News Letter 5858-028
The 6th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 27th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 6th day of the 7th month 5858 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
The 3rd year Tithe
September 3, 2022
Shabbat Shalom Royal Family of Yehovah,
Well, if you were watching for the New Moon to begin Yom Teruah, then you may know just how much of a roller coaster ride it was that night. We had celebrated it here in the Philippines. We had two teenagers witness the sighting of the moon and I interviewed them and we accepted their testimony. It was a great lesson in re-enacting the ceremony at the Temple. But then we had to wait for the reports from Jerusalem. I was so sure this was a 30 day month. And then Pauline corrected me and I began to sweat. Did we have the right day? Was it going to be the next day? I told Dennis and he too began to worry as he had not told his people of the possibility of the moon not being seen that night.
Then we got the first report. No Moon. Then a second. No Moon. I began to change our Festival page and to write out an emergency email to advise all of you. And just as I was about to press send, I got Devorah’s report with 6 witnesses. I woke Dennis and Aike as it was now 3 AM and I rewrote the Newsletter and then sent it out by 3:30 AM. Whew, what a night.
THIRD YEAR TITHE
Third Year Tithe
I want to remind and ask you all, have you remembered the widows and the orphans this year thus far? We are now in the 6th month. Many of you have supported this cause and I want to thank you on their behalf. I will keep reminding you about this responsibility for the entirety of this year. But this year does not end until Aviv, 2023. So we are not yet halfway. And having now sent out another payment to the widows, I can tell you that we have dropped off by about 60% in our support of this cause.
Let me share with you what one widow recently wrote to me about the recent flooding in Kentucky. Notice how your generosity towards this Widow was used to help those in that flood.
Thank you Bro Joe for all your efforts to be a blessing which I for one truly appreciate. And pray Father will bless you 1000fold in return. The devastation an hour from me is so hard to fathom. I found out today that a couple of sisters I had gone to church with and had moved back home to Hazard lost everything but what one could put in 2 Walmart bags. I wanted to help in some way but did not know what I could do until I saw their post, So was able to give them 100$. The sister I gave it too had come back to London to stay with a friend and replied you don’t have this to give – but I told her, Yes, I do. I have been blessed and I will bless you. An answer to prayer for me as I wanted to help somehow. My son just came and told me that he had heard that there have been some suicides by those who have lost everything. So sad for everyone, especially to the family who had 4 children torn away from them. As bad as this is, I know worse is coming.
Brethren I do want to encourage you not to let up in your support. We all want to receive the blessings, which only come when you comply with the law. This 6th year is the prelude to the 7th year of rest. The Sabbatical year also has things that you are to do to be in compliance with the Kingdom laws. 2024 is the start of the 10 Days of Awe and you do not want to be found out of His Grace at that time.
2022 is the 6th year of the 4th Sabbatical cycle. And anyone who has been reading our website for any time will know how to prove beyond all doubt when the Sabbatical and Jubilee years are. Once you have done that then you will know when the 3rd and the 6th year of the Sabbatical Cycles are. We are told to raise a tithe every third year for the widow, the orphan and the Levite in your gates.
Here is a very severe warning from Yehovah to each of us.
Exo 22:21 You shall neither vex a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry. And My wrath shall become hot, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall be widows, and your sons fatherless.
We have now sent out (as of June 20, 2022) our 4th round of gift offerings that you have sent in for the widows and orphans. We have also supported a couple of other ministries that aid us in doing this work. This will fulfill the Levite part of the commandment. It was our desire to get the funds to them as we are told to do in Deuteronomy.
Deu 14:28 At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year, and shall lay it up inside your gates.
Deu 14:29 And the Levite, because he has no part nor inheritance with you, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are inside your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied, so that Jehovah your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
We will soon be making another gift to them. If you do not know of anyone in the faith who is a widow or orphan then you can send it to us. Make sure you write me to let me know that those funds are for the widows and I will see to it they get it. But if you do not write me then I will not know where to apply your donation.
May each one of you who has given to this cause, be blessed as Boaz was blessed by Yehovah for his generosity. May each one of you be known for your support of the laws that will make the Kingdom of Yehovah strong and righteous. And may Yehovah bless you so that what you give is never missed and you never lack for your generosity towards Yehovah’s heart.
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Investing in the Philippines
So we are here in the Philippines and there is a LOT going on. I came with no plan. And now we are almost booked solid and meeting some leading Government officials along the way. Randy Cates has joined and he cant believe what is happening.
