The book of Revelation is a simple book to understand, IF we try to understand the Fall feasts of the Lord and the front of the Book. Revelation is really another description and is the completed revelation of “the 70th week of Daniel”. Because only a small amount of people (mainly Messianic Jews or people who didn’t grow up in “church”, but rather came to faith without being brainwashed by a particular denominational error) who study the fall feasts and the “old testament”, there are not many who understand the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Meshiach) maturely. I am still working on understanding all the details because prophetic books unfold in real time as our eyes are opened up by God. Much has been learned by followers of Jesus since the 50’s when Messianic Jews started to grow. Then around 1967 massive amounts of Jews began to be moved by the the Holy Spirit in a supernatural way. What their knowledge of the front of the book brought to the table was significant. And it will take quite a bit of discussion before we can show what that changes about our understand of the Revelation.
To understand the Hebrew roots of Revelation, we must first understand that Jesus was a Hebrew, an Israelite by physical birth just like Paul and all the apostles. I don’t think we can say He was a Jew by today’s standards but that is a complicated topic. When Jesus said “follow me”, He didn’t just mean, “get behind Him and follow His footsteps in the sand” like pictures on your wall so you don’t get lost. It can mean that in a way but it also means “be like me and do what I did”. Jesus and His Apostles followed the first 5 books of the Bible 100%. If we aren’t, then we are not “following Jesus” and His Hebraic lifestyle and mindset. We can also learn quite a bit by looking into the Hebrew roots of Native Americans to gain perspective on what it really looked like.
Many Jews (which are technically only 3 at most out of 12 tribes with Hebraic history) of the first century rejected the Bible’s Messiah 3 times, but not ALL Jews. The first time was with John the Baptist when they rejected God the Father:
Lu 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Then they rejected God the Son when they turned Yeshua over to the Romans:
Mr 15:13 And they cried out again, Crucify him
They then rejected His Spirit a third time when Stephen was stoned:
Ac 7:51 ¶ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers?
Also Peter denied the Son 3 times but gave an example of repentance which Messianic Jews practice.
Jesus (Yeshua) and His Apostles lived a culture of community that is DEFINED in the front of the book. I believe and consider the last book of the Bible (about the last days) to be a type of Gospel. And just like Yeshua fulfilled the Spring feasts in His first coming as the Servant in the gospel of Matthew as a Prophet and was raised a Priest, He will return and fulfill the fall feasts as the King with a rod of iron. And that is indeed good news, for those who obey His commandments and have the faith of Jesus (Yeshua). Indeed, just like it was prophesied to the VERY day when He would be born and when He would make His triumphal entry, when He returns will come out of the same prophesies. Sure there are some scary parts, and some parts that we won’t fully understand until we are on the other side. But if we truly trust Yahweh as our Creator, we should also Trust Him as our REcreator of the new body with a new name when He returns as it is described in the book of the Revelation.
If we understand the difference between the western mindset and the eastern mindset, we will begin to understand how utterly important it is for us to have the MIND OF CHRIST, which is an eastern mindset in order to understand the Revelation. In addition to the mindset, the alphabet used itself opens up an entire dimension of understanding to us that almost no Christians today understand.
It is Important to note, that I choose to use the name of God (which we have forgotten as it was prophesied) several different ways depending on who I am talking to. Just like I say or spell the name of Jesus/ Yeshua different ways for the same reason. Why have we forgotten the Hebrew name of God without even realizing it?
Almost every place in the Bible where we see the word “name” we can replace it with the word “authority”, except for the places where it is specifically talking about the Creator’s name or His Son’s name. It’s important to get names right because names have meaning in the Bible. For example, if you read the names of Genesis 5 by their meaning instead of their transliteration, we see the gospel clearly written out. Also, there is no Apostle named James, nor is there a book in the Bible called James. If you read the original language, “James”, the name of both Apostles is the word “Ἰάκωβος” or Jacob in English. It’s interesting to note who the book of Ἰάκωβος (mistranslated as James) was written to: Jas 1:1 ¶ James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
God’s name is YHVH (יְהֹוָה), pronounced “yeh-ho-vaw’” or “Yah-weh”. He named His Son, Yeshua (ישוע) which means “YHVH brings salvation”.
