News Letter 5846-019
27th day of the 4th month 5846 years after creation
The 4th Month in of the first year of the third Sabbatical Year
The Third Sabbatical Year of the 119th Jubilee Cycle
July 10, 2010
Shabbat Shalom Family,
Last week’s News Letter brought in the expected condemnations for exposing the false healing practices of Satan and his followers. Yes I said followers because Yahshua said that if you… well why don’t you read for yourself.
1 John 2:4 KJV He that saith , I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
John 8:44 KJVYe are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do . He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
So while I upset many people who did not realize they were following Satan their father I also shook up others; There are still some who want to hold on to their current ignorance and proceeded to call me names for last week’s teaching and Brethren some of these same people are the leaders in your messianic groups across the nation. But with each abusive email came one extolling the teaching as extraordinary. All the glory goes to Yahovah because any one of us could quote the scriptures and as long as we do not leave out the ones we do not agree with, we all will come up with the same conclusions. It is not rocket science. And once we do that we must obey.
A Brother wrote in to say;
I couldn’t stop reading this article once I started, even though it was at 3 am, my how YHWH is leading me to a deeper understanding of spiritual discernment. Praise Yah!
One Sister wrote
Thanks again for speaking out about this great deception…. lying signs and wonders. I’m still agreeing with everything you are standing up and speaking out about. It’s encouraging and sad at the same time, as I’m succeeding in offending just about every person that I know because they want to stone the messenger and protect themselves and their deception. Keep up your great work. Every Shabbat is a great time of study and learning from your newsletters. I really appreciate you.
Each and every one of us who teaches Torah and then shares what we are learning from our studies will very quickly be ostracized for doing so. If you are not then you need to get your head out of the sand and begin to tell others, or you are not teaching the truths found in the pages of your bible.
Another sister wrote to say;
This was an excellent article. It’s a tough one but needs to be told. I didn’t understand at the time but now I know why I always felt kinda’ foolish in a service where a buncha’ hoopla was going on. No one has the authority to toss out scripture that says “he that says they know Him and don’t keep His commandments, they are a liar and the Truth is not in them”. and “he that turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayers are an abomination”. They don’t have any authority to toss these out and you can’t twist scripture to satisfy their own private interpretation so what else can one do but REPENT! Accept the fact that we have inherited lies and start obeying the Truth. Buy it and sell it not.
And what is Sin? It is not keeping the Torah, it is not being righteous, and righteousness is also the keeping of the Torah; The Commandments!!!!
Another sister also wrote;
Hi Bro Joe
Great newsletter this week. I enjoyed the youtube videos on the judgment of America for her crimes against Yahovah. I will be forwarding them on to family members.
I especially liked the commentary on Jephtaph and what he did or did not do with his daughter. I had come to this same conclusion (that he dedicated her) some while back. Nothing else made sense. I once heard (name removed) teach on this and was astounded at his ignorance that a man of faith would kill his child in direct opposition of Yah’s law. Anyway…good presentation on this often misunderstood subject.
I also like the understanding that to not work on Sabbath is to not do that which is for your sustenance. My JPS says something like “don’t do that which is for your provisions”. I think that Yah wants us to work 6 days…just to see how little we accomplish(!) and then to rest on the Sabbath and pray that he will provide for us where we fell short. This is similar to Jacob when he was fleeing from from Laban and preparing to meet Esau and he had divided his family into camps. My Bullinger’s commentary says “He planned like he had no prayer, and then he prayed like he had no plan.” I just love this saying. This is how I think the idea of not working on the sabbath should be understood. Plan your plans and work your work for 6 days, and then stop and pray as though you had not done a thing and ALL was a gift from Elohim!
I also ESPECIALLY liked your position on the healings/dreams/words/prayers of those who DO NOT obey the commandments. I agree 100%. They are of Satan…although if someone is TRULY ignorant of the truth (the need to keep the commandments) then perhaps Yah could still work with this person. I said “perhaps”. Also I think it is unlikely that there are very many people left today who are TRULY ignorant of the truth of scriptures. They may ignore these things, but they know or have heard.
I like what you are teaching here because it is the basics. Simple, clean, words of Life. Obey Yahovah. These are the things that people need to hear today….not another exposition on future eshchatological occurrences given the….blah, blah, blah. I am not advising that we ignore prophecy…I just think we are still like little children, barely walking, and to interpret Yahovah’s prophetic utterances takes a closeness with him that perhaps we don’t have yet.
When I read the prophecies they are mostly closed books to me…but, that is OK. I have seen the Father take me where he wants me (even against my will) and use me how he wants…why? Because I knew he was going to awaken Ephraim and send him to Israel? NO…he took me simply because I was doing my best to be obedient and did everything he told me, when he first told me. The simple stuff. That’s what people need to hear. All the big wigs do the prophecy thing…wanting to know too much about prophecy is a sign of someone who is afraid of the future. They want to know what Yah is doing and when. Why? So they can prepare and avoid the pain and suffering if that is their lot. Well, I am prepared…walking in his Torah is my preparation. I need nothing else to be ready for whatever comes. Help the people to learn to WALK first in simple obedience. This is important. So, keep doing this, and maybe even focus on it more.
I loved her one line ‘He planned like he had no prayer, and then he prayed like he had no plan.’ I do hope many of you listen to the wisdom this sister has shared with me and now with you all. Study the basics and do them.
We have told you in past News Letters of the locust plaques sweeping across parts of Australia. Well now they are having another plague and this one is mice. When you google Mice Plaque Australia 2010 you will see some pictures that will send shivers down your back.
Mice are in their thousands at many farms at Penong on the state’s West Coast.
A MICE plague on the West Coast is so bad that farmer Bruce Page has decided it is too risky to plant a grain crop this year.
Instead, he will focus on running his sheep flock and property maintenance, while waiting for the next cropping year.
