Shabbat is Sabbath in Hebrew. It is #7676 in the Strong’s Concordance and it is used for Sabbath, Day of Atonement, Sabbath year, and weekly Sabbath. It is to be used for any day that the LORD states is to be holy, land rest, a day of rest, no work. Holy means to set it apart from every other day.

Tonight is very significant! We have 3 Sabbaths tonight.

  • Weekly Sabbath for the Jews begins at sundown Friday and ends sundown Saturday. If that seems strange to you, go back to Genesis Chapter 1 and see how God orders the night before the day.  Also, did you know that was not a command until God gave the 10 Commandments at Mt Sinai?
  • Monthly Sabbath – called “Rosh Chodesh”, which means “head of the month”. Every beginning of the months they were commanded to rest, give their First Fruits of praise, worship, offering and hear a message from the prophet. Tonight begins the new moon marking the month of Nissan on God’s calendar.
    • God actually calls this the “first month” of the year
    • In Hebrew it is called Abib or Aviv (Exodus 13:4), meaning the grain is in the ear – marking the barley harvest in Israel
    • After they left bondage in Babylon, this month became to be known as Nissan or Nisan, “time of the flight”, following the time of Passover.
    • This month is a very “redemptive  month
  • Yearly Sabbath – This is a New Year that began Exodus Chapter 12:2, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
    • For 2448 they had been celebrating the New Year in the Fall marking the years from Adam’s creation.
    • Now 6 month later they have a New Year to count the month

REJOICE, REJOICE, REJOICE! Find some place to worship, give Him the First Fruits of your Worship and listen to a  prophetic voice!!!

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

  • In Hebrew that is entire verse is only 4 words. Zeman (to every thing there is a season) ‘eth (and a time)  chephets (every purpose) shamayim (heavens)
    • Zeman means ‘a set time’, appointed time, time (Neh 2:6; Est 9:27, 31; Ecc 3:1)

Is there a significance to Iran’s Islamic Republic under the Islamic Ayatollah being 40 years old today? I believe so, but first I must  give some references to show how this will fit  into the Last Days prophetic timing. From the Bible and history, we see that 40, 70, 50, 100, 400 are some significant time limits on nations. I do believe that Iran is now in the last of the last of the Last Days and they are fitting perfectly into Ezekiel 38:5, called Persia. But also, since the reign of the ungodly has come to fullness, we are hearing that great revival is happening in the underground church. We are ready to see a clashing of the kingdoms of light and dark in the nation of Iran, to the Persians under cruel Islamic rulers.

Genesis 15:13, Then He said to Abram: “Know (yada) certainly (yada) that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. (16) “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

  • Yada is  a  Hebrew word meaning to perceive, understand – but also in a carnal intimate natures as  Adam ‘knew’ (yada) Eve and she conceived.(Genesis 4:1)
  • For the Israelites, there had to be a fullness of time of the iniquity of the  Amorites that had occupancy of the Promised Land. But God did promise them a ‘time limit’

Jews in Bondage in Babylon for 70 years:

  • Daniel 9:2, in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 25:11-12; 29:10)

Church in Russia in Bondage for 70 years:

  • In the 1930’s a Christian woman gave a prophetic word about a man arising named Mikhail with a mark on his forehead. She continued that there would once again be  freedom to worship and revival would come to the nation. This freedom would last for a short time, however; then repression would begin again.  History marks that darkness was approximately 70 years
  • Mikhail Gorbachev was born 1931 and came into power of the USSR March 15, 1990 – December 25, 1991.
  • The USSR socialist state began 12/30/1922 and ended 12/26/1991, but  the oppression began before 12/30/1922. When I was in the USSR in 1991, we saw the spiritual starvation  for the Word of God.
  • In those years there were the most horrendous, oppressive times in darkness, where the church had to go underground.

