The Feasts of Yahowah
The Feasts of Yahowah are listed below in tabular form. After that table is another which lists, as accurately as I can tell, the correct dates for observing the feasts this year. Those dates might not correspond to modern Judaism's dates because today's Jews follow a calendar based upon the Babylonian traditions of Talmudic rabbis. There follows that another table containing links to MP3 files consisting of descriptions, explanations, and discussions regarding the three Spring Feasts of Pesach, Matsah, and Bikuwrym (see footnote). I hope you find them helpful.
Did You Know?
During the Exodus, Yahowah clearly defined and demonstrated His seven-step plan for our salvation.
The journey from human oppression to the Promised Land, and to camping out with God, begins on the fourteenth day of the first month of Yahowah's year (not man's) with Pesach / Passover. This is immediately followed by Matsah /Unleavened Bread and Bikuwrym / FirstFruits. On Passover, our mortal souls are freed from death, which is the consequence of our sins. Yahowah gives us immortality. We are redeemed on Unleavened Bread, where a ransom was paid to deliver us from separation from Yahowah, which is the penalty of sin. Yahowah removes our sins from us because Yahowsha served our sentence for us in Sheol. Then, the next day on First Fruits, Yahowah adopts us as His own children.
Seven Shabat (or Sabbaths) later, on the Mo'ed Miqra / Called-Out Assembly Meeting of Shabuwa / Sevens, a grand party is held where everyone is invited regardless of race, gender, age, or social status. Those who have answered the invitations, and who are the beneficiaries of Pesach, Matsah, and Bikuwrym are enveloped in Yahowah's Set-Apart Spirit, enlightening and empowering us to become witnesses to the other guests, and then to the world.
On the first day of the seventh month, on the Mo'ed Miqra of Taruwah / Trumpets, Yahowah's Spirit-filled troubadours are called to signal a warning and to shout for joy. The warning is for those who are unaware of the relevance of these meetings, and for those who do not know that their attendance at the next one, Yowm Kippuwrym, is a life or death decision. And the joyous music is in hopeful anticipation that many will answer the call and enjoy God's company—now and forever.
Ten days later, on Yowm Kippuwrym / the Day of Reconciliations, all humankind is given a choice. We can come into the presence of our Spiritual Mother and be spiritually reborn into Yahowah's family, living eternally with our Heavenly Father in His home, or we can choose not to attend the meeting, either by simply ignoring the summons, or worse, by consciously and deliberately rejecting it. The consequence, according to our Creator and Judge, is that upon their death, the souls of such individuals will cease to exist. The message is simple and fair: if one does not value God sufficiently to answer His call to life, He will respond in kind. There will be nothing for them once they die; they will have ceased to exist forever.
The conclusion of Yahowah's seven-step plan of salvation occurs five days later during the Invitation to be Called-Out and Meet with God on Sukah / Shelters. This Festival Feast, known as "Tabernacles", "Booths", and "Tents", is a time where we get to camp out with Yahowah. It depicts eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
Leviticus 23 is where we find the Father's appointed feasts or, more accurately, called-out assemblies, described by Him to Moseh. I have included Leviticus 23 in its entirety after the second table so that you might read for yourself what the record actually says. I leave it to you to read the eyewitness accounts and other references from the Historical Writings (see note below) which I have listed in the first table.
Before I proceed I would like to make clear a most important point: in my opinion, it would be far better for us to understand the purposes of Yahowah's Called-Out Assemblies (or Miqra in Hebrew, what we know of as the Feasts of Yahowah) and how each represents one of His seven steps to salvation, than for us to doggedly perform dead and lifeless rituals, such as those which rabbis teach as having been commanded by a cold and aloof Creator Who won't even allow His own children to say His Name. Accordingly, I have included for each feast in the table a link to a PDF document by Yada, a reliable brother and dependable research scholar who explains in great detail what that particular feast is all about.
I want you to understand that it doesn't matter what I believe or don't believe or what I do or do not agree with. What matters is what Yahowah says, and the only way to know what Yahowah says is to do your own due diligence by researching all these things for yourself. I publicly admit that I appreciate Yada's volume of works, especially those dealing with the Feasts of Yahowah. And my own research has provided me with sufficient verification of the accuracy and truthfulness of Yada's efforts that I recommend his writings without hesitation.
Today, "reading and reciting" the Word of God is the best way to observe each of the Called-Out Assemblies. Let us celebrate before our Father in Heaven with joy and peace of mind, rejoicing in the knowledge that He has already done everything necessary for us to live forever with Him in His new heaven and new earth. Let us exult because the Lamb of God has paid the price to make us worthy to be with Him during His thousand-year reign of Righteousness just prior to the end of this world. Let each of us spend our time on His set-apart days enjoying to the fullest life and the Word of Life. We are being groomed to exist as full members of the Royal Family of Heaven: let's do our best to settle ourselves down and conduct ourselves as delightful and thoughtful sons and daughters of the Most High. As we get to know Yahowah through His Word and through our fellowship with Him, our relationship with Him will blossom anew every day until, one day, we will find that "being saved" wasn't the goal at all. The goal is to know Him and to let Him know us. Salvation is just the natural by-product of that relationship!
