Shavuot began sunset of Sunday, May 16, 2021 and ended nightfall of Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
- The Conclusion of Passover
- The Six Generations and Six Eras of the Bramble Bush King:
- We examine our past to better understand our future
- A Divine Ultimatum
- The Jewish Sign of the letter Tav
- The Pesach Supper followed the placement of the Sign on the door-frames
- The Sign of the Tav protected Israel
- Pharaoh’s army was miraculously destroyed
The Conclusion of Passover:
The Festival of Shavuot (Weeks) is the culmination of the experience of redemption called Atzeret Pesach, the “Conclusion of Passover.” The purpose of the Exodus was to lead our people out of Egypt into the revelation of Sinai. Our Righteous Father (אָבִ֣ינוּ הַצַּדִּיק) took our family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob out of Egypt so that we would become His own treasured people, holy and separated from the rest of fallen humanity. The plan of God our Father (ה’ אבינו) was to first establish a ministry of reconciliation with His adopted family of Israel, then to export His offer of forgiveness of sin (redemption) and His gift of restored relationship (the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit) to the rest of humanity.
The final plan of our Father in heaven (Avinu Shebashamayim) was not only that He would cancel out our sin on Pesach but that once cleansed we would then on Shavuot receive the gift of the Oral Torah of the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit. More precious than the written Torah is the Oral Torah of the Spirit.
The True Oral Torah is not the writings of the Prushim (the Tannaim-תנאים) and their rabbinical successors (Amoraim, Savoraim, Geonim, Rishonim, and Acharonim). The True Oral Torah is the actual Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness who teaches us Face to face:
ה’ הוא הרוח ובאשר רוח ה’ שם החרות. אבל אנחנו כלנו בפנים מגלים רואים במראה את כבוד ה’ ונהפכים לאותו צלם, מכבוד אל כבוד, כמו מיד ה’ – הרוח. פ
“Adonai is the Spirit (ה’ הוא הרוח), and in the Spirit of Adonai (רוח ה’), the name of freedom (שם החרות). But we are all inside, revealing, seeing in the mirror the glory of Adonai ,(כבוד ה’) and turning into that image, from honor to honor, as from the Hand of Adonai (ה’ יד)— Ha-Ruach (הרוח-the Spirit).
Therefore, the Spirit of Truth personally guides all of us (all Israel); each and every child of Adonai Avinu. We are called by Adonai (the LORD) our Father to be Indwelt with His Presence. His Indwelling Presence enthroned in all of our hearts is collectively—as one man, one body—our New Heart-לֵ֣ב חָדָ֔שׁ and our New Spirit-ר֥וּחַ חֲדָשָׁ֖ה. The Spirit is the One Who guides us into ‘all truth.’ No man shall teach us. It is the Spirit of the Holy One Himself who will teach and guide us into all truth; the Spirit shall lead and guide every man, woman, and child of Israel. As it is written:
ולא ילמדו עוד איש את־רעהו ואיש את־אחיו לאמר דעו את־ה’ כי־כולם ידעו אותי למקטנם ועד־גדולם נאם־ה’ כי אסלח לעונם ולחטאתם לא אזכר־עוד׃
וְלֹ֧א יְלַמְּד֣וּ ע֗וֹד אִ֣ישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵ֜הוּ וְאִ֤ישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר דְּע֖וּ אֶת־ה’ כִּֽי־כוּלָּם֩ יֵדְע֨וּ אוֹתִ֜י לְמִקְטַנָּ֤ם וְעַד־גְּדוֹלָם֙ נְאֻם־ה’ כִּ֤י אֶסְלַח֙ לַֽעֲוֺנָ֔ם וּלְחַטָּאתָ֖ם לֹ֥א אֶזְכָּר־עֽוֹד׃
“They [the *six eras of the rabbinical traditions of men] will not teach [us] again, each man [rabbi teaching] his neighbor and each man [rabbi teaching] his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ for they will all know Me (ה’ אבינו-Our Father Adonai), from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Adonai, “for I [Personally] will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
The Six Generations and Six Eras of the Bramble Bush King:
*Six eras of the rabbinical traditions of men is what has delayed the restoration of Israel. By replacing the rule of the Spirit of Adonai with their own rule, the rabbis—some knowingly, others ignorantly—have delayed the coming of the Kingdom of Adonai to earth to reign from Jerusalem over all of the nations, peoples, and families of the earth.
