Feast of Pentecost 2018/5778

Shavout and Pentecost 2018

Saturday evening at Sundown begins the Feast of Pentecost 5778/2018 and goes through Monday evening at sundown.  This is a time we celebrate God’s giving of the Torah and Yeshua’s out pouring of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).  Exodus 20 is the first mention of the Feast of Pentecost in the Old Testament.  It was the giving of the Torah (Ten Commandments) on Mt. Sinai.  Pente means 50 in Greek and in Hebrew the numerical value of 50 “Kohl”  means “bread without scarcity; in your land you will lack nothing.” There were 50 days from Israel’s Red Sea Exodus journey to Mt Sinai.  This is when God wrote His Covenant upon the Tablet and birthed Israel as a Nation.  Rabbi’s teach that this was giving of the Torah.  Like with Acts 2, on Mt Sinai there was Thunder, an earthquake, fire, and God’s Covenant (law) given.  Unlike Acts 2, 3000 were killed for their disobedience and worshiping the golden calf.

Acts 2 refers to the New Testament Feast of Pentecost.  Like Israel’s journey of 50 days, our Lord Yeshua was on this earth 40 days following his Resurrection.  Then He told 520 disciples to gather in Jerusalem until the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was poured out.  One hundred twenty obeyed and tarried there.  On the tenth day which was 50 days from His Resurrection, Yeshua poured out Holy Spirit on all flesh. Just like in Exodus 20 the earth quaked, there was thunder, and flames of fire flickered on their shoulders and they heard the Gospel message of Yeshua in their own dialect.  This was the birth of the Church and instead of 3000 losing their lives, 3000 were added to the church that day.  The reason Jerusalem was so filled with people is because of God’s commandment to Israel that three times a year Israel were to come to the Temple and bring a Feast offering and worship God on His Feasts.  Nowhere in Scripture does God call His Feast Jewish Feast.  They are His Feast and are to be honored and participated for all believers both Jew and Gentile.

Thus Shavout and Pentecost are the same holiday.  Shavout in the Old Testament is the culmination of Jews counting 7 weeks (49 days) from the Red Sea.  At Pentecost Jesus last words were for the Disciples not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes.  It was at the very day of Pentecost in Acts 2 that the Jews were at the temple celebrating Shavout.  They were obedient to the word of the Lord to bring their First Fruit Offering to the Lord on Shavout according to Leviticus 23.  The Apostle Paul understood this importance.  In Acts 20:16, Paul was bound to make it to Jerusalem knowing the importance of God’s command not to miss Pentecost and the giving of his First Fruits offering.  In Deuteronomy 8:6-20, God promises that when the Jews make it to the Promise Land they are not to forget the commandments of the Feasts.  The land would be filled with many blessings and milk and honey.  When they got there He would give them power to gain wealth, verse 20.  In fact in Jewish tradition, they pray at the end of the meal instead at the beginning after they are full.  Then they give thanks.

Malachi 3 is a conversation between the Jewish people and God.  The children of Israel gathered in a great convocation to inquire of God why they keep getting exiled?”  They asked God, “How do we keep the enemy from destroying us?”  And God said to them, “it is how you return to Me…by bringing your Tithe and Feasts offerings. “Three times a year do not come to me empty handed on my Feasts.”  By this, God’s promise is that He will rebuke the devour and keep him away. Prove God and see if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings more than Israel could withhold.  If one believes in God’s blessings then one cannot  ignore the curses also.  The power to gain wealth is in the Old Testament and the power being Filled with Holy Spirit is in the New Testament.  Power in Hebrew means, strength, wealth, influence, ability to judge situations correctly, to ascend in strength and influence with God given wisdom.  Another words God’s divine leadership.  Holy Spirit has infinite wisdom.  Prosperity is a God thing giving us power through wisdom and knowledge.  Power is in your hand so you will know it is God and by God.

YOD is the Hebrew word for power, supernatural, and presence and it looks like an apostrophe.  The Hebrew word for hand is YAD.  But when you take the vowels out of the Hebrew words it changes the meaning.  Y D  means an open hand.  The Hebrew word for DaY is enough.  Look closely, it is open hand spelled backwards which is a closed hand. Another words, I have enough and I don’t need anymore. God is saying at the Feast of Pentecost don’t come empty handed.  Come with an open hand not closed. Allow God to give you wisdom and knowledge to give a long life, riches, joy, and happiness.  Yida in Hebrew is wisdom, to know not to come with an empty hand to God.  The Hebrew name of Shavout Offering according to Malachi 3 means, “A DIVORCE FROM THE CURSE OF EGYPT.”

 What a great month God has prepared for us to walk in His divine timing with our First Fruits giving.  Thank you to our partners and prayer warriors that keep us before the Lord.  We have felt your prayers and have had increased opportunities to minister and teach this past year the hidden mysteries of Jewish Roots.  To those in the Memphis area, we look forward to being there in the month of June.  Your continued prayer and support helps us in our ministry and we greatly appreciate your faithfulness to us.

For those new to our ministry who would like to become a monthly partner and those who would like to sow a Feast of Pentecost / First Fruit offering into Wellspring Israel, you may do so the following ways:

  • Go to wellspringisrael.com and donate.
  • Via paypal by going to my paypal account, pastorlaymon@aol.com and give.
  • Venmo by my account Jim Laymon @jim-laymon.
  • Checks can be made out to JimLaymon/Wellspring Israel, 625 Sugarloaf Ct., HighIand Village, TX. 75077.

Thank you again to each and every one who continually support us monthly.  We cover you daily in prayer with Blessings.  Much love, Jim and Debbie Laymon

Shabbat Shalom.

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Truth about Israel- Gaza Conflict this week. What the Main Stream Media is not telling.