Mr Page, who farms at Penong, said he has experienced worse mice plagues, but the price of grain is so low and the cost of control measures so high that he won’t bother with a crop this year.
“The part that has really upset me is the price of the bait, Mouseoff, at $11,000 a tonne,” he said. “I would have needed a couple of tonnes to try and control the mice and if you don’t achieve the results you hope to, then it is money up in smoke.”
Mr Page said the mice plague was probably going to get worse before it gets better, although the cold weather could make a difference.
Victorian farmers’ grain crops are under a double pest attack.
First it was locusts, then it was mice, and in spring it’ll be back to locusts.
In the DVD Chronological order of Prophecy in the Jubilee I show that pestilence is brought by a plague of mice and rats which carry the tick and flee that carry the diseases. One such disease is the bubonic plaque. Is this the next thing we will see in Australia news?
If you have not watched the DVD then do so now and if you have watched it before then do so again and then tell all your friends and loved ones to also watch it. Watch the DVD at https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=251
We are in the third Sabbatical cycle. This is the first year of that third Sabbatical cycle and it last for 7 years. The curse for not keeping Torah, for not obeying the commandments of Yahovah can be found in Lev 26. The one that applies to this cycle and is added to the two that were given before it is verse 21 ‘And if you walk contrary to Me, and refuse to obey Me, I shall bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins, 22 and send wild beasts among you, which shall bereave you of your children. And I shall cut off your livestock, and make you few in number, and your highways shall be deserted.
Watch the DVD and be warned. Then Read the book The Prophecies of Abraham and know for sure why all of this is happening and when.
As I am preparing to send out this News Letter this week I have just gotten the following information. Many are saying Israel will be at war this fall with the armies of Syria and Lebanon and Hezbolla.
We reported before how the ash cloud cleared which would have shut down the Israeli air force and how this may have prevented an attack on Israel by these northern armies. They fear the Israeli air force. With this in the back of your mind read what Yahovah has now done at http://www.promedmail.org/pls/apex/f?p=2400:1001:6282437605326009::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,83505 He has sent a plague amongst the Syrian army, And do not forget we are in the third Sabbatical cycle as mentioned above.
But this sickness has not been confirmed by any one else as this next article shows us. http://www.examiner.com/x-7707-Infectious-Disease-Examiner~y2010m7d5-Website-claims-plague-affecting-Syrian-military-however-questions-remain Be carefull not to be deceived by a propaganda trap.
In light of this here is a letter from an Ephramite in Israel.
Shalom Fellow Israelite,
For the past few months we have been hearing rumors that a war is supposedly ‘due’ to occur in Israel this summer. Hezbollah has thousands of rockets, soldiers, and weapons in the towns and cities of the southern Lebanon . Cargos going to Gaza are no longer subject to the former stringent control that Israel has thus far subjected them to, so that the local weapon industry can now enjoy relative ease (not to speak of the hundreds of underground tunnels which serve to smuggle just about anything into Gaza from Egypt). Iran continues with its nuclear program. And so, let us ask again, will we have war this summer? In the past week some interesting analysis has come up as to why it appears that there will NOT be a war in and around Israel , at least this summer.
1. Hamas needs time to reestablish its political influence in the upcoming direct talks between the PA (Palestinian Authority) and Israel . It also needs to bring under its wings the other terrorist groups that float around freely. But more importantly, if the PA does start making headway towards a Palestinian State in the (so called) West Bank , Hamas could lose its supporters there.
2. Hezbollah, even though prepared to go to war, cannot do it alone. They need the backing (not just supplies) of Syria , Iran , and to a lesser extent Hamas. They also want to gain more influence in the Lebanese government, which is putting some restraints on them at present because this summer their economic growth (due to tourism) has sky rocketed, and a war would put an end to it.
3. As crazy as the Iranian leader may be, he is not dumb. Iran cannot afford a war with the United States . That is unless the US decides to strike first, in order to protect its oil interests, as President Bush did in 1991 when Saddam Hussein was of the opinion that he could just walk into Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and take over.
Don’t be naive in thinking that all the US war equipment in the
Persian Gulf is there to protect Israel . The scenario could be similar to the ones in past Gulf wars, providing US strikes first (which will be encouraged and financed by the so called moderate Arab States), that is on the condition that Israel stays out of the conflict. But at the same time, those Islamic nations, like the Saudis, would love to see Iran and Hezbollah finish Israel off. Thus, the US , because of its need for oil is falling right into the hands of the Islamists.
The oil disaster in another gulf is linked directly to what is going on in the Middle East . Last summer we pointed out, based on words penned by the prophet Habakkuk that Islam is spreading throughout the Western nations. These Muslims are the hunters with the “net” (chrem) mentioned in Habakkuk chapter 1 and Malachi 4:6 (where it is translated “curse”). They are making their way into the nations that are financially indebted to the oil-rich countries. Thus the hunters may grab their catch/booty from the “net”.
“‘Woe to him who increases what is not his — how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges. Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty” (Habakkuk 2:6-7). Many Western countries have made pledges (to repay debt) and are now financially indebted to, for example, the Saudi king. Hence these countries’ leaders must bow and kiss the hand of their master (and President Obama is not the first one to do so). “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverb 22:7).
YHVH’s judicial system is in operation, and hence He says: “I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat ; and I will enter into judgment with them there…” (Joel 3:2). Because Israel is the scapegoat in the above scenario, we will have to be alert watchmen, keeping our eye on the prophetic future. “Look among the nations and watch — Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you” (Habakkuk 1:5).