Why Bother to Observe Yahowah's Feast Days?
The eyewitness accounts of Mattanyah and Yahowchanon record that Yahowsha walked in perfect harmony with our Father's Towrah. Christians refer to the Towrah as "The Law" or "The Law of Moses", a deliberate mistranslation they have willfully accepted from Yahowah's enemies, the rabbis. Towrah actually means "teaching, instruction, guidance". Moreover, there was no word in the Hebrew language for "obey". The Hebrew word most often translated into English as "obey" is shamar, and it means "to closely observe, to pay careful attention to, to thoughtfully consider". So there was no "Law" to "obey", no commandments, none of that religious nonsense. The whole idea of a "New Testament" and of a "renewed covenant based on salvation by grace through faith" is repugnant filth.
From the eyewitness records we learn that Yahowsha taught the Twelve to be Towrah-observant. Those happy men had the privilege of listening to the Son of Yahowah explain the whys and wherefores of all the Instructions. They would have known without a doubt whether or not we should continue to observe the Towrah after Yahowsha's sacrificial death and subsequent reappearance in a new body. And the historical records indicate that they continued in Yahowah's one and only Family-oriented Covenant after Yahowsha returned to the Father. Why, the record states that they were in the temple every day. Had they been teaching that we no longer need to cloasely observe, pay careful attention to, and thoughtfully consider the Towrah, the rabbis would have had them stoned to death immediately. That didn't happen, and it didn't happen because Yahowsha's real students were 100% Towrah-observant, just like their Teacher.
(The real liar was Sha'uwl of Tarsus, aka Paul, whom the Yahuwdym did indeed deem worthy of death, which is why that deceiver had to flee for his life from them on more than one occasion. That is also why he decided that he ought to appoint himself "the apostle to the Gentiles". He knew that the Yahuwdym, who were familiar with the Towrah, weren't going to fall for his lies about the Towrah being deadly and about its having been replaced by "the gospel of grace".)
The fact is, nowhere in the first century writings do we find a single instruction from any of Yahowsha's remaining Eleven envoys which even remotely suggests that we are "free from the bondage of the law" as Paul claimed. Not one. Look for yourself. Would you like to know why? Because the Teachings, Instructions, Guidelines for Living, and Means to Resolve Disputes which comprise the Towrah are not a form of bondage or a set of oppressive and hurtful laws from which we must be freed. What an ugly thing to suggest about the Father and the intent of His Fatherly instructions and advice! Only one aligned with Yahowah's enemies would ever make such a foolish and dishonest statement. Yet we hear those who claim to be followers of His Way and His Word squawking that very accusation, parroting the words of the father of their pagan-oriented religion, their false envoy, Paul (see note below).
Because of Paul's lies, it is no wonder that so many millions today—who in the throes of a fatal self-deception claim that they are saved because they believe in a completely made-up substitute name (which they have been duped into believing is the Name of the only-begotten Son of Yahowah) and who mistakenly believe that they have been born again from above—deliberately live their lives in total opposition to the Towrah and willfully choose to follow the teachings of Satan as they issue forth from the mouths of his Christian preachers, Catholic priests, and Mormon missionaries. They call Yahowah by one of His arch enemy's names, ha Ba'al, which translated into English is "The Lord", and they call His Son, "Jesus Christ", a fabricated name and a nonsensical title. With pinpoint accuracy the Teacher described them to themselves:
Yah has given us a gift / MattanYah / Matthew 23:15
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel around by sea and land to make one convert. And when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of Gehenna as yourselves."
Gehenna was the garbage dump, a place just outside the walls of Yarushalaim where the people took their trash to be burned. The name came to be associated with that place in the afterlife where the garbage of creation is thrown to await final disposition on the Day of Judgment. Since the soul that sins dies, those souls which remain alive but are not members of Yahowah's Covenant family are incarcerated in holding cells somewhere unpleasant. Yahowsha referred to that place as Gehenna. Those there are sinners, but they have been made immortal in order to receive their just punishment for leading souls away from Yahowah. It should be evident that Yahowsha thought very little of religion, its preachers, and its converts. It is a fact that Yahowah literally classifies everyone who teaches, recruits for, and/or follows a religious system as creation's trash. That's plain enough.
Are you a Christian? Then the Father doesn't know you and He doesn't hear your prayers. In fact, He calls your prayers abominations, for you have the gall to petition Him Whose Words you reject and besmirch. Heaven thinks of you as trash. The same holds true if you are a Jehovah's Witness, a Mormon, a Seventh-Day Adventist, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a communist, a fascist, a Democrat, a Republican, or a member of any other religious or political organization. You are, according to the Son of Yahowah, nothing better than cosmic trash, an unwanted thing to be rejected and discarded. Yahowah hates religion, and everyone who participates in a religion hates Yahowah. It doesn't get any more plain and simple than that.
Let me give you an example of what Yahowsha was talking about. A Baptist preacher exhorts his congregants to "get the Word out" by inviting their friends and neighbors "to church". He tells them to "win souls". New converts are thus made and are added to the "church's" roll of members. These new converts are given the pep talk, and some will become even more zealous about proselytizing than the one who recruited them, thereby making them "twice the child of creation's garbage dump as their recruiter". The spreading of lies and lifelessness is increased, and more and more souls either die or are bound with chains and placed in holding cells to await transfer to the Abyss, where "there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
As usual, Yahowsha nailed it.
