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Mishpacha: Finding Your Tribe – Building Covenant Relationships

Mishpacha is a Jewish social unit which includes family relationships and close-friends.”

Even though the topic of relationships is very popular, few individuals ever reach the point of building deep, lasting, and meaningful bonds with others. Why do our connections with other people seem to stay superficial and never go beyond the surface-level? Because we’ve drifted away from the Biblical blueprint of what covenant relationships are intended to look like.  We must reflect on the timeless value of covenant relationships outlined in scripture.  We must remain intact with one another even in the middle of conflicts.  

It’s time to move past the popular “take-it or leave-it” approach and build deep connections based on loyalty, authenticity and covenant. For God’s people to rise up and walk in new dimensions of love and effectiveness, we must be knit together in covenant relationships!  We must find our tribe.  We must find our Mishpacha!”

In (Deuteronomy 33:6-29), each tribe brought something unique and beautiful to the nation of Israel.  In the same scripture Moses also speaks prophetically over the twelve tribes as they prepare to enter the Promised Land:

“Reuben, will live and not die; and his kinsmen shall not be few. Judah will find sufficiency with his hands.  God will deliver him from his enemies. Levi, will observe God’s word and keep God’s covenant.  Benjamin, will dwell in safety, for the Lord shall cover him all the day long. Joseph, the precious things of heaven belong to him. Zebulun, will rejoice, in his going out; and Issachar, in his coming in. Gad, is enlarged with increase and is awesome in battle – executing justice and righteousness. Dan, is a lion’s whelp. Naphtali, is satisfied with favor. Asher, is acceptable to his brethren, his feet is dipped in oil.  His shoes are iron and brass.  He treads down the high places.”

Each tribe had their own BANNER – their own UNIQUENESS – their own AUTHENTICITY.  They were TWELVE TRIBES – but ONE NATION.

God created us with a need to BELONG to something or someone.  As believers, that need is fulfilled in God!  God loves RELATIONSHIPS.  God loves COMMUNITY.   Living in community with one another is a Kingdom principle!”

Authenticity: The Blueprint of Relationship Building

Just like in any family, when we BELONG to one another, we can freely be our authentic selves.”

Long ago, I decided that I did not want a “homogenous experience” in my walk with God.   God has given me a broad reach in the Body of Messiah.   I love to discuss the theological works of WesleySpurgeon, and Wigglesworth. I also love to discuss Torah, and the works of Maimonides, Rashi, and Akiva.   God has taught me to eat the meat and throw out the bones, by doing so I get the “choice meat” of what the Christian world and the Jewish world has to offer.

This diversity has made my spiritual life just as enriched and well-rounded as my natural life. God has cultivated within me a heart that appreciates the various ways He moves throughout His Body and the various expressions of worship that glorify Him. God has expanded my capacity for Him because I’m open to take the best parts of the Baptist experience, or the Jewish experience, or the Pentecostal experience and use these experiences to enrich my walk with God.  I get nervous in environments where everyone thinks the same, looks the same, and have the same thoughts, and opinions. Where is the room for growth?

Finding Your Tribe:

When we are a mishpacha, we are not only ACCEPTED, we are CHERISHED. We all have a role in serving our community.  But you say, “I just don’t fit in anywhere”   Well, I am an African-American woman that has spent my life time THRIVING in places where I stand out.  Over the years, I have learned that to BELONG is far better than simply fitting in.  BELONGING encourages authenticity while “fitting in suggests that we all have to be the same. 

 

Beloveds, we must all have a tribe – a place to belong – a mishpacha.  If you do not have a community, earnestly pray that God will fit you where your soul has a wide expanse to GROW, UNFOLD, CHANGE, and MATURE.  When you sit under GOOD TEACHING you GROW!  When you BELONG you FLOURISH!”

Beloveds, God created you beautiful, unique, and with eternal possibilities.  You were never meant to “fit in” a tiny box.  Be YOU!  Do YOU!  Be your AUTHENTIC self!  FULLY INVEST yourself to GODLY LIVING, walking intimately with Yeshua, and being in COMMUNITY with one another!  God has placed a gift inside of you so that you can serve your community.  However, if you don’t plant yourself – you will never bloom.  It’s time to BLOOM.”

