Messiah in Rosh HaShanah II & Chanukkah II Chapter 15

EPISODE EIGHT.  Andrew reports to Rabbi Yeshua that the Twelve were only able to discover five little barley loaves and two fishes that were the possession of a little boy, so Messiah orders His disciple Andrew to bring to Him the five loaves and two fishes that the little boy was willing to supply.

  1. The little meal of the little lad
  2. The Administration of the little lad is ruled by Meekness and Humility
  3. Personified Divine Love
  4. The Holy One secretly comes to us in the form of the lowly babe and the little lad
  5. We need to return to our high-born calling of reflecting the beautiful Face of Abba Avinu
  6. The meaning of the Five little Barley Loaves
  7. Moses and the prophecy of the Humble Man who was cut-down on our behalf
  8. The meaning of the Two little Fish
  9. The Heavenly Sacrifice
  10. The Final Sacrifice for Sin
  11. Three festivals are involved in Passover
  12. Adonai must be worshipped at the Foundation of Peace
  13. Our High Priest who brings us Peace
  14. The Sheep, Oxen, and Doves reveal three priestly objectives
  15. The shed blood of the Korban Pesach provides atonement for our souls
  16. Atonement of the soul
  17. The corruption of the first century Religious Establishment
  18. Messiah witnessed deceit and Idolatry being practiced in the Temple
  19. The Zeal of the Righteous One
  20. Messiah is our resurrected High Priest
  21. The resurrected Rod of Levi
  22. Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years
  23. The Messiah replaces our sin with His righteousness
  24. First base comes before second base
  25. The meanings of their names (Simon Peter, Andrew, and Philip)
  26. Shimon Peter (Bar Jona)
  27. Andrew (Adam)
  28. The Hearing One must be the Firstborn of all redeemed Humanity
  29. Man was created with an innate ability to hear, understand and obey Abba Avinu
  30. Did you know that before we are born we hear the voice of our mother in the womb?
  31. The Messiah heard the Voice of the heavenly Father before He was born on earth
  32. We are to become perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect
  33. Messiah did not come to earth just to atone for our sins
  34. Philip (meaning those who Love His Appearance)
  35. The Shekinah accompanies the Messiah
  36. The Shekinah will be present with the Messiah upon His return

The little meal of the little lad:

After these things Yeshua went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs (attesting miracle) which He was performing on those who were sick. Then Yeshua went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. Now Pesach (the Passover), the feast of the Yehudim (Jews), was near. Therefore Yeshua, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii (The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages) worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” In the Scriptures little is big with Abba Avinu. The little or “humble” ones are the heroes and the Giants (the proud ones) are the bad guys. In our study of the Messiah in Purim we discovered that the name of Mordecai literally means “Little Man.”

We found that Adonai is looking for Humility.

For Him the One who is truly best able to lead is the One who is best able to be the Servant of All. The Messiah is the Humble Man. The little meal of the little lad, therefore, is a testimony to the Humble Man, the Messiah. Yes, Messiah Ben Joseph, Ben David possesses great power. Yes, He will return as the Conquering Messiah Ben David to rule over the entire world with an iron rod. But the Lion of Judah is not who the Messiah “is.” The Lion of Judah is a title of what the Holy One must “do” when evil is present. The Lion of Judah does not define the eternal “being” of the Holy One. He is not the One who is seen in the vision of the Father and Messiah in the new heavens and earth. In heaven the Messiah is known as He truly is:  He is the Lamb. It is in the face of the Little Lamb that we see the true eternal Face of the Father (absent of the presence of sin and evil). Philip, one of Messiah’s Twelve chosen disciples, mentioned in the present narrative of the Loaves and Fishes, once asked the Messiah, “Show us the Father and it will be sufficient for us.” The Messiah responded: “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.”

The Administration of the little lad is ruled by Meekness and Humility:

It is a Divine riddle definitely worth solving: How does the Creator rule? Does He lord it over us like the false deities of the Gentiles do? No. The Lord (Ha’Adon) is the greatest of all because He is the Servant of All. He is the Moral Superior to All. His personal virtues are without peer. His Moral Power is without equal. Therefore, it is paramount that we understand that it is Adonai’s virtue that “always dictates” what His Power will do. This is why throughout much of His ministry the Messiah deliberately veiled from the view of His followers the exceeding glory of the Divinity that dwelt within Him and the unlimited power of His Kingship, as the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Messiah’s mission was not to set-up a Gentile kingdom on earth but a Jewish one.

The Father of our Lord Yeshua Ha-Mashiach sent to Israel His Spirit in the human form of a Son of David so that all of His children might be reconciled to Him and come to possess a servant’s heart and become humble and meek as His Beloved Son. The humanity Adonai desires is not one that is competitive and war-like but humble and peace- loving. The occasional harsh treatment of humanity by Adonai Tzevaot is because of our embracing what is evil instead of what is good. The truth is that Adonai has always desired that the human race become a peace-loving community rather than a community of selfishness, greed, hate, and violence. Only the eyes of the pure in heart can see our Father in heaven. If we would only be changed from the Inside-out by His wonderful and marvelous grace then we would see Him as He truly is: To the pure in heart the Holy One is innocent, pure, harmless, lowly, and yes playful (better than a child).

Personified Divine Love:

The Holy One is innocent, pure, harmless, lowly (humble), and yes playful (better than a child). This is who the Holy One really  “is.” G-d is Love. He administers (does) chastisement and judgment only because we choose to do evil instead of good. If we were completely good as He is good, we would not see the terrible, fearsome Divine One that He is so often seen as; rather we would see the truth: The true Face of our Father in Heaven (Avinu Shebashamayim) is one of gentleness, kindness, and innocence. His Face is like the face of a Baby! This is why:

All of the sacrificed lambs at the temple had to be less than twelve months old.

