- The one named “Adam” follows his Rabbi
- The Promise of Eternal Inheritance
- Messiah’s Walk in the Spirit in the Prophecy of Enoch
- The Seventh Generation of Enoch and Elijah
- Messiah will return to earth accompanied by His holy ones
- Adam followed his Rabbi in the cool of the day
- Fallen Adam hid from the Presence of Adonai Elohim
- Adam meets Adonai at His House of Glory
- Messiah is the Magnificent House where Adonai dwells
- Messiah was crucified at the beginning of the cool of the day
- The Seh Ha-Elohim died for our sin at twilight, between the evenings
- Redeemed Adam will dwell forever in Adonai’s (the LORD’s) House of Glory
The one named “Adam” follows his Rabbi:
וַיְהִי מִמָּחֳרָת וַיֹּסֶף יוֹחָנָן וַיַּעֲמֹד וְעִמּוֹ שְׁנַיִם מִתַּלְמִידָיו׃ וַיַּבֵּט אֶל־יֵשׁוּעַ וְהוּא מִתְהַלֵּךְ וַיֹּאמַר הִנֵּה שֵׂה הָאֱלֹהִים׃ וּשְׁנֵי תַלְמִידָיו שָׁמְעוּ אֶת־דְּבָרוֹ וַיֵּלְכוּ אַחֲֲֲרֵי יֵשׁוּעַ׃ וַיִּפֶן יֵשׁוּעַ אַחֲרָיו וַיַּרְא אֹתָם הֹלְכִים אַחֲרָיו וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם׃ מַה־תְּבַקֵּשׁוּ וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו רַבִּי אֵיפֹה תָלִין׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם בֹּאוּ וּרְאוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ וַיִּרְאוּ אֶת־מְקוֹם מְלוֹנוֹ וַיֵּשְׁבוּ עִמּוֹ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא וְהָעֵת כַּשָּׁעָה הָעֲשִׂירִית׃
[Day Three]*The next day, Yochanan (ben Zachariah) stood once more, and two of his disciples were with him. He looked intently toward Yeshua, who was walking along, and said, “Look, the Lamb of the Almighty!” (שֵׂה הָאֱלֹהִים). His two disciples heard his statement and followed Yeshua. Yeshua turned behind Him and saw them following Him. He said to them, “What are you seeking?” They said to Him, “Rabbi,” which is interpreted, “my teacher,”—-“where are you lodging?” He said to them, “Come, and see.” They came and saw His lodging place and they stayed with Him that day. It was about the Tenth Hour (כַּשָּׁעָה הָעֲשִׂירִית) at the time.
[*Regarding the Hebrew Text quoted and translated above and below in this chapter, please see note at the end of the chapter.]
Not since the Garden of Eden had Adonai Elohim been referred to as walking upon the earth. Adam (אָדָם) is reconciled with Adonai through following (walking) after the instruction of the Spirit of the Holy One. In Judaism the entire collective body of Jewish law and jurisprudence is called halakha. Halakha is derived from the Hebrew word halakh (הָלַךְ) which means “to walk” or “to go.” The words Halakha and Derekh refer to the “Walk in the Spirit” and “The Way” of Adonai that is taught by the Messiah. The first Jewish followers of the Messiah were first referred to publicly as being “The Way of Adonai” (ה’ דֶּרֶךְ). In reference to receiving deliverance from sin and the gift of eternal life, the prophets have made it abundantly clear that Jew and Gentile alike can only be reconciled to the Avi-khol (the Father of All) by following, walking after the Messiah’s teaching that has been passed on to us through His shlichim (sent ones, emissaries). The prophets of Israel promised the coming of M’shiach Adonai and HE did come to us. When He came the first time to us, almost two millennia ago, He was proven to be Ben Ha-Elohim (the Son of God) by the witness of His resurrection. Messiah proved Himself to be our true High Priest (forever) by His resurrection from the dead (on Yom HaBikkurim).