Hine Ma Tov:

What Does Revival Look Like?  Revival looks like you… Unity brings revival.  When we are all doing our part.   We bring redemption to the nations and strength to our generation.”

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God has a plan for our lives.  That plan is to walk in relationship with Him and bring glory and honor to His name.    When we live our lives with purpose, and invest in others, we bring restoration to the lives of those around us.  Beloveds, take the time to invest in someone.  You don’t know the reach that you will have in the lives you touch. 

Hinneh mah tov umah na’im Shevet achim gam yachad.  Translated: Behold how good and how pleasing / for brothers (people) to sit together in unity.

 

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If you have not repented of your sins and made Jesus your Lord and Savior, please do so NOW! If you do not have a personal love relationship with Jesus, please invite Jesus into your heart NOW! CLICK HERE!

 

Issachar Women Arise: Discern Your Times & Seasons!

Issachar Women Arise: Discern Your Times & Seasons!

God is truly speaking to us in this hour. It is important to have God’s clear direction as we walk in our destiny. We must ask God for Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight so that we properly discern our times and seasons.”

Hindsight is the understanding of a situation or event AFTER it has happened or developed. Hindsight gives us the ability to look back and dissect what we learned in the previous season. If we do not learn from our mistakes we are bound to repeat them. We must ask ourselves, what lessons can we learn from our previous seasons?

Insight is the intuitive understanding of CURRENT situations. Insight gives us the ability to properly discern and navigate our present circumstances. In this time of rest and reset, what is God saying? What is on God’s mind concerning you personally, your family, your community, and for the nation?

Foresight is the ability to correctly discern what will happen in the FUTURE and plan your actions based on this knowledge. We must ask God, what are You speaking about my life, my family, the future? How do I plan accordingly?

 

 

In (1 Chronicles Chapters 11-12), we read the story of King David’s effort to unite the kingdom of Israel. To assist King David win the battles ahead of him, we read of the King’s long list of mighty men of valor. These men were seasoned soldiers who knew battle tactics, weaponry, and were men of great courage.  However, right in the middle of this long list of mighty soldiers, we read of the sons of Issachar, and the only thing on their resume is that they were men “who understood the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” (1 Chronicles 12:32). Although they were warriors, their main contribution was to discern clear direction from God.  Well, if there were men counted as the sons of Issachar, there were surely women in this tribe of prophets as well.  Women who were blessed with the same divine-unique intuitiveness to discern the times and seasons as their men.  

Beloved sisters… If you are struggling with the hardship of ministry, personal life, career, or just trying to figure out where you belong, hear this clear direction from the Lord. “Discern carefully your movements in this season. Sit with me and wait for clear direction, because I am setting you up for destiny-enhancing breakthroughs, blessings, and posturing. Your next move will be a CHECK-MATE!  Draw close to me in this time of discerning.  Walk in my synchronized movements.  Walk with me and I will give you authority not just over regions… but over the nations! {Says the Lord}”

Psalms 2:8:

“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

God says ASK of me… And I will give you nations as your inheritance.  Ladies, you are about to be ULEASHED!  You don’t have time for unforgiveness, competition, bitterness, resentment, quarrels, rivalries, distractions, etc…  Get out of your feeling… Stay in God’s presence until those weird emotions are dead!  Get healed QUICKLY and move forward to the destiny that awaits you.  You are not becoming a great woman of God, SHE is already inside of you.  Let the lioness within you ROAR!”

 

Surviving the Vicissitudes of Up-Down Seasons:

I’ve been walking with Yeshua for 30 years. At 20 years old I received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost at a fiery Pentecostal Church (The Way of The Cross).  I became an ordained minister in the COGIC in my late 20’s. I have even sat under learned Rabbis and drank deeply from their wells of inspiration.  I have fed the poor, preached, prayed, prophesied, and cast out devil’s. I’ve written books, led marketplace ministry, and publish articles that are read throughout the nations of our world. There’s not much I haven’t seen or heard when it comes to spiritual matters… However, the lesson I’ve learned most of all is that women have a unique roll in God’s plan and the enemy hates us for it.”