In The Prophecies of Abraham I show you how Abraham told us that a war with Israel would occur in the fourth year of the third Sabbatical cycle. We are in the first year of that third Sabbatical cycle. This would make 2013 the fourth year and is the year I believe the armies of Europe will be coming down on Israel. But before that the Arab nations around Israel will rise up. Is that 2012? I believe it is because of the false doctrines that we are in the last 7 years of this age that some are teaching making 2012 the middle of this next 7 year period. This is the great deception that Satan is going to play out in order to deceive if possible the very elect. Israel will be at war with all her neighbours come 2012 and Europe will rescue her come 2013, but Europe is going to be in league with the Muslims come 2019, so although Israel will think they are rescued in 2013 it will be the beginning of the deportation into captivity of the Jewish people one more time. Read the Prophecies of Abraham and know what is about to happen and when. https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=601
This next couple of weeks we have two events to take notice of; one is the 9th of Av and the other is the first of Av.
There will be the third SOLAR eclipse in a row which started in 2008, 2009 and now July 11 2010, all on the date of the first of Av, the fifth Hebrew month of the year. Note these are all Rabbinic dates and not sighted moon dates.
Av 1 August 1, 2008 partial solar eclipse
Av 1 July 22, 2009 partial solar eclipse
Av 1 July 11, 2010 partial solar eclipse
The first day of Av is in the middle of the time period when the Jewish people mourn the destruction of the Temple of Yahovah. Historically Moses descended from Mt. Sinai with the two tablets of the Ten Commandments, and found the people engaged in gross idolatry at the foot of the mountain. That was on Tammuz 17. Also, on Av 9, the Hebrew spies returned from spying out the land of Canaan and brought an evil report – and the people lost faith in Yahovah, and were condemned to wander 40 years in the wilderness (Numbers 14:34). Av 9 also commemorates the date of the destruction of the first Temple by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 B.C., and the second Temple by the Roman general Titus on the same date in 70 A.D.
These two dates are days of infamy in Israel. The three week period between Tammuz 17 and Av 9 are called “between the straits” and are days of mourning, repentance, and lamentations. However….. take note of what I say below in a couple of paragraphs.
How interesting that a solar eclipse will fall on the date of Av 1, in the middle of this mourning and lamentation period, three years in a row!
I would also like to point out to you that the New Sighted moon will be in the constellation of Cancer which in ancient times was known as the Sheep Fold. That is the constellation known as the one that protected the Saints and Covered or redeemed and ransomed them as well as to bind them. As well in Cancer at this time is Mercury which stands for the Powerful and Strong one who comes in a circle. In Cancer is a Star call Acubene which means the sheltering or hiding place, Assembled Thousands and another nebula which is called the Bee Hive and means multitude offspring.
Note: The word Bee is Strongs # 1682 Deborah which is from # 1696 and is dabar or the word.
But also to the south of this constellation is The Serpent ready to attack and devour the Saints. Is it any wonder that from this time on to the Day of Atonement the Saints suffer all sorts of personal problems? Be forewarned Brethren it is now that time of year.
The Talmud (Sukkah 29a) declares: “An eclipse of the sun is a bad omen for the world.” Why? It’s like a king who made a huge banquet and set up a lantern to illuminate the party, but then the lantern was covered. Similarly, this world is a beautiful banquet which Yahovah has prepared for us. If the lantern is covered, as in a solar eclipse, it diminishes our enjoyment of the world.
According to the Talmud, a solar eclipse is a bad omen for the world. (Sukkah 29a) An eclipse of the sun in the east is a bad sign for Israel; an eclipse of the sun in the west is a bad sign for the gentile world.
Some Messianic groups are teaching you about the mourning between the straits; The straits being from the 17th of Tammuz until the 10th of Av. I have refrained from doing so because of what I read in Ezekiel 8:14 And He brought me to the door of the north gate of the House of ????, and I saw women sitting there, weeping for Tammuz. 15 Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? You are to see still greater abominations than these.”
What is this month of Tammuz and this Hebrew tradition of weeping? Tammuz is what this fourth month is called on the Hebrew calendar. The 17th of Tammuz mourns, in part, Moses’ destruction of the laws after the Hebrews worshiped the golden calf. At least this is what is used to justify this weeping at this time. What god the calf actually represented is easily discerned, just go to The Two Babylon’s by Hislop and you will see that the bull is representative of the Government of Nimrod which also reached down into Egypt from Babylon where he was represented as a Bull.
Ezekiel 8 certainly shows that some Israelites were attached to other cults and kept the former traditions. I for one do not want to be associated with anything other than what Yahovah tells us to do. All of which can be found in Lev 23. If it ain’t in there then why are you keeping it and why do others continue to try and insist that you do? Just obey Lev 23 and nothing else.
The weeping between the straits is too close to the weeping for Thammuz, and is just the same as Chanukah and Christmas being reflections of each other. They are said to be different because one is Jewish, but they are in truth violations of Torah because they have been added to it.
Deuteronomy 4: 1 “And now, O Yisra’?l, listen to the laws and the right-rulings which I am teaching you to do, so that you live, and shall go in and possess the land which ???? Elohim of your fathers is giving you. 2 “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it1, so as to guard the commands of ???? your Elohim which I am commanding you.
Deuteronomy 12: 29 “When ???? your Elohim does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’1 Footnote: 1See also 18:9, Lev. 18:3, Jer.10:2, Ezek. 11:12 & 20:32, Eph. 4:17, and 1 Peter 4:3 31 “Do not do so to ???? your Elohim, for every abomination which ???? hates they have done to their mighty ones, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones. 32 “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.
Proverb 30: 6 Do not add to His Words1, Lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar
Again notice that just by adding to or taking away you become a liar and as we have shown above you are of your father Satan. This is very serious.
Revelation 22: 18 For I witness to everyone hearing the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, Elohim shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part from the Book of Life, and out of the set-apart city, which are written in this Book.
You can read more about Chanukah at https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=324 Titled Chanukah and Its Pagan traditions. You can also read The Truth That Chanukah hides at https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=571
But some will protest about the 17th of Tammuz claiming justification by Zechariah. You can read about the four Fasts that Zechariah talks about at https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=518
Do not add to the Torah, How plain is that and why is it so hard for some of you to obey this one simple command. Don’t add to Torah and give some religious sounding name to justify it. Just do not do it!!!