Anyway when we invest in Torah keeping brethren who are taking their tithes and supporting this work in the Philippines, we should consider also supporting them. This then would help them to increase in size and therefor increase in the donations that Dennis Parajes and Aike Macias would have to do the work here. They 100% in which means they have no other income to support them except through donations.
We will be setting up a foundation shortly to help them. In the mean time if you want to invest into this work then write me and we will share the details with you if you are serious. Our understanding of the end times leads us to believe that the Philippines is going to rescue the remnant of Israel. We seek to help the Philippines become Torah observant in preparation for that time.
We are looking for 1.35 Million Canadian to make this all come about.
The Elijah Trilogy
The Abomination that Makes Desolate, is written. It is partly edited. We need to go through this once again and possible add a little more content.
The 10 Days of Awe, was written in draft. It needs to be organized and the writing finalized. Once this is done then it will need to be edited. I see this coming out in 2023. Do keep us in your prayers. I have a lot on my plate and I do need to get this out ASAP. 2023 and 2024 are right in front of us and this book deals with those things that come at that time.
The Restoration of All Things
It is done. And it is going to go out to all those who are supporting this work. It is a Thank you from me to you. I hope each of you who reads this will inform me of any spelling errors or anything you see that might need to be fixed before we put it into print.
The Mark of the Beast
Do you know what the Mark of the Beast is? If you have it read what Revelation 14 says: Rev 14:9 And a third angel followed them, saying with a great voice, If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark in his forehead or in his hand, Rev 14:10 he also will drink of the wine of the anger of God, having been mixed undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And he will be tormented by fire and brimstone before the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those who worship the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name. Get the article, and let us show you exactly what that Mark of the Beast is. Once you know it, then you can defend against it. Here is the FREE offer. Just click on the link, and you will receive the PDF immediately. https://sightedmoon.org/mark-of-the-beast-free-offer Shortly after this, you will be sent the other article on what the number 666 actually does mean. And once you see it, you will be stunned. If you can’t wait for this article to be sent, then here is the link for it as well. https://sightedmoon.org/the-bis-mallah-666 Read them both and tell others about what you now know. https://sightedmoon.org/newsletter-signup55469575
The Key To End-Time Prophecy is the Jubilee Cycles
The Key To All End-Time Prophecy is the Jubilee Cycles. With the understanding of when every Sabbatical and Jubilee year was throughout history, you can then begin to see patterns develop of when Yehovah brought about major historical events. When you know when the Flood took place in that Jubilee Cycle, you can compare it to our current 120th Jubilee Cycle. Then when you do the same for the time of Lot, and read the scripture in Luke, you can get an idea when the Kingdom of Yehovah will be set up.
The Coming of the Kingdom
Luk 17:20 And being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation. 21 Nor shall they say, Lo here! or, behold, there! For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst. 22 And He said to the disciples, The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, Lo, here! or, behold, there! Do not go away, nor follow. 24 For as the lightning which lights up, flashing from the one part under heaven, and shines to the other part under heaven, so also shall the Son of Man be in His day. 25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected of this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it also shall be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 In that day he who shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, he who is in the field, let him not return to the things behind. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two in one bed, the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two shall be grinding together, one will be taken, and the other left. 36 Two shall be in the field, one will be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said to Him, Where, Lord? And He said to them, Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
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The Sabbatical and Jubilee Cycles reveal End-Time Prophecy
Philippines Update Sept 1, 2022
We left for the Philippines on August 16 and arrived in Manila after a long flight on August 18, 2022. We have written to you about our time with MLTC until Tuesday, August 23, 2022, when we flew to Davao and met Dennis Parajes, Raphael Guayco, Brother Aike Mesais and Nathan Gutierrez Magtibay. Randy was to arrive in Davao on Thursday so we decided to wait the extra day for him here rather than driving back again.
I have asked Pastor Raphael to write a report of what has gone on here from his point of view.
