Yeshua on the donkey

After Yeshua showed the people that He was the resurrection through the raising of Lazarus, many believed in Him. The next day Yeshua entered into Jerusalem on a donkey and many greeted Him as King. Let us see what happened.

Joh 12

12 On the next day a great crowd who had come to the festival, when they heard that יהושע was coming to Yerushalayim,
13 took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and were crying out, “Hoshia-na!
This would be the next day after Lazarus was raised which would make this the 9th day of the First month.
14 And יהושע, having found a young donkey, sat on it, as it has been written:
15 Do not fear, daughter of Tsiyon, see, your Sovereign is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey.”
16 At first His taught ones did not understand this. But when יהושע was esteemed, then they remembered that this was written about Him and that they had done this to Him.
17 Therefore the crowd, who were with Him when He called El‛azar out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, were bearing witness.
18 On account of this the crowd also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
19 The Pharisees then said among themselves, “You see how you are getting nowhere at all. Look, the world has gone after Him!”
In verse 16 we see that the disciples only realized after the death and resurrection of Yeshua what the full meaning of this event was about.
Let us look at another account.
Matt 21
And when they came near to Yerushalayim, and came to Bĕyth Phaḡi, at the Mount of Olives, then יהושע sent two taught ones,
saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and straightaway you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her, loosen them, and bring them to Me.
And if anyone says whatever to you, you shall say, ‘The Master needs them,’ and immediately he shall send them.
And all this took place that it might be filled what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
“Say to the daughter of Tsiyon, ‘See, your Sovereign is coming to you, meek, and sitting on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
All this happened to fulfill Zech 9:9. In verse 2 we notice something very interesting. Yeshua sent them not only to fetch a donkey but also a colt of a donkey. Yeshua was riding on the colt of a donkey and He took the mother donkey with. Yeshua needed to ride on a donkey which was never used before.
And the taught ones went, and having done as יהושע ordered them,
they brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their garments on them, and He sat on them.
And most of the crowd spread their garments on the way, while others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the way.
And the crowds who went before and those who followed cried out, saying, “Hoshia-na to the Son of Dawiḏ! Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה! Hoshia-na in the highest!Psa. 118:26
10 And as He entered into Yerushalayim, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”
11 And the crowds said, “This is יהושע, the prophet from Natsareth of Galil.”
The people were actually proclaiming Yeshua as King. Let us look closer to what the people were singing during this time. Wonder how many realized what they were singing. Take note that the “right hand” as mentioned here refers to Yeshua.
Ps 118
14 Yah is my strength and song, And He has become my deliverance.
15 The voice of rejoicing and deliverance Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of יהוה is doing mightily.
16 The right hand of יהוה is exalted, The right hand of יהוה acts mightily.
17 Let me not die, but live, And declare the works of Yah.
18 Yah has punished me severely, But did not give me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I enter through them, I thank Yah.
20 This is the gate of יהוה, The righteous enter through it.
21 I thank You, For You have answered me, And have become my deliverance.
22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone.
23 This was from יהוה, It is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day יהוה has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 I pray, O יהוה, please save us now;
26 Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה!
27 יהוה is Ěl, and He gave us light; Bind the festival offering With cords to the horns of the slaughter-place.
28 You are my Ěl, and I praise You; You are my Elohim, I exalt You.
29 Give thanks to יהוה, for He is good! For His loving-commitment is everlasting.
Little did they know during this time that this was exactly what Yeshua would do for them but not quite as they expected He would do it.
Next we will look into the betrayal and capturing of Yeshua.
Until next time.
Shalom
Mieke

2017 / 2018 Calendar

Here is the new calendar for 2017 / 2018.

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This Calendar was created with the intention to show as much information as possible regarding how the calculation of the Calendar is done. Read through the study on Calculating the Calendar for more information.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

Calculating the Calendar: Days

To determine how Yah calculates a day we only need to look at Creation. Each time it starts with darkness “it was evening and it was day”. But let us take note of the following verses:

Gen 1

 13  And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the third day.

Lev 23

‘In the first new moon, on the fourteenth day of the new moon, between the evenings, is the Pĕsaḥ to יהוה.

A day is therefore determined from sunset to sunset. I day according to Scripture is therefore between the evenings from sunset to sunset. This is the easier part to calculating the calendar and therefore commonly accepted especially among those who accept Yeshua as Messiah and obey the Torah.

Remember that everything in the Scripture is cyclical. You will see the same pattern throughout Scripture.

  • Evening then Day
  • Sin then Salvation
  • Tribulation then Overcoming

Darkness represents sin. Light represents righteousness. There was darkness before light just as there is sin before righteousness. It is a pattern.

