Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Afikomen Pictures the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

By Maria Merola

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 53:5 But he was PIERCED for our transgressions, he was BRUISED for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his STRIPES we are healed. 

I love the element in the Messianic Seder called “The Afikomen,” where the three sheets of Matzah are “broken” and then wrapped in a napkin to be “hidden.” The word “Afikomen” is a Greek word, which literally means “To be eaten at the end.” Why would there be a Greek word in a Jewish Passover? 

You will be surprised to discover that the Jewish Passover Seder is entirely a construct of the Messianic Yahuwidym (Jews) in the 1st Century Jerusalem, (when Greek was the common language of the Roman Empire). It was during this time that our Messiah taught his disciples at this final Passover Meal, aka what some refer to as “The Last Supper.” To see historical evidence for his, go to this link:


Because the Afikomen is something eaten at the end, it reminds us of when our Messiah declared that moving forward (after his Passover meal), he would no longer be eating the Passover meal with his disciples until the end, when he returns to set up his kingdom here on earth (Luke 22:16). 

It also tells us that at the end, the Yahuwdiym (Jews) who search for him will find him standing on the Mount of Olives, and they shall mourn for him whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10). 

The napkin is also symbolic of the burial cloth our Messiah was wrapped in. Matzah has no leavening or yeast it it, therefore, it symbolizes that our Messiah is “That bread from heaven,” (John 6:51) who is also the sinless lamb (Exodus 12:5; 1st Peter 1:19). 

The bread being without leaven reminds us that we are to rid our lives of all sin, and that Messiah was perfect and sinless (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). The fact that there are three pieces of the Matzah hidden reminds us that our Messiah was hidden “In the heart of the earth for three days and three nights” (Matthew 12:40).

Interestingly, the Matzah is pierced and striped before being placed in the oven. This is a prophetic picture of our Messiah who was “pierced” (Psalm 22:16; John 19:34-37; Revelation 1:7) and by his “stripes” we were healed (Isaiah 53:5; 1st Peter 2:24). 

The only person who is allowed to search for the Matzah is the youngest child in the home. This reminds us that many from the Kingdom of Yahuwdah (Judah) still are blinded to their Messiah, thus, he is “hidden” from their eyes (2nd Corinthians 3:14-16; Romans 11:7). 

The youngest child going in search of the three pieces of Matzah reminds us that those who seek after Messiah, will find him, and will be given the “Hidden Manna” (Revelation 2:17). 

For those who call this a “Rabbinical Tradition,” you couldn't be more wrong about that! Did you know that historically the Passover Seder Meal was a construct of the disciples of Yahuwshuwa? Before Messiah died on the tree, the Yahuwdiym (Jews) did not have a Seder Meal at Passover! The Passover Seder is a construct of Messiah himself and his disciples! 

The Non-Messianic Jews were then forced to come up with their own version of a Passover Seder, in an attempt to “counter” or “supplant,” the Messianic Seder! 

Our Messiah is still “HIDDEN,” from many of the Yahuwdiym (Jews), and the Afikomen is therefore, an allusion to this beautiful passage: 

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 29:13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart

When those from the kingdom of Judah humble themselves as children, they will find him! 

For our Messiah told us we must become “As a little child to enter into the Kingdom of Elohiym” (Matthew 18:3; Matthew 19:14). 

We are shown that we must become “The least, before becoming great” (Matthew 9:48). For those who “Humble themselves shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11; 18:4).

The First Yom Kippur in the Garden of Eden

By Maria Merola אריאל

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, August 2016  

Whenever people ask me which of the seven biblical festivals is my favorite one, my answer is “Yom Kippur.” Most people will tell me that their favorite festival is either Passover, or Sukkot, and the reason for that, is pretty obvious.

These two festivals of Passover & Sukkot are celebrations that involve eating good food, dancing, and having a joyous time together with like-minded believers. It’s no wonder that most people choose either one of these as their answer.

Now, the glaring question remains, “Why is Yom Kippur my favorite of the seven festivals?” The most obvious reason is that it is one of the most misunderstood of all the seven festivals. Even the Rabbis and Sages to this day, do not fully understand the prophetic significance of this festival. However, the main reason I choose Yom Kippur as my favorite, is because throughout the pages of Scripture, Yom Kippur typology is evidenced more than any other festival. 

Beginning with Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3 & 4, “Yom Kippur” typology is expressed in the text and it continues right up until the end, in Revelation 19, when our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa returns on what is called The Day of Vengeance. 

In Revelation 19:2 we see our Messiah returning on a white horse ready to exact his perfect justice, on all the wicked people of the earth who persecuted his people. As a matter of fact, the word “avenged” is used to describe what will be the first thing on our Messiahs agenda when he returns.

Chazown (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. 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 34:8 For it is the day of YHWHs vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of YHWH, and the day of vengeance of our Elohiym; to comfort all that mourn; 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. 

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 46:10 For this is the day of YHWH Elohiym of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for YHWH Elohiym of hosts has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates. 

Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Yom Kippur has a specific prophetic purpose, as it is all about judgement on the wicked, and exacting justice for those who have been wronged. Yom Kippur language is found throughout the writings of the prophet Yeshayahuw (Isaiah), as he describes in 42:16 making The crooked paths straight, and righting all the wrongs. In Isaiah 58:6, Yom Kippur is the day when The oppressed go free... and every yoke is broken.It is the day when everything that has been wrong with this world, (all the injustices) will finally be avenged and corrected by our Messiah. It will be on that day that the restoration of Yisra’el will begin:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 58:12 And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which Elohiym has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Now, you can begin to understand why the future Yom Kippur, (when our Messiah returns as a ferocious lion), is a day that I am anticipating more than any other day in history. And because our Messiah is also longing for justice, we too should be in one accord with him in his desire to see all things restored. Restored back to what? Back to the way they were before that old serpent, the devil, corrupted his beautiful creation.

Let’s begin with the first sin that was ever committed in history. We are told that the first sin entered into the world through Adam, even though it was Chawah (Eve) who was deceived by the serpent. Why was Adam the one who was given the greater blame? It’s because Adam knew full-well what he was doing, for he was not deceived. 

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 

1st Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  

1st Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

So you see, Adam was the one who is responsible for allowing sin to enter the world, because he was not deceived when he disobeyed. He knew exactly what he was doing. However, he probably ate of The Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil, because he knew that his wife, Eve was going to be banished from the garden, and he could not bear to be without her. Adam knew that Eve had been taken out of his side, and made from his rib, as she was “Bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh(Genesis 2:23).

Even though Scripture does not tell us when YaHuWaH “covered” Adam & Chawah (Eve), we get a hint that they were covered on Yom Kippur. It is because the meaning of the word “kippur” (atonement), comes from another root word “kaphar” which means “to cover.”

This means the first “Day of Covering” took place in the Garden of Eden!

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did YHWH Elohiym MAKE COATS OF SKINS, AND CLOTHED THEM. 

YaHuWaH himself, manifested as the High Priest Melchizedek, (the Messiah, Yahuwshuwa) who “walked among them” in the garden, as he performed the first “Yom Kippur” sacrifice to “cover the nakedness of their sins.” 

In Leviticus 16, the High Priest is commanded to cast lots to see which of the “twin goats” is to be “killed,” and which one is to be “sent away.” Immediately after YaHuWaH “killed” a lamb (and covered Adam & Eve), he had to “send them away” as the “SCAPEGOAT.” 

In Genesis 4:1, we read that Adam & Chawah (Eve) “CONCIEVED” and bore two sons: Qayin (Cain) & Hebel (Abel). Thus, we can see that even though Eve was deceived and in transgression, immediately after atonement was made for her, she conceived. This goes along with “The Law of Jealousy,” in Numbers 5:11-31. 

This ordinance is a test for a woman suspected of committing adultery without a witness to corroborate. If her husband suspected her of cheating, he would take the woman to the Temple to perform this test. And if she passed the test, (because she had not been unfaithful), she would go home and conceive a child, as a sign that she was innocent! Similarly, although Eve was not innocent, she was made innocent by the blood of an innocent lamb dying in her place:

1st Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding, she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. 

The names of these two brothers tell a story of the TWO HOUSES OF YISRA’EL: 

The name “Cain” (Qayin) comes from a Hebrew root word as follows:

#H7069 qanah kaw-naw' a primitive root; to erect, i.e. create; by extension, to procure, especially by PURCHASE (causatively, sell); by implication to own:--attain, buy(-er), teach to keep cattle, get, PROVOKE TO JEALOUSY, possess (-or), PURCHASE, RECOVER, REDEEM

*Explanation: The very definition of his name, is filled with Yom Kippur language! 

In Revelation 19, on the Day of Atonement, our Messiah will return on a white horse, and he will REDEEM, PURCHASE, AND RECOVER his bride! You will also notice that this word “qanah” means “TO PROVOKE TO JEALOUSY!” 

In Romans 11:11, we are told that the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) fell from grace, and caused salvation to come to the gentiles aka “The House of Ephrayim,” in order to “Provoke Yisrael to jealousy!” 

Romiym (Romans) 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? Elohiym forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy

Therefore, Cain represents the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) because they killed their own Messiah when they shouted “CRUCIFY HIM!” 

The name Hebel (Abel) means the following: 

#H1892 hebel heh'bel or habel {hab-ale'}; from 1891; EMPTINESS OR VANITY; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb:--altogether, vain, vanity

Even though Abel was righteous, both Houses of Yisra’el have “TRADED PLACES” throughout history. Judah became more like Ephrayim, and Ephrayim in these last days are becoming more like Yahuwdah (Judah).

This phenomenon is taking place as we get closer to the second coming of Messiah, so that both houses will be equalized in the end. In other words, both houses must experience the same shame, and humbling, so that neither one of them can claim superiority over the other.

Therefore, Abel represents the House of Ephrayim, because Ephrayim was known to be joined to “idolatry” which is “vanity” and emptiness: 

Howshea 4:17 Ephrayim is joined to idols: let him alone. 

