News Letter 5856-002
The 4th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 25th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 11th day of the 1st month 5856 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Middle of the 70th Jubilee Since Yehovah told Moses To go Get His People
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
March 7, 2020
Shalom to the Royal Family of Yehovah,
In Case some of you did not see my last News Letter, about the barley being Aviv as reported by Becca Biderman, I want to now officially ask Yehovah to bless this year for you. It is going to be a very decisive year for all of us.
Here is the link to the Spring Holy Days.
A couple of emails from the MEWE group in which Jan is sharing teachings and helping others to understand the Sabbatical and Jubilee years Cycles. She was sent the following two emails.
Hi Jan, thank you so much for all the impeachment articles. They are fantastic. Would you be able to send me the teaching on Ophir and any others that you have available please. Thanks. Shalom
Thank you Jan for coming back. I a, new to MeWe but I am reading Joe’s newsletters from about 2012. We are walking this way since 1996 (then in South Africa), when my oldest was 18 months . We were just following the Bible and did whatever He asked of us in scripture. Keeping the feast and Sabbath years. We just called ourselves Bible believers, because we couldn’t put a name to what we believe/ fit in to, until we met a family in 2011 who told us that we are actually Messianic believers. That opened the world for us to Torah teachers and all of a sudden Hebrew/Jewish components. We listened to nearly every teacher available, and although interesting we stopped doing that after about 2 years. The only one I am still following is Joe, because he is doing the Sabbatical years. We have already done 2 Sabbath years prior to following him. I have a fair idea of what Joe is seeing/believing and I have a gut feeling from the beginning that he is correct. My husband don’t read the newsletters, but he has read parts of the 2300 years of hell and I am telling him bits and pieces. We are planning to work through the charts, so are really enjoying the Zoom meetings that’s explaining it so well. I have also made contact with Pauline, who is about 4 hours drive from us and had a really good chat. Hope I to meet her one day. I have copied and pasted all your impeachments and we will work through that as well, so that he can get a better understanding. Would you be able to send me the abridge version of 2300 years please? I have read it about 5 years ago, but doesn’t have the time to read the full version again at this stage. I have also read all the other books. If you can send me the summary version of Ophir, I can pass that on to my husband. We are open if we need to go (Phillippines), but like anyone, want to make the right decision. I still have 4 children at home and 2 working (strongly following this way) so it is not just as easy as packing a bag and go. What are you going to do? Shabbat Shalom from Australia
One of the men we have come to know over the years is Henry Mate of Kenya. He has been learning all hea can about the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years and teaching them to his small assembly and also on Whatsapp. Working with Jan Sytsma they have developed other contacts through facbook and MEWE. Jan has been coaching and helping Henry with subject that Henry asked questions about.
I was on my way to Suadi Arabia March 13 and thought I would fly into Kenya and teach them before I left to Saudi. Then the debate about hte barley ensued and I thought I would go there first and then to Kenya. After which I would go on my tour to Saudi and Egypt. At the same time I was trying to book my flights teach each place a arrange all of this travel news came out that Saudi had closed their borders to religious pilgrims. Then Israel closed their and then open them up again. This was the time the Coronavirus was spreading in South Korea and Italy like wild fire.
Time was running out and I had to decide what I was going to do. I was concerned for those I had invited on the trip to Saudi and felt they were coming because I was going. My fear got th ebetter of me. I was afraid we could be detained for 14 days in Israel or Kenya or Eitiopia or Saudia Arabia or Jordan or Egypt should anyone on the plane with me show signs of the flu. Anyone. People from Italy were turned aaway from Israel after landing. The whole plane.
Standing in lines in so many airports in this many countries weighed heavily on me. I would not know who was and was not a carrier and I could then bring this sickness home to my family.
So I notifed all the people I had made arrangements to meet in each of these countries and our Tour Guide that I was cancelling all my travel plans. I could not take the many varibale I had no control over.
Henry sent me this report just before I made this decision to no longer go.
Last saturday February 22rd, I was a guest speaker at Kariati Remnant Assembly of Yahweh-Nkubu, Meru, Meru Country. We had been invited by the brethren there lead by Pst. Josphat Mutai from Kericho and the local Pst. Zablon.Zablon had earlier come visiting in January at our Synagogue BEYTH SHALOM TORAH CENTRE at Kibugua -Muiku in Tharaka/Nithi County to learn about Torah and sabbatical/Jubilee years. He was accompanied by his friend Isaiah. We had a very wonderful fulfilling chart about Torah and the timeline from Adam.As I was about to start my trip, I was informed about the presence of their Bishop. As I wasn’t aware of it, I wondered what I was expected from them and their expectation.I prayed for the moment and Yehovah assured of peace in myself. I was about to meet among the congregation their Bishop for the first time.Reaching there Saturday morning, with my company; brethren Marklus Ndeke, James Mate, Mutegi and my grandson Karani, I got shocked to meet in person Bishop Thomas. It happened that Thomas and I knew one another for long as fb friends and he had been following my teachings for long.It was my first time to meet Pst. Josphat. We had been friends on fb also. We immediately fell for one another.They welcomed us cordially and saints were very hospitable.Immediately after we arrived, 9:00 AM I was invited to teach. It then happened they had organized a Marathon schedule that managed to accomplish. It happened I had to spend the night there until Sunday. Throughout our stay, none among the people missed any session. Not even the women or children left. They stood put to learn more and