Sunday, January 30, 2022

The Samaritan Woman Became an Evangelist

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, August 2007

It’s no surprise that our Messiah took time to minister to the Samaritan woman, because she among the members of Lost Sheep of the House of Yisra’el! 

It was the interaction that he had with this woman that set the wheels in motion for the good news to go out to those who had been previously sent away as outcasts. These former Yisraelite tribes are known as “The Ten Northern Tribes of Ephrayim” who had been divorced in Jeremiah 3:8. To fully understand who the Samaritans were, it is important to look back at the biblical history of the two divided Houses of  Yisra’el. To learn more, see these two blogs:

Yahuwchanon (John) 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 

Yahuwchanon (John) 4:40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 

*Explanation: He abode TWO DAYS with the lost sheep in the nations! 

This is a prophetic picture of the 2,000 years that followed, from when our Messiah began his ministry in 27 A.D. 

Remember, 2nd Peter 3:8 says “One day is like a thousand years with YaHuWaH!” 

Howshea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 

Now consider the dialogue that Yahuwshuwa had with the Samaritan woman. The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) would have no dealings with these people, because they had been divorced by YaHuWaH in Jeremiah 3:8. 

After these Ten Tribes had gone astray (with false pagan deities in 1st Kings 12 under King Jeroboam), they descended into total apostasy. However, after the Assyrian Captivity, many of these lost sheep returned to the land, but they were ostracized by the Kingdom of Yahuwdah (Judah) who had also come out of Babylonian Captivity.

The Yahuwdiym of those days had “double standards,” for they were unwilling to allow the other Ten Tribes to assimilate into the Kingdom. It is because of the “The Law of Divorce” in Deuteronomy 24:1-4, that the Jews would not allow the divorced tribes to come home. 

However, they were ignoring the prophecies in the Book of Howshea (Hosea) chapter 2, where YaHuWaH promised to marry these lost tribes again! 

Our Messiah informed the leaders of the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) that he had come for “The Lost Sheep of the House of Yisra’el” (Jeremiah 50:6; Matthew 10:6 & 15:24). In John 4:9, the Samaritan woman marveled that he would even speak to her, since the Yahuwdiym (Jews) “Have no dealings with the Samaritans.” 

This woman was a prophetic picture of the Lost Sheep of the Ten Tribes of Ephrayim, and this is why he paid special attention to her. He went on to offer her “living water” in John 4:10 saying to her: 

“If you knew the gift of Elohiym, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.” 

*Note: Why would Yahuwshuwa our Messiah offer this woman living water (the gift of the Holy Spirit) if she was expected to hold it all in, and keep it to herself? 

I mean, what is the point of having a fountain of living water on the inside of you, if you are not going to refresh others who are thirsty? Yahuwshuwa went on to explain to her: 

“Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” 

This woman obviously had a spiritual thirst, for she went on to ask of him the following question: 

“Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” 

You will notice in John 4:16-26, that he asked her to call her husband, but he already knew that she was living in sin with a man whom she was not married to. 

He knew that she had had “five husbands,” which is symbolic of the “Five books of the Mosaic Law” (Towrah). 

In Psalm 119:142, King David wrote concerning the Towrah (Mosaic Law): “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and your Towrah (law) is the truth.” 

This is the reason why he was telling this woman to worship the Father in “spirit” (having the living water inside), and also in “truth” by obeying the Towrah! 

This woman symbolized the nation of Yisra’el who had taken vows on Mount Sinai with YaHuWaH, and they had agreed to obey the Towrah! 

Now, this woman was in an illegitimate relationship to a man she was not married to! 

In other words, she symbolized the entire nation of Yisra’el being married to Ba’al, an illegitimate relationship! 

Now, he could have shunned this woman (just like the other Yahuwdiym/Jews were doing), but what did he do instead? He offered her the gift of eternal life, so that she could in turn, publish and preach the “good news” to others! 

Listen to what he said to her in John 4:21-22: “….Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), worship the Father…You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Yahuwdiy (Jews)….” 