The name of God is used almost 7 THOUSAND times in the Bible, but not 1 time outside of the original manuscripts is it used. There are several reasons for this and Jews did it long before Christians did. Under the pretense that His name is “too holy to pronounce” almost every translation changes His Name to “the LORD” or “G-d” ever since the translating started, but that’s not His name, that’s one of His titles. Millions of Christians today, like myself once, incorrectly believe that “Israel” in the Bible is talking about Jews only. For example they teach that the 144,000 in Revelation is only talking about the Jews. But the Bible says 12 thousand from EVERY Hebrew tribe that was “scattered abroud”, meaning 12 tribes of Israel of which Judah (Jews) is technically only 1 tribe of 11 others, although there were some others in Jerusalem in the first century. Many also believe that we are going to be in heaven forever instead of the Truth that the Kingdom of heaven is coming to us. How much of the book of Revelation is actually “new revelation” and how much of the “new testament” is actually new? How much of the “new testament” defines “sin” as opposed to referring to it as origination from the Hebrew original text? Isn’t sin the same always and forever, and isn’t sin the “breaking of the law”? Did Yeshua come to redefine sins, or to convince us of the ones we (the nations, Israel and Judah) were breaking? We must know that as Christians we are supposed to be DOING something; the Will of Yahweh if we are to be able to say that He “knows us”.
Mt 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mt 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
John 14:15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Many Christians don’t understand the words of Paul as it relates to him being a Hebrew Israelite either. Paul was the greatest expert on the Scriptures in his day (Genesis to Malachi). Almost everything he discussed in the “new testament” was concerning those “Old Testament” Scriptures, especially their fulfillment by Jesus/ Yeshuah in 2 parts. So it is important to note that Paul would not preach something that disagrees with John (in his gospel or the revelation) if they are both true messengers of God/ Yahweh. So as always, we use the law of first mention to find who these nations in Revelation are and what this vision given to John is of. Is the book of Revelation the first place that mentions the beasts (nations) of the last days? The book of Daniel has much to say about the beasts, nations and the last days. But twice Yahweh told him to “shut up” the vision (revelation) that the Lord gave him:
Da 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
Da 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Knowledge has certainly increased. Today, we can search through the ENTIRE Old Testament of Hebrew text in seconds and learn what the early “church fathers” didn’t understand. We can search out the entire “new testament” in seconds and define which parts of it are actually “new” and didn’t already exist or weren’t already stated in the “old testament”. And we can do so in studying the whole Bible in our language, the original language and with scores of study tools that weren’t available until recently. So that is why it is important to study the whole entire Bible in detail using the tools available to us. But most Christians don’t even READ their whole Bibles, let alone study them start to finish on a regular basis. So how could they know that what their pastors are teaching them is not true? How can the pastors know that what their seminaries taught them is not the whole story? How can the seminary teachers know that some of their instructional texts or even manuscripts of the Bible are incorrect or tainted? Luckily, with technology we don’t need to go through all of that, we can just read and study the text for ourselves in the original languages as we sit on the shoulders of giants before us who have dug up this information for our consumption and teaching of that which the prophets have taught. But it takes effort, that’s where we fall short.
Daniel was a Hebrew prophet of the tribe of Judah, and so was John most likely (the Bible only tells of the tribes of Paul, Joses, Jesus and Mathew, who were sons of Levi and Benjamin and Judah- most likely because everyone else was of Judah who wasn’t mentioned). To John was given the rest of the vision that was sealed up for the last days. Yahweh gave it to John almost 2000 years ago through Jesus (Yeshua) and we are only recently able to fully understand it. I have been going over this stuff in my mind for months and growing exponentially in understanding. I have even shared that it feels like “my DNA is changing”. I can certainly tell you that I understand what it means in this verse:
Re 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
Understanding the fullness of prophecy is a gift, it is certainly sweet going in. But when you meditate on it, it causes great lament of the spirit because of where we have missed the mark. Every prophet or individual with the gift (to the Body, not the individual) understands what this means:
Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.
Eze 3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
We must understand that prophecy of the last days is described all over the “old testament” Hebrew text. And we need to understand these OT prophecies before we even attempt to understand Revelation (or even the “New Testament”). Today, I believe it is possible we are in interlude between the 6th and 7th seal waiting on the 7 trumpets while God continues calling His Bride, Israel (the True Assembly). But it could very well be 100 more years before things become perfectly obvious where we are in time.
So how is it that Job (the oldest book of the Bible) would seem to understand the prophetic calamities of the day of Yahweh but we are blind? That may not be obvious at first glance, but everyone who knows the front of the Book well knows that the 7 days of the week are precursors or shadows of the millennial rest/ Sabbath often called the “thousand-year reign” or “Millennium”.
Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
I don’t know for certain that Job knew about the last day in detail, but he certainly seems to know a little more than most of us. This is my belief based on much study over the years plus recent enlightenment, and every believer is free to believe something else about Revelation. I have believed differently at different stages of my growth in understanding and I may change my mind in the future. At one time, I believed just like the “left behind” series “taught me” to believe about the Rapture and like the catholic church taught denominational institutions of doctrines of men to believe, AKA “churches”. I no longer hold that view of waiting on a rapture to suck me into heaven before the tribulation and haven’t for years. And the more I learn about the feasts of Yahweh (God’s name that we forgot) the more I understand about the last days before the last feasts are fulfilled before Messiah comes.
