News Letter 5857-045
The 5th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 26th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 27th day of the 11th month 5857 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
1716 Days until the Two Witnesses
583 Days into the 2300 Days Started May 31st, 2020
January 1, 2022
Shabbat Shalom Royal Family of Yehovah,
Shabbat Zoom Meeting
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Our intellectual wrestling has been replaced by a different kind of struggle.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 teach you and encourage 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 to explain 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 January 1, 2022, the room will be open at 12:30 PM Eastern with singing and prayers until about 1:15 PM. You are all welcome to join and watch. It is not recorded. We will have our afternoon service after this. You are welcome to come and join us before during and after we are off the air.
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Septennial Torah Portion
If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 5th year which is the 5th 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 December 25, 2021, 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.
As we come to the end of the 11th month on January 4, 2022, we need to bring to your attention the many things you have learned here at Sightedmoon.com. I will try to list them for you.
You have learned here:
- When the Jubilee years are.
- When the Sabbatical Years are.
- The many things that Abraham prophesied.
- How to prove when the Sabbatical and Jubilee years are just from 2 Kings 19:29 alone.
- That there are now 89 Sabbatical and Jubilee years to confirm exactly when they are to be kept.
- How the Jubilee Cycles reveal end-time prophecy
- How Daniel 9:24-27 is only understood by understanding the Jubilee Cycles.
- Exactly what year the Exodus took place in, which is another key to understanding Daniel 9.
- The deeper meaning of Passover in how it fits the plan of Yehovah.
- The deeper meaning of Shavuot in how it fits the plan of Yehovah
- The deeper meaning of the Feast of Trumpets which even the Karaites do not understand.
- The deeper meaning of the 8th Day Feast which again the Karaites do not know the meaning of.
- How the Ten Days of Awe are connected to the Book of Revelation
- How Shabbat Shuva is connected to end-time prophecy
- What the plagues of Egypt look like today in our time now.
- Why Wave Sheaf day is so important to know.
- How the birth of Yeshua is on the Feast of Trumpets
- How the Feast of Trumpets proves you are to use the Crescent moon
- How to determine the first fruits of the barley to begin the year.
- That you must have barley for wave sheaf day.
- When the Two Witnesses will be here.
- BREXIT took place at the end of one Shabua since the start of the UK in the common market.
- The Paris Accord ended after one Shbua since the start of the UNEP
- What the 2300 Day Count means
- When to expect and look for the Abomination that makes desolate.
- And where to look for this abomination.
There are many other things you have learned at Sightedmoon.com but you could also have learned them at other ministries. But the above list are the things you can only learn here. Or others first learned here to teach on their own sites. Before we taught the list above, you did not know about them nor could you learn about them anywhere else until we explained them to you. Yehovah did not reveal them to anyone else.
If it is true that Sightedmoon.com is the only source of this information or that it was the first to provide it to you for free, then why are so many of you now no longer willing to support this work? Why are so many of you willing to sit there and not support this work in any way?
Is it really because I will not syncretize your views about the things you think are from God with Torah? Or was it that you truly did not really believe in the first place? You tell me you want the meatier parts and when you get them you get upset and leave to go after places that will tickle your ears. That is hypocrisy.
We are doing an end-time work. We are despised and hated for doing it by “Brethren” and those who are not brethren.
We will receive a reward for doing this work. All those who are found working with us at the end will also receive of that reward. Those who hold back or those who withdraw will not be partakers of our reward from Yehovah. It is that plane and that simple.
We have never asked for tithes. We never felt we were worthy of them for building up this work. The vast majority of what has been donated to us has gone to build up the work in the Philippines, which is doing well. It has also gone to do the work in East Africa which is struggling. Recently we have begun to use some of your donations in Pakistan and India which is only just beginning.
I still do not take a wage from you for all my time in researching and writing the Newsletters which have gone out since 2006 nonstop except for a few rare occasions. This past month James has had to work countless hours to keep the site up and running as he dealt with plug-ins that caused the site to crash. For a couple of days, sightedmoon.com was not there while James alone tried to figure out what was causing the problem. There was also a malware issue that took down the Acubene PBC and Helping Hands sites. James has spent countless hours this month just to keep the site online. There are now further upgrades we must do to protect the site from still more malicious attacks that are coming.
As we end 2021, as we approach the start of the 12th month and prepare for the 6th year of the Sabbatical cycle, again something else you only learned here at sightedmoon.com, we are in a financial shortfall. I have had to stop all support to the Philippines, Pakistan and East Africa. We have suspended all our advertising campaigns for our books. These ad campaigns are done to try and win more people over to learn about Torah. We cannot help the brethren who just suffered the Typhoon that went through their homes. We cannot help those wanting to learn more about the Jubilee. We have had to cut back hard until such time as we can afford to bless all these others around the world with our support.
I am asking you all to look inside and take a gut check. It only took one Aichan for Israel to lose the battle of Ai. Are your sins holding back your prayers so Yehovah does not hear you? This work goes forward because of those prayers that you offer on our behalf. Or we also suffer because you no longer pray for us and this work to move forward.
I am at this time also asking each of you to consider helping us financially. I am not asking those who are already supporting this work for anymore. I am asking those who have been blessed by this work and have freely been given the understandings that they can only gain here at sightedmoon.com to step up and support this work each and every month from now until the Messiah comes.
You might be thinking that you cannot give enough to make a difference. Let me show you something.
1000 people giving just $5 a month is $5000 dollars altogether. That same 1000 people giving just $10 or $25 a month is again $10,000 or $25,000 per month for this work. If we had just 1000 brethren doing that each month, I would not have to write to you now asking you to do that. If we had just 1000 Brethren doing this each month, then all of our Pastors would have an income and they would not have to worry about whether they spend their time doing this work or going out and finding a job to pay for their mortgages and food for their families.
I am not telling you to tithe to this work. No, I am just asking for 1000 people to donate $10, $25, or $50 each month to this work, and every month from now until Messiah comes.