I have been told that such statements as those in the preceeding paragraphs are hurtful and demonstrate a hateful spirit. They are meant to be hurtful. And they do indeed demonstrate a hateful spirit. "The wounds of a friend are faithful." Moreover, a righteous man hates evil and doesn't shrink back from saying so just to spare someone's feelings. Would I be more loving if I tiptoed around your feelings and let you die through an ignorance which Yahowah's Word could help you overcome? That would not be any kind of love for you at all. Let's be grown-ups and get honest about things.
Whiners and emotional cripples are deliberately what they are, and that is their choice. I take no responsibility for them and have no patience with them. Which of us has never been through real heartache and trauma? We get over it. Those who will not get over it have no one but themselves to blame for their willful weakness. Their dependence on man's ways and pharmaceutical remedies to help them overcome their traumas and other emotional and mental deficiencies proves their unwillingness to walk away from Babylon and to trust and rely on Yahowah. It is indeed their choice. I really hope you are not among them.
As one who has known the deepest depths and maddening horrors of major chronic depression and the accompanying battles with suicidal thoughts that seem to delight in crashing in like surprise tsunamis, I have the right to say these things to you. Have you been through hell on earth? Well, guess what? You survived. You're here reading this right now. It didn't kill you. So let yourself refuse to dwell on it anymore. It is a choice you have the power to make. Take your life back and press on towards our Heavenly Father. Please.
Since those who had walked this earth with Yahowsha assembled themselves for Yah's Feasts, isn't it reasonable to believe that we should, too? Only a false prophet like Paul would dare to declare, "We should no longer observe the Towrah. In fact, if you try to closely observe, carefully consider, and willingly comply with the Towrah, then you have fallen from Yahowah's unmerited favor." But that is exactly what the architect of Christianity said, and that is what his followers believe and teach and preach. And each one of them, according to Yahowsha Himself, is twice the child of Heaven's garbage dump as the one who converted them.
History has dictated changes to the ways we observe the Towrah. For example, we are no longer required to offer sacrifices for our sins because the Son of Yahowah, in the role of Yahowah's Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed once for all. Moreover, there is no longer a Temple in which to offer the other sacrifices and offerings called for in the Towrah, and those authorized to offer them, the Lowy (LO-ee, aka Levites, even though there was no "v" in Hebrew until relatively recently), are long gone from the scene. There are other differences which I will leave it to you to discover on your own. Because the focus of Yahowah's teaching is to bring each of us into closer fellowship with Him, rather than forcing us to slavishly obey the hundreds of nit-picking laws manufactured by the criminals called "rabbis", we can be comfortable with our Heavenly Father today as we set our minds on what really matters: our relationship with Him. As we continue to put forth the effort to understand His teachings and instructions, we can know that our Mother, the Set-Apart Spirit, will do Her part to provide understanding.
"Seek, and keep on seeking,
and you will find;
ask, and keep on asking,
and you will receive;
knock, and keep on knocking,
and it will be opened to you."
Know this for an absolute certainty: We have never been, and never will be, under any obligation to observe the oral traditions and commandments of rabbis, popes, or any other cleric. The rabbis, popes, and clerics are those who would lord it over Yahowah's set-apart people. What they have to say is unreliable and is not to be trusted. As the Master told them, "You are of your father, the false accuser, and the desires of your father you will do." And what does their father, the false accuser, desire? He desires unquestioning slaves who will prostrate themselves before him and who will serve him out of fear. It is what pastors and other members of the so-called clergy want, too, for they are that murderer's offspring, just as Yahowsha declared them to be. God cannot lie. So what He said about the clergy is absolutely and undeniably true. They are liars and children of Ba'al. If you belong to one of the religions, walk away from it. Do it now.
Am I lying? If you are a Christian, ask a cleric of your choice to show you in one of the eyewitness accounts or one of the letters from Ya'aqob (James), Shimown Kepha (Simon Peter), or Yahowchanon (John), without resorting to something attributed to Paul, where the observance of the 7th day Sabbath was done away with. Insist that they show you where Yahowah or Yahowsha plainly stated that Yahowah screwed up when He made His Covenant, or that He was issuing do-or-die commands which He knew going in we could never live up to. Have them prove to you in the ancient texts (not the Masoretic texts, for the Masoretes were under the commanding influence of the rabbis to copyedit the texts to their ungodly specifications, and not the Greek texts, for Yahowsha's students were Hebrews who wrote in Hebrew, not Greek or Latin) where Yahowah reveals that He is a capricious Spirit who changes His mind and, therefore, is not to be trusted. After all, if He changed His Covenant, He cannot be relied on. And if you insist on a real, clear, straightforward answer, and if you persist, you will come face to face with the underlying ugliness that is the spirit in control of the world's religions. I am certain of it. It has happened to me more than once. The clergy expect you to believe them and obey them or to get out and go somewhere else for your "fellowship". "Play along to get along" is the standard in religion and politics. Flee them! Turn to the truth and leave all that religious filth behind you!