 *Note: why was he telling her that salvation of is of the Yahuwdiym (Jews)? It is because in Genesis 49:10, Ya’aqob (Jacob) spoke over his son Yahuwdah (Judah), and said the following words over him:

“The sceptre shall not depart from Yahuwdah (Judah), nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” 

In other words, the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah) were called to be the lawgivers! 

In Romans 3:1-2, the Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) also reiterated this truth when he wrote the following words: 

“What advantage then has the Yahuwdiy (Jew)? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of Elohiym.” 

What does this word “oracles” mean in the original text? It is Strong’s #G3051 – logion which means “The contents of the Mosaic law.” 

Messiah was teaching this woman the correct way to worship by telling her that she first needed the living water (The Holy Spirit) inside of her), so that he could “Write his laws in her heart and in her mind,” as a sign of the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8-16 & Hebrews 10:16). 

This is why he explained to her the true pattern of worship was to first have the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) living on the inside, and then he would give her the supernatural ability to obey the Towrah (Mosaic Law). 

He continued in John 4:23-24: “….But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him….Elohiym is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” 

But why was he telling her that worship is not limited to a geographical location such as Jerusalem? 

It is because under the Renewed Covenant, we are “Seated in heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6), when we worship the Father through Yahuwshuwa, and his blood atonement! 

Therefore, we are in the New Jerusalem in spirit! Then, in John 4:25-26, the woman replied: “I know that Mashiyach comes, which is called Messiah: when he is come, he will tell us all things.” 

What he says to this woman next, absolutely blows my mind, because he revealed his true identity to her as the Messiah! 

And yet, yet he would not reveal himself to the religious male leaders of the Jewish Sanhedrin! 

He replied to her with the following words: “I that speak unto you AM HE!” 

Now, what is this woman supposed to do with this encounter that she just had with the Creator of the Universe? Is she supposed to keep silent? 

In Luke 19:38-40, the multitudes were crying out “Blessed be the King that comes in the name of YaHuWaH: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!” 

But some of the Pharisees asked him to silence them. And what did our Messiah say to these Pharisees? He answered them: 

“I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out!” 

Now, if stones (which are inanimate objects) are allowed to cry out to proclaim the King of Kings, why should women (human souls with the very breath of YaHuWaH) keep silent?

To learn more, see: Blogs About Women in Ministry

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Did Messiah Have a 70-Week Ministry?

Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, July 2004

I will try and make this brief, and straight to the point. I honestly love Michael Rood, as I began listening to many of his teachings in 2006. Back then, I was surprised that many of the revelations he presented had also been shown to me in 2002 (following the events of September 11th 2001). 
However, even though I highly respect Mr. Rood, he is wrong about our Messiah having a ministry that lasted for “seventy weeks.”

There are several proofs from Scripture explaining why he is wrong about this, and I will list them below.

#1.) In Luke 4:25, Messiah Compared his Ministry to Elijah’s Ministry of 3.5 years.

Our Messiah compared his ministry to that of Eliyahuw (Elijah) in Luke 4:25, and he even made a point of telling us that his ministry lasted for 3 years plus 6 months, or in other words, 3.5 years (1,260 days). 

Luke 4:23 And he said unto them, You will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal yourself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in your country.  

Luke 4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  

Luke 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Yisrael in the days of Eliyahuw (Elijah), when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;  

Luke 4:26 But unto none of them was Eliyahuw (Elijah), sent save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  

You will notice in the above verses that the widow is symbolic of the nation of Yisrael. We know this by reading Isaiah 54:4-5:

Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; for you shall not be put to shame: for you shall forget the shame of your youth, and shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more....For your Maker is your husband; YHWH of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Yisrael; The Elohiym of the whole earth shall he be called.

In 1st Kings 17:1, we learn that Elijah commanded that it would not rain in Yisrael except by his prophetic utterance. In 1st Kings 18:1, the word of YaHuWaH came to Elijah in his third year of ministry. He was instructed to appear before King Ahab, and to inform him that Yah was going to send rain (after three years of drought and famine). 