The enemy’s ferocious vendetta against women began in (Genesis 3:15), when Yehovah declared that “the seed of the woman would CRUSH the head of the serpent.”  Ever since God promised that redemption [Yeshua] would come through the seed of a woman, the enemy has been positioned to destroy everything we give birth to [our dreams, destinies, ministries, careers, health, families, etc]. The battles we endure have been raging for a very long time.  I know that I am not the only one that has endured trials, heartache, betrayal, misrepresentation, and misunderstandings.

You may wonder, how I’ve survived decades of ups-downs, wilderness experiences, hurt, and betrayal?  My prescription has always been to remain in God’s presence until He takes away the sting.  Beloved if you are struggling, remain in God’s presence until you can sing again, laugh again, and love again. Remain in God’s presence until you are healed.”

Psalms 27:5:

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”

 

Through the warfare, you must have resilience. You get to scream. You even get to cry, but you don’t get to give up! They Can Watch you work (quietly) or Cheer you on (loudly). However, God Will Not Allow Anyone To Stand In The Way Of What He Desires To Do In You…. 🌹”

 

Daughters of destiny, the warfare against women {in ministry} is intense. The enemy wants to silence us, intimidate us, marginalize us, destroy us, and render the work of God ineffective through depression, isolation, neglect, intimidation, accusations, weird emotions, etc. Whatever the devil can throw at you, expect him to use it.  Women, we are a threat to the kingdom of darkness. God specifically designed us to birth kings, ministries, nations, and give strength to our generation.  The warfare is not because you are worthless.  The warfare is because of your WORTH!  

 

The second most important thing I’ve learned is to be just as comfortable in the wilderness than I am on a platform. Ladies, we must learn to build QUIETLY. We must look at our wilderness experiences as opportunities to come intimately before our KING! I declare unto you beloved sisters, that when you come out of this wilderness experience you are going to preach, prophesy, lay hands on the sick, and walk in signs, wonders, and miracles.  You shall fulfill all that God has ordained for you to do!”

Issachar Women Arise!

Women of Issachar:

  •  We are strategic.  We have a unique anointing to know what God wants us to do and when to do it.
  •  We are influencers with unique perception and wisdom so that the nation(s) look to us for godly counsel.
  • We interpret the meaning of events for the nation to bring the culture to repentance.
  • We know when one move of God is ending and another is beginning.
  •  We are wise.  We are not often taken by surprise when things happened.

 

 

  • An Issachar woman can be summarized as a woman who has the anointing for…
  • Understanding
  • Sensitivity
  • Influence
  • Exemplary Leadership
  • Discernment
  • Uniqueness
  • Relevance
  • Interpretation 
  • Prophecy
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Pro-activeness
  • Foresightedness
  • Perception
  • Preparedness
  • Accuracy

A Prophetic Word: Lana Vawser

Recently the Lord showed me many daughters of God have experienced an attack on their voice. There has been a spirit of intimidation, fear, confusion, physical infirmity and blockages coming against their voice and what they are called to ‘herald’ but the Lord is saying “TODAY, this attack is beginning to BREAK in My name. I have brought you into a season of learning and understanding what happens when I SPEAK, in a way you have not seen before. I have brought you into this deep chamber of My heart, to teach you about the POWER of My voice. I have brought you into this deep chamber of My heart to teach you in such a deep way, the power of MY PROPHETIC voice. I have brought you deeper into the chamber of My heart to show you that there is no other voice greater than My voice. I have brought you deep into the chamber of My heart to reveal to you the Majesty and holiness of My voice and how My voice trumps everything. I have brought you deeper into this chamber of My heart to raise you up carrying the PURITY of My voice in an increased way. You are going to begin to stand and release My voice and what I am speaking with a clarity, creativity, an authority and anointing that you have not moved in before. I am raising you up to release MY SOUND that comes from the place of deep communion with Me. The enemy has come and attacked you BECAUSE of your purity of heart and the purity of your voice. I am speaking now that this attack is breaking and I am teaching you, training you, and imparting to you a greater understanding of My WISDOM and My VOICE that changes EVERYTHING.”

 

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Covered By God: An Awesome Prophetic Experience with Dynamic Women of God (Tiphani Montgomery, Pastor Bev, & Sophia Ruffin)

🔥 🔥 🔥 Prophetess Sophia Ruffin had me on the floor…. 🔥 🔥 🔥

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Redeeming The Time – God’s Karios Timing!