So here we must pause harshly, because in order to go any further, most Christians will have NO IDEA what I am talking about when I talk about the feasts so they need to be defined. All Christians know about really is “Christmas and easter”.
The feast days (Leviticus 23) are the blueprint for the advents of Messiah, along with Daniel’s 70 weeks (which was also the amount of time that Jesus’/ Yeshua’s ministry lasted). The wise men knew when Jesus would be born before the 1st century from a combination of prophecy of Daniel (that was passed from Daniel to the Babylonians when his name was Belteshazzar), as well as calendar and astronomical knowledge that we have lost. But very few of the Jews saw it coming in their day because they didn’t understand the spirit of the law or the spirit of the feasts and Sabbaths (Shabbats). Today we are even worse- we have fallen away from God’s feasts, we are asleep for the most part as well as partially blinded to our roots of not only the 1st century but more importantly the 1st decade.
There is no gentile gate in the new Jerusalem in the book of Revelation, because there was never a Covenant with gentiles.
Re 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
That is why we need to get the “gentile” out of us and bring back the Kingdom culture of the Bible. Gentile means “nations” and the “churches” in America especially are full of what the nations do. It’s called Paganism and worldliness. There is no such thing as a “gentile christian” according to the Bible. Aside from that, we also battle with our flesh, our carnal nature. As we overcome, we see things more clearly. But none of us are perfect and none of us have it all correct because we ALL need Messiah to show us and teach us. It is important to know that the Hebrew mindset was always to learn in order to DO. The Hellenistic mindset (Greek) was to learn for the sake of teaching. Teachers who teach and don’t do are walking a thin line. That is why the Apostle Jacob, who sent his letter to the 12 scattered tribes of Israel said the following:
Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
This brings us finally to begin to discuss the Hebraic roots of Revelation having laid a bit of foundation. Going to the vision John received, most will say that “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” of chapter one means it was on a Sunday, but this is incorrect (Yahweh didn’t name any days of the week for a reason; they are numbered, not named). It is “the day of the Lord” that John was taken to in Spirit which the Bible talks so much about. It is the Last Day; the one that is talked about all the way back to the oldest book of the Bible, Job who called it “the day of his wrath”.
So the first 3 chapters introduce the giver of the vision, the mediary of the vision and the party to who it was to be delivered (the 7 churches of Asia minor). But in chapter 4 it gets a little fuzzy; It’s a picture of heavenly beings as the door to heaven is revealed. Chapter 5 and following is very similar in that the heavenly beings are in the picture, and they are showing John what the prophet Daniel was shown that made him weep and lament. Namely, that Israel had broken Covenant and there was no one worthy to fix it without breaking Yahweh’s Laws.
Re 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
This caused John to weep much just like Daniel. We have in Chapter 5 a little bit of Eternity Past and Eternity Present (John’s present). In chapter 6 we move into some Eternity Future and almost everything after that is what happens on Earth in the physical, but from the perspective of higher-dimensional sight. This is where John gets to see what the angel showed Daniel, but John gets to see it having the hope of the Messiah and knowledge of the renewed Covenant (new testament). Daniel only got to see bad stuff, and indeed there’s going to be some bad stuff. For example, we see in the last chapter of Revelation that unlike Daniel, John was told NOT to shut up the vision, and at the last day, there is no more repentance.
Re 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
In chapter 7 there are 2 groups of people mentioned besides angels:
1. Re 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
It is my belief that these are all the saints from all over the world from every denomination who have the faith of Yeshua but deny His commandments so they are going through the great tribulation, because that is exactly what the Bible says.
Re 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Then we have another group of people:
2. Re 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
These I believe are the Saints with both the faith in Yeshua and the commandments of Yahweh, because that is exactly what the Bible says:
Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
I believe the first group of people will go through the Great Tribulation for purification, the second group of people choose to try to purify themselves; Because before we enter the Kingdom we have to be purified. The Great Tribulation is the period (I am leaning towards 1 year of tribulation/ purification, but I digress) of purification where some will be sealed in the wilderness for a time (perhaps shortened) even though most teachers don’t teach that. I believe we will be with Yeshuah Messiah face to face somehow and He will lead us out of the wilderness where we were protected in miraculous ways while leading us back to the promised land in the Greater Exodus that the first Exodus was a shadow of. We miss how so many things are just like everything in the old testament and play a shadow-part of things to come repetitively. This will be around the time of the Great Harvest that the book of Revelation speaks of. That is why we will be singing the Song of Moses:
Re 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Ex 15:1 ¶ Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
I understand that this will sound crazy to most people because it is not taught in churches, but that does not mean that it’s not in the Bible. The following prophecy will be fulfilled one day which clearly says there is another Exodus coming:
Jer 16:14 ¶ Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
There are so many correlations between the Exodus and Revelation that we must take the time to understand the Exodus in detail before we can understand Revelation because it is a shadow-picture just like the feasts and the story of Isaac, and the story of Joseph and his brothers and SO many others. And despite what many churches teach, shadow-pictures are the blueprints that Yahweh gave us regarding the Messiah, they are not just things to “learn”, they are things to do. The Exodus starts out with the tribes of Israel just like the harvest does. They are the first fruits in Revelation too, but they are named a little differently in Revelation as we will see later. In addition to that, first-born deaths (first-fruits of the womb) was a very specific plague before the first Exodus. So to figure out who is going through the second exodus, let us see who went through the first; was it only the Jews as so many churches teach?
