“Do as I say, not as I do” guarantees rebellion or resentment.
Everything is worship! Everything we do, say, or even think is worship either for or against Yah and His established order. Reject anyone who says otherwise, or justifies sin by saying, “That was in the past,” or “That was from pagan worship.” See Numbers 15:30, 1 Timothy 2:4, Hebrews 10:26.
All forms of sex outside of the marriage covenant are worship of (faithfulness to) the tangible (the physical, the world, this existence). Adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, and bestiality are abominations because they are completely outside of the Creator’s established order, caused (and encouraged) by the corruption from Adam’s sin. Everything outside of His perfect order is what we each must fight and resist on a personal level daily.
Things we do and experience in life can be symbolic, demonstrating the effect we have on our environment (or what the environment does to us). For example, restless sleep or insomnia can indicate something is off with our spiritual walk.
Abraham and Sarah had their names changed, Yah adding the “breath of lives” (hey, ה) in them. Isaac and Rebekah kept their names, both having the k-sound (kouf, ק) in them. I wonder why? Is it because they stayed put, while Abraham and Sarah (and Jacob/Israel and his family) traveled?
Eve could have been saved or forgiven if Adam hadn’t sinned. The proof: Numbers 30.
When I read the OT, I see a Father frustrated with His children, not the ogre some people read into the text. Israel made an oath to YHWH. Since He is the Creator, why can’t He establish how His creation should be ordered?
Why are people compared over 3000 years of the OT to the less than a century of the NT as far as to how Yah operated in Scripture? All the NT does is summarize and clarify what the Father wanted all along. There is still much we need to learn from the OT
As in the physical, there is a spiritual component. There is such a thing as spiritual mental illness. For example, I have listened to a former Orthodox Christian describe Our Creator as a minor god who was kicked out of the pantheon of gods. Lord, please help that person.
Reading the Bible is a part of doing His Will. Whenever we read it, it become a part of us, giving fuel the Holy Spirit can use in us, since church service can only do so much. If you do not read and listen to the Word in totality, you give little for the Holy Spirit to work with.
Anointings get recycled, not souls or spirits.
I hate the term sin nature. It demotes sin (missing the mark, an offense) into an adjective, a mere modifier, weakening its role as an active noun and powerful verb. Let’s call it what it really is—corruption. This entire plane of existence is corrupt, but the order He established still works, still gives us hope of it being corrected.
The Bible should be honored as the written Word; a Bible version should not. It is idolatry. All versions, including the ones in Hebrew, on this corrupt plane of existence are flawed. Only the Inspiration Himself is unadulterated. He is our Unleavened Bread. Seek Him constantly. Amen.
Upon waking yesterday, I had received this word: My order is perfect, even though the function has been corrupted.
The sun, moon, and stars still tell the time. Animals still follow the instincts I have programmed into them. Plants still grow in the conditions I have established for them. The tides rise and fall. Even your bodies’ cells do as I have commanded them to do to maintain your lives.
One day, the corruption will pass. Hold on. Be patient. Keep seeking Me out to learn in function in this plane of existence.
Genesis 1:31 And Elohim looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that El does from beginning to end.
Proverbs 16:4 YHWH has made everything for His purpose—even the wicked for the day of disaster.
Personal note: I do not want to write this, but the truth about His thoughts of us will not be stopped. Some will be offended. Put your ego aside and seek the Father’s truth for yourselves.
In a prior post, I mentioned the Jews believe there are four level of Scriptural interpretation. I am not called to explore that concept at the moment, but here are three articles defining it:
I agree that the first, or surface, level—parshah—must retain its original meaning, whether literal or figurative. The more one reads Scripture, the more layers will be exposed.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to YHWH our Elohim, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of Yah to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.
Psalm 25:14 YHWH confides in those who fear Him and reveals His covenant to them.
Job 12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into light.
Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
Colossians 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Hebrews 8:5 The place where they serve is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
Hebrews 10:1 For the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves. It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
Everything in Scripture has more than one meaning, given that even He states He has things reserved for those who seek His will.
When one deals in revelation, you must expect and accept the good and the bad. The bad is for our correction and a reminder to consider His viewpoint and heart, which is what humility towards Him is. The following passage is such a reminder:
I will not punish your daughters when they play the prostitute,
Or your brides [daughters-in-law] when they commit adultery,
Because the men themselves slip away with the prostitutes
And [kill to] offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes;
So the people without understanding are ruined [trampled].
