Hello, John and Doves,First of all, it might be useful to get the list of Levitical feasts (really, "the feasts of the LORD," NKJV)from Leviticus 23, and nowhere else.We then have Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.The next thing to do is simply to use the Strong's Concordance Hebrew spelling of each of names of thefestivals.Then, use the book, Hebrew Word Pictures, by Dr. Frank T. Seekins to get some insight into the originalmeanings of the 22 Hebrew letters.At this point, I would recommend 30 days of unbroken fasting and prayer before attempting anything quiteso monumental as a brand-new interpretation of Scripture.May you be guided by Sola Scriptura (from Martin Luther--only the Scriptures).Remember, no prophecy given by God is of private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20).Let Scripture interpret Scripture.I use the http://www.blueletterbible.org/index.cfm, but there are also other good sites.For a strictly Jewish (not Messianic) interpretation of things, I turn to http://www.aish.com/.Once again, I say, gird yourself with Christ and all the armor of God before you attempt somethingthis potentially mind-blowing.In HaShem,Mike C.
Bruce Baber (30 Sep 2010)
"Jesus is the "substance" of the festivals/the menorah/seven Levitical feasts or holidays"
To the Doves,
This is a work in progress and I may need help.
Jesus is the substance of the festivals, which is of course absolutely correct and in agreement with Paul's own words. Consider that there are seven Levitical holidays. These are the holidays given to Moses by God...
Seven Levitical feasts include:
1) Sabbath- celebrated weekly the seventh day of the week from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. In Hebrew called Sabbath. Gen 1:1—2:3, Matt 11:29-30 The Sabbath rest is a picture of the spiritual rest we find fulfilled in Messiah.
2) Passover /Feast of Unleavened Bread called in Hebrew Pesach – first feast of the spring, once yearly every spring eight days long. Story of the Exodus from Egypt. 1Cor 5:7-8 Messiah is our Passover. Passover is the sacrifice and not just the holiday
3) First Fruits – during week of Unleaven Bread, first day of the week after the regular weekly Sabbath (Sunday) one day long. 4) Pentecost also called the Feast of Weeks, in Hebrew called Shavuos, 7 weeks after the Feast of First Fruits, one day long.
5)Feast of Trumpets – First feast of the fall season, also called in Hebrew: Rosh HaShannah (the new year) or Yom Teruach. Two days long. Pictures the Rapture and Judgment Day. Lev23:23-25, 1 Cor 3:11-15, 2 Cor 5:10, 1 Thess4:13-18
6) Day of Atonement – Second feast of the fall season 10 day after Rosh HaShannah, one day long. This one is actually literally not a feast but rather a fast. Called in Hebrew: Yom Kippur. The key responsibility of the believer is to humble themselves, that is to confess our sins. Lev 16, 23:26-32, Ps 31, 32, 38, 51, Lk 18:9-14
7) Feast of Tabernacles also called the Feast of Booths, in Hebrew called Sukkot- Third feast of the fall season, five days after Yom Kippur.
I would like to overlay the menorah with seven lamps (also given to Moses by God, if I remember correctly) with the seven holidays that God specifically gave Moses.
Next, comes the hard part. I need the original Hebrew names for the holidays. As you know, most of the Jewish holidays have several names, i.e., Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruach, etc. I need the actual words used by God for the seven holidays. When I have them, I can use a system that might reveal something hidden.
You may be familiar with the fact that each Hebrew letter has a word picture with its own meaning. My hypothesis is that the seven feasts given by God to Moses (which are shadows of the substance of Christ) may also have a hidden meaning.
If you have seen any of the videos by ppsimmons posted on YouTube where he shows the name of God revealing the words: "Behold the hands...Behold the nails", then you can see where I'm heading. I want to state for the record, that I don't agree completely with ppsimmons on all of his findings, but his method is remarkable.
He used the same methodology used by rabbis for ages.
The seven original festivals, or holidays given by God to Moses in their original Hebrew wording are composed of letters with their own hidden meaning! What might they reveal? I am striving to get at some answers.
There are 22 Hebrew letters in the alphabet each with their own word picture that goes back to ancient times.
Aleph = bull/ meaning strength, leader or first
Bet = tent or house/ meaning household, in or into
Gimel = camel/ meaning pride, to lift up
Dalet = door/ meaning pathway, to enter
He = window or fence/ meaning the or to reveal
Vav = nail/ meaning and, add, secure or hook
Zayin = weapon/ meaningcut,or cut off
If I am going down a blind alley with this, please bear with me. But what if there is something hidden there? I am not a Hebrew scholar and just knowing the English spelling for "Sabbath" and the other holidays isn't helpful.