May The 4th Be With You

May The 4th Be With You:

The Hebrew Meaning of the number four is: completion, wholeness, or fullness, and freedom. Four is the value of the Hebrew letter dalet, “ד” meaning door. This indicates place because a “place” extends in the four directions. This is why we have the expression, “the four corners of the earth.” As spoken of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 11:11-12.

The number 4 derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week’ God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word for ‘seasons’ in Genesis 1:14 is moed (Strong’s Concordance #H4150), which literally translated is “appointed times” (divine appointments) in reference to God’s festivals. This is the earliest known allusion to what would later be called the Holy (or Feast) days (periods) of worship, which are seven in number.

The 4th of the Ten Commandments is to remember and keep God’s holy Sabbath day (Exodus 20:9 – 11). The Sabbath day is tied directly to the creation week. God himself made the period between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset extra special when he rested on it after bringing everything into existence the previous six days (Genesis 2:1 – 3, Exodus 20:11).

Appearances of the number four

One of the top ten most frequently mentioned women in the Bible, Eve, is only referenced four times (Genesis 3:20, 4:1, 2Corinthians 11:3 and 1Timothy 2:13).

Psalm 107 is the only section or chapter in God’s word that contains the exact same phrase four times (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21 and 31).

The apostle Paul was a man familiar with 4 major first century cultures. He was a Roman citizen, he was a Jew who spoke Greek as well as Hebrew, and he was a Christian.

The Garden of Eden had a river which parted into the headwaters of four other rivers. These rivers were the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and the Euphrates (Genesis 2:10 – 14).

After Jesus was nailed and hung on a cross, Roman soldiers divided up his clothes into four parts (one for each soldier – John 19:23).

The four witnesses of God on earth are miracles, wonders, signs and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 2:4).

The number of times rainbows are referenced in scripture are four (Genesis 9, Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:3, 10:1).

In Ezekiel’s well-known ‘wheel in the middle of a wheel’ vision (Ezekiel 1, 10) he sees four living creatures transporting a throne with four sides and four wheels. Each of the living creatures (likely Cherubim, a class of angels) has four faces (the face of a man, lion, ox and eagle) and four wings (1:6).

Later in the book that bears his name, Ezekiel is told to proclaim to Israel that an end is coming upon ‘the four corners of the land’ (Ezekiel 7:2). In chapter 14 the prophet is told by the Eternal to ask Israel’s unrepentant elders to repent or else four sore judgments will come upon Jerusalem. They are the sword, famine, wild beasts or animals, and pestilence (14:21).

Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 4

There are 4 gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. Each of these emphasizes a unique aspect of his sacrifice and ministry. Matthew’s focus is on Christ being the son of David and a King. Mark highlights the suffering servant aspect of his ministry. John proclaims Jesus is the One and Only begotten Son of God. And Luke showcases him as the Perfect Man.

As we celebrate The 4th of July Today. May God’s wholeness, completeness, rest, and freedom be upon you and your family. Shalom

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Put Your Praise On

This the month to SHOUT IN PRAISE! Tonight at sundown begins the 4th Biblical month of Tammuz.

Balaam attempted to place a curse on Israel three times. Each time, the LORD turned the curse into a blessing. Instead of cursing Israel, Balaam involuntarily spoke prophetic oracles of blessing over Israel.

The oracles of Balaam offer several glimpses of Messiah and point toward His coming: “He has not observed misfortune in Jacob; nor has He seen trouble in Israel; the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. King Balak retained Balaam to curse Israel with misfortune and sorrow. In his second attempt to curse Israel, Balaam exclaimed that he saw no misfortune or trouble in store for Israel. Instead they were blessed because “the LORD his God is with him.” Balaam went on to say, “The shout of a king is among them.” (Numbers 23:21)

The word translated as “shout” is the Hebrew teruah (תרועה). It is the same word commonly used of the shofar blast. Therefore, the line could be translated as “the trumpet blast of the King is among them.”

The Apostle Paul mentions the shout (teruah) of Messiah’s trumpet when he says, “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

Believers know that the king’s shofar blast is the trumpet of Messiah. He is the coming king. The Targum Pseudo-Yonaton, an early Aramaic translation of the Torah, translates Numbers 23:21 to say, “The Word of the Lord their God is their help, and the trumpets of the King Messiah resound among them.”

