Shemini Atzeret 2020

Joseph F. Dumond

Joe Started Sightedmoon in 2005 to assist him in spreading his understanding of the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years according to Torah.
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The Fall Feast Days 2020

I am going to show you Torah Calendars sheet for the 6th month. They started the year one month behind us. So what they are saying is the sixth month is actually our 7th month.

The following are the expected fall Holy Day dates.

The Holy Days for the Seventh Month

Our 6th month is going to be a 30 day month by default. This means that it is going to be impossible to sight the moon on the 29th day. So these dates are guaranteed to be the Holy Day dates for us this year.

 

Feast of Trumpets – Yom Teruah
1st day of the Seventh Month
Friday, August 21, 2020
(Begins Sunset night before)
Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur
10th Day of the Seventh Month
Sunday, August 30, 2020
(Begins Sunset night before)
Feast of Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles
15th day of the Seventh Month
Friday, September 4, 2020
(Begins Sunset night before)
8th Day Feast – Feast of Dedication
22nd Day of the Seventh Month
Friday, Sept 11, 2020
(Begins Sunset night before)

 

 


 

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Shemini Atzeret 2020

We have covered Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread and shared with you the meaning of those Holy Days in that Season. We then counted the 50 days to Shavuot and explained the meaning of this Holy Day. We have in recent weeks been going over the meaning of the Feast of Trumpets, also called Yom Teruah, which was followed by the purpose and solemnity of The Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur. Last week we went over the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot and showed you it was the wedding party for the wedding. It was not the climax but it led up to the climax of all the Holy Days.

Every Christian denomination talks about the marriage supper and how they want to be part of that celebration. All Messianics also talk about being part of this great Marriage Banquet. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it? All of us want to be there. But will we all be there? We are warned that some will in fact be thrown out for trying to crash the wedding.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Mat 22:1  And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,

Mat 22:2  The kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who made a marriage for his son.

Mat 22:3  And he sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they would not come.

Mat 22:4  Again he sent out other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.

Mat 22:5  But not caring, they went their ways, one to his field, another to his trading.

Mat 22:6  And the rest took his servants and treated themspitefully, and killed them.

Mat 22:7  But when the king heard, he was angry. And he sent out his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Mat 22:8  Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy.

Mat 22:9  Therefore go into the exits of the highways, and as many as you shall find, invite them to the marriage.

Mat 22:10  So the servants went out into the highways and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. And the wedding was filled with reclining guests.

Mat 22:11  And the king coming in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.

Mat 22:12  And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13  Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few chosen.

Why did this guy not have on the wedding garments? Was he part of the group that says “come as you are”? What are the wedding garments?

Last week as we talked about Sukkot we shared with you about the Living Waters that would be flowing out of you. Here in the parable of the Ten Virgins, it talks about not having enough oil.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Mat 25:3  The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them.

Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Mat 25:5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.

Mat 25:7  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

Mat 25:8  And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.

Mat 25:9  But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there be not enough for us and you. But rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.

Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came. And they who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.

Mat 25:11  Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.

Mat 25:13  Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes.

It has got to be the worse feeling in the world to be told by the one you believe in that He never knew you. What a crushing statement to be told.

In Matthew 7 we are told more about those whom He does not know. Those HE does not know are workers of lawlessness. They are those who say the law is done away and that they do not have to keep it. This sounds like it speaking to almost all of those who call themselves Christians. Those who profess to be Christians and prophecy in the name of Jesus. And in the name of Jesus they are casting out demons, and in the name of Jesus, they are building great Churches and feeding the poor and helping to feed the hungry. And yet they are told I never knew you you workers of Lawlessness. OOUUCCHH!!

I Never Knew You

Mat 7:21  Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.

Mat 7:22  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23  And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!

We explain this misunderstood Christian view in our book It Was A  Riddle Not A Command. You can get your copy at Amazon after Shabbat.

This week we are talking about Shemini Atzeret. It is directly connected to the festivities of Sukkot but it is a totally different Holy Day. Even when you ask the Jews today they do not know what this day means or why they are to keep it.

The inherent problem is that no one really knows exactly what atzeret means. Possibly it comes from the word atzar, meaning “stop,” and thus implies that we are to refrain from work. On the other hand, atzeret may also be defined by its textual context, which implies that it is some sort of deliberate extension of the prior seven days. This lack of verbal clarity is likely the reason why the rabbinic sages seemed to struggle with the precise meaning of the holiday.

This day has become known as Simchat Torah and is based on traditions developed over the last 2000 years.

Rejoicing with/of the Torah“, Ashkenazi: Simchas Torah) is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.

The name Simhat Torah was not used until a relatively late time. In the Talmud (Meg. 31b) it is called Shemini Atzeret. The Darchei Moshe (OC 669:3) cites a responsum from R’ Joseph Colon (#26) who found a Geonic responsa mentioning the custom of dancing on Simhat Torah, thus dating the current practice of dancing on Simhat Torah to the 1st century CE.

In the 9th century, some European Jewish communities assigned a special reading from the Prophets to be read on this day. In the 14th century, the reading of Genesis was added immediately upon the completion of Deuteronomy and the Shulhan Arukh (written about 1565)[3] only mentions this without mentioning the presumably later custom of southern European countries to remove all the Torah scrolls from the ark and to sing a separate hymn for each one. In northern European countries, those who had finished the reading of Deuteronomy made donations to the synagogue, after which the wealthier members of the community would give a dinner for friends and acquaintances. By the end of the 15th century, it was a common though not universal practice for the children to tear down and burn the sukkahs on Simhat Torah.[4]

In the 16th century, the practice of taking out the scrolls and filing solemnly around the bimah on the night of the 23rd of Tishri became customary; and on the same evening, after the procession, a number of passages from the Torah were read.