In context of Hosea 4, the first level of meaning is that it is the fault of Israel’s men that women serve either as temple or regular prostitutes, since they indulge in both. Make note of Judah’s hypocrisy with his daughter-in-law, Tamar. Back then, women who were regular prostitutes suffered abuse and could be punished by the shaving of her head.
Job 4:8 As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
The second layer can be extrapolated by reading between the lines: men are the ones who keep prostitution and pornography going. Think; what would happen if all women in the world decided to reject prostitution and pornography? All sexual crimes would skyrocket, including incest and pedophilia. Even in countries with legalized prostitution, women and children are still being kidnapped to service men.
Why? This is ego—the fruit (result) of the tree of [each person’s view of] good and evil—manifesting as sexual desire and greed. Spiritually speaking, the collective Adam wants the attributes that were removed from him back by any means available. The first Adam forgot he was still connected to Eve, which is why they fell after Adam ate, not Eve. He saw that nothing had happened to her, so he ate—human nature always expects negative results towards others. That is why he blamed Eve when Yah confronted them. That is why he will always want to rule over her. Please, stop the myth of his sinning due to his love for her. Love requires us to go against our nature, to adopt Our Father’s agapé, to become a part of Him.
A third layer of interpretation takes in several pieces of symbolism:
Daughters and brides – Israel and Judah
Temple prostitution – false worship
Regular prostitution – self worship or humanism
Men engaging in prostitution – leading everyone astray
The third layer matches perfectly with the entire theme of Hosea, which is worshiping outside of Yah’s Instructions. The main reasons they did this were a hedge against failure and reassurance for success. They even admitted this in Jeremiah 44:
15Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, and all the women standing by—a great assembly—along with all the people living in the land of Egypt and in Pathros, said to Jeremiah, 16“As for the word you have spoken to us in the name of YHWH, we will not listen to you! 17Instead, we will do everything we vowed to do: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and offer drink offerings to her, just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.
At that time, we had plenty of food and good things, and we saw no disaster. 18But from the time we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been perishing by sword and famine.”
19“Moreover,” said the women, “when we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands’ knowledge that we made sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”
The men not only knew, but participated, according to Jeremiah 7:
17Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes for the Queen of Heaven; they pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke Me to anger.
Torah states a vow is anything you swear is to (or against) the Lord of Hosts, that includes religious practices:
1Then Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel, “This is what YHWH has commanded: 2If a man makes a vow to YHWH or swears an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word; he must do everything he has promised.
3And if a woman in her father’s house during her youth makes a vow to YHWH or obligates herself by a pledge, 4and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 5But if her father prohibits her on the day he hears about it, then none of the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. YHWH will absolve her because her father has prohibited her.
6If a woman marries while under a vow or rash promise by which she has bound herself, 7and her husband hears of it but says nothing to her on that day, then the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 8But if her husband prohibits her when he hears of it, he nullifies the vow that binds her or the rash promise she has made, and YHWH will absolve her.
9Every vow a widow or divorced woman pledges to fulfill is binding on her.
10If a woman in her husband’s house has made a vow or put herself under an obligation with an oath, 11and her husband hears of it but says nothing to her and does not prohibit her, then all the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 12But if her husband nullifies them on the day he hears of them, then nothing that came from her lips, whether her vows or pledges, shall stand. Her husband has nullified them, and YHWH will absolve her.
13Her husband may confirm or nullify any vow or any sworn pledge to deny herself. 14But if her husband says nothing to her from day to day, then he confirms all the vows and pledges that bind her. He has confirmed them, because he said nothing to her on the day he heard about them. 15But if he nullifies them after he hears of them, then he will bear her iniquity.”
16These are the statutes that YHWH commanded Moses concerning the relationship between a man and his wife, and between a father and a young daughter still in his home.
Notice, the emphasis is on men to set the example, which was the whole point of Torah. This means Eve could have been saved or forgiven of her transgression if Adam had refused to eat.
Can you count the number of times in your life you thought the Father was either slow on receiving your petitions or not listening to at all? How many times have you taken matters into your own hands?
Today, we have technology, willpower, self-esteem, humanism, money, and other things of human ingenuity to rely on. The problem with these comes when we believe these can take Yah’s place, thus they become idols. Remember, the things in the world are tools, not solutions, which also include other humans. We each are to become His tools in His hands, not rely or worry about the issues of this existence.