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Biblical Month of Sivan: The Mystery of Number “3”

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WHERE WE GO ONE WE ALL GO: God enjoys counting the Israelites because of His special affection for each one.

If you’re like me when reading in Numbers 1 the calling out of Israel’s census is boring reading.  This past spring I received from the US government a census in the mail.  I was just to busy to fill it out and put it on my “get to list.”  Several weeks went by and got another reminder from US government.  I still put it on my to get to list.  Finally, a representative of the US government knocked on my door and handed me a letter that if I didn’t comply I could be fined and or put in jail.  Guess what I went and did the census online. Wow, it took me an hour and the questions that where asked seemed a little to invasive.  But unlike the United States census the Biblical census in Numbers is and represents a lot difference.  A census report makes for difficult reading. Working through the details of tribal and family tallies can be an exercise in monotony, but Rashi a Rabbi, found a sweet message about God’s love underlying the dry census data. He explained that God enjoyed counting the Israelites because of his special affection for each person. According to his interpretation, the census is a reminder that the children of Israel are not just a collective whole. Israel is a nation composed of individuals. All the people of God are real people. Moses and Aaron counted them according to their “genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers’ households, according to the number of names, head by head” (Numbers 1:20). This method gave every Israelite the opportunity to tell his name and be counted as an individual of worth. Each person is valuable and unique, a special treasure to God.

In the Talmud, there is a discussion about Adam, the first man and father of all humanity. Why does all of humanity descend from a single human being? “To teach you that whoever destroys a single person is regarded as if he had destroyed an entire world [of people] and whoever saves a single person is regarded as through he had saved an entire world” (b.Sanhedrin 37a). The meaning of this teaching is that each person is as valuable as Adam, the first man. Though Adam was only a single human being, he held within him the potential of all humanity. So, too, each person shares that same potential. No person should be dismissed as simply a number or a cog in the wheel. Every human being is a whole world.

Moreover, the same Talmudic discussion points out that every person, regardless of race, is part of the same human family. The Talmud says, “Adam was created for the sake of peace among men so that no one can say to his fellow, ‘My father was greater than yours.'” We all have Adam as our common father. The same discussion points out that while we all come from the same prototype, we are all unique individuals:

[Adam was created] to demonstrate the greatness of the Holy One, blessed be He. If a smith strikes many coins from one mold, they all look identical, but the most high King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, fashioned every man in the image of the first man, yet not one of them is identical to his fellow. Therefore every person is obliged to say, “The world was created for my sake.” (b.Sanhedrin 37a)

Yeshua told a parable about a shepherd who noticed that one of his hundred sheep was missing. A one percent loss is not terribly serious, but this particular shepherd had special affection and concern for every sheep in the flock. He left the ninety-nine and went out seeking the lost sheep, rejoiced when he found it and carried it on his shoulders back to the flock (Luke 15:1-7). From God’s perspective, we are not a nameless, faceless crowd of people. Each person is unique, special and beloved. God cares for you personally. He is concerned with your concerns and seeks your well-being.  (excerpts from FFOZ weekly Torah Portion)

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The Principles of Wisdom From God’s Word Will Release Blessings and Wealth

God’s word refers to Wisdom and Understanding as the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, He banned them from Blessing and Prospering and divorced Himself from them as Jehovah Jireh.  The Angel with Flaming Sword was stationed at the Gate of Garden of Eden, not to keep them out but provide Light to return them to the Garden. This teaching you will learn the benefits of getting Wisdom and Understanding.

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Accessing The Court Room of Heaven

Accessing the Court Room of Heaven/Three Levels of Prayer. Understanding how to pray until your prayers are answered. Understanding how to pray from a Hebrew mindset. Learning the three levels of prayer so to walk in a deeper relations with God.

Check out my video’s on my YouTube Channel, Wellspring Israel.

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Passover: Rest, Relax, Lounge

I love the understanding of Jewish Roots and Hebrew when studying the New Testament.  It unlocks the mysteries of the gospels and gives a deeper revelation of what Jesus (Yeshua) is saying in scripture.  Two weeks ago while preparing a message on Luke 12, I came across an amazing truth (at least amazing to me.)  Luke 12:22-34

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Hebrew understanding about “Do Not Worry” consist of two words in Hebrew: yi hi ye, (meaning will be)  as to say don’t worry everything is going to be fine.  The second Hebrew word is be seder (meaning order or to be organized.)  In Hebrew this word is to say “OKAY!”   Seder is also the word for the Passover meal called the Seder Meal.  It goes along with everything is done, orderly, and organized so it is time to REST, RELAX, AND LOUNGE.

Imagine how this translated to the disciples in the Upper Room.  Jerusalem was full of contempt, anger, political jostling.  The air was full of fear, worry and anxiety.  The disciples felt and  heard everyone seemingly out to get Jesus.  So he participates in the Passover Seder with them.  Around Him is coolness, calm, and rest because Yeshua understands that God has got His will all planned and it is all going to be OKAY.  He exemplifies rest and that is why the Seder is to be one of Lounging.

Wow, I find that to be so reassuring.  For me being self employed and not knowing from week to week what my income will be I can rest knowing God has got my needs in “order.”  Rather it is finances, meals, clothing, health, relationships, or whatever,  God has Got This!  Yeshua reminds us in Luke 12, if God can take care of the birds and the lillies than how much more will he take care of us in Covenant with Him. This word be- seder is the embodiment of our Covenant God who is:  El Roi- The God who sees me, El Sali-God My Rock, El Gibhor- Mighty God, and El Honnora- Awesome God.  So remind yourself this Passover that Yeshua’s death and resurrection was all in God’s plan to secure for us God’s order for Heaven here on earth and all eternity.  Shalom

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