In the 17th century, Rebecca bat Meir Tiktiner of Prague composed a poem about Simhat Torah.

Another tradition that has developed is to pray for rain which hints at the ancient Sukkot water libation festival.

What do the Scriptures actually say about this Feast Day that follows Sukkot?

Just like Yom Teruah, little is known about it from Jewish sources about its actual meaning and purpose.

In both Leviticus and Numbers, Yehovah commands that the eighth day after the seven-day celebration of Sukkot is to be a “sacred occasion” and an atzeret, generally translated as “solemn gathering.” The word Shemini, means 8th, hence Shemini Atzeret.

Lev 23:39  Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a feast to Jehovah seven days. On the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

It is mentioned after the offering of the 70 Bulls for the 70 Nations, but it is not part of those sacrifices.

Offerings for the Feast of Booths

Num 29:12  And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no laboring work, and you shall keep a feast to Jehovah seven days.

Num 29:13  And you shall offer a burnt offering, a fire offering, of a sweet savor to Jehovah: thirteen young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year. They shall be without blemish.

Num 29:14  And their food offering shall be flour, mixed with oil, three tenth parts to every bull of the thirteen bulls, two tenth parts to each ram of the two rams,

Num 29:15  and one tenth part to each lamb of the fourteen lambs;

Num 29:16  and one kid of the goats for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering, its food offering, and its drink offering.

Num 29:17  And on the second day you shall offer twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot;

Num 29:18  and their food offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:19  and one kid of the goats for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering and its food offering, and their drink offerings.

Num 29:20  And on the third day eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;

Num 29:21  and their food offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:22  and one goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering and its food offering and its drink offering.

Num 29:23  And on the fourth day ten bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;

Num 29:24  their food offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:25  and one kid of the goats for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering, its food offering, and its drink offering.

Num 29:26  And on the fifth day nine bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot;

Num 29:27  and their food offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:28  and one goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering and its food offering and its drink offering.

Num 29:29  And on the sixth day eight bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;

Num 29:30  and their food offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, for the lambs, shall be according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:31  and one goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering, its food offering, and its drink offering.

Num 29:32  And on the seventh day seven bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;

Num 29:33  and their food offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:34  and one goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering, its food offering, and its drink offering.

Num 29:35  On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly. You shall do no laboring work.

Num 29:36  But you shall offer a burnt offering, a fire offering of a sweet savor to Jehovah: one bull, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish;

Num 29:37  their food offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, according to their number, according to the law;

Num 29:38  and one goat for a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering, and its food offering and its drink offering.

It is mentioned in the book of Nehemiah.

Neh 8:18  Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read in the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days, and on the eighth was an assembly, according to the Law.

We are shown what this day is about when we read 2 Chronicles and 1 Kings. And because this is so important we are going to read both 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles together.

The Ark Brought into the Temple

1Ki 8:1  And Solomon gathered the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the sons of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem, so that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the city of David, which is Zion.

1Ki 8:2  And all the men of Israel were gathered to King Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

1Ki 8:3  And all the elders of Israel came in, and the priests took up the ark.

1Ki 8:4  And they brought up the ark of Jehovah, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels which were in the tabernacle; even those the priests and the Levites brought up.

1Ki 8:5  And King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who had assembled to him, were with him before the ark sacrificing sheep and oxen which could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.

1Ki 8:6  And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah into its place, into the holy place of the house, into the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the cherubs.

1Ki 8:7  For the cherubs spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark. And the cherubs covered the ark and the staves of it above.

1Ki 8:8  And they drew out the staves, so that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place, in front of the Holy of Holies. And they were not seen outside. And there they are until today.

1Ki 8:9  There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when Jehovah made a covenant with the sons of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 8:10  And it happened when the priests had come out of the Holy of Holies, the cloud filled the house of Jehovah.

1Ki 8:11  And the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of Jehovah.

The Ark Brought to the Temple

2Ch 5:2  And Solomon gathered the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the sons of Israel, to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the city of David, which is Zion.

2Ch 5:3  And all the men of Israel gathered themselves to the king in the feast in the seventh month.

2Ch 5:4  And all the elders of Israel came. And the Levites took up the ark.

2Ch 5:5  And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle. The priests and the Levites brought these up.

2Ch 5:6  And King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were gathered to him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen which could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.

2Ch 5:7  And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to its place, to the Holy of Holies in the house, into the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubs.

2Ch 5:8  For the cherubs spread out their wings over the ark, and the cherubs covered the ark and its staves above.

2Ch 5:9  And they drew out the staves so that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle. But they were not seen outside. And there it is until this day.

2Ch 5:10  Nothing was in the ark except the two tables which Moses put in it at Horeb, when Jehovah made a covenant with the sons of Israel when they came out of Egypt.

2Ch 5:11  And it happened as the priests came out of the holy place, for all the priests present were sanctified, and did not wait by division.