more. Neither did I tire. It was so wonderful.Sunday morning I had to answer myriad of questions concerning my fath.They said the teachings being somehow new to them, they needed to learn, to know and return to The Way.I had the rare chance and taught six lessons among them DESIRE OF THE NATIONS.Saturday morning I introduced Torah, Sabbatical/Jubilee years and curses, in coraboration with Timeline since Adam.Before we broke for lunch brake Marklus teaching wondered whether locusts have ever been spotted in the area. He taught that we won’t leave before they experience the curse. True to the word as we sat at lunch table under shadow of plantains, a big swarm of Locusts flew over us in the sky northward without touching any vegetation. Kariati is in South imenti near the Mp.Kathuri Murungi home area and they flew towards central imenti. That proved true what I had taught and what is said in Torah on Leviticus 26.After that interlude I taught on Dan.9:24-27 prophecy which has been taught in error by those of messianic persuasion as Messianic prophecy. I Al’s lead the step to step we embark on by observing the sabbat. This being taking Oath:Sevening.In the night section Saturday, I took the podium to teach about THE 430 yrs and the exodus.Sunday started as it was previously. I was requested to teach on prayer show and the tzitzit I was wearing. I had expecting the question. I had to remind them about the covenant at mount Sinai.We went together studying Numbers 15.After lunch Sunday, the Bishop and pastors being overwhelmed by the meesage of truth welcomed me to go teach on 3rd march at Kericho. They informed to stay ready to go when they organize on various centres, which I couldn’t refuse.It might be hard to fulfill all requests. But this is the time when time is nearly over. Being in the middle of the 70th week, it means little time remains. Actually 24 yrs.The work is huge and everyone needs to do his/ her part. It needs special attention.I and Josphat hinted on Joe’s comming to Kenya. We wished Joe stay be 4-5 days here.They ate so enthusiastic to be taught and be lead to the wedding feast.The men wanted printed materials so they may read and use as teaching manuals.I gave out the 2 calenders I had printed from sm page. I gave Zablon one and the other to the man from a sister Remnant congregation.They request for Tzitzit. I gave the 4 pairs I had to 4 men teachers. It included the ones I wore. I gave it out.And since they wanted materiel I directed them to sm and BSTM/bstc webpages.We left for home late in the afternoon. As we were on the vehcle we could see locust zooming about in farms.Am stressing the readiness for these people to know the truth. I enjoyed the whole period of my stay.Glory be to YHVH. Best regards to sightedmoon, Joe Dumond , Jan and team.Let me appreciate Bp.Thomas, Psts. Zablon and Josphat.BSTM/BSTC salutes you all.The world needs you.
I want to say thank you for all the emails and phone calls I have received this past week from you the brethren from around the world. Thank you for your encouragement and support.
Some of you saw the stress I was under with our searching the testimonies of the Aviv searchers as well as preparing for our Saudi Tour and the Coronavirus plague Pandemic.
Your prayers do mean a lot and I do not know who it is, those of you praying for my Wife and family, please DO NOT STOP. Things are happening combined with the coronavirus news they are asking questions and allowing me to explain. So thank you and Thank Yehovah.
I have cancelled my participation in the Mount Sinai Tour that was to start next week. Most of those who signed up are still going. Do keep them in your prayers. My travel plans were to go to ISrael to check the barley and then to Kenya for Passover and then to Addis Abbaba to catch a flight to Riyad. The tour was then to drive from Saudi Arabia to Jordan to catch a ferry to Nuwieba Egypt. And some would then fly from Egypt to Turkey to see Noahs Ark and then fly home.
The more I watched the Corona Virus reports the more anxious I became until I could no longer think about going through that many airports at this time with so many others also passing through them and not knowing who would and would nto be sick in the airport or on the plane. My fear of being quarantined in one of these countries in a room for 14 days or coming home to infecting my family because someone on the plane was sick was too much for and I also wanted to give those on the tour the opportunity to also check out.. A few did but most did not.
So I will be home conducting services for those who are new and those who have no groups to attend with this Passover season.
I will be ocnducting the foot washing service Monday evening 7 PM Eastern time zone.
Tuesday is Preparation day and I wll conduct a service for 9 AM and 3 PM on the 14th.
The High Holy Day of Wednesday March 10 I will also conduct another service at 9 AM and 3 PM.
Then on Wave Sheaf Day we will do the wave offering at 9 AM.
Finally on The Last Day of Unleavened Bread we will again do a sevice at 3 PM.
I will post the zoom meeting rooms here with each service. So come back to get them as I just have no time now to prepare them.
You can download and keep track of each Holy Day and the month and even the year from our reusable monthly sheeets. Just download them at this link http://new.sightedmoon.com/monthly-calendar-pdf/
This year on the Jewish calndar at the Feast of Trumpets in September 30, 2019 it has become the year 5780 since the creation. Many people look at this and think that we have 220 years until the 6000 year and then go back to sleep. But is this correct?
Here at sightedmoon.com we are saying that the year is in actuallity 5855 and that it changes on Aviv 1 each year according to Exodus 12:2
Exo 12:2 This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you.
At Aviv in 2020 it will be the year 5856. So we are always going to be about 76 years apart in our dating. Why?
This is very misleading to the average person. The Jewish calendar fails to mention that they have removed 76 years from the calendar. This was done in Mathew 1:8 where the names of Ahaziah, who reigned 1 year, and Athaliah who reigned 6, and Jehhoash who reigned 40 and Amaziah who reigned 29, are all missing from the chronology. 76 years in total.
Mat 1:7 And Solomon fathered Rehoboam, and Rehoboam fathered Abijah, and Abijah fathered Asa.
Mat 1:8 And Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat fathered Jehoram, and Jehoram fathered Uzziah.
Mat 1:9 And Uzziah fathered Jotham, and Jotham fathered Ahaz, and Ahaz fathered Hezekiah.