In E.W. Bullinger’s classic book on “Number in Scripture”, the number 40 is “a period of probation, trial and chastisement – (not judgment, like the number 9 which stands in connection with the punishment of enemies, but the chastisement of sons, and of a covenant people)… But where it relates to enlarged dominion, or to renewed or extended rule, then it does so in virtue of its factors 4 & 10, and in harmony with their signification.”

  • 40 years of probation by Trial
    • Israel in the Wilderness (Deut 8:2-5; Ps 95:10; Acts 13:18)
  • 40 years of probation by prosperity in deliverance  and rest
    • Under Othniel Judges 3:11; under Barak Judges 5:31; under Gideon Judges 8:28
  • 40 years of Probation by prosperity or enlarged dominion
    • Under David 2 Sam 5:4; Under Solomon 1 Kings 11:42; Under Jeroboam II, 2 Kings 12:17-18; 13:3, 5, 7, 22, 25; 14:12-14, 23, 28; under Jehoash, 2 Ki 12:1; under Joash, 2 Chron 24:1
  • 40 years of Probation by humiliation and servitude
    • Israel under the Philistines, Judges 13:1; time of Eli, I Sam 4:18; under Saul Acts 13:21
  • 40 years of Probation by waiting
    • Moses in Egypt, Acts 7:23
    • Moses in Midian, Acts 7:30
  • 8 of the great periods of 40
    • Moses on Mt Sinai 2 times for 40 days; 40 days of spies in the Wilderness; 40 days of Elijah on Horeb; 40 days of Jonah and Nineveh; 40 days of Ezekiel on his right side to symbolize the 40 years of Judah’s transgressions; 40 days Jesus tempted by the devil; 40 days Jesus was with His disciples after the Resurrection

 

 

 

April 1, 2019 will be the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Republic. January 16, 1979, the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was forced into exile. February 1, 1979 the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made a victorious conquering return to Iran from exile. The new Islamic Republic under the Ayatollah’s leadership was proclaimed April 1, 1979.

Under Mohammad Reza’s reign, Iran marked the anniversary of 2,500 years of continuous Persian monarchy since the founding of the Achaemenid Empire by Cyrus the Great. We have just finished the Festival of Purim, which marks the events happening in the Book of Esther where the wicked Haman tried to wipe Israel out of existence – but God intervened and everything was turned to Israel’s favor.

I remember watching it on television, not understanding what that all meant, but I knew it was important. I was born again in 1982 and immediately I had a heart for Bible history and especially Israel.

Once the Ayatollah Khomeini came into power, all relations with Israel were cut off and now for the past 40 years every effort towards Israel was laced with hatred. They call Israel “Little Satan” and the United States “Big Satan”.  The priority of all money in the new Iran’s government was and is directed to wiping Israel off the map and they are behind the funding of all the missiles and weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Tomorrow I will write regarding the significance of this Islamic Republic at 40 years. Forty is a key prophetic number in the Bible and their ‘season’ and reign may be  coming to an end. SELAH

 

We see an amazing calendar alignment the April 2019:

  • April 19 is Good Friday and begins Passover (Ex 12;1-14; Lev 23:5; Num. 9:1-14; 28:16; Deut. 16:1-7).
  • April 21, the following Sunday is the 3rd Feast of the Lord (Lev 23:9-14; Num 28:26) and Resurrection Sunday. Some call it Easter.
  • June 9 is the Christian Pentecost Sunday and also the Jewish Pentecost, the 4th Feast of the Lord (Ex 23:16; 34:22; Lev 23:15-21; Num. 28:26-31; Deut 16:9-12).

Acts 12:4, And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

The above verse is from the 1611 King James Bible. Below are other translations of that verse:

  • NKJV – intending to bring him before the people after Passover
  • NLT- Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.
  • NIV- Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
  • ESV – intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
  • AMPC – purposing after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.
  • NASB –  intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people
  • DBY- purposing after the passover to bring him out to the people.
  • MSG- He was planning a public lynching after Passover.
  • TPT – Sixteen soldiers were assigned to guard him until Herod could bring him to public trial, immediately after the Passover celebrations were over.