2Ch 5:12  And the Levitical singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brothers, being clothed in white linen, having cymbals and with harps and lyres, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets,

2Ch 5:13  and they were as one to the trumpeters and to the singers, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Jehovah; and as they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised Jehovah, saying, For He is good, for His mercy endures forever, the house was filled with a cloud, the house of Jehovah,

2Ch 5:14  so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of God!

Solomon Blesses the Lord

1Ki 8:12  And Solomon said, Jehovah said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.

1Ki 8:13  I have surely built a house of loftiness for You, a settled place for You to abide in forever.

1Ki 8:14  And the king turned his face around and blessed all the congregation of Israel. And all the congregation of Israel stood.

1Ki 8:15  And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to David my father, and has fulfilled it by His hand, saying,

1Ki 8:16  From the day that I brought forth My people Israel out of Egypt, I did not choose any city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, so that My name might be in it. But I chose David to be over My people Israel.

1Ki 8:17  And it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel.

1Ki 8:18  And Jehovah said to my father David, Because it was in your heart to build a house to My name, you did well that it was in your heart.

1Ki 8:19  Only, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall come out of your loins, he shall build the house to My name.

1Ki 8:20  And Jehovah has performed His Word which He spoke, and I have risen up instead of my father David. And I sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah promised. And I have built a house for the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel.

1Ki 8:21  And I have set there a place for the ark, in which isthe covenant of Jehovah which He made with our fathers when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.

Solomon Blesses the People

2Ch 6:1  And Solomon said, Jehovah has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.

2Ch 6:2  And I have built a house for You to live in, and a place for Your dwelling forever.

2Ch 6:3  And the king turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel. And all the congregation of Israel stood.

2Ch 6:4  And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who has with His hands fulfilled that which He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,

2Ch 6:5  From the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt I have not chosen any city among all the tribes of Israel to build a house in, so that My name might be there. Nor have I chosen any man to be a ruler over My people Israel.

2Ch 6:6  But now I have chosen Jerusalem, so that My name might be there, and now I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.

2Ch 6:7  And it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel.

2Ch 6:8  But Jehovah said to David my father, Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart.

2Ch 6:9  But you shall not build the house; but your son, who shall come forth out of your loins, shall build the house for My name.

2Ch 6:10  And Jehovah has lifted up His Word that He has spoken. For I have risen up in place of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah promised, and I have built the house for the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel.

2Ch 6:11  And I have put the ark in it, in which is the covenant of Jehovah which He made with the sons of Israel.

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

1Ki 8:22  And Solomon stood before the altar of Jehovah in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward the heavens.

1Ki 8:23  And he said, Jehovah, the God of Israel, there is no God like You, in Heaven above or on earth beneath, who keeps covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their heart,

1Ki 8:24  who have kept with Your servant David my father what You promised him. You also spoke with Your mouth, and have fulfilled with Your hand, as it is today.

1Ki 8:25  And now, Jehovah, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David, my father, what You promised him, saying, There shall not be cut off from you a man in My sight to sit on the throne of Israel— if your sons take heed to their way so that they walk before Me as you have walked before Me.

1Ki 8:26  And now, O God of Israel, I pray You, let Your Word be proved to be true, the Word which You spoke to Your servant David my father.

1Ki 8:27  But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heavens and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this house which I have built?

1Ki 8:28  Yet, O, Jehovah my God, You have turned toward the prayer of Your servant and to his request, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today;

1Ki 8:29  for Your eyes to be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which You have said, My name shall be there; to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.

1Ki 8:30  And You shall listen to the cry of Your servant, and of Your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place, and hear in Heaven Your dwelling-place, and when You hear, forgive!

1Ki 8:31  If any man sins against his neighbor, and if an oath is laid on him to cause him to swear, and if the oath comes before Your altar in this house,

1Ki 8:32  then hear in Heaven, and do, and judge Your servants, to declare the wicked to be wicked, to bring his way on his head, and to declare the righteous to be righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

1Ki 8:33  When Your people Israel are crushed before the enemy because they have sinned against You, and shall turn again to You and confess Your name, and pray, and cry to You in this house,

1Ki 8:34  then hear in Heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them again into the land which You gave to their fathers.

1Ki 8:35  When the heavens are restrained, and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, if they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them,

1Ki 8:36  then hear in Heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants, and of Your people Israel, for You shall teach them the good way in which they should walk, and give rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.

1Ki 8:37  If there is famine in the land, if there is plague, blasting, mildew, locusts; if there are stripping locusts; if their enemy encircles them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness,

1Ki 8:38  any prayer, any supplication from any man of all Your people Israel, who shall each know the plague of his own heart, and shall spread forth his hands toward this house,

1Ki 8:39  then hear in Heaven Your dwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to all his ways, whose heart You know. For You, You only, know the hearts of all the sons of Adam.

1Ki 8:40  Do this so that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You have given to our fathers.

1Ki 8:41  And concerning a stranger who is not of Your people Israel, but who comes out of a far country for Your name’s sake;

1Ki 8:42  for they shall hear of Your great name and of Your strong hand and of Your stretched-out arm; and if he shall come and pray toward this house,

1Ki 8:43  hear in Heaven Your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to You for, so that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You, as Your people Israel do , and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name.

1Ki 8:44  If Your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever You shall send them, and shall pray to Jehovah toward the city which You have chosen, and the house that I have built for Your name,

1Ki 8:45  then hear in Heaven their prayer and their cry, and maintain their cause.