2On that day the Branch of YHWH will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the beauty of the survivors of Israel. 3And it will come about that the one who is left in Zion and remains behind in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. 4When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5then YHWH will create over the entire area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6And there will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.
The first verse of this chapter technically should be the last verse of Isaiah 3, but I think Father Yah had it separated for a reason.
In two blog posts, The Biblical Symbolism of Male and Female and Puzzling Passages Made Plain: The Levite and His Concubine – Part 1, I state what the male (beast or Spirit) and female (the soul making choices) symbolize within Scripture. Here are some examples of the female symbolizing Israel and Judah:
In those passages, Israel is seen as Yah’s bride who has become unfaithful. They were practicing religion abhorrent to His Instructions. Therefore paganism, or practices to influence the supernatural in one’s favor, are also symbolized by the female, because it is a result of a choice.
There is a thread of similarity between Isaiah 4:1, Zechariah 8:23, the parable of the Ten Virgins, and the seven Ecclesiae in Revelation 2-3. All of them deal with the soul’s choice to follow Yah and become a part of Him, symbolized by the marriage covenant. While Revelation is straight-forward, the parable requires one to understand the oil representing the Holy Spirit operating in a believer’s life. Isaiah 4:1, however, is not so obvious until you read verses 2-6, which speak of Yahshua, the branch of Jesse becoming the Branch of YHWH at the end of the age.
Seven women = seven believers, or groups of believers
Take hold of one man = one person, male or female, or a group who is heavy in the Spirit
We will eat our own bread = we will do our own version of the Word
Wear our own clothes = we will behave as we see fit (clothes symbolize character)
Only let us be called by your name = we want to be known as your people (name means nature, power, authority, cause, character)
Take away our disgrace = protect and care for us, tell us we are OK as we are
This has already happened given the tens of thousands of denominations today. During the end of days, frantic people will be searching high and low for those who have the Spirit upon them. It is a warning, just like the parable and the seven churches of Revelation: maintain your connection with the Spirit of the Most High God. You may become one of those persons those weak in faith seek out.
I am not the only one who has received this revelation:
Take this to the Father in prayer. Amen.
When analyzing Scripture, everything in the OT had to be taken into account, or risk getting the interpretation wrong. This also includes the rituals, their symbolism, and its consistency of use through the entire Bible. We can see ideas as obvious depending on the context of a term or phrase, but we must examine all the times either a word or phrase is used to ascertain if the interpretation is correct.
Exodus 12:15 (NKJ) Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
Exodus 12:19 For seven days there must be no leaven found in your houses. If anyone eats something leavened, that person, whether a foreigner or native of the land, must be cut off from the congregation of Israel.
Exodus 13:7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten during those seven days. Nothing leavened may be found among you, nor shall leaven be found anywhere within your borders.
This was to commemorate the Exodus. Because Israel fled Egypt in such a hurry, they had no time to add leaven to the dough. Leaven was made from either dried old dough or raw dough set out to ferment. The most effective ways to be rid of it was to either burn or bury it outside the camp to be retrieved later. With the threatened banishment for eating something leavened, it is understandable why people would equate leaven with sin.
Exodus 25:30 announced the use of the Bread of the Presence (Showbread), which was twelve unleavened cakes stacked the two rows of six and covered with frankincense. Leviticus 2 and 6 detail how they were to be processed. For every Shabbot, fresh cakes were made and only the priests ate this within the Holy Place. This reinforces the idea that being unleavened or without sin should be our desired state.
The first deviation from this idea comes from the peace (freewill) offering:
11Now this is the law of the peace offering that one may present to YHWH: 12If he offers it in thanksgiving, then along with the sacrifice of thanksgiving he shall offer unleavened cakes mixed with olive oil, unleavened wafers coated with oil, and well-kneaded cakes of fine flour mixed with oil.
13Along with his peace offering of thanksgiving he is to present an offering with cakes of leavened bread. 14From the cakes he must present one portion of each offering as a contribution to YHWH. It belongs to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offering.
This also happens during Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost):
15From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you are to count off seven full weeks. 16You shall count off fifty days until the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to YHWH.
17Bring two loaves of bread from your dwellings as a wave offering, each made from two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with leaven, as the firstfruits to YHWH.
