A good friend of mine wrote a little article (posted in RED below my comments) and I say I have to agree with him.  While I see no problem with eating apples and honey and maybe some of the other Jewish foods traditionally prepared during the Festivals of the Lord, I do want to make something clear.

Rosh HashanahOur brother Judah came up with the Rosh Hashanah/Civil New year not from scripture, but rather when they were in Babylon.

In the book Israel’s Feasts and Their Fullness, Batya Wooten quotes the book Seasons of our Joy, by Arthur Waskow, explaining how this may have happened:

“By the time the Jews had suffered the destruction of the First Temple and had wept and sung their song in Babylon, the first Tishri (date for Yom Teruah) took on a new meaning.  The simple thread was woven, twirled, embroidered into a richer fabric of renewal…. Some scholars believe that day in the background of this (New Year) celebration…stood a Babylonian holiday…the successful conclusion of the Babylonian harvest was an occasion for pledging renewed obedience to the Babylonian throne…either  before the exile or during it, the Jews both borrowed and transformed this coronation- lifted it high to assert that only God is the King, and that every year we recognize and celebrate God’s power…Once the rabbis decided Tishri was the head of the year, they began…to establish the orderly procession of time and …human community and rules for the sighting of a new moon…and rules of order among all…who must obey God’s royal will toward justice.  Linking these two…the rabbis heard the call of the ram’s horn, the shofar…”

Did the rabbis hear a call from the Father or were they just deceived by a blast from Babylon?  Did Judah fall into a misunderstanding just as the Christians fell into a misunderstanding about Christmas?  Did the Northern Tribes, the 10 lost tribes of Israel go to Rome to learn about Christmas, as their brothers Judah went into Babylon to learn about Rosh Hashana?

This is very possible if one gives it some careful consideration.  Remember we are told to come out of Babylon and her way so we do not suffer of her plagues.

Rev 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

So with all of this being said, I think we should keep the Feast of Trumpets as the Lord sees it and have only one new year, the one that He tells us to observe, Abib 1 the month of Passover.

Exo 12:2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Exo 12:3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

Exo 13:4  This day came ye out in the month Abib.

This is part of the reason I personally will not follow the Hillel Jewish calendar, because of the things the rabbis add and take away from the scriptures to suit their needs.  I believe that they the rabbis are still under the influence of the “Spirit of Korah.”  They still continue to blatantly defy and come against the Head of Israel and the High Priest (Yeshua) by denying He is Messiah, just as Korah did when he defied Moses and Aaron.  Remember the Lord tells us not to touch anything of theirs so the earth will not open up and swallow us up as well.

1Co 11:3  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. CJB

Num 16:26  And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

I was told by someone I hold in high esteem a while back that we all should not be having all these different calendars and should just use Judah’s calendar, for the spirit of unity.  I have no problem with unity and think that is a good thing, but I can not, in my mind justify unity by doing something I feel does not line up with Adonai’s Word.  This is why, in setting our congregational Holy Day observances, we go by the “Restored Priestly Calendar, “as rediscovered by Andrew Gabriel Roth and Bill Sanford.  We will do a teaching on this calendar during this Sukkot and let people decide for themselves is this is the closest one to lining up with the Word.

Did you know that John the one who penned the book of Revelation is the one who basically canonized what we call the New Testament today?  I learned this the other day when doing some research on the books of the Apocrypha.  John did not call the Scriptures the Old Testament and the New Testament.  John called them “The Word of God” and the “Testimony of Yeshua.”  I thought that was really neat.

In the Messianic realm we always call the New Testament the Brit HaDasha, but how John refers to it seems even better and I had never noticed this before.

Rev 1:2  who bore witness to the Word of God and to the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah, as much as he saw.

So the gist of what I am trying to say here is we have to be careful concerning the things of our brother Judah.  There is nothing wrong in reading some of their writings like the Babylon Talmud and other writings to get an idea of what the rabbis might have been thinking on a certain subject.  I do it all the time, but I do NOT give those writing any weight in my spiritual walk with anything they might say.  I only give weight to the 66 books of our bibles, the written “Word of God and the Testimony of Yeshua.”  This is what I pattern my life after or try the best I know how.

