Volume 2, Number 1 - May 25th, 2005 - http://pillar-of-enoch.com
In This Issue:
1. Pillar of Enoch Ministry Web Site News
2. Bible Teaching - Excerpt from Book 2 -
“The Language of God in Humanity,” discussing
Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks
Pillar of Enoch Ministry Web Site News:
Here’s some exciting news!
Book Two of the Language of God Book Series
will soon be available, and a second revision
of Book One is now available!
Blessings to all of you in Yahshua’s wonderful, holy Name. May the Peace of Yah’s Spirit be with you all as we contemplate the meaning and purpose of Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. For those of you who purchased Book One in the Language of God series, I will send you a brand new revised copy of Book One free of charge, as soon as Book Two is available and I receive your paid order for Book Two, which will be available for shipment in mid June, 2005.
The May 2005 revised edition of Book One, “The Language of God in the Universe” is now lacking the many spelling and grammatical errors found in the original December, 2004 edition. If you haven’t purchased it already, now is the time to buy this groundbreaking book about the Gospel in the Stars and the allegorical symbolism in the Universe that Yah uses to communicate to us. For those of you unfamiliar with this heavily researched first volume in a four book series, here is a new, short description of the book:
“Seventeen Years in the making, “The Language of God in the Universe” is part of a four book series that will take you on the spiritual journey of a lifetime. Unique from the others books in the series, this remarkable book shows how every aspect of the Universe and our Earth is filled with allegorical meanings that came straight from the heart, mind, and spirit of our Creator. Charts, illustrations, a full bibliography, and index make this a truly excellent reference work that belongs on every inquiring person's bookshelf.”
This book is now available as a 448-page quality paperback edition for $23.95, or on CD as a searchable PDF book for $14.50. To learn more about this book and the book series it is a part of, visit my web site at http://www.pillar-of-enoch.com, or e-mail me at email@example.com and request your free PDF versions of my Language of God Series color flier and black and white brochure.
Because “The Language of God in Humanity” is now nearly ready for publication, I also wanted to share an excerpt from the book that contains some powerful teachings about Pentecost. This excerpt follows in the Bible Study section of the newsletter. In addition, a discussion topic surrounding this bible study/book chapter will begin on the group board soon. Here is a new, short introductory passage describing Book Two, “The Language of God in Humanity:”
Coming June 2005: ISBN: 0-9759131-1-5, Soft cover, $23.95, 420 pages: Book Two shows how each person is a living parable. Using the Language of God as a key, the parables of Yahshua, and biblically based festivals such as Passover, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Sukkot or Tabernacles, and Chanukah take on far deeper meanings. The allegorical messages hidden in the rituals associated with Blood Covenant ceremonies like Marriage and Communion are also closely examined to show how they communicate the correct basis for all human relationships. Finally, many biblical characters are examined as Prefigurations of Christ.
The other news I have to share is that the Pillar of Enoch Ministry web site introductory pages have undergone some major content changes and revision since the last newsletter was posted, in November of 2004. I’ve also added two new PDF downloads to the “Free Articles and Downloads” section of the web site entitled:
“The Importance of Using the Personal Names of God”
“What It Means to be Saved by Grace”
Though these articles are not yet included on the web site as web pages, they are available as downloadable PDF files. Incidentally, for those of you who want to read another great introductory excerpt taken from the soon-to-be-released Book Two in the Language of God Series, check out the article made from that excerpt called “What It Means to Be Saved by Grace.” This article/excerpt is an excellent introduction to the first Covenants Yah made with Humanity and what they mean to us in Christ. Here is the URL link to it: http://pillar-of-enoch.com/essays/Saved_By_Grace.pdf.
For those of you interested in seeing some of my old art work, an art gallery featuring it has been created at my personal section of the Pillar of Enoch web site, at http://artist.pillar-of-enoch.com/ArtGallery. The introductory pages at my http://artist.pillar-of-enoch.com personal web site, and some of the graphics used there, have also been updated.
Please feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions you may have about any of the material contained in this newsletter or in the Bible teaching that follows.
In the meantime, I hope that everything you read here will bless and spiritually uplift you.
Yours in Yahshua,
This Month’s Bible Teaching:
An excerpt from Book 2 -
“The Language of God in Humanity,” discussing
Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks
By: Helena Lehman
Web site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com
In the last chapter, we learned how Yahshua arose from the dead on the day of the Firstfruits offering during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Fifty days after the day of the Firstfruits Wave Sheaf Offering, which is on the Sunday or first day of the week during Passover week, Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks arrives. Seven weeks therefore precede Pentecost:
“You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain (or the Sunday of Firstfruits).” - Deut. 16:9 (NKJ)
“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath (i.e. Sunday, the day after the seventh day), from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering (on Sunday, or the first day of the week): seven Sabbaths shall be completed (equaling forty-nine days). Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath (i.e. the Sunday after the seventh Saturday Sabbath); then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD (Yahweh).” - Lev. 23:15-16 (NKJ)
This Scripture clearly tells us that these forty-nine days between the Firstfruits offering and Shavuot or Pentecost should be counted beginning on the day of Firstfruits, which is the first day that the sickle can be put to the new grain to be presented in the Temple. Always falling on the day after the regular Sabbath during Passover Week, this firstfruits offering of the barley harvest was cut on the first day of the week, or a Sunday.