By Pastor Raphael Guayco
Shalom people of YHVH, Co-heirs in the Kingdom of God! I am Rev. Raphael Guayco based in the Philippines, i am so honored and humbled that i have been given the opportunity to share with you my testimony and my experiences in the Sightedmoon , i have been teaching and preaching for about a decade, The Lord most High which i so believed that He gave me endtime conciousness since 2008, i have been looking, seeking and trying to decipher mysterious things in the world specially biblical prophecies but i end up with no strong and firm conclusions. First of all, before i discuss how Yehovah led me to believe the Jubilee Cycles as the Key to understand the times, signs and events in the bible let me tell you first how He called me to the ministry, a short story, i got homeless at the age of 16 i never got the chance to enjoy what a normal life is, my mom died and my father got his new family so i was left behind, i skipped school and roamed around and became a terrible person been involved to many vices, immoralities and sins until i decided to end up my life by drinking straight a liter of brandy i crawled in the streets and lost consciousness i woke up in the hospital, my kidneys shut down and my life is at verge. I got suddenly scared of dying this is the first time i wondered and prayed to God, i prayed to God for the first time “Whoever God you are, heal me and i shall seek You.” The next morning i woke up having the news from the doctors that my kidneys are now functioning again according to lab results, that’s how my journey started. I have independently raised myself by the help of Yehovah, i got my high school diploma as i took acceleration exam from the education department, i passed and i have been trained by Yehovah alone thru volunteering to Youth Leadership Seminars until i became a freelance speakers on a product marketing companies even tho i have no college diplomas i got hired every job i applied, i have a lot of experiences on sales, logistics related job, field coordination, events coordination, tutorial field, babysitting, pharmaceutical industry, seminars and youth organisations until Yehovah called me to be a pastor on 2014. Fast forward, He firstly revealed to me the Sabbath Observation until revelations progressed up to 2020 we kept the festivals and the dietary law, i had a small networks and ministry based in Bulacan, Philippines and i can say i survived the difficulties on pioneering a ministry. I met Bis. Dennis Parajes 2019 and he told me about the Sightedmoon.com so as i searched out for more of the Truth about the end of times, i had a bunch of studies in eschatology and i can say that the 120 Jubilee Cycles revealed to Joseph Dumond is the most accurate and it makes a sense out of all the Daniel Prophecies i have read from the past decade.I have understood more the Torah and the prophetic significance of all feast since Yehovah led me to the teachings of Sightedmoon, Now this year 2022 just last week August 22, finally i met Joseph Dumond we got him fetched from Davao International Airport, one thing i have observed as my first impression to him is “Humility” i have felt the divine vibe from him hugging as one by one just like an old buddy that you haven’t seen for a long time but that day is the very first day we met, it’s just like the feeling of the Royal Family of Yehovah is now being gathered for the works of the Kingdom. I felt smoothness in the Spirit, it’s always a light ambiance whenever we are with him , no wonder why because he brings the good news and more of the bad news LOL. to warn the people and fear Yehovah. Anyway, after that we checked in to an hotel downtown of the city, a lot of questions of us has been tackled and Joseph bravely answered it all with all confidence and fullness of the Spirit. My over a decade research and studies about eschatology has finally got the conclusions, a man of God sent to bring clarity. Meanwhile in the hotel in the evening, we were asking about the interpretation and of Daniel 9 and 12 about the Abomination to set up that causes Desolation, Joseph is teaching us the exact geographical location of the Crucifixion and the other side of the Mt. Offense where solomon took placed the altar for idol worship that where also the Abomination will take place these archaeological breakthroughs are indeed exemplary! Back to the interpretation, we started to reason together and continue to ask joseph about the Abomination Set Up if that will really occur in the year 2023, as i personally also wanted to know it because i have been reading it from his newsletters but his take on this is still an “If” or not very sure. We were speculating that time and many questions still came out from us (Bishop Dennis, Rabbi Aike, Brother Nathan) now here is the big thing that makes the night Big too. We are about to sleep midnight time suddenly Joseph called Bishop Dennis and revealed to him that the “Ifs” now are gone as Yehovah already given the wisdom about the Abomination Set up. The one that Daniel have spoken where sacrifices are to be ceased is actually the sacrifices of our lips or our daily prayers and worship and that happened on March, 2022 after that 1290 Days count the Abomination is Set Up. It’s a mind blowing! I got chills and the bomb just dropped! 