After the Messiah conquered our enemy, death, He spent forty-days training His chosen Twelve disciples, who were trained to be His elder emissaries to Israel and to all of the nations, peoples, and families of the world. For the sake of the glory of Adonai’s name these Twelve shlichim (sent ones) received great grace (favor) and administrative authority to inspire hearing, understanding, and obedience among the believing remnant of the Yehudim and also among the believing Gentile God-fearers (יִרְאֵ֣י -fearers of ה’). Messiah taught us that He is our Redeemer (HaGo’el). He came that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin. He came to secure for us Divine Redemption from sin (cleansing forgiveness) and permanent reconciliation with the Father. He also came to deliver us unto righteousness. This HaKohen HaGadol (the Great High Priest) did after being resurrected from the dead and ascending up into heaven (cf. the priestly sign of the resurrected almond branch; i.e. the rod of Levi with the name Aaron, Light-bringer written on it). Thereafter, Messiah-the LIght of the World, secured from Avinu Shebshamayim (אבינו שבשמים) the Gift of the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness. Our heavenly Father sent His Gift (שֶׁתִּלְבְּשׁוּ עֺז מִמָּרוֹם-clothed with power from on High) to us almost two millennia ago on the day of Shavuot (cf. “Messiah in Shavuot“).
Therefore, through the atoning sacrifice of Messiah we are cleansed of our sin, so that in Him we might be made right with our Father Adonai through the Messiah. It is the responsibility of the Spirit of Holiness to perfect us by changing us from the Inside-out; with miraculous completion of our perfection occurring on the day of our resurrection (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). In this manner of Messiah’s halakha, “walking in the Spirit,” no man shall lead us but the Spirit of Holiness HE shall lead us and guide us into all the truth (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). We reject much of the halakhot of rabbinism (not all) because we believe that it is sourced in the inventions (vain deceits) of added man-made laws and rules (אַל־תּ֥וֹסְףְּ עַל־דְּבָרָ֑יו פֶּן־יוֹכִ֖יחַ בְּךָ֣ וְנִכְזָֽבְתָּ); rather than in the infallibility of the Holy Scriptures. We call this halakha of the Spirit that fulfills all of the Law of Moses, “Living Torah” (Torah Chayim-תּוֹרָה חַיִּֽים). It is Living because this Torah is not imprinted on parchment (line on line); rather, it is engraved upon our hearts, in the hidden depths of our spirits and souls, by the permanent Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the “Living One” (Ruach Elohim Chayim) .
The Promise of Eternal Inheritance:
Eternal life does not come through our putting our faith in the sacrifice of animals but in our believing that the Messiah is the Beloved Son of the Eternal God (Elohei Kedem) and that true salvation only comes through living the way of life that comes out of faith in the Righteous Father (אָבִי הַצַּדִּיק) and Righteous One (צַּדִּיק) whom He sent to us. The Spirit taught us this that when Messiah appeared as our HaKohen HaGadol (Great High Priest) revealing to us the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands that is not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood. After the once-in-eternity sacrifice of Messiah, He entered the Holy Place, having already obtained eternal redemption. Messiah through the Eternal Spirit (רוח עולמים) offered Himself without blemish to Adonai. Therefore, by the acceptance of His perfect sacrifice we are now able to cleanse our conscience from dead works (מִמַּעֲשֵׂי מָוֶת-works of death); this includes the imperfect works of our own vanity that are substitutes for the perfect works of the Holy Spirit. For the exercise of our imperfect works without the helping-grace and Presence of the Spirit of Holiness is an exercise in “dead faith.” Therefore, for this reason Ha-Mashiach is the mediator (מתוך) of a new covenant (הברית החדשה) that completely fulfills the Law of Moses so that, since His sacrifice has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called by the Spirit of Holiness may now receive the promise of the eternal inheritance the “Endowment” of the Grace of Adonai.