There is only one era of rabbinical tradition that precedes the visitation of the Messiah that is without guilt in the matter of rejecting His messiahship. Therefore this era, the era of the Zugot (הַזּוּגוֹת) is not judged as harshly as the other six eras. For this ancient rabbinical era is blameless.
The sin of the Elder brother (the first century CE Tannaim) who actually lived at the time of the Messiah, who actually heard the many truths the Messiah spoke, and saw the signs and wonders that He performed—their sin (wickedness) was to choose to oppose, kill, and replace (with their own rule) the Messiah who Adonai sent to us.
It is the sin of this foolish Elder brother, the first century CE (Prushim) and their five generations of younger brothers (Tannaim; so-called sages) that is most responsible for the mishnaic rejection (around 200 CE) of our Messiah and thereby, these men are principally responsible for all of the horrible trouble that has followed our people up to the present day.
Coincidence or sovereign providence? The total number of generations of the Elder brother (i.e. the Rich Man and the Rich Fool who was not Rich in Adonai) and His younger five Tannaim brothers is six generations. The number of rabbinic eras that are involved in the rejection and slandering of the Messiah is six eras.
Six is the number of Man. The replacement of the D’var HaShem and the Presence of the Spirit of Adonai with the teachings of men is the sin of the Prushim and of their successors. This must stop. In the unity of the Spirit each of us must now be led by the Spirit of the Holy One. Therefore, no man is to teach us (Israel). Now it is time for us to turn away from the traditions of men (בְּמָסֺרֶת בְּנֵי אָדָם) that nullify (מְפִירִים-crush and bring to nothing) the ‘work’ (פועל) and ‘reward’ (פועל) of our hearing, understanding and obeying the Word of God (דְּבַר אֱלֹהִים). Now is the time that all Israel is destined (called) to Return’ to the Spirit of Adonai, who through the Gift of The Father (HaAv) is our One and only Spirit of Truth (Ruach HaEmet) Who anoints, teaches, leads, and guides us into all truth.
We examine our past to better understand our future:
All of the mo’edim (holidays) are connected with our (Israel) receiving the heavenly Father’s Gift of Righteousness (the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One). In this redemptive process:
(1). The new moon of Nisan marks the start of sacred time;
(2). Passover remembers the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb;
(3). The first day of Unleavened Bread remembers the Exodus from Egypt;
(4). The seventh day of Unleavened Bread remembers the crossing of the Red Sea;
(5). The counting of the Omer recalls the days before the giving of the Torah at Sinai;
(6). Shavuot remembers the giving of the Torah seven weeks after the Exodus; and
(7). Indeed, Shavuot at Mount Sinai is considered the day on which the people of Israel became Father Adonai’s Kingdom of priests and kings, His royal (firstborn) holy nation.
A Divine Ultimatum:
The sacred narrative of the Exodus tells us how the prophet Moses was sent by Adonai to Egypt to deliver an ultimatum to Pharaoh. Of course the proud ruler of the world refused to obey Moses’ order to set the people of Israel free from their slavery. In spite of repeated demonstrations of the glory and power of the Almighty One proud Pharaoh remained defiant. Finally, the Holy One brought a final and terrible plague upon Pharaoh that caused him to submit to Adonai’s demands and to let “His” people go. All the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt were killed—-except for those who observed the Passover of the heavenly Father.
The Jewish Sign of the letter Tav:
On Nisan 10 the heads of each household selected an unblemished young male lamb to be offered as a sacrifice to Adonai Eloheinu. On the afternoon of Nisan 14 (erev Pesach) the head of each Hebrew household slaughtered the lamb (the Korban Pesach). The blood of the sacrificed lamb was then smeared on all three sides of the the door-frame of the observant family’s house. The blood (life) of the korban pesach was applied upon the door-frame of the house in a motion that made the sign of the Hebrew letter “Tav.” The hyssop brush was dipped in a basin of blood then lifted up and applied to the “crown,” lintel, i.e. top of the door-frame (in a south to north axis of motion). Then the blood was applied to the two “sides” of the door-frame in a right to left motion (in an east to west axis of motion).