REDEEMING THE TIME – GOD’S KARIOS TIMING

Kairos (καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. What does the Bible says about Karios timing? Romans 13:11-13) Karios is referenced as a call for action and transformation! In (11 Corinthians 6:1-2), Kairos is described as a set time of opportunity and favor!”

The word “redeem”is from the Greek word (exagoridzo), which means to [buy back] or purchase a slave out of the slave market. The two words together kairos and redeem remind us that God is able to restore missed opportunities, wasted years, and misplaced efforts.”

We all have experienced our share of missed opportunities and wasted years. Sometimes, due to our own negligence. Sometimes, due to life’s hardships. However, God can give us brand-new, wonderful opportunities that make up for lost time and wasted years. Time is precious. When we repent, God enables us to put together the broken pieces of our shattered dreams and regain lost territories. Going forward, with God’s help, He will assist us in discerning His time-sensitive moments…”

Let us PRAY…

Father, I repent and renounce for myself and my ancestors for valuing time and my schedule more than You, Lord. I repent for loving time and the control of time, “me” time, my time, quality time, instead of getting into Your time, God, and asking You to order my day according to Your desire.
Father, please forgive me for allowing time to control me, for not seeking You first, or Your rest, and restoration. Lord, please release me from any ungodly time warps of regression, immobility, and stagnation; or places where I’ve been stuck in time (past) – unable to move forward.
Father, please REDEEM THE TIME and cancel the assignments of all demonic time-tables of lack, regression, demotion, evil embargos, arrested development, missed opportunities, and backwards movements. Father, please cancel all demonic cycles of limitation, failure, lack, and defeat that would hinder Your divine appropriations, opportunities, and appointments from manifesting in my life in their correct time and season.
Father, please REDEEM THE TIME and remove me from any ungodly timeline that the enemy has placed upon my life. Lord, re-establish my timeline according to Your Kairos timing. Please reconcile my life to Your Kairos timing. Father, please catch me up to where I should be. Father, I declare that I shall not lag behind or remain a late bloomer.
In the name of Yeshua, I decree the forceful and rapid advancement into my God ordained, marriage, family structure, wealth, health, ministry, financial strength, personal development, professional development, and career. Father, my times are in Your hands and I decree that Your will and blessings shall manifest in their correct time and season.
Yeshua, please purify my time with Your living water. Wash away all the old timelines with Your shed Blood. Lord, align my inner clock to synchronize with Your heartbeat, sound, and movement.
Father, please cleanse and synchronize the elements of my physical, spiritual, and emotional well being. I declare that I will be a living stone properly fitted together in the Body of Messiah for Your good purposes.
Father, please correctly align the order and sequence of all the components of my DNA and RNA. Lord, restore health and re-establish the correct frequency and vibration to the chemical bonds in my DNA and RNA. Father, please restore, the health, wealth, blessing, balance, order, and favor that should be inherent in my physical and spiritual DNA and RNA structure. Father, please realign me with Your purpose and heal the receptors of the cells that make up my being so my divine calling and birthright will be fulfilled.
Father, please remove me from ungodly places in the heavens, the depths, the lengths, the widths, and the heights. Lord, I declare that all the earth and time belongs to You. Please restore me to godly depths, lengths, widths, and heights.
Father, please forgive me and my generational line for closing the doors to Your anointing and blessing. Father, please now bless me and open the doors of Your anointing and blessing in my life; and release generational blessings, gifts, health, callings, and goodness into my life and family line.
Father, please unearth the treasures stolen from my generational line and from the kingdom of God. Lord, please remove the strongmen that holds back what belongs to me and to Your kingdom. I declare that all I have and all that is owed to me belongs to You, Lord God, and to Your kingdom.
Father, right now I appeal to Your written word and to the spiritual laws that You have set up in Your kingdom. Your kingdom laws declare that Your people shall experience a Jubilee every 50 years and that every 7 years the oppressed must go free.
Father, I lay claim for all pass jubilees and sabbatical years, and I declare divine recompense, reparations, and restoration of all overdue Jubilee and sabbatical blessings. Father, according to your laws, I declare that JUBILEE YEARS and SABBATICAL YEARS must manifest from this day forward in my life and family. I declare that all ungodly trading of the past by my ancestors, and the debt of poverty is now null and void; it is cancelled and is no more.
I declare that all demonic seasons and cycles have now been broken – all drought and crop failures have been broken! Showers of blessing are released in my life and family. I reverse every curse and change it into a blessing!!
Thank You, Father, that the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous. Every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. Lord, thank You for restoring the scepter of righteousness to me and my family line. For as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so You, Lord, surround me and my family—from this time forth and forever.
Father, I ask for a hundred-fold return and divine reparations at current market prices for all that has been withheld, lost, stolen, or given away in my life and generational line. Lord, please release generational blessing upon me now.
Father, I present this prayer before You in the heavenly court as the prayer of my heart. I ask You to appropriate this prayer as a record in heaven. Lord, I ask for Your justice. I ask that You will render this prayer into Your courts as a legal document. Yeshua, as my advocate, I ask that You go before the Father, and ask the Father to declare these Blessings over my life and in my generational line. Lord thank You for manifesting Your Karios timing in my life.
Father, please restore me now fully to Your correct time – Your Karios time with a Righteous body, soul, and spirit. I declare that everything I have prayed has now been sealed with the Blood of the Lamb!!
Isaiah 61:7:
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
In the Name of Messiah Y’shua, I posses ALL my GATES with VICTORY. I proclaim that I have a legal right to receive everything YOU have for me namely:
• Life, Health, Beauty, Mental Sharpness
• Skills, Talents, Spiritual Gifts, Wisdom
• Family, Wealth, Fame, Favor, Ministry
• Open Doors, Joy, Peace, A Future
• Might, Destiny, Abundance, and Sonship
In Yeshua’s name – Amen.