In the previous chapter, Elijah was sent to the home of a widow whose only son died in the third year of Elijah’s ministry. And what did the prophet Elijah do? In 1st Kings 17:20, he stretched upon the boys body three times, and cried out to YaHuWaH for the boys life to be restored back to him. 

The Hebrew word for stretched (madad), means “To measure out with a measuring line.” 

These three times are an allusion to our Messiahs prophecy, when he compared himself to the prophet Jonah who would be Three days and three nights in the heart of the earth(Matthew 12:40).

Are you seeing parallel yet? The boy died at the end of Elijahs three years and six months of ministry, followed by his resurrection after Elijah prayed three measurements of time over the boy.

The widow represents Yisra’el, and the boy is symbolic of our Messiah, who was telling them that he would die after three and a half years, followed by his resurrection after three days and three nights! This is why Yahuwshuwa made a point of comparing his ministry to that of Elijahs three years and a half!

In the preceding verses, (Luke 4:16-25) our Messiah read from the scroll of Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61, and he told us plainly that he was “The anointed one,” the Mashiyach (Messiah). He also hinted that he was “The High Priest” (Melchizedek), who was coming to us in a Jubilee Year, (27-28 A.D.) which is called “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” 

This is language that is used on Yom Kippur, and in a Jubilee Year! Therefore, we know our Messiah began his ministry in the 80th Jubilee Year (since the creation), and it was also on Yom Kippur, a High Sabbath. To learn more, please see my other blog entitled: Jubilee Cycles Reveal the Possible Second Coming of Messiah.

The role of the High Priest had been temporarily handed over to the Sons of Aharown (Aaron) after Yisrael sinned with the golden calf in the wilderness. This is what Shauwl (Paul) meant, in Galatians 3:19-24 when he wrote that “The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Messiah....and the law was added because of transgression, until the seed should come..” 

The law that made mortal, finite humans into High Priests, was a temporary one. Yahuwshuwa’s first coming was to restore the role of the High Priest, back to Melchizedek, thus, he came to “Preach the acceptable year of YaHuWaH!”

The High Priests, from the Sons of Aharown (Aaron) were charged with blowing two silver trumpets every 50th year, in a Jubilee Year (Numbers 10:2). Our Messiah was not a Levite, therefore, for him to be announcing “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH,” meant that he was now stepping into the role of the High Priest, from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), which is where Melchizedek comes from (Hebrews 7:14).

Our Messiah was showing us a pattern, and giving us a hint that his ministry would last for the same time-period as Eliyahuw (Elijah), as well as the future Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:4). 

#2.) The Ministry of the Corporate Two Witnesses, will last for 1,260 Days.

In Revelation 11:4, the Two Witnesses are described as “Two Olive Trees & Two Candlesticks.” To learn more about who they are, please read my other blog: Who Are the Two Witnesses?

The same time-period is assigned to these two witnesses, as was assigned to the prophet Elijah (Eliyahuw), which is 1,260 days or 3.5 years. On a 360-day biblical calendar, there are 12 months of 30-day lunar cycles. Currently, our calendar has been affected by polar shifts, (due to the flood in the days of Noah) as well as tsunamis and earthquakes. 

However, during the last 3.5 years of tribulation, “The Days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20). To learn more about what our Messiah meant when he said “Except those days should be shortened,” please see my other blog entitled: Except Those Days Should Be Shortened.

3.) The Corporate Two Witnesses will Finish the Latter Half of Daniels 70th Week.

Leading up to Messiahsecond coming, the corporate two witnesses, (represented by the Two Houses of Yisrael, and the Two Overcoming Assemblies), will begin their ministry, picking up where our Messiah left off. There has been a 2,000-year gap, between our Messiahs ministry, and the ministry of the two witnesses. How do we know this? In Luke 4:19, our Messiah read only “half” of Isaiah 61:2, leaving the other verse unread! He then closed the scroll, and gave it back to the temple scribe. 