Our own consciences tell us that we ought to be paying careful attention to and following Yahowah's instructions. That is why we do not murder, or steal, or covet anything that is our neighbor's, or commit adultery, or lie, or do any of the other things He expressly forbids. And that is why, if we do any of those things, we feel guilty and know that we deserve to be punished for our deliberate misconduct. In the same way, we ought to be doing the things He tells us He wants us to do. One of those things is to honor His seventh day Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday on our pagan calendars). Another is to restrict our meat intake to those animals which He has told us are fit to be regarded as food (see Leviticus 11 below for the complete list). And another is to celebrate His appointed Feasts as set forth in Leviticus 23, also below.
One of the signature characteristics of the Impostor Ma'aseyah is that he will insist that we accept his proposed changes to the appointed set-apart meeting times (Mo'ed Miqrey) and the written Instructions:
My Judge is God / Dani'el / Daniel 7:25
He will speak words against the Most High and will wear out the set-apart ones of the Most High. And he will think to change the appointed meeting times and the decree; and they will be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.
According to the Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, the word in that verse translated as "times" is a Hebrew word (זמן—zaman) meaning "appointed times". Then the EBDBHEL says that in this particular verse, Daniel 7:25, the word specifically refers to the feasts of Yahowah! So there is no mistaking the intent of the false Masse'yah and his one world government, the New World Order. Yahowah's appointed feast times will be changed by law, a change which Christian dogma has already been practicing for centuries. Only this time it will actually be illegal to accept Yahowah's invitations. Again. It happened before during Roman Catholicism's early years.
Likewise, the word translated as "the law", which was borrowed from the Persians and was not actually a Hebrew word at all, (דת—dath) refers specifically to a royal decree, e.g., something the Persian king might have declared. Because Yahowah is the great King of all creation, this could indeed be referring to His Towrah, even though Towrah is a completely different Hebrew Word—תורה—which, as I've told you before, does not in any way, shape, or form mean "law". Again, rabbis and Christian clerics have already done much of our enemy's work for him.
So inspired prophecy tells us that the Adversary's impostor will try to change the appointed Feasts of Yahowah and the Towrah of Yahowah. We are even warned that Yahowah's appointed times, His Towrah, Prophets, and Writings, and even His people will be given into the evil man's hands for a set amount of time, that he will "wear out the set-apart ones". We have already experienced some of this behavior through the doctrines and holidays of Pauline Christianity. They have substituted "the venerable day of the Sun" (Sunday) for Yahowah's seventh day Sabbath (twilight Friday to twilight Saturday); they have removed His set apart Name from their translations of the ancient records thousands of times, substituting one of the slanderer's titles, "the Lord", and they stubbornly and adamantly insist on declaring that "the Lord" is Yahowah's real name. Some will admit that "the Lord" is a traditional substitute for His Name, but then they blow it again by declaring that His real Name is "Jehovah", even though there was no "J" or "V" in Hebrew. That isn't surprising since they have chosen to believe and propagate a lie to begin with.
What do you think, seeker? Rather than continuing to celebrate man's pagan holidays of Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Mardi Gras, ought we not to turn back to our pure and innocent Savior and honor Him through the celebrations He Himself established? Sadly, many will acknowledge that all these things I'm saying are true and that they make sense, but then they will turn right back to their adulterous relationship with the Great Whore of Religion because they're familiar with her ways and with her holidays, and because they are unwilling to endure being thought less of or even ostracized by their friends and families for the sake of Yahowah's truth.
Can you say "spiritual suicide"?
If you find yourself being thrown off by the fact that Yahowah is addressing "the people of Isra'el," bear in mind that according to the Towrah, Prophets, and Writings, Yahowah's one and only Covenant applied only to native Isra'elites and to "the strangers among you", those from other races and places who willingly forsook their own people to embrace Yahowah's Covenant. He made promises to others, like Hagar, but He only ever made His familial Covenant with the nation of Isra'el. Also be reminded that an Isra'elite is anyone who is part of the Family of Yahowah. So if you are not an Isra'elite, a Yahudi, then you are not a part of Yahowah's Family and His Covenant does not pertain to you: in other words, you are lost. The good news is that Yahowsha revealed, "Yahowah is able to raise up children of Abraham from these stones!" So He is well able to adopt you and me into His Family as well. He made it clear that His invitations, His Mo'ed Miqrey, and His Covenant are open to whoever chooses to attach themselves to Isra'el, to everyone who was willing to accept the terms and conditions of His Covenant (see below for those terms and conditions).
Yahowah Lifts Up / YirmeYah / Jeremiah 31:31-34
"Behold, days are coming," declares Yahowah, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra'el and with the house of Yahudah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of the crucible of Egypt. Although I was a husband to them, they broke My covenant," declares Yahowah.
"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Isra'el after those days," declares Yahowah. "I will put My Towrah within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I shall be their God, and they will be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know Yahowah,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares Yahowah, "for I shall forgive their iniquity, and their sin I shall remember no more."