So that in their infancy they might bear the true Image of the Beautiful, Magnificent Face that the holy angels behold of our Father who dwells in heaven! It was the will of the heavenly Father, therefore, that the disciples of the Messiah first learn about and fully understand what the designation “Son of Man” (Ben HaAdam) means. Then, after these Sons of Israel fully understood what it means to be a Servant-leader in the world, the heavenly Father would entrust to them the far more majestic and glorious revelations of His Beloved Son who is the new and Last Adam (HaAdam Ha-acharon), the new Son of Adonai Elohim and the new and final King of Israel (Melekh Yisrael).

The Holy One secretly comes to us in the form of the lowly babe and the little lad:

There is an important developmental lesson to be learned here about Adonai. He comes to us first and foremost revealing Himself to be a lowly Servant. Only when our hearts are pure do we perceive and accept with gladness this wonderful truth about Him. It is only the meek and poor in spirit who can embrace with complete joy the Holy One’s Perfect Humility and Meekness. The exalted will be humbled. The humble will be exalted. It is only when we submit to and practice the Messiah’s lifestyle of the Humble Man that we begin to understand the revelation of the King of Glory (Melekh HaKavod).

We need to return to our high-born calling of reflecting the beautiful Face of Abba Avinu:

Question: What was it that was invisible that the new and Last Adam came to reveal and “restore” to the face of humankind?

Answer: Messiah came to restore our original resemblance to our heavenly Father.

There is a reason why the Lamb sacrifices at the Temple had to be less than twelve months old in age (in ancient Israel a person or animal was counted as one year old at birth; so a little one became two years old after only twelve months). This was so because the Sacrifice had to accurately bear the “lost” image of the Father, the Face of a harmless, innocent baby. Therefore it is written:

“Behold the Lamb of G-d who takes away the sin of the world!”

The meaning of the Five little Barley Loaves

In Hebrew everything means something special. Every name and place name means something special and so does every Hebrew number reveal something of the unlimited goodness, kindness, and graciousness of Abba Avinu.

Barley is the Bread of Humility.

Barley is the “Poor Man’s Bread.” The five little loves of barley speak of the Bread of Humility that our Father has given to us through the offering of the little lad. Five is the number of the Grace of Adonai. The Grace of Adonai can be accepted or rejected. It is up to each one of us whether or not we will accept the sacrifice of the Messiah that Adonai is willing to credit to us as righteousness. Let me explain what is meant by this. Each spring the people of Israel celebrate anew their national birth that began at the Exodus. In the spring ritual of HaBikkurim (cf. the Messiah in HaBikkurim), in the cutting down of the dedicated barley sheaf on the Sabbath (beginning Friday just after sunset, ending Saturday just before sunset), we are prophetically celebrating the “cutting down” of the Messiah, the perfect Humble Man; who died on our behalf for the cleansing of our sin so that we might inherit the gift of eternal life.

Moses and the prophecy of the Humble Man who was cut-down on our behalf:

The Deliverer Moses tells us that in faith, when the cut down barley sheaf that represents the Humble Man is ‘lifted up’ and presented to Adonai, then it will be as if we had been transformed and we had become Humble too. This is why the Rabban our Messiah has said:

“If I be lifted up I will draw all men to Myself.”

Messiah is the cut-down one and He is the lifted up one who when presented to the Righteous Father is ‘accepted’ on our behalf. Messiah is our Wave Offering. So as a royal nation of priests and kings (we members of Israel and the Commonwealth of Israel) we too must lift the Messiah up. We must lift up the Messiah as our Righteous Representative sacrifice to the Righteous Father. Then as Moses promised it will be for us as if we too were accepted. It is the Humble Man that our Father in heaven delights in. If we present ourselves a living sacrifice through the Messiah, then and only then will our Father in heaven count it to us as righteousness and accept us as holy and blameless. If we identify with the Humble One then, in Him by the power of the Spirit of Grace:

Israel shall one day be transformed into a royal nation of Servant-leaders that Adonai can trust to rule His world.

Only through the daily exercise of the supernatural Presence of the Humble Man indwelling the nation and people of Israel will the promises to the patriarchs and prophets be completely “fulfilled.” If we identify with the Ha-Mashiach (the Anointed One) in His suffering then we will abound in His comfort (His vindicating exercise of rule, power, and authority over evil). Then will the knowledge of the Most High flood the earth with the fruit of Light; the goodness, righteousness, and truth of the Holy One. Then and only then, will Israel be transformed into a royal nation of priests and kings (mashiachim, anointed ones). This is a true saying. But the supernatural promises of Adonai will not materialize until all Israel hears, understands, and obeys the testimony of Moses and lifts up the Mashiach Ben Joseph, Ben David as our offering to the Righteous Father. So, let us lift Him up!

The meaning of the Two little Fish:

In Hebrew two is the number of “witness” or “testimony.”

The word “fish” is symbolic of the life and activities of our souls (cf. previous chapter #14, paragraphs 2-4). The soul is the treasure house where all of the works that the Holy Spirit has accomplished in and through our lives is kept in “safe” storage. The once-in-eternity sacrifice of Messiah cleanses our souls and the Spirit of Holiness constantly works in our lives to help us accrue treasure in our thoughts, feelings, decisions, and behavior sufficient to add valuable content to our souls.

1.  Little Lad=Humble Man=The Messiah
2.  Barley=Grain of the Poor (Humble)
3.  Bread=Word of Adonai (HaShem)
4.  Five=Grace
5.  Fish=Soul
6.  Two=Witness

Therefore, the literal (mystery) spiritual meaning (sod) of both the five barley loaves and the two fish is: The witness  of the gracious redemption of our souls by the Messiah, who is the Humble Man.