Compare the biblical list with the actual Kings of Judah List below and take note of which ones are missing and which ones are included and then ask why.
What was it that these kings did to anger Yehovah so?
We can read in Duet. 29:20 where Yehovah threatened to blot out the names of those who served other gods. And in Exodus 20:5 it says that the sins of the people will be visited to the 3rd and 4th generations of those who hate Him.
Deu 29:16 (For you know how we have lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the nations which you passed.
Deu 29:17 And you have seen their abominations and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them)
Deu 29:18 lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away today from Jehovah our God, to go serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that bears gall and wormwood,
Deu 29:19 and it happens when he hears the words of this curse, that he shall bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, to snatch away the drunken with the thirsty.
Deu 29:20 Jehovah will not be willing to forgive him, but then the anger of Jehovah and His jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie on him, and Jehovah shall blot out his name from under heavens.
Exo 20:4 You shall not make to yourselves any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Exo 20:5 You shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them. For I Jehovah your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and fourth generation of those that hate me,
Exo 20:6 and showing mercy to thousands of those that love Me and keep My commandments.
What wicked King could this be? From the list above we can see that something must have happened to Ahaziah so lets begin with him. When we look at this we can also see how the House of Yehovah fell in to ruin and that Joash was going to restore the house and repair it.
Joash Repairs the Temple
2Ch 24:1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign. And he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
2Ch 24:2 And Joash did the right in the eyes of Jehovah all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
2Ch 24:3 And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he fathered sons and daughters.
2Ch 24:4 And it happened after this, it had been in the mind of Joash to repair the house of Jehovah.
2Ch 24:5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites and said to them, Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather silver from all Israel to repair the house of your God from year to year. And see that you hasten the matter. And the Levites did not hasten it.
2Ch 24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada and said to him, Why have you not made the Levites bring in the collection out of Judah and out of Jerusalem, according to Moses the servant of Jehovah, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
2Ch 24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, have broken up the house of God. And also all the dedicated things of the house of Jehovah they have given to Baals.
2Ch 24:8 And the king commanded, and they made a chest, and set it outside at the gate of the house of Jehovah.
2Ch 24:9 And they gave a call in Judah and in Jerusalem, to bring in to Jehovah the collection that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness.
2Ch 24:10 And all the rulers and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and threw into the chest until it was finished.
2Ch 24:11 And it happened at the time the chest was brought into the king’s office by the Levites, and when they saw that the silver was abundant, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it and carried it to its place again. So they did day by day, and gathered a great amount of silver.
2Ch 24:12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of the house of Jehovah. And they hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of Jehovah, and also artisans in iron and bronze, to mend the house of Jehovah.
2Ch 24:13 And the workmen worked, and the work was completed by them, and they set the house of God in its proper state and made it strong.
2Ch 24:14 And when they had finished, they brought the rest of the silver before the king and Jehoiada. Of this silver were made vessels for the house of Jehovah, vessels to minister and to offer, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they continually offered burnt offerings in the house of Jehovah all the days of Jehoiada.
2Ch 24:15 But Jehoiada became old, and was full of days when he died. He was a hundred and thirty years old when he died.
2Ch 24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God and toward His house.
Take note of what was said in verse 7.
2 Chron 24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, have broken up the house of God. And also all the dedicated things of the house of Jehovah they have given to Baals.
This was why the people Libnah revolted.
Before we find out who this Athaliah was we have just read how Joash was the one who was a good King and served Yehovah. Now lets turn to 2 Kings 8 and find out what preceded these evil kings, and it turns out that Jehoram was an evil King who produced a lineage of evil kings.
Jehoram Reigns in Judah
2Ki 8:16 And in the fifth year of Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
2Ki 8:17 And he was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
2Ki 8:18 And he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab did; for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did evil in the sight of Jehovah.
2Ki 8:19 Yet Jehovah would not destroy Judah for David His servant’s sake, as He promised him to give him a light to his sons forever.
2Ki 8:20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves.
2Ki 8:21 And Jehoram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him. And he rose by night and struck the Edomites who were all around him, and the commanders of the chariots. And the people fled into their tents.
2Ki 8:22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
2Ki 8:23 And the rest of the acts of Jehoram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Matter of the Days of the Kings of Judah?
2Ki 8:24 And Jehoram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
We have just learned that the Edomite revolted from Jewish rule but we also leaned that Libnah also revolted. It was not an Edomite city. Libnah was one of the cities of the Aaronic Preists.
Jos 21:13 And to the sons of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron and its open lands as a city of refuge for the manslayer, and Libnah and its open lands,
Something has happened to cause the Libnah people to revolt. Obviously they objected violently to Jehoram’s desecration of Solomon’s temple. For Joram’s blasphemy, Yehovah judged not only his wife Athaliah, but his son Ahaziah, and grandson Jehash, and great grandson Amazaih.
Ahaziah Reigns in Judah
2Ki 8:25 In the twelfth year of Jehoram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign.
2Ki 8:26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
2Ki 8:27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of Jehovah, as the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.
2Ki 8:28 And he went with Jehoram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramoth of Gilead. And the Syrians wounded Jehoram.
2Ki 8:29 And King Jehoram went back to be healed in Jezreel from the wounds which the Syrians had given him in Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
Athaliah is usually considered the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel. Athaliah was married to Jehoram of Judah to seal a treaty between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and to secure his position Jehoram killed his six brothers. Jehoram became king of Judah in the fifth year of Jehoram of Israel’s reign (2 Kings 8:16). Jehoram of Israel was Athaliah’s brother (or possibly nephew).