On the tenth day of the fifth month, men during Ezekiel’s time (after Jeremiah, but before Zechariah) came seeking Yah. Yah responds to Ezekiel telling him that Israel had not been faithful to Yah. This is the same reason that Judah was expelled from the land into Babylon. It is why we, The rest of the Tribes of Israel, are currently still out of the land and it is why Judah is soon going to be kicked out of the land one more time and go into captivity along with the USA and UK. We continue to add to the Torah what is not there and to take away from the Torah what we do not like. Those who do this will pay the price very soon.
Getting back to the Solar Eclipse;
The central eclipse path begins in the South Pacific about 700 km southeast of Tonga at 18:15 UT. Traveling northeast, the track misses Rarotonga – the largest and most populous of the Cook Islands – by just 25 km. The first landfall occurs at Mangaia where the total eclipse lasts 3 minutes 18 seconds with the Sun 14° above the horizon.
The southern coast line of French Polynesia’s Tahiti lies a tantalizing 20 km north of the eclipse path and experiences a deep 0.996 magnitude partial eclipse at 18:28 UT. Several cruises are already scheduled to intercept the umbral shadow from Papeete.
Greatest eclipse occurs in the South Pacific at 19:33:31 UT. At this instant, the axis of the Moon’s shadow passes closest to Earth’s center. The maximum duration of totality is 5 minutes 20 seconds, the Sun’s altitude is 47°, and the path width is 259 km.
Continuing across the vast Pacific, the umbral shadow’s path encounters Easter Island, one of the most remote locations on Earth. From the capital, Hanga Roa, totality lasts 4 minutes 41 seconds with the Sun 40° above the horizon (20:11 UT). The 3,800 inhabitants of the isle are accustomed to tourism, but the eclipse is expected to bring record numbers to this unique destination.
This eclipse is in the Far East, Over The Pacific Islands. I have noted but cannot find in what News letter I wrote it, that after each solar eclipse a number of disasters come to the areas in which the eclipse passed over.
A little more about Tammuz
(Assyro-Babylonian Duzu or Dumuzi). Fourth month of the Jewish religious Calendar; tenth month of the Hebrew civil year counting from Tishri. It has 29 days and normally coincides with June-July; its sign of the zodiac is Cancer. There are several biblical references to “the fourth month,” but the name Tammuz occurs in the Bible only as that of a Mesopotamian deity, better known to the Greeks as Adonis (Ezek. 8:14). Jews returning to Judah from the Babylonian Exile introduced the use of Tammuz (modified Dumuzi) as the name of their fourth month and it later appears frequently in rabbinic literature. Traditionally, Tammuz marks the beginning of summer in the Land of Israel (Shab. 53a). The fast of 17 Tammuz (Shivah Asar Be-Tammuz) commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army in 586 BCE on 9 Tammuz (II Kings 25:3-4); in 70 CE, the Roman legions of Titus did it again on the 17th. This fast ushers in the mournful Three Weeks culminating in Tishah Be-Av. According to Zechariah (8:19), this “fast of the fourth month” will nevertheless be turned into a joyful occasion in time to come, along with the three other biblical fasts.
The object of abominable rites carried on at the entrance of the north gate of the Temple, where “the women were seated weeping for Tammuz” (Ezek 8:14). According to Ezekiel, these rites were among the reasons for Yahovah’s decision to destroy the Temple and exile the Jews. Tammuz represents Sumerian/Babylonian Dumuzi, a fertility god and the mourning for Tammuz was an annual rite, observed in Mesopotamia in June or July. The death of Tammuz came to symbolize the death of nature in the heat of summer. The Church Fathers identified Tammuz with the Greek Adonis. Tammuz is also the post-exilic name of the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar. It does not, however, appear in the Bible.
“As the church moved away from the fervor of apostolic times, people’s piety began to wane, and bishops cast about for some celebration that would deepen the devotional approach to Easter, climax of the spiritual year…Some observed a total fast for exactly forty days (minus the Lord’s Day, Sunday), a feast called Quadragesima, which would evolve into Lent”. (Panati, p. 206).
“The forty days’ abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. Such a Lent of forty days, ‘in the spring of the year’, is still observed by the Yezidis or Pagan Devil-worshippers of Koordistan who have inherited it from their early masters, the Babylonians. Such a Lent of forty days was held in spring by the Pagan Mexicans, for thus we read in Humboldt (Mexican Researches) where he gives account of Mexican observances: ” Three days after the vernal equinox…began a solemn fast of forty days in honour of the sun”. Such a Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt…expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial god. At the same time, the rape of Proserpine seems to have been commemorated, and in a similar manner… “forty nights” the “wailing for Proserpine” continued…Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing…being observed in Palestine and Assyria in June, therefore called the “month of Tammuz””. (Hislop, pp. 104, 105).
Last week I had mentioned in the beginning about the hard times that are coming and I urged you all to use some of your money now while it still has some value to invest in our farming and business plans. I want to thank those of you who are stepping forward and helping us to make this happen. But as my Sister above so poignantly stated it ‘He planned like he had no prayer, and then he prayed like he had no plan.’
We have planned and will continue to plan like we have no other help. But at the same time we are going to pray like we have no plan because we know who is in charge.
I want to share with you another article about the coming hard times. Again brethren if you have not yet watched the DVD about the Chronological order of prophecy and how economics plays a part in it. Then please do so https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=251
robert morley | columnist
The ComingHard Rain
Most of your typical economic analysts have never lived through a really tough period of time. Yet there are a few voices from the Depression era still alive—and they are shouting a warning at the top of their lungs, hoping that someone, anyone, will listen.
In short: The recession is just starting, the stock market is set up for the biggest bear market crash ever, the government is going to be shocked when foreign lenders abandon it, and the dollar could devalue suddenly and catastrophically.