Why would he do this? Its because in the first half of this verse, he was declaring the purpose of his first coming, which was to “Preach the Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH!” In other words, he came to restore the role of the High Priest, (back to Melchizedek), as it was originally with the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 14:18; Psalm 110:4). 

When our Messiah returns, it will also be on Yom Kippur in the 120th Jubilee since the creation. This is when he will finish the latter half of Isaiah 61:2 “And the day of vengeance of our Elohiym, to comfort all that mourn...” 

This verse will be perfectly fulfilled at his second coming, described in Revelation 19:2  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

The fact that our Messiah read only “half” of Isaiah 61:2 at the beginning of his ministry, illustrates that there had to be a 2,000-year gap in history. During these past 2,000 years, we have been in a time called “The fullness of the gentiles” (Romans 11:25). In Hebrew, this is referred to as “Melo haGoyim, which is translated in the King James Version as “A multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19).

Our Messiah allowed his ministry to be “divided in half,” so that through the preaching of the gospel to the nations, he could “Stand in the gap, (Ezekiel 22:30), ultimately causing the “Breach to be repaired!(Isaiah 58:12). 

Therefore, our Messiah had to allow himself to be “Cut the midst of the week,” according to Daniel 9:26-27. Also read my other blog entitled: Messiah’s Earthly Ministry Revealed in Daniel.

To learn more about why Daniels 70th Week was divided in half, please see my other blog, entitled: Who Confirms the Covenant of Daniel’s 70th Week?

#4.) The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree Tells Us Messiah’s Ministry Was Three Years.

In this parable from Luke, (the 13th chapter), our Messiah was referring to the nation of Yisrael as the barren fig tree. The “certain man,” who had planted the fig tree in his vineyard is Elohiym. The word vinedresser is a Greek word that means a vineyard worker, or a pruner.” 

This person would be akin to Yahuwchanon (John the Baptist), who was working to bring forth spiritual fruit from the kingdom of Judah. Then came our Messiah, who worked three years, hoping to bring forth spiritual fruit from the nation.

John even used the same metaphor of a tree to describe the nations condition:

Mattityahuw (Matthew) 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

In Mark chapter 11, our Messiah had previously seen no figs on the tree, and therefore, he cursed it, telling it to bear no more fruit:

Mark 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots

Mark 11:21 And Keefa (Peter) calling to remembrance said unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is withered away.

Therefore, the parable in Luke 13 is obviously speaking about our Messiah as the owner of the fig tree.

Luke 13:6 He spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.  

Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbers it the ground?  

Luke 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Master, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  

Luke 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down. 

We can see from this parable, that the owner of the fig tree is our Messiah. He preached three years, hoping that Yisrael would repent, and bear fruit. The vineyard worker wanted to fertilize this tree for one more year, hoping to give the soil nutrients, so that the tree would bear fruit. 

This extra year was symbolic of “The one year old male lamb for Passover (Exodus 12:5). After our Messiah died on Passover, he remained on earth preaching to his disciples forty more days. This was the extra fertilization given to the fig tree. He finally poured out his spirit on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost or Shabuoth).

Thus, we can see that our Messiah told us of his three-year ministry with the inspection of the fig tree. The final six months, (or half of a year), lead up to his crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension. The total amount of time allotted to the fig tree was 3.5 to four years. The Red Heifer is required to be between 3-4 years old, for the ordinance in Numbers 19. 

Even though our Messiah officially began his ministry after his 40-day fast in the wilderness, he performed the miracle of the water into wine, prior to baptism. He even told his mother that his time had not yet come (John 2:4). But he still performed the miracle anyway. Hence, his ministry lasted roughly 3.5-4 years.

5.) Michael Rood Says our Messiahs Ministry Lasted 70 Weeks.

In Shemoth (Exodus) 12:5 it says Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.

Therefore, we are told that the Passover Lamb had to be a one-year old male lamb. Because of this, Michael Rood supposes that our Messiahs ministry lasted for only one year. However, a year is 52 weeks, and this means that the 70-weeks theory does not fit! 