2023, September is where the beginning of more much worst things specially to Israel. This revelation is superb and edify us more to the understanding of His Word.The next morning we had a jogging in the nearby park, this is where the series of fellowship began, the whole time is all about the Kingdom i had the chance to talk Joseph one on one while having a walking exercise on the park’s oval. I told him my miserable stories and how Yehovah have sustained me in the difficult times, one thing that he said that have marked to me, “You can’t appreciate the high things if you’ve not been to the low ones.” Maybe Yehovah let me experience longsufferings because His reward way bigger.The humble man of God always compliments us throughout the day, keeps on telling about the fire we have to teach the Torah no matter how hard the situation is, likewise to us, His teachings about the incoming biblical events is way much more a blessings to us so that our faith will press harder to finish the race.The next morning August 25, 2022, we did some poster posting to some random christian bookstores for the seminar we will be conducting in Digos City on Aug 28. Then, Randy Cates have arrived at noon time in the airport we fetched him up and proceeded to Digos City, Randy Cates is such a lovely brother very cool and highly esteemed, humble and generous. This is what the Torah can do to a certain person it makes them righteous and shining like stars. A lot of questions and discussions we had and all of it brought us to clarity when Joseph and Randy answers us all about the 6th Millennium Age the 7th and 8th, the locking of away of Satan, the two witnesses and more all of these prophetic topics its been years of studies i had and only Sightedmoon gives me a greater explanation. We spent together enjoying everything specially the foods of Mindanao.I saw how Yehovah gives humility to His ambassadors, these men of God doesn’t not claim anything in the office of the Prophet but the message clearly says that the office is obvious, they always wanted to be not a burden to anybody always attending to the spiritual needs of the brethren and as well as some other needs.Erev Shabbat has began August 26. We held our Eve of Shabbat in the residence of the Nebrada Family, the fellowship is filled with the Holy Spirit, so many have joined us and Joseph led the ceremony of the Bread and wine, we sang songs of praise and had a wonderful dinner with them, that was also the night where i saw Joseph discovered that the head of the family of nebrada which is Sister Bevs is the very reason why the ministry here in Digos City has began, she responded to Joseph’s Ads years ago. The fruit of what he did before has finally fruit out.Aug 27, 2022 – The Shabbat Service in the morning, Joseph is the speaker of the Shabbat with his translator bishop dennis who unfailingly gives us service for everything (Transportation, Accomodation and Companionship) the revelation in the Shabbat Day is also awesome! We understood perfectly the phases of Resurrection connecting with the Wave Offerings of the Festivals that explained a lot of the mysteries we never ever solved before, HalleluYah!There’s so much more to say and report and share, the whole company can change the world, the team that we are making together with the Sightedmoon will really make the Philippines wake! On this coming week we are about to teach and invade Bishops and Pastors, teaching them the Jubilee Cycles! We’ll update you next week for the next newsletter.
There are many people in need of fellowship and who are sitting at home on the Sabbath with no one to talk to or debate with. I want to encourage all of you to join us on Shabbat, and to invite others to come and join us as well. If the time is not convenient then you can listen to the teaching and the midrash after on our YouTube channel.
What are we doing and why do we teach this way?
We are going to discuss both sides of an issue and then let you choose. It is the work of the Ruach (Spirit) to direct and to teach you.
The medieval commentator Rashi wrote that the Hebrew word for wrestle (avek) implies that Jacob was “tied”, for the same word is used to describe knotted fringes in a Jewish prayer shawl, the tzitzityot. Rashi says, “thus is the manner of two people who struggle to overthrow each other, that one embraces the other and knots him with his arms”.
Our intellectual wrestling has been replaced by a different kind of struggle. We are Wrestling with Yehovah as we grapple with His Word. It is an intimate act, symbolizing a relationship in which Yehovah and I and you are bound together. My wrestling is a struggle to discover what Yehovah expects of us, and we are “tied” to the One who assists us in that struggle.
Today, many say Israel means “Champion of God”, or better — the “Wrestler of God”.
Our Torah sessions each Shabbat teaches you and encourages you to constantly challenge, question, argue against, as well as view alternative views and explanations of the Word. In other words, we are to “wrestle with the Word” to get to the truth. Jews worldwide believe that you need to wrestle with the Word and constantly challenge Dogma, Theology, and views or else you will never get to the Truth.
We are not like most churches where “The preacher talks and everyone listens.” We encourage everyone to participate, to question and to contribute what they know on the subject being discussed. We want you to be a champion wrestler of the Word of Yehovah. We want you to wear the title of Israel, knowing that you not only know but are capable of explaining why you know the Torah to be true with logic and facts.