18Along with the bread you are to present seven unblemished male lambs a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to YHWH, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma to YHWH.
19You shall also prepare one male goat as a sin offering and two male lambs a year old as a peace offering. 20The priest is to wave the lambs as a wave offering before YHWH, together with the bread of the firstfruits. The bread and the two lambs shall be holy to YHWH for the priest.
According to What Are Heave and Wave Offerings?, both the priest and the offeror waved bread over the main altar and ate some of it in the Lord’s presence; the remainder was for the priests. The Outer Court allowed for both puffed and flatbread, which could symbolize corruption and incorruption operating on this plane of existence, but why allow leavened bread there at all? Why not have either the priests or the people eat unleavened bread only? Is Yah in favor of sin if leaven represents sin?
Thank Yah, He sent His Son to muddies the waters:
Matthew 13:33 He told them still another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.”
Luke 13:20-21 And again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three sata of flour until it was all leavened.”
Here, Yahshua is comparing leaven to the Kingdom of God. If leaven embodied sin, why would He compare it to the Kingdom? I assumed that this meant believers were to be like leaven in the world. Years later, the Father enlightened me—leaven symbolizes influence.
7They discussed this among themselves and concluded, “It is because we did not bring any bread.”
8Aware of their conversation, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you debating among yourselves about having no bread? 9Do you still not understand? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11How do you not understand that I was not telling you about bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
12Then they understood that He was not telling them to beware of the leaven used in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Teaching is a form of influence, the last time I looked.
16So they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17Aware of their conversation, Jesus asked them, “Why are you debating about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Do you have such hard hearts? 18‘Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?’ [Deuteronomy 29:4, Isaiah 6:9, Isaiah 6:10, Isaiah 42:20, Isaiah 43:8, Jeremiah 5:21, Jeremiah 6:10, Ezekiel 12:2] And do you not remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you collect?”
“Twelve,” they answered.
20“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you collect?”
“Seven,” they said.
21Then He asked them, “Do you still not understand?”
As in Matthew 16, the focus is on Yahshua’s influence over His environment, reinforcing that only good comes from and increases under Father Yah’s direction. The Pharisees (religion) and Herod (government) are faulty without His Guidance. Since those two entities led the people, their behavior—sin, pointless rules, public praying, ill-gotten gains, for example—infected the ones beneath them.
1In the meantime, a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling one another. Jesus began to speak first to His disciples: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.”
In short, their actions said, “Do as I say, not as I do,” but Father’s Light will expose them. The word hypocrisy comes from the Greek word hupokrisis, meaning acting under a mask as they did in ancient Greco-Roman theater. On a deeper level, Yahshua highlighted how their behavior causes others to behave as hypocrites, but neither group realized it.
1 Corinthians 5
6Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven works through the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old leaven, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old bread, leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and of truth.
The idea of leaven representing sin was strengthened here. Remember, the thought precedes the sin (an action). Paul had implied, “Get rid of your old habitual thoughts (influence) and renew yourselves under the grace Christ’s blood bought us.” See Romans 12:2, Matthew 13:22, Mark 4:19, Galatians 1:4, Ephesians 4:23-24, Ephesians 5:10, Ephesians 5:17, Colossians 3:10, 1 Peter 1:14.
James 4:4 Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility with Yah? Therefore, whoever has chosen to be a friend of the world is appointed an enemy of Yah.
Ezekiel 16:32 You adulterous wife! You receive strangers instead of your own husband!
Friendship a type of influence. This is why YHWH told the Israelites not to make covenants of any kind (marriage and treaties, for example) with the goyim serving other gods.
7You were running so well. Who has obstructed you from obeying the truth? 8Such persuasion does not come from the One who calls you. 9A little leaven works through the whole batch of dough. 10I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is troubling you will bear the judgment, whoever he may be.
Persuasion is another type of influence. Paul declared the Galatians had been led astray, but the Father will correct those who sowed the deception.
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
John 15:19 If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
Romans 8:7 …because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The ego—our flesh and soul together—operates outside of our spirit and Holy Spirit and is our greatest influence, the one we must overcome daily. Being in this realm is our test, to see if we choose Him over the tangible. As we grow closer to Him, the more we see of His supernatural Nature and the less we desire to maintain this existence. Do you desire to be a light on His Holy Mountain (the New Jerusalem)?
