source wherewith He exercises His sovereign authority over the nations of the earth (reference the study entitled “Heaven”). We’ve also discussed how the views that the gentile nations perceived within their religious assemblies differed from the biblical perspective as perceived by the international body of Messiah (reference the study entitled “Heaven (Part II)”). In this study, we discuss two biblical accounts where people attempted to usurp the Heavenly Father’s throne in heaven and the manner by which the Heavenly Father reacted at such vain attempts.
Previously, we discussed how the international body of Messiah perceives heaven, the place where the Heavenly Father established His throne as well as the source wherewith He exercises His sovereign authority over the nations of the earth (for more information, see the study entitled “Heaven”). In this study we discuss how the views of the gentile nations as perceived within their religious assemblies differ from the biblical perspective as perceived by the international body of Messiah by discussing some of the most influential origins that crept in so that we may be cautious as to how these unique views do not overwhelm us from the glorious freedom we now enjoy in Messiah Yeshua.
Many are under the impression that they will be rewarded with eternal life conditions in heaven. Some, under the pressure of risking eternal condemnation, devout most of their entire lives submitting themselves to the authority of their religious institution under the most impoverished conditions hoping that the end result will be greater than the one that they’ve suffered in this life. Yet, if these who have suffered so much were informed about what the Scriptures say about heaven, they’d possibly make better life choices for themselves and their family. Others see the falsehood in these religious leaders or such associations and simply disregard the truth that can be found within the Word. Still, it becomes important to mention what the Scriptures have to say about heaven, the biblical view that Israel’s Patriarchs had towards heaven and how its difference from idolatrous notions.
Before going any further as to what the Scriptures say, this study would like to first mention a bit about the methodology because our finds are unorthodox in comparison to what many believe.
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