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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Vatican admits The Change of Sabbath was their act Not The Bible

I have taught for years to honor the Shabbat. As a Messianic Gentile this is counter cultural in church society of America. The Lord told me this when struggling with Saturday (Shabbat) or Sunday as the day of Worship. “Worship Me on Saturday and then again on Sunday. It will be as if two bookends for your weekly observance. At the end and the beginning.” This article will help you understand the importance of our Jewish Roots of Christianity.

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Is God A Globalist or Nationalist?

Is God a Globalist or a Nationalist

I believe the Bible’s account of the Tower of Babel gives us insight to that question. Genesis 11 says,
Now the whole earth had one language and one [a]speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and [b]bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called [c]Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Notice verse 1 says the whole earth had one language and one speech. Let us “make a name for ourselves.” Now here is God’s response, “Indeed if the people are one and they all have one language, and this what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come let Us go down and there confuse their language that they may not understand one another’s speech.

Satan’s plan has always been a Globalist Luciferian world that worships him. God knows that if Satan can manipulate people he can accomplish this goal. The Globalist elitist and leftist are playing into his hands. Man wants to rule, divide, and conquer with an iron sword and fist, i.e. the rider of the black horse in Revelations. God said in Genesis 11, if man can do this then they can do anything. So God scatters them and breaks this up by giving each group their own language. Thus begins Nation groups. Like in Genesis 11 God is not going to allow Man to control His timing and season when the man of sedition, anti-christ is revealed which will usher in one world gloabalism. I believe God is saying man is not going to control my prophetic time table. We know in scripture there is going to be a last day awakening of epic proportions. The gospel of Yeshua, Jesus Christ will be preached to all nations.

God also is a Nationalist in his Covenant relationship with Israel. Israel is the apple of His Eye. He constantly warned them not to enter marry with the other Nations of the world. He ask them to have borders to protect, guide, and preserve their heritage. He commanded Israel to teach their children His covenant Torah and Prophets daily. Israel’s history is one of disobedience to God’s loving covenant and they were taken in exile and enslavement many times. And the Temple was destroyed twice.

For those of us who are God fearing people, Israel is an example of God’s loving Fatherly protection from the evil of this world. May God Bless this great Nation and give us Peace.

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What To Do When The Leader is MIA?

Last Wednesday evening at sundown we began the fourth Biblical month of Tammuz.  Why should that be important to both Jews and Gentiles who follow Yeshua as Messiah and Lord?  Because there are three different “Moadims”, (Hebrew for meeting with God) where God wants us to commune and worship Him.  They are,  The Feast of the Lord, Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles,  the New Moons which begins each of the twelve months of God’s calendar, and Shabat the seventh day of the week to rest and worship God, His Son, Yeshua, and Holy Spirit.  

People ask me all the time, “I thought that was Old Testament and was done away with the New Testament?”   Well, NO, because Yeshua is our exampled and he lived His earthly life by following these cycles, seasons, and timing.  The apostle Paul did so too and so did the Apostles.

Without going into a long dissertation about the month of Tammz, I just want to give you a brief overview so you know how to set your month with FOCUS God.  The sixteenth day of Tammuz which in the Western Gregorian Calendar is June 29 is the anniversary when Moses comes down from Mt. Sinai with Tablet in hand of God’s Ten Covenants for His people.  Imagine the leader has been on the Mountain for 40 days.  The first two of those forty days was Pentecost when God wrote His covenant with His finger on the stone tablet.  Then for the next 38 days Moses is with God and he is writing God’s Covenant down word by word to give to His people.  Moses is listening to God and writing verbatim the Torah.  Wow,  what focus.  But I guess if you and I were in God’s Holy Presence we would be focused too.