The only leaven He wants is the stuff He made, even if it is not always perfectly presented. He knew in advance we would mess things up; that is the curse of corruption. He even knew the Israelites would want a king before they were established as a nation. The cleansing of the homes of leaven symbolized cleansing ourselves of the world’s influence. Unleavened bread is the pure Word of YHWH; eating it means either to start over, so it becomes a part of you or nurture what was already there. The leavened bread at the Tabernacle/Temple’s Outer Court represents His grace under His influence (His Word, written or spoken, no matter how much we distort it—the bubbles in the bread) while we are in the world.
If you are not convinced, take this to the Lord in prayer. Amen.
Edit: Someone else received the same revelation I did. Reposted with permission.
I have reviewed many Christian documents and websites to learn about their perspectives on leaven. One website that I found offered this: “Whenever leaven is mentioned in the Bible (22 times in the Old Testament and 17 times in the New Testament), it always (almost always) represents sin or evil.” This is a very traditional understanding of what leaven is supposed to represent.
However, while this is a tradition, it is not scriptural. There is no verse in the Bible that declares that leaven is sin. There is a verse that tells us what sin is. That verse is 1 John 3:4 which says, “Sin is the transgression of the law.”
Messiah Yahshua never called leaven sin, but he did give us some examples of how he viewed the symbol of leaven. The first example is found in Matthew 13:33: “the kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven.” Another scripture that offers a positive perspective is found in Luke 13:20-21: “and again he said, whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of Yahweh? It is like leaven.”
A second example is when Yahshua compared the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees with leaven. This is found in Matthew 16:11-12:
How is it that ye do not understand that I spoke not to you concerning bread that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine [Strong’s 1322, didache, teaching or instruction] of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Messiah clarified that he was not talking about bread, but the influence of teachings. He was not calling the bread or the teaching bad, but only influential.
Their teachings had the ability to shape people’s thinking. Since these teachings were based on man’s traditions and not the Scriptures (Mark 7: 13), caution must be taken.
The third example is when Messiah warned the disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod in Mark 8:15. Once again, Messiah was speaking about the Pharisees and Sadducees’ reliance on their traditions, and not the word of Yahweh. This time he also referenced Herod’s immorality with his brother’s wife as well as his other evil deeds. (Mark 6:14-29; Luke 3:18-21) Messiah was warning his disciples not to be influenced by Herod’s words or deeds.
The fourth example is found in Luke 12:1 where Messiah says: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Hypocrisy is saying one thing and doing something else. The Pharisees had the knowledge to teach properly, but would often conduct themselves contrary to the teachings.
The Pharisees, the Sadducees and Herod were authority figures. Their status in society would only add weight to their words. He was warning his disciples to be careful. They must always compare someone’s words and behavior to Yahweh’s word. That is the ultimate authority and not man.
Three of these four examples had to do with the negative influence of teachings and behavior. The fourth compares leaven with the kingdom of Yahweh or heaven. What could be evil or corrupt about Yahweh’s Kingdom or heaven?
However, I did find some Christian writers who tried very hard to spin this parable in such a way that it supported a sinful or corrupt influence of the kingdom of Yahweh or heaven. Once again, Messiah was talking about the potent influence of the kingdom. Once leaven enters the dough, it spreads quickly and thoroughly throughout the dough. It is this pervasive quality that Messiah is describing, not the good or bad qualities of the influence.
In Matthew 4:4 Messiah is quoted as saying: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh.” We must be careful of any source other than the word of Yahweh as a standard of how to live our lives. Yahweh’s words are more important than any other source that man can offer.
Messiah was not saying that everything man proclaims is bad, but it could be. We must be discerning. Leaven is not bad in and of itself, but It can ferment or puff-up. Man’s words can also produce arrogance and blind one to the truth.
If Ieaven usually represents sin, then what does this say about the bread of the firstfruits mentioned in Leviticus 23:17, 20? On Shavuoth, or Pentecost, the people were told to offer a new meal offering. It is in verse 17 that we are told: “Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits of Yahweh.”
Who are these firstfruits? The apostle John provides us with an answer in Revelation 14:4-5:
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahweh and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Yahweh.
Should these firstfruits be symbolized by bread that supposedly contains evil leaven? Of course not, because leaven is not used to indicate sin or evil. What we are being told is that the firstfruits have been under the influence of a very permeating force. In this case it is the Spirit of Yahweh and the Spirit of YahwehShua.