But will their warnings go unheeded?
“I saw it once, and I never want to see it again.” The 1930s were one of the toughest times in America’s history. It broke famous companies, it broke families, and it almost broke a nation.
Economic analyst Richard Russell remembers those days, and he is afraid they are about to return
For Russell, following the Roaring Twenties life dramatically swung in the opposite direction. In 1929, the stock market crashed and his Uncle Irving jumped out of a 10-story midtown Manhattan hotel. One year later, everything had changed: Unemployment lines with tired men in patched clothing stretched around blocks and panhandlers clogged the curbs.
A decade later, the economy was still deteriorating. By that time, California had become a semi-police state. Sheriffs turned away travelers from entering towns out of fear that they would steal local jobs. Officials rounded up the homeless and shipped them to other parts of the country.
It took a world war to finally bring America out of the Great Depression.
Recently, Russell told his readers that life is about to change in America—and not for the better.
“Do your friends a favor,” he said. “Tell them to ‘batten down the hatches’ because there’s a hard rain coming. Tell them to get out of debt and sell anything they can sell (and don’t
need) in order to get liquid. Tell them that … by the end of this year they won’t recognize
the country” (Dow Theory Letters,May 20; emphasis mine).
Those are strong words. The global economy may not have tipped into depression yet, but a hard rain—as in a flood—is coming. It is just a matter of how soon.
So brethren we need your help now as soon as possible in order to make these things come together. The window of opportunity is not going to be open for very long. You can make a donation by mail to my own address or by pay pal.
On more point I would like to make. To all the Brethren in Kenya, I am grateful to know you are reading this News Letter. I am pleased to know you are growing in the truth. I am unable to provide you with some of the things you need. I would like to urge you to contact one or both of the following two groups. One is to be found at http://www.nwchurch-of-god.org.uk/index.html and the other is messianic assemblies of Yahweh 7th day at http://www.forhisname.com/NEWS.htm For those of you from India you can also find contacts at this URL. I share this with you so you can meet brethren of like mind. We do not all agree on all subjects but we seek the truth of Torah. I have just gotten off the phone with Jerry Healan and I am pleased to know we have so much in common. We are not in competition with each other.
I too know what it is like to feel like you are all alone. So if you are close to any of these groups go and visit with them and let them know I sent you in Shalom.
We have been exposing false doctrines the past few weeks. We have been doing this because of what is written to the churches of Revelations how they each had false teachings circulating amongst them and how they were to remove them or they would be removed from being part in the wedding party. We must be dressed in the righteous robes for the wedding.
Pay close attention to the words in this week’s article as it shows you the deeper meanings in many of what we now have as common names. Those names are the same ones mentioned by John and it is these false leaders who’s religious teachings were being spread amongst the churches.
Last week we showed you how those who refuse to obey Torah and used miracles to heal are in fact leading people astray to follow another god. I did not show you the one example of this which the bible itself is so clear on. The reason I did not show you, is so that you would have time enough to read it this week. It would have been too much for last week along with all that I shared then.
The one person the bible shows who used to heal and do miracles in order to lead people astray was the same person who began the largest church in the world, the Roman Catholic Church. That person was Simon Magus who tried to buy an Apostleship from Peter. There is so much more to the story.
To read this story and explanations go to https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=661
I am thrilled to note that this article is going to clear up that one scripture many anti-Semitic bigots use to justify their opposition to Judah today. That line is this; ‘those who claim they are Jews but are not.’ Many use this and then point to the Jews in Israel today and say ‘see, seeeeee. They are not Jews.’ But the people who do this are so ignorant of the truth it is scary. Please read the article and learn the truth and then know and speak up the next time some bigot says this in ignorance.
Once you have read this I know you will be tired. After you have rested though and while this teaching is fresh on your minds read Christian, Jew or Notzrim, What does the Bible and History say about them? At https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=273
We continue this weekend with our regular Triennial Torah reading which can be found at
We are now in our 18th week of this 3 ½ year study. I am pleased to know many of you are finding it profitable.
At http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Audio.details/ID/1975/Hospitality.htm is a good study on hospitality. I will only quote a small portion below.
Xenia is a particular kind of friendship between people who begin as strangers, but by virtue of a sort of providence or care of a host to his guest, end up building lifelong bonds.
Xenia, or obligatory hospitality, was practiced all over the ancient world. It seems to have been quite a serious matter in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. A person was obligated, if he found out that a person did not have a place to sleep or was hungry, to ask that person into his own home. The Hebrews, Arabs, Greeks, and the Romans all practiced some form of xenia.
Abusing it from either side, as host or as guest, was a serious offense. Wars and feuds happened because of this abuse. In fact, Homer’s Iliad begins with a serious breach of xenia. If you know the story of The Iliad, you will remember that Paris, a prince of Troy, went to Sparta to stay in the house of King Menalaus, who had a beautiful wife named Helen. Menalaus, as was proper, offered Paris xenia, and Parris accepted. However, he overstayed his welcome, fell in love with Helen, and took Helen back to Troy. Because of all the oaths—alliances—made, most of Greece took up arms against Troy, and we then had the Trojan War.
The whole thing began with a breech of xenia, a breech of hospitality.
Godly hospitality goes far beyond mere dinner parties; it is an attitude that is part of the character of Yahovah Himself. This is where it begins to approach the ancient idea of xenia.
Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers [philoxenia], for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained [xenizo] angels.
Perhaps this is best known because it mentions entertaining angels. It is intriguing to think that one could open up his house to a stranger who could be an angel.
Entertaining angels happened at least four times in the Old Testament. We know that Abraham, in Genesis 18, entertained Yahshua and two angels. We know that Lot in the very next chapter, Genesis 19, entertained those same two angels when they arrived in Sodom. We know that Gideon entertained an angel, and we know that Samson’s parents, Manoah and his wife, entertained an angel.