Messiah’s Walk in the Spirit in the Prophecy of Enoch:
The Prophet Enoch (חֲנוֹךְ) walked with God (הָלַךְ, walked-hithpael imperfect tense) with the Almighty. Enoch walked in continuous fellowship with Adonai. Enoch’s name means “dedicated,” “disciple,” and “student.” Enoch was a dedicated student. Adonai who “sanctifies us” taught Enoch to walk in His ways. The God of Heaven (Elah Shemaiya) was Enoch’s Rabbi, his Teacher. In Genesis we read:
וַֽיְחִי חֲנֹוךְ חָמֵשׁ וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה וַיֹּולֶד אֶת־מְתוּשָֽׁלַח׃ וַיִּתְהַלֵּךְ חֲנֹוךְ אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִים אַֽחֲרֵי הֹולִידֹו אֶת־מְתוּשֶׁלַח שְׁלֹשׁ מֵאֹות שָׁנָה וַיֹּולֶד בָּנִים וּבָנֹֽות׃ וַיְהִי כָּל־יְמֵי חֲנֹוךְ חָמֵשׁ וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּשְׁלֹשׁ מֵאֹות שָׁנָֽה׃ וַיִּתְהַלֵּךְ חֲנֹוךְ אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִים וְאֵינֶנּוּ כִּֽי־לָקַח אֹתֹו אֱלֹהִֽים׃
Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with the Holy One three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with Ha-Elohim; and he was not, for Elohim took him.
בָּאֱמוּנָה לֻקַּח חֲנוֹךְ לְבִלְתִּי רְאוֹתוֹ הַמָּוֶת וְאֵינֶנּוּ כִּי־לָקַח אֹתוֹ אֱלֹהִים וְהוּעַד עָלָיו לִפְנֵי הִלָּקְחוֹ כִּי אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלָּךְ׃
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because the Almighty took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to Ha-Elohim.
Like the great prophet Elijah, righteous Enoch was translated alive into heaven. He never experienced death. It was by faith Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying. Suddenly he disappeared because Ha-Elohim took him. But before he was taken up, “he was approved as pleasing to Ha-Elohim.”
Like Elijah and Enoch #1. Those who truly follow the Torah of the Almighty will be sincere students of His Word. They will walk in the Spirit of the Holy One in close, intimate fellowship with Him.
Like Elijah and Enoch #2. Those who walk in the way of the Spirit of the Holy One will be approved as pleasing to Him.
Like Elijah and Enoch #3. The talmidin (disciples) who walk in the way of the Holy One are destined to one day become a perfected generation of people. The dead in Messiah will be resurrected and the living will be translated alive into Heaven; instantly transformed with new immortal glorified bodies.
Like Elijah and Enoch #5. This seventh generation of redeemed humanity will one day suddenly vanish because the Spirit of the Holy One will have taken them up alive into heaven.
The Seventh Generation of Enoch and Elijah:
We believe today that this generation is another seventh generation of Adam. The lives of today’s followers of the Messiah are foreshadowed in the lives of the prophets Enoch (Gentile) and Elijah (Jew). We are the seventh generation of the last Adam (HaAdam HaAcharon). We are the generation that will be perfected when the Messiah Yeshua comes to take His body of believing Jews and Gentiles up into heaven. After the Messiah has resurrected and translated all of His followers into heaven, a time of great judgment will come upon the earth. For seven years there will be a time of Great Tribulation like the world has never experienced before (or will ever experience again).
Without the Assembly of the Messiah in the world the gracious restraining influence of Avinu HaRachamim (our Father of Mercies) will be lifted. When the Assembly of Messiah is no more, then our intercessory prayers on behalf of the world will cease. The world will then come under the complete spiritual, psychological, social, economic and political control of the new world leaders who will be completely under the control of the evil one. At this time, throughout all of the world, false religious and philosophical teaching and belief will escalate to a level of deception never known before. However, at the conclusion of this seven year period, the Messiah will return to earth a second time “to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (cf. our document, “Messiah in Purim“).