1Ki 8:46  If they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin), and if You are angry with them, and have delivered them up before the enemy, and they have been led away captive to the land of the enemy, far or near,

1Ki 8:47  yet if they shall think within themselves in the land where they are carried captives, and repent, and pray to You in the land of their captors saying, We have sinned and have done perversely, we have done wickedly,

1Ki 8:48  and so return to You with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and if they pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, to the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name,

1Ki 8:49  then hear their prayer and their cry in Heaven Your dwelling-place, and maintain their cause,

1Ki 8:50  and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, even all their sins which they have done against You, and give them pity before their captors, so that they may have pity on them.

1Ki 8:51  For they are Your people, and Your inheritance, which You brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the furnace of iron,

1Ki 8:52  for Your eyes shall be open to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your people Israel, to listen to them in all that they call for to You.

1Ki 8:53  For You have separated them from among all the people of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You spoke by the hand of Moses Your servant, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord Jehovah.

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

2Ch 6:12  And he stood before the altar of Jehovah in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands.

2Ch 6:13  For Solomon had made a bronze scaffold, five cubits long and five cubits broad and three cubits high. And he had set it in the midst of the court. And he stood on it, and kneeled down on his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward Heaven.

2Ch 6:14  And he said, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, there isno God like You in Heaven or in earth. You keep Your covenant and show mercy to Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.

2Ch 6:15  You have kept with Your servant David my father that which You have promised him. And You spoke with Your mouth, and have fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.

2Ch 6:16  And now, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David my father that which You have promised him, saying, There shall not fail you a man in My sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk in My Law, as you have walked before Me.

2Ch 6:17  And now, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, let Your Word be proven true, which You have spoken to Your servant David.

2Ch 6:18  But truly will God in deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, Heavens and heaven of the heavens cannot contain You! How much less this house which I have built?

2Ch 6:19  And You have turned toward the prayer of Your servant, and to his cry, O Jehovah my God, to listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant prays before You.

2Ch 6:20  I pray that Your eyes may be open on this house day and night, on the place of which You have said that You would put Your name there, to listen to the prayer which Your servant prays toward this place.

2Ch 6:21  And You will listen to the cries of Your servant, and of Your people Israel, which they shall pray toward this place, and You will hear from Your dwelling place, from Heaven, and shall hear and forgive.

2Ch 6:22  If a man sins against his neighbor, and if an oath is laid on him to make him swear, and if the oath comes before Your altar in this house,

2Ch 6:23  then hear from Heaven, and do, and judge Your servants by repaying the wicked, by bringing his way back on his own head, and by justifying the righteous, by giving to him according to his righteousness.

2Ch 6:24  And if Your people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy because they have sinned against You, and if they shall return and confess Your name, and shall pray and cry before You in this house,

2Ch 6:25  then hear from Heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them again into the land which You give to them and to their fathers.

2Ch 6:26  When the heavens shall be shut up, and there is no rain because they have sinned against You; if they pray toward this place, and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them,

2Ch 6:27  then hear from Heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel, when You have taught them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.

2Ch 6:28  If there is famine in the land, if there is a plague, if blasting or mildew, locusts or ravagers, if their enemies have distressed them in the gates of their land, with any plague and any sickness;

2Ch 6:29  whatever prayer, whatever cry shall be made by any man, or by all Your people Israel, when everyone shall know his own plague and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house;

2Ch 6:30  then hear from Heaven, Your dwelling-place, and forgive, and give to every man according to all his ways, whose heart You know. For You only know the hearts of the sons of men.

2Ch 6:31  Do this so that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways, as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.

2Ch 6:32  And also to the stranger who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your great name’s sake, and Your mighty hand, and Your stretched out arm, if they come and pray in this house;

2Ch 6:33  then hear from Heaven, from Your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to You for, so that all people of the earth may know Your name, and fear You, as Your people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name.

2Ch 6:34  If Your people go out to war against their enemies by the way that You shall send them, and if they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name,

2Ch 6:35  then hear from Heaven their prayer and their cry and maintain their cause.

2Ch 6:36  If they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin), and if You are angry with them and deliver them up before their enemies, and they carry them away captives to a land far off or near,

2Ch 6:37  yet if they think within themselves in the land where they are carried captive, and turn and pray to You in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done wrong and have dealt wickedly;

2Ch 6:38  if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity where they have carried them captives, and if they pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers and toward the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name;

2Ch 6:39  then hear from Heaven, from Your dwelling-place, their prayer and their cries, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.

2Ch 6:40  Now, my God, I beseech You, let Your eyes be open and Your ears hear the prayer made in this place.

2Ch 6:41  And now arise, O Jehovah God, into Your resting-place, You, and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Jehovah God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness.

2Ch 6:42  O Jehovah God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed. Remember the good deeds of David Your servant.

Solomon’s Benediction

1Ki 8:54  And it happened as Solomon finished praying all this prayer and petition to Jehovah, he rose from before the altar of Jehovah, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

1Ki 8:55  And he stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

1Ki 8:56  Blessed be Jehovah, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant.

1Ki 8:57  May Jehovah our God be with us as He was with our fathers. Let Him not leave us nor forsake us,

1Ki 8:58  to incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments which He commanded our fathers.