The Heavenly Sacrifice:

The Messiah was the heavenly sacrifice foretold by Moses and the prophets.

He was the innocent, sinless sacrifice that would take away the sin of the world. The animal sacrifices of the high priest Aaron Ben Levi were only a temporary prophetic depiction (foreshadowing) of the one time sacrifice of the Lamb of Adonai. This messianic sacrifice made all other sacrifices unnecessary and obsolete (by their complete fulfillment; not by their cancellation). [Note: The future sacrifices in the Millennial Temple (cf. the latter chapters of the prophet Ezekiel referenced in chapter 4 of this document) will only be offered out of a remembrance of the atoning sacrifice of the Messiah and will not represent an actual reinstatement of the Mosaic sacrificial system; which only foreshadowed the once-in-eternity sacrifice of the Messiah.]

The Final Sacrifice for Sin:

As you will recall from our earlier discussion on the Messiah’s cleansing of the Temple, He cleansed the Temple twice.

His first cleansing of the Temple occurred early in His ministry. Thereafter, His second” cleansing of the Temple occurred again at the end of His ministry (cf. significance of the term “second” administration in our article, “Messiah in Purim”). The Messiah due to His atoning death and life-giving resurrection is both Adonai’s final sacrifice for sin (death) and He is our permanent High Priest forever (resurrection). These two historic events of Messiah’s atoning death and life giving resurrection mark the end of Israel’s old religious administration (plagued by priestly graft and corruption) and the beginning of a new administration, the Administration of the Holy Spirit (cf. “Messiah in Purim”). Therefore, Messiah now and forever is our:

1.  Burnt offering;
2.  Drink offering;
3.  Grain offering;
4.  Peace offering; and
5.  Sin offering.

Three festivals are involved in Passover:

“The Pesach of the (Yehudim) Jews was near, and the Salvation of Adonai-Yeshua went up to Jerusalem.” About thirty days before the Passover celebration the people of Israel began making preparations for this great eight-day observance. Pesach occurs in the Jewish lunar calendar on 14 Nisan. Chag HaMatzot (Unleavened Bread) is observed from 15-21 Nisan. Yom HaBikkurim (the Day of Firstfruits) should be observed on 16 Nisan (the third day from Pesach) but oftentimes is observed on other days (cf. Messiah in HaBikkurim and Counting of the Omer). Therefore, there are actually three festivals involved in the Passover Festival:

Festival #1.  Pesach depicts the Messiah’s death on the accursed tree configured in the Sign of the ancient (pictograph) Hebrew letter Tav.

Festival #2.  Chag Ha Matzot represents  the cleansing of Adonai’s Temple, redeemed humanity.

Festival #3.  Yom HaBikkurim commemorates Messiah’s resurrection from the dead and His promise of eternal life to all who believe in Him.

Adonai must be worshiped at the Foundation of Peace:

The season of Pesach occurs in the spring each year, normally at the end of March or the beginning of April. Every male after the age of thirteen was required to worship Adonai in Jerusalem (lit. Foundation of Peace) during the three mandatory festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot (spring, summer, fall). Each festival teaches a basic doctrine that is required for conversion, sanctification, and the rule of the Almighty One to be perfectly established in each individual (glorification) and throughout the earth (millennial kingdom). To repeat, the three required festival observances are:

(1).  Pesach;
(2).  Shavuot;
(3).  Sukkot.

Our High Priest who brings us Peace:

“The Pesach of the Yehudim (Jews) was near, and the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) went up to Jerusalem (the Foundation of Shalom). And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.’ His disciples remembered that it was written:

‘Zeal for Your House will consume Me.’

The Yehudim then said to Him, ‘What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?’ The Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Yehudim then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) had spoken.” “And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.’”

The whip Messiah used to drive the businessmen out of the Court of the Gentiles in the Temple was made out of the “cords” that bound the animals to the Temple court. The cords had a dual purpose. They were also used to tie the sacrificial animals to the horns of the sacrificial altar when they were sacrificed. The cords were loosed from the sacred animals only after they had been sacrificed at the altar. Just as Messiah is the true High Priest, He is also the true Sacrifice of our Father in heaven. He is Seh HaElohim, the Lamb of Elohim (our Korban Pesach):

Prophetic Depiction #1.  Messiah is the Sinless One who provides Atonement for sin. He is our Burnt offering.

Prophetic Depiction #2.  Messiah is the Selfless One who poured out His life (blood) as a ransom for many. He is our Drink offering.

Prophetic Depiction #3.  Messiah is the wholly Devoted One who supplies perfect dedication to Adonai. He is our Grain offering.

Prophetic Depiction #4.  Messiah is the Peaceful One who secures fellowship (reconciliation) with Adonai. He is our Peace offering.

Prophetic Depiction #5.  Messiah is the Gentle One who turns the wrath of Adonai away from others and onto Himself. He is our Sin offering.

The Sheep, Oxen, and Doves reveal three priestly objectives:

The coins referred to in the account were small silver coins that were used to pay the half-shekel temple tax.

The money changers were converting secular money into temple coinage because there were idolatrous “pagan images” displayed on nearly all of the secular coinage. Every male over the age of twenty was required annually to pay this redemption of the soul temple tax. The Rabbis refer to this obligatory tax as the “atonement for the soul.” This is derived from Moses’ instructions in Exodus 30:15: “The rich shall not pay more, and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the Adonai to make atonement for yourselves.” There are three objectives that are achieved by the once-in-eternity sacrifice of the Messiah on behalf of the people of Israel (and the Commonwealth of Israel; i.e. the believing Gentiles):

Objective #1.  Remove (expiate) all sin from believing humanity.