There are some who have tried to bribe me by telling me to say this or to say that. Others want me not to talk about certain subjects or to expose the sin that they are OK doing. When I do that they get upset and withhold sending us the donations they wanted to send us when they were so excited about all that they are learning here. You may not always agree but you do learn many things here. Paul and Barnabus argued and split to teach on their own. But they were still part of the same team and worked together in other years.
I am asking you all to be mature and know that we have more in common than the few things we do not agree about. I am asking you to be mature and understand that our enemy is seeking to kill each of us and that we all need to be supporting this work that is out in front of you blazing the way. We are not out there seeking to be people pleasers. We do and we will make mistakes along the way. That is because we are still human the last time I checked. I am not a superman nor am I perfect, but whether I do this work or not the end is still coming. Yehovah has shown us when the end will be. He then charges us in Ezekiel to warn everyone else or He will require their blood from us.
Yehovah called me and gave me this message. I have shared it with you. But Yehovah did not bless me with the finances and the know-how to get this message out there to the world. He chose me, a ditch digger with limited skills to do this work. Why did He do that? Yehovah did this so that I could not take the glory for going out and sharing this message. I may get to be the face, but I could never do this alone.
This is where all of you come in. Each and every one of you gets to be part of this work by your prayers, monthly financial support and actually volunteering to do certain things I have no skills at. James, Pauline, Sombra, LoriDawn, Eileen all know I am technically challenged and that I cannot spell. They also know I am overwhelmed at the things I am trying to do and at the same shocked at the number of things we do get done.
I am asking all of you to be mature now as we go into the final phase before the tribulation comes. I am asking for all hands on deck. I am asking you to be there promoting this work, encouraging those doing this work, volunteering to do parts of this work, directing others back to sightedmoon so they can learn more, to make a monthly donation so we can hire professionals to promote this work and for you to come back and help this work to grow.
I have a work to do and I am going to be found doing it when the Messiah comes. Will He find you doing the same when He comes?
I have not charged a monthly subscription in order for you to get special information from us. We have always made all of our information available to you for free. We do charge for our books to help support this work but we have also given them away to those who are in need. Everything in those books can be found on the website in various places.
This month we are severely under budget, which is why we are slashing most of the projects we have been supporting.
I am asking each of you to pray to Yehovah to send more people who will help us do this work and support our efforts with regular monthly donations. Ask Yehovah to send those with a zeal to get this work done and a heart to obey. Ask Yehovah to send those who are more than just talk, but are full of action and when they find a gem will help to make it known to all. Remind Yehovah that He has said He will do nothing unless He first warns the people. Ask Him to bless us so we can warn the people about what He is doing.
I have just received this note from Henry Mate in Kenya. This is just one of the things that you have made possible through your donations.
I have painted the Torah school, only a few things here and there. Only Some things needs be put in like furniture. I glorify Elohim for helping us. You have done wonders to us and may the Almighty bless you and whole sightedmoon family. We will be opening now after furnishings. Please note you are cordially requested to grace us with your opening address. I’d wish our friends to participate. When you meet, please let them know. Thank you Joe.
Our videos are being translated into Urdu for the people of Pakistan because of your donations.
We have this message going out on three radio stations in the Philippines because of your donations.
We have helped the people of Mindanao after the earthquake because of your donations.
We have helped build another Torah Center in the Manila area again because of your donations.
We have all these teachings on our website and youtube site that have been accessed by millions because of your donations.
James has told me the cost to upgrade our package for the website to help prevent future attacks. It is going to be close to $3000 for the next 3 years. What will you do if sightedmoon.com does not have the funds to maintain our online presence? What will all those other groups do who use our zoom access for their meetings each week which is paid for by your donations? Imagine what it would be like for your understanding of Torah if Sightedmoon.com was no longer here. Leave a comment in the chat and let us know.
If you say Yehovah must send and tell His prophet before He sends the tribulation then I would agree, What if sightedmoon.com was that messenger that Yehovah chose with all these imperfections, and you did not support him. Although I do see very few who are teaching the calendar and holy Days by using the crescent moon and the barley, I do not see any teaching about the Sabbatical and Jubilee years and the curses for not keeping them.
What would your understanding of the Torah be like without sightedmoon.com? You would not have those 26 things listed above. And you would not have the things that we are studying now and soon going to release. Imagine being stuck at the same level you were before you found us.
But you have found us and Yehovah has chosen us to reveal these things to you and the rest of the world. We are worthy of your support and help. Help us to finish this work at the greatest time in the history of mankind to be called.
All of you are here because someone in the past invested the time and or money to make the information available to you. You are here because they invested in you long before you even knew this work. Please now take the time and invest in this work and in those who have yet to be called. Help us to make this work and this warning available to them. You do not have to agree with me on every single point. You just have to agree that we are in front doing this work and you are going to help us keep going each and every month.
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Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people were evacuated in Colorado, United States after wildfires driven by high winds engulfed two towns near the state capital, Denver.
“We know that approximately 370 homes in the Sagamore subdivision … have been lost. There’s a potential of 210 homes lost in Old Town Superior,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle told a news conference on Thursday.
This week’s Newsletter is presented by Mike who wrote us to let us know he was OK.
You probably have heard about the fires in my area here from national news (even Aljazeera’s reporting on it, but it’s all over local news such as kdvr.com). Superior, one of the newest suburbs here between Denver and Boulder, Colorado is gone. The 100 mile per hour hurricane strength winds last night were pushing the fire 100 yards (football field) every 30 seconds. Since this is an urban area with subdivisions and such, hundreds and hundreds of homes were burnt down, as well as shopping centers. Shelters are everywhere, as tens of thousands of people are displaced and homeless.