1Ki 8:59  And let these my words, with which I have prayed before Jehovah, be near Jehovah our God day and night, so that He may maintain the cause of His servant, and the cause of His people Israel of each day in its day,

1Ki 8:60  for all the people of the earth know that Jehovah isGod; there is no other.

1Ki 8:61  And let your heart be perfect with Jehovah our God, to walk in His statutes, and to keep His commandments, as at this day.

Solomon’s Sacrifices

1Ki 8:62  And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before Jehovah.

1Ki 8:63  And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to Jehovah, twenty-two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of Jehovah.

1Ki 8:64  On that day the king sanctified the middle of the court before the house of Jehovah. For there he had offered the burnt offering, and the food offering, and the fat of the peace offerings; because the bronze altar before Jehovah was too small to contain the burnt offering, and the food offering, and the fat of the peace offerings.

1Ki 8:65  And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Egypt, before Jehovah our God, seven days and seven days, fourteen days.

1Ki 8:66  On the eighth day he sent the people away. And they blessed the king and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the good that Jehovah had done for David His servant, and for Israel His people.

Fire from Heaven

2Ch 7:1  And when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. And the glory of Jehovah filled the house.

2Ch 7:2  And the priests could not enter into the house of Jehovah because the glory of Jehovah had filled Jehovah’s house.

2Ch 7:3  And when all the sons of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of Jehovah on the house, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised Jehovah, saying, For He is good, for His mercy endures forever.

The Dedication of the Temple

2Ch 7:4  And the king and all the people offered sacrifices before Jehovah.

2Ch 7:5  And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. And the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

2Ch 7:6  And the priests waited on their offices, and the Levites with instruments of music of Jehovah, which David the king had made to praise Jehovah, because His mercy endures forever, when David praised by their ministry. And the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.

2Ch 7:7  And Solomon made the middle of the court before the house of Jehovah holy. For there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the food offerings, and the fat.

2Ch 7:8  And at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Egypt.

2Ch 7:9  And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly. For they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

2Ch 7:10  And on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that Jehovah had shown to David, and to Solomon, and to Israel His people.

If My People Pray

2Ch 7:11  So Solomon finished the house of Jehovah, and the king’s house. And all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of Jehovah, and in his own house, he did with success.

2Ch 7:12  And Jehovah appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place to Myself for a house of sacrifice.

2Ch 7:13  If I shut up the heavens, and there is no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send a plague among My people;

2Ch 7:14  if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2Ch 7:15  Now My eyes shall be open, and My ears shall be open to the prayer of this place.

2Ch 7:16  For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, so that My name may be there forever. And My eyes and My heart shall be there forever.

2Ch 7:17  And you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and shall observe My statutes and My judgments,

2Ch 7:18  then I will make the throne of your kingdom sure, as I have covenanted with David your father, saying, There shall not fail you a man to be ruler in Israel.

2Ch 7:19  But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and if you shall go and serve other gods and worship them,

2Ch 7:20  then I will pluck them up by the roots out of My land which I have given them. And this house which I have sanctified for My name, I will cast out of My sight, and I will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

2Ch 7:21  And this house, which is high, shall be a wonder to everyone who passes by it, so that they shall shudder and say, Why has Jehovah done this to this land and to this house?

2Ch 7:22  And it shall be answered, Because they forsook Jehovah, the God of their fathers who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore He has brought all this evil on them.

I have included all of the events of when Solomon dedicated the Temple. In the section above about Solomons’s sacrifices, we are not told exactly which day was the day of dedication. To make it even harder to understand we are told they kept the Feast of 14 days. We do have one witness we can call upon who can show us for absolute sure which day is the Feast Day upon which this dedication took place.

In John 7:2 we are told;

Joh 7:2  And the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near.

Joh 7:14  Now about the middle of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

Then in verse 37 we are told it is the last day of the Feast. That is the LAst Great Day which is the 7th day of Sukkot.

Joh 7:37  And in the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

Joh 7:38  He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

At the end of this 7th Day of Sukkot we are told the following;

Joh 7:53  And they each went to his own house.

Joh 8:1  But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Joh 8:2  And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him. And He sat down and taught them.

We are now into the 8th Day or Shemini Atzeret.

You then read about the woman caught in adultery and then about how He is the Light of the world. The day before rivers of living waters flowed from Him and now He is the Light of the world.

Joh 8:12  Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

I want to come back to this. But first, let’s continue with the events of this 8th Day.

This same day Yehshua tells them that He is Yehovah when He said I AM.

Joh 8:58  Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I AM!

Joh 8:59  Then they took up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus hid Himself and went forth out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and passed on by.

Chapter 9 continues right from the end of chapter 8.

Joh 9:1  And passing by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.

Joh 9:2  And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

Joh 9:3  Jesus answered, Neither has this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed in him.

Joh 9:4  I must work the works of Him who sent Me, while it is day. Night comes when no man can work.

Joh 9:5  As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.

Joh 9:6  And when He had spoken these things, He spat on the ground and made clay from the spittle. And He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.

Joh 9:7  And He said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which translated is Sent). Therefore he went and washed and came seeing.

Take note that this is still the Sabbath Day, actually the 8th Day and it is a Holy Day.

Joh 9:13  They brought him who once was blind to the Pharisees.

Joh 9:14  And it was a sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.

Joh 9:15  Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said to them, He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and I see.