Howshea 12:1 Ephrayim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. 

Qayin (Cain) represents the “SCAPEGOAT” because he was “SENT AWAY.” 

Hebel (Abel) represents the “SACRIFICIAL GOAT” because he was “SLAIN.” 

Adam & Chawah (Eve) lost both of their sons as punishment for their sin in the garden. Similarly, King David was punished when YaHuWaH took his son born to him with Bathsheba, because he had her husband, Uriah killed so that he could commit adultery with her. 

In Genesis 4:15, YaHuWaH pronounced “VENGEANCE” on anyone who slays Cain: 

“And YHWH said unto him, Therefore whosoever slays Qayin (Cain), VENGEANCE shall be taken on him SEVENFOLD. And YHWH set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” 

On “The Seventh Day Sabbath Millennium,” the Future “DAY OF VENGEANCE,” on Yom Kippur, Yahuwshuwa will finally REDEEM, PURCHASE & RECOVER all that the enemy has stolen from Adam & Chawah (Eve) and their TWO SONS, who represent “BOTH HOUSES OF YISRA’EL!” 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2 To proclaim the Acceptable year of YHWH, and THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR ELOHIYM; to comfort all that mourn; 

Chazown (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. 

To learn more about how our Messiah fulfilled the Twin Goats for Yom Kippur, see this blog: The Yom Kippur Twin Goats Fulfilled in Messiah.


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Maria’s Homemade Unleavened Bread (Matzah) Recipe for Passover

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, March 2004
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Description: A delicious lightly sweet, slightly salty homemade unleavened bread. You can also use this dough to make homemade Matzah Pizza. Just add Tomato Sauce or Basil Pesto, grated cheeses and toppings, and then bake on a hot Pizza Stone or Pizza Pan at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, depending on how thick your crust is, and how many toppings you have on the Pizza. 

Yield: 6 cookie sheets 

Full Ingredients: 

¼ cup Olive Oil. 
¼ cup Raw Unfiltered Honey.
 
*Hint: if you are on a low carb diet, you can substitute Stevia or Swerve, Erythritol or Monk Fruit Sweetener instead of honey. 

2 teaspoons salt. 
3 eggs.
1 ½ cups water. 
6 to 6 ½ cups bread flour or all-purpose flour.

*I like to use a blend of Ancient Grain flours, such as Einkorn, which is not hybridized, and naturally Gluten-Free, and Non-GMO. 


Other flours I like to add to my blend are as follows: Millet, Sorghum, Spelt, Sprouted Oat Flour, Buckwheat, Ground Flax, and Psyllium Husk Powder for added fiber. See the flours I have purchased from Amazon at the links below.






You can also cut the carbs to this dough by making a blend of 50/50 Extra-Fine Almond Flour with equal parts of the other flours in a container or bowl. Then, measure the amount of blended flours according to the recipe. 

*Example: I measure out 3 cups each of the Einkorn, Sprouted Oat Flour, and Buckwheat Flour. This will make 9 cups of flour. Then, add 1 cup of Psyllium Husk Powder, 1 cup of Ground Flax, 1 cup of Oat Fiber, and 6 cups of Almond Flour to make a blend of 50/50, so that the carbs will be cut in half. I recommend this Ultra-Fine Almond Flour:


*Here is an important tip:

I always end up using more flour than what this recipe calls for. 6-7 cups is more of a starting point. You will want to keep on adding flour until it no longer sticks to your hands while kneading it. I end up using about 10 cups of flour altogether, instead of 6 cups. Just keep on adding flour until the dough no longer sticks to your hands, and it rolls off your skin. If more water is needed, you can add more water until you achieve the right consistency of dough.

*Instructions: 

1.) In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, honey, salt, eggs, and water. Stir until well-mixed. Stir in about 4 cups of the flour, then add more flour as needed and knead into a fairly stiff dough. 

2.) Divide dough into 3 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a large rectangle. You can make your matzah as thin or as thick as you wish; we like ours rolled fairly thin (not thicker than pie crust, for example).

3.) Cut rolled dough into squares. (I use a pizza cutter for this.) Place squares onto lightly greased baking sheets. Prick with a fork. Sprinkle with salt if desired. 

*Tip: I like to brush mine with Olive Oil, fresh Rosemary, freshly crushed garlic, and grated Asiago cheese.

4.) Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven. For thin matzah, bake 10-11 minutes. For medium matzah, 13-14 minutes. For thick matzah, bake 15- 20 minutes or until done. Matzah should be very lightly browned on top. Over-baked matzah will be hard and not very good, so be careful to not bake too long! 

5.) Removed baked matzah from baking sheet and place on wire rack to cool, covered with a clean towel. Store in an airtight container or bag.

*Tip: I place my dough on Parchment paper, and then with a Pizza Peel, I slide it onto a hot Pizza Stone. This makes the matzah crunchy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside.

*Additional Notes: If you have a bread machine, you can use the dough cycle for this step. Just place ingredients in machine in order listed and allow it to knead until a smooth dough has formed.

Remove dough from machine (before “rising time” has started) and proceed with step 2.