We have a few rules though. Let others talk and listen. There is no discussion about UFO’s Nephilim, Vaccines or conspiracy-type subjects. We have people from around the world with different world views. Not everyone cares who is the President of any particular country. Treat each other with respect as Fellow wrestlers of the word. Some of our subjects are hard to understand and require you to be mature and if you do not know, then listen to gain knowledge and understanding and hopefully wisdom. The very things you are commanded to ask Yehovah for and He gives to those who ask.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
We hope you can invite those who want to keep Torah to come and join us by hitting the link below. It is almost like a Torah teaching fellowship talk show with people from around the world taking part and sharing their insights and understandings.
We start off with some music and then some prayers and it’s as though you were sitting around the kitchen back in Newfoundland having a cup of coffee and all of us enjoying each other’s company. I hope you will grace us with your company someday.
Sabbath services begin at 12:30 PM EDT where we will be doing prayers songs and teaching from this hour.
Shabbat Services will begin at about 1:15 pm Eastern.
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We read through the entire Torah along with the Prophets and the New Testament, once over the course of 3 1/2 years. Or according to the Sabbatical Cycle which means we read it all twice over a 7 year period. This allows us to cover more in-depth rather than being rushed to cover as much as is covered on an annual basis. We allow all to comment and take part in the discussions.
Septennial Torah Portion
If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 6th year which is the 6th year of the Sabbatical Cycle, the one we are in now, as we state at the top of every News Letter. There you can scroll down to September 3, 2022, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about:
If you missed last week’s exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.
NEWS / WORLD EVENTS
NEWS / WORLD EVENTS
In this section we will place articles from around the world showing you the headline news and comments as are lining up with prophesy.
FEASTS OF YHWH
The Feasts of YHWH
The Feast Days are fast approaching. Have you made your plans to where you are going to go this year? Here are the dates which could all change by one day depending on the sighting of the moon to begin the 7th Month.
Feast of Trumpets – Yom Teruah
1st day of the Seventh Month
Monday, August 29, 2022
(Begins Sunset night before)
Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur
10th Day of the Seventh Month
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
(Begins Sunset night before)
Feast of Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles
15th day of the Seventh Month
Monday, September 12, 2022
(Begins Sunset night before)
8th Day Feast – Feast of Dedication
22nd Day of the Seventh Month
Monday, September 19, 2022
(Begins Sunset night before)
THIS WEEKS TEACHING
We are currently in the Philippines as I have shared with you. It is Wednesday and the Most Powerful Typhoon on earth and this year has formed in the past few days and headed to Japan and then turned northward towards Korea.
It was said at first it was coming to the Philippines.
Super Typhoon Hinnamnor: Most Powerful Global Storm Of 2022 Threatens Japan & East China
We continue to have productive meetings here with leading religious groups. I have asked Pastor Raphael to write up a report on all that he has seen going on this past week.
At today’s meeting I was ordained as a Prphet. So I have not an official title. I reminded them all that almost all Prophets were killed. So I was not sure I was excited about the ordination.
Last Shabbat, Brian taught our online group the following teaching. I wanted to share it with everyone.
Leprosy and Lashon Hara
by Brian Malinowski
How is Leprosy defined in Torah?
What are examples of Lashon Hara?
How did Yeshua address Leprosy?
Leviticus 13 – The Law Concerning Leprosy
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
2 “When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest.
3 The priest is to examine the sore on the skin, and if the hair in the sore has turned white and the sore appears to be more than skin deep, it is a defiling skin disease. When the priest examines that person, he shall pronounce them ceremonially unclean.
4 If the shiny spot on the skin is white but does not appear to be more than skin deep and the hair in it has not turned white, the priest is to isolate the affected person for seven days.
5 On the seventh day the priest is to examine them, and if he sees that the sore is unchanged and has not spread in the skin, he is to isolate them for another seven days.
9 “When the leprous sore is on a person, the he shall be brought to the priest.
47 “Also, if a garment has a leprous plague (mold / fungus) in it, whether it is a woolen garment or a linen garment,
49 “and if the plague is greenish or reddish in the garment or in the leather, whether in the warp or in the woof, or in anything made of leather, it is a leprous plague and shall be shown to the priest.
How is Leprosy defined in the Torah?
This chapter in Leviticus goes into great detail regarding leprosy, which in Hebrew is צָרַעַתTzara’at, which is Strong’s #6883, Leprous / Skin Afflictions. This type of leprosy can be associated with a skin disorder but could also pertain to a person’s clothes, pottery and even a house.
This skin affliction is a spiritual disease that was diagnosed by a Kohanim priest and not a doctor. It is not the same leprosy that we know today as Hansen’s disease.