Joh 9:16  Therefore some of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath. Others said, How can a man, a sinner, do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

The rest of chapter 9 is about this blind man that can now see. Then in Chapter 10 on this very same 8th Day Yehshua again makes them mad when He is talking about the Good Shepherd. And then we read the following lines.

Joh 10:17  Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I might take it again.

Joh 10:18  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment from My Father.

Joh 10:19  Then a division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.

Joh 10:20  And many of them said, He has a demon and is insane. Why do you hear him?

Joh 10:21  Others said, These are not words of one who has been possessed by a demon. A demon is not able to open the eyes of blind ones.

I and the Father Are One

Joh 10:22  And the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem, and it was winter.

Joh 10:23  And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s Porch.

Joh 10:24  Then the Jews encircled Him and said to Him, How long do you make us doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.

Joh 10:25  Jesus answered them, I told you and you did not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.

Joh 10:26  But you did not believe because you are not of My sheep. As I said to you,

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 10:22 the verse many use to justify the keeping to Feast of Chanukah in the 9th month which is around Christmas. But you have just walked with me through the Gospel of John and read how this was the 8th day and that this 8th day was called the Feast of Dedication. Yehshua was keeping the Feast of Dedication, also called Shemini Atzeret today. He was not keeping the pagan feast of Chanukah or Christmas. He was keeping the Feasts as they are told to us in Lev 23 and nothing more.

The Feast of Dedication, the 8th Day Feast after Sukkot was the day Solomon dedicated the Temple and had the Hekel fill with smoke and then had the fire come down from heaven and consume the sacrifices. That is what this day is about. But what does it all mean?

Last week we talked to you about Sukkot and on the Last Great Day, Yehshua spoke about the Living waters flowing from Him. The living waters is a theme of Sukkot. Above we mentioned the verse that said I am the light of the world.

Joh 8:12  Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

During the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), there was a great ceremony called the “Illumination of the Temple,” which involved the ritual lighting of four golden oil-fed lamps in the Court of Women. These lamps were huge menorahs/candelabras (seventy-five feet high) lighted in the Temple at night to remind the people of the pillar of fire that had guided Israel in their wilderness journey. All night long the light shone their brilliance, it is said, illuminating the entire city.

In celebration and anticipation, the holiest of Israel’s men danced and sang psalms of joy and praise, before Yehovah. This festival was a reminder that Yehovah had promised to send a light, the Light, to a sin-darkened world. God promised to send the Messiah to renew Israel’s glory, release them from bondage, and restore their joy. Imagine that you are in ancient Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles. Visualize seeing these massive menorahs giving a tremendous amount of light. Now imagine the impact of the words said by Yehshua in the Temple courtyard when he announced, “I am the Light of the world.”

Here are the scriptures where Yehovah said He would send a light into the darkness of the world.

Isa 9:2  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; they who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined.

Isa 42:6  I Jehovah have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand, and will keep You, and give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the nations;

Isa 42:7  to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness out of the prison house.

We presently talked about how we are to be that light to the nations and here again it is being spoken of.

Isa 49:6  And He said, It is but a little thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to bring back the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You for a light to the nations, to be My salvation to the end of the earth.

Isa 60:1  Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of Jehovah has risen on you.

Isa 60:2  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah shall rise on you, and His glory shall be seen on you.

Isa 60:3  And the nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

I think the next verse is really poignant as this is the very thing we are to pray for during Sukkot.

Hosea 6:3  Then we shall know, if we follow on to know Jehovah. His going out is prepared as the morning; and He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth.

Malachi 4:2  But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, and healing will be on His wings. And you shall go out and frisk like calves of the stall.

Isa 9:1  Yet there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish, as inthe former time. He degraded the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, so afterwards He will glorify the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

Isa 9:2  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; they who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined.

Matt 4:14  so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,

Matt 4:15  “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by way of thesea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the nations!

Matt 4:16  The people who sat in darkness saw a great Light; and Light has sprung up to those who sat in the region and shadow of death.”

Salt and Light

Mat 5:13  You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and to be trodden underfoot by men.

Mat 5:14  You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Mat 5:15  Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the grain-measure, but on a lampstand. And it gives light to all who are in the house.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.

The Jews have the Torah but reject the Messiah, And Christians have the Messiah but reject the law. And because of this neither one can see nor understand what they are supposed to understand when you read the scriptures.

Jews do not connect those things Isaiah said with what Yehshua said about being the Light of the world. Christians do not understand that what Yehshua said was in direct relationship to the Holy Days that they reject.

Let me show you something before I move on.

The Shining Face of Moses

Exo 34:29  And it happened as Moses was going down from the mountain of Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony being in Moses’ hand as he went down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face had become luminous through His speaking with him.

Exo 34:30  And Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face had become luminous. And they were afraid to come near him.

Exo 34:31  And Moses called to them. And Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.

Exo 34:32  And afterward all the sons of Israel came near. And he commanded them all that Jehovah had spoken with him in Mount Sinai.

Exo 34:33  And Moses finished speaking with them, and he put a veil on his face.

Exo 34:34  But when Moses went in before Jehovah to speak with Him, he took the veil off until he came out. And he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel that which he was commanded.

Exo 34:35  And the sons of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face had become luminous. And Moses put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.

Moses’s face was radiating the brightness of Yehovah with whom he had been speaking to.

Now let us conclude the meaning of the 8th Day Feast. To do so you must read the chronology in Revelation starting in;

The Thousand Years

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

Rev 20:3  And he cast him into the abyss and shut him up and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years should be fulfilled. And after that he must be loosed a little time.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast nor his image, nor had received his mark on their foreheads, nor in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.