I know it’s judgement and all, but I have still prayed for mercy and understanding for those involved. And… I’m glad that my heart has been one of compassion, as though I don’t live up in Superior, I do live just a couple miles south of where the second fire (at the bottom of the map) that I did not know about is (which is most likely contained now that the wind has stopped) and a previous fire (not showing on the map as an active fire, but was in the bottom left where the word “Ken” is) was recently put out. I do not test God in anyway (as I have not intentionally placed my home in harm’s way), and am thankful that my home is safe.
Brethren, we all need to be praying. Judgment is here. Pray your flight not be on the Sabbath nor in winter. The word Sabbath is Sabbaton. and can also mean Sabbatical Year. This wildfire comes the day before we begin the month of January. Not the normal time of year for wildfires.
The Sanhedrin 2021
January 4, 2022, will be the 30th day of this 11th month starting the night before. It will be the start of the 12th month.
Ever since I began to keep the Holy Days according to the Barley being Aviv and the crescent moon to begin the month, I have been accused of all sorts of things. One of them was a moon worshiper like the Arabs.
Like many of you, we have all been looked at as nut cases and ostracized for our desire to obey Yehovan and to be there when He said to come and meet Him. in 2016 we split from the Karaite groups and yet we were justified by Nehemia who went out on wave sheaf day and confirmed the barley was indeed ripe and very mature. In the last couple of years of 2020 and 2021, we again were on separate calendars from the Karaites. It has bothered me, and I have been told I was no longer welcomed in certain circles because of the use of the very first fruits to begin the year.
I know exactly how hard it is and how disappointing it is not to be able to keep the Feasts at the same time as everyone else. I get it.
Let me now bring some more information which at first is going to sound like GREAT NEWS. But then I want you all to pause and think about what is about to happen. This is from Israel 365 News. Although Becc did a post about this same event on December 5, I did not see it until past Sabbath, December 25.
And just so you know, the New Crescent moon was sighted on Sunday, December 5, 2021, to begin the 11th month.
All emphasis is mine throughout the article.
BIBLICAL SYSTEM OF WITNESSING THE NEW MOON RECREATED IN JERUSALEM, AS IN TIME OF SANHEDRIN
And on your joyous occasions—your fixed festivals and new moon days—you shall sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I, Hashem, am your God. Numbers 10:10 (The Israel BibleTM)
On Monday night, a remarkable event took place, recreating the declaration of the new month as performed by the Sanhedrin in Temple times.
FIRES ON THE MOUNTAIN
On Monday night, torches, referred to as masuot, were set up in a chain from the Mount of Olives, recreating the system that was used in the times of the Temple to announce the sighting of the new moon. The mausuot were lit at the time that it was possible to witness the new moon however no actual sighting was made or reported to the Sanhedrin. Three torches were displayed in approximately ten locations, spreading out from Jerusalem to places as distant as Amona and Mount Tabor.
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the spokesman for the Sanhedrin, emphasized that reestablishing the Biblical system of witnessing the new moon is important to modern Israel.
“Knowing exactly when the month begins has always been important in Jewish practice because the Torah schedules the Jewish festivals according to the days of the month,” Rabbi Weiss explained. “Since the creation of the world, every seven days has been Shabbat. But God gave us the authority, actually the responsibility, of establishing time by setting the months.”
Setting the new month by witnesses is considered by Rashi, a prominent commentator on the Bible, to be the first mitzvah (Biblical commandment) the Nation of Israel received after leaving Egypt. With great spiritual meaning, establishing the calendar is far more than a convenience. It is so important that it takes precedence over the Sabbath. In Biblical times, witnesses were permitted to break the Sabbath in order to arrive in Jerusalem and stand before the Sanhedrin.
“This was one of the aspects of the Sanhedrin and, therefore, the basis of justice,” Rabbi Weiss said. “It is not arbitrary or treated lightly by simply printing a calendar and forgetting it. Commanding the Sanhedrin to set the month is as if they have the power to move the moon. Justice is to establish reality. Of course, God created the world. But we are required to establish justice in the world, making us a partner in creation.”
“In the secular world, science establishes reality. By setting the month, the Sanhedrin is acknowledging that there is a higher power above science. It is not enough to calculate the month.”
THE CALENDAR SYSTEM
The lunar cycle lasts approximately 29½ days. Since a Hebrew month needs to consist of complete days, a month is sometimes twenty-nine days long (such a month is known as chaser, “missing”), and sometimes thirty (malei, “full”). The first day of the month, as well as the thirtieth day of a malei month, is called Rosh Chodesh. In the Temples, the new month was a festival, marked by the blowing of the shofar and special sacrifices.
In the times of the Temple, the new month would be established by both calculations and by witnesses appearing before the Sanhedrin. On the 30th day of every month, the Sanhedrin would gather in a large courtyard in Jerusalem called Beit Ya’azek. Pairs of witnesses who claimed to have seen the new moon on the previous night would come to give their testimony and be cross-examined. If the two accounts were corroborated, the evidence was accepted.
The Sanhedrin would then declare the new month to be sanctified (mekudash).
The following night, messengers were sent out and a series of mountaintop pyres were lit to spread the word to outlying communities. Though it was incredibly efficient for its time, this system caused a delay for the outlying communities outside of Israel. It is for this reason that Jewish communities outside of Israel observe holidays for two days.
When the Temple was destroyed and the Sanhedrin disbanded, the Hebrew calendar was figured solely according to the astrological calculations and the template established by Hillel II. It is remarkable that Hillel II’s calculations stood for as long as they did. However, 1,700 years later, there are discrepancies between his calendar and the astronomical reality. As a result, the true date of the appearance of the moon no longer synchronizes with the beginning of the month as it appears on the calendar.
On a technical level, the event was a step in the process of correcting the Hebrew calendar. By Biblical law, the new month for the Hebrew calendar was established by reliable witnessesappearing before the Sanhedrin. Hillel II, president of the Sanhedrin in the fourth century, established a written calendar based on astronomical calculations.This calendar, still in use, standardized the length of months and the addition of months in leap years over the course of a 19-year cycle, so that the lunar calendar realigns with the solar years.