Objective #2.  Second objective:  Instill in His followers complete dedication to the will of the heavenly Father.

Objective #3.  Secure a permanent fellowship (Shalom, Peace) between Abba Father and Redeemed Man.

The shed blood of the Korban Pesach provides atonement for our souls:

All of these activities of the Korban Pesach (Sacrificed Lamb) at the Temple testify to Messiah’s death on the accursed tree (configured in the Hebrew Sign of the Tav ).

Meaning #1.  The tables of the money changers were made out of wood, wood symbolizes Messiah’s humanity.

Meaning #2.  The overturned tables refer to Rabbi Yeshua’s substitutionary atonement.

Meaning #3.  The Messiah’s heart (Spirit) was overturned (haphak) and atonement was made when He took sinful Man’s guilt upon Himself and was punished for humanity’s sin and rebellion (unlawful acts) against Adonai (Lamentations 1:20): “See, O Adonai, for I am in distress; My Spirit is greatly troubled: My Heart is overturned (haphak) within Me.”

Atonement of the soul:

The “atonement of the soul” money, the little silver coins which the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) “poured out” refers to the Messiah’s poured out blood: “This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood.” Silver metal (in the Scriptures) oftentimes is symbolic of  redemption, the shedding of blood.

The corruption of the first century Religious Establishment:

The  corrupt religious-business activities  that were routinely being practiced at the Temple that the Messiah was opposed to were:

Corrupt Practice #1.  Usurpation of the Gentiles’ right to worship in their own dedicated area-court (the Court of the Gentiles).

Corrupt Practice #2.  The practice of extortion in the selling of temple sanctioned animals (the ‘mark up’  price was way too high).

Corrupt Practice #3.  The practice of usury in the  exchange  rates;  the  business  of  exchanging secular coins for religious coinage where the interest rates charged for the exchanges were exorbitant.

Messiah witnessed deceit and Idolatry being practiced in the Temple:

The Temple personnel’s pious preoccupation with sacred “things” was a deception.

The priests, Levites and Temple businessmen were in truth obsessed only with making money. The heart’s desire of the religious leaders was to obtain as much material wealth and power as they could (not as advertised, “to worship Adonai”). Their hearts were filled with the graven images (things) of greed, avarice and covetousness (Exodus 20:4 &17; Ezekiel 8:10). These immoral practices testify to the internal corruption existing in the “sons of Levi.” In Abba Father’s love for humanity, Messiah was bound with the “cords of our sin” to the altar of our judgment: “His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” As stated previously, in earlier chapters of this document, this event was prophesied about in Psalm 69:9; Masoretic: verse 10:  “For zeal for Your House has consumed Me, and the reproaches of those  who reproach You have fallen on Me.”

The Zeal of the Righteous One:

The Righteous One’s zeal for the sanctity of His Father’s House was destined to lead to His death.

The religious leaders of the Yehudim, who spoke for the people on all religious matters, said to Messiah, “What sign do you show us as your authority for doing these things?” The Messiah answered them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The word “destroy” here means to loose something tied or bound. The word picture here is one of Messiah, the Lamb of the Almighty One, being tied (bound by cords) to the horns of the altar and then slain for man’s sin. Only when Messiah was bound by cords to the horns of the altar were the cords of Adonai’s judgment removed from the “neck” of humankind. Therefore it is written (Psalm 118:27):  “Adonai is the Almighty One, and He has given us Light; bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.”

Messiah is our resurrected High Priest:

The sign of the resurrection of the Messiah (the High Priest) was foretold in the Torah in the resurrection of Aaron’s Rod (Numbers 17:1-13). In this narrative a dead almond branch (the tree species of the Temple Golden Lampstand) was resurrected. The resurrected dead almond branch after its resurrection miraculously produced buds, blossoms and almond fruit (from the Revived, Resurrected Branch). This was a Sign of the future (permanent) High Priest who would (after three days) demonstrate the Divine power to grant eternal life to all who believe in Him. A period of three days is indicated in the three reported procreative activities (bud, blossom, the bearing of fruit) that occurred in the Revived Branch that depicts the resurrection power of the High Priest to come (compare Genesis 40:12).]

The resurrected Rod of Levi:

“The Yehudim then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”

According to the historian Josephus, work on this Temple began in the eighteenth year of the reign of Herod the Great (19 BCE). Forty-six years later would be the Passover in 27 CE. Since this Temple cleansing occurred at the beginning of Messiah’s public ministry, a date of 30 CE is indicated for His crucifixion. Forty-six is an interesting number. The number forty often represents “testing.” The number six most often represents Man. We see here a prophetic picture of the “test” of Messiah the Humble Man.

Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years:

Here, in the time of the first century (CE) the Yehudim are wandering in the wilderness of futile religious practices. The corrupt priests had led the people astray. In their insensitivity to the desires of Adonai they were treating the Father’s House of Prayer as if it were a common business. Therefore, the form of the religious practices of the corrupt priests had been given a higher priority than the substance (heart-felt sincerity) of the people’s actual worship of the Holy One. Priestly graft and corruption prevailed instead of true worship. As stated above, the number “six” represents Man.

The first Adam sinned and paradise became wilderness. The last Adam obeyed and so the wilderness shall (one day) be paradise.

Only the new and Last Adam could pass the test of restoring the rest of humankind back to our former privileged estate (i.e. before the first Adam sinned). The Messiah replaces our sin with His righteousness. He subtracts our sinful, barren reproach (asaph) and He replaces it with His procreative goodness, righteousness, and truth. He adds (yoseph) to our once dead spirit His regenerative Life. By dying in our place the Messiah, the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) secured not only cleansing for sin but the Gift of Eternal Life. In His resurrection the resurrected Messiah became our true High Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek (the King of Righteousness).