Next we will tackle a more tricky part to the calendar: the month.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

Yom Teruah

“Yom Teruah” is commonly translated as “Feast of Trumpets” but is that a proper translation of this day we are told to celebrate in Leviticus 23? In this study we will be looking deeper into this day and what we can learn from the Scriptures about this day. “Yom” means “Day” in Hebrew but what does “Teruah” mean?

Speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering. Lev 23:24

When you use the KJV with Strong’s then you will notice that the “blowing of trumpets” is a statement used in translating the following Strong’s reference.

H8643
תְּרוּעָה
terû‛âh
ter-oo-aw’
From H7321; clamor, that is, acclamation of joy or a battle cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarum: – alarm, blow (-ing) (of, the) (trumpets), joy, jubile, loud noise, rejoicing, shout (-ing), (high, joyful) sound (-ing).

When looking at Strong’s definition of “Teruah” we see that it is focused on the blowing of the trumpet rather than the trumpet itself. With other words its the sound which is made when blowing the trumpet. The sound which must be made when you blow Teruah is that of a war cry. Let us look at some Scriptures where H8643 is used in order to see what we can learn. For this study I will only note the verses which use this word as a war alarm.

The following information is quoted from the shofarot website seems to confirm the battle cry or alarm of H8643 above.

There are four types of Shofar sounds in contemporary Jewish religious rites – in the following order:
Tekiah – a long sound
Shevarim – three short and sharp blows
Teruah – composed of more and shorter units than the Shavarim
Tekiah Gedolah – a very long sound, depending on the blowers blowing capability
Tekiah
The Tekiah is a long sound, but due to the mouth’s position and breath length, most Toke’im (Shofar blowers) end the long sound with an additional sound, sliding to a higher tone. This is a Tekiah ending with a Glissando, either as a deliberate ornamentation or due to technical difficulties. There is also a Tekiah with a Glissando at its beginning.
Shevarim
Already in the Talmud (Bavli 34, 2) the Shevarim are described as groaning and moaning sounds. The Shevarim sounds like a howl: it is composed of three short and sharp blows sounding like a moan.
Teruah
The Teruah is (according to Rabbi Yitzhak Arama) the sign of anxiety and sorrow. It is composed of more and shorter units than the Shavarim. The Ashkenazi Jews produce Staccato-like, rhythmical units, while the Oriental Jews produce a kind of wavy tremolo, composed on a long sound (like a chain). Normally, in order to produce the long tone’s vibrations, the Shofar blower uses his tongue.
Tekiah Gedolah
At the end of the series: Tekiah, Shevarim and Teruah (or TST in short), it is customary to blow the Tekiah Gedola (grand blowing): a very long sound, depending on the blowers blowing capability. As a rule, the Tekiah Gedolah is three times longer than the Tekiah.
* glissando • noun (pl. glissandi /glisandi/ or glissandos) Music, a continuous slide upwards or downwards between two notes.
— ORIGIN Italian, from French glisser ‘to slip, slide’. (Compact Oxford English Dictionary )
Shofar maker, Zvika Bar Sheshet examines the sound of a Shofar made of a Bushbuck horn. (from the Bar Sheshet collection)

Teruah
The Teruah is (according to Rabbi Yitzhak Arama) the sign of anxiety and sorrow. It is composed of more and shorter units than the Shavarim.

When looking at this the feast Yom Teruah suddenly has a new meaning as it is shown as a sign of anxiety and sorrow. Could this be when the Tribulation starts?

You shall then sound a shophar-sound on the tenth day of the seventh new moon, on Yom haKippurim cause a shophar to sound through all your land. Lev 25:9

In Hebrew there is written שופר תרועה (shophar teruah).

And when you blow a shout, the camps that lie on the east side shall depart. And when you blow a shout the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall depart – that blow a shout for them to depart. And when the assembly is to be assembled, you blow, but do not shout. Num 10:5-7

Each time it is written “shout” in this Scripture it is Teruah. Now we see that when the people is supposed to assemble then there should not be a “teruah” however when a “teruah” was blown then they would depart. We start to see that the trumpet / shofar was used to create structure and order when reacting to information.

He has not looked upon wickedness in Ya’aqob, nor has He seen trouble in Yisra’el. Yahuah his Elohim is with him, and the shout of a Sovereign is in him. Num 23:21

Here we see that Yahuah has a “teruah”. May Yeshua have mercy on us and show us what the true meaning is for this word.

And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work, it is a day of blowing the trumpets for you. Num 29:1

This time they have translated the word “teruah” as “blowing of the trumpets”. It seems as if what we know as the “Feast of Trumpets” is when we are supposed to blow “teruah”.

And Mosheh sent them on the campaign, one thousand from each tribe, them and Pinehas son of Elazar the priest on the campaign, with the set-apart utensils and the trumpets for sounding in his hand. And they fought against the Midyanites, as Yahuah commanded Mosheh, and slew all the males. Num 31:6-7

Here we see that they used the sound of “teruah” in the time of war.