The firstfruits are the saints who overcome and are raised in the better resurrection when Messiah returns. When they were baptized in the name of YahwehShua, they received a down payment of the Son’s Spirit, bestowed by the Father’s Spirit. The Son’s Spirit is compared to leaven because it is a permeating force that over time supplants our carnal nature with the nature of Messiah. This process is described by Paul in Galatians 4:19. The attributes of Messiah’s nature are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as fruits of the Spirit.
The two loaves presented at Pentecost represent the firstfruits. As the spirit supplants man’s carnal nature, it produces beings that will be with Messiah always, having no guile and are without fault. This positive outcome is symbolized by the permeating action of leaven in dough.
The case of Judas provides an example of a negative outcome of a different sort of influence. Judas was pressured by the Pharisees to make an evil pact to betray Messiah. His deadly decision cost him his own life as well as that of Messiah. Yes, this was all within Yahweh’s will and His plan. Yahweh is the most powerful force of all. His will shall be done. This is why Messiah said the Kingdom of Yahweh is as leaven!
In Exodus 12, we are introduced to the use of unleavened bread with the Passover meal and as food during the Israelite escape from Egypt. They ate this Passover meal in haste. (Exodus 12:11) They did not have time to prepare leavened bread. The use of unleavened bread in this passage is not intended to make a statement about the good or evil nature of leaven. It was simply expedient to use unleavened bread.
Look at what Paul tells us in first Corinthians 5:6-7:
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Messiah our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with the unleavened (bread) [the word bread is added and not found in the Greek] of sincerity and truth.
Paul is not writing about leavened or unleavened bread. He is speaking about the extensive influence of the world and Satan. We must learn to rely on the truth of Yahweh’s word instead.
Here are two extra-biblical examples of interpreting leaven as sin or evil: “And in rabbinic literature, leaven is often used as a metaphor for the evil inclination or yetzer-ha-ra.” (Babylonian Talmud, Berakhat 17a)
“And the people took their dough before it was leavened. On the strength of this founded the precept that leaven should be burned on Passover eve. Leaven and unleavened symbolizes the evil and good incarnations of man.” (Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Raya Mehemna page 40b)
These are two examples of how the Christians, Catholics and Messianic groups learned that leaven is evil and unleavened is pure or good. This concept did not come from the Scriptures, but from the traditions of men. These groups have fallen victim to what Messiah warned us about. The Talmudic and rabbinical perspectives represent a potent force that can be compared to the leaven that puffs up man. Man views their beliefs as having greater authority than what Yahweh says in his word. This has nothing to do with bread. This is really about persuasive forces that can lead us away from Yahweh’s truth.
This false teaching obscures the meaning of the bread of firstfruits as well as how the Spirit of the Father Yahweh began the development of the firstfruits at the first Pentecost. Those who receive the down payment of the Spirit are exposed to the mighty spiritual force of Yahweh. This dominant force is able to overcome man’s carnal nature and create a new being that will be like Messiah. This spiritual force is symbolized by the leaven in the bread of the firstfruits. Yahweh’s spirit is the most powerful force in the universe. Nothing is comparable.
It is interesting to note that Yahweh began His Scriptures with a comment about the firstfruits. Genesis 1: 1 is traditionally translated in the King James Version as “In the beginning Elohim [this is the correct Hebrew word, the English, g-d, is an incorrect translation] created the heaven and earth.” However, the Hebrew for “in the beginning” is translated from the word “bereshiyth.” Be is a preposition and can be translated using various prepositions including, for the sake of. Reshiyth is the Hebrew word that can be alternately translated as firstfruit. [Strong’s 7225] There is another Hebrew word, tekhillaw, which actually expresses the sense of beginning better than reshiyth. I believe Yahweh is sending us a message of how important the firstfruits are. He begins the book of Genesis with this thought and concludes His Scriptures with information about the firstfruits in the book of Revelation. The alternate, and I believe, the more accurate translation of Genesis 1: 1 is: “For the sake of the firstfruit, Elohim created the heaven and earth.”
Messiah is called a firstfruit by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:23. James 1:18 says the saints are a kind of firstfruits and Revelation 14:4 reveals who the first fruits are. The firstfruits are created by the extraordinary Spirits of the Father and Son. This force is not evil, nor are the firstfruits.