“The main obstacle to reestablishing the system of the new month is having a Sanhedrin that is accepted as the authority by the nation of Israel,” Rabbi Weiss said. “This will be a major step towards establishing the true return of the Jews to Israel.”
Brethren, you have a clear admission, from the Sanhedrin that the proper way to begin each month was and is still today through the sighting of the crescent moon to begin the month. You have the Sanhedrin clearly stating the current Hillel calendar is out of sync with Yehovah’s true Holy Days. That should blow all the calculated calendar people out of the water. WOWZERS.
And if you are not keeping the Holy Days on the proper days then you ARE SINNING! They just said as much.
But even with this clear admission, they will not yet change back to the sighting of the moon. And there is no mention about them looking for and examining the barley to begin the year.
Now if you will, I would like you to read this follow story from the Babylonian Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 25a.
מַתְנִי׳ מַעֲשֶׂה שֶׁבָּאוּ שְׁנַיִם וְאָמְרוּ: רְאִינוּהוּ שַׁחֲרִית בַּמִּזְרָח,
MISHNA: There was an incident in which two witnesses came to testify about the new moon, and they said: We saw the waning moon in the morning in the east,
וְעַרְבִית בַּמַּעֲרָב. אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן בֶּן נוּרִי: עֵדֵי שֶׁקֶר הֵם. כְּשֶׁבָּאוּ לְיַבְנֶה קִיבְּלָן רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל.
and that same day we saw the new moon in the evening in the west. Rabbi Yoḥanan ben Nuri said: They are false witnesses, as it is impossible to see the new moon so soon after the last sighting of the waning moon. However, when they arrived in Yavne, Rabban Gamliel accepted them as witnesses without concern.
וְעוֹד, בָּאוּ שְׁנַיִם וְאָמְרוּ: רְאִינוּהוּ בִּזְמַנּוֹ, וּבְלֵיל עִיבּוּרוֹ לֹא נִרְאָה, וְקִיבְּלָן רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל.
And there was another incident in which two witnesses came and said: We saw the new moon at its anticipated time, i.e., on the night of the thirtieth day of the previous month; however, on the following night, i.e., the start of the thirty-first, which is often the determinant of a full, thirty-day month, it was not seen. And nevertheless Rabban Gamliel accepted their testimony and established the New Moon on the thirtieth day.
אָמַר רַבִּי דּוֹסָא בֶּן הוֹרְכִּינָס: עֵדֵי שֶׁקֶר הֵן, הֵיאַךְ מְעִידִים עַל הָאִשָּׁה שֶׁיָּלְדָה וּלְמָחָר כְּרֵיסָהּ בֵּין שִׁינֶּיהָ? אָמַר לוֹ רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ: רוֹאֶה אֲנִי אֶת דְּבָרֶיךָ. שָׁלַח לוֹ רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל: גּוֹזְרַנִי עָלֶיךָ שֶׁתָּבֹא אֶצְלִי בְּמַקֶּלְךָ וּבִמְעוֹתֶיךָ בְּיוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים שֶׁחָל לִהְיוֹת בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹנֶךָ.
Rabbi Dosa ben Horkinas disagreed and said: They are false witnesses; how can witnesses testify that a woman gave birth and the next day her belly is between her teeth, i.e., she is obviously still pregnant? If the new moon was already visible at its anticipated time, how could it not be seen a day later? Rabbi Yehoshua said to him: I seethe logic of your statement; the New Moon must be established a day later. Upon hearing that Rabbi Yehoshua had challenged his ruling, Rabban Gamliel sent a message to him: I decree against you that you must appear before me with your staff and with your money on the day on which Yom Kippur occurs according to your calculation; according to my calculation, that day is the eleventh of Tishrei, the day after Yom Kippur.
הָלַךְ וּמְצָאוֹ רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא מֵיצֵר, אָמַר לוֹ: יֵשׁ לִי לִלְמוֹד שֶׁכׇּל מַה שֶּׁעָשָׂה רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל עָשׂוּי, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״אֵלֶּה מוֹעֲדֵי ה׳ מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם״, בֵּין בִּזְמַנָּן בֵּין שֶׁלֹּא בִּזְמַנָּן — אֵין לִי מוֹעֲדוֹת אֶלָּא אֵלּוּ.
Rabbi Akiva went and found Rabbi Yehoshua distressed that the head of the Great Sanhedrin was forcing him to desecrate the day that he maintained was Yom Kippur. In an attempt to console him, Rabbi Akiva said to Rabbi Yehoshua: I can learn from a verse that everything that Rabban Gamliel did in sanctifying the month is done, i.e., it is valid. As it is stated: “These are the appointed seasons of the Lord, sacred convocations, which you shall proclaim in their season” (Leviticus 23:4). This verse indicates that whether you have proclaimed them at their proper time or whether you have declared them not at their proper time, I have only these Festivals as established by the representatives of the Jewish people.
בָּא לוֹ אֵצֶל רַבִּי דּוֹסָא בֶּן הוֹרְכִּינָס, אָמַר לוֹ: אִם בָּאִין אָנוּ לָדוּן אַחַר בֵּית דִּינוֹ שֶׁל רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל, צְרִיכִין אָנוּ לָדוּן אַחַר כׇּל בֵּית דִּין וּבֵית דִּין שֶׁעָמַד מִימוֹת מֹשֶׁה וְעַד עַכְשָׁיו. שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״וַיַּעַל מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן נָדָב וַאֲבִיהוּא וְשִׁבְעִים מִזִּקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל״, וְלָמָּה לֹא נִתְפָּרְשׁוּ שְׁמוֹתָן שֶׁל זְקֵנִים? אֶלָּא לְלַמֵּד שֶׁכׇּל שְׁלֹשָׁה וּשְׁלֹשָׁה שֶׁעָמְדוּ בֵּית דִּין עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל — הֲרֵי הוּא כְּבֵית דִּינוֹ שֶׁל מֹשֶׁה.
