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“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14) It’s easy to miss. The cycles of the sun and the moon are given for seasons, for days and for years. But what signs are we looking for? Y’shua rebuked the religious leaders of the day “…Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:3) What signs should we be discerning? “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night…We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” (I Thessalonians 5:1-2, 4-6)
What signs should we be watching for?
I believe that the cycle of Biblical Feast Days is exactly what Yahweh, Y’shua, and Paul is referring to. They are God’s prophetic calendar for mankind’s history. However, if you are not familiar with their prophetic significance, you won’t’ be able to tell what time it is. So, this week we will take a journey through the Feasts of the Lord, so you may all synchronize your watches!
You can review the video on Second Chances from Last year’s Torah Cycle as this year it is skipped because the Feast Portion for The Feast of Tabernacles is in its place.
Everyone wants a second chance. The question is, what will you do with yours. The first time Israel arrived at the shore of the Jordan, one year after they left Egypt, they made horrible choices. The second time, 39 years later, they were given a second chance. As they prepared to enter, Moses reminded them that they have the words and laws of their Heavenly Father as a heritage. Many years later we see King Hezekiah, who also gets a second chance in life.
He knows the reason is so he can make the truth of His Heavenly Father known to the children. And you are the child of God with the heritage of Yahweh’s words, His laws, and His truths, and you were given a second chance. What will you do with it?
*We apologize for the popping noise in this video. We did not realize that the mic became defective during the sermon. We tried to fix it afterward but have not been successful. We believe that you still will be able to appreciate the content of the message, but you must endure some static to do so! Sorry!
Everybody’s into it! Have you read…Did you know…You should see…We should go…You gotta hear…My entire church is doing it! If there is anything more cringeworthy than Christians getting carried away with the newest arrival to the Christian scene, I don’t know what it is.
Have you noticed it? Walk into any popular, seeker-friendly church these days and you will see the same set-up: a dark theatre, flashing lights, smoke machines, popular sounds, and a lot of motivational talk in lieu of teaching the Bible. Leaving inspired by persuasive words takes precedent over God’s wisdom. I call this “Grated Entertainment.” And no doubt, the louder the preacher and the more emotional his shouting, the more hypnotized his audience!
Outside the sanctuary there’s an entire marketplace catering to the evangelical nature of “Christians”. Why wouldn’t you go after that segment of consumer? They love to spread information. In the Church it’s called evangelism, but in the marketplace they call it word-of-mouth advertising. You see it all the time. It’s the latest Christian book, program, diet, prayer technique, bible study, seminar, or itinerant preacher, maybe better called a traveling salesman. The newest arrival spreads like wildfire and predictably fades—those benefiting the most being the progenitors of the latest fad.
Don’t buy in! These fads are always short lived and produce nothing of any lasting value, neither here on earth nor in eternity. If everyone is “doing it,” that in itself should be a red flag. I am not saying there is nothing of value for Christians in the marketplace, only that your truth-meter needs to be dialed in to spot the gimmicks. Unfortunately, conforming to the ways of the world, cloaked behind a thin Christian veneer, is the sad direction modern seeker-friendly Christianity has chosen. Don’t conform; there’s a more excellent way!
A good friend once taught me that once you become good at making excuses, you will never become good at anything else—ever again! The Holy Scriptures are replete with warnings against straying from Yahweh’s ways. But, He is a gracious God who provides every resource for us to be successful. He doesn’t just mention His expectations and then leave us to figure it out. And He could never be accused of being vague. I mean, He literally repeats Himself over and over again, reiterating His requirements and expectations in so many different ways, as to speak to the hearts of every type of personality. I believe He does this so we are left with no viable excuse for why we disobey Him. “I didn’t know!” is not an option. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” was as true then as it is today. For sure, ignorance is NOT by any means bliss! And to be sure the people could have no excuse, Moses wrote down the law and it was read to every person every seven years. He even composed a song for the people to sing—so they would remember. Even the kings of Israel were required, each individually, to write a copy of the law for himself, in its entirety, and to read it all the days of his life. This was to insure he would neither become prideful nor stray from God’s commands. Neither the people nor the king have any excuse to disobey! What excuses are you making?
There are a few perspectives that can explain ignorance of any matter. The first, and most obvious, is that you know what you don’t know. The other, which is more insidious, is that you don’t know what you don’t know. So, as we launch into this teaching, pay attention, not only to what you are certain you don’t know, but be on the lookout for things you didn’t even know that you didn’t know.
I called this teaching “Critical Roots Theory”, obviously to play off the controversial Critical Race Theory. I would venture to say that regarding the latter there is so much that you don’t know that you don’t know about it. It’s much like that beacon of light movement call “Something” Lives Matter. I am purposely leaving out the proper name as to not be censored. But, you all know that to which I am referring. That organization cares about anything other than that for which it is named. Nevertheless, most people don’t even know that, nor do they know that they don’t know that.
And that leads us to our current topic at hand. You may not actually know the Hebrew roots of your faith, and you may have not even realized you don’t know them. Moses looked forward and said it like this. “This covenant that was made between you and Yahweh, it’s not just for you. It is also for everyone who will come after you.” That’s a powerful idea. Y’shua made a similar promise at His last meal before He was crucified. “My prayers today are for all these men sitting before Me, as well as all those who will come to faith because of what they are about to bring into the world.”
There is an unbroken link between Christians today, and those who came before us, all the way back to Abraham. Paul even told the Corinthians that all of their forefathers passed through the sea, even though they were clearly of Greek origin and not Hebrews. What connected them? And why is it appropriate to say we are all from the same root? Did you even know we were; or better yet, did you even know that you didn’t know how critical it was that you should know? And more so, what controversies have arisen over the centuries because of this ignorance? Hence, “Critical Roots Theory.”
“Do you honestly think you will get away with that?” You could ask this of anyone who is openly, or even unknowingly, mocking Yahweh’s truth and justice. If you further inquired about their beliefs and practices, I bet you would sense one or more of these sentiments in a majority of them:
• They don’t consider God because they don’t even believe He exists.
• They openly deny Yahweh in favor of some false god.
• They don’t consider God because what is perceived as beneficial today far outweighs the unknown consequences of tomorrow.
• They do consider a god, but they are completely deceived; they worship a false god, while believing they serve Yahweh.
• They do consider a god, but for expedience, they have changed who He is to fit their own beliefs.
What we are seeing today, in many instances, are those who proclaim to follow Jesus, while simultaneously violating so many of His teachings. And worse yet, they actually believe they will escape His judgment.
As the psalmist warns, “Yahweh laughs at the wicked, for He sees that his day is coming; their own sword shall enter their heart.” Oftentimes, that “sword” is comprised of the very people and institutions who once supported the mocker.
I like to say it like this; “Satan has no allegiance to those who worship him. He will chew them up and spit them out once they are no longer effective for him.” Well, look no further than the current events of today and you will witness the destruction coming upon those who mock God. Their usefulness for Satan has run its course and Yahweh is laughing.