Here's a Challenge:
The Covenant has not been renewed, as Christian teachers would have you believe. Yahowah plainly announced that the hallmark of the renewed Covenant is this: He will personally write His Towrah in our hearts. He has not done that yet, so He has not yet renewed His Covenant. It's that simple, and that is all there is to it. Don't believe me? Okay. Here's your challenge:
Quote the entire Towrah out loud right now, word for word in Hebrew. That shouldn't be a problem if it is written in your heart. All you have to do is draw it out from your innermost being as easily as you do John 3:16. Go ahead. Do it.
You cannot do it because Yahowah has not yet renewed His Covenant. Therefore, He has not yet written His Towrah into your memory circuits as He promises to do when He renews His Covenant with His people.
So let me encourage you to stop believing all that super-spiritualized nonsense and Pauline poison that your preacher and/or some other Christian is cramming down your throat. Run, don't walk, away from your religion!
"Come out of her, My people!"
Yahowsha was the Righteous Servant. His careful observance and penetrating understanding of the Towrah did not signal the end of everyone's need to closely examine, carefully consider, and thoughtfully embrace the Towrah. Rather, Yahowsha's careful observance and penetrating understanding of the Towrah was the goal of Yahowah's Towrah to begin with, the target at which we should aim our own behavior. He was only 12, remember, when He amazed the Towrah scholars in the temple with His understanding of the deep meanings of Yahowah's Towrah. So the Towrah is not something we can't understand. We can understand it.
If we do not understand Yahowah's Towrah, then we cannot come to trust and rely on Him. And if we do not trust and rely on Him, then we cannot love Him and, loving Him, get to know Him in the most intimate way possible like He wants us to. We are to follow Yahowsha's flawless example of flint-faced determination and willful compliance with Yahowah's instructions. And, just as importantly, we are to follow His example of not giving in for a single nanosecond to religious leaders, and we are to speak out against their lies. How better to do that than to emulate Him and His apprentices through the keeping of Yahowah's set-apart Prescriptions For Living and cheerful participation in His parties, e.g., His Called Out Assemblies, His Mo'ed Miqrey, the Seven Annual Feasts?
The Five Conditions of the Covenant
- Walk away from Babylon, from corruption, from confusion, from country, from politics, from patriotism, from religion, from one's earthly family.
- Trust and rely on Yahowah, which requires us to know Him and understand what He is offering by closely observing and carefully considering His Towrah.
- Walk to Yahowah and become perfect, which is achieved by accepting His 7 Invitations (participating in His 7 Feasts).
- Read the Covenant, coming to know and understand its Terms and Benefits so that we can respond appropriately.
- Those of us who are males are to be circumcised. If we are parents, we are to circumcise our sons as a sign that we are committed to teaching them the Towrah and raising them to become part of Yah's family.
The Five Benefits of the Covenant
- Eternal Life (as a result of the promise of Passover)
- Perfection (and thus vindication and redemption) (as a result of the promise of Unleavened Bread)
- Adoption into Yah's Covenant Family (as a result of the promise of First Fruits)
- Enrichment and Enlightenment (receiving the Towrah and benefiting from its Teaching as a result of the promise of Seven Sabbaths)
- Empowerment (also part of the promise of Seven Sabbaths)
The Feasts of Yahowah
|Feast||Described||Post 33 CE References|
|Leviticus 23:15-22||Acts 2:1-21
(see note below)
|Leviticus 23:23-25||Mattanyah 24:30-31
|Day of Reconciliations
PowerPoint Slide Show
The Appointed Times
|Feast||When to Celebrate in 2017|
|Pesach / Passover||Twilight, Tuesday, Apr 11th (1 day)|
|Matsah / Unleavened Bread||Twilight, Wednesday, Apr 12th
(7 days, including Passover)
|Bikuwrym / FirstFruits||Twilight, Thursday, Apr 13th (1 day)|
|Shabuwa / Sevens (Pentecost)||Twilight, Thursday, June 1st (1 day)|
|Taruwah / Trumpets||Twilight, Thursday, Sep 21st (1 day)|
|Kippurim / Reconciliations||Twilight, Saturday, Sep 30th (1 day)|
|Sukah / Shelters||Twilight, Thursday, Oct 5th (7 days)|
I determined the dates from this group of calendars. Search for 2017. In the Miqrey table portion of the calendar, I selected the Observational dates of the 2nd calendar. Because there is so much uncertainty involved with ascertaining dates with indisputable precision, I find the matter of determining and selecting a feast's date more academic than meaningful. Yahowah is not so stringent as to hold our feet over a fire simply because of a day here or there. Such rigidity belongs with rabbis and others who bend to religion. If you are comfortable with one day over another, then celebrate His Feast on that day. The important issues are whether or not we acknowledge the Feasts as being Yahowah's one and only path to Him, and whether or not we observe and participate in them.
from 2013 and 2014
|Pesach 1||Matsah 1||Bikuwrym|
|Pesach 2||Matsah 2|
|Pesach 3||Matsah 3||Shabuwa /Sevens|
|Pesach 4||Matsah 4||Shabuwa 1|
|Pesach 5||Matsah 5||Shabuwa 2|
|Pesach 6||Matsah 6|
|Pesach 7||Matsah 7|
Called-Out / Qara / Leviticus 23
Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:1-4
And Yahowah spoke these words to Moseh, the one who draws us out, in order to promise and say, "I want you to communicate this message of God under the auspices of freewill, knowing that My Word will achieve the desired result on behalf of the Children of Isra'el, those individuals who engage and endure with God. And so you should literally and completely convey these instructions pertaining to the relationship, that they should be literally interpreted, that they speak of actual events, and that the promises are whole and complete throughout time, saying to them that these Godly Appointed and Fixed Meeting Times for Festival Feasts of Yahowah are fortuitous blessings associated with the relationship and are Set-Apart, separating, cleansing, and purifying Invitations to be Called-Out and to Meet, to be near them and to be with them, so they should be continuously proclaimed by you throughout time, as they are My Godly Appointed Meeting Times for the purpose I have assigned to them.