The Hebrew letter Tav that was used in the time of Moses was configured in the form of two sticks that when joined together looked like a crude cross. For reasons that completely mystify and greatly “trouble” me the Sign of the Tav is now popularly mis-identified as being a Gentile sign. “Nothing” could be farther from the truth.
The Sign of the Tav is solely of Hebrew origin. It is a most sacred and holy Hebrew symbol that for over two millennia has been horribly and wickedly misused mainly by the Gentiles and and secondarily by the Yehudim. It is a blasphemy that the Gentiles have crucified Jews on this sacred Hebrew Symbol. Keep in mind that the Messiah was, is, and always will be a Yehudi (Jew). It was pagan Gentile Rome that chose to crucify the King of Glory upon (a crude cross configured in) the sacred Hebrew Sign of the Tav. This Sign is a sacred Hebrew Sign. It is not a Gentile Sign!
The ancient pictographic Hebrew Sign of the Tav is made up of two intersecting sticks. The first stick drawn (drawn in blood) is a vertical one. The second stick drawn (drawn in blood) is a horizontal one. Regarding the horizontal stick, the “arm” of the right side of the horizontal stick is slightly more elevated than the arm of its left side, causing its line to slope down in a “descending” motion from right to left.
In reference to the vertical stick that was drawn (in blood) upon the door-frames of the children of Israel’s homes, its line is drawn “first” before the drawing of the horizontal stick. The hyssop dipped in blood is first drawn up from the bowel in a northerly motion (toward heaven); second it moves downward to the eastward lintel; third the hyssop moves to the westward lentel. Thereafter, the hyssop is returned to the bowel. Therefore, the stick (the vertical line of life-blood) that stands upright is “joined” just above the mid-point of the horizontal stick.
This vertical stick or line of life is the weight bearing part of the Sign of the Tav. In the Sign of the Tav all of the weight of the horizontal stick is held up (resting) upon the vertical stick. The symbol of the Two Sticks, the ancient Hebrew letter Tav, is a symbol of a joining of God (vertical) with redeemed humanity (horizontal).
The twenty-second letter of the Hebrew alphabet means “covenant,” “purchase,” and therefore, “ownership” (i.e. God’s “redemption” of His bride, His people and therefore, of our reconciliation to Him). The Hebrew Sign of the Tav that is written in blood on the door-frames of our houses (hearts/spirits) prophetically speaks of the application of the Holy One’s redemption, forgiveness, and healing that He has most mercifully and graciously applied to the door-frames of our spirits, souls, minds, and bodies (doorways and gates symbolize “governance”).
This great act symbolized by the Tav—atonement for sin, redemption, and reconciliation with the Father of Lights—is made possible only through our exercising faith in the Korban Pesach (Sacrifice of the Lamb). The two intersecting sticks in the Sign of the Tav are a witness to the restoration of relationship between redeemed humanity and the Father of Mercies (Avi HaRachamim). The unification of the two vertical and horizontal sticks with the overhead mantel and the two lintels is a universal witness to the promise of the Righteous Father that both spheres of His children’s relational existence (shalom with God and Man) will one day (at the time He has appointed) be completely and perfectly restored.
A picture of what this path to restoration looks like is revealed in the witness of the Ten Commandments; which are all “fulfilled” in the Messiah’s New Commandment. Therefore, the relationship of redeemed man to the Almighty One is to be completely restored (represented in the vertical stick; fulfillment of the first four commandments) and man’s relationship with man is to be perfectly restored (represented in the horizontal stick; fulfillment of the last six commandments).