So you see that the King James Bible is the only translation that reads “Easter”. In fact, this  word is only used in the KJV this one time.

Finis Jennings Dake wrote a  commentary on Acts 12:4 in the Dakes Annotated Reference Bible.

  •  Gr.pascha, the Passover as trans. in 26 other  places (Mt. 26:2-19; Mk. 14:1-16; Lk. 2:41; 22:1-15; Jn. 2:13, 23; 6:4; 11:55; 12:1; 13:1; 18:28,39; 19:14; 1 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:28)
  • This is an unfortunate and absurd trans., as Easter was a pagan festival observed long before Christ. It is not a Christian name, but is derived from Ishtar, one of the Babylonian titles of an idol goddess, the Queen of Heaven. The Saxon goddess Eastre is the same as Astarte, the Syrian Venus, called Ashtoreth in the O.T.  It as the worship of this  woman by Israel that was such an abomination to God (I Sam.7:3; I Ki. 11:5,33; 2 Ki.23:13; Jer.7:18; 44:18). Round cakes, imprinted with the sign of the cross were made at this festival, the sign being, in Babylonian mysteries, a sign of life.
  • Easter eggs which play a great part in this day’s celebration were common in all heathen nations. The fable of the egg declares that “an egg of wondrous size fell from heaven into the river Euphrates; the fish rolled it to the bank, where doves settled upon it and hatched it; and out came Astarte, or Ishtar, the goddess of Easter.”
  • Easter, Christmas, Lady Day, Lent, and other Babylonian festival were all borrowed from this religion and were all observed centuries before Christ. None of tem have an relationship to Christ or Christianity.

James 4:17 in the Passion Translation reads “So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.” Because I understand the origin of Easter, I celebrate Passover and Resurrection.

 

The first named of the 12 Disciples is always Peter. He is my favorite and I think most of us can compare our desire to follow Jesus in every way, but keep falling short and missing the mark. Speaking up when we should be silent. Keeping our word to Jesus instead of succumbing to fear of people. I would never have picked Peter if I were choosing the leader of the 12 who would carry the Gospel to the world, but I am not God. God always sees the end from the beginning. The name Peter is used 2nd to the name Jesus in the Gospels. No other disciple asked so many questions. No other disciples so quickly answered Jesus.

Peter was most certainly, “Covered in the Master’s Dust.”

In this video I share about the “MAKING OF A DISCIPLE“, the choosing and training of the 12 Disciples to carry out Jesus’ teachings after He was gone. We know  that Jesus had more than 12 disciples because of the record in Luke 10:1 & 17. In those verses it either records 70 or 72 ‘others’, meaning disciples. But when it got to the end of John 6, many scattered and only the 12 remained.

These 12 were by no means ‘qualified’. After my study I decided to call them the ‘dirty dozen’ because they were so unqualified, and yet they were the one that were Chosen. When Father God asked me to teach this, He said call it “Chosen but not Perfect”. None of us are qualified to do the work of the ministry and yet, each of us are called to some part of the work in these Last Days. Holy Spirit is the One who gives the qualifications and power to all who are called and yield themselves to that high calling.

This series I am putting on my blog site is one of the most popular teachings I have done. It is the historical teachings of Jesus the Rabbi and His Disciples. It is amazing to me that at Christmas, most people can name all of Santa’s reindeer, but cannot name more than 4 of Jesus’ 12 Disciples. Most all can name Peter, Matthew, John and Judas, but stop there.

This is Part 1 of 11, JESUS THE RABBI. Carpenters did not have disciples – Rabbis did. Did you know that Jesus was only call a carpenter one time, and that was in a very derogatory manner. Even the Pharisees called him Rabbi or Teacher. So let’s go on to the video for the full story. Comment if you enjoy or disagree.  I like to have your input.