Rabbi Yehoshua then came to Rabbi Dosa ben Horkinas, who said to him: If we come to debate and question the rulings of the court of Rabban Gamliel, we must debate and question the rulings of every court that has stood from the days of Moses until now. As it is stated: “Then Moses went up, and Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, and seventy of the Elders of Israel” (Exodus 24:9). But why were the names of these seventy Elders not specified? Rather, this comes to teach that every set of three judges that stands as a court over the Jewish people has the same status as the court of Moses. Since it is not revealed who sat on that court, apparently it is enough that they were official judges in a Jewish court.
נָטַל מַקְלוֹ וּמְעוֹתָיו בְּיָדוֹ, וְהָלַךְ לְיַבְנֶה אֵצֶל רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל בַּיּוֹם שֶׁחָל יוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים לִהְיוֹת בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹנוֹ. עָמַד רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל וּנְשָׁקוֹ עַל רֹאשׁוֹ, אָמַר לוֹ: בּוֹא בְּשָׁלוֹם רַבִּי וְתַלְמִידִי! רַבִּי — בְּחׇכְמָה, וְתַלְמִידִי — שֶׁקִּבַּלְתָּ אֶת דְּבָרַי.
When Rabbi Yehoshua heard that even Rabbi Dosa ben Horkinas maintained that they must submit to Rabban Gamliel’s decision, he took his staff and his money in his hand, and went to Yavne to Rabban Gamliel on the day on which Yom Kippur occurred according to his own calculation. Upon seeing him, Rabban Gamliel stood up and kissed him on his head. He said to him: Come in peace, my teacher and my student. You are my teacher in wisdom, as Rabbi Yehoshua was wiser than anyone else in his generation, and you are my student, as you accepted my statement, despite your disagreement.
Here is what I want you to think about and prepare in your mind what you will do. Will you do as Rabbi Yehoshua did and submit to the decision of the Sanhedrin if it is apparent that they are making the wrong decision and going to keep the Holy Days on the wrong day? Will you submit for unities sake and just get along?
Let me now add to your decision-making process. Here is the 175th law of the 613 Mitsvah.
The 175th mitzvah is that we are commanded to follow majority rule when the Sages disagree about a particular law of the Torah. The same applies to a particular case: if, for example, the judges of the city disagree regarding a case between Reuven and Shimon as to which one owes money, they must follow majority rule.
The source of this mitzvah is G‑d’s statement1 (exalted be He), “A case must be decided based on majority rule.”
Our Sages said explicitly,2 “Majority rule is mid’oraisa.3
The details of this mitzvah are explained in many passages of tractate Sanhedrin.
This Mitsvah is based on
Exo 23:2 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil. Neither shall you speak in a cause in order to follow many in order to wrest judgment.
You are called to be judges.
1Co 6:2 Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels, not to mention the things of this life?
1Co 6:4 If, then, you truly have judgments of the thingsof this life, set those who are least esteemed in the church to judge.
1Co 6:5 For I speak to your shame. Is it so that there is not a wise one among you, not even one in your midst who shall be able to judge between his brother?
I look forward to reading your judgments in the comments section below.
- Should Rabbi Yehoshua have submitted to Rabbi Gamliel?
- Should we submit to the Sanhedrin today?
Anti-Semitic comments will not be welcomed. I am looking for thought-out judgements worthy of presenting before Yehovah of judicial reasoning for doing as you do.
Don’t Look Up
After Shabbat last week, I decided to watch something on TV. I was thinking just before this about one of our talks with Cyrus and Mark about Adolphus, the giant rock that is going to pass close to earth in 2029. The crisis about this rock led to the launch by NASA this past November 24 of a rocket to move an asteroid. They are checking to see if they can do this.
NASA’s DART mission (Double Asteroid Redirect Test) launched successfully from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base on November 24, 2021. It went up aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. DART is NASA’s first planetary defense test mission. Its goal is to strike a small asteroid and minutely change its orbit.
When I turned on Netflix this movie popped up titled Don’t Look Up. It was just released on Netflix on Dec 24. Out of boredom, I decided to watch it. I knew it was a satire and I was not expecting to watch very much of it. But as I watched I began to see the very things we are dealing with in trying to get our message out to the world.
Our message is that the Messiah is about to come. We know the year because of the Jubilee Cycles. We know the day because of the Holy Days. We know the day He comes, the day we are changed to spirit beings, and the day Satan is locked away as well as the day the 7th Millennium begins. All these things and more you have learned here at sightedmoon.com. And only here. Others may have taken what they learned here and reworked it to fit what they were teaching, but we are the source for the dates because no one else teaches the Jubilee cycles. We are the only ones doing so.
We have been speaking about it publicly since 2005. We warned you about 2020. We were the only ones warning you about 2020 and how it was Daniels’s 70th week. Although we expected war, we did not emphasize plagues and famines enough, which are now here as you already know. We did show you in The Prophecies of Abraham published in 2010 and on our speaking tour with The Prophecy Club in 2008 when to expect a major plague starting in about 2010. We gave you many historical Jubilee Cycles to demonstrate this event.
We have had to battle against deniers and those who twisted the climatic disasters into manmade conspiracies created by HAARP or Chem Trails. We had to do the same thing battling against those who said COVID was fake or a red flag, and that the deaths or numbers were being fixed. We fought against those who could not believe that an all-loving God would do such terrible things to us. We continue to battle against those who call us a false prophet for setting dates or if we get one small detail wrong or that does not match their own theories. And we have had to battle against those who had their own political agenda and their own self-interests.
Like this movie, I find it very strange how no one cares about what you’re saying, and they will vilify you on social media or mock you. On the other hand, if you have sex with the right people you can get your message promoted. Or if I shove my nose far enough up someone’s butt, I can get in front of the cameras.