Jehoram of Judah reigned for eight years. His father Jehoshaphat and grandfather Asa were devout kings who worshiped Yahweh and walked in his ways. However, Jehoram chose not to follow their example but rejected Yahweh and married Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab in the line of Omri. Jehoram’s rule of Judah was shaky. Edom revolted, and he was forced to acknowledge their independence. A raid by Philistines, Arabs and Ethiopians looted the king’s house, and carried off all of his family except for their youngest son, Ahaziah.
After Jehoram’s death, Ahaziah became king of Judah, and Athaliah was queen mother. Ahaziah reigned for one year from the age of 22 (2 Kings 8:26) and was killed during a state visit to Israel along with Jehoram of Israel. Jehu assassinated them both in Yahweh’s name and became king of Israel. He had Athaliah’s entire extended family in Samaria put to death, ending the Omri dynasty in Israel.
Upon hearing the news of Ahaziah’s death, Athaliah seized the throne of Judah and ordered the execution of all possible claimants to the throne, including the remnant of her Omri dynasty. However, Jehosheba, Ahaziah’s sister, managed to rescue from the purge one of Athaliah’s grandsons with Jehoram of Judah, named Jehoash, who was only one year old. Jehoash was raised in secret by Jehosheba’s husband, a priest named Jehoiada.
As queen, Athaliah used her power to establish the worship of Baal in Judah. Six years later, Athaliah was surprised when Jehoiada revealed that Jehoash lived and proclaimed him king of Judah. She rushed to stop the rebellion, but was captured and executed.
There are several scriptures that, when combined with chronological considerations, have led some scholars to hold that she was Ahab’s sister, not his daughter. The relevant scriptural texts that can be cited to support the brother-sister relationship are the following:
2 Kings 8:26, and its parallel passage 2 Chronicles 22:2, say that Jehoram of Judah married a “daughter” of Omri, Ahab’s father. The Hebrew word “daughter” (bath) can mean daughter, granddaughter, or any female descendant, in the same way that ben can mean son, grandson, or any male descendant. Consequently, some modern versions translate that Athaliah was a “granddaughter” of Omri. But the books of Kings and Chronicles give far more attention to Ahab than to Omri, and so it is notable that in these verses it is not Athaliah’s relationship to Ahab that is stressed, but her relationship to Omri. This would be reasonable if Omri were her father. The immediately following verses also discuss Ahab, again raising the question of why her relationship to Omri is mentioned, instead of to Ahab.
2 Kings 8:27 says that Jehoram of Judah, Athaliah’s husband, was related by marriage (hatan) to the house of Ahab. The word hatan commonly is used to specify a father-in-law or son-in-law relationship. If Jehoram was Ahab’s son-in-law, the expression that would be expected here would be “son-in-law” (or relative by marriage) to Ahab, not to “the house of Ahab.” If Athaliah was Ahab’s sister, not his daughter, then there is an explanation for the additional phrase “house of.”
The support for Athaliah being Ahab’s daughter comes from two verses, 2 Kings 8:18 and its parallel 2 Chronicles 21:6. These verses say that Jehoram of Judah did wickedly “because he married a daughter of Ahab.” This would seem to settle the question in favor of the daughter relationship, with one precaution: the Syriac version of the 2 Chronicles 21:6 says “sister of Ahab” instead of daughter. This textual support for Athaliah being the sister of Ahab is usually regarded as weak enough to justify translating bath in 2 Kings 8:26 and 2 Chronicles 22:2 as “granddaughter,” thus bringing the various passages about Athaliah into harmony: she is presented as Omri’s granddaughter and Ahab’s daughter.
Keep in mind you have two Jehorams here. One the son of Ahab who is wounded and the other the son of Jehosaphat.
Let’s continue to the story so you can see the evil of this time.
Jehu Anointed King of Israel
2Ki 9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, Bind up your loins and take this box of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth in Gilead.
2Ki 9:2 And you shall go there, and you shall see there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi. And you shall go in and make him rise up from among his brothers, and take him to an inner room.
2Ki 9:3 And take the box of oil and pour it on his head, and say, So says Jehovah, I have anointed you king over Israel. And you shall open the door, and flee, and shall not wait.
2Ki 9:4 And the young man went, the servant of the prophet, to Ramoth in Gilead.
2Ki 9:5 And he came in, and, behold, the commanders of the army were sitting. And he said, I have an errand to you, commander. And Jehu said, To which of all of us? And he said, To you, commander.
2Ki 9:6 And he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head and said to him, So says Jehovah, the God of Israel, I have anointed you king over the people of Jehovah, over Israel.
2Ki 9:7 And you shall strike the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of Jehovah at the hand of Jezebel.
2Ki 9:8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish. And I will cut off from Ahab everyone that urinates against the wall, both bound and free.
2Ki 9:9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah.
2Ki 9:10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in a part of Jezreel, and none shall be there to bury her. And he opened the door and fled.
2Ki 9:11 And Jehu went out to the servants of his lord. And one said to him, Well? Why did this mad man come to you? And he said to them, You know the man and what he had to say.
2Ki 9:12 And they said, It is false. Tell us now! And he said, This and this he spoke to me, saying, So says Jehovah, I have anointed you king over Israel.
2Ki 9:13 And they hurried and each man took his garment and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.
Jehu Assassinates Joram and Ahaziah
2Ki 9:14 And Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi plotted against Jehoram. And Jehoram was keeping watch at Ramoth in Gilead, he and all Israel before Hazael king, of Syria.
2Ki 9:15 And King Jehoram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him when he fought with Hazael the king of Syria. And Jehu said, If it is your minds, then let no escapee leave to go to tell it in Jezreel.
2Ki 9:16 And Jehu rode in the chariot and went to Jezreel. For Jehoram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah had come down to see Jehoram.