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If you have not repented of your sins and made Jesus your Lord and Savior, please do so NOW! If you do not have a personal love relationship with Jesus, please invite Jesus into your heart NOW! CLICK HERE!

Mekudeshet: The Betrothed – Set Apart & Holy!

 

Mekudeshet: The Betrothed – Set Apart & Holy!

Hosea 2:19-20:

“I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.”

Mekudeshet is a Hebrew word which means ‘betrothed, exclusive, separate, etc. The word is used during the betrothal ceremony; when the groom places the ring on the finger of his bride, and declares: ‘By accepting this ring you become my betrothed [Mekudeshet] spouse.’ The word Kadosh (holy) is derived from the same root, and so this blessing literally means: ‘you are exclusively mine, holy, and separated unto me.’”

In a world of brokenness there are many who have no concept of what it means to be loved, protected, or provided for. Throughout the Bible we see Israel repeat cycles of sin, servitude, and captivity because they could never seem to remain committed to an exclusive love relationship with God.

Perhaps it was the 400 years that Israel spent in slavery that hindered them from receiving God’s love. Perhaps Israel’s heart was so conditioned to the whip and the lash, that they did not know how to thrive without being ruled over. Perhaps all the stories we read in the Bible is God’s attempt to woo His hard-hearted people into love relationship with Him.

The stories of the Bible are not much different from our lives today. We often choose what we don’t want because we do not believe that we deserve love without bitterness.

The Book of Hosea is a powerful illustration of God’s unfailing love, mercy, and compassion towards His people. Throughout the book of Hosea we bear the prophet’s agony as he suffers from the unrequited love of his unfaithful wife Gomer; just as Yehovah endured the unrequited love of His unfaithful Bride (Israel).”

As Israel played the harlot, so did Gomer. Gomer left security and love for back alleys and one-night stands. She took on other lovers. She sold herself for shekels. She threw away her youth and beauty. Yet, time after time Hosea, her HUSBAND, her LOVER, her REDEEMER brought her back home again. “

Perhaps Gomer was so use to tears, rejection, and abandonment, that she didn’t know what to do with a good man; because good girls are attracted to bad-boys for a reason.”

Yet, no matter how many times Gomer messed up… No matter how many beds Hosea found her in… No matter how many times Hosea had to buy Gomer off the auction block… Hosea REDEEMED Gomer every time. Although Gomer did the unimaginable and brought home children that were not her husband’s, Hosea even gave Gomer’s illegitimate children new names (Hosea 2:1)!