Our Messiah did indeed, fulfill the requirement of the One year old male lamb, when the High Priest (Caiaphas) prophesied in John 11:50, that Yahuwshuwa would die for the sins of the nation. Even though Caiaphas was an impostor, and not from the Sons of Aharown (Aaron), the office of the High Priest that he held was still recognized by YaHuWaH.

Yahuwchanon (John) 11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, You know nothing at all,  

Yahuwchanon (John) 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.  

Yahuwchanon (John) 11:51 And this spoke he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yahuwshuwa (Jesus) should die for that nation

Caiaphas prophesied this on the previous Passover. It was customary for the High Priest to select the lamb that would be slaughtered the following year for Passover.

#6.) Our Messiah Fulfilled the Pattern of the 3-Year Old Heifer, Goat, & Ram.

In the original covenant established between Abraham, and YaHuWaH, Abraham was instructed to slaughter a three-year old heifer, which is for the High Priest on Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:6). 

He was also told to slaughter a three-year old she-goat, which is given as a sin offering for the nation of Yisrael, on Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:9). Abraham was also told to slaughter a three-year old ram, which is killed to sanctify “The firstborn son” at Passover.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 15:9-10 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not

*Explanation: Yom Kippur and Passover are like two bookends, that accomplish the same thing, which is redemption, and blood atonement. The male lamb (which is the same as a ram), was offered up for Isaac, as well as Yisrael, the firstborn son. 

The Red Heifer was first killed for the High Priest to be sanctified (since it was Aaron who caused the nation to sin with the golden calf). And finally, the female goat was killed for the nation of Yisra’el, as she is the bride. The birds of prey in Revelation 19:17-21 are not divided, because they represent the unclean wicked gentiles that are killed and then eaten on that final day of wrath.

In Genesis 22:13, Yitzqach (Isaac) was offered up as a burnt offering, but the malak (angel) of YaHuWaH intervened, and provided a ram instead. This is why 430 years later, YaHuWaH called the nation of Yisrael “My firstborn son” (Exodus 4:22), and commanded that a one-year old male lamb, or a goat, or a ram should be offered up as a burnt offering. An adult male lamb is also called “a ram.”

Shemoth (Exodus) 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.

Now we know why our Messiahs ministry lasted for 3.5 years. It is because all the sacrifices involved in Abrahams covenant, had to be 3-years old, for three groups of people. In Matthew 13:33, our Messiah taught a parable about a woman (figurative of Jerusalem), who measured three measures of meal, and kneaded it, until the three parts” had been fully incorporated with the leaven. 

The leaven in this parable represents the gospel, as the Greek word for “leaven,” in Matthew 13:33 (zume), means “To scatter, to cast away, to disperse.” This is exactly what happened with all twelve tribes of Yisrael, at various times in history!

These three groups of people are: The House of Judah, the House of Ephraiym, and the converted gentiles. The other 6 months represent those wicked gentiles that are not divided in half (for they do not accept his covenant), therefore, they shall be eaten whole.

In Deuteronomy 19:10-13 & 21:8-9, we are shown that when the nation sins by allowing the blood of an innocent person to be spilled (whether intentionally, or unintentionally), the entire nation becomes “Guilty of innocent blood!” 

Therefore, the ordinance of the Red Heifer must be performed in such cases. The Temple leadership of Yisra’el shouted Crucify him...let his blood be upon us, and upon our children!(Matthew 27:22-25). 

This is what caused the entire nation to become guilty of innocent blood, and therefore, the ordinance of the Red Heifer was fulfilled by our Messiah! For a deeper study on the ordinance of the Red Heifer, see my other blog: The Red Heifer Ordinance Fulfilled in Messiah.

In Numbers 19, this involves Eleazar the priest escorting a spotless red heifer outside the camp (Numbers 19:2-3); slaughtering it, and then finally burning it down into ashes (Numbers 19:5). The ashes of the red heifer was burned together with scarlet, hyssop, and cedarwood (Numbers 19:6). 

