EPISODE ELEVEN. Messiah orders that the leftover fragments of the loaves and fishes be gathered up so that none of it is wasted. When all the leftover pieces of bread and fishes are gathered up there is enough fragments to fill twelve baskets.
- The Twelve Baskets
- Nisan 10 is the date of the Second Temple Cleansing
- 10 Nisan (1406 BCE): The Israelites crossed the Jordan
- 10 Nisan (573 BCE): The vision of the Millennial Temple came to Ezekiel
The Twelve Baskets:
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 miracles) 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?” Yeshua said, “Have the people sit down” (literally recline). Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Yeshua then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. After the people were filled with all of the food they wanted to eat the disciples gathered 12 baskets of food fragments (Twelve is the number of ‘governance;’ 12 tribes). This was a part of the education of the 12 disciples. This was a supernatural demonstration that the Messiah was able to more than adequately meet all of the needs of the people of Israel. Later the Master would appeal to their spiritual stupidity. Even though the disciples were closer than the rest of the people of Israel to the Messiah, they too were in a state of spiritual blindness.
Nisan 10 is the date of the Second Temple Cleansing:
What is the significance of the Messiah cleansing the Temple a second time on Nisan 10? In Temple times this was the day that the Passover Lamb was selected by the head of each Jewish household. The Passover Lamb was preserved alive until the Pesach sacrifice at twilight on Nisan 14. How is the actual Temple of Adonai (redeemed humanity) cleansed of sin? Redeemed humanity is the actual permanent dwelling place of the Holy One. The only way we are cleansed of our sins is through the sacrifice of the Lamb of Adonai, the Korban Pesach, who takes away the sin of the world. The term Pesach refers to the Jewish Festival of Passover but it also refers to the lamb or kid that was designated as the Passover sacrifice, called the Korban Pesach. Four days before the Exodus, the Israelites were commanded to set aside a lamb or kid and inspect it daily for blemishes (Exodus 12:3). On the afternoon of the 14th day of Nisan, as a “sign” of protection (atonement, redemption) the people of Israel were to sacrifice the animal and use its blood to mark the lintels and door posts of their homes. The door posts are a symbol of the entrance and governance of our hearts. Our hearts (spirits) are the eternal core (center) of our being. Only through the atonement sacrifice of Messiah are our hearts cleansed sufficient for the life-sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit to permanently dwell within our spirits. Therefore, through His once-in-eternity sacrifice the Messiah has made it possible for us, both Jew and Gentile, to become the permanent Temple of the Holy Spirit. This is the work of the grace of the Holy One.
10 Nisan (1406 BCE): The Israelites crossed the Jordan:
On the day of the selection of the Seh HaElohim and the Messiah cleansing the Temple a second time (Nisan 10), Israel crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. Three days after (Nisan 9) Israel encamped before the Jordan and two spies were dispatched by Joshua to scout out the city of Jericho (Nisan 7), the children of Israel were consecrating themselves (Nisan 9, the day before the crossing) to enter the Promised Land of Israel. The following day, Nisan 10, as the people approached the Jordan river, with the Holy Ark carried by the Kohanim (priests) in the lead, the river parted for them (all the way back to Adam), like the waters of the Reed Sea were split 40 years earlier.
10 Nisan (573 BCE): The vision of the new Temple came to Ezekiel:
On the day of the selection of the Seh HaElohim and Messiah cleansing the Temple a second time, Ezekiel received a spectacular vision of the new (final) Millennial Temple that would be built and dedicated in the first year of the world-wide reign of the Messiah Ben David. (As stated previously) In Ezekiel 40:1 we read: “In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at Rosh Hashanah (the rosh hashanah, beginning of the year), on the tenth of the month (of nisan), in the fourteenth year after the city was taken, on that same day the hand of Adonai was upon me and He brought me there.” This prophetic vision of Ezekiel, occurring ten days after the special designated future Rosh Hashanah (i.e. Nisan 1; not Tishri 1) that is to be observed in the messianic kingdom to come, is a clear prophetic witness to the reality of Messiah’s future rule over all the earth! TO BE CONTINUED SPRING 2018.