In each case, the angel or angels were bringing a blessing of some sort, maybe a message of good news. Even to Lot, the message was that he was going to be saved from the catastrophe that Yahovah was about to pour down from heaven. To Abraham, the good news was that he was going to have a son by Sarah—the promised son. To Gideon, the message was that he was chosen to deliver Israel. Samson’s parents were to have a son who would begin to deliver Israel. In each case, the angel came and gave some very good news and a blessing.
Paul’s caution in Hebrews 13:2 is that we should not be neglectful of the attitude of hospitality because an angel may come with some good news. If we are not hospitable, maybe he will leave without giving us the good news or blessing. Perhaps his giving or not giving the blessing is determined on how he is received. Who knows? Therefore, Paul says that we had better make sure that every time we give hospitality; we give it our all—just in case it happens to be an angel bringing something good. Of course, Paul is not saying that we should give this hospitality in order to get something from Yahovah at every turn, but he is saying that Yahovah will reward the practice of this virtue. It is that important.
It is interesting that he uses the phrase do not forget. It is easy to forget to be hospitable. What Paul is suggesting is that hospitality is something that might slip our minds or something that we might neglect because of the busyness of our normal, everyday life. We get so caught up in our own affairs that we tend to think that we do not have the time or that we do not have the money or that we do not have whatever-the-excuse-may-be. Maybe weeks or months—or even years—go by until we pick up the practice again. Maybe we never do.
We talked about the naming of Isaac last week, so I want to move on to the section talking about righteousness.
17 And ???? said, “Shall I hide from Ab?raham what I am doing, 18 since Ab?raham is certainly going to become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 “For I have known him, so that he commands his children and his household after him, to guard the way of ????, to do righteousness and right-ruling, so that ???? brings to Ab?raham what He has spoken to him.”
Yahshua said that Abraham would teach his children righteousness.
Then Abraham begins to negotiate with Yahovah if there were 50 righteous people left in the city then 45, and then 40, then 30, then 20, then 10 if He would spare the city. And He said He would for the sake of 10. But 10 righteous people were not found.
Remember again that we are told that righteousness is the keeping of the commandments in Psalm 119: 171 My lips pour forth praise, For You teach me Your laws. 172 My tongue sings of Your word, For all Your commands are righteousness
And righteousness is what we must put on in order to be at the wedding. We have covered this many times now. If only ten people were righteous then Sodom and Gomorrah would still be here today. Your righteousness may be the only thing that is saving your community; think about it. It is that important.
In chapter 12 we have this incident of Ephraim coming to fight against Jephthah who defeats them. In the process of finishing off those who escape a certain Hebrew word was used which is now used as a definition below.
If you travel to Newfoundland or parts of Ireland and England you will hear many people who cannot pronounce the h in many of the words while others do pronounce it. You should listen more intently to others and you will hear this same thing today as in Jephthah’s day.
A shibboleth (pronounced /???b?l??/ or /???b?l??/) is any distinguishing practice that is indicative of one’s social or regional origin. It usually refers to features of language, and particularly to a word whose pronunciation identifies its speaker as being a member or not a member of a particular group.
The term originates from the Hebrew word “shibbólet” (?????????), which literally means the part of a plant containing grains, such as an ear of corn or a stalk of grain or, in different contexts, “stream, torrent”. It derives from an account in the Hebrew Bible, in which pronunciation of this word was used to distinguish Ephraimites, whose dialect lacked a /?/ sound (as in shoe), from Gileadites whose dialect did include such a sound.
Shibboleths have been used by different subcultures throughout the world at different times. Regional differences, level of expertise and computer coding techniques are several forms that shibboleths have taken. For example, during the Battle of the Bulge, American soldiers used knowledge of baseball to determine if others were fellow Americans or if they were German infiltrators in American uniform. The Dutch famously used the name of the port town Scheveningen as a shibboleth to tell Germans from the Dutch (the Dutch pronounce the S separately from the ch).
During World War II, some United States soldiers in the Pacific theater used the word “lollapalooza” as a shibboleth to verbally test people who were hiding and unidentified, on the premise that Japanese people often pronounce the letter L as R, and that the word is an American colloquialism that even a foreign person fairly well-versed in American English would probably mispronounce and/or be unfamiliar with. In George Stimpson’s A Book about a Thousand Things, the author notes that, in the war, Japanese spies would often approach checkpoints posing as American or Filipino military personnel. A shibboleth such as “lollapalooza” would be used by the sentry, who, if the first two syllables come back as rorra, would “open fire without waiting to hear the remainder”.
Prior to the Guldensporenslag, the Flemish slaughtered every Frenchman they could find in the city of Bruges. They are said to have identified Frenchmen based on their inability to pronounce the phrase “Scilt ende Vriend” (“Shield and Friend”), or possibly “‘s Guilden vriend” (“Friend of the Guilds”).
Bûter, brea, en griene tsiis; wa’t dat net sizze kin, is gjin oprjochte Fries ( example (help•info)) means “Butter, rye bread and green cheese, who cannot say that is not a genuine Frisian” was used by the Frisian Pier Gerlofs Donia during a Frisian rebellion war (1515-1523). Ships whose crew could not pronounce this properly were usually plundered and soldiers who could not were beheaded by Donia himself.
I find it extremely interesting to note in chapter 13 the first thing we read about is an Angel coming to visit Manoah’s wife, especially after reading about Abraham’s visit from the three Angels in this study above. In both cases they had come to announce that Sarah and now Manoah’s wife were going to have a son.
Again we read of how Manoah wanted to be hospitable to the angel in verse15. This was the beginning of Sampson.
Verse 18. Seeing it is secret?
17 Then Manowah? said to the Messenger of ????, “What is Your name? When Your words come true, then we shall esteem You.” 18 And the Messenger of ???? said to him, “Why do you ask My name, since it is wondrous?”