“And it shall be, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the horn, that all the people shout with a great shout. And the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Jos 6:5

Now we see that what initially seemed like people shouting may not necessarily be as we thought because these words for “shout” is the Hebrew “teruah”.

And the people shouted when the priests blew the horns. And it came to be when the people heard the sound of the horn, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. And the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Jos 6:20

Here we see it again a few verses on. The last two verses occurred at Jericho.

And when the ark of the covenant of Yahuah came into the camp, all Yisra’el shouted so loudly that the earth shook. And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What is the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews?” And when they knew that the ark of Yahuah had come into the camp, the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “Elohim has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For it has never been like this before. 1Sa 4:5-7

 

Thus Dawid and all the house of Yisra’el brought up the ark of Yahuah with shouting and with the sound of the ram’s horn. 2Sa 6:15

 

So all Yisra’el brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahuah with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, sounding with harps and lyres. 1Ch 15:28

 

“And see, with us as Head is Elohim Himself, and His priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O children of Yisra’el, do not fight against Yahuah Elohim of your fathers, for you are not going to prosper!” 2Ch 13:12

This verse we see how Yahuah can sound (teruah) against you. If the “teruah” is a war cry then this verse will show that Yahuah has come against you. Can this refer to the wrath of God?

And they swore to Yahuah with a loud voice, with shouting and with trumpets and with rams’ horns. 2Ch 15:14

This time we see a covenant being made with the “teruah”.

And they responded by praising and giving thanks to Yahuah, “For He is good, for His kindness towards Yisra’el is forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised Yahuah, because the foundation of the House of Yahuah was laid. And many of the priests and Lewites and heads of the fathers’ houses, the old men who had seen the first House, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this House was laid before their eyes, and many shouted aloud for joy, and the people could not distinguish the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away. Ezr 3:11-13

Here we see how “teruah” was used in praise.

While He fills your mouth with laughter, and your lips with rejoicing, Job 8:21

 

He prays to Eloah, and He accepts him. And he sees His face with joy, and He restores to man his righteousness. Job 33:26

 

At the blast of the ram’s horn he says, ‘Aha!’ And from afar he smells the battle, the thunder of commanders and shouting. Job 39:25

 

And now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me; And I offer in His Tent with shouts of joy; I sing, yea, I sing praises to Yahuah. Psa 27:6

 

Sing to Him a new song; Play sweetly with a shout of joy. Psa 33:3

 

Elohim shall go up with a shout, Yahuah with the sound of a ram’s horn. Psa 47:5

 

Blessed are the people Who know the festal trumpet-call! They walk, O Yahuah, in the light of Your face. Psa 89:15

This is one of the more interesting verses. Let us look at this verse again but in context to see what we can learn.

Righteousness and right-ruling Are the foundation of Your throne; Kindness and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people Who know the festal trumpet-call! They walk, O Yahuah, in the light of Your face. In Your Name they rejoice all day long, And they are exalted in Your righteousness . Psa 89:14-16

 

Praise Him with sounding cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals! Psa 150:5

 

O my inward parts, my inward parts! I am in pain! O the walls of my heart! My heart pounds in me, I am not silent. For you have heard, O my being, the sound of the ram’s horn, a shout of battle! Jer 4:19

 

And let that man be like the cities which Yahuah overthrew, and repented not. Let him hear the cry in the morning and the shouting at noon, Jer 20:16

 

“Therefore see, the days are coming,” declares Yahuah, “when I shall sound a battle cry in Rabbah of the Ammonites. And it shall be a heap, a wasteland, and her villages shall be burned with fire. Then Yisra’el shall dispossess those who dispossessed him,” declares Yahuah. Jer 49:2

 

In his right hand shall be the divination for Yerushalayim: to set up battering rams, to call for a slaughter, to lift the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to heap up a siege mound, to build a wall. Eze 21:22

 

“So I shall kindle a fire upon the wall of Rabbah, and it shall consume its palaces, with a shout in the day of battle, with a storm in the day of the whirlwind. Amo 1:14

 

“But I shall send fire upon Mo’ab, and it shall consume the palaces of Qeriyoth. And Mo’ab shall die amid uproar, with a cry and with the sound of a ram’s horn. Amo 2:2

 

That day is a day of wrath, a day of distress and trouble, a day of waste and ruin, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of ram’s horn and alarm – against the walled cities and against the corner towers. Zep 1:15-16

 

 

The above Scriptures are what I could find in search for the Strong’s Reference H8643. I think it is reasonably safe to say that the Teruah seems to be an alarm call or a battle cry.

May this help in the understanding of the Shofar and Yom Teruah.

Shalom

Mieke