Saturday, November 14, 2015
YOM KIPPUR AND JONAH AND THE WHALE BY Rev. Patricia Ann Sunday www.SundayMinistries. Christians are not taught the basics of Judaism which is the Foundation stone of the Christian faith. The Messiah Jesus/Yeshua became the living foundation stone or the corner stone that the builders rejected. If we had been taught the background of Christianity, we would understand much more about the Bible and what Jesus was referring to in His teaching in parables in the New Testament. One thing Christians are not taught nor do they understand is that modern Israel does not go by the calendar that Jesus/Yeshua lived under. The ancient Paleo calendar was done away with and the Pharisees replaced it by a modern Jewish calendar and not only they have a Religious calendar but they also have a Civil calendar. How would you like to live your life juggling two different time frame calendars and then find out they were not the proper timing? Then the Catholic (the Christian branch of Pharisees) changed the old calendar a couple of times until we have what the world now goes by. This was another “changing of times and laws”. There are seven feast days in Judaism which we as followers of Jesus/Yeshua (who was known as “the way”) were told to keep. These are not mandatory feasts but observances to teach us a pattern that leads to His Second Coming. Four of these Feasts have already been fulfilled during his first time on earth. The other three will be fulfilled at and on His Second Coming. These Seven feasts are represented by the seven lights of Revelation on the Menorah. From right to left the lights are lit. The First is the Feast of Passover…the Second is the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the third was the Feast of First Fruits. The Fourth was the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit cam and “lighted” or filled the 120 in the upper room with the Lord’s Holy Spirit which was not a person of the Trinity but an attribute of the Godhead. Because God is ONE person with two spiritual attributes. He is a trinity in the sense of be God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit …but they are one God. One of these seven feasts of Israel is called Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement and falls between Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. On this particular feast the Book of Jonah in the Bible is read. Yom Kippur is called the Most Holy Day of the year and everyone is supposed to wear their white garments which represent the Bride of Christ who is waiting for Jesus/Yeshua her Bridegroom. So why on the Holiest day of the year is this particular book the one that is read? This book concerns a man who disobeyed the orders given by the Lord to go to Nineveh and preach the gospel to the heathen. Because he did not obey God he was allowed to be swallowed up by a big whale or Big Fish. God had to teach this prophet a lesson in compassion. So is it hard to understand that in our day the Lord is about to teach a lot of Christian people a lesson in compassion. What you say? Christians are compassionate! The Hell they are! Who wants to visit those in prison? Who wants to visit nursing homes where this is misery or a cancer ward where the smell of death is all over. What about helping a homeless person? Or a battered woman or child or a loner teenager? And God forbid we should go to someone or a whole city who like Jonah hoped they would go to hell because they deserved it and were unbelieving heathen. This is America…No one says we can’t speak to Muslims or anyone else about their faith and why the way shower….Jesus/Yeshua was the right way. No one can stop us from praying in public. No one can stop us from parting the Red Sea. But those who show no compassion to those in need now….will be swallowed up by the whale or the big fish which represents the Lukewarm Christian Church of our day and Jonah was in the belly of the Fish Church for three days which could represent three years. Because those who are ready with oil in their lamps will be used and protected through those 3 years because they followed the Lords instructions and heard His voice. To go this way or that way or don’t go that way. Also this points to another side of this story. Revelation 11:1-14 tells us that Israel will be invaded and gassed or bombed. People will lie dead in the streets 3 and ½ days a picture which Jesus said of Jonah was a sign of His death…. So the Lord has told us a very important message by associate Jonah with His own death and resurrection and saying Jonah was a sign then place Jonah as the key in the Yom Kippur service. In After these 3 and ½ days these people will rise up in the site of the living and also at the same time there will be a Rapture of taking up of living people. The Christians represented by virgins with oil in their lamps will be going to Heaven to be with the Lord. This will be the greatest revival the earth has even seen. Get revived in the Lord now so you are not left here for what the rest of the church will have to go through. Shalom.