It was because it was secret that they wished to know it. The angel does not say that it was secret, but hu peli, it is WONDERFUL; the very character that is given to Yahshua, Isaiah 9:6: His name shall be called, Wonderful; and it is supposed by some that the angel gives this as his name, and consequently that he was our Yahshua.
6 For a Child shall be born unto us, a Son shall be given unto us, and the rule is on His shoulder. And His Name is called Wonder, Counsellor, Strong ?l, Father of Continuity, Prince of Peace
In light of the two teachings now on Hospitality I would like you all to watch and listen to what Rabbi Machlis says in this youtube teaching. It is just ten minutes long http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWTIgFS4DGw
I have often found myself struggling with the psalms as you have no doubt read. But this week I find Psalm 37 extremely important and timely. Be patient and wait and He will bring you into the land and you will not lack for food.
1 Do not fret because of evil-doers, Do not be envious of the workers of unrighteousness. 2 For they soon wither like grass, And fade like green plants. 3 Trust in ????, and do good; Dwell in the earth, and feed on steadfastness. 4 And delight yourself in ????, And let Him give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to ????, And trust in Him, and He does it. 6 And He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your right-ruling as midday. 7 Rest in ????, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man doing wicked devices. 8 Abstain from displeasure, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, also to do evil. 9 For evil-doers are cut off; But those who wait on ????, They shall inherit the earth1. Footnote: 1See vv. 11, 22, 29 & 34, Mt. 5:5. 10 Yet a little while and the wrong is no more; And you shall look on his place, But it is not. 11 But the meek ones shall inherit the earth, And delight themselves in plenty of peace. 12 The wrong plots against the righteous, And gnashes his teeth at him. 13 ???? laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming. 14 The wrong have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cause the poor and needy to fall, To slay those who walk straightly. 15 Their sword does enter into their own heart, And their bows are broken. 16 Better is the little of the righteous one, Than the riches of many wrongdoers. 17 For the arms of the wrongdoers are broken, But ???? sustains the righteous. 18 ???? knows the days of the perfect, And their inheritance is forever. 19 They are not ashamed in a time of evil, And in the days of scarcity of food they are satisfied. 20 But the wrongdoers shall perish; And the enemies of ????, Like the splendour of the meadows they vanish, Like smoke they vanish away. 21 The wrongdoer is borrowing and does not repay, But the righteous one shows favour and gives. 22 For His blessed ones inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him are cut off. 23 The steps of a man are ordered by ????, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he falls, he is not cast down, For ???? is supporting his hand. 25 I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Or his seed begging bread. 26 All day long he is showing favour and lending; And his seed is for a blessing. 27 Turn away from evil, and do good; And dwell forever. 28 For ???? loves right-ruling, And does not forsake His kind ones; They shall be guarded forever, But the seed of the wrongdoers is cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the earth, And dwell in it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of right-ruling. 31 The Torah of his Elohim is in his heart1; His steps do not slide. Footnote: 1Dt. 6:6, Ps. 40:8, Ps. 119:11, Isa. 51:7. 32 The wrong one is watching for the righteous, And is seeking to slay him. 33 ???? does not leave him in his hand, Or let him be declared wrong when he is judged. 34 Wait on ???? and guard His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the earth – When the wrongdoers are cut off, you shall see it. 35 I have seen the wrongdoer in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree. 36 Yet he passed away, and see, he was not; And I sought him, but he was not found. 37 Watch the perfect, and observe the straight; For the latter end of each is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The latter end of the wrong shall be cut off. 39 But the deliverance of the righteous is from ????, Their strength in time of distress. 40 And ???? does help them and deliver them; He delivers them from the wrongdoers and saves them, Because they took refuge in Him.
Mat 22:23 – 23:39
We now come to a subject which has many arguing back and forth. In fact there are many other things to talk about in this weeks reading.
We have had a great deal already to read this week, so I will give you a site to go to if you are so inclined. I also know beforehand that no matter what I say on the subject of Rabbi and Father I will be rebuked by those on the other side of this discussion.
But I find the explanation of http://www.bethgoyim.org/BethGoyim-Statement%20of%20our%20Faith%20rabbi.html shows the real meaning of Yahshua here. It is those who seek to be exalted that He is condemning. Anyway you can read the article and you can decide.
We read in Psalm 17:8 8 Guard me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
As well in Psalm 91: 3 For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence. 4 He covers you with His feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour. 5 You are not afraid of the dread by night, Of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Of destruction that ravages at midday. 7 A thousand fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it does not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes you look on, And see the reward of the wrong ones. 9 Because you have made ???? – My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place,
And finally Psalm 118: 25 I pray, O ????, please save; I pray, O ????, please send prosperity. 26 Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of ????!1 We shall bless you from the House of ????.
These are the psalms everyone in Israel would have memorised, so that when Yahshua says in Mathew 23: 37 “Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her! How often I wished to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not! 38 “See! Your house is left to you laid waste, 39 for I say to you, from now on you shall by no means see Me, until you say, ‘Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of ????!’ ” they should be able to know from where He is quoting His material.
Brethren I read this scripture or say it out loud each and every time I am standing on the Mount of Offence looking over Jerusalem. An excellent study to do now at this time is the one on the Tallit becuase it ties right into what Yahshua is saying which you can read at https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=129 titled Under the Shadow of YHWH’s Wings: The Tallit (The Jewish Prayer Shawl)
We are also going to continue to study the 613 laws of Torah which we can read at http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm
We are doing 7 laws each week and this week we shall study laws 114-120. We also have commentary, with editing from me, again from http://theownersmanual.net/The_Owners_Manual_02_The_Law_of_Love.Torah
114 To appear in the Sanctuary on the festivals (Deut. 16:16) (affirmative).
Appear at the Sanctuary on the festivals. “Three times a year all your males shall appear before Yahweh your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Deuteronomy 16:16) As we saw in #112, the festivals of Yahweh were lumped into three groups, three miqrym in the spring, one in early summer, and three in the fall. All the men living within Israel were to congregate at a central location three times each year. The meeting place was wherever the Tabernacle happened to be at the time. It eventually settled permanently at God’s chosen location, Jerusalem, with the building of the Temple. Thus every man in Israel would be gathered together for the worship of Yahweh for at least five of the seven festivals, for one week in the spring, a couple of days in the summer, and a week or more in the fall. Only the men were required to go, but as a practical matter, whole families often made the journey (cf. Luke 2:41-44).