Messiah will return to earth accompanied by His holy ones:
וְגַם־חֲנוֹךְ הַשְּׁבִיעִי לְאָדָם נִבָּא עֲלֵיהֶם לֵאמֹר הִנֵּה ה’ בָּא בְּרִבֲבֹת קְדֹשָׁיו׃ לַעֲשׂוֹת שְׁפָטִים בְּכֻלָּם וּלְהוֹכִיחַ כָּל־רִשְׁעֵי־אֶרֶץ עַל־כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂי רִשְׁעָתָם וְעַל־כָּל־הַקָּשׁוֹת אֲשֶׁר דִּבְּרוּ עָלָיו חַטָּאִים אַנְשֵׁי רֶשַׁע׃ אֵלֶּה הֵם הָרֹגְנִים וְהַמִּתְאוֹנֲנִים הַהֹלְכִים אַחֲרֵי תַאֲוֹתֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר פִּיהֶם יְדַבֵּר עָתָק הֹדְרֵי פָנִים עֵקֶב שֹׁחַד׃
It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam (הַשְּׁבִיעִי לְאָדָם נִבָּא), prophesied, saying, ‘Behold, the Almighty came with many thousands of His holy ones (kedoshim-קְּדֹשִׁים), to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly (רִשְׁעֵי from rasha, guilty, wicked, sinful-רָשָׁע) of all their ungodly deeds (מַעֲשֵׂי רִשְׁעָתָם) which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh (הַקָּשׁוֹת) speech (דִּבְּרוּ) which ungodly sinners (רֶשַׁע חַטָּאִים) have spoken against Him.’ These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
In the Book of Enoch (ספר חנוך) Enoch (1:9) prophesied that at the return of the M’shiach Adonai to earth He will be returning with myriads of His holy ones (cf. Deuteronomy 33:2). The authenticity of this prophecy was validated by Judah ben Yosef ben David in his teaching on the latter days. This prophecy of Enoch (1:9) indicates that both the holy angels and glorified believers will accompany the M’shiach of Adonai upon His triumphant return from heaven to earth. At this time the Messiah will execute swift judgment upon all of the lawless ones throughout the earth who are living in open rebellion against Adonai and His Chosen One, the Messiah (cf. the Messiah in HaBikkurim, Chapter 70, Ashrei-Man Part II). T
The term “execute judgment” (לַעֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט-to execute a verdict) in relation to the unbelieving (the ungodly) means that upon His return to earth the Messiah will publicly expose, prosecute and convict all who have rebelled against the Creator. When the Messiah (HaShofet) returns to earth from heaven He will make it abundantly clear that the pagan leaders of the world are deserving of Divine judgment. Even after the miraculous resurrection and ascension of Messiah’s followers into heaven the unbelieving (ungodly, pagan) world leaders will be hurling their self-serving, self-justifying rationalizations up at the heavens (blasphemies), right up to the time the Messiah ben David, the Conquering Messiah, gloriously and triumphantly returns to earth. The Prophet Enoch tells us that the Messiah’s judgment will be administered against all the unrighteous (כל הרשעים-all the wicked) for three violations against Adonai:
Conviction #1. For all their wicked acts ;
Conviction #2. For all their wicked way; and
Conviction #3. For all their stubborn, obstinate, harsh speech; they have spoken against HIm.
Adam followed his Rabbi in the cool of the day:
וַֽיִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶת־קֹול ה’ אֱלֹהִים מִתְהַלֵּךְ בַּגָּן לְרוּחַ הַיֹּום וַיִּתְחַבֵּא הָֽאָדָם וְאִשְׁתֹּו מִפְּנֵי ה’ אֱלֹהִים בְּתֹוךְ עֵץ הַגָּֽן׃ וַיִּקְרָא ה’ אֱלֹהִים אֶל־הָֽאָדָם וַיֹּאמֶר לֹו אַיֶּֽכָּה׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֶת־קֹלְךָ שָׁמַעְתִּי בַּגָּן וָאִירָא כִּֽי־עֵירֹם אָנֹכִי וָאֵחָבֵֽא׃
They heard [the two called Adam] the sound of the Adonai Elohim walking (halak-הָלַךְ ) in the garden in the cool of the day (ruach hayom-לְרוּחַ הַיֹּום), and the man (haAdam-הָֽאָדָם) and his wife (ishah-אִשָּׁה) hid themselves from the Presence of the Adonai Elohim among the trees of the garden. Then the Adonai Elohim called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” (ל֖וֹ אַיֶּֽכָּה) He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid (וָאִירָ֛א) because I was naked; so I hid myself.