The Defeat of Satan

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be loosed out of his prison.

Rev 20:8  And he will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle. The number of them is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9  And they went up over the breadth of the earth and circled around the camp of the saints, and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of Heaven and devoured them.

Rev 20:10  And the Devil who deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were . And he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Judgment Before the Great White Throne

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and Him sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And a place was not found for them.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, the small and the great, stand before God. And books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell delivered up the dead in them. And each one of them was judged according to their works.

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death.

Rev 20:15  And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire.

Just as we explained when we spoke to you about the Day of Atonement, that goat that is led away and thrown off the cliff is the Azazel Goat. Here in Rev 20:1-6 we are seeing what Lev 16 represented. It is the time when Satan will be locked away for the 7th Millennium. But Yehovah has not taken His throne yet on Earth. He has set King David on the throne to rule over Israel during the 7th Millennium, but Yehovah Himself is still in heaven.

Then in verse 7 when the thousand years are ended, then Satan and those who chose to follow him are thrown into the lake of fire and he is finished. After this is done and as we are now at the end of the 7th Millennium the Great White Throne Judgment begins and you want them to find your name in the Book of Life. This Great White Thorne Judgement I believe takes place at the end of the7th millennium.

As you read Rev 21, take note of the words living waters and light.

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer is.

Rev 21:2  And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Rev 21:4  And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away.

Rev 21:5  And He sitting on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful.

Rev 21:6  And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the Water of Life freely.

Rev 21:7  He who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son.

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

The New Jerusalem

Rev 21:9  And one of the seven angels who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God,

Rev 21:11  having the glory of God. And its light was like a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

Rev 21:12  And it had a great and high wall, with twelve gates. And on the gates were twelve angels, and having names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel:

Rev 21:13  From the east three gates, from the north three gates, from the south three gates, and from the west three gates.

Rev 21:14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Rev 21:15  And he who talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city and its gates and its wall.

Rev 21:16  And the city lies four-square, and the length is as large as the breadth. And he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand stadia. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

Rev 21:17  And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Rev 21:18  And the foundation of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

Rev 21:19  And the foundations of the wall of the city had been adorned with every precious stone. The first foundation, jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

Rev 21:20  the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, hyacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

Rev 21:21  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls. Respectively, each one of the gates was one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, as transparent glass.

Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty is its temple, even the Lamb.

Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, that they might shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Rev 21:24  And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

Rev 21:25  And its gates may not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there.

Rev 21:26  And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no way enter into it anything that defiles, or any making an abomination or a lie; but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life

The River of Life

Rev 22:1  And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Rev 22:2  In the midst of its street, and of the river, from here and from there, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit according to one month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Rev 22:3  And every curse will no longer be; but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him.

Rev 22:4  And they will see His face, and His name will be in their foreheads.

Rev 22:5  And there will be no night there. And they need no lamp, or light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light. And they will reign forever and ever.

Jesus Is Coming

Rev 22:6  And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show to His servants the things which must shortly be done.

Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the Words of the prophecy of this Book.

Rev 22:8  And I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel showing me these things.

Rev 22:9  Then he said to me, Behold! See, do not do it! For I am your fellow-servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the Words of this Book. Do worship to God.

Rev 22:10  And he said to me, Do not seal the Words of the prophecy of this Book; for the time is at hand.

Rev 22:11  He acting unjustly, let him still act unjustly. And the filthy, let him be filthy still. And the righteous, let him be righteous still. And the holy, let him be holy still.

Rev 22:12  And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according as his work is.

Rev 22:13  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last.

Rev 22:14  Blessed are they who do His commandments, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and they may enter in by the gates into the city.

Rev 22:15  But outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and makes a lie.

Rev 22:16  I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify these things to you over the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright and Morning Star.

Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let the one hearing say, Come! And let the one who is thirsty come. And he willing, let him take of the Water of Life freely.

Rev 22:18  For I testify together to everyone who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add on him the plagues that have been written in this Book.

Rev 22:19  And if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which have been written in this Book.

Rev 22:20  He who testifies these things says, Yes, I am coming quickly, Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus.

Rev 22:21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.

The 8th Day Feast, Shemini Atzeret, represents the time when Yehovah will dwell with men here on the this earth. At the Feast of Dedication when Solomon dedicated the temple was an example of Yehovah’s desire to dwell with us and this is the purpose of this Holy Day. It is the summation and reason for all the other Holy Days which all point to this 8th Day Feast Day. Shemini Atzeret is the most important day, the most important Feast Day. When we dance in the streets on this day we do so with great joy. When we dance with the Torah Scroll on this day we do so knowing that the Word, Yehovah Became flesh and dwelt amongst us. We are dancing with our groom. Each year it is rehearsal until this 8th Millennium comes and then all the rehearsals will be over and it will be the real deal. Our Groom, Yehovah will come and the 7 days of the wedding will be over. The 7 Millennial days will be finished. The wedding night, the 8th Day  Feast will be consummated and we will be with Yehovah forever and ever from this point on.

This is the greatest of all the Feast Days. All the other prepare us for this moment in time.