Ge 48:5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
Ge 48:20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Ex 1:1 ¶ Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
Ex 12:37 ¶ And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.
There are only 11 tribes mentioned in Revelation. Why? Because Joseph died (yet Israelites continued to grow) and Ephraim had the double blessing over Manasseh after they were made sons of Israel which actually gives us 13 tribes of Israel. It was Israelites who went into Egypt, but see above who actually came out. The Israelites became a nation when a mixed multitude of people came out of Egypt the same way that these last days, the Father is calling out a mixed multitude who would hear His voice and these are the ones that we are to be looking for to unite with the Body as ambassadors of the kingdom:
The last day will happen while many of us who do not follow the commandments of Yahweh and are not spending time with Yehovah on His appointed times for Assembly are going about our business, and that should scare every evangelical in the world who doesn’t read or study their Bible to learn about this. As John the Baptist says:
Mt 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
And as Yeshua tells us in the same Gospel the harvest hour is not known, but the day (within a couple days) and season we do. Just like Jesus fulfilled the spring and summer feasts, He will fulfill the fall feasts including Yom Teruah (feast of trumpets), the day when we don’t know will start because it starts when you see the new moon so everyone waits until they see it. It could be in a couple days or the next day. And the harvest happens in the opposite order that churches teach us it will happen. See these verses among others:
Mt 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Mt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
The DAY we are told that we should know at least somewhat, and the TIMES we should know, and the SEASON and the SIGNS we should know as well. Appointed times of the fall are like the ones in the spring (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits and Pentecost) in that they are going to be fulfilled literally. But most of us are sleeping like the 5 virgins that didn’t make it to the Marriage Supper in Mathew 25 because they had no oil for their lamp. This is why we have the book of Song of Solomon, especially chapters 3 and 5, to understand more that we are the Bride waiting on the Bridegroom.
And here I take a pause to think about Adam and Eve and the first marriage, because some talk about the fact that it was not all of Adam’s body that became his bride, it was only 1 rib- perhaps meaning that only those closest to the heart of Yahweh will become the Bride. The rest of us, if we are not the Bride, will be the attendees at the wedding perhaps. And still some of us will not make it because we did not keep watch and have oil in our lamps ready for the fall feasts of the marriage supper. So let me do my best to explain the feasts as I am learning and doing them.
I am still trying to figure out the implications of fall feasts fulfillment, but so far I am repenting and turning back to these dates to the best of my ability:
The seventh day (Saturday) Sabbath – (Shabbat) Gen 2:1-3, Lev 23:3, Num 28:9-10, Exo 20:8-11, Deut 5:12-15 A convocation day. No work to be done.
Feast of Passover The 14th day of the 1st month (Abib / Nisan) Exo 12, Exo 13:6-8, Lev 23:5, Deut 16:3-8, Num 28:16 Note: this was not a convocation day (no public gatherings) or a sabbath day. The Jews considered this day to be the day before Passover (Pesah), which to them is the same as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The type was the Passover in Egypt, with the blood of the lamb being smeared on the door posts. Jesus and the disciples ate the Passover meal (Matt 26:18-20, Mark 14:12-16) of unleavened bread and wine in the early hours of this day (Exo 12:18), which would have been our Thursday evening (the biblical day begins and ends at sunset). Jesus was crucified, and died the afternoon of the 14th (Friday, the preparation day), at the time the Paschal lambs were being slain (Exo 12:6), at the ninth hour (3 pm.). Passover is a shadow or type of the sacrifice of Jesus (the antitype), the lamb of God, at the cross (1 Cor 5:7). Jesus was buried and in the grave 3 days AND 3 nights so there is no way the story of the catholic church and her “good Friday” is true.