The sheer ambivalence that so many show towards what we are trying to say is disheartening. Like the characters in the movie, so many times I just want to throw in the towel and go behind the locale 7/11 store and get drunk and let them all die. No one cares.
The constant attacks, the constant insults, the lack of help, the lack of encouragement or support, the hatred by the very ones I love, all causes me to wonder why I even bother. Besides me, who cares!
I said to Yehovah I would teach these truths to the Brethren if He showed me His truths, Not conspiracy lies. He has done this and so I keep on doing my part. Although much of the time I do feel as if no one else cares nor helps.
The movie is vulgar and raunchy which will lead to its success. I am just warning you. I feel this movie portrays the attitude of the world right now towards our warning of what is about to happen. We are here for their entertainment and they will not sit up and take notice until it is way too late.
‘Don’t Look Up’ delivers a scathing satire
10:43 AM EST December 25, 2021
In a grand science fiction tradition, “Don’t Look Up” uses a disaster-movie framework as a metaphor for a reality-based crisis, with a huge comet hurtling toward Earth as a surrogate for indifference to addressing climate change. Yet this star-studded, extremely provocative satire at times veers off course itself, partially undermining its admirable qualities with the broadness of its tone.
At its core, writer-director Adam McKay (who wrote the script with journalist/activist David Sirota) delivers a very pointed treatise on the dysfunctional state of current politics and media, in which everyone is so myopic as to be unable to focus on an existential threat. The title reflects the inevitable endpoint of that, with a bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach to impending doom.
The window into that absurdity comes when astronomy professor Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his PhD. student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discover the comet, whose trajectory will lead to a direct collision with Earth in a little over six months.
Understandably alarmed, their findings quickly reach the White House, where the president (Meryl Streep, poorly served by the ridiculousness of her character) is too preoccupied with her endangered Supreme Court pick to focus on what Randall describes as an extinction-level event. After fruitless back and forth, she concludes that they’ll “sit tight and assess” the situation.
From there, “Don’t Look Up” is off to the races with a scathing indictment of everything about our media and political ecosystem, from the happy-talk news show (anchored by Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett, standing out as especially self-absorbed TV anchors) to websites preoccupied with traffic and social-media memes.
McKay and Sirota deliver a spot-on attack on how easily distracted people (especially in media) are, fixating on Kate’s hair and clothes and ignoring the substance of her message.
The attempts to make that point, however, careen wildly in different directions, from a tech billionaire (Mark Rylance, adopting a not-of-this-world accent) who sees opportunities to cash in on the comet’s natural resources to the president’s chief of staff (Jonah Hill), who can only see the threat in terms of how it might impact the midterm elections.
Still, “Don’t Look Up” keeps getting sidetracked, thanks in part to piling up celebrities in minor roles (witness Timothée Chalamet’s belated entrance for no particular reason) and pursuing subplots that drag out the tension on whether these flawed leaders will find the fortitude and sobriety to take action.
DiCaprio (whose climate-change activism included producing the documentary “Ice on Fire”) and Lawrence are both very good, but many of the other bold-faced names basically serve as flashy and somewhat unnecessary window dressing.
McKay’s “The Big Short” and “Vice” represent his most obvious antecedents in tackling major institutions in a darkly satiric way, but the film owes a debt to “Dr. Strangelove” as well, casting its net wider with higher (indeed, the highest) stakes. The title certainly does a lot of heavy lifting, capturing the prevailing response to inconvenient news.
As was clearly its intention, “Don’t Look Up” uses satire to spur a conversation about potentially ignoring a crisis until it’s too late. It’s a sobering message, but one that comes barreling toward us through the lens of an uneven movie.
“Don’t Look Up” premieres Dec. 10 in select theaters and Dec. 24 on Netflix. It’s rated R.
What the Samaritans Forgot
By Mike J
A less common look at the Samaritan peoples described in the Scriptures
You may enjoy this teaching even more, if you take some time now to study these few Scripture passages concerning the Samaritans:
- 2 Kings 17:24-41, The settling of the Samaritans into the land of Israel
- Luke 10:25-37, The parable of the good Samaritan
- John 4:7-44, The Samaritan woman at the well
- Luke 9:51-56, The Samaritans reject the Savior before He must go to Jerusalem
Why a good “Samaritan”?
- In Luke 10:25-37, Christ tells the parable of the good Samaritan as an example of loving one’s neighbor. It is a good parable, a very familiar parable, and a lesson to us all.
- Why did Christ choose a “Samaritan” to be the protagonist of the parable?
- This presentation will explore the actual experiences Christ had with the Samaritans and where the Samaritans came from.
I believe that this is because the Samaritans were despised by the Jews in that day because the Samaritans mixed blatantly incorrect teachings in with the Scriptures. He was making a point that actions were stronger than words. One might consider also that he may have also been prophesying.
However, imagine if the Samaritans were like incredibly patriot immigrants who knew the history of the land and practiced the Torah (which teaches our Heavenly Father’s commands, statutes and ordinances) even better than the Jews? The Jews would have been provoked to Jealousy, rather than despising the Samaritans because of their incorrect beliefs. I believe that this could be part of what Paul was alluding to in Romans Chapter 11.
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
- She was a Samaritan, and the Jews avoided the Samaritans.
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
- When the woman does not understand His words, the following is spoken:
Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Often the word “Samaritan” is left out… folks often speak of just “The woman at the well” when speaking of the events written about in John chapter 4. The following is a short summary of one of the Scripture passages mentioned at the beginning of this presentation.
Christ asks a Samaritan Woman for water (note that the Jews avoided the Samaritans). (Read 1st scripture)
His response is that He then speaks of living water – which she does not understand, so he then asks her to recollect he husband.
She immediately calls him a prophet in verse 19 and then asks about an error in Samaritan understanding about not worshiping in Jerusalem (in verse 20). The Samaritans had a personal belief that caused them separation.