Apostle Paul stated in (Philippians 3:10), that at times we enter into the fellowship of the Lord’s suffering for His DIVINE purpose. God used Hosea’s private struggles as a public illustration of His unconditional love towards Israel.

Like Hosea, God stands as a FAITHFUL HUSBAND, LOVER, REEDEMER, & SAVIOR. God says to us; ‘I will allure you. I am committed to you. I will not leave you. I will frustrate your attempts to run after other lovers, but I will not dominate you. I will not be harsh with you says the LORD!’’

God gives beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) God specializes in turning prostitutes into princesses and pimps into preachers, God redeems the lost and the broken. God makes beautiful things out of broken pieces. God will keep working with us until we learn to walk and talk like a BRIDE! All we ever have to do is come to Him.”

The consequences of not responding to God’s love is detrimental. Sin always takes a toll. Sin reduces us. Sin stripes away our personalities. Sin empties us. Sin damages, devastates, cripples, and fractures the soul until there is NOTHING LEFT! No longer vibrant. No longer shining with beauty. No longer effervescent. Sin leaves us a shadow of who we were meant to be.

Every package of hell is wrapped in the disguise of ecstasy. When we run after other lovers we find ourselves like Gomer….. EMPTY …. needing to be rescued and redeemed!”

Hosea was one of the longest ministering prophets in the Bible. He prophesied to the ten northern tribes of Israel for about forty years. However, Israel did not respond to the wooing of the Lord. Therefore, in 721 BC, Hosea the prophet, witnessed the ten northern tribes of Israel be conquered by the Assyrians and scattered throughout the earth. Yet, despite Israel’s rebellion, God promises redemption (Hosea 1:10-11 and Hosea 2:16-23).

Hosea 2:16:
“In that day,” declares the LORD, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’

Beloveds, if you are running after other lovers, it is not worth it. Drink from the well that SATISFIES! God has a word for us today: ‘Mekudeshet’! We are betrothed, exclusively, set apart, holy unto the Lord!

If you have not repented of your sins and made Jesus your Lord and Savior, please do so NOW! If you do not have a personal love relationship with Jesus, please invite Jesus into your heart NOW! CLICK HERE!

Acts 3:19:
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

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Shavuot: Betrothed At Pentecost & Sealed With His Love!

“I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine.” (Songs of Solomon 6:3)

We often glean much revelation when observing the Biblical Feast Days.  Every year, God speaks something NEW!  Today, let us look at the divine romance illustrated to us through the historical picture of Shavuot, the fulfillment at the Day of Pentecost, and the future culmination of the Wedding Supper of The Lamb.”

What Is Shavuot?

Shavuot (Hebrew: pronounced Sha-Va-Ot) or Pentecost in the Greek, is one of the Biblical Feasts described in (Leviticus  Chapter 23) that the Lord calls His appointed times;and He encourages that His holy convocationsshould always be remembered.

In the New Covenant, Apostle Paul tells us in (Colossians 2:17), that the Biblical Feast Days are a shadow or dress rehearsal of things to come, which illustrates to the unbelieving world that Yeshua is the Messiah!

The Spring Feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, & Shavuot were fulfilled at Yeshua’s first coming with His Death, Burial, Resurrection, & The Fulfillment of The Holy Spirit.

The Fall Feasts: Trumpets, Yom Kippur, & Tabernacles will be fulfilled at Yeshua’s second coming.  We will take a look at the prophetic purpose of the Fall Feasts later.”

Why Is Shavuot Important To Believers?

Exodus 6:7a:

“I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”

Shavuot marks a day to renew our covenant with God.  Covenants are like “vows;” like the vows spouses make to one another on their wedding day. Shavuot commemorates the covenant that God made to Israel at Mt. Sinai when He first chose her saying, “You shall be a special treasure for me… a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:4-5). The Hebrew people chose God by answering, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do” (Exodus 19:8).”

 

To the Christian world Shavuot is also known as PENTECOST, which means “fifty,” and marks 50-days after the second night of Passover.  Therefore, Shavuot is also called The Feast of Weeks, because the observant count the days between Passover to Shavuot as we anticipate with great excitement an encounter with the Lord that brings renewal, revelation, and refreshing during this significant time of year!