The Messiah replaces our sin with His righteousness:

Through faith in the resurrected, now glorified Messiah, our King of Righteousness (Melchizedek), mortal, corrupt, sinful Man can now be transformed into an immortal, incorruptible righteous Man. Through the Messiah’s “death” the Temple of Man has been cleansed. Through the “resurrection” of Messiah redeemed humanity has been made indestructible.

In closing this part of the Testimony of Messiah if you did not know any of these truths previously and are learning these truths about Messiah for the first time and you are still disbelieving be patient. Just keep on searching for the truth in these matters. Faith in Messiah is not always immediately forthcoming.

Look at Messiah’s own chosen Jewish disciples, they needed up to three years to arrive at a place of sincere belief in Him.

Please note that in the first three years of their time of being Messiah’s disciples none of His followers really understood very much at all about the real meaning of the Master’s Teaching. How could they? How could we? Only after the resurrection of Messiah and the disciples receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit on Shavuot could they ever begin to fully understand the purpose of the Suffering Messiah’s first visitation to earth. (For more information about the gift of wisdom that is included in the indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One read the “Messiah in Shavuot”.) So, be patient and keep searching. You will not be disappointed in what you find. Just keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking on the door of ‘His’ Unfailing Heart.

First base comes before second base:

The Rabbi from heaven calls for us to search for the Unlimited Resources of Abba Avinu. One key to this search being successful is that we begin by our affirming our belief in the First Love of our life. We must never forget that our lives are first inspired by the love of our heavenly Father for you and me. Our initial prayer must be, “Love us Father that we might be filled with Your Love so that then we might have the means to love others.” “We love because our heavenly Father first loved us.” The central issue here is not one of action per se but of the heart. Do I believe that Abba Avinu is real and that He, in fact, loves me with an everlasting love? Only the experience of the love of Adonai for you and me can cause us to trust Him sufficient to embrace His Spirit. Only the One whom we believe actually loves us completely can be trusted by us completely. It is solely the actual experience of being loved by Abba Avinu that can awaken in us a natural  yearning and longing for the Presence of His Spirit (cf. Psalm 42:1; 18:1ff):

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O Elohim.”

“I love you, Adonai My Strength!” (Vayomar erchamkah Adonai chizki). King David was such a person. He made the ‘Heart’ of Adonai his ‘heart.’ In David’s passionate pursuit of the First Love of Adonai he found the inspiration necessary to fully embrace the Spirit of the Holy One as being the Lord of “all” of his spirit, soul, body, and mind (his total being). This is the starting point. Like David, who was a man after “Adonai’s Heart,” we must be willing to be changed-transformed from the Inside-out by the First Love, the Love of Abba Avinu. Then will we discover the necessary means that we must possess before we can truly begin to love others as Abba Avinu has loved us!

The meanings of their names (Simon Peter, Andrew, and Philip):

“Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?”

There is several wonderful layers of meaning to the Divine narrative of the Messiah. There is the simple, straight forward meaning and there are subtle hidden meanings. It is not enough to just study the Word of Adonai like it is some kind of tech-manual; although, there does exists clear tasks to hear and do in the teachings of Messiah. There is also the issue of enjoying the study of the D’var HaShem. Boring study is not the highest compliment to Abba Avinu.  “Play is!”

Do you have fun when you search out the Scriptures? We do. We look for the Presence of the Holy One mainly to have fun with Him. Yes, we also seek to serve the Holy One by doing His will in the world. And, yes at times that is very hard. But we long for the times when we can be in His Presence. He “is” our Greatest Joy!

Did you know that Abba Avinu is incredibly playful? The deep meanings in the Divinely artistic subtleties of His Word are no more than an expression of His form of instructional play. Do you like games? We do. We like cross-word puzzles and chess. Maybe you do not enjoy solving riddles and searching for treasure. We do. The search for meaning in the Tanakh (and Brit HaChadashah) is like the search for the coin in the Bread (the afikomen). It is important to the Holy One that “we” the children have fun in our learning to know Him.

Afikoman means “that which comes after” or “dessert.”

The afikoman is a half-piece of matzo which is broken in two during the early stages of the Passover Seder and set aside to be eaten as a dessert after the meal. The afikoman is a substitute for the Korban Pesach (sacrificed Lamb), which was the last thing eaten at the Passover Seder during the eras of the First and Second Temples and during the period of the Mishkan (lit. “dwelling place;” Tabernacle).

In many Jewish families the head of the household hides the afikoman for the children to find, and rewards them with a hidden silver coin (silver is the metal that symbolizes “redemption”). The afikoman is a device, therefore, for keeping children awake and alert during the Seder proceedings, until the time it is needed for dessert.

This is why we must daily search throughout the House of Adonai’s revelation—to search for and find the Simcha of Abba Avinu—to be playful and have fun! Such pure motivations are a reflection of the wonderful innocence, harmlessness, and playfulness of Abba Avinu.

Question: Why do we voluntarily subject ourselves to sacrifice and suffering?

Answer: We do it all so that we might experience the Simcha of Abba Avinu!

We who formerly as transgressors of the Law feared Adonai’s wrath now rejoice in the heavenly Father’s Presence. Why did the heavenly Father make all of these incredible sacrifices to redeem you and I from sin and reconcile us to Him as our Father and as our friend? Yes, for love but also for Joy! It is for the eternal Joy of returning things back to the way they were always intended to be that Abba Avinu went through all of this trouble. No doubt the prize of the eternal Joy that is ahead in the new heavens and the new earth is so great that Adonai considers all of this loss as nothing in comparison to the Great Joy that is in store for Him and His children. We will forget completely this time of sin, suffering, and death. We will remember it no more. The taint of it will be completely removed from our conscious being. Jeremiah informs us that the reasons why our heavenly Father has endured the insults and the shame, why He sacrificed so very much is for JOY!