2Ki 9:17 And a watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel. And he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Jehoram said, Take a horseman and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace?
2Ki 9:18 And the rider on horseback went to meet him and said, So says the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What do you have to do with peace? Turn behind me! And the watchman reported, saying, The messenger came to them, but he does not come again.
2Ki 9:19 And he sent a second rider on horseback, who came to them and said, So says the king, Is it peace? And he answered, What do you have to do with peace? Turn behind me!
2Ki 9:20 And the watchman reported, saying, He came up to them, but does not come again. And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.
2Ki 9:21 And Jehoram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Jehoram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his own chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth of Jezreel.
2Ki 9:22 And it happened when Jehoram saw Jehu, he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the harlotries of your mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
2Ki 9:23 And Jehoram turned his hands and fled and said to Ahaziah, Treachery, Ahaziah!
2Ki 9:24 And Jehu drew a bow and struck Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sank down in his chariot.
2Ki 9:25 And he said to Bidkar his commander, Take him up and throw him in the portion of the field of Naboth of Jezreel. For, remember, you and I rode together after Ahab his father, and Jehovah laid this burden on him.
2Ki 9:26 Surely, yesterday I have seen the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons, says Jehovah, and I will repay you in this portion, says Jehovah. And now, take him and throw him into the portion, according to the Word of Jehovah.
2Ki 9:27 And when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw, he fled by the way of the garden-house. And Jehu followed after him and said, Strike him also in the chariot, at the going up to Gur, that is near Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there.
2Ki 9:28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the city of David.
2Ki 9:29 And in the eleventh year of Jehoram the son of Ahab, Ahaziah began to reign over Judah.
Jehu Executes Jezebel
2Ki 9:30 And Jehu had come to Jezreel. And Jezebel heard, and had painted her face and adorned her head, and looked out at a window.
2Ki 9:31 And Jehu came to the gate. And she said, Was itpeace to Zimri the slayer of his lord?
2Ki 9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is with me? Who? And two or three eunuchs looked out at him.
2Ki 9:33 And he said, Throw her down! And they threw her down. And some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall and on the horses. And he trampled her.
2Ki 9:34 And when he had come in, he ate and drank, and said, Go, now see this cursed woman and bury her. For she is a king’s daughter.
2Ki 9:35 And they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of herhands.
2Ki 9:36 And they came again and told him. And he said, This is the Word of Jehovah which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel.
2Ki 9:37 And the dead body of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel, so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.
You will notice that King Jehoram of Israel called Joram in the chart above and Jehoram King of Judah and Ahazaih King of Judah all died in 843 BC of the same year.
Now we must read the next chapter in 2 Kings 10 to learn something else.
Jehu Slaughters Ahab’s Descendants
2Ki 10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters and sent to Samaria to the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to the supporters of Ahab, saying,
2Ki 10:2 And now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons are with you, and chariots and horses are with you, also a fortified city and armor,
2Ki 10:3 even look for the best and fittest of your master’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.
2Ki 10:4 And they were exceedingly afraid and said, Behold, two kings did not stand before him; how then shall we stand?
2Ki 10:5 And he who was over the house, and he over the city, the elders also, and the guardians, sent to Jehu saying, We are your servants and will do all that you shall say to us; we will not make any king. Do what is good in your eyes.
2Ki 10:6 And he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If you are mine, and will listen to my voice, take the heads of the men, your master’s sons, and come to me to Jezreel by this time tomorrow. And the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city who brought them up.
2Ki 10:7 And it happened when the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and killed them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets and sent to him in Jezreel.
2Ki 10:8 And a messenger came and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Lay them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.
2Ki 10:9 And it happened in the morning, he went out and stood, and said to all the people, You are righteous. Behold, I plotted against my master and killed him. But who killed all these?
2Ki 10:10 Now know that there shall fall to the earth nothing of the Word of Jehovah , which Jehovah spoke concerning the house of Ahab. For Jehovah has done that which He spoke by His servant Elijah.
2Ki 10:11 And Jehu killed all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his familiar friends, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
2Ki 10:12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. He was at the shepherds’ shearing-house in the way,
2Ki 10:13 And Jehu met with the brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are you? And they answered, The brothers of Ahaziah. And we are going down to greet the king’s sons and the queen’s sons.
2Ki 10:14 And he said, Take them alive! And they took them alive and killed them at the pit of the shearing-house, forty-two men. And he left not a man of them.
2Ki 10:15 And he left there and found Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him. And he greeted him and said to him, Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it is, give your hand. And he gave his hand. And he took him up to him into the chariot.
2Ki 10:16 And he said, Come with me and see my zeal for Jehovah. And they made him ride in his chariot.
2Ki 10:17 And he came to Samaria, and killed all that remained to Ahab in Samaria, until he had destroyed him, according to the saying of Jehovah which He spoke to Elijah.
Jehu Strikes Down the Prophets of Baal
2Ki 10:18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu shall serve him much.
2Ki 10:19 And now call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants and all his priests. Let no one be lacking. For I have a great sacrifice to Baal. Whoever shall be lacking, he shall not live. But Jehu was acting with cunning, to the end that he might destroy the worshipers of Baal.
2Ki 10:20 And Jehu said, Call a solemn feast for Baal. And they called it.
2Ki 10:21 And Jehu sent through all Israel. And all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And they came into the house of Baal. And the house of Baal was full from one end to another.
2Ki 10:22 And he said to him who was over the robe-room, Bring out robes for all the worshipers of Baal. And he brought them out for them.
2Ki 10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal. And he said to the servants of Baal, Search and look, that there may not be here with you any of the servants of Jehovah, but only the servants of Baal.