Feast of Unleavened Bread (Pesah) – a week long observance. Travel to the Sanctuary in Jerusalem required of all men, to present themselves before the Lord (Exo 23:14,17, Exo 34:22, Deut 16:16). First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 15th day of the 1st month (Abib/Nisan) Lev 23:7, Num 28:17-18 A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work.
The Day of First Fruits The 16th day of the 1st month (Abib / Nisan) Exo 34:25-26, Lev 23:10-14, – Late Passover Num 9:10-11 Not a convocation day. No restriction on servile work. Barley harvest – Firstfruits presented to the Lord (Lev 23:10-11) This was the day of first sheaf waving (type), the first fruit of the barley harvest. The antitype was Resurrection Sunday which also occurred on 16 Abib / Nisan. Jesus was the first fruits of the resurrection, (1 Cor 15:20, 23, 2 Tim 2:6-8)
Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) Travel to the Sanctuary in Jerusalem required of all men, to present themselves before the Lord (Exo 23:14,17, Exo 34:22, Deut 16:16). Exo 34:22, Lev 23:15-21, Acts 2:1, Acts 20:16, 1 Cor 16:8 Occurs 50 days after the day of first fruits / barley sheaf waving (16 Nisan), on or about the 6th day of the third month (Sivan). A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work done. Wheat harvest – Firstfruits presented to the Lord (Lev 23:17, 20) Also called Feast of Weeks (Ex 34:22), the day of First Fruits (Exo 23:16, Num 28:26) Feast of the Harvest (Ex 23:16) and in the New Testament – Pentecost (Acts 2:1) A festival that celebrated the first fruits of the wheat harvest with the offering of two wave loaves of leavened bread (Lev 23:17, 20).
Trumpets The 1st day of the 7th month (Ethanim / Tishri) Lev 23:24, Num 29:1 A convocation / sabbath day. Not called a feast day. No servile work done. The first day of the year. This was an announcement to Israel of impending judgment, which occurred on the Day of Atonement, nine days later.
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) The 10th day of the 7th month (Ethanim / Tishri) Lev 23:27, Num 29:7, Lev 16 A convocation / sabbath day. No work to be done.
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth) – An eight day feast of ingathering Travel to the Sanctuary in Jerusalem required of all men, to present themselves before the Lord (Exo 23:14,17, Exo 34:22, Deut 16:16). The first day was the 15th day of the 7th month (Ethanim / Tishri) Exo 34:22, Lev 23:34-36, 39-43, Num 29:12 A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work done.
The 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Shemini Atzeret) 22nd day of the seventh month. Lev 23:36,39, Num 29:35 A convocation / sabbath day. No servile work done. The final day of Tabernacles was also a sabbath, a day of solemn assembly. At this time of year the former or early rains fell (late October / November), when the fields were plowed and sown.
So these are the feasts as best as I can see them, that we are asked by Yahweh to observe in response to the Marriage Covenant that Yeshua renewed. They are not for our salvation, they’re a gift to us! The Sabbaths and festivals are made for man;
Mr 2:27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”.
We are not clearly commanded in the New Testament to observe all the feasts, but it is clearly shown to us by example and it is assumed that an unchanging God would not need to be clear that He never nailed the whole front of the book to the cross, and there is certainly no mention in Scripture regarding Christmas or easter either. And the reason for including the feasts of Yahweh in discussion is the clarity they bring to the book of Revelation, especially the fulfillment of the future day of atonement in the Jubilee, Tishrei 10, in the 70th week of Daniel when the King rules as the Son of David. At this time He will bring the blood of the Lamb to the mercy seat. It is absolutely impossible to read the new testament alone and understand everything that is going to happen. But truth be told, it is absolutely impossible unless the God of the Old Testament wants us to know. What does the Father want our hearts to be like?
Isa 66:1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Now let us clarify “Jews” before we get back to discussing Revelation, otherwise the next parts will make absolutely no sense. God is waking up many Jewish people to Messiah at the same time that He is waking up “Ephraim”, or the sons of Joseph (house of Israel) that were scattered abroad to the commandments; by “house of Israel” I am referring to the 10 tribes of Israel that were NOT Jews. We must understand that the house of Israel is the mirrored opposite of the Jews (house of Judah) as it relates to prophecy. According to the Complete Unabridged Webster’s Dictionary and Home Library – 1958, 2562 pages, “The kingdom of Judah and Israel were formed at about the year 937 BC. Israel lost its identity in 722 BC. The southern kingdom of Judah maintained its independence until 586 BC.”
This is an AMAZING time to be alive. So let me be clear; Since the first century the return of Messiah has been “imminent” for believers. During WW2 it appeared to perfectly match up to Revelation and millions of Christians thought it was the end of the world and Hitler was the antichrist. In fact, many Jews will tell you that the time of Jacob’s trouble was fulfilled during the holocaust, which some say the great tribulation was 7 years for the Jews’ purification. It’s interesting to note that Jacob had to work for 7 years for his wife only to find out that he had to work 7 more for the one he wanted.
