Messiah in Purim Chapter 3

  1. His name is Yochanan: the “Grace of God!”
  2. The prophecy of Zechariah ben Aaron given to the people of Israel
  3. Conception of Yochanan, the First Elijah to come (*Sivan 23)
  4. The Birth & Circumcision of Yochanan, the First Elijah to come (*Nisan 14-21)
  5. The Festival of Purim and the eternal reign of the Spirit of the Holy One
  6. The memory that evil ever existed will be “erased”
  7. Our knowledge of evil and sin will be completely destroyed
  8. El Yisrael has delivered us from the Decree of Annihilation (Death)
  9. The Conception of the Messiah (*Kislev 25)
  10. The Messiah is the Light of the World
  11. The Birth & Circumcision of the Messiah (*Tishri 15-22)
  12. Chag Ha Shavuot, Sivan 6, 3755 (6 BCE)

His name is Yochanan: the “Grace of God!”

וַיִּמְלְאוּ יְמֵי אֱלִישֶׁבַע לָלֶדֶת וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן׃ וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ שְׁכֵנֶיהָ וּקְרוֹבֶיהָ כִּי־הִגְדִּיל ה’ אֶת־חַסְדּוֹ עִמָּהּ וַיִּשְׂמְחוּ אִתָּה׃ וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי וַיָּבֹאוּ לָמוּל אֶת־הַיָּלֶד וַיִּקְרְאוּ אֶת־שְׁמוֹ זְכַרְיָה עַל־שֵׁם אָבִיו׃ וַתַּעַן אִמּוֹ וַתֹּאמַר לֹא כִּי יוֹחָנָן יִקָּרֵא לוֹ׃ וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלֶיהָ אֵין־אִישׁ בְּמִשְׁפַּחְתֵּךְ אֲשֶׁר שְׁמוֹ כַּשֵּׁם הַזֶּה׃ וַיִּרְמְזוּ אֶל־אָבִיו לָדַעַת מָה הַשֵּׁם אֲשֶׁר יִקָּרֵא לוֹ׃ וַיִּשְׁאַל לוּחַ וַיִּכְתֹּב עָלָיו לֵאמֹר יוֹחָנָן שְׁמוֹ וַיִּתְמְהוּ כֻּלָּם׃ וַיִּפָּתַח פִּיו וּלְשׁוֹנוֹ פִּתְאֹם וַיְדַבֵּר וַיְבָרֶךְ אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים׃ וַתִּפֹּל אֵימָה עַל־כָּל־שְׁכֵנֵיהֶם וַיְסֻפַּר כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה בְּכָל־הָרֵי יְהוּדָה׃ וַיָּשִׂימוּ כָל־הַשֹּׁמְעִים אֶל־לִבָּם לֵאמֹר מָה־אֵפוֹא יִהְיֶה הַיֶּלֶד הַזֶּה וְיַד־ה’ הָיְתָה עִמּוֹ׃

The days were fulfilled for Elisheva (“Promise of God”) to give birth, and she bore a son (Twilight, Nisan 14). Her neighbors and relatives heard that HaShem had shown great kindness to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day (Nisan 21), they came to circumcise the child, [on the final day of Chag HaMatzot] and they (attempted to) name him Zacharyah after his father. His mother spoke up and said, “No, he will be called Yochanan!” (Favor and Kindness of HaShem) They said to her, “No one in your family [of priests] has a name like that.” They signaled to his father to know what name to call him. He asked for a tablet and wrote on it, “his name is Yochanan,” and they were all amazed. Suddenly his mouth and tongue were opened and he spoke and blessed God. Then awe fell on all of their neighbors, and these things were told throughout the mountains of Yehudah. All those who heard placed it upon their hearts, saying, “What, then, will this child become?” And the hand of HaShem was with him.