Counting from the Sunday of Firstfruits to the seventh day (or Sabbath/Saturday) of each week, seven weeks must pass to reach Pentecost. The fiftieth day would therefore follow a Sabbath – and therefore fall on the first day of the week, or a Sunday, just like the day of the Firstfruits offering. This fact makes the Christian choice to worship Yah on Sunday seem less problematic. This is because the day of Firstfruits and Pentecost fall on a Sunday, and according to Scripture (Numbers 28:26), Pentecost is considered to be a Sabbath, or set-apart Holy Day, as well. As the day that Yahshua was resurrected from the dead, the Sunday of Firstfruits should also be a Sabbath, or set-apart Holy Day, for all believers in Yahshua.
Pentecost is considered to be the birthday of “the Church,” and some Christian scholars teach that this Church is supposed to have replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people. We can define “the Church” as a worldwide congregation of Gentile believers in Yahshua that transcends national and racial boundaries. Despite racial, social, and national barriers, this Gentile congregation has three major beliefs in common. They all believe in the salvation offered by Christ, they all believe in Christ’s full humanity and deity, and they all have been baptized with the Holy Spirit. This definition, however, does not factor in the presence of the growing numbers of Messianic Jewish believers in Yahshua that are sprouting up around the globe.
Since “the Church” should include Jews who love Yahshua as Christians do, the idea of the Church replacing ancient Israel or the Jews as God’s chosen people is erroneous. The Church should therefore be defined as two congregations of believers, which can be viewed allegorically as the Two Houses of Israel in biblical prophecy: Judah and Ephraim. Judah represents Messianic Jewish believers, and Ephraim represents Gentile believers who are actually lost Israelites. More constant than the believers reckoned as the Ten Lost Tribes in their devotion, Ephraim consists of believers who love Yahshua with their whole hearts and are anxiously awaiting their Marriage to Him. In the concept of spiritual Israel, these two entities, Judah and Ephraim, are joined together with the Ten Lost Tribes as one. Consequently, though there is a literal Israel that can be determined by genetic descent, all believers are counted as Israelites by adoption.
Judah and Ephraim, the two congregations that form the Bride of Christ, are defined by the two great spiritual revelations that were given to mankind on Pentecost. On the first Pentecost or Feast of Firstfruits, when the Israelites were given the Law of Moses on Mount Sinai, a great change occurred in Yahweh’s relationship to humanity and vise versa. This revelation of the Law is what created and preserved Judah, or the Jews, of today. They are the Torah-keepers who carefully uphold the Law, but who often forget the need for mercy and compassion as a result of the legalism that a strict observance of the Mosaic Law promotes. However, as shown in Chapter One, that all should have changed on Pentecost, when the Mosaic Law was replaced with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which is governed by the Law of love and compassion through Christ. Jews who love Yahshua therefore necessarily have a less legalistic approach to the Law.
On the fiftieth day after Yahshua’s resurrection, on the Feast of Weeks or Firstfruits, another great change occurred in Yah’s relationship to mankind. At that time, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and unleashed the first outpouring of spiritual power now available to anyone who loves Christ, but that hitherto had been unknown to the vast majority of humans. This unusual outpouring of God’s Spirit imbued these once ordinary Jews with the supernatural ability to be heard in the languages of their hearers when they spoke:
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” - Acts 2:4 (NKJ)
This extraordinary outpouring of (and baptism with) the Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to give a powerful testimony to both Gentile and Jew. Their testimony was to share the glory, power, love, and compassion of their Messiah wherever they went – and with whomever they met, whether Gentile or Jew. Nonetheless, this baptism of the Holy Spirit set the apostles, and all other Spirit-baptized believers in Yahshua, apart from ordinary Jews. This is because, to this day, Jews who reject Christ do not possess the indwelling baptism of the Holy Spirit within the spiritual part of themselves that true believers do. Despite their observance of the Ten Commandments, the Mosaic Law, and the biblical Feast Days, Jews who reject Yahshua as the Messiah are therefore not saved. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is a gift Yahshua gives only to those who believe in Him, and belief in Yahshua (in addition to a belief in Yahweh, or God the Father) is what determines whether or not we are saved:
“For God (Father Yahweh)… gave His only begotten Son (Yahshua), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son… to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who… does not believe (i.e. Jew and Gentile unbelievers) is condemned… because he has not believed in the… Son of God.” - John 3:16-18 (NKJ)
Even abridged as it is here, this powerful Scripture still clearly says that anyone who does not believe in the Son of God (i.e. Yahshua) is condemned and is therefore not saved. Because none of us can fulfill the Law fully, those who are not saved are condemned because the judgment dictated by the Law is still upon them. Even if they manage to live exemplary lives, Torah-keepers still sin. They therefore cannot fully escape the condemnation and curse of the Law without Christ’s shed blood covering their sins, and making them appear as pure and spotless as Christ is. The revelation of the Law was therefore replaced with the revelation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, allowing believers to enter the unseen Kingdom of God in their hearts and to fulfill all of the Mosaic Law through Christ’s indwelling spiritual presence.
NOTE: Some Jews determine the date for Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits or Pentecost using rabbinical rules and traditions that are not in the Bible. It is the author’s firm belief that these Jewish practices are highly erroneous and should be abandoned because they violate the clear teaching of Scripture:
“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” - Deut 4:2 (NKJ)
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life.” - Rev 22:18-19 (NKJ)
To Read more about Pentecost and the meaning behind all of Yah’s biblically ordained Holy Days, purchase Book Two: “The Language of God in Humanity,” soon available in paperback or on CD through the Pillar of Enoch Ministry bookstore. For a limited time, those who pre-purchase the paperback edition of the book will also receive a free copy of the PDF version of the book on CD. This offer is only available for those who purchase the book through the Pillar of Enoch Ministry bookstore on or before June 15th, 2005.
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