Many Christians also believed that the first Ottoman Empire was ushering in the Antichrist just as some today believe the return of the Ottoman Empire is the beast and Erdogan is the antichrist. The protestant reformation constantly thought the “Holy See” was the antichrist with every new pope. People have been following blood moons for many generations too, it’s not just something that we started noticing the last 10 years. There is no shortage of date-setters either who sell snake oil in each generation. Earthquakes, wars, pestilence etc is nothing new and neither is profiting off of fear. Someone somewhere always has these things going on. But we have to have 10 nations with 10 kings including Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia included according to Daniel and Revelation in order for this to be the last days. And I say this to be clear that it is absolutely possible that nothing will happen for 100 more years, NONE of us know for certain. But some day, we will return to the land whose capital is built on the name of God; the Father, Son and Spirit and the fall feasts will be fulfilled as the spring/ summer feasts were.
1Ki 11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
It is interesting to note that there are no winter feasts and we are told to pray that our “flight” doesn’t come in winter. But it is the fall when grapes are ripe for harvest. So getting back to Revelation, we see the fulfillment of the gathering of the tares:
Re 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Why are the angels talking about grapes instead of wheat or barley? It’s because of the time of year that this is going to happen. Wheat and barley are spring and summer crops. Grapes are fall/ autumn crops. We aren’t quite there yet, but I don’t know how much closer we can get. It would seem that this group of re-gathered Tribesmen and women of Israel’s 10 lost tribes (Judah and Benjamin know who they are) are those who have not been sucked into denominations or have come out of them. Let me explain:
Re 14:4 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 God and to the Lamb
What does it mean “virgins”? Some say they are children and that could also be true. To understand what the virgins have not been defiled with we must understand a mystery.
Re 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Who is the mother and who are the harlots? Perhaps it is Judaism or perhaps the Roman Catholic church is the mother, and all of the denominations that she birthed during the protestant reformation make up mystery Babylon? These are both a possibility. Let’s see how that fits into the Revelation: What if, it was the catholic church who formerly removed the Hebrew roots and commandments of Yahweh from the doctrines that it espoused for 2 thousand years? Before the hellenization of the Bible and the doctrine of Yahweh, 1st-century Christians practiced all of the feasts and Sabbaths just like the Judaizers created equally sinful doctrines of men after the perfect Word was given. These feasts and Sabbath are the feasts that the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek “church fathers” removed and gave us Christmas and easter instead, along with replacing the Sabbath:
Any person or ministry that has given a specific date that hasn’t happened is a false prophet according to the Bible. Period. It is pretty common practice for me personally to stop investing any time with that person or ministry, no matter how much Truth they have elsewise. I am admitting that the hair on my neck is standing up; But if I was a Jew during the holocaust or an American during WW2, hair on my neck would be an understatement. Things have been much worse than they are now. I am simply a watchman on the wall who spends COUNTLESS hours sifting through false information in search Truth so that others don’t have to.
De 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
I hear SDA’s talking about 3 angels, but I see a lot more than just 3 angels in Revelation;
1 angelic host of the vision
7 angels of the churches (Rv 2-3)
1 angel asking who is worthy (Rv 5)
1 angel crying to the 4 angels on 4 corners (Rv 7)
1 angel sitting at the altar (Rv 8)
7 angels with 7 trumputs (Rv 8)
1 angel flying in the heaven crying woes (Rv 9)
1 angel of the bottomless pit (Rv 9)
1 angel crying 7 thunders shut up (Rv 10)
1 angel flying in the heaven with the gospel (Rv 14)
1 angel behind him saying Babylon is fallen (Rv 14)
1 angel behind him warning of the mark (Rv 14)
1 angel saying the harvest is ripe (Rv 14)
1 angel with another sickle (Rv 14)
1 angel from under the altar saying to grab the clusters (Rv 14)
1 angel with great might saying Babylon is fallen who threw the stone (Rv 18)
1 angel standing in the sun (Rv 19)
1 angel with keys to the bottomless pit (Rv 20)
Some of these angels may be the same, hard to tell. Indeed SDA’s have held well the true Sabbath despite the rest of the Church’s ignorance. For some however, ignorance is not the culprit; evil, malice, deliberate manipulation can be cited for some denominations and leaders. Our practices though are not what Yahweh is primarily interested in;
Ge 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Ex 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
This is a heart-issue; always has been. In the first Exodus, Yahweh didn’t take the Israelites straight to the Promiseland, and I doubt He will during the Greater Exodus. If we will not prepare our hearts willingly, He will do it for us before we are let in to the Promise. Let us compare the 2 Exodus’ 10 plagues and judgments:
These are the purpose of the 7 angels that we see in Revelation. Just like in Exodus, these are to show the world that Yahweh is Creator and to pass judgment on those who will not submit to this simple and obvious Truth; The Earth has a Creator and His name is Yahweh. Through His Son, Yeshuah (YHVH brings salvation) He created the universe and gave His life for mankind and all He asks in return is that we acknowledge Him by guarding feasts and 10 little commandments ESPECIALLY the one that celebrates His Creating everything for us- the Sabbath. There are many other “7’s” in Revelation and even more in the rest of the Bible. But the “church” which doesn’t understand she is Israel has lost her understanding of those 7’s because we stopped focusing our lives around the 7th day. I am just as guilty until this year. Even though I am blessed by not having grown up in “church” and its traditions of men, I allowed my understanding to become corrupted because after I learned my Bible in a 3-year sabbatical, I went to “churches” to learn more. MUCH to my surprise, I couldn’t find a “pastor” who understood their Bible better than the Spirit had taught me, but there were and are plenty of people who taught me things I didn’t “know”.