Before going on, take a moment to contemplate the following question: Why did he ask her to recollect her “five” husbands and say that he whom she now has is not her husband? We’ll return to this in a moment.
- The Samaritans no longer knew what they worshiped
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
- They that worship the Father MUST worship him in spirit and in truth
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The Samaritans may have thought themselves to be in the correct “spirit” (if you will allow me to word it that way), but they were definitely not worshiping in truth.
The Samaritans forgot the truth that is in the five books of the Torah
After refusing Saul’s armor, when David went to confront Goliath, he chose to take five stones (1st Samuel 17:40). What 5 things did David have that the Samaritan Woman no longer had? Let’s look at some symbolism:
- When David went to confront Goliath, he chose to take five stones (1st Samuel 17:40).
- The Samaritan Woman at the well had lost 5 husbands and had replaced them with another.
- The Five Books of the Torah:
More of Christ’s words
Speaking of stones and rocks, here are a few more of Christ’s words:
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
In Matthew 16:18, Peter is referred to a rock… is it no surprise that in 1st Peter 2:4-6, Peter refers to Christ as the cornerstone? Christ, our Salvation, is the key to understanding the Torah. As many know, Christ is simply the word for “Annointed”. His name is Yeshua which means Yehovah is Salvation. Yehovah came in the flesh as our Salvation. His Torah is how we grow close to him.
The Settling of the Samaritans
Let’s take a moment to go back in time now to discover who were the Samaritans and discover when did the Samaritans have the 5 husbands of the Torah, and how did they leave them?
They were settled by Babylon into northern Israel (Samaria is the capital of Northern Israel). The account of this can be found in 2nd Kings 17:24-41. Highlights are listed below:
- A vast mixture of people were settled into Samaria (2nd Kings 17:24)
- A priest was sent to teach them the manner of the God of the land (2nd Kings 17:27)
- And that priest did teach them how they should fear the LORD (2nd Kings 17:28)
- However, this mixture of people also made gods of their own (2nd Kings 17:29-31)
- Then they did both good and bad: “They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.” (2nd Kings 17:33)
- In time, they no longer feared the LORD or kept his statutes, ordinances, laws and commandments:
2nd Kings 17:34-35
Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel; With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
The Samaritans were taught the truth, but they mixed it with non-truths. The word wick (that thread in a candle that is made from twisting threads together) is where we get the word wicked. Mixing truth and lies is wicked indeed.
…Back to our story of the Samaritan Woman at the well…
- He reveals himself as the Messiah
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
- Our Messiah spends two days with the Samaritans.
So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
Personally, I believe that there is a prophecy in those two days. Consider the following two verses:
2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
These two days (or millennia) remind me of Luke 21:24 that has the phrase…until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. As you know, it has been nearly two millennia since these words were spoken.
Returning to 2nd Kings 17:34-35 concerning how the settling of the Samaritans eventually ended up, I am going to make a parallel to the state of Christianity today: many Christians (and I quote from the verse above) “fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded”
If you have not guessed this already, the Samaritans may very well represent modern-day Christians.
Have you ever heard a Christian say, (and I paraphrase here) that “The Law” (The Torah) is not what’s important, but rather being a “Good Samaritan” is what it’s all about? Indeed, being a good neighbor like the Good Samaritan in the story is half of what Christ spoke about when He said to love Yehovah and your neighbor. Christians have in fact done a wonderful job of loving their neighbor (consider the many Christian based hospitals, organizations, and various charities). But, they have forgotten what “The Law” (The Torah) teaches on how to love their God.
More than just loving your neighbor
However, being a good neighbor is one half of what is spoken of when Christ summarized the 10 commandments in the following verse:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Note: For further study, this verse above is also repeated in Matthew 22:37-40 and Luke 10:25. The 10 Commandments can be found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. Additional teachings on how to treat (and how not to treat) one’s neighbors can be found in, but not limited to, Leviticus 19:9-17, Proverbs 1:10-19, Proverbs 6:16-28.
I could continue on and explain that there is much reward in treating one’s neighbor well, and much disdain in murder, adultery, stealing, bearing false witness, and coveting (nobody wants a neighbor like that!). But, that is a study in and of itself.
I will say, however, that in Exodus Chapter 20, the first eleven verses also include commandments regarding…
- Do not have other gods before יהוה (the LORD)
- Do not have graven images [as part of religious practice]
- Do not take the name of יהוה (the LORD) thy God in vain
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
With the half of the commandments that regard our Heavenly Father, there’s just not that same visible and immediate reward (we serve an unseen god, and our reward comes at the end of the age). So, ask yourself this honest question: Have these commandments been guarded as closely by modern Christianity?
I am convinced that the 10 virgins in the parable in Matthew 25 all knew how to treat their neighbor… but, I believe half of them did not know how to love their bridegroom.
Learn not the way of the heathen.
Like the Samaritans, Western Gentile Christians have also mixed in various beliefs of the cultures of the lands in which they have been settled. Western Gentile Christians are often referred to as the Lost Tribes of Northern Israel (of which the symbolism can be found in many places) – Samaria was the capital city of Northern Israel. Also on the flip side, there is symbolism in the diversity of the mix of peoples that were settled into Northern Israel that became to be known as “the Samaritans” could hence possibly be a parallel to the mixture of backgrounds of Christians all over the world today.
Concerning heathen ways and similar issues that Christians may have that mirror the issues that the Samaritans had, the Scriptures tell us the following:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Remember the ways of our God.
Have you been taught to forget the Torah and the teachings within? “Oh, that was a long time ago” or another excuse to forget? We are told to remember these “old things”!
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
An example of learning the way of the heathen
We just read together Jeremiah 10:2 about not learning the way of the heathen. A modern day Christian may not think that they have ANYTHING to do with other gods or heathen paganism in any way, but let’s keep on reading a few more verses in Jeremiah chapter 10:
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
One has to be in complete utter denial not to recognize the Christmas Tree in this example of a heathen belief presented by, not be, but the Scriptures themselves. Please know that this presentation is not a specific attack on Christmas. Winter Solstice (what many celebrate as Christmas or Hanukkah), like Halloween, Easter, and other various holidays are holidays that have pagan/heathen roots. Indeed, they are about other gods, from other Cultures… just like the Samaritans dealt with. Carry-overs from their father’s culture before them.