In the Genesis account, when Adam heard the sound of Adonai Elohim walking in the garden in the “cool of the day” (לְרוּחַ הַיֹּום), he hid himself from the Presence of the Eternal One in the midst of the trees because he was afraid and naked (Genesis 3:8-10). Contrast this lamentation of Adam with the great joy of the the first two disciples when in the cool of the day they began to walk after the M’shiach of Adonai (cf. chapter 18). In the fall of Adam into sin Elohim asks man, “Ayeka?” (אַיֶּֽכָּה) “Where are you?” In the Besorah of the Grace of Adonai the Messiah prophesying on Adonai’s behalf asks, “What are you looking for?” (מָה אַתֶּם מְחַפְּשִׂים) Man is afraid in Genesis. However, in the appearance of Adonai cloaked in the righteous body of Messiah there is no fear. Only a common, warm, welcoming appearance and a reverence for the sacredness of His Presence that has rested on the Messiah.
Fallen man hid from Adonai Elohim’s Presence:
In Genesis Man is hiding from the Holy One. He lacks covering. He is naked. In the appearance of Rabbi Yeshua the disciples are not hiding they are following. They are joyous about Him. Although they are initially they cannot discern the Divine Presence that invisibly Indwells the Messiah, they nonetheless follow after Him when He is walking before them in the “cool of the day” (from the tenth hour-כַּשָּׁעָה הָעֲשִׂירִית). The disciples ask the Messiah, “Rabbi, where do you live?” (רבי, איפה אתה גר) He responds, “Come and see” (בואו ותראו). Thereafter, the disciples are seen living under the same covering (canopy, dwelling) as their Rabbi.
Man meets Adonai at His House of Glory:
It must be noted that the place of this historic encounter was at Bethany beyond Jordan. This Bethany (there is another) in Hebrew can have three possible meanings:
Meaning #1. House of Poor and Afflicted;
Meaning #2. House of Unripe Figs;
Meaning #3. House of My Cloud and of My Covering.
The context of the narrative favors the third meaning. Beth Anani literally means the House of My (Adonai’s) Cloud. The Hebrew word anan (עָנָן) means “cloud” and “covering.” When the Rabbi is asked where He is dwelling it is within His Divine being that He responds, “Come and see.” What the disciples were to one day “see” as they continued to follow Messiah was the Spirit of the Holy One transfiguring Messiah and enveloping Him and his disciples in His Shekinah Glory Cloud. This latter revelatory event (tethered to this earlier event at Beit-Anani) clearly demonstrated to the disciples that within the tent of Messiah’s body there dwelt the ineffable Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One!
Messiah is the Magnificent House where Adonai dwells:
It is in this Magnificent House of the life of the Messiah Ben Ha-Elohim that we have received a new glorious “covering” for what was our nakedness and a new permanent Home for us to dwell in:
He said to them, “Come, and you will see!” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the Tenth Hour.
The Talmud (an ancient rabbinical oral tradition put into written form about 200 years after the Anointed One) designates the Tenth Hour as the time when Man (Adam) sinned in the Garden. On Pesach (Passover) at the end of the Ninth Hour (about 3 pm) the Suffering Messiah Ben Yosef paid for Adam’s sin (and our sins) by dying on the accursed oak tree. The “Cool of the Day” occurs between the ninth to the eleventh hours of the day when the sun’s heat wanes. The Talmud identifies the Tenth Hour as the time when the original sin of Adam occurred. The accursed oak tree on which the once-in-eternity sacrifice of the Messiah was offered up was configured according to the shape and sacred meanings of the last Hebrew pictograph-letter-sign: The Sign of the Tav- ת (cf. previous chapter). What is most important about the accursed tree is not its configuration but its redemptive meaning that is solely derived from the revelation of the ancient Jewish faith and language.