Notice that the targum does not translate the passage to say, “The trumpets of the King Messiah will resound among them.” Instead, it says that the trumpets of King Messiah are resounding among us even now. Though we have not yet heard the shofar blast that will herald the coming of King Messiah, His trumpets are already resounding in our midst. Each time we blow the shofar on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), we rehearse the day of His coming. We may not hear the trumpets of Messiah yet, but the unseen world of spiritual darkness certainly does. When Balaam attempted to curse the people of God, he heard the deafening blast of the trumpet of Messiah.

Take courage. The trumpets of King Messiah resound in our midst.

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Pressing On Toward God

When You Help One, You’ve Touched the Whole World

Passover to Pentecost, a Fifty day journey of maturity. Part of this biblical season is the counting of the Omer. This the time from resurrection of Yeshua when the first barley grain shows on the stem to the maturing of it at Pentecost. The giving of the Ten Commandments. This is a time when Jews and Messianic Gentiles count the journey to the fire of cloud on Mt. Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. It is more than the counting of days. Pentecost is also called the Feast of Weeks, counting 7 Sabbaths from the resurrection of Yeshua, equaling 49 days. Then on the 50th day is the giving of the Covenant to Israel where God betroths them as his Bride. But it is more than counting. It is a time when God is seeing if He can COUNT on you to be his Covenant people.

It is also the counting of the days when God reveals himself to Israel with His Covenant names. From Jehovah Raphe, healer, to Jehovah Jireh, and more. Jehovah Jireh means “Provider”. God is are provider. Does God want to bless His people? Yes He does. First it proves He is a Covenant God and His promises are true. So the Nations of the world will know that you are His children. In ancient Hebrew teaching and thought is basic understanding God wants to bless His because He wants you to bless others. When you help someone else in need, you have helped the whole world. The concept of Helping others is where wealth comes from. As a business person if you have a concept or product that will meet the need of many people, you receive income from your product or knowledge. Take Bill Gates for instance. I don’t know where he is at on the spiritual spectrum of things. But it is said, he employs 40,000 people. His knowledge has blessed those people so they can fulfill their dreams and families dreams. Thus he is a billionaire. This is a Biblical principle and So it is a Hebrew principle when you help others, God will bless you.

It is Deuteronomy 8:18 that says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” As Jehovah Jireh it is God who gives us the power to get wealth by helping other people. The more people you help the more wealth flows. Here is the key for how that to work in ones life. You get wealth with your mouth. The more people you talk to and network with the more people you help. The more money will flow. You’ve got to tell more people about what you are passionate about. What you dream about. Why your knowledge can help them. During the counting of Omer can God count on you to speak life with your tongue? This is the season when God determines your finances. God is your Jehovah Jireh. He is the one who provided Manna for Israel and he will do the same for you.

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What Does The Number 60 mean?

Passover To Pentecost a Fifty Day Journey. Today I celebrate with my wife, Debbie Laymon my 63rd Birthday. To me numbers and words are very important. And since I have studied our Jewish Roots of Yeshua for the past 16 years now, I believe the decade of the sixties has significant meaning.

The 15th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet has the numeric value of 60. It is Samekh and the pictograph is like a Sheild. The root word for Samekh means, “to lean upon”, “to uphold”, or “to support.” The root is also found in “semikhah, the laying on of hands. Liken unto the Priest picking the sacrificial bullocks for the Holy of Holies would lay their hands on the head of the animal to consecrate it. Thus today the ordination ceremony is called a Semikhah.

Also the Samekh is to represent the everlasting cycle of the Glory of Gods presence on the earth. The cycle of Gods Shekinah is revealed in both the seasons and in the rhythm of the Feasts of the Lord, His appointed time. (Mo’adim)

The number 60 represents the Priestly Blessing of Numbers 6: 23-27, “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, and give your peace. So they shall put My name on the Children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

In the Hebrew there are 60 letters used in this passage with 15 words. The same as the root of Samekh which means and is a picture of Gods ordination.

The gematria of the letter Samekh is a picture of a person of faith who walks in miracles. And Psalms 145 is an acrostic of this Hebrew letter. God upholds the fallen and broken down and raises them up.

So let me just paraphrase what the decade of 60 means for me: God has ordained/consecrated me from the beginning of time to Preach Good news, setting the captive free. Releasing prison doors. Teaching the Feasts of the Lord, ushering the Glory of God by the laying of hands. Walking in faith and walking in miracles. Raising up the down trodden and broken in spirit.