Shavuot: Betrothal In The Old Covenant

“Many days wilt thou be Mine and I will be thy Redeemer…”

The Ketubah: Wedding Contract

In (Exodus Chapter 19), Israel stood before God at Mt. Sinai, like a Bride standing before her husband on her wedding day.  The young Bride was nervous and afraid, yet God revealed His love for Israel and entered into  covenant with her by giving Israel His Commandments (The Law), making Israel His Bride (Exodus Chapter 20).”

The Ketubah is a Jewish wedding contract, written to assure the maintenance of the Bride during the marriage covenant.  The Ketubah outlines what is expected of the Husband and Bride, and the commitment they make to each other.  The Law, given on Mt. Sinai, can be looked at as a marriage contract. The Law was given to Israel as a treasured token of God’s fidelity and promise to maintain her.  The Law required the Bride’s faithfulness and promised her enduring blessings and security within the marriage covenant.

However,  The Law was impossible to keep without GRACE (Galatians 3:24).  So, God provided a BETTER COVENANT, through Yeshua who fulfilled the Law on our behalf and offers the power of the Holy Spirit, who motivates our regenerated hearts to live in love-relationship with our Bridegroom.

Hebrews 8:6-13: 

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.  For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.  But God found fault with the people and said:

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
    when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
 It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
    and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
    after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
    and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest.
 For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”   

The Bride At Pentecost – Sealed With His Love:

 

In (Acts 2:4), the promise of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled on Shavuot, according to Jeremiah’s prophecy that one day God’s law would be written on our hearts.

Jeremiah 31:33:
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Interestingly, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can also be viewed as a betrothal. Apostle Paul makes reference to this in (2 Corinthians 1:22) and (Ephesians 1:13-14), when he describes God’s Spirit being a seal upon us. The word seal can be interpreted as a Bride beingspoken for by her Husband (Song of Solomon 8:6).

2 Corinthians 1:22:

“[He] set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

Ephesians 1:13-14:

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

 

To be “spoken for” is the preliminary stage in the marriage covenant in which the Ketubah is signed. This document states that the groom offers protection and security to the bride. The bride and groom are joined as one through the Ketubah. The bride not only becomes the name bearer of the bridegroom but from that moment on she also has become an heir, although the wedding day has not yet taken place.

In the old covenant the husband would pay the bride-price as insurance that he would return for His bride and fulfill his promise to her.   So, how do we know that our Bridegroom (Yeshua) will return for us – His Bride?  As we established, it is customary for the Bridegroom to leave the Bride with gifts as a promise to her until their wedding day.  In (John Chapter 14), the Bridegroom (Yeshua) told His disciples that He was departing from this earth to prepare the many mansions in His Father’s house, and that He would send a gift as comfort until His return. The picture was clear. Yeshua illustrated that His Second Coming must be understood as a Bride who awaits her wedding day.

 

Yeshua, our Bridegroom provided us a gift, as proof that we, the Bride belong to Him. That great gift came on the Day of Pentecost, when His Holy Spirit was poured out over those who had entered into the covenant with Him.”

Luke 24:49

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

Acts 2:1-4:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

The Wedding Feast of The Lamb:

The Bride consists of Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua (Acts 2:5-39). One day we will stand radiant before the Bridegroom when He comes to bring His Bride to the bridal chamber in the house of His Father.

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is not just another historical event, the outpouring is proof that the Bridegroom and Bride were joined as one on the Day of Pentecost. Some great day, the Bridegroom will escort His Bride to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.

 

 

For this cause do we celebrate Shavuot (Pentecost).  The Bride and Groom have entered into a covenant and remain bonded to each other through His Spirit – until the Bridegroom Returns For His the Bride! – Selah”

Revelation 19:1-9:

“And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship Experience:

 

 

Related Articles: 

– Shavuot 2020: Time to PREPARE! The Bride Is Making Herself Ready! – CLICK HERE!
– Counting The Days To Pentecost – CLICK HERE!

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If you have not repented of your sins and made Jesus your Lord and Savior, please do so NOW! If you do not have a personal love relationship with Jesus, please invite Jesus into your heart NOW! CLICK HERE!

 

 

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