For this reason the Messiah was sent: to bring about our reconciliation to God and one another. The Messiah came from heaven to earth that there might be forgiveness-reconciliation-and our full restoration to shalom with Adonai and each other. The Messiah was sent from heaven to help us to become shelamim (שְׁלֵמִים) peaceable (friends) to God and one another. We are to forgive, be reconciled, and become shalom to one another so that we may dwell together in a state of relational perfection (friendship) with Avinu Shebashamayim, our Father in Heaven, who is Shalem (שָׁלֵם-[our] “absolute,” “perfect,” and “complete” Peaceable Friend).
The Sign of the Tav teaches us that the life of humankind (horizontal) is completely dependent on the “support” of the strength (rule, authority, and power) of the Life of the heavenly Father (vertical). The Ten Commandments are reflective of this dependence: where guidance is “first” given by the Spirit to our relationship with the Almighty One, our Creator (Hayotzer); then second, direction by the Spirit is given regarding man’s relationship with man.
The Pesach Supper followed the placement of the Sign on the door-frames:
Following the making of the Sign of the Tav on the door-frame (governance) of the house(s) of the children of Israel the Korban Pesach (sacrificed lamb) was then roasted and eaten with unleavened bread (i.e., matzah) and maror (bitter herbs).
The Pesach Supper was consumed “in haste” since the heavenly Father promised His adopted children that we would begin our exodus in a brief moment of time; just after we finished participating in the observance of “His” Passover Supper (the morning of Nisan 15). Our people (Israel) who partook of the first Passover were required to eat only matzah for a week after the Pesach Supper (from Nisan 15-21) as a means of reminding ‘us’—we are united as one body with our ancestors—of our commitment to remove the chametz (leaven, pride-sin) of Egypt (a type of the World) from our houses (a symbol of our ‘inner-life’) and to recall the haste (speed) in which we departed (were delivered) from both the spiritual and physical bondage of the World (Egypt represents the evil world system that is controlled and ruled over by the evil one).
The Sign of the Tav protected Israel:
At midnight on Nisan 15 all of the firstborn males were killed of all those who did not put the sacred Hebrew Sign of the blood of the Lamb upon the door-frames of their houses (their hearts). The Tav written in blood put an “end” to Death. It caused the Angel of Death to “pass over” (pasach) and spare the lives of those who were in the protected house. The strong Sign of the Tav made it clear to the Angel of Death that the inhabitants in the Hebrew homes were the treasured “property” (i.e, children) of the Holy One and that as such he could not harm us.
Thereafter, Pharaoh (אֵל הָעוֹלָם-the god of this world) and nearly all of Egypt arose in the middle of the night, lamenting the loss of their unprotected children, and begging us to leave Egypt. After exactly 430 years in Egypt, reckoned from the birth of Isaac, over 600,000 adult males, along with our wives and children (for this exodus includes all of Israel: past, present, and future), departed from Egypt headed for the Promised Land with a wealth of gold and silver (gold and silver are symbols of Divine Redemption; cf. the mashal of ‘Ten Servants given minas’)
Pharaoh’s army was miraculously destroyed:
We left Egypt following the fiery Pillar of Cloud of Adonai’s Presence leading and guiding our way. The fiery Pillar of Cloud guided us from Rameses to Succot and then southward toward the desert. However, as soon as Pharaoh (אֵל הָעוֹלָם-the god of this world) and his army realized that we were never coming back he foolishly attempted to pursue and enslave us a ‘second‘ time.
On Nisan 21 (six days later), our people were trapped by the Sea of Reeds in front of us and the Egyptian army in back of us. Then the fiery Pillar of Cloud of the Almighty One’s Presence moved behind us and stood as a Divine Shield between us and the armies of the world (Egypt). Moses then stretched out his staff before the Sea of Reeds and the waters of the sea parted to make a dry pathway for us through the sea. This miraculous work allowed us to safely walk through the dry pathway that God made in the sea so that we might escape from the false deity of this world’s (Pharaoh’s) army.
After we had fully crossed over, the army of the false deity of this world tried to follow after us on the dry path that Adonai had created for us. However, the Deliverer Moses again stretched out his staff…
Then suddenly the two great walls of water that had been formed to make a path for our people suddenly and violently collapsed, so that all of the army that had pursued us was immediately destroyed, while we were left in safety and security to proceed on to the Promised Land.