"Six days She will consistently and actually engage in the service of the Spiritual Messenger. And then in the seventh day there will be a Sabbath, a Set-Apart Invitation to Meet and to be Called-Out as a Shabathown. Everything associated with the service of the Spiritual Messenger you will not ever engage in or actually do. Her Sabbath is Yahowah's goal in all of your dwelling places throughout time."
"These Godly Appointed Meeting Times of Yahowah are Set-Apart Invitations to be Called Out and to Meet, for the relationship and for your benefit, for you to be called-out and welcomed, approaching with them in their appointed time."
Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:5
"In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, for the purpose of understanding, at twilight is Yahowah's Passover."
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Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:6-8
"The fifteenth day of this same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto Yahowah. For seven days you will eat bread without yeast. The first, foremost, and primary day exists as a set-apart and cleansing Invitation to Meet and be Called-Out. You will not engage in any of the work of the business of the Heavenly Messenger. Come near and be present for seven days with the adoptive Mother Who enlightens and elevates unto Yahowah."
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Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:9-14
Then Yahowah spoke to Moseh, saying, "Speak to the children of Isra'el and say to them, 'Indeed, when you arrive at and enter the land of relationship which I am giving to you, and reap its harvest, bring a sheaf of the First Fruits of your harvest to the priest who officiates. Lift up and wave the sheaf in the presence of Yahowah, in order for you all to exercise freewill and choose to be accepted favorably. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
'Then on that day you all should wave the sheaf. The work is accomplished by the Lamb, the perfect Son. He changes and alters for the purpose of rising up to Yahowah. His gift of a double tithe of purified grain is to be mixed and anointed with oil by way of the adoptive Mother Who enlightens and elevates unto Yahowah, creating the pleasing Spirit of reconciliation. And Her drink offering shall be a fourth fluid measure of wine. Do not eat the bread, roasted grain, or ripe orchard fruit until the essential, substantial, and fundamental day, until this specific arrival and harvest offering gift which draws you close to your God. It will be a clearly communicated prescription of what you should do forever in all your assemblies and dwellings."
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Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:15-21
"Accurately count from the day after the Shabat, from the day you came forth and bore the sheaf of grain as an ascending wave offering, a total of seven complete Sabbaths.
"Always and forever, you shall accurately count, reckon, record, relate, rehearse, and regale the Day of Fifty, starting from the next day after the seventh Shabat, and you should choose, without reservation or interruption, to come near and approach the renewing, restoring, and affirming gift to approach Yahowah.
"You all shall come bringing out of your homes two loaves of bread as an ascending wave offering, a double portion for a tenfold enrichment and empowerment. They shall exist as flour baked with yeast, FirstFruits to approach Yahowah.
"In addition to the loaves of bread, you should choose without reservation to come near and approach without hesitation with seven one-year-old lamb sons, entirely without defect or blemish, and one bull, a son from the herd to reflect upon, and two rams representing the upright pillar and doorway, existing as an ascending way to approach Yahowah, which is offered as a gift, the feminine manifestation of God’s light, poured out to approach Yahowah, creating the pleasing Spirit of reconciliation.
"You should choose to engage one satyr goat for going astray, and two year-old lamb sons as a sacrifice to reconcile the relationship.
"The one who officiates by mediating should choose to wave them with the bread of FirstFruits as an offering which elevates before and in the presence of Yahowah in accordance with the two lambs. They shall exist as set-apart to approach Yahowah.
"And you should choose to call out without hesitation, offering an invitation to meet, a welcoming summons in association with this essential day. This exists as a set-apart Miqra’, an Invitation to be Called-Out and Meet with you and for you. As an eternal prescription for living for all generations throughout time in all your settlements, homes, assemblies, situations, and travels, you should not do any of the work of the heavenly messenger's service on it."
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Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:23-25
Yahowah spoke to Moseh and said,
"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month, on the first of the renewed moon, there exists for you all a Shabathown, the memorial sign and mental reminder of an inheritance right: Taru'ah, a cleansing and set-apart Called-Out Assembly Meeting.
'Completely refrain from doing the work related to the heavenly messenger's service, and approach, appearing before the adoptive Mother who enlightens, purifies, and elevates to Yahowah.' "
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Day of Reconciliations
Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:26-32
Then Yahowah declared the Word to Moseh, saying,
"On the tenth of the seventh month is the Day of Reconciliations. This exists as a set-apart and cleansing Called-Out Invitation for you. And your soul is to respond, approaching and appearing before the adoptive Mother who purifies, enlightens, and elevates unto Yahowah.