Lev. 13: 47 Also, if a garment has a leprous plague in it, whether it is a woolen garment or a linen garment.
Lev. 14: 34 “When you have come into the land of Canaan, which I give you as a possession, and I put a leprous plague in a house in the land of your possession,
14: 35 and he who owns the house comes and tells the priest, saying, “It seems to me there is some plague in the house.”
Sometimes tzara’at would appear in a house that was vacated by a Canaanite. The Canaanite would hide their gold, silver, precious stones, and their idols in the walls of their houses, to reclaim and at a later date. When the Jews later occupied those houses, God would show them where the treasure was located or where the idols were hidden, so they could be destroyed.
This form of leprosy is manifested because of a spiritual disease of murder, adultery, pride, theft, greed, vanity, or gossip (lashon hara or evil speech.)
From the word צָרַעַת tzara’at (leprosy) we find the root letters: tzadai, resh, ayin, which are found in the word ‘metzora’ which means ‘leper’.
מְּצֹרָ֔ע = Metzora = Leper
The first two letters of this word מְּצֹ ‘motzi’ means ‘evil’.
The second two letters רָ֔ע ‘ra’ means ‘speech’.
“Evil Speech” is also referred to as Lashon Hara, which results in the evidence as referred to as tzara’at or leprosy.
[Ibn Ezra quotes that Metzorah is made up of the words Motzi Ra – therefore, Metzorah requires us to remember that when we speak Lashon Hara and can serve as a prohibition for it.]
What are some examples of Lashon Hara?
Examples of this evil speech:
Exodus 4: 1-7
1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”
2 Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.
3 The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground, and it became a snake, and he ran from it.
4 Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.
5 “This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
6 Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous —it had become as white as snow.
7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
Moses was the first person to get Tzara’at when the Lord told him that He wanted to rescue Israel from bondage in Egypt, Moses told God, “… what if they won’t believe You have sent me…”
At this point Moses’ hand turned white with tzara’at / leprosy, for speaking evil about God’s people.
Question: Can you think of another example of someone getting Leprosy for Lashon Hara?
Num. 12:1 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.
Num. 12:10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease,
12:11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed.
Miriam was speaking evil of Moses and was inflicted with tzara’at / leprosy.
Question: Can you think of another person in the Tanach who got Leprosy?
Example of Greed:
II Kings 5:20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him.”
5:24 When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the things from the servants and put them away in the house. He sent the men away and they left.
5:25 When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” “Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered.
5:26 But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves?
5:27 Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.
The greed of Gehazi brought tzara’at / leprosy on himself.
It is interesting to note that in the book of Leviticus, chapters12, 13, 14 and 15 address impurities, leprosy, bodily discharges all pertaining to some manner of ‘uncleanness’. Immediately in the next chapter of Leviticus 16 YHVH spoke to Moses about the Day of Atonement and how the people could restore themselves back to YHVH.
Lev. 16:16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so, he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
Yehovah used tzara’at, which was essentially a spiritual disease or affliction, not as a punishment, but rather, to lead His people to teshuva or repentance.
Not to say that natural uncleanness is a sin but rather reveal to us our sinful nature and uncleanness which prevents us from drawing near to YHVH (korban).
God oftentimes disciplines us for our sins, but He uses our failures to show us the ultimate purpose that God has for us, is for the purpose of granting us the gift of repentance / teshuvah.
Yeshua was sent to draw us close to the Father, to bring us back into fellowship with YHVH.
What did Yeshua do when He met someone with Leprosy?
Yeshua healed all the lepers he met during His ministry, but each time He tells the leper to go show yourself to the priest (Kohanim). The skin affliction in Leviticus is a spiritual disease that had to be diagnosed by a Kohanim priest and not a doctor.
When the leper would show him/herself to the priest it was a second witness to the healing that had taken place.
As noted previously, this type of leprosy is not the same leprosy as we know today as Hansen’s disease.
Mark 1: 40 – 45 “Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him, and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,
and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”
Matt. 8: 2-4 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Interesting to note that in these two healings, Yeshua admonished the lepers NOT to tell anyone or say anything to anyone. When reading this, we understand that Yeshua was not yet proclaiming His position as King. He was not drawing attention to Himself but was saying that all attention should be directed back to the Father. Which is a plausible explanation.
Could there be another explanation?
Can we take a little deeper look into these words of Yeshua to these men.
