Worship and learn more about the four blood moons falling on the feast days beginning with Passover 2014.
JONAH AND JESUS
And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1: 17, NASB).
“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12: 40, NIV)
If Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday, He was not in the tomb three days and three nights. So when was Jesus crucified?
BACK TO LEVITICUS
The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, according to Exodus 20: 8. In addition to the weekly Sabbath, seven Sabbaths fall within the feast days listed in Leviticus 23: 1-44, and they often occur on weekdays. In the Feast of Unleavened Bread alone, you will find two of these “special” Sabbaths. Read on.
” ‘The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread without yeast. *ON THE FIRST DAY HOLD A SACRED ASSEMBLY AND DO NO REGULAR WORK. For seven days present an offering made to the LORD by fire. AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY HOLD A SACRED ASSEMBLY AND DO NO REGULAR WORK’ “ (Leviticus 23: 5-8, NIV). [I added all caps for emphasis.]
If Jesus was crucified on Wednesday (Passover) and buried before sundown, He was in the grave Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and rose from the dead on the first day of the week before sunrise. Thus, He was in the grave three days and three nights.
24 HOUR DAZE
Keep in mind that a day on the Hebrew calendar is from sundown to sundown. Why? According to Genesis 1: 5, God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.
If you didn’t learn this in Sunday school, you’re not alone. Neither did I. I once heard a devout Christian say, “Leviticus makes me sick.” Isn’t that sad? I don’t blame her for saying that. The truth is that Christians have been conditioned to pay lip service to the Old Testament while ignoring many of its teachings. Understanding Leviticus is essential to understanding God’s timeline and calendar. He goes by the Hebrew calendar not the Gregorian calendar. His feast days are define appointments.
* The first and the seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are Sabbaths. If the Passover fell on a Wednesday that year, then the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began at sundown Wednesday. In between the first day and the seventh day of the Feast was the weekly Sabbath (Friday at sundown through Saturday at sundown.) That’s adds up to three Sabbaths during the week of Passover.
For more information about the Resurrection, see “Easter, Eostre, Resurrection Sunday.”
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine throughout the land–not a famine of food or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD. but they will not find it” (Amos 8: 11-12 NIV)
Context: Amos was prophesying before Israel was captured by the Assyrians. Is there a famine of hearing the words of the LORD today? Pray for revival.
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets (Amos 3: 7 NASB)
It’s snowing in Washington as President Obama meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. As I was thinking about this and John Kerry’s peace plan, I opened the Bible randomly and my eyes fell on Psalm 83.
O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. For, behold, Thine enemies make an uproar; And those who hate Thee have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans and conspire together against Thy treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” For they gave conspired together with one mind; Against Thee do they make a covenant: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. (Psalm 83: 1-8 NASB).
BACK TO GENESIS
And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram (Genesis 16: 15, 16 KJV).
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God (Genesis 17: 1-8 KJV).
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and his his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time this year (Genesis 17: 18-21 KJV).
ISAAC’S BLESSING OVER JACOB
“Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those bless you” (Genesis 27: 29 NASB)
DON’T MESS WITH GOD’S REAL ESTATE
“For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head” (Obadiah 1: 15 NASB).
Father Abraham has many sons, and God loves them all, but Abraham’s family is dysfunctional. Reconciliation is possible through Christ alone. Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 NASB). Shalom.
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THE “ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION” IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (Daniel 9: 27).
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate (Daniel 11: 31).
And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set us, there will be 1,290 days (Daniel 12: 12).I
MACCABEES, BOOK 1
After Alexander the Greek died, leaving no successor, his generals divided his kingdom into four parts. One part was the Seleucid Empire. During the time of the Maccabees, Antiochus IV Epiphanes ruled the Seleucid Empire. Daniel refers to him as the King of the North (Daniel 11: 6).
Maccabees I and II are historical books written between the Old and New Testaments. According to Maccabees, Antiochus IV Epiphanes “changed the times” (meaning God’s Appointed Times in Leviticus 23), set up the abomination of desolation in the Temple in Jerusalem, and proclaimed himself to be God.
Antiochus IV ruled the Seleucid Empire during the time of the Maccabees, the name of the Jewish family that led the revolt against Antiochus. Antiochus defiled the Temple. The Maccabees defeated him and cleansed the Temple. When the Temple was rededicated, the scant oil burned miraculously for eight days. (This is the origin of Hanukkah–a.k.a. the Feast of Dedication–which Jesus celebrated in John 10: 22-23).
Antiochus IV fulfilled Daniel’s prophecy about the abomination of desolation in part. I say “in part” because history repeats itself. Antiochus is the forerunner of the anti-christ. Read on.
THE “ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION” IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes (Matthew 24: 15-18).
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment (Mark 13: 14-16).
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of the Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God (II Thessalonians 2: 1-4).
* The verses above are quotes from the King James Bible.
**Recommended reading: Daniel, especially chapters 7-12; I and II Maccabees; Mathew 24 and Mark 13; 1 John 2: 18-23 Book of Revelation, especially chapters 12, 13, 17, and 19.