This confirms what has been brewing deep in me. God is opening the doors for us to teach Jewish Roots of Christianity to the body of Christ and by the laying on of hands activating the Blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Christ Jesus, Yeshua HaMashiah. Happy Birthday!

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Lagging Behind Is The Enemies Attack

Moving from Passover to Pentecost (counting the Omer.) Are You being left behind? Are you Lagging Back? Many years ago while Pastoring I had a reoccurring dream. In the dream Debbie and I were hiking up steep inclines, down into valleys and back up to higher ridges in the landscapes. People were walking with us and some were keeping step and some where following. But there were those who were lagging behind. In the dream I asked God why they were lagging. He said they do not like change and they would be left behind, this was there choice. This birthed my phrase saying, Go with the Goers.”

Many scholars in Ancient Hebrew thought, believe when the Israelites crossed over from Egypt to Canaan there were some who did not do so. Many did not sacrifice a lamb and put the blood on their door post. There were many who lagged and just didn’t want to leave the enslavement of their past. This is where, on our journey with God we must be careful of murmuring and complaining. Out of seven of Israel’s enemies their was one that God said you must utterly destroy. They were the Amalakites. They would not attack the whole nation or even Tribes. They preyed on the ones who were lagging back. Some where lagging because of disease or age. But others lagged back because of negative, murmuring and complaining. Amalak means, “discouragement, slow to respond, or Frozen”.

In This journey of 50 days from Passover to Pentecost, where ever you find yourself, in business, relationships, ministry, or life one must destroy the Amalak in your life. As long as we complain we open our selves to being in a rut of no direction and destiny without purpose and movement.

My prayer for you is God’s supernatural grace to overcome and see the future and be filled with hope, anticipation, and Joy.

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SEVEN PASSOVER BLESSINGS

This Saturday evening Passover ends. This is a window of opportunity to get into God’s Covenant Blessings. According to Exodus 23 there are 7 promises to each one who celebrates and honors Passover. This is G_d’s Feast. It is not only for the Jewish people but for all Christians too.

Exodus 23: “Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. “Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God. “You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; nor shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until morning.

(When you bring an Passover offering to the Lord on Passover)The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. “

1. G_D WILL SEND A PASSOVER ANGEL TO YOU: Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.

2. G_D WILL BE AN ENEMY TO YOUR ENEMIES: But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars. “

3. G_D WILL SUPERNATURALLY PROVIDE FOR YOU: So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water.

4. G_D WILL TAKE AWAY SICKNESS AND HEAL YOU: And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land;

5. G_D WILL PROLONG YOUR DAYS: I will fulfill the number of your days. “

6. G_D WILL DRIVE OUT YOUR ENEMIES AND GIVE YOU ABUNDANCE: “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you.

7. G_D WILL GIVE YOU AN ALPHA YEAR: I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” Exodus 23

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Tonight Is The Great Shabbat

Tonight is The Great Sabbath: Today in the Biblical Calendar is Called the Shabbat HaGodal which means The Great Shabbat. It is found in Exodus 12 when God commanded the Israelites to a lamb and bring into their house for 4 days. Then on the 14th day of Nisan (the first month of the Biblical Calendar, when God told them this shall be the beginning of months. In other words God just re-booted their history and lives since they were going to be set free from bondage for the past 400 years.) Move forward to New Testament Matthew 21, Jesus enters Jerusalem what the church has called “Palm Sunday”. Which is actually the same day of Shabbat HaGodal, The Great Shabbat. The multitude is their (1000’s) to celebrate The Great Shabbat and Passover. They see instead of thousands of lambs in which the High Priest would look over and pick out the spotless one, they see not a four legged creature but a two legged Savior riding on a donkey and they scream, “Hosannah, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Hosannah means, “save us.” At Passover, Yeshua’s blood was shed to protect us from the death angel and protect our home and family. In Exodus 12 they were commanded to bring “a lamb” in (verse 3) into their home. In verse 4, they were commanded to bring “the lamb” into their home. And in verse 5, they were commanded to bring “your lamb” into your home. The Great Shabbat- Hosannah, Yeshua, A Lamb, The Lamb, and Your Lamb into your home (heart).

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