Saturday, September 29, 2012

Yom Kippur, The Day of Coverture?

I would like to share something with you all about Yom Kippur that might give a little more understanding about what happened when Yeshua was crucified and how he partly fulfilled the Day of Atonement.  This is from a gentleman named Ken Rank.  This is in his own words.

" A couple of years ago our Saturday morning bible study began the task of trying to define Kippur, as in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The picture being created in this Feast (see Lev. 23:27-32 and 16:7-26) does not align to how Kippur is generally taught within Christianity. The idea is that Yehoshua (Jesus) has taken on our sin in a manner depicted by the picture seen in the scapegoat. This bridges the gap between us and the Father making us “at one with” Him, where we were once separated because of sin. Tyndale when translating his bible in 1534, created the word “atonement” from the idea of being “at one with” God. Hence the “Day of Atonement” comes from that translation.

 Most lexicons however, define Kippur as “to cover” or “a covering.” The idea being taught then is that we are covered by Messiah’s shed blood and our sins are forgiven. Some teachings take this to the degree of saying that “Messiah’s blood is so opaque, God can’t see our sin thus we are covered.” Well, we have a problem; God is all knowing and all seeing so how then can He not see through blood? We can’t hide anything from Him; we aren’t going to sneak something passed him. Nothing is so opaque that God can’t see through it, unless He is not all seeing! There is, of course, another issue here and that is in the understanding of what was his blood was shed for. He stated, “This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt. 26:28) The word for remission is aphesis, which means freedom, a pardon, a freeing from bondage.  When you take this Greek word back into the LXX, and then see where and how it is used in the underlying Hebrew, I believe you will see that how the word is used as compared to how it is commonly taught, differ to enough of a degree that we do not get the proper picture by reading this word only in English.

 Maybe you can now see why we took this up as a topic of study; there are clearly issues here that need to be reconciled. The Feasts point at and teach us about the work of Messiah. If Yehoshua is Messiah, then the work he has done should be in line, the fulfillment of the pictures which prophesied of his coming, with the work he did at his first coming. Meaning, the spring Feasts speak “primarily” about his first coming. The fall feasts, of which Kippur is one, speak “primarily” about his return. The work he will do in fulfilling the pictures given to us about Kippur must remain in line with those very pictures. And the idea that his shed blood covered us in a blanket of red that God cannot see through, again, does not stand in harmony with an all knowing - all seeing God. Besides, in general, the fall Feasts have not been fulfilled. Trying to derive a complete picture concerning this fall Feast from his first coming is not possible. Aspects of his first coming will be applied to a day like Kippur, but the main emphasis of that work is yet to come.

 After a month of Saturdays we could not pull this together. We finally decided to take a break and cover some other areas we wanted to get into. One of our elders (Frank Houtz, had a hunch one afternoon, a hunch that led him to our public library. There he found an older Law Dictionary and looked up a word I personally had never heard of, coverture. Sure enough, there it was, preserved in a form that answered our questions.  Older is the key seeing the Woman’s Right’s Movement had this law changed. It is no longer defined in the manner it once was. Here is a comment based on the older definition of “coverture:”

 "By marriage, the husband and wife are one person in law, that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband: under whose wing, protection, and cover, she performs everything; and is therefore called in our law-french a 'feme-covert,' ...and her condition during her marriage is called her coverture." (Blackstone Commentaries, 442)

 The idea here is that a wife is under the legal umbrella of her husband. When this law was written, if a wife was caught stealing, her husband had to answer for her in court. In other words, when it comes to being prosecutable, the buck stopped with the husband. He answered for her crimes. How is this related to Kippur? The word is defined as “covering,” but it isn’t a blanket that God can’t see through, it is a legal term defining the man as head of his home, of his bride. Israel is the bride of Messiah, she is guilty, she has whored around and committed all manner of sin… but the husband has already answered for her crimes. Sin has not been removed yet, but the work is done and Messiah now acts as advocate, as counselor, (notice the additional legal terms also found in scripture to describe his current work) before the Father. On that Yom Kippur after he returns, he will once and for all remove the sins from his bride and cast it from whence it came, onto Azazel. We will then be pure and spotless, with Torah written forever on the mind and heart.

 Peace to you.



Torah Pearls of the HafTorah

My husband and I have really just started to listen to Torah Pearls every week on  I have known about them for sometime but being a wife and a mom and trying to unlearn,  then learn and play catch up takes up alot of my time.  We really enjoy listening to Jono, Keith and Nehemia as they read through the Torah Portions for each week.   I love it.  It is true Torah Pearls. As they read along you get the understanding from a Jewish man (Nehemia Gordon) and two Torah, Hebrew Roots believers (Keith Johnson and Jono Vandor) or whatever we like to call ourselves.  And even though they are coming to a close as they have been doing it for a year they have now decided to to the HafTorah.  Woo Hoo!  Oh, but good news the Torah pearls from the past year are all on the website so you can go and listen to them anytime.  I am so excited about this. Thank you YHWH. What wonderful understanding our Father is giving us. 