So, Moses comes down off the Mountain so anointed and must have been on one major spiritual high and finds that back home with his people, they’ve forgotten what God has done to deliver them from 400 years of enslavement.  They go back to worshiping idols.  They had made themselves a golden calf.  Moses is so angry he smashes the Tablet with God’s Ten Covenants on the Ground.  God’s response is to kill all the Israelites. Moses pleads with God if your going to kill anybody, kill me.  Moses reminds God, how is it going to look to Egypt and the other Nations if you kill the people you set free?  

So here is the Application.  During this month be looking for and follow the leadership of God through His Word, the Holy Spirit, and faith and trust in God’s promises.  Don’t be like the Israelites who went back to darkness when their was lack of Spiritual leadership in their sight.

Secondly, each Hebrew month has a Hebrew letter of Alphabet which corresponds with it.  This month it “chet”.  Which is a picture of Light or Darkness.  The first mention of this letter is found in Genesis 1.  There was darkness on the earth and it was filled with choas and was void.  Then God spoke, ” light into darkness.”  Light is where the first letter chet is written.  Notice darkness brings confusion, chaos, and lack of vision.  Listen to God’s voice to bring Light into your situation.

Thirdly,  This is the month to ramp up your worship.  Unlike the children of Israel when they could not see their leader and went back to worship a graven image, this is the time for us to break out in Worship, Praise and Thanksgiving.  Our Worship will like in Genesis 1 speaking light into darkness.   In fact every where we go we should be speaking Light into Darknss.   

May God Bless you and keep you, May the Lord lift His countenance upon you, May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and give you Shalom (Peace.)

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Spy out or Scout out the Land: Words Matter

This week’s Torah Portion (The Parasha) is from Numbers chapters 13-16.  One of the most dramatic stories in the Torah is the story of the 12 leaders, presidents of the twelve tribes, who are sent by Moses to tour the land of Canaan and see what is good in it.  This account starts as an innocent story of a nation that is coming home after more than 400 years of absence.  These people have an historical memory of the land that God gave to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, but they themselves never have they seen their God given Land.  One of the things that we can learn from this text of Numbers chapter 13 is that words do matter and that translations may seldom actually capture the small, but very important nuances of a text in another language.

The English text of Numbers 13:1-2 reads like this: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”  (Num 13:1–2 NKJV)

Here is the English text as translated verbatim from the Hebrew: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send for your own self men to scout, [seek out] the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, all of them dignitaries who volunteer.”  (Num 13:1–2 NKJV)

These small changes in the translation make a big difference.  First and most important is the fact that God said to Moses, you need to send men for your own knowledge to tour the land scout the land.  The word “Tour / Scout” is very different from the word “spy” – yes, what these men did was not only tour but they actually did the spying of the land.  A normal tourist comes to see the land and find out what is good about the land. The spy comes to see the weaknesses of the place, the points that make the place vulnerable so that the land can be attacked in time of war.  The twelve honorable men actually did the touring/scouting but in their report they brought the good news and an honest report but with bad and faithless conclusions.

1.     God knows everything even before it happens.  This is what prophecy is about.  God does not need to send spies to find out anything He knows even the secrets of men’s hearts.

2.    Moses and the leaders of Israel needed to know more about the land that God gave to their forefathers.  It is for the sake of Moses and the leaders themselves to tour the land and find out more about this land so that they get excited and encouraged before entering the land and having to deliver it from the hands of the invaders, like the Palestines, Jebusites, Girgasites, Hittites, Amorites, and the other foreign nations that have come from far to invade the land.

3.    The sin of the 10 spies was not about saying things that were not accurate. All the 12 dignitaries said the same thing and spoke the truth, but the 10 added a statement that was not taking into account the mega factor in this formula and that is THE LORD who created the Universe the owner of the world and all that is in it.  They didn’t give a report that took the major force that they have experienced when they put the blood on their door posts in Egypt, and when they crossed the Sea of Reads and when they received the Manna fresh every day.  Their sin was in discouraging the people and not taking FAITH in God as a major factor and the weapon that is ultimate to power above all powers.  From Rabbi Joseph Shulam.

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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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