2Ki 10:24 And they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. And Jehu had appointed eighty men outside, and said, If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escapes, his life shall be for the life of him.
2Ki 10:25 And it happened when he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guard and to the commanders, Go in. Kill them! Do not let any come out! And they struck them with the edge of the sword. And the guard and the commanders threw them out. And they went to the city, to the house of Baal.
2Ki 10:26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal and burned them.
2Ki 10:27 And they broke down the image of Baal, and broke down the house of Baal and made it a sewer-house until this day.
Jehu Reigns in Israel
2Ki 10:28 And Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
2Ki 10:29 Only, Jehu did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, going after them, the golden calves in Bethel and in Dan.
2Ki 10:30 And Jehovah said to him, Jehu, because you have done well in doing the right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
2Ki 10:31 But Jehu did not care to walk in the Law of Jehovah, the God of Israel with all his heart, for he did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, who made Israel to sin.
2Ki 10:32 In those days Jehovah began to cut Israel short. And Hazael struck them in all the border of Israel,
2Ki 10:33 from Jordan toward the rising of the sun, all the land of Gilead, the men of Gad and of Reuben and of Manasseh, from Aroer, by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.
2Ki 10:34 And the rest of the acts of Jehu and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the Book of the Matter of the Days of the Kings of Israel?
2Ki 10:35 And Jehu slept with his fathers. And they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place.
2Ki 10:36 And the days that Jehu reigned over Israel and Samaria were twenty-eight years.
Notice what Yehovah says to Jehu about his son until the fourth generation.
2Ki 10:30 And Jehovah said to him, Jehu, because you have done well in doing the right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
Yehovah is blessing him unto the 4th generation while at the same time he is about to blott out the names of 4 kings or 4 genreations in the house of Judah. And all of this is taking place at this same time during the time of Elijah.
Now do not foget who this Athaliah is. She is the daughter of Omri and the wife of Jehoram the mother of Ahaziah. Both of who were killed in 843 BC.
Athaliah Reigns in Judah
2Ki 11:1 And Athaliah was the mother of Ahaziah. And when she saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed of the kingdom.
2Ki 11:2 But Jehosheba the daughter of King Jehoram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king’s sons which were killed. And they hid him from Athaliah in the bedroom, him and his nurse, so that he was not killed.
2Ki 11:3 And he was hidden with her in the house of Jehovah six years. And Athaliah reigned over the land.
Joash Anointed King in Judah
2Ki 11:4 And in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the rulers over hundreds, with the commanders and the guards, and brought them to him into the house of Jehovah. And he made a covenant with them and took an oath from them in the house of Jehovah, and revealed to them the king’s son.
2Ki 11:5 And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that you shall do. A third part of you who enter in on the sabbath shall be keepers of the watch of the king’s house.
2Ki 11:6 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur. And a third part at the gate behind the guard. And you shall keep the watch of the house, alternately.
2Ki 11:7 And two parts of you, all who go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of Jehovah around the king.
2Ki 11:8 And you shall surround the king, every man with his weapons in his hand. And he who comes inside the ranks, let him be killed. And they shall be with the king as he goes out and as he comes in.
2Ki 11:9 And the rulers of the hundreds did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded. And each man took his men, going in on the sabbath, with those going out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
2Ki 11:10 And the priest gave King David’s spears and shields, which were in the temple of Jehovah, to the rulers of the hundreds.
2Ki 11:11 And the guard stood, each man with his weapons in his hand, around the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, by the altar and the temple.
2Ki 11:12 And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown and the testimony on him. And they made him king and anointed him, and clapped their hands and said, Let the king live!
2Ki 11:13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of Jehovah.
2Ki 11:14 And she looked, and behold, the king stood by a pillar as usually was done, and the rulers and the trumpeters were by the king. And all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets. And Athaliah tore her clothes, and cried, Treason! Treason!
2Ki 11:15 And Jehoiada the priest commanded the rulers of the hundreds, those set over the army, and said to them, Take her out between the ranks, and let the one who follows her kill her with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of Jehovah.
2Ki 11:16 And they laid hands on her, and she went by the way which the horses came into the king’s house. And she was killed there.
2Ki 11:17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between Jehovah and the king and the people, that they should be the people of Jehovah; also between the king and the people.
2Ki 11:18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal and broke it down. They broke his altars and his images completely in pieces. And they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of Jehovah.
2Ki 11:19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the commanders, and the guard, and all the people of the land. And they brought the king down from the house of Jehovah and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king’s house. And he sat on the throne of the kings.
2Ki 11:20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet. And they killed Athaliah with the sword besidethe king’s house.
Jehoash Reigns in Judah
2Ki 11:21 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.
2Ki 12:1 And in the seventh year of Jehu, Joash began to reign. And he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. And his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
2Ki 12:2 And Joash did the right in the sight of Jehovah all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
2Ki 12:3 But the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and burned incense in the high places.
Jehoash Repairs the Temple
2Ki 12:4 And Joash said to the priests, All the silver from things dedicated to God, which is brought into the house of Jehovah, the silver from each man the silver of his valuation, all the silver that comes into any man’s heart to bring to the house of Jehovah,
2Ki 12:5 let the priests take it to themselves, each man from those he knows. And let them repair the breaks in the house, in all places where any break shall be found.
2Ki 12:6 And it happened in the twenty-third year of King Joash, the priests had not repaired the breaks of the house.
2Ki 12:7 Then King Joash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the priests, and said to them, Why are you not repairing the breaks of the house? And now take no silver from those you know, but deliver it for the breaks of the house.