It (this redeemed community; literally city) will be to Me a Name of Joy (Shem Sason-שֵׁם שָׂשֹׂון), praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.

We have learned that the Messiah for the Joy that was set before Him endured the suffering on the accursed tree, and despised the shame. The suffering of an atoning death was considered as nothing to the Father and the Messiah in comparison to the Great Immeasurable Joy of returning us to a righteous, joyous loving relationship with Him and each other. This is why the Messiah said just hours before His time of sacrifice: “Amen, amen, I say to you that you will weep and wail, and the world will rejoice. Yes, you will be grieved; but surely your grief will be turned to SASON-JOY (שָׁשׁוֹן).

The woman who is about to give birth has pain, but after she gives birth to the child she no longer remembers her pain.

She is SIMCHA-HAPPY (שְׂמֵחָה) because a person was born into the world. You too will now be grieving, but I will return and see you, and your heart will rejoice, and nothing will take your happiness away from you!”

The Spirit of the Holy One is how Abba Avinu empowers this endeavor.

The Spirit is the One who affects (administers) the rule of Messiah in the daily lives of His followers. Rabbi Yeshua, the Messiah, will return to earth a second time to usher in the rule of the Kingdom of Adonai and the Golden Age of Israel. He will return in His glorified body exercising all His Divine authority. Immediately upon His return He will begin His deliverance of Israel through a series of judgments.

Thereafter, in the messianic age the final restoration of Israel will occur. The kingdoms of Judah and Israel will be reunited so that the two sticks “will once again flourish as one” (cf. Ezekiel 37:15-17). At this time, armed conflicts around the world will completely cease, because Israel and its neighbors will live in peace. People will come from around the world to worship Adonai in the land of Israel. Isaiah describes this time when he says (Isaiah 2:2-4):

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mount of Adonai’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; He will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.’”

After the heavenly Father has stored up His treasure from this age and the messianic age to come, a new age will dawn.

This will follow the destruction of the old creation. This age will follow the Great White Throne Judgment and the wicked “going to their own place.” Glimpses of the new heaven and new earth have been provided us. At that future time there will be a spectacularly ornate new Jerusalem “coming down from heaven.” There will be no temple for El Shaddai and the Lamb will be our temple. The glory of Adonai will illuminate the city, so there will be no need for a sun or moon.

Nothing that defiles will be allowed to enter the holy city.

The tragic narrative of sin will be remembered no more. There will be a continual Presence of the heavenly Father’s eternal life, readily accessible through the river of life and the Tree of Life located in the eternal Jerusalem. In addition to these easily accessible natural resources, the “leaves” of the Tree of Life will be available. They are described as possessing healing, therapeutic properties. Thus, the leaves sustain a continuous emotional life, sourced in the emotional life of Avinu Shebashamayim, that will assure us a state of immense, Unending Joy!

Shimon Peter (Bar Jona):

Simon Peter is the Son of Jona. In Aramaic Jona is the same as “Yochanan” In Hebrew.

This means he is the Son of the Grace of Adonai. The root meaning of Shimon’s name is “shama.” This supremely important word in Hebrew means to listen, understand and obey. In the Torah children are told to obey (shama) their parents. Grace is Adonai’s love language to man. Obedience through the Grace of Adonai is Man’s love language to Adonai. In the Torah all Israel is instructed: Shema Israel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad! “Hear, O Israel: the Adonai our Elohim is One Adonai!” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The word Shema (hear) means more than just the English word to listen.

In the Shema we (Israel) promise to listen, understand and obey everything Adonai says.

Therefore the name Shimon (Simon) speaks of what Man is to do. For instance, each person reciting the Shema has committed (dedicated) his entire body, soul, and spirit to act as an ear that hears, a soul that sees and a spirit that obeys Adonai Eloheinu and therefore, each person who is reciting the prayer is praying-promising he or she will always do exactly what our heavenly Father says. In this sense the hearer becomes a physical extension of our Father in heaven. In this manner of life, the hearer becomes Adonai Eloheinu’s permanent dwelling place. We are His Temple. For all, except the Only Begotten Beloved Son (Ben Yachid, Ben Yadid), keeping the prayer-promise of Shema to Adonai Eloheinu is impossible!

Shimon’s Greek name Peter (Petros) and Aramaic name Kefa means “Rock” or “Stone.”

Whereas the name Shimon bears witness to what Adonai wants Man (Adam) to do, Petros reveals what Elohim universally expects Man to be. Man must be remade out of incorruptible material. Man is to be made in the Image of Adonai. Man’s virtue is to harmonize perfectly with the perfect virtue of our heavenly Father. Abba Avinu’s goodness, righteousness and truth are unchanging. He is incorruptible. So must Man be.

Man (Adam) is meant to exist in a fortified state of perpetual compliance with Adonai’s will.

Therefore, Man is to live a life of unending conformity to the virtue of the Holy One… Although steel is a good metaphor for strength it carries with it the unfortunate possibility of rusting (corruption). Therefore, in antiquity the most ancient, durable and change resistant (incorruptible) substance known to Man was stone. Stone is the ultimate building material. Stone construction assures a builder that his building will be fortified to the highest possible degree. Abba our Father wills that His permanent dwelling place (Man) must compliment His own perpetual, unchanging strength and reliability. Redeemed Man is, therefore, destined to be the heavenly Father’s immortal, incorruptible, unassailable House of Stone. Peter’s name reveals that Man must become what Messiah already is, immortal, invincible and incorruptible.