The cedarwood is symbolic of the cross; the scarlet is symbolic of the Messiah’s blood sacrifice, and the hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood on the door posts at the first Passover in Exodus 12:22. 

The ashes of the red heifer had to be collected into a “A clean place” (Numbers 19:9). Joseph of Arimathea donated his tomb for the body of our Messiah to be laid, and it was a brand new tomb that had never been used (Matthew 27:57-60). In other words, our Messiahs body was placed in “A clean place!”

Thus, our Messiah fulfilled the pattern of the one-year old, Passover Lamb, (for the firstborn sons of Yisrael); the three-year old Yom Kippur she-goat (for the divorced bride), and the three-year old Red Heifer, (for those that had shed his innocent blood). 

What is amazing, is that Yahuwshuwa fulfilled all the sacrifices from the Abrahamic Covenant, all in one fell swoop! In other words, “He confirmed the covenant,” described in Daniel 9:27! 

But since, his ministry was divided in half, his gospel was largely received by the gentiles in the nations, but not by the leadership of national Yisrael at that time. Nevertheless, we are shown in Romans 11:11, that these past 2,000 years were meant to “Provoke them to jealousy! 

Just before Messiahs return, these same converted gentiles, will join together with born-again Yahuwdiym (Jews), forming the Corporate Two Witnesses. 

This is the one new man, spoken of in Ephesians 2:15, and they will finish the latter half of Daniels 70th Week, causing the other half of the bride to finally accept their Messiah at the Mount of Olives!

#7.) To make his theory work, Michael Rood has to remove John 6:4, from the Scriptures.

Beloved, this is a very a dangerous thing to do, as we are commanded not to add, nor subtract from the word of YaHuWaH:

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 4:2 You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish ought from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohiym which I command you.

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it. 

Mishley (Proverbs) 30:6 Add you not unto his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar. 

Chazown (Revelation) 22:18 For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, Elohiym shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  

Chazown (Revelation) 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohiym shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book

To learn more about the Ordinance of the Red Heifer, I highly recommend listening to this teaching by Rico Cortes. Rico also gives documentation for the Red Heifer needing to be at least three years old, but preferably 3.5 years old!

The Laws and history of the Red Heifer Talmud (in dedicated Tractate Parshah Parah) says a red heifer is valid only if: 

*It is at least three years old (younger is a “calf,” not a “cow”) [Par. 1:1].

*It is natural-born (not by caesarian) [Par. 2:3]. 

*It has not mated with a bull sent to mate with it (but if the bull does it on its own, it is valid) [Par. 2:4].

*It has no more than one hair that is not red [Par. 2:5; Av. Z. 24a].

*Only nine red heifers were ever prepared: 

*One by Moses, - One by Ezra [1,000 years later].
*Seven since Ezra [in the next 500 years, until the destruction of the Second Temple] [Par. 3:5].

*Rambam: The tenth and last will be prepared by the Messiah [Rambam, Yad, Parah Adumah 3:4].

*So finding one today would be a harbinger of the Messiah!

Monday, January 24, 2022

Does the Sun “Sit Down & Rise?”

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, April 2015

Does the sun actually “SIT DOWN,” or is the term “sunset” (sundown) a poetic way of saying that “The sun is no longer visible,” when the earth turns away from it?

Job 38:14 tells us that the earth “TURNS ABOUT,” indicated by the Hebrew word “haphak.” The same word (haphak) is used in the following passage:

Job 37:12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commands them upon the face of the world [tebel, globe] in the earth [erets]. 

The Hebrew word for “turn,” (haphak) in Job 38:14 & Job 37:12 literally means “To turn, to convert, to change, to turn about, to tumble.”

From this word, we understand that with each new day, we are given another chance to have our hearts converted, as we turn back to 
The light of the world,” who is our Messiah! (see John 8:12 & 9:12). The Hebrew word for “world,” in Job 37:12 is “tebel,” which literally means “The globe.”