"Do not perform any of the service of the heavenly messenger on this life-sustaining and empowering day, because this is the Day of Reconciliations for you to be pardoned and forgiven in the presence of Yahowah, your God.
"Indeed! Any soul who by way of relationship does not respond to the summons and answer on this life-sustaining, corporeal, and empowering day, that one shall be cut off and separated from the family!
"And any soul who by association performs any of the business of the heavenly messenger on this life-sustaining and empowering day, that soul I will annihilate from the midst of the family!
"Do not perform any part of the business of the heavenly messenger. This is an eternal, everlasting, and clearly communicated instruction throughout all time and all generations in all of your assemblies and dwelling places.
"It is for you a Shabathown observance, a time to rest and reflect. And so your soul is to respond to the summons and answer the call."
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Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 23:33-43
Again Yahowah spoke to Moseh, saying,
"Converse with the children of Isra’el, to say, 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month is the Festival Feast of Shelters for seven days in proximity to and in association with Yahowah.
'On the first and foremost day there is a set apart invitation to meet. You are not to engage in any of the work of the heavenly messenger.
'For seven days approach and come near the adoptive Mother who purifies, enlightens, and elevates unto Yahowah. On the eighth day there exists a set apart invitation to meet on your behalf. And you will answer and respond to the summons, presenting yourself and appearing before the adoptive Mother who purifies, enlightens, and elevates unto Yahowah. Her joyous assembly of people do not participate in, perform, produce, or profit from any of the work of the heavenly messenger.
'These are Godly and specific appointed and designated meeting times of Yahowah, which relationally you are invited to attend accordingly as set-apart, called-out assemblies to greet and encounter each other for the purpose of coming near and approaching the adoptive Mother who enlightens and elevates unto Yahowah — a gift which elevates, a reconciling sacrifice, and also a pouring out of the Word — a day for His day.
'As part of the Shabats of Yahowah, and as part of your contribution to the relationship, as part of all of your vows, and as part of your expression of your freedom to choose, relationally entrust, deliver, and dedicate yourself to Yahowah.
'Indeed, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have harvested your yield from the land, you shall celebrate the festival feast of Yahowah for seven days. With the first and foremost day, there shall be a Shabathown for resting and reflection and on the eighth day a Shabathown.
'And on the first and foremost day you are to grasp hold of the fruit of the tree, the glorious adornment of the fronds of the palm, the branch of leafy shade trees and river willow shoots. Rejoice and be glad in the presence of Yahowah, your God, for seven days.
'Celebrate it as a festival feast in association with Yahowah seven days during the year. It is a clearly communicated prescription of what you should do to live eternally in your homes and generations. Celebrate it in the seventh month.
You shall live in shelters for seven days. All native-born Isra’elites are to dwell in the sheltering tents so that your households and generations will know relationally the physical symbolism of My having the children of Isra’el live in covered shelters when I brought them out of the land of the Crucible of Egypt."
And Moseh declared the Word regarding Yahowah's specific appointed meetings and designated times to the children of Isra'el.
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Called Out / Qara / Leviticus 11
Yahowah spoke to Moseh and to Aaron, saying to them, "Speak to the children of Isra'el, saying, 'These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.
'Whatever parts the hoof, and is cloven-footed, [and] chews the cud, among the animals, that may you eat. Nevertheless these you will not eat of them that chew the cud, or of those who part the hoof: the camel, because he chews the cud but doesn't have a parted hoof, he is unclean to you. The rabbit, because he chews the cud but doesn't have a parted the hoof, he is unclean to you. The hare, because she chews the cud but doesn't part the hoof, she is unclean to you. The pig, because he doesn't part the hoof, and is cloven-footed, but doesn't chew the cud, he is unclean to you. Of their flesh you will not eat, and their carcasses you will not touch; they are unclean to you.
'These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, that you may eat. All that don't have fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are an abomination to you, and they will be an abomination to you; you will not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses you will have in abomination. Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that is an abomination to you.
'These you will have in abomination among the birds; they are not to be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the gier-eagle, and the ospray, and the kite, and the falcon after its kind, every raven after its kind, and the ostrich, and the night-hawk, and the seagull, and the hawk after its kind, and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, and the horned owl, and the pelican, and the vulture, and the stork, the heron after its kind, and the hoopoe, and the bat.
'All winged creeping things that go on all fours are an abomination to you. Yet of all winged creeping things that go on all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to leap on the earth, you may eat these: the locust after its kind, and the bald locust after its kind, and the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. But all winged creeping things, which have four feet, are an abomination to you.
'By these you will become unclean: whoever touches the carcass of them will be unclean until the evening; whoever bears [anything] of the carcass of them is to wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. Every animal which parts the hoof and is not cloven-footed, nor chews the cud, is unclean to you: everyone who touches them will be unclean. Whatever goes on its paws, among all animals that go on all fours, they are unclean to you: whoever touches their carcass will be unclean until the evening. He who bears the carcass of them will wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening: they are unclean to you.