The prophecy of Zechariah ben Aaron given to the people of Israel:

וַיִּמָּלֵא זְכַרְיָה אָבִיו רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ וַיִּנָּבֵא לֵאמֹר׃

Zecharyah his father was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying:

בָּרוּךְ ה’ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי פָקַד אֶת־עַמּוֹ וַיִּשְׁלַח לוֹ פְּדוּת׃ וַיַּצְמַח לָנוּ קֶרֶן יְשׁוּעָה בְּבֵית דָּוִד עַבְדּוֹ׃ כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בְּפִי־נְבִיאָיו הַקְּדוֹשִׁים אֲשֶׁר מֵעוֹלָם׃ יְשׁוּעָה מֵאֹיְבֵינוּ וּמִיַּד כָּל־שׂנְאֵינוּ׃ לַעֲשׂוֹת חֶסֶד עִם־אֲבוֹתֵינוּ וְלִזְכֹּר אֶת־בְּרִית קָדְשׁוֹ׃ אֶת־הַשְּׁבוּעָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לְאַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ׃ לְהַצִּילֵנוּ מִיַּד אֹיְבֵינוּ וּלְתִתֵּנוּ לְעָבְדוֹ בְּלִי־פָחַד׃ בְּתָמִים וּבִצְדָקָה לְפָנָיו כָּל־יְמֵי חַיֵּינוּ׃

“Blessed is HaShem, El Yisra’el, for He has taken note of His people and sent them redemption. He will cause a horn of salvation to sprout for us in the house of David, his servant, as He has said through His holy prophets who were from long ago: salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to carry out kindness with our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant—the oath He swore to our father Avraham, to rescue us from the hand of our enemies and to let us serve Him without fear in wholeness and tzedakah (righteousness) before Him all the days of our lives.”

וְאַתָּה הַיֶּלֶד נְבִיא עֶלְיוֹן יִקָּרֵא לָךְ כִּי לִפְנֵי ה’ תֵּלֵךְ לְפַנּוֹת אֶת־דְּרָכָיו׃ וּלְהוֹרוֹת דֶּרֶךְ הַיְשׁוּעָה לְעַמּוֹ בִּסְלִיחַת חַטֹּאתֵיהֶם׃ בְּחֶסֶד אֱלֹהֵינוּ וּבְרַחֲמָיו אֲשֶׁר בָּהֶם יִפְקְדֵנוּ הַנֹּגַהּ מִמָּרוֹם׃ לְהָאִיר לְישְׁבֵי חשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת וּלְהָכִין אֶת־רַגְלֵינוּ אֶל־דֶּרֶךְ הַשָּׁלוֹם׃

“And you child [Yochanan], will be called a prophet of Elyon (עֶלְיוֹן-the Highest) for you will go before HaShem (ה’) to clear His way and to teach the Way of Salvation (דֶּרֶךְ הַיְשׁוּעָה-Derech Ha-Yeshuah) to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, in the kindness of our God and in His compassion by which the dawning-light will take note of us from the heights, to illuminate those who live in darkness and the shadow of death and to establish our feet on the way of shalom.”

וַיִּגְדַּל הַיֶּלֶד וַיֶּחֱזַק בָּרוּחַ וַיְהִי בַמִּדְבָּרוֹת עַד־יוֹם הֵרָאֹתוֹ אֶל־יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

The boy grew and became strong in spirit and was in the wilderness regions until the day that he appeared to Yisra’el.

Conception of Yochanan, the First Elijah to come (Sivan 23):

Jewish Year 3755

Kohanim Divisions

6 BCE

Sivan
28 29 1 2 3 4 *5
*All Shavuot (Sivan 5-12)
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
May
**6 7 8 9 10 11 12
9.  Yeshua
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
10. Shechaniah
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
June
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
11. Eliashiv
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Tammuz
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
12.Yakim
11 12 13 14 15 16 17

*The eighth course of Aviya (אֲבִיָּה-“Adonai is My Father”) is the kohanim division of the prophet Yochanan’s father, the priest Zecharyah. A normal week of duty for the priests in the twelve divisions began on Shabbat and ended on Shabbat. Each division would serve two times per year. Zecharyah finished his first week of annual duty on the Shabbat of 5 Sivan. However, due to the fact that all of the priestly divisions served at the Temple during the three royal feasts of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, Zechariah was required to serve an additional week from 5-12 Sivan.