Why was everyone’s presence required so often? Because Yahweh was making a point. The annual cycle of holy convocations was prophetic of God’s plan of redemption for mankind. Every part of the plan is essential for our ultimate reconciliation with Him. Sacrificial death without removal of sins or subsequent resurrection in glory is an unfinished story. If a holy God were to “camp out” among a race of men who had chosen not to love Him,( and as we have been showing you from scriptures, Yahshua said if you love me then you will keep the commandments,) the result would be fatal for them. All seven miqrym are needed to communicate God’s plan.
It’s interesting that Maimonides specifies the Jews’ appearances at the Sanctuary (though the Torah delineates only “the place God chooses,” which would eventually settle at Jerusalem). The “Sanctuary,” the remodeled second Temple, had been torn down by the Romans over a millennium before he wrote his Mishneh Torah.
115 To remove chametz on the Eve of Passover (Ex. 12:15) (CCA22). See Passover
(115)Remove chametz on the Eve of Passover. “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.” (Exodus 12:15) Chametz is leaven, or yeast. Judaism 101 says that in addition to being memorial of the Israel’s’ hasty departure from Egyptian bondage, the removal of chametz “is also a symbolic way of removing the ‘puffiness’ (arrogance, pride) from our souls.” Close, but no cigar. Yeast is a picture of sin, of corruption, of rottenness. Its removal is thus symbolic of the elimination of sin from our lives—something that could only be accomplished by the sacrificial death of the Messiah. John tells us sin is the transgression of the law, the commandments. To repent of sin is to begin to keep the commandments. The removal of Chametz is to take away that which is against the commandments.
The rabbis misspoke when they connected the removal of leaven with “Passover.” Yahweh is very precise: there is a separate miqra for the elimination of yeast: the seven-day-long Feast of Unleavened Bread—beginning on the day after Passover (which was symbolic of the Messianic sacrifice, the crucifixion). I may seem to be nitpicking here, but we obscure the prophetic significance of the miqrym if we don’t keep them straight in our minds. Passover—the death of the Lamb of God—came first. The elimination of our sin for eternity (symbolized by the seven-day duration of the Feast) can only follow.
116 To rest on the first day of Passover (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:7) (CCA25). See Passover
(116)Rest on the first day of Passover. “On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month [of Nisan] at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’” (Exodus 12:16-20). The passage makes it clear that the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not Passover, is in view. The first and last days of the seven-day event were to be set aside as special Sabbaths—whether or not they actually fell on the seventh day of the week. By sundown on the fourteenth of Nisan (Passover) the homes of the Israelites were to be free of leaven. This condition was to last until sundown on the twenty-first.
117 Not to do work on the first day of Passover (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:6-7) (CCN147). See Passover.
(117)Do not work on the first day of Passover. “On the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahweh; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.” (Leviticus 23:6-7) This is the negative counterpart to affirmative Mitzvah #116. Again, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not Passover proper, is being described. Note that the fifteenth day of the month began (by Yahweh’s reckoning) on the evening of the fourteenth; in other words, the next day began at sundown, not at midnight as we commonly reckon it. Thus the apparent starting date contradiction between the Exodus passage and this one in Leviticus isn’t really there.
118 To rest on the seventh day of Passover (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:8) (CCA27). See Passover
(118)Rest on the seventh day of Passover. “…and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. (Exodus 12:16) The festival ended as it began, with a holy convocation, a special Sabbath rest. Normally, food preparation (being somebody’s “customary work”) was forbidden on the Sabbath. Here, Yahweh makes an exception to His own rule, allowing the preparation of food on the special Sabbaths opening and closing the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He knew that there would be times when two Sabbaths (the normal seventh-day one and the special feast-day one) would fall back to back, and He didn’t wish to impose an undue hardship on His people for the sake of a metaphor. As He would later say through His Messiah, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
Notice that it is permissible for the High Holy Days to be back to back with the weekly Sabbath. But in the fall the Rabbis have instil the postponement rule which does not allow the fall Holy Days to be back to back with the weekly Sabbath. You can go to this article and take special note of what is called exhibit “D” https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=23
119 Not to do work on the seventh day of Passover (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:8) (CCN148). See Passover
(119)Do not work on the seventh day of Passover. “The seventh day [of the Feast of Unleavened Bread] shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.” (Leviticus 23:8) We’ve caught Maimonides padding the list again so he could come up with the requisite number of affirmative and negative commandments. This is simply the converse of the previous mitzvah. We’re going to see a lot of the same sort writing technique in the next few mitzvot. Bear in mind that every time the rabbis mention “Passover” in Mitzvot #115 through #126, the correct term is the “Feast of Unleavened Bread” or Chag Matzah.
120 To eat matzah on the first night of Passover (Ex. 12:18) (CCA23). See Passover
(120)Eat matzah on the first night of Passover. “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.” (Exodus 12:18) Matzah is, at its most essential, simply bread baked without yeast—unleavened bread. Bread was the staple food in the Israelite diet. Something that was ordinarily there within the bread (yeast) would be non-existent for the duration of the feast (not just the first night). Yahweh is saying that something that was ordinarily there within our lives (sin) would be non-existent for the duration of eternity. If we don’t understand the metaphorical connection between leaven and sin, we will miss the entire point of this Feast, Yahweh never does or says anything on a meaningless whim.