'These are they which are unclean to you among the creeping things that creep on the earth: the weasel, and the mouse, and the great lizard after its kind, and the gecko, and the land-crocodile, and the lizard, and the sand-lizard, and the chameleon. These are they which are unclean to you among all that creep: whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean until the evening. On whatever any of them falls when they are dead, it will be unclean. Whether it be any vessel of wood, or clothing, or skin, or sack, whatever vessel it be with which any work is done, it must be put into water, and it will be unclean until the evening; then it will be clean. Every earthen vessel into which any of them falls, whatever is in it will be unclean, and you are to break it. All food [therein] which may be eaten, that on which water comes, will be unclean. And all drink that may be drunk in every [such] vessel will be unclean. Every thing whereupon [any part] of their carcass falls will be unclean. Whether oven or range for pots, it will be broken into pieces: they are unclean, and will be unclean to you.
'Nevertheless, a spring or a pit in which is a gathering of water will be clean. But that which touches their carcass will be unclean.
'If [anything] of their carcass falls on any sowing seed which is to be sown, it is clean. But if water be put on the seed, and [anything] of their carcass falls thereon, it is unclean to you.
'If any animal of which you may eat dies, he who touches the carcass of it will be unclean until the evening. He who eats of the carcass of it will wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. Also, he who bears the carcass of it will wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening.
'Every creeping thing that creeps on the earth is an abomination: it is not to be eaten. Whatever goes on the belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, even all creeping things that creep on the earth, them you will not eat, for they are an abomination. You will not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps, neither will you make yourselves unclean with them, that you should be defiled thereby.
'For I am Yahowah, your God. Therefore, purify yourselves and set yourselves apart, because I am set apart. Neither are you to defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that moves on the earth. For I am Yahowah, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. Therefore, you will be set apart, for I am set apart.
'This is the teaching and instruction of the animal, and of the bird, and of every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth, to [help you] make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.' "
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= יהוה = ee-ah-oh-ah = Yahowah
Song / Mizmor / Psalm 19:7
Yahowah's Towrah is complete and entirely perfect, returning and restoring the soul. Yahowah's testimony is trustworthy and reliable, making understanding and obtaining wisdom simple for the open-minded and receptive.
Yahowah's () Towrah (torah – teaching, guidance, direction, and instruction) is complete and entirely perfect (tamym – without defect, lacking nothing, correct, genuine, right, helpful, beneficial, and true), returning and restoring (suwb – transforming) the soul (nepesh – consciousness). Yahowah's testimony ('eduwth – restoring and eternal witness) is trustworthy and reliable ('aman – verifiable, confirming, supportive, and establishing), making understanding and obtaining wisdom (hakam – educating and enlightening oneself to the point of comprehension) simple for the open-minded and receptive (pethy – easy for those who are receptive).
Pronouncing "ow" and "uw"
When you see the "ow" letter combination in words from Hebrew, such as Yahowsha, it is pronounced like the "ow" in "throw". That is, the "o" is long and the "w" is silent. We include the "w" to remind the reader that the actual Hebrew word is spelled with the Hebrew vowel "waw" (ו), which carries either the English sound of a long "o" or a long "u". So when you see, for example, "Shabathown", the "thown" is pronounced like "thrown" as in, "The ball was thrown hard," without the "r". Easy-peasy, Weezie!
The same idea holds true for the "uw" letter combination. The "u" is long, as in "blue", and the "w" representing the Hebrew "waw" (ו) is silent.
I refer to the two eyewitness accounts and the various letters written by Yahowsha's specially appointed envoys and trusted others in the early assembly as the Historical Writings. They are not inspired writings, but they are probably reliable to the extent that they have been faithfully copied and correctly translated. I do not trust Luke's writings because he chose to be Paul's personal biographer, and Paul was most definitely not selected or sent by Yahowsha. However, I have still included Luke's narrative regarding the happenings on the Feast of Sevens because it does seem to record the literal fulfillment of one of Yahowah's Set-Apart Assemblies. Mark's account is hearsay based on what he remembered from his conversations with Kepha (Peter).
Shaul of Tarsus, also known as Paul, claimed that Yahowsha appeared to him personally and appointed him as His special envoy to the nations, or gentiles. Paul told his story to Luke, who took him at his word and wrote down Paul's story. There is no proof whatsoever that what Paul told Luke is the truth. Moreover, it is impossible that Paul told Luke the truth about what happened on the road to Damascus, his so-called conversion experience. Why? Because Yahowsha told His real disciples that when He returns, every eye will see Him, not just one man. So either He lied, or Paul lied.
Personally, I consider it highly unlikely that Yahowsha would have disrespected those who walked with Him every day of His earthly ministry by choosing a complete stranger—a murderer and rabbinical fanatic, no less—to take His message to those outside the family of Yahudah.
The clear and demonstrable truth is that Paul was an agent of the Lord (ha Ba'al in Hebrew), a man who admitted that he was demon-possessed, a liar who opposed Yahowah's Towrah and who sought to turn people away from it with his new religion of "salvation by grace through faith". Salvation is indeed by unmerited favor, Yahowah's unmerited favor, but it doesn't come through faith, and it isn't even Yahowah's primary goal for us. Salvation is a pleasant by-product of our relationship with Him, which is what He's really after in the first place. And faith has nothing at all to do with it.
שבתין – a special set-apart day to rest and reflect on Yahowah’s promises, when man puts an end to his work, ceasing and desisting from it.