May we all walk the straight and narrow path as outline in Yah’s Word, and do our best to walk in the light that we have been given to the best of our understanding.

As we go through this season of joy, let us not get all bent out of shape if someone is observing a different calendar that we are, its no big deal.  We can all get along and treat each other with love and respect.  It doesn’t matter if they don’t pronounce the name exactly how we think it should be pronounced.  You know the funny thing is we are probably all wrong and Yeshua is up there on the throne just shaking his head at us, and will straighten us all out when He returns one year soon on this very day, The Day of Trumpets.Blowing the Shofar

Shalom,

Steve

Olive Branch Fellowship

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From J. Truett Haire 

I have never grasp the meaning of the Jewish tradition claiming that the Holy Day of the Feast of Trumpets be made into something different in meaning.  It is just another attempt of man-made religion changing things that do not have a Scriptural meaning and violates the Instructions to not change things Ordained and Instituted by Yah!  Yep, it is not just the christians who do these abominable things!!

 I found the information below helpful and I hope it will help clear up any doubts you have about this Holy Day!!

 “This month (Aviv) shall be unto you the beginning (Rosh) of months: it shall be the first month of the year (haShanah) to you.” (Ex. 12:2)

 Ezekiel uses the phrase “head of the year (rosh hashanah)” one time, but it does not refer to either Aviv / Nisan (the 1st month) or Ethanim / Tishri (the 7th month). It refers to the month of Av (5th month). Ezekiel 40:1 says,
”In the five and twentieth (25th) year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year [Rosh HaShanah], in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day….” (Ezek 40:1, KJV )
When he uses the phrase “head of the year” or “ROSH HASHANAH” in Hebrew, this is referring to the head of the years of exile.

Question: was the Holy Spirit known or recognized in the days of the Old Testament?

 Sure! Numbers 11 is a fascinating chapter as it relates to the work of the Spirit in the Tanach (Torah, Prophets & Writings – so-called Old Testament). Moses has been given the responsibility by Yahweh of leading His Kingdom – Israel to the Promise Land. Moses told Yahweh, “I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome for me.” (Numbers 11:14) Yahweh said to Moses, “Gather for Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone.” (Numbers 11:16, 17) How many in Israel have the Spirit according to this text? One, Moses. “So Moses went out and told the people the words of Yahweh. Also, he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and stationed them around the tent.” (Numbers 11:24) What Yahweh says is that I want you get these seventy men and take them outside of the camp of Israel to a tent and I will come down upon you there. “Then Yahweh came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they incomprehensibly spoke and could not stop.” (Numbers 11:25) The Spirit of Yahweh was upon them.

 “But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad (El’s Love) and the name of the other Medad (Divine Love) . And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp.” (Numbers 11:26) What do you think motivated these two men to preach about the Holy Spirit – LOVE! “A young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are preaching in the camp.’” (Numbers 11:27) These two men did not get the experience of the immersion into the Spirit with the evidence of incomprehensibly speaking! “Joshua ben Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, ‘Moses, my Sovereign, stop them!’” (Numbers 11:28) This is only for the 70 Elders they thought. “But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all of Yahweh’s people were prophets and that Yahweh would put his Spirit on them!’” (Numbers 11:29) Moses had a totally different mindset toward what is happening. He says you are thinking of this altogether wrong. I want all of Israel to experience the Spirit!

 It took 2000 years for Yahweh to answer Moses’ prayer. Joel prophesied about the answer: “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28, 29) That vision did not get fulfilled for 500 years. But then it happened, When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in unknown tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4) Just like it rested on the Elders round the Tabernacle, the Spirit was poured out on all flesh as they were in that Upper Room around the Temple. And if there was any question, “Kepha stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:…this is that spoken by the prophet Joel…” (Acts 2:14, 16)