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October 20, 2019

Judaism makes much of the arba’a minim, the four species traditionally used in the celebration of Sukkot: the etrog or citron fruit, which is held in one hand, while the lulav made of palm, willow, and myrtle branches is held in the other hand and raised, pointed, lowered, and shaken during worship. These are the four species. However, it’s not so clear in Leviticus 23 that these were the four exact species. Ets hadar literally means “splendid tree”; ets avot literally means “thick tree”; arvei nachal means “willow,” but there is a significant amount of evidence to suggest it might mean “poplar.” Nor is it clear in Leviticus that the celebration is to be limited to only four species. In Nehemiah, the Jews celebrated with “olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of

October 13, 2019

Christians who read the KJV usually know it as the Feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14 & John 7) or the Feast of Booths (Lev. 23 & Neh. 8). Christians who read modern translations may know it as the Feast of Shelters, or the Feast of Huts, or something like that. Jews usually call it by its Biblical Hebrew name, Sukkot (sometimes spelled Succot). Classical Jewish sources sometimes just call it ha-chag, "the Feast," because it is the final feast of the Bible's annual cycle of the Feast Days, and it therefore prophetically represents the culmination of human history and the setting up of the future Messianic Kingdom. From my personal observation, I would guess that the most commonly-used term for the Feast among non-Jews is the Feast of Tabernacles. The second most commonly-used term is probably the Feast of Booths.

May 26, 2019

I became a born-again Christian in 1972. In the 1970s a popular Christian slogan was "Jesus is Lord!" This slogan was shouted and printed on T-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, and other paraphernalia. Christians talked about letting Jesus be Lord of your finances, Lord of your marriage, Lord of your job situation--in short, Lord in every area of your life. I believed in letting Jesus be Lord back then. Now that I'm in the Messianic movement, I still believe in letting Jesus be Lord, even if I now call Him by His Hebrew name, Yeshua. I think that most other Messianics would say that they, too, believe in letting Yeshua be Lord. For Messianic believers, though, the Lordship of Yeshua affects their calendars in a way that it does not affect the calendars of mainstream

September 30, 2018

Judaism makes much of the arba’a minim, the four species traditionally used in the celebration of Sukkot: the etrog or citron fruit, which is held in one hand, while the lulav made of palm, willow, and myrtle branches is held in the other hand and raised, pointed, lowered, and shaken during worship. These are the four species. However, it’s not so clear in Leviticus 23 that these were the four exact species. Ets hadar literally means “splendid tree”; ets avot literally means “thick tree”; arvei nachal means “willow,” but there is a significant amount of evidence to suggest it might mean “poplar.” Nor is it clear in Leviticus that the celebration is to be limited to only four

September 23, 2018

Christians who read the KJV usually know it as the Feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14 & John 7) or the Feast of Booths (Lev. 23 & Neh. 8). Christians who read modern translations may know it as the Feast of Shelters, or the Feast of Huts, or something like that. Jews usually call it by its Biblical Hebrew name, Sukkot (sometimes spelled Succot). Classical Jewish sources sometimes just call it ha-chag, "the Feast," because it is the final feast of the Bible's annual cycle of the Feast Days, and it therefore prophetically represents the culmination of human history and the setting up of the future Messianic Kingdom.

April 29, 2018

How an individual uses his time is indeed of utmost importance. But in addition to the "how," there is another aspect of our stewardship over time. That aspect is not the "how" but the "when" of time. The Scriptures speak not only of how we are to use our time as individuals, but also of when we are to assemble in holy convocation with our local congregation to meet with Yahweh at His appointed times.

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