6 Comments

  1. Paul collier

    Thanks be to Yahovah for His protection and guidance in all that you do the ways you Yahovah are clearly seen in the words of Yahs book thankyou brother Joe shabbat shalom Paul

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  2. Stephen Skillitzi

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    Rev 20:11  “And I saw a great white throne…” 20:13-15:- “And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell delivered up the dead in them. And each one of them was judged according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire.”
    This Judgement, occurring after 7 millennia, has more unanswered questions than clear answers. [Perhaps you can clarify.]
    Is this the one opportunity for the billions of unsaved humans ever since Adam’s creation to be physically resurrected. Logically then without the usual procreation potential, for their first real chance to consider embracing the Y’shua-delivered salvation covenant? That would require an unspecified period of highly-orchestrated globalised teaching and personalised implementation. If so, then presumably (to create a ‘level playing field’) babes who died on day-one of their air-breathing life would be nursed to maturity somehow. And those in their former life too old or too dim-witted to comprehend Y’shua’s salvation offer would be, at that future occasion, relieved miraculously of their handicaps, but without losing their previous memories and identity (without which crucial ‘repentance of dead works’ is impossible).
    If, as many Christians would maintain, the above speculative scenario is unfounded, then the terminal Lake of Fire awaits all but a tiny minority of the 7 millennia of mortal humans.

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  3. Jayson

    Shabbat Shalom! Great teaching!

    I have an honest question here. I understand that in John 10:22 it is speaking of the 8th Day (Shemini Atzeret) of Sukkot when it mentions the Feast of Dedication. Why does it call this time Winter, and not the Fall? It seems like I’ve heard a teaching that explained there were conceptually two seasons, summer and winter, growing season and dormant season.

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      SHalom Jayson, this is the introduction to the article Yeah, but Jesus Kept Chanukah https://www.sightedmoon-archives.com/yeah-but-jesus-kept-chanukah-see-john-1022-2/

      Joh 10:22 And the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s Porch.
      Did Yehshua keep the Feast of Chanukah on the 25th day of the 9th month? It is time you learned the truth. But once you do will you “yeah but…” yourselves to deny the facts just so you can feel good and keep the company of others who are also deceived. Have you become so steeped in your vain traditions that you can no longer serve your first love- the keeping of Torah and obeying Yehovah by not adding ANYTHING to His Word? You may be mad at me now but you will know the answer to my question by the end of this article.

      The word winter here is;
      G5494 ?????? cheim?n khi-mone’
      From a derivation of ??? che? (to pour; akin to the base of G5490 through the idea of a channel), meaning a storm (as pouring rain); by implication the rainy season, that is, winter: – tempest, foul weather, winter.

      It was the rainy season when Yehshua walked in the Temple of Solomon’s court.

      In Israel, the yearly cycle with its four seasons are not as clearly marked as the lands to the north of it. But to the Jew every season was a special time and a reminder of the promises of God, as He said to Noah “seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter” (Genesis 8: 22).
      Gen 8:21 And Jehovah smelled a sweet odor. And Jehovah said in His heart, I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, because the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. And I will not again smite every living thing as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

      Though the Bible specifically mentions summer, winter, spring and autumn, it may come as a surprise to know that the Bible never mentions four seasons, but only two. The Hebrew word “stav”, translated today as “autumn,” is mentioned only once in the Bible in the Song of Solomon “for lo, the winter is passed, the rain is over and gone…” (Song 2:11), “stav” really speaks of the time of the winter rains. The Hebrew word “aviv”, translated today as spring is mentioned twice in the Bible, both referring to a stage in the ripening of barley rather than a season. The month of Aviv (hodesh ha’aviv) is the time when this ripening of barley takes place. This is, of course, the Hebrew month of Nissan. There is no mention of a season called spring anywhere in the Bible. Therefore we must conclude that the Bible only recognizes two seasons, summer and winter, or as the writers of the Talmud put it, “the days of sun” and “the days of rain.”

      With just 2 seasons we can then understand that the season of summer begins when the Barley is Aviv and the first month has begun. In this first month are the Spring Holy Days of Passover and Unleavened Bread.

      Six months later begins the 7th month. And because the year has 12 months, 6 for the summer and 6 for the winter, the 7th month begins in winter. That 7th month contains the Fall Feasts; The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles as well as the Eighth Day Feast of “Simchat Torah.” These all take place in the season of “winter”.

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  4. Wilson

    Shalom Joseph and all the brethren. I have just come across a resource that I thought many may find useful. It comes from the latest issue of ‘Biblical Archeology Review’ magazine volume 46 #3. This is NOT an endorsement of the magazine. The article ‘What’s in a Name?’ by Mitka R. Golub is comparing names in the Bible vs ones found in archeology. The author shares the following searchable data base, which I hope is helpful.

    https://www.onomasticon.net/

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  5. Tony

    Dear Brother Joseph Shalom to you. I thank our Father greatly for your teachings and you are an inspiration for me. Like you I also battle with family and friends who run after teachers and prophets that are deceiving them and don’t want to hear the truth. Every discussion ends in argument and leaves me dejected but I am strengthened to know that I have the truth. A Jewish believer Amir Tsarfati is now the latest teacher being followed and because he is Jewish all believe him. He teaches not the feasts and teach the fake rapture of the church and teach only Israel goes through the 7 year tribulation. Also he teaches rapture is imminent. And people believe all! I just tell you brother because I know you suffer much more than me about these things and you are in my prayers for strength and endurance. Be strong!
    Brother Tony

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