Why did Messiah sacrifice His life as an atonement for sin on the sixth day (Thursday sunset to Friday sunset) exactly at the ninth hour?
According to rabbinical tradition it is important to go back in time before sin ever occurred, then we can solve the problem of our present bondage to sin at the source. Therefore we are on a spiritual sojourn to travel back in time to the Garden of Eden to recapture our original state of innocence and our joyous relationship of Shalom with Adonai. But how can we break through the Talmudic barrier of sin on the Sixth Day at the Tenth Hour, when our access was lost due to sin? The answer is we can go all the way back to the time before there was sin through the help of the Messiah our Tzaddik (Righteous One). Only the Messiah can go back to the Ninth Hour (the-time-before-sin) to preempt our (the race of Adam’s) problem of sin at the Tenth Hour (the-time-after sin).
Therefore, the Messiah’s sacrifice at the Ninth Hour is Adonai’s way of saying that through Messiah He has supplied us with a “Gateway of Redemption” that has removed (dried up) all of our sins going all the way back to the time of Adam, when on the Sixth Day at the Tenth Hour the race of Adam fell out of right fellowship with the heavenly Father. There is a very interesting graphic illustration of this redemptive truth found in the book of Joshua (Yehoshua, Yeshua):
וּכְבֹוא נֹשְׂאֵי הָֽאָרֹון עַד־הַיַּרְדֵּן וְרַגְלֵי הַכֹּֽהֲנִים נֹשְׂאֵי הָֽאָרֹון נִטְבְּלוּ בִּקְצֵה הַמָּיִם וְהַיַּרְדֵּן מָלֵא עַל־כָּל־גְּדֹותָיו כֹּל יְמֵי קָצִֽיר׃ וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָעָם מֵאָהֳלֵיהֶם לַעֲבֹר אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן וְהַכֹּהֲנִים נֹֽשְׂאֵי הָאָרֹון הַבְּרִית לִפְנֵי הָעָֽם׃ וַיַּעַמְדוּ הַמַּיִם הַיֹּרְדִים מִלְמַעְלָה קָמוּ נֵד־אֶחָד הַרְחֵק מְאֹד באדם הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר מִצַּד צָֽרְתָן וְהַיֹּרְדִים עַל יָם הָעֲרָבָה יָם־הַמֶּלַח תַּמּוּ נִכְרָתוּ וְהָעָם עָבְרוּ נֶגֶד יְרִיחֹֽו׃ וַיַּעַמְדוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים נֹשְׂאֵי הָאָרֹון בְּרִית־ה’ בֶּחָֽרָבָה בְּתֹוךְ הַיַּרְדֵּן הָכֵן וְכָל־יִשְׂרָאֵל עֹֽבְרִים בֶּחָרָבָה עַד אֲשֶׁר־תַּמּוּ כָּל־הַגֹּוי לַעֲבֹר אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּֽן׃
So when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant [a prophetic type of the Messiah] before the people, and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest), the waters which were flowing (literally “going”-יָרַד) down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam (literally, all that are “in” (ב) (Adam-אדם), the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing (literally going-יָרַד) down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho. And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of Adonai stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.