The sun does not actually “SET,” nor does it “RISE!” Luke 4:40 says “Now when the sun was setting.....”

The Greek word in this passage for “THE SUN WAS SETTING,” is “duno,” which means “TO SINK DOWN!” 

We know that the sun does not actually SINK DOWN, but it appears that way to the observer! As a matter of fact, on a flat-earth model, the sun never disappears at all, because it is always circling “over-head,” above the earth! On a flat-earth, the sun and moon would always be visible, even from a distance.

To illustrate this, I will use the account where the “sun stood still,” on Joshua’s long day, which flat-earthers completely misunderstand:

Yahuwshuwa (Joshua) 10:13 And the sun stood still, [damam, to be silent] and the moon stayed [amad, to stand], until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Yasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 

The definition for the Hebrew words “stood still,” is “damam,” which literally means “to be dumb, to be mute, to be silent.” This image illustrates how the earth’s magnetic field allows for the sun’s pull, (causing it to spin like a top). But it does not pull the earth all the way into it, which would cause the earth to burn up. 

Gravitational mass is made up of sound waves, therefore if the sun was “silent,” it means that it lessened it’s gravitational pull on the earth, thus causing the earth to slow down it’s spin. To illustrate this, see this article: Sound May Have Negative Gravitational Mass

Sound waves are fluctuations of density within materials. In classical physics, their energy can make matter move back and forth, but they were not thought to possess mass. The sound of a sonic boom may produce about the same magnitude of gravitational pull as a 10-milligram weight, a new study finds. 

Oddly, the findings also suggest the pull is in the opposite direction of the gravitational pull generated by normal matter, meaning sound waves might fall up instead of down in Earths gravitational field. One might assume these findings are related to Einsteins famous equation E=mc2, which revealed that anything with energy could be converted to an equivalent amount of mass and vice versa. 

One consequence of this relationship according to Einsteins theory of relativity is that matter traveling near the speed of light will get heavier. Engineer makes squishy robots because 'instabilities are fun -- and useful) However, these new findings suggest that even in regular conditions that ignore relativity, sound possesses gravitational mass.

Also see this article by Don Stewart showing Scientific evidence for Joshua’s long day & Hezekiah’s sundial moving back:

Deuteronomy 23:11 But it shall be, when evening comes on, he shall wash himself with water: and WHEN THE SUN IS DOWN, he shall come into the camp again. 

We know that the sun does not “GO DOWN” in reality! These are expressions that are used in Scripture to describe when the sun first disappears below the horizon (sundown). 

As a matter of fact, the Paleo Hebrew Letter “quwph” pictures the “Sun on the horizon of the earth.” It proves that the Ancient Hebrews knew the sun was much larger than the earth, (and very far away), thus causing only half of the sun to be seen on the horizon at SUNSET or SUNRISE until it disappears below the horizon! 

This phenomenon is impossible on a flat-earth model, because the sun would always be above the earth, and therefore, it would never sink down below the horizon line of the earth. 

It is also important to understand that Scripture often uses “POETIC LANGUAGE” or EUPHEMISMS to describe “How things appear from the vantage point of the beholder!” 

The Hebrew letter “quwph” is a root word that is embedded into the word “tequwphah,” which means the following:

#8622 tquwphah tek-oo-faw' or tquphah {tek-oo-faw'}; from 5362; a revolution, i.e. (of the earth around the sun) course, (of time) lapse:--circuit, come about, end of the year.

Below is a list of all the passages of Scripture, where the sun is being described as “going down,” even though that is not actually the case. Once again, (as previously stated), the Scriptures describe this phenomenon from the vantage point of the observer. 

To us humans that live on earth, the sun “appears,” to be going down below the horizon line of the earth. In reality, it is the earths rotation, that creates this illusion.

What is interesting, is that in almost every instance where the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament) describes the sun as “going down,” the word is “bow,” (#H935) in the Hebrew Concordance.