I am thankful that our “salvation” is not based on what we think we “know”, it is based on what we believe which defines our actions. And going to church corrupted what I believed. It is important to understand ALL of the Bible, not just enough of it to believe in Yeshua for salvation. There are so many shadow pictures of the Messiah in the old testament that give us understanding of what He is, why He is, who He is and what He came to do (and what He still has in store). He came to be like Moses, Joseph, Joshua, Jeremiah, Hosea etc., all of which are “types” or have traits of the soon-returning Messiah. And every single one of them obeyed the commandments of Yahweh; so should we. And not only to “obey” the commandments and “observe” the appointed times, but to understand the spirit and heart of the matter. America will soon see that what they preach as bondage, is actually the key to our freedom from sin (breaking the law). It was prophesied many years ago that we would forget His name:
Jer 23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
Because we have forgotten His name and forsaken His commandments, Yahweh has forsaken our liberty that He has blessed us with for so many years before our recent apostasy. But just like before, if we will humble ourselves and search out Truth we will become a remnant of a Bride which is what this book of Revelation is pointing to; another Exodus of the Israelites. And let us look at evidence for the veracity of the first Exodus and establish the fact that it really happened before we show evidence of the Greater Exodus:
Most have not seen the evidence of the first Exodus by Ron Wyatt, and many claim his discoveries of the first Exodus to be false. That is for each of us to study the evidence ourselves, not listen to others.
Because pastors don’t understand the front of the Bible, they and their seminaries have come up with explanations from their own fantasies about what the future holds. But we must learn to go back to the part of the Bible where everything is defined in a masterful genius way that no human being could have put together. When we do that we can begin to understand the Revelation. See the explanation in more detail here. One of the clearest warnings in the book of Revelation is its defining of the sealed saints.
Re 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Re 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Many falsely teach that these “commandments” are simply the 2 commandments that Jesus/ Yeshua gave, Love God and your neighbor. But as we are explaining here the Greater Exodus, let us refer back to the first Exodus: Before the Exodus, Yahweh’s plagues/ judgments were not just on the Egyptians, but each plague/ judgment can be tied to one of their gods: Actually, these were not “Egyptian” gods, they go all the way back to Nimrod’s days. These are just the Egyptian “names”. Let’s look at some other names in other cultures for the same gods: When Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt, Yahweh gave him 2 tablets of stone. We read in chapter 20 what those 10 commandments were. But because Israelites worshiped Yahweh in the way of the nations by making a golden calf (Christmas and easter should come to mind), Moses broke the tablets in anger that the Israelites could not even wait 40 days before they started worshiping Yahweh in the ways of the gods of other nations. In chapter 34, We read the 10 commandments again but a little bit differently:
Commandment # 1 Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Commandment # 2 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Commandment # 3 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
Commandment # 4 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
Commandment # 5 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
Commandment # 6 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
Commandment # 7 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.