When Messiah returns, 144,000 firstfruits will be with him. They will reign with him for 1000 years. They will not face the second death or Gehenna fire. Perhaps this is why we are told in Leviticus 2:11-12 that leaven should not be burned. The firstfruits are blessed by not having to face the Gehenna fire. Remember, Yahweh knows the end from the beginning. These are his words and he knows what he’s speaking about. We must always pray to Yahweh for truth and ask that he reveal the true and deeper meaning of His words.
These insights about leaven are important. They will help us to better understand the deeper meaning of the NEW COVENANT PASSOVER. There is more to be revealed!
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In the world, there is a hunger, a hunger that has been there since the beginning—a desire for a touch of the miraculous. We try to live life as though it is either unimportant or unnecessary, yet it remains and manifests in religions, wanting to understand nature, forms of entertainment, etc. Science has tried to quench this desire to no avail. The logic of operation had to have had an orderly starting point, to know if a creature needed two eyes or opposable thumbs.
Those who believe the Hebrew narrative read countless stories of the supernatural; it is normal to want some of that in their own lives. Jesus and the Apostles always gave credit to the Father and the believer’s faith for healing. Although Yahshua’s main job was to spread that Yah’s Kingdom had arrived and teach the rules, His miracles were markers of the Father’s Will in His life. His Apostles did even greater works, as He had foretold.
Cessationism, which started with John Calvin, is the belief that either some or all the charismatic gifts of the Spirit ended at the death of the Apostles. Many of those who subscribe to this theory also believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture one as well. I can see why, since it would take constant miracles to survive what is described in the book of Revelation. Here are some of the “proof texts” used to justify this position:
1 Corinthians 13 (NAS)
8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9For we know in part and prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with.
What is “the perfect?” I am not seeing this perfect on Earth. Why wouldn’t we need prophecy, tongues, or knowledge (works of the soul) any longer?
11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
This is symbolic of choosing of spiritual maturation.
12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I also have been fully known.
Prophecy, tongues, and knowledge are needed until we see Yahshua, Who is the Perfect, Who will teach us exactly what Our Father wants. The process starts at our justification. See Isaiah 2:3, Isaiah 54:13, Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:11, John 6:45, 1 John 2:27
13But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Faith, hope, and love are works of the heart. When Yahshua returns, we will no longer need faith or hope for YHWH is love.
7But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, 9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well; 16however, let’s keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Although Paul has suffered and let go of things in this existence, he admits he has not become perfect, but strives towards Christ Jesus, Who is the Perfect. When resurrected, Paul’s perfection in Christ will be complete.
There is nothing in Scripture that has declared these gifts extinguished, but we can look to Scripture to see what caused them to fade. Always remember, there is nothing new under the sun.
1 Samuel 3:1 (NKJ) Now the boy Samuel ministered to YHWH before Eli. And the word of YHWH was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.
Psalm 74:9 There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer any prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.
Ezekiel 7:26 Disaster upon disaster will come, and rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction from the priests will perish, as will counsel from the elders.
Amos 8:11–12 Behold, the days are coming, declares YHWH Elohim, when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of YHWH. People will stagger from sea to sea and roam from north to east, seeking the word of YHWH, but they will not find it.
Before the Apostles had passed, the former pagans’ philosophies had started to penetrate the Ecclesia. Yahshua has warned about this in Revelation 1-2. The Body grew despite this, but they made a grave error—they kicked the Jews, their words, and the Hebrew Eastern mindset out of the faith. As time continued, the Jews became hated and persecuted.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
Numbers 24:9 He crouches, he lies down like a lion; like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? Blessed are those who bless you and cursed are those who curse you.
Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.”
51Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.
Why would Our Father trust anyone with spiritual power those who treated the people under His name so badly? Why would He give prophecy to those who reject the concepts the Jewish people taught, which were the basis of the NT? The gifts hadn’t ceased but slowed to a trickle as a judgment to our belief our version of what He wants from us is best. Did anyone bother to seek what He wanted?
Isaiah 29:13 And the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.” [Matthew 15:8, Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:6, Mark 7:7]
20If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations: 21“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”? 22These will all perish with use because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23Such restrictions indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-prescribed worship, their false humility, and their harsh treatment of the body; but they are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
Understand, I am talking about what Torah, the Tabernacle/Temple, the Hebrew language, and routines He established meant symbolically. For example, eating animals that “chew the cud” represented how we are to “eat” or ponder Yah’s Word and Will, to take them into ourselves repeatedly. Pigs tended to gobble nearly everything in sight—including human flesh—without chewing, symbolizing how we are to be discerning with information we receive. We still have much to learn from our Jewish brothers and sisters. If Yah calls one to follow Torah, then do so with His blessing. Some people need the Instructions and Feasts as a starting point for proper growth.