#935 bo' bo a primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications):--abide, apply, attain, be, befall, + besiege, bring (forth, in, into, to pass), call, carry, certainly, (cause, let, thing for) to come (against, in, out, upon, to pass), depart, doubtless again.

Since our Messiah is described in Malachi 4:2 as “The sun of righteousness,” it is prophetically fitting that he “cames” to earth the first time, just as the sun “arises,” in the morning.

However, when he ascended back to the Father in heaven, he disappeared from our sight, just as the sun “goes away,” in the evening, just before total darkness. 

In the following passages of Scripture, when describing the sun going down, rising, or coming up, these English words are used, but in each case, the Hebrew uses only one word, which is  “bo.” You will notice in the following passages, the English words used are as follows: “going down, went down, was set, goes down, is down.” 

Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

Genesis 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 

Genesis 28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 

Exodus 17:12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun

Exodus 22:26 If you at all take your neighbour's raiment to pledge, you shall deliver it unto him by that the sun goes down: 

Leviticus 22:7 And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it is his food. 

Deuteronomy 11:30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goes down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?

Deuteronomy 16:6 But at the place which YHWH your Elohiym shall choose to place his name in, there thou shall sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that you came forth out of Egypt. 

Deuteronomy 23:11 But it shall be, when evening comes on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again. 

Deuteronomy 24:13 In any case you shall deliver him the pledge again when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless you: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before YHWH your Elohiym. 

Deuteronomy 24:15 At his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it: lest he cry against you unto YHWH, and it be sin unto thee.

Joshua 1:4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

Joshua 8:29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remains unto this day. 

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 

Joshua 10:27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave’s mouth, which remain until this very day.

Judges 14:18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? and he said unto them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you had not found out my riddle. 

Judges 19:14 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin. 

Judges 20:43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. 

*Note: In the above passage, the word for “sunrising” is “mizrach,” which also comes from the root word “Zarach.” In Genesis 38, Tamar bore twins, and the one with the scarlet cord placed on his hand (to prove he was the firstborn), was named “Zarach!” 

This is a prophetic picture of our Messiah, who was prophesied about in Malachi 4:2 “...The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings.” The word “arise” in this passage is “Zarach!” 

Our Messiah came to earth the first time in the fourth millennium, because the light of the sun was revealed on the fourth day of creation. In 2nd Peter 3:8, we are told that “...One day is as a thousand years with YaHuWaH.” It is fitting that our Messiah is a prophetic picture of the sun, because he is also called “The light of the world!” No wonder why the devil has tried to trick humanity into worshiping the sun, rather than the Creator himself, who represents the sun!

2nd Samuel 2:24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lies before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon. 

2nd Samuel 3:35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do Elohiym to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down. 

1st Kings 22:36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country. 

2nd Chronicles 18:34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.

Psalm 50:1 The mighty EL, even YHWH, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun [mizrach] unto the going down [mabo] thereof

Psalm 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows his going down [mabo]. 

Psalm 104:22 The sun arises, [zarach] they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. 

Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun [mizrach] unto the going down [mabo] of the same YHWH’s name is to be praised. 

Ecclesiastes 1:5 The sun also arises [zarach], and the sun goes down [bo], and hastes to his place where he arose. 

Isaiah 38:8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down [yarad, descend] in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down [yarad, descend]. 

Isaiah 60:20 Your sun shall no more go down [bo]; neither shall your moon withdraw itself [asaph, to be removed]: for YHWH shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. 

*Note: The Hebrew word for the phrase “withdraw itself,” is “asaph,” which means “to take away, or remove.” On a flat earth model, the moon never disappears, nor is it taken away, or removed.

Jeremiah 15:9 She that has borne seven languishes: she has given up the spirit; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she has been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, says YHWH. 

Daniel 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, says YHWH Elohiym, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

Micah 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that you shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that you shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. 

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun [mizrach] even unto the going down [mabo] of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, says YHWH of hosts. 

Ephesians 4:26 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down [epiduo], upon your wrath: