Two verses that expose the Lunar Sabbath (short)

Yesterday, while having a conversation with my brother, Rafael Trevino, he mentioned a little nugget in passing. I had to hit the ‘wait, what was that you just said’ button.

I’m not sure how our conversation touched on the Lunar Sabbath, but he related that in a debate with someone on the topic he had asked the Father for clarity and how to refute it and the Father said, ‘Count the omer!’

As soon as I heard Rafael say that I thought, “Brilliant!! But, of course, what else would the Father give?”

Recall that Lunar Sabbatarians reset their calendar with each new moon which always results in one odd week a month because the moon cycle is +/- 29.5 days, not evenly divisible by 7. Therefore, by definition, seven Sabbaths is always more than 49 days. ALWAYS! And, to exacerbate the discrepancy, there are always TWO new moons during the omer count leading to a minimum of three extra days added to the count.

Now, the two verses..

15 ‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord.

Leviticus 23:15-16

Fifty days. Period.

So, to be clear, I’m not judging brothers who observe the Lunar Sabbath, but it appears that the omer count, as detailed in Scripture, exposes and collapses that position. Selah.

Shalom!

Next: Exposing the aviv barley hunt…

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The Alef, the Tav, Eclipses and the Exodus

Some signs are so blindingly obvious that they can’t be ignored. The sequence of eclipses over the US between 2017 and 2024 is one such sign.

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

Genesis 1:14

Do you see it? Or, better, them?

Alef, Tav, X marks the spot, Shalom comes to mind.

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“Building the Kingdom” ~ What does this mean?

Having been reared in the church, I often heard statements regarding ‘Kingdom work’ or ‘building the Kingdom.’ Most, it would seem, understood or meant this to refer to evangelism, or adding to the numbers in the Body. Occasionally, the term/s might understand church or, more likely missions, as ‘Kingdom work.’ If pressed, most would assume anything else that helps the Body grow spiritually or numerically was ‘building the Kingdom.’

But, is this an accurate reflection of Torah, the Prophets, and Scripture as a whole?

In fact, just building numbers is akin to collecting stones as material. But, how much of that is actually building the Kingdom?

And, while we are defining terms, what is the Kingdom? The expectation for most of Christendom is some ethereal, non-descript, something-something in the sweet by-and-by. They know the whole idea is rooted in Scripture, but because they generally do not accept the literalness of prophecy or the myriad unfulfilled prophecies regarding the Land promised to Abraham and the return of the whole house of Jacob, they revert to mystical fantasies after a ‘rapture.’ [Side note: The ‘rapture’ is another topic rooted in misunderstood prophecy, but I’ll let the dog sleep, right now. 😉 ]

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The Language of Restoration

Fellowship v Family.

Community v Clan.

Is there a difference? Is one better than the other?

Often, our perception can be influenced either subtly or dramatically by word choice. The words we say, or the words we hear, can convey particular messages that strengthen or even weaken, what we are trying to communicate.

In an effort to really focus on the patriarchal tribal family aspect of kol Israel, I’m altering my vocabulary and ask that you do too!!

Former WordBetter WordWhy
Fellowship FamilyIn ancient Israel, everything was built around family. Because property could not be sold outside of a family, the family always stayed on their inheritance, building and growing the local farm, economy, and family.
CommunityClanFamilies stayed on the same property for centuries. Larger family units were clans, and family/clan loyalty was super important.

I believe there are other words we need to specifically think about and how they impact our relationship to each other. Words like ‘fellowship’ and ‘community’ imply some sort of connection between us as the house of Jacob, but they pale in comparison to the clear relational connection made with ‘family,’ ‘clan,’ and ‘tribe.’

What do you think? Are these words that draw us closer together? Do they convey concepts that we need to highlight and build on?

Please comment!!

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Hours and hours of good listening… (Link)

This morning I was reviewing a couple interviews I did the middle of last year and in the process, I perused a long list of interviews on Gene Porter’s podcast of Hebraic and Messianic Torahpeeps all over the world. I just want to throw this link out there as a GREAT source for encouragement, interesting discussion, exploration of Scripture, and meeting many other folks who are on this Torah journey!

https://www.podcastaddict.com/podcast/2027262

Bookmark, and note that Hebrew Nation Online as well as Triumph in Truth also have podcasts on that platform.

A reminder, as well, that I have a podcast (though need to take it back up to keep adding to it) that has several of my books converted to audio. Listen at https://anchor.fm/natsab

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Denominationalism or NATIONALISM?

If kol Israel is a patriarchal tribal family, why do we act like the divided denominations?

Why do we not understand #familyfirst ? How is it that every little ministry is all about their turf instead of the bigger, much bigger picture of unity? And, FAMILY?

A ‘denominator’ is a divider! And, denominationalism puts focus on the things that divide us.

Do we understand that Yah is restoring the House of Jacob? (Is. 2:5) Can we not see beyond Shabbat fellowship into the rest of the week when commerce, education, farming, interaction, etc all take place and act as a family? #shopfamilyfirst

Where are the family members focused on gathering, banding together, functioning as a family?

Where are the Torah businesses that move beyond tzitziot and wall hangings? (See Durable Trades post) Where are the men pooling resources and skills/talents to build beyond the oneg chit chat circle?

We can choose denominationalism, or we can drop the ‘denomi’ and simply press into NATIONALISM. The House of Jacob, kol Israel, #familyfirst ….

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Reading my emails… the Polygyny Awakening

It happens often, too often, to be mere happenstance. Yah is doing something amazing and I’m just excited to be a simple instrument that bears the striking resemblance of a lightning rod.

Each week or two, someone reaches out to me because they have suddenly been led to study marriage, adultery, polygyny, patriarchy, or some related topic that leads them to see what is actually written in Scripture. They dig deeper on their own and find that much they have been taught about ‘traditional’ marriage is straight Greco-Roman imported falsehood. Then, thinking they are going crazy, they do a search for anyone who might be seeing the same thing and wind up watching some of my youtube videos or reading parts of this blog among others. (I’m not the only voice in the wilderness…)

The next thing that happens is they connect with me via email, text, or other means and start asking questions and discussing truths that very few others are willing to explore or study. Often, I’ll receive an email with a detailed explanation of their journey and reasoning… Following is one such detailed description that is so very encouraging. I am printing this with permission as it is an email drafted as a way that the author shared and is sharing his journey with friends and family.

I pray this email will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you in regards to what Abba is doing in our day!! (Some names have been changed…)

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Gold, Silver, and the restoration of kol Israel

Have you ever pondered what God considers to be money? Ever wondered what the medium of exchange will be in the millennial Kingdom?

The answer seems obvious and even easy, gold and silver!! But, why?

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From Creation, gold has had intrinsic value. It is first mentioned in Genesis 2:11-12. Throughout Scripture it is a medium of exchange and store of wealth.

Silver, also used in the same manner, is the less valuable of the two because God created about 16x as much as gold in the earth.

Until 1964, the American dollar was backed by gold. And, until that time, the dollar was a very stable currency. Most other currencies in the world have at one time or another been based on gold and silver, and those various currencies almost invariably were devalued once decoupled from the hard asset or gold.

Inflation has been a constant companion of the dollar since we left the gold standard, but the specter of hyperinflation has begun to rear its head in the last few years in the wake of excessive printing of paper dollars.

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MUST read: Durable Trades, by Rory Groves

The very best book I have read in the last six months is not a theology or even Bible book. And, it is a must read for all who long for freedom, restoration of kol Israel, homestead, homeschool, rear children, have teens, etc… Basically, everyone who has any interest in this blog. 😉

For more than two decades, I have taken an interest in the ups and downs of national and global economies. In the United States, we have been through some serious highs and lows while watching the value of the dollar continue to erode.

Personally, I have been through a couple different career fields with a modicum of success, but limited stability. For most of that time, I worked jobs that required me to be away from the home during the day and sometimes at night, always building some other man’s dream/kingdom, and not that of my house.

Rory Groves, author of Durable Trades, had a similar experience as a computer programmer with an ever changing field, project and company instability, as well as separation from family. His desires for family, personal business, and generational business cause him to really start pondering why the working world has changed so much in the last 150 years.

Without question, the world’s system of economics and family life are contrary to the way Yah designed man and family. Going off to work for someone else is hardly a picture of Adam in Gan Eden having dominion and being fruitful. Further, the world system best benefits Babylon and not kol Israel and the Kingdom!! (More later)

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A Social Media Platform for Torahkeepers?

Several months ago, I stumbled upon a social media platform designed and administered by a Torahkeeper, for Torahkeepers. TheTorahNetwork.com (TTN), the brainchild of Rhy Bezuidenhout, was in its infant stages when I first encountered it, so I signed up to see what it was all about.

At that point there may have been fewer than 300 participants, so the site was understandably a bit quiet. A few dedicated posters and the snowballing effect of word of mouth advertising has slowly grown the site to a healthy 2000+ members while Rhy has faithfully been tweaking and adjusting programming and site administration to foster a wonderfully open environment that encourages the free and respectful exchange of thoughts and information.

Similar to Faithlessbook in layout and feel, TTN has groups, a marketplace, ministries, forums, etc. Rhy also has a mobile app (in the Apple and Google Play Stores) so you don’t miss any of your friends and can connect on the go. Of special note are the state and regional groups that help mishpocha find each other in their local areas.

TTN is free, though there are several membership levels with a number of perks for a small monthly or annual membership which helps offset Rhy’s costs of equipment, bandwidth, and time inputs. Strongly consider investing in this vision for kol Israel.

If you haven’t been to thetoranetwork.com yet, isn’t it time? If you have, please connect with me. Also, be sure to spread the word!!

Shalom!

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Why observe Rosh Chodesh? What’s the purpose?

For a number of years we have observed Rosh Chodesh and sounded the shofar somewhat regularly, but I have often wondered, ‘Why?’

Certainly, because it is a statute in Israel, we sought to be obedient, but often fell short simply because we did not make it a priority! The Scriptures say,

Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
    and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
this is a decree for Israel,
    an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
When God went out against Egypt,
    he established it as a statute for Joseph.

Psalm 81

(And, I suddenly realize that I have additional digging as this specifically names ‘Joseph’ in the Psalm that follows 80!! I need to dig into that possible connection, too! [The Hint…])

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Quitting our fellowship

About eleven years ago, I left the pulpit and we began our journey walking out Scripture as it is written. We were part of a small congregation for a couple years, then we began a home fellowship that met weekly and for special feasts. This was a significant and satisfying ‘upgrade’ from church life, but it still left something to be desired.

People would come and people would go. Division was easy… the Name, calendar, other minor doctrinal issues… And, the typical Shabbat ended with, ‘see you next week,’ not unlike church. Certainly, home fellowship was a good place to grow and study, but…

As I researched, studied, and wrote for Authority, Headship, and Family Structure, (According to Moses), I came to the now obvious realization that kol Israel is a patriarchal tribal FAMILY! Where I used to think of the Torah as a national Constitution, I now recognize that it is YHVH’s instruction on how we are to love Him and love the rest of the family (our neighbor).

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“I support normal marriage…”

Who gets to draw the lines? Who defines terms? What is the standard we measure by?

Here’s a good article and email on sister site, 113Restoration.com, asking and answering some of those questions:

“I support normal marriage…”

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Ashamed as I watch a whore being stripped…

This morning, a friend sent me a news article that filled me with shame and disgust! I am a combat veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, the All American as they were referred to during and after World War II. Today, the name makes me ill. Let me explain.

Over the last couple years it has become increasingly obvious that this nation is ripe for judgment. In recent months, I’ve commented on the state of our government and the obvious message to the world when we have a leader with dementia, a ‘vice leader’ that is an empty headed giggle twit, and leading the House is a an 80+ year old Jezebel hellbent on destroying what little remains. Without question, the writing is on the wall and we are being systematically stripped into utter nakedness before the world.

The top brass of our military demonstrated themselves to be buffoons with the debacle some call the Afghan withdrawal. LTC Sheller has admirably called out the Commandant of the Marine Corps and, instead of admission of error and mismanagement, his superiors, threw him in the brig to silence him. Cowards always hide from truth and accountability.

Then, today, I received the coldest of slaps in the face. RedState.com broke an exclusive story detailing that as the last flights were leaving Kabul Airbase, Major General Christopher Donahue, Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, kicked 50-100 refugees off of a C-17 so he could load a war souvenir captured from the Taliban. I almost threw up. He has blood on his hands as those refugees will surely be put to death if they have not already.

But, there is a more important lesson here for those with ears…

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A different ‘Torah’ reading cycle

I’d like to share a different annual reading cycle with you. We have been through the annual Torah cycle each of the last ten or so years. Each year has been rich and our focus has varied topically during those many cycles.

In the last several years, the Father has added a number of new families with younger children to our fellowship and they, too, have been through the cycle multiple times. But… we are finding that our children have some difficulty relating to the stories of Yeshua or making connections with the New Testament/Brit Chadashah.

So, this year, we determined to read and discuss through the Gospels and the Apostolic writings with the particular intent of familiarizing our children with the ‘New Testament’ while connecting it as often as possible with the things we know from the Torah. Our thought, as a fellowship, is that maybe every three or four years we want to be intentional about working ‘backwards,’ from NT to Torah, as we ensure our children, and ourselves, have and maintain a good balanced understanding and application of all of Scripture.

Here is a link to what we have put together for our reading cycle this coming year. I can provide this same information as an excel spreadsheet to any who want it or desire to modify it. This platform doesn’t like to save .xls, hence the pdf.

NT Annual Reading Cycle

A note concerning layout… We have tried to carefully assemble the Gospel accounts into chronological order. This makes for what may seem a tedious reading list, however, we believe this is worth the effort to align the various passages and accounts. We have provided a ‘condensed’ passage list in a second column for those who prefer to read the larger sections or at least see the larger flow. Hillel II dates for feasts are given for reference. Our fellowship actually observes a slightly different calendar (sighted moon).

My expectation is that families will read the regular Torah cycle in their homes through the course of the year, but our focus as a fellowship, and especially for our children, will be the Brit Chadashah/New Testament in our weekly gathering.

If you find this useful, by all means, use it! Certainly, we would appreciate your thoughts if you have aditional input as we seek to improve this n the coming year.

Shalom!!

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