13Is any one of you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the Ecclesia to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail. 17Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth yielded its crops.
According to James, the righteous should be able to perform supernatural works. Why would it be different today?
Take heart! There are some who are experiencing these gifts again, and they will increase in those who believe. I am one of them. As I have stated before in this blog and will state for as long as I can, I believe in a supernatural God and expect supernatural things from Him. If not, why believe?
Repent and forgive. Join us. There is plenty on the Lord’s table for those willing to suffer for it. Amen.
“O YHWH, Elohe of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim; You alone are Elohim over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. 16Incline Your ear, O YHWH, and hear; open Your eyes, O YHWH, and see. Listen to the words that Sennacherib has sent to defy the living Elohim.
17Truly, O YHWH, the kings of Assyria have laid waste these nations and their lands. 18They have cast their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods, but only wood and stone—the work of human hands.
19And now, O YHWH Elohinu, please save us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O YHWH, are Elohim.”
Praise and acknowledge the Lord.
Present the issue before Him.
Recognize His authority.
Make your request.
End with praise.
Give Him praise, honoring His nature and authority before, during, and after your petition to Him. Why? To access the Highway of Holiness since we are part of His new Temple, to put aside the tangible to enter in the intangible. The adversary doesn’t like when we do this.
1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, fulfilling the cravings of our flesh and indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath.
Where do our words go? In the air!
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We must blaze a path to Yah and protect it. Our praise and repentance are the greatest weapons we have.
James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
This is the platform from which we prostrate ourselves before Him, do battle with the adversary, and how we begin to lay up our treasures in His realm.
We are all a heretic to somebody.
Which one is more important to Yah: the country or the ideas of the country? Take this to the Lord in prayer for the answer.
How often do we via the Holy Spirit perform “spiritual check-ups” on ourselves?
Upon us, Yahshua works from the outside in, while The Spirit works from the inside out.
I’m starting to believe His revelation is constantly flowing around us, but only a few choose to receive it. Like radio waves, Father broadcast His signals, and only a few antennae are picking it up. This would explain why people receive the same revelation, but from either the same or different perspectives.
Please, get your own revelation from Yah Our Father. Quit depending only on other humans, or your own logic. Yes, He can use them to reveal to you, but the main thing is to establish and then maintain your spiritual antennae so you can receive His Will in every way possible.
We do what Father wants to become what Father wants—to become a part of Him.
The Holocaust was a warning: outside of Yah, mankind will never overgrow its potential for brutality, its propensity for control by any means.
Look for reoccurring themes and symbols while studying Scripture, both the positive and negative versions of each one.
For some of us, teaching is learning; learning to teach is teaching to learn. Teaching is a form of sharing and gaining information.
Jesus had no bias against marriage, but Paul did. Hmm… was it because Paul saw the persecution increasing?
People who read and/or study Scripture can tell when someone they are talking to doesn’t.
Holiness is vertical, between you and The Father; righteousness is horizontal, between you and mankind. Only Yah Himself can measure one’s holiness; therefore, people can see only your righteousness.
I capitalize the O in phrases such as Our Father and Our Creator to include Yahshua and the Holy Spirit.
There is nothing holy or special about Latin. Aramaic, what Yahshua spoke, was the language from the Babylon captivity. Father chose Hebrew and Greek for His Written Word. Once you have studied those two languages, you will understand why.
Jesus said, “Go make disciples,” not, “Force your culture upon others,” or “Be the Holy Spirit to foreigners.” Thank Yah, some missionaries did figure this out.
Want to block the adversary from hearing your prayers? Praise the Lord! Praise Him and honor His Name (His Essence) more than you pray. That being can’t stand holiness, so praise and drive him away.
If you look for evil, you will surely find it. Look for His works instead and rejoice in them.
When you become aware of Yah’s work in your life, you will notice Biblical symbolism at play, like the prophets and apostles of old.
I pray I complete all the Father had designated for me. May I also be blessed to fulfill things my ancestors had failed to do. Amen.