Was Yeshua actually saying, “Don’t let your words get you into trouble again!”?
It was your mouths and words that got you into trouble in the first place, don’t let the words of lashon hara result in you getting leprosy again.
Luke 17: 12-19 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
How many lepers went to show themselves to the priest?
All ten lepers went to show themselves to the priest as directed by Yeshua as was ritually customary.
But ONE leper definitely saw The High Priest….
….that leper that came to show himself to Yeshua,
the TRUE High Priest.
So when we go back to Leviticus 13 we read about the actions of the leper.
Lev.13:45 “….and he shall cover his moustache, and cry, “Unclean, Unclean!””
If a leper was around people he was commanded to SHOUT, UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN!!!!
We understand these cries were warnings to those who were nearby, not to come too close so as not to be exposed to leprosy, which is a valid explanation.
Could there be another reason for them to be proclaiming out loud, that they committed the sin of lashon hara, spoken of in secret?
Were they actually saying, “Don’t come near to me”, “I gossip too much”, “I talk about others behind their backs, stay away from me!”
Not only was the disease of leprosy bad enough, but they also had to loudly proclaim with their mouth’s the very sin which they committed.
Ps.64:3 “The sins we commit in secret will be shouted from the mountain top.”
In conclusion, we can see that Lashon Hara was directly related to Leprosy, along with other reasons.
Though this is not an exhaustive study into this topic, it is just a starting point to see another Facet of the Diamond we know as the Torah.
Shabbat Shuvah (“Sabbath [of] Return” שבת שובה) refers to the Shabbat that occurs during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Only one Shabbat can occur between these dates. This Shabbat is named after the first word of the Haftarah (Hosea 14:2-10) and literally means “Return!” It is perhaps a play on, but not to be confused with, the word Teshuvah (the word for repentance).
Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27
Hos 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to Jehovah. Say to Him, Take away all iniquity, and receive usgraciously, that we may repay with the calves of our lips.
Hos 14:3 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses. Nor shall we say any more to the work of our hands, Our gods, for in You the fatherless finds mercy.
Hos 14:4 I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for My anger has turned away from him.
Hos 14:5 I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall grow as the lily and cast out his roots like Lebanon.
Hos 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
Hos 14:7 They who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive like the grain, and grow like the vine. Their scent shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
Hos 14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him and watched him; I am like a green fir tree. Your fruit is found from Me.
Hos 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Understanding, and he shall know them? For the ways of Jehovah are right, and the just shall walk in them; but sinners shall fall in them.
Mic 7:18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not keep His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.
Mic 7:19 He will turn again; He will have pity on us. He will trample our iniquities. Yea, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Mic 7:20 You will give faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
Joe 2:15 Blow a trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn gathering.
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, gather the elders, gather the children and those who suck the breasts. Let the bridegroom go forth out of his chamber, and the bride out of her room.
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of Jehovah, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Have pity on Your people, O Jehovah, and give not Your inheritance to shame, for a proverb among those of the nations. Why should they say among the people, Where is their God?
The Lord Had Pity
Joe 2:18 Then Jehovah will be jealous for His land and pity His people.
Joe 2:19 Yes, Jehovah will answer and say to His people, Behold, I will send you grain, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied with it. And I will no more make you a curse among the nations.
Joe 2:20 But I will remove the northern army far from you, and will drive him into a barren and deserted land, with his face toward the eastern sea and his rear toward the western sea. And his stench shall come up, and his ill odor shall come up, because he was doing great things.
Joe 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice. For Jehovah will do great things.
Joe 2:22 Do not be afraid, beasts of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness grow green; for the tree bears its fruit, and the fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
Joe 2:23 Be glad then, sons of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God. For He has given you the former rain according to righteousness, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the former rain and the latter rain in the first month.
Joe 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joe 2:25 And I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten, the locust larvae, and the stripping locust, and the cutting locust, My great army which I sent among you.
Joe 2:26 And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of Jehovah your God, who has dealt with you wonderfully; and My people shall never be ashamed.
Joe 2:27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Jehovah your God, and no one else; and My people shall never be ashamed.
As we approach the final 10 Days of Awe, also known by us as the 10 Years of Awe, these verses become more and more real. They were inspired by Yehovah but they are prophetic to us today. 2030 represents the Shabbat of Shuva, the time of return when the Two Witnesses will bring Israel back to Jerusalem and then be killed as the two lambs are every day.