Andrew (Adam):

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” Andrew’s name in Greek is Andreas. The root meaning of his name is “Man” (in Hebrew Adam). Andrew is identified as being Simon Peter’s brother. Like his brother, Andrew-Adam is a Son of the Grace of Adonai. Therefore, although it may be obvious, it must be pointed out:

These two brothers, “Hearing ” (Shimon) and “Man” (Adam) come form the same womb.

So from what ‘same’ womb do these two men come from? They come from the womb of a woman and this woman comes from the womb of Sarah. Furthermore, there is more to this womb of Sarah than physical birth. According to the Messiah, to be born out of the womb of Sarah involves more than just physical birth. It involves spiritual birth.

First we are born physically (naturally) from this world. Then we are born spiritually (supernaturally) from heaven above. Thereafter, as the children of Adonai we are to be drawn out of this world to one day exodus out of this creation into eternity. Therefore, we are born initially into creation so that one day we might be re-born out of creation into eternity.

If you are of Jewish ancestry, as we are, then you are physically born of Sarah. She is the mother of us all. From (Abraham and) Sarah we are recipients of the earthly blessings. However, according to the Messiah whether you are Jew or Gentile we also must be born from above. It is our re-birth in the “womb of heaven,” the “Jerusalem above,” that affords us the privilege of the heavenly blessings.

The Jerusalem above is the Mother of us all.

Isaiah revealed this truth in his riddle of the barren woman whose supernatural children would ultimately be greater in number than the children born only in the natural way; i.e. born only in the physical way, without the re-birth of the Spirit (cf. Isaiah 54:1): “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,” says Adonai.

The Hearing One must be the Firstborn of all redeemed Humanity:

For the will of Adonai to be done here on earth, as it is in heaven, Hearing (Shimon) and Adam (Andrew) must be joined together (united).

The two must become as one. He [Andrew-Adam, Man] is symbolically re-united with His brother Shimon in the little phrase, “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” This small unification of Hearing with Man reveals what is of first importance in the eternal will of our Father in heaven. Man must put Hearing the Voice of His Parent Adonai before everything else. The Hearing One must be as the firstborn and all of redeemed Humanity must be as His second born. Our humanity must above all be defined by our Hearing Adonai. “Hear O Israel!” The word used for “first” in the Septuagint (and the Brit Chadashah) is proton. This term means first in succession, time, rank, influence, or honor. Above all else Man must Hear Adonai’s Voice. As students of the Father of Mercies we must come to be disciplined in His  Word.

Man was created with an innate ability to hear, understand and obey Abba Avinu:

In the beginning, before sin had ever occurred in the race of Adam, Man was created with an innate ability to listen to, understand and obey his heavenly Father. The Living Torah of the Father of All (Avi-khol) requires perfect obedience from all of His intelligent creatures to His Word. When Man was first conceived in the womb of the Eternal One’s Mind (the Everlasting Father) it was determined that Adonai alone would be the race of Adam’s Teacher (Rabbi). The word “brother” (adelphos) used in the Brit Chadashah to describe the relationship between Shimon Peter his brother Andrew (Adam) originates from the word “womb” (delphos). The word brother used to describe the relationship between Hearing and Man literally means from the same womb. Hayotzer (the Creator) made Man to have Perfect Hearing. The Creator has always meant for (the two brothers) Hearing and Man to remain together (and never for the two to separate from one another). The Firstborn is called by the name of the “Hearing One.”

Did you know that before we are born we hear the voice of our mother in the womb?

The very first recognition a child has of his parent (his mother) is when he imprints on her “Voice.” This voice imprint occurs while the child is still living in his mother’s womb. Similarly we discover Messiah who pre-exists creation had heard Adonai’s Eternal Voice in the “Bosom of the Father” before anything ever existed and before He was physically born to be the Messiah. In the narrative of Shimon and Adam, the Hearing One and Man, it is the Firstborn who is named Hearing. It is the Hearing One who pre-exists first before anyone or anything else in the womb of the Holy One’s Eternal-being. Thereafter, the Eternal One chose to open-up the womb of eternity to enter Himself into the old failed-creation order as the HaMoshia l’chol Adam (Savior of All Men) to usher in the beginning of a New Creation Order that would never fail. The narrative of the Testimony of the Messiah teaches us that the only Person capable of hearing and obeying Adonai’s Eternal Voice perfectly is the Messiah Himself! It is the Salvation of Adoani (Yeshua) who rebirths and re-stories Man. Therefore, in Messiah, Abba our Father has given us the means to one day (on the day of resurrection) perfectly hear, understand, and obey His Voice; as does the Messiah who is the Habekhor (Firstborn) of all creation.

The Messiah heard the Voice of the heavenly Father before He was born on earth:

The Messiah is the Perfect Man. He is the Perfect Man whom Adonai desires all men to be.

Messiah’s last Divine thoughts as He left heaven (the womb of eternity) and entered creation as an infant in the womb of the Jewess Mary are recorded in Psalm 40. In the text that follows below the word “body” is a Septuagint translation of the Hebrew word “ear” (ozen).

Therefore is is written: “Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; but a body you have prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of Me) to do your will O Elohim; Your Law is within My heart.'” “Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears (body) You have opened; burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of Me. I delight to do Your will, O My Elohim; Your Law is within My heart.’”

The Messiah made His whole body to function like an ear. His human body exists solely to hear ad do the will of Avinu Shebashamayim.