Commandment # 8 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Commandment # 9 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
Commandment # 10 Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. And after these things Yahweh said this: Ex 34:27 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
So the Israelites worshiped Yahweh like the Egyptians worshipped their gods: Am I saying there are more than 10 commandments? More than just the main example 10? What I am saying is that there are 613 commandments, but not all of them apply to all of us. None of us are temple priests, not all of us are women, not all of us are men, etc. 10 of them are mentioned twice as related specifically to the covenant with Israel. So we are to follow the ones that apply to us. But these 10 commandments are the RENEWED covenant’s 10 commandments. I am certain that when Yeshua returns, He will enlighten us with the True calendar of appointed times and teach us the commandments Himself just like Moses did for the Israelites. And we should start to see a picture in Revelation of Israelites waking up as the Bridegroom draws near. It is a fulfillment of prophecy:
De 18:15 ¶ The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
And this is one of the many reason we are almost certain that Moses is in part one of the 2 witnesses. We also see in Jude, that Moses was never buried and in Mathew that he is in the same “state” as Elijah:
Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Mt 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
There is also another form of “2 witnesses” to be explained because Israel was divided into 2 houses, Israel and Judah:
Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
So the 12 tribes in Revelation also represent 2 witnesses. Judah represents itself plus Levi and Benjamin. Israel represents all the rest. Together, we are all waking up to the commandments of the Torah and the faith of Messiah which is fulfilling this part of Revelation’s prophecy. And this is what learned disciples should be doing; Going out looking for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, JUST LIKE Jesus Himself commanded us to do:
Mt 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Indeed what we are called to do looks very little like Sunday churches in America. Almost 100 % of churches in America are asleep while this book of Revelation unfolds before their very eyes. That is why this website exists. To wake up the sleeping virgins and give them a heart on fire, and to tell them to get their oil for lamps while they still have time. Which brings us to chapter 8 and the opening of the 7th seal, after which there was half an hour of silence. And here, I really have no idea what this silence is. It could be fulfillment of prophecy
Isa 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
Or this Scripture that is right before Yahweh rebuked Satan
Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
It is also quite possible that just like the first Exodus, Yahweh will fight our fight for us, we only need to be silent
Ex 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
We see also this silence is foreshadowed in Joshua chapter 6 the way that Jericho was a shadow of Babylon and the 7 seals of revelation that culminate with another 7. But after this silence we see something that almost none of us understand. That’s because you have to know the first 5 books of the Bible in order to see the connection. Specifically Leviticus 16: This is a clear picture of the Day of Atonement, which as we already have shown to be fulfilled sometime in the future (because it hasn’t happened yet) on the 10th day of the 7th month. This is the place in Revelation where devastation goes off the charts. We have Wormwood (which could be an asteroid or planet), hailfire (comets), and all of these nasty events as the 7 trumpets are blown on the feast of trumpets on the 1st day of the 7th month.
Re 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
The day of trumpets at the sighting of the new moon is the most discussed appointed time in all of Scripture, it’s just not all in one place. It’s discussed more than even Passover, but our western, pagan traditional minds don’t recognize it. In chapters 9-10 we have even more woes. It’s not going to be pretty. But in Chapter 11 we start to get some of the “good news” of this Gospel of Yeshua.
Re 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
The bottomless pit opens up and what comes out kills the 2 witnesses (in Jerusalem) for all the world to see on mobile devices. And their resurrection also will be seen by all. Revelation 12-18 is the tribulation of both the saints and the mystery Babylon. It is the persecution and war against the saints of Yahweh that the armies of the nations of one world religion bring against His saints. In chapter 19 we see that Yahweh’s army and the enemy’s army mount up against each other. And we see the second title in the book of Revelation that is all capitals. KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. The first title is MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Who is this mystery Babylon? There is another title in the Bible that is all capitals. It is “the LORD”. Every single time we see LORD in all capitals, it is a translation of the 4-letter word for the Name “Yahweh”. In chapter 20-22, we see Satan bound for a thousand years on Earth and some of us will be ruling with Yeshua, we will be judging with Him in His new Jerusalem where His name is. Will that be in heaven or on Earth? Personally, I don’t think it matters as long as we make it this far. The End, or the beginning? I see it as both. These last 2 chapters tell us what it looks like to go back to the garden to a sinless state with access to the Tree of Life (Yeshua/ Torah). For more details, you can start with the high-level outline of the book of Revelation http://homegroups.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Revolation_Outline.pdf
But remember this passage:
1Th 5:1 ¶ But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. or when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
If anyone reading this is sitting under a pastor who teaches that this is all going to happen as a thief in the night, they are a lukewarm Christian who is not watching over their congregation as they should, following the Bible as they should. They are like the Israelites described in Jeremiah 16:
Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
They don’t understand because either they don’t want to, or because they have never heard these Truths. OR, they’re not servants of the Lord:
Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
Indeed, this is not an easy task:
Lu 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Understanding the relationship to the Exodus is very important for another reason too.
Re 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
The plagues of Revelation are directly tied to the plagues of Egypt, of which both Babylon and Rome are a before-and-after picture-type.
We must try to understand the “mysteries” of the “new testament” by FIRST understanding the front of the Book, which defines our vocabularies and dictionaries and enables us through the Spirit for understanding the last book. Doing so will show you quite clearly how far off our understanding is. I hope this helps.