COVID-19 and the plagues

And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Exodus 12:13 (KJV)

Where ye are – The first quarantine was established by God during the time of a plague. He instructed all of Israel to stay in their homes while a plague ravished the land. And here we are today, on the verge of Passover, practicing quarantine to remove ourselves from a virus spreading throughout the land. How fitting.

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2020 Spring Holy Days

The new moon was sighted in Israel on the evening of March 25th and the barley is confirmed to be in the aviv stage. This means we start counting today to determine God’s calendar and His Holy Days.

Happy New Year!

Sighted New MoonMarch 25
PassoverApril 8 (sunset)
Feast of Unleavened BreadApril 9 – 15
Feast of WeeksMay 31

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

Exodus 12:2

Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Deuteronomy 16:1

2019 Fall Holy Days

The new moon was sighted Sunday evening, September 29, 2019, in Israel by multiple witnesses. That makes today, Monday, September 30, the Memorial of Trumpets in accordance with Leviticus 23:24. The fall holy days work out like this:

Memorial of Trumpets (Yom Teruah)September 30, 2019
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)October 9
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)October 14 – 21

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Leviticus 23:24 (KJV)

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: […]

Leviticus 23:27

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.

Leviticus 23:34

2019 Spring Holy Days

2019 Holy Days (first set)

A sufficient amount of aviv was not found in Israel to declare this new moon as the beginning of the new year. This year will end with a 13th month. The next estimated visible new moon will be April 6 dictating the dates below.

Updated on 4/8/19 with correct dates!

Sighted new moonApril 7
PassoverApril 21 (sunset)
Feast of Unleavened BreadApril 22 – 28
Feast of WeeksJune 16

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

Exodus 12:2

Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Deuteronomy 16:1

(updated) 2019 Fall Holy Days

Contradictions

I absolutely love contradictions in the Bible. Yep, you heard me right. When I find a contradiction in Scripture, I know there’s something deeper going on that isn’t visible on the surface.

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)

But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. (Leviticus 5:11)

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Day of Atonement Doesn’t Cover Everything

For transgressions against God, the Day of Atonement atones; but for transgressions against a fellow-man, the Day of Atonement does not atone, so long as the sinner has not redressed the wrong done, and conciliated the man he has sinned against.

Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah

This is an authoritative teaching of Judaism. Think about it. The Day of Atonement did not cover all your sins; only the sins against God. YHVH did not forgive any sins that were done against your fellow man, if you have not reconciled them with that person. These sins were not under God’s jurisdiction. Continue reading “Day of Atonement Doesn’t Cover Everything”

Day of Alarm

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Leviticus 23:24 (KJV)

Blowing – The holy day in Hebrew is often referred to as Yom Teruah – Day of Sounding. But what sort of sound is going on here? We’re so far removed from the ritual practice of this day that many of us Christians probably wouldn’t realize the trumpet sound if we heard it. Continue reading “Day of Alarm”

Two Omers are Better than One

And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God […]

Deuteronomy 16:10 (KJV)

Weeks – This holy day that recently passed is called the Feast of Weeks. It’s not called Spirit Day even though Christians recognize it as the day the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and believers. It’s not called Torah Day even though Jews recognize it as the day God gave the Torah to Israel. But the Feast of Weeks is a unique blend of both of these events, and when reviewing the weeks up to this day we find an interesting association to both the Spirit and the Torah. Continue reading “Two Omers are Better than One”

Law of the Broken Neck Donkey

And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

Exodus 13:13 (KJV)

Redeem – Did you know that a donkey is the only unclean animal that is required to be redeemed? Continue reading “Law of the Broken Neck Donkey”

Goats and Coats

31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

Genesis 37:31-32 (KJV)

Goats and coats – In this story we read how Joseph’s brothers took his coat and dipped it in the blood of a goat to deceive their father, Jacob. This was the defining moment that resulted in the slavery of Israel in Egypt. As we explored in the previous post we saw that the prophecy of slavery was fulfilled twice. The second time was preceded by these verses above, but what about the first time when Jacob was an indentured servant to his uncle Laban? What was the catalyst there? Continue reading “Goats and Coats”