Therefore, from Psalm 40 we learn: The heavenly Father (Avinu Shebashamayim) does not want perpetual sacrifices for sin. He wants an “end to sin.” If man is made to be like Messiah there will no longer be a need for sacrifice. Why? Because the New Man (New Adam) who is destined to be transformed into Messiah’s likeness will always obey Adonai. Redeemed humanity’s destiny is to individually and corporately become a Perfect Man; a New Adam who does not cease to love (hear, understand, and obey) His heavenly Father. The Head of the Perfect Man is Messiah. The Head of the Messiah is Adonai. We are the body of the Perfect Man. The final messianic remedy for sin is:

Where there is no sin there is no need for sacrifice.

The heavenly Father does not desire the old fallen humanity that is forever going to be sinning. He is not happy with us making continuous sacrifices to Him because we are perpetually sinning. Our Righteous Father who dwells in heaven is not happy with the imperfect son. He desires that we all be like His Perfect Son. The Tabernacle-Temple sacrifices were never meant to be permanent. The sacrifices were never meant to be an excuse for us to remain in a state of unending disobedience. So what does Abba our Father really want? He wants a perfect humanity. This is all that the Eternal One has ever wanted. So the heavenly Father has given us the Perfect Man, who is the body of His Strength, His Strong Right Arm that will deliver His people from a state of perpetual imperfection (bad hearing, bad eyesight, and a bad heart).

We are to become perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect:

The work of the Messiah and the Spirit of Holiness is to one day remake us to be a perfect image of our Father in heaven.

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. We will be made perfect on the day of resurrection. This is the ultimate promise to the Patriarchs. This is our blessed hope. Messiah is the first fruits (Divine proof) of this promise. One day we will finally not just mouth out the words of the Shemah, we will become the fulfillment of the Shemah. We will all change in the twinkling of an eye. The righteous dead who hoped in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are still alive will be taken up to the Messiah (transfigured, taken up alive into heaven as were Enoch and Elijah). So we will become the sons of glory our Father in heaven has always desired us to be. We will be a new eternal Unity (echad).

Messiah did not come to earth just to atone for our sins:

Messiah did not come to earth just to atone for our sins. He came to earth to make a Way for His people to one day be perfect (shalom) as Abba Father is perfect (Shalom). Messiah came so that one day the children of the barren woman (Sarah) might be born from above, born by the power of the New Jerusalem above that is the mother of us all. Then the children of the barren woman will be more than the children of (Hagar) the slave woman. The children, therefore, who are twice-born by the Spirit in the supernatural way (at the conclusion of the messianic age) will be greater in number than the number of people (throughout all human history) who were only once-born in the natural way.

We all must be reborn from above.

We are all at the first born naturally (physically) in a state of slavery to sin. This is so whether we are a Jew or a Gentile. It does not matter what lineage you possess. We are all first born in Egypt as “slaves.” However, when we receive the spiritual re-birth of the Living Torah of the Perfect Man (the perfect Man that Moses promised us would be our “eternal” Deliverer) we receive not only forgiveness and the liberty it brings, we receive more than a new citizenship in heaven, we receive the blessed gift of a New Heart and a New Life. This New Heart changes us from the Inside-out. The New Heart is our guarantee that one day we will walk no more as slaves born by the Egyptian woman Hagar (Egypt represents this World). We will walk as heirs, free citizens of the kingdom of heaven who are the children of the heavenly Father and heirs of an immeasurably great destiny. What is the destiny of the New Man with a New Heart? After the day of resurrection we will become many sons of glory (we will be made like Him who is the perfect, flawless Image of the Father).

Philip (meaning those who Love His Appearance):

Philip’s name is a compound word that means, Lover (Philos) of Horses (Hippo).

This personal name does not make any didactic sense until one searches out what horses mean in prophetic reference to the Messiah in the Tanakh and the Brit Chadashah. When the word horse (or horses) is associated with the Messiah it is always used in reference to His Second Coming as the Jewish Conquering Messiah, Ha-Mashiach Ben David: “And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True (נאמן ואמיתי); and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” “And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.”

The Shekinah accompanies the Messiah:

Philip is a type of the glorified believers who will accompany the Messiah at His future glorious return to earth.

The verb to follow is used “seventy-seven” times in the four Faces of Ezekiel, the Four Jewish Gospels that function as a centerpiece of the Testimony of Messiah. Scriptural use of the word horse (and horses) in association with the Messiah is a symbolic reference to Adonai’s Shekinah Glory Cloud (Exodus 13:21; 20:21; Psalm 104:3; Jeremiah 4:13).

Adonai’s Shekinah (Presence) will accompany the Messiah, the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua), and His glorified saints when He and His resurrected-glorified-immortal saints return from heaven to establish His rule upon the earth:

“And then the {Hebrew] Sign of Ben Ha-Adam will appear in the sky [the Sign of the Tav, meaning the Atonement is Finished, the Ransom-Redemption is complete] and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and they will see the BEN HA-ADAM COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY, WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY. BEHOLD HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS. And every eye will see Him, even those  who pierced Him; and all the  tribes of the earth will mourn over Him.”

The Shekinah will be present with the Messiah upon His return:

It bears remembering that the place where Andrew-Adam (Man) first asked the Messiah where “He was dwelling”  was at “Beth Anani.”

Messiah answered Man, “Come and see!” This answer of Messiah is His veiled reference to the fact that His natural dwelling is the House of the Shekinah Glory Cloud of Adonai.  Therefore, what we are allowed to “see here” is that the Voice of the Messiah came out of the very Presence of the Shekinah!

The meaning of Philip’s name reveals who will accompany the Messiah at His glorious return, those who (lit. “Love Horses”) Love His Glorious Appearance. These are the holy ones who love the physical appearance of the invisible Presence of the Holy One, who will appear in the visible form of the Glorified Messiah riding upon the miraculous workings of His Chariot Throne of Glory (Maaseh Merkabh). As for those of us who are blessed by His grace to accompany Him:

“In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Ha-Shofet (Judge), will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

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