**Gabriel appeared to Zecharyah on the royal feast day of Shavuot (Deuteronomy 16:7; Leviticus 23:9-14), on Yom Rishon (the !st day of the week), Sivan 6, 3755 (Sunday, May 21, 6 BCE).

The Birth & Circumcision of Yochanan, the First Elijah to come (*Nisan 14-21):

Jewish Year 3756

Kohanim Divisions

5 BCE

Nisan
26 27 28 29 1 2 3
1. Yhoyariv
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
March
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2. Yedaya
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
11 12 13 *14 15 16 17
*All Pesach
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
18 19 20 **21 22 23 24
3. Charim
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Iyar
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
4. Seorim
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
April

*Seventeen days after Gabriel appeared to Zechariah the prophet Yochanan was conceived on Sivan 23. Forty weeks later Yochanan (John) was born just after nightfall on Nisan 14.

**Eight days after his birth the infant was circumcised on Nisan 21 and his father named him Yochanan, the “Grace of God.”

Yochanan (יוחנן), whose name means the “Grace-Favor of God” was born exactly 286 days (40 weeks) after his conception. By the providence of God this was perfectly timed so that the prophet Yochanan ben Zecharyah ben Aaron was born at the same time the people of Israel were observing the Passover Seder. This means that Yochanan was born at the exact time when we (the people of Israel) welcome into our homes Elijah—the forerunner of the Messiah—to be seated at our Seder table as our “guest of honor.”

The Festival of Purim and the eternal reign of the Spirit of the Holy One:

Jewish rabbinical tradition holds to the belief that the Feast of Purim is the only festival observance that will survive throughout all eternity. As a type of the Reign of the Holy Spirit this is true. In eternity the walk in the Spirit will be normative. The supreme reign of the Holy Spirit will become the only manner of walking (existing) throughout eternity. However, Purim is not set apart by Adonai to “illustrate” His eternal holy days (eternal rest).

The taint of remembering that evil ever existed will be “erased:”

Adonai will not allow even the slightest taint of conscious remembrance of the evil one to enter into His new heaven and earth (i.e. the memory of the wicked one’s previous reign will be completely erased). In the new heaven and the new earth evil will be completely forgotten; never to be brought back to remembrance again. Therefore, the taint of even remembering that sin, evil, and death ever existed at all will be banished (forgotten) before God’s people ever enter into the ‘eternal age’ of His perfect joy.

Our knowledge of evil and sin will completely be destroyed:

There will be no crumbs of chametz ever allowed at all into Adonai Avinu’s new House of Righteousness. The knowledge of evil and sin will be completely destroyed. The remembrance of evil will never be allowed to manifest in the New Creation of the Holy One.

Of the twelve Messianic festivals only two festivals actually illustrate the age of the perfect new heavens and earth (the eternal age to come). The two eternal age festivals are the “little” festivals of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. In the New Beginning of the Atzeret (extension to Sukkot) the elect will rejoice forever with our Righteous Father. In this eternal state Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah will occur simultaneously. In the eternal age we shall dwell with God together in a state of perfect unity (echad) and fullness of joy forever.

El Yisrael has delivered us from the Decree of Annihilation (Death):

In the prophetic narrative of EstherHadassah (הֲדַסָּ֗ה – استير) the people of Israel are miraculously delivered from physical annihilation. This deliverance is a foreshadowing of the deliverance that began when the Anointed One, the Messiah, was conceived in Nazret (נצרת) of Galilee in the womb of the Jewess Miryam. The *conception of the Messiah occurred exactly 180 days after the conception of the prophet Yochanan (Sivan 23) at the first of Chanukkah (25 Kislev, 6 BCE).

The Conception of the Messiah (*Kislev 25):

Hebrew Year 3756

Kohanim Divisions

Gregorian 6 BCE

Kislev
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
8. Aviya
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
November
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
9. Yeshua
19 13 14 15 16 17 25
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
10. Shechaniah
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
December
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
11. Eliashiv
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tevet
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
12. Chuppah
10 11 12 13 14 15 16

The Messiah is the Light of the World:

The Messiah was conceived in Light (*Chanukkah) and revealed in light (Sukkot).