If you have not studied the Torah (if you have not remembered the former things of old about our God)… well, then, it’s hard to remember what you have never learned… especially if you are a later generation that may have grown up a heathen or inherited heathen beliefs. This presentation is meant to be a wake-up call to set oneself apart (that is what the word holy / Kadosh means: set apart).
Once again, this presentation is not an attack on Christmas or other gentile holidays – Western Gentile Protestant Christianity is based on Catholicism which is a system that mixed Sun Worship and other paganism in with beliefs associated with the Holy One of Israel. The process was pretty much the same as we read about with the Samaritans in 2 Kings Chapter 17. But, that topic is well beyond the scope of this teaching (and easily researched elsewhere). However, I will just state that Idolatry does exist in our Christian culture (Idolatry is not about how one spends their time on favorite hobbies and such, as is often taught in the churches, but rather the integration of pagan beliefs into one’s life).
This may be hard for some to admit. However…
In the coming days, Gentiles will admit that they have inherited lies
O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction,
the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say,
Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
Remember Christ’s words to the Samaritan woman at the well…
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
This teaching should remind you of what your mothers and fathers before have forgotten (The truths in the Torah), rather than focus on the new pagan “husband” (if you will allow me to use that phrase) that they have taken up. Many have forgotten truth, and that they have inherited lies in their place.
The Samaritans reject Christ, the Messiah
Remember the Samaritan woman at the well bringing up that outside belief that the Samaritans had? Bringing it into modern terms, it was a bit like arguing over keeping Easter Ham versus Passover Lamb.
- The Samaritan woman at the well explained that the Samaritans had their own set of beliefs…
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
- Because the Samaritans held on to their own set of beliefs, they later rejected Christ, even after having spent two days with him previously accepting him as their Messiah
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Sadly, their disagreements literally separated the Samaritans from their Messiah.
I don’t think that anyone would deny that the Crucifixion was a major event, if not the major event, in the Scriptures. Christ went to them on His way to Jerusalem to be crucified, and they rejected him because they had learned errors/lies from their fathers.
Nonetheless, Christ reminds us that he did not “come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
Likewise, remember Exodus 20:6 which states “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” If you are reading this and have strayed away from keeping his commandments, or did not know what they were to begin with… know that Yehovah our Salvation did not come in the flesh as Yeshua to destroy men’s lives, but to show mercy to those that love him by keeping His commandments (see also Psalm 136:1-9).
Sadly though, returning to the account of the New Testament Samaritans above, Christ and his disciples “went to another village.” I sometimes think of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (see Matthew 22) and consider, how much of this is prophetic to the state of Christianity today? As a side note, for those of us reading this that have the knowledge of the Torah and have for the most part rooted paganism out of our lives, but still have minor disagreements with Yehovah or this or that, this “Going to another village” does remind me of Mordecai’s warning to Esther in Esther 4:14.
Accept Our Messiah for who He is
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Don’t like that Christ was Jewish? Well, salvation is of the Jews; accept it. Don’t like those odd-sounding “Holy Days”. Leviticus 23 explains the proper holy days. Just accept it. Don’t like those things “of old” written about in the first five books of the Bible – or even think the word “Torah” sounds funny? Just accept it. We should obey the commandments. Accept it. Our Messiah practiced these things! Do not be offended by Him because of things taught to you by your fathers before you. Don’t make the same mistake as the Samaritans because you think the bible sounds “Jewish” or Hebraic – your “bible” was written mostly by Jews and other Hebraic people.
Did you get offended, and maybe are you offended that I mentioned a holiday outside of the Torah that you enjoy and called it “pagan”? Consider this… who began the practice of keeping Holy Days that are not in the Scriptures as Holidays rather than the true Holy Days that are in the Scriptures? Heathens. Do not learn the way of the Heathen. And once again, do not be offended by our Messiah. (or, I might humbly add, His servants that suffer quite a bit of rejection for delivering the truth.)
So, why remember what the Samaritans forgot?
Well, here’s a few good reasons…
1st Peter 1:16
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
Recommended Follow-up Reading:
If you learned from this teaching, I recommend a follow-up study of the life of King Hezekiah. Listed below are a few places in the Scriptures where his account can be found.
The Scriptural account of the life of King Hezekiah in the historical writings:
- 2 Kings, chapters 18 through 20
- 2 Chronicles, chapters 29 through 32
In 2nd Kings, King Hezekiah’s account is told immediately after the account of the Samaritans. The telling is quite a contrast. He is a contemporary of Isaiah (see also Isaiah chapters 38 & 39).
In short, King Hezekiah becomes king at the early age of 25 (an age much like one in our modern day age of beginning life and career for ourselves) and he decides to do things right, EVEN THOUGH HIS FATHER DID NOT. He removes pagan nonsense and abominations from the land and “He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.” (that’s actually a quote of 2nd Kings 18:5). He does many things right and overcomes adversity, and his life is even extended. When he reads the Torah, he decides to DO what’s in the Torah as best as he can (at one point, he just could not get Passover together as fast as needed, but kept it faithfully in the 2nd month as the scriptures allow as an exception), and God accepts his efforts. He prospers and is remembered well.
A study of Hezekiah’s life is a study that maybe I (or, better yet, maybe one of you) may someday make into a future teaching, however I wanted to make mention of Hezekiah in this teaching, as not only is his story recorded in the very next chapter of Scripture after the settling of the Samaritans, but Hezekiah’s life is the example of the way to do it RIGHT. Thus, ending this teaching on a more positive note.
יהוה bless thee, and keep thee:
יהוה make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
יהוה lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.