2Ki 12:8 And the priests agreed to take no silver from the people, nor to repair the breaks of the house.
2Ki 12:9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid. And he set it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of Jehovah. And the priests who kept the door put in it all the silver brought into the house of Jehovah.
2Ki 12:10 And it happened when they saw that much silver was in the chest, the king’s scribe and the high priest came up. And they bound and counted the silver that was found in the house of Jehovah.
2Ki 12:11 And they gave the silver which was counted into the hands of those who did the work, those overseeing the house of Jehovah. And they laid it out to the carpenters and builders who worked on the house of Jehovah,
2Ki 12:12 and to masons and cutters of stone, and to buy timber and cut stone to repair the breaks of the house of Jehovah, and for all that went forth for the house, to repair it.
2Ki 12:13 Only, there were no bowls of silver, snuffers, basins, trumpets, or any vessels of gold or vessels of silver, made for the house of Jehovah from the silver which wasbrought into the house of Jehovah.
2Ki 12:14 For they gave it to the workmen, and repaired the house of Jehovah with it.
2Ki 12:15 And they did not make an accounting with the men into whose hands they gave the silver to be given to the workmen. For they dealt faithfully.
2Ki 12:16 The trespass silver and sin silver was not brought into the house of Jehovah. It was the priests’.
2Ki 12:17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up and fought against Gath, and took it. And Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
2Ki 12:18 And Joash king of Judah took all the holy things which Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own holy things, and all the gold found in the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and in the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria. And he went away from Jerusalem.
The Death of Joash
2Ki 12:19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Matters of the Days of the Kings of Judah?
2Ki 12:20 And his servants arose and made a plot. And they killed Joash in the house of Millo, which goes down to Silla.
2Ki 12:21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, struck him, and he died. And they buried him with his fathers in the city of David. And Amaziah his son reigned in his place.
Amaziah Reigns in Judah
2Ki 14:1 In the second year of Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah reigned.
2Ki 14:2 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2Ki 14:3 And he did the right in the sight of Jehovah, yet not like David his father. He did according to all things that Joash his father did.
2Ki 14:4 Only, the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
2Ki 14:5 And it happened when the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, he killed his servants who had slain his father the king;
2Ki 14:6 But he did not kill the sons of the servants, according to that which is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, in which Jehovah commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the sons, nor shall the sons be put to death for the fathers, but each shall be put to death for his own sin.
2Ki 14:7 He killed ten thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel until this day.
2Ki 14:8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.
2Ki 14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle which was in Lebanon sent to the cedar in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son for a wife. And a beast of the field in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle.
2Ki 14:10 You have indeed stricken Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Rejoice and stay at home, for why should you meddle to your harm, so that you should fall, you and Judah with you?
2Ki 14:11 But Amaziah would not hear. And Jehoash king of Israel went up. And he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Beth-shemesh, of Judah.
2Ki 14:12 And Judah was beaten before Israel. And every man fled to his tent.
2Ki 14:13 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash the son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh, and he came to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate, four hundred cubits.
2Ki 14:14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels which were found in the house of Jehovah, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
2Ki 14:15 And the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Matters of the Days of the Kings of Israel?
2Ki 14:16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. And Jeroboam his son reigned in his place.
2Ki 14:17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
2Ki 14:18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the Book of the Matters of the Days of the Kings of Judah?
2Ki 14:19 And they made a plot against him at Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. And they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there.
2Ki 14:20 And they brought him on horses, and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David.
2Ki 14:21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah who wassixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.
2Ki 14:22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers.
This Azariah was also called Uzziah in 2 Kings 15:13 and is the Ozias of Mathew 1:8.
Here are the riegns for each of these 4 kings again.
Ahaziah regned 1 year
Athaliah reaigned 6 years
Joash reigned 40 years
Amaziah reigned 29 years.
Having now shown where the 76 year went missing, the question arises, Are we in the year 5780 as Judah claims or is it really 5855 as shown to us in the Jubilee cycles, leaving us 25 years to the conclusion of the 120th Jubilee cycle?
Matt 24:45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
Are you that faithful servant who is going to keep the Holy Days at the proper time? Are you that faithful servant who is going to feed the flock mana in due season?
So with the Passover season approaching and with many new people learning the Torah and wanting to keep the Holy Days, we shall begin now to teach on these.
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On the very same day as Passover comes the first festival that begins to show us the plan of salvation that Yehovah has revealed to us to understand. After Yehshua is sacrificed as the Passover Lamb, and the penalty or debt for our sins paid for, or us being redeemed, how do we continue to avoid sin, since we must go on living in this newness of life? How do we live as Yehovah’s redeemed people? When we consider just how great a price was paid for this redemption of us how can return to sin again? We find the remarkable answer in the symbolism of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
When Yehovah freed Israel from slavery in Egypt, He told His people that for
“seven days you shall eat unleavened bread” (Exodus 12:15).
Verse 39 further explains:
“And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves.”
The leavening process, which makes bread rise, takes time. The Israelites had no time to spare when they left Egypt, so they baked and ate flatbread. What started out as a necessity continued for a week. Yehovah appropriately named this time the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6), or Days of Unleavened Bread (Acts 12:3).
When Yehovah came to earth as a human, Yeh Shua (Yehovah Saves), He observed this seven-day festival sometimes called the Feast of Passover by the Jews because of the proximity of the Passover to the Days of Unleavened Bread. Passover is the meal that is eaten to begin the 7 Days Feast. Yehshua kept it as a child and later as an adult (Luke 2:41; Matthew 26:17). The early Church kept it as well. So are Christians not keeping this Feast also?
Yehovah gave His earliest instructions concerning this festival to the Israelites as they prepared to leave Egypt.