The Messiah (the Salvation of God) was conceived exactly 180 days after Yochanan on Kislev 25 (חנוכה) and he was born on Tishri 15 (חג סוכות). Therefore the Messiah was conceived in Light (*Chanukkah – inside the Temple) and revealed in Light (Sukkot – outside the Temple in the Court of the Women). He was born exactly 286 days from the day of His conception. Seven points:

*Chanukkah and Sukkot are both called the ‘Festival of Light’.

Point #1.  In his first visitation to Israel the Messiah Yeshua ben Yosef ben David fulfilled all of the Torah prophecy that promised a sacrifice of redemption (Korsan Pesach) for Israel that would reconcile us to our heavenly Father, Avinu Shebashamayim.

Point #2.  Moses and the prophets foretold that Ha-Mashiach HaPalat (The Redeemer) would in his first appearance to Israel deliver us from sin (Messiah ben Yosef). Then He would ascend to heaven and remain for an unknown period of time. Then, after an indefinite period of time God would send M’shicho (His Messiah) to us a second time.

Point #3.  When our Rabbi from Heaven returns to us (Israel) a second time then at last he (the Messiah ben David) shall usher in the righteous reign of the Kingdom of God here on earth. It is through the divine redemption of the Messiah that the Decree of Life of God has come into being.This means:

Only by the Decree of (Messiah’s) Life can the Decree of (the evil one’s) Death be neutralized!

The Birth & Circumcision of the Messiah (*Tishri 15-22):

Hebrew Year 3757

Kohanim Divisions

Gregorian 5 BCE

Tishri
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Yhoyariv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
September
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
*All Sukkot
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
2. Yedaya
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
3. Charim
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Cheshvon
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
4. Seorim
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
October

*Tishri 15 (the beginning of Sukkot):  The birth of the Messiah occurred forty weeks after that of his forerunner, the prophet Yochanan, in the village of his ancestor King David. The Messiah was born in Beit-Lechem (בית לחם) at the first of Sukkot (Tishri 15, 5 BCE). In this way the Messiah was both conceived and born during the forty week span of time that connects both of Israel’s Festivals of Light. Chanukkah and Sukkot speak of the return of the eternal Light of Adonai’s Presence to dwell within (winter festival) and *without His Temple (fall festival).

*His Light to the World.

Chag Ha Shavuot, Sivan 6,  Jewish Year 3755 (6 BCE):

Eight messianic insights need to be kept in mind from our study of the prophetic meta-narrative in the Scroll of Esther that we have discovered thus far:

Insight #1.  The womb of the Promise of God (the meaning of Elizabeth) ceased to be barren seventeen (17) days after the angel Gabriel on Shavuot, Sivan 6 (6 BCE) announced to the old priest God Rememberd (the meaning of Zechariah) that his aged wife would soon be with child.

Insight #2.  The conception of the child occurred on Sivan 23 when God Remembered His Promise.

Insight #3.  Forty weeks later on Nisan 14 the Grace of God (the meaning of Yochanan) was born.

Insight #4.  Eight days after his birth the forerunner of the Messiah–the prophet of the Grace of God–was circumcised and confirmed (*Nisan 21) as a son of Israel.

Insight #5.  At his son’s circumcision Zechariah ordered that his son be named the Grace of God. At that moment his muted voice was restored.

Insight #6.  For 400 years prophecy had ceased in Israel. Now, at the mention of the words ‘grace of God’ a prophet was born who would once again speak the Word of God to the people of Israel.

Insight #7.  Yochanan son of Zechariah was the ‘Elijah to come’ (there shall be another). He was the first forerunner of the Messiah of God. His name (“יוֹחָנָן שְׁמוֹ“) serves as a direct testimony (witness) to the Messiah who is full of God’s grace and truth!

*Nisan 21. At this time (almost two thousand years ago) the Torah readings had their ending reference point (fulfillment) at the eighth day of Pesach (spring)—Nisan 21. Today the completion date of our readings has been moved six months out to the eighth day of Sukkot (fall), Tishri 22 (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah).

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