Sunday, September 23, 2012


It is almost 10 am here in Virginia.  This is so exciting.  We will pray with the Jews asking for Mashiach to come.  We will all pray as One Man.  Blessings.


תפילת עברית
" ריבונו של עולם,
אנו בני ישראל מבקשים שמשיח צדקנו יגאל אותנו עכשיו מהגלות ברחמים, לשים סוף לכל סבל, לגלות את שמך ולהביא שלום לעולם."

Phonetic (English)
"Ribono shel olam,
Anu, Benei Israel, mevakshim shemashiach tsidkenu yagel otanu achshav mehagalut berachamim, lessim sof lechol sevel, legalut et shemcha ulehaviya shalom leolam."

English Prayer
"Master of the Universe,
We, the children of Israel, ask you for Mashiach to redeem us , now and with mercy, from exile and all suffering, to reveal your Name in the world and to bring peace."

Prière en français
"Maître de l'Univers,
Nous les enfants d'Israël te demandons Mashiach, maintenant et avec miséricorde, afin de nous délivrer de cet exil et de nos souffrances, de révéler ton Nom dans ce monde et d'y amener la paix."

Oración españolas
"Maestro del Universo,
Nosotros, los hijos de Israel,
Suplicamos por Mashíaj, para redimirnos ahora y con misericordia, del exilio y el sufrimiento de todo, para revelar su nombre y apellidos en el mundo y traer la paz".

Preghiera italiana
"Ribono scell' Olam,
Noi, i figli d'Israele,
Ti preghiamo a mandarci Moshiach,
Adesso e con misericordia, per salvarci dall'esilio e da tutte le sofferenze, per manifestare il Tuo Nome in tutto il mondo, e per portarci la pace"

Phonetic (French)
"Ribono chel Olam,
Anou, Bnei Israel, mevakchim chemachia'h tsidkenou yagel otanou akhchav mehagalout berakhamim lessim sof lekhol sevel, legalout ète chemkha oulehaviya chalom leolam."

Молитва в России
"Господин Вселенной!
Мы, народ Израиля
Просим тебя послать нам Машиаха,
который бы вывел нас вскорости и с
милосердием из галута и избавил нас от
страданий и открыл Имя Твое миру и принес мир."

Oração em Português
"Mestre do Universo,
Nós, os filhos de Israel,
pedimos por Mashiach para nos redimir,
neste momento e com misericórdia,
do exílio e de todo o tipo de sofrimento,
para revelar o teu Nome no mundo
e para trazer a paz.""

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Little Bit of Humor for Yom Kippur

A house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by diluting the paint, but charging full price.  He poured out his heart on Yom Kippur hoping for Divine direction.  A booming voice comes from Heaven and decrees, "Repaint, repaint ... and thin no more!"  Yom Kippur begins Wednesday evening, September 26th if you follow the New Moon sighting in Israel. Yom Kippur is  The Day of Atonement.  "Atonement" is a conjunctive of "At One-ment" -- of reconnecting, strengthening the relationship with the Almighty, the reconciliation of the Almighty with each of us. 

From:   Shalom Weekly 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Well, He knows my heart"

Have you ever come across this before.  I have and it saddens me.  This is a reminder to me to make sure I am in the right place with my Creator. 


Haftorah Explained

Every Shabbat after reading the Torah there is a Jewish custom to read a portion from the prophets, this section is called Ha-ph-tarah הפטרה. The root of the word is פ.ט.ר and in the context it is used means to dismiss. The reason this custom has such a name can be explained in two ways, but first the history:
The origin of the custom (though one can argue differently)has to do with a Greek decree that forbid the Jews from reading the Torah. The trick was to choose a section from the prophets that had similar ideas to the weekly portion and read it; if any Greek official would have caught them they would show it was not a Torah (Abudraham Shabbat morning service). Knowing this history we can say one of the two things about this name:
1. That they were dismissed from reading the Torah and could read the prophets instead.
After this Greek decree had been canceled Jews did not want to undo the custom (which was based on a Taqanah- constitution of the elders) and kept on reading from the prophets after the Torah. Knowing this we can say the second thing about this name:
2. It meant that this was a respectful dismissal of the Torah reading, meaning not just ending the reading with out some thing in-between.
Some Jewish sources also state that there was a custom to read from the writings in the midday service on Shabbat after the short Torah reading. This custom is assumed to have been kept in the land of Israel and Persia.

From: Hebrew in Israel


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence: The Hebrew Power of the Priestly Blessings

Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence
Nehemia Gordon's search for answers leads him to uncover an age-old conspiracy of silence surrounding the Priestly Blessing.

This book is so good I couldn't hardly put it down.  I wouldn't have had my husband wanted to read it also.  A must read!!!  You can order it here.



Spiritual Fruit!

Photo: Let's be fruitful -- there's already enough nuttiness out there!

Visit the Messianic Publications Page for more.
Let's be fruitful -- there's already enough nuttiness out there!