“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come, you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD a lasting ordinance. For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast.
On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel.
On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat-that is all you may do” (Exodus 12:14-16, New International Version).
This is where we get the expression of spring cleaning from De leavening our homes.
Each year as the Israelites observed this feast, it reminded them of Yehovah’s deliverance of their forefathers from Egypt. The Creator instructed,
“Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt” (verse 17, NIV).
The exodus from Egypt remains as a foundational reason for observing this feast today. Just as Yehovah delivered ancient Israel, He delivers us from our sins and difficulties.
Now notice Yehshua’s teaching about leaven, which expands the meaning of this feast.
During Yehshua’s ministry, He performed two miracles in which a few fish and loaves of bread fed thousands of people. After one of these incidents, when His disciples had gone around the Sea of Galilee, they forgot to bring bread with them. So Yehshua told them,
“Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
The disciples thought Yahshua was referring to their lack of bread. However, He was using the occasion to teach them by calling on the symbolism of leaven. Yehshua asked them,
“How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then the disciples “understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:5-12, NASB).
Some of the members of the religious establishment of Yehshua’s day appeared to be righteous, yet they secretly practiced sinful behaviour. Yehshua let them know He knew their hearts. They may have appeared righteous to other people,
“but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:28).
The Days of Unleavened Bread remind us that with Yehovah’s help we must remove and avoid all types of sin symbolized by leaven, in all areas of our life.
Symbolically we do this by cleaning our homes and our places of business and our cars and removing any bread or bread products that contain leaven or yeast from them.
During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the apostle Paul taught the same spiritual lessons as Yahshua, invoking the comparison of sin to leaven. In the context of reprimanding the Corinthian congregation for its divisions, jealousies, and tolerance of sexual misconduct, Paul wrote:
“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Yehshua, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).
The church at Corinth was obviously and unmistakably keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread, to which Paul repeatedly alluded. However, Paul used the Corinthians’ faithful obedience in keeping the feast physically (removing leaven from their homes) as a basis to encourage them to celebrate this feast with the proper understanding of its spiritual intent.
Today removing leaven from our homes for seven days reminds us that we, too, through prayer and Yehovah’s help and understanding, must recognize, expel and avoid sin. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is thus a time of personal reflection. We should meditate on our attitudes and conduct and ask Yehovah to help us recognize and overcome our shortcomings.
The seven days represent the 7 Millennial Days. This is showing us that we should be removing sin, that is not keeping the commandments, not keeping the Holy Days and Sabbatical and Jubilee years and having other gods that we then serve, those things found in the Ten Commandments.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
Sin is the act of not keeping the commandments. Sin is not keeping the 4th commandment or any of the others. So we are to stop being lawless and to start to keep them.
Paul spoke of this much-needed self-reflection in 2 Corinthians 13:5 when he told the Corinthian church:
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Yehshua the Messiah is in you? “unless indeed you are disqualified.”
Paul explained the significance of the phrase “Yehshua the Messiah is in you” in Galatians 2:20:
“I have been crucified with Yehshua; it is no longer I who live, but Yehshua lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Yehovah, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
These seven days of self-examination prove invaluable in helping us to devote our lives to Yehovah. This week-long period also pictures our eventual triumph over sin. As Yehovah delivered the ancient Israelites from enslavement to Egypt, so He delivers us from our enslavement to sin (Romans 6:12-18).
We learn by doing. We learn spiritual lessons by doing physical things. Performing the task of deleavening our homes reminds us to vigilantly watch for sinful thoughts and actions so we can avoid them. Yehovah knows that, in spite of our good intentions, we all sin.
Many years after his conversion, Paul described the powerful human tendency to sin.
“I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of Yehovah according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank Yehovah-through Yehshua the Messiah! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of Yehovah, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:21-25).
Paul knew life itself is a battle with sin. The Bible speaks of “the sin which so easily ensnares us” (Hebrews 12:1). We have our own part to play in struggling to overcome sin. Yet, paradoxically, we must rely on Yehovah to help us. Paul explained this to the Philippians by telling them to
“work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is Yehovah who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13, King James Version).
Our observance of the Days of Unleavened Bread helps us realize our need for Yehovah’s help in overcoming our weaknesses. Yet this feast is certainly a time for rejoicing because Yehovah freely gives us the help we need. Yehshua, the Lamb of Yehovah, was sacrificed for the forgiveness of our sins, thus unleavening, or cleansing, our lives. He continues to help us live obediently through Yehovah’s Spirit dwelling in us.
Paul tells us in
Ro 2:13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;
James tells us it is the doers of the law who will be justified.
Jas 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Let’s read what James also has to say about doing things.
James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your F6 works, and I will show you my faith by my F7 works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? F8 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” F9 And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Some brethren do not believe we should keep the days of Unleavened bread. Some do but they say you do not have to remove the leaven from your homes.
The bible says we do have to keep this time, these Feasts, forever, and that you do have to remove the leaven, and that by doing so you are acting out your faith by your works.
I am sharing this message now with you so that you have time to begin to clean before the Days arrive. You will see as you move your frig and stove how the crud has piled up over time and how hard it is to remove. This is the same as sin sneaking into your lives and you not knowing it until one day it is exposed. Then you see how hard it is to remove or correct that sin. It is not easy.
You will learn by doing. Please consider doing the necessary work in cleaning your home so that you will be ready for the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Always remember that as you move closer to Yehovah, He moves closer to you. When you stop so does He and he waits for you to make the next move.
The more you learn and practice the more that will be revealed to you. But if you do nothing you learn nothing.
So may your spring cleaning be bountiful in teaching you many lessons from the scriptures.