This passage of Scripture teaches us that through the Gateway of the Redemption of Messiah Yeshua we are able to permanently resolve the problem of our sin going all the way back to Adam! Then after our sins are completely removed, according to our exercising faith in our Messiah, then we can cross-over the threshold of the River of Jordan (cf. previous chapter; i.e. the river of death) into the Promised Land of a new existence where we will erase all of our history of sin—so much so that we will never even remember that sin ever existed at all! In this way our Father Adonai will move us forward into a state of being where we can once again experience all of the goodness, all of the righteousness, all of the truth and all of the abundant joy that Abba Avinu had originally intended for us all along; even before the foundations of the earth! Therefore, we are on a sojourn Back to the Future—to return our future to the original state of freedom and joy that the race of Adam once knew, to the original state of being that will always safely exist outside of time; a state of existence where we may once again walk in the cool of the day with Abba Avinu who is our Beloved Father forever.
Messiah was crucified at the beginning of the cool of the day:
It was between the ninth and eleventh Hours (3 to 5 pm) that the evening sacrifices were made.
The Jewish historian Josephus reports that it was between the Ninth and Eleventh Hours (3 to 5 pm) that the evening sacrifices were made. These sacred cool of the day hours are called twilight or between the two evenings in the Torah. It is at the beginning of the cool of the day hours that Adonai, through Moses, ordered the Passover Lamb (Korban Pesach) to be sacrificed (Exodus 12:6). The beginning of the Ninth Hour is when the Temple evening sacrifices are begun. At Pesach the first sacrifices are to be made for the High Priest’s family. The Spokesperson for the sent ones is no doubt aware of these facts when he underscores the time when the Lamb of Ha-Elohim, in the Person of the Messiah Yeshua, began walking (halakh-הָלַךְ) in restored fellowship with humanity as a Teacher (Rabbi) and dwelling intimately with Adam (man) as a Bridegroom would dwell with His bride.
The Seh Ha-Elohim died for our sin at twilight, between the evenings:
Before Adam (Man) ever sinned, in the middle of the coolness of the day (the Tenth Hour), the Father of Mercies had already predetermined that sin would be preemptively cancelled out on the accursed tree (at the Ninth Hour). The heavenly Father”s restoration of fellowship with redeemed Adam (who is the Beloved Disciple-Student of Adonai) at the Tenth Hour speaks of an eternal elect fellowship that could not even be destroyed by sin.
Man (Adam) has free-will but in eternity by His own strength and holy love Adonai will get what He wants anyway: a sin free humanity and a new heaven and new earth.
In this way the sovereign grace of Adonai Avinu has overruled all of the sin of Adam (of Man). The infallible supreme rule of the will of Adonai will always and forever overrule man’s fallible, errant will. In the heavenly Father’s eternal dwelling, for those who believe, it will be for us one day as if sin had never existed at all. Only then will we understand what perfect love (הָאַהֲבָה הַשְּׁלֵמָה) actually is!
Redeemed Man will dwell forever in Adonai’s (the LORD’s) House of Glory:
“Come and see the place where I dwell!”
Therefore, according to these evidences presented from the Proceedings of the Heavenly Court we are now asked (in our fallen age), “Where are you dwelling?” Like the wise talmidim (תלמידי חכמים-talmidei chachamim) of Messiah who came before us (Andreas-Adam and his friend) we need to seek to make our permanent dwelling place with Him. Then will we also hear the Voice of Adonai calling out to us from His dwelling place place, “Come and see” the place where I dwell!
*NOTE TO OUR READERS: We believe that Adonai Eloheinu is the originator and the providential facilitator of all of the evolution of the Hebrew language and Jewish culture. Therefore, all Hebrew, whether Classic, Mishnaic, or Modern is His preferred family language and, therefore, Hebrew is our chosen (elect) spiritual language. We are grateful to the Father of All (Avi-khol) for all of the languages of all the nations, peoples, and families of the earth. We believe the Spirit of Wisdom has exercised a hand in the development of all these languages; especially the Greek and ancient Aramaic languages. Nevertheless, we believe that the LORD our God has chosen Hebrew (ancient and modern) to be the most royal language of all the languages ever used by humankind. Therefore, we fully expect that in the messianic age to come the universal language of all of the nations, peoples, and families of the world will be—-Hebrew. Hebrew: past, present, and future is the preferred and most blessed language of Avinu Shebashamayim—-our heavenly Father.