From:  Messianic Publications

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Moon Testimony from the Israeli-Egyptian Border


Such exciting Times!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Moon Sighted September 17th, 2012

Per Nehemia Gordon "New moon sighted by multiple observers from Israel. Sighted from Mt Yoash at 6:54pm". (Jeruslaem time)

        Photo: The new moon of Yom Teruah sighted on September 17, 2012 from Sderot. Photo by Paola Manuccci. This witness in the heavens to our heavenly Father's sacred time appeared over Sderot, the town in southern Israel, which has been under persistent rocket attack by Arab terrorists for over ten years. It is also a celestial witness to God's continuing covenant with His people Israel, as it is written: 

Jer. 31:35  Thus says Yehovah, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (Yehovah of hosts is His name): 
Jer. 31:36  "If those ordinances depart  From before Me, says Yehovah,  Then the seed of Israel shall also cease  from being a nation before Me forever."

The new moon of Yom Teruah sighted on September 17, 2012 from Sderot. Photo by Paola Manuccci. This witness in the heavens to our heavenly Father's sacred time appeared over Sderot, the town in southern Israel, which has been under persistent rocket attack by Arab terrorists for over ten years. It is also a celestial witness to God's continuing covenant with His people Israel, as it is written:

Jer. 31:35 Thus says Yehovah, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (Yehovah of hosts is His name):
Jer. 31:36 "If those ordinances depart From before Me, says Yehovah, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever."

 Photo: The new moon of Yom Teruah sighted on September 17, 2012 from Jerusalem. Photo by Victor Marquis.
The new moon of Yom Teruah sighted on September 17, 2012 from Jerusalem. Photo by Victor Marquis.
The new moon of Yom Teruah sighted on September 17, 2012 from Mount Yoash in the Eilat Mountains at 7:08pm. Photo by Nehemia Gordon.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Feast of Trumpets

Waiting to hear form Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson on Facebook or Twitter.  They are sighting the New Moon in Israel Monday night.  

~Update 11:21 am Sunday ~

They have arrived in Israel.

~Update 8:25 am Monday~
They are on their way to Eliat.  We should know in 3.5 hours or so.  Here is a picture of them.  Apparently they are headed into a very dangerous area to do this.  Mr. Gordon posted from Twitter that Mount Hezekiah was closed by the Military.  We keep waiting for confirmation of Yom Turah!
Driving past Lot's wife to Eliat! 



Saturday, September 15, 2012

When Will We Learn Torah?

Deu 31:10-12
"And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, When all Israel is come to appear before the YHWH thy Elohim in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the YHWH your Elohim, and observe to do all the words of this law:"

When Yeshua returns as King and we celebrate Feast of Tabernacles, He will teach us the Torah so we may hear, learn and fear YHWH our Elohim and observe to do all the words of the Torah.  For the Torah of Adonai will go forth from Zion. 



Monday, September 10, 2012

A Different Perspective on Being Set Apart

As mentioned in 2 Corinthians 4:4, satan is known as the 'god of this world'. Yet another reason not to conform to it, and lust after the desires of this world.~  from Be Set Apart From This World on facebook. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Power of Shabbat

Several weeks ago as my family sat down for a Shabbat dinner after a long week, all I could see and hear were the smiling faces and laughter filling the air as we indulged ourselves in one of Mrs. Pindell's miraculous meals.  We had embarked yet again on that moment of the week when the 5 of us could take a deep breath and enjoy the company of being a family.  I know most of you will agree that a family dinner is something special, when everyone shows up at the same time and partakes in a meal.  While we generally have family dinners together, there is always something special, something greater, at the one that approachs on Friday evenings, its as if the whole atmosphere changes.

Beyond the usual splendor of the meal itself, there just always seems to be a spirtiual fulfillment in taking part in something our Father sanctified and set apart, not for him by the way, but for us. 

     Mark 2:27: 'And he said unto them, the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath'. 

So there we were, sitting together as a family, smiling, laughing and enjoying each others company.  To add to the moment in the midst of our conversation, our oldest tells me he has learned a lot of things from me.  It really took me back for a minute and really made me see just how mature our children were becoming.  I mean come on, how often does a teenage boy tell his dad he's learned a thing or two from him.

Sabbath is a time to re-connect with each other, discuss the week that happend, look forward to the week ahead, but most important take part in the moment where our Father has made his presence known to us and we can all be there together.  I think our Father knew a thing or two about Sabbath when He instituted it, and I think as you learn the importance of it, you'll see greater richness and blessings in the family that surrounds you.

Praise YEHOVAH!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jim Staley - Sukkot

The Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, will be here before we know it and I am so excited.  I so look forward to the Holy Days.  Here is a great teaching from Jim Staley. 


What Makes Yom Teruah Beautiful


Yom Teruah is just a few days away.  Judah calls this Holy Day Rosh Hoshanah, the new year.  A lot of people have said it is incorrect to call it that.  But Rosh Hoshanah, Yom Teruah, is when Yeshua is to return and send the angels to gather His elect from the four corners.  He goes on to say but of the day or hour no man knows but our Father in heaven.  That is a hebrew idiom for Yom Teruah.  But I do have to say that when Yeshua returns, does that not start a new year?  The Millennium reign, the seventh year, that Sabbath of 1000 yrs to reign with our Messiah? Maybe it is a new year in a sense?!
Enjoy the video!