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  • Feast of Passover (Pesach) and Unleavened Bread (Mazzot):
    • The barley-harvest festival was transformed to include the commemoration of the original Exodus, when the Hebrews came out of Egypt.
    • The Passover was originally celebrated in each family's house; an unblemished lamb was slaughtered and eaten, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts with a branch of the hyssop plant (Exod 12:1-13, 21-28, 43-49; cf. John 19:29).
    • The lamb was slaughtered on the afternoon of the 14th day of the month of Nisan/Abib (called the "Day of Preparation"), and the Passover meal eaten just after sunset (the beginning of the 15th day, in the Jewish calendar).
    • The seven-day feast of Unleavened Bread is also related to the Exodus, when the Hebrews did not even have time to let bread rise as they were leaving Egypt (Exod 12:14-20; 13:3-10).
    • Both festivals combined became a major pilgrimage feast, with the people going to the Jerusalem temple to offer the sacrificial lamb (Lev 23:4-14; Num 9:2-5; 28:16-25; Deut 16:1-8).
    • In modern Judaism, the entire Song of Songs is read in the synagogue services during Pesach.

    • May.15 - 16 
  • Feast of Weeks (Pentecost or Shavuot):
    • The older "Wheat-Harvest" festival was later mandated to be held 7 weeks (=50 days in Hebrew counting) after the Passover (Lev 23:15-21; Num 28:26; Deut 16:9-12; 34:22).
    • Later it also became a commemoration of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai (Exod 19-20).
    • In the NT it is called "Pentecost" since it is held "50 days" after Passover (cf. Acts 2:1; 20:16; 1 Cor 16:8).
    • In modern Judaism, the Book of Ruth is read in the synagogue services during the Feast of Shavuot.
    • Sept. 19 - 25
  • Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or Sukkoth):

  • The older "Ingathering" or "Fruit-Harvest" festival became a commemoration of the 40 years that the Hebrew wandered in the desert, living in temporary shelters like tents or "booths" (Lev 23:33-36, 39-43; Deut 16:13-15).
  • In the Second-Temple period, it was an 8-day festival involving the imagery of water and light; water was brought daily from the Pool of Siloam (cf. John 9:1) up to the Temple and poured over the altar; light was provided by large lamps that were lit nightly in the temple courtyards.
  • The eighth day of Sukkoth, considered the last and greatest day of the feast, included an assembly of all the people (Lev 23:36).
  • In modern Judaism, the Book of Qoheleth is read during the feast of Sukkoth. 

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    Sukkot is the only Festival of the Lord that all will be required to keep,
    following the return of our Messiah.
    Zachariah 14:16-18


    As the Fall Feast season begins, we enter the 40 Days of Repentance. This is a time of reconciliation, reflection, and repentance. We prepare ourselves for the beginning of the year and the holy days of Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur. During this time, we get our hearts and minds ready for the season in which we remember the deep shadow pictures that were put into place thousands of years ago that will come to future fulfillment to glorify the Almighty. Now is the time to get our thoughts out of the day-to-day stresses of our jobs or finances and to focus on Him, our Creator, our Redeemer. May these 40 days be ones of prayer, deep reflection, and preparation for your heart.   - Michael Rood


    Also known as the "two-in-one" symbol of the fish combined with a menorah is not some newly contrived design.

    It was discovered upon Mt. Zion and is strongly suspected of being an invention of the "Nazarenes", as being those of the first Messianic congregation of "Jews", or Hebrews.

    Excavated in the 1960's, this symbol was found etched or inscribed upon "ancient" clay vessels, estimated to be nearly 2,000 years old.

    To read more about this symbol, click on the symbol shown above.

    While what has become a symbol for some Christian denominations may have 
    once appeared to relate to astrology - the "age of Pisces" - 
    one can now rest assured that portion of this symbol is not a direct expression of.
    However, it is true that our Messiah's birth did sort of usher in that astronomical
    era of approximately 2,000 years.

    Separating fiction (astrology) and reality (astronomy),
    we can clear our conscience, dividing fortune-telling
    (false predictions or false prophecies)
    from Biblical truth
    joyfully, fully accept what the Holy Scriptures state.

    ~ Psalm of David ~

    Psalm 19

     1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
    2 Day after day they pour forth speech; 
       night after night they reveal knowledge.
    3 They have no speech, they use no words; 
       no sound is heard from them.
    4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, 
       their words to the ends of the world.
    In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 
     5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, 
       like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 

    6 It rises at one end of the heavens 
       and makes its circuit to the other; 
       nothing deprived of its warmth.

    Further reading and Scripture references can be found by clicking upon
    "Psalm of David"

    Now, if the Menorah appears to be soley a Hebrew artifact and symbol,
    then how does the fish represent the gentile portion of Messiah's
    congregation, or spiritual body upon Earth?

    Not to ignore the fact that fish or fishes were referred to within 
    the Scriptures, such as Messiah making his disciples "fishers of men"
    and the miraculous dividing out of bread loaves and fish
    to a multitude of persons in a great crowd, as witnesses,
    ( Acts 1: 9-11, Hebrews 12: 1, I Thes. 4:17, Rev. 1: 7  )
    from TWO baskets,
    ( Do not miss this symbolism.)
    there is another, greater significance.
    One that does directly relate to our Messiah
    thus, also to the "Christian" gentile portion!

    ( 1: 17 )

    For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish,
    so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    ~Matthew 12:40~

    One may also note that the fish portion is pointing downward,
    or earthward.
    (The first, internet link, reading reference even tells of the Hebrew letter "taw", as a cross, being incorporated!)

    Yet, if the menorah portion is only a symbolic reference to "Jews",
    how can we reconcile the fact that "Judaism" was not a man-made
    religion, but provided and established by Almighty God,
    even through his Living Word, his Son?!

    The menorah image used is, unlike some few others, pictured as having
    seven candle holders.

    Seven is a number that appears extremely significant within the written Word.

    We find that before the Throne of God, there are seven spirits.
    Revelation 1:4
    Revelation 4:5

     We also find that there are seven angels that are overseers of the original, first seven Messianic congregations.
    Revelation 3:1
    Revelation 5:6
    Furthermore, these are gentile Messianics!
    Most important is that the menorah relates to the one and only, true Messiah.

    It is a wonderfully beautiful symbol.

    Considering all of this basic information, does the symbol seem just 
    "Jewish" or as much or more MESSIAH, or Messianic?
    Yes, it is a prophetic symbol, in that it has the representation of He who
    was to come and did so, fulfilling one great portion of prophecy.
    Yet, it also prophetically foreshadows He is to come - coming, again -
    to return in His Spirit form (materializing as the greatest of all angels).
    When Messiah does return, and very soon, He will then fulfill all prophecies,
    regarding Him, making that which was incomplete, complete and perfect.





    Star of David 

    Is the star of David good or evil?
    There is controversy!
    (see new update at bottom)

    In brief, there are those who say that it was never truly a symbol of Israel.
    Instead, some believe that it was "Solomon's Seal" (Mogen or Magen actually means "shield") and, due to the fact that
    he was influenced to sin against God ( pure worship ), allowing and participating
    in pagan practices, or rituals, that it was drawn from a wicked source, 
    being a superstitious, supposed talisman (shield) against evil spirits.

    However, there is no actual record of this symbol being evil, either by origin
    nor use, except by the Nazis.  Yet, some claim it was also used to mark "Jews"
    during their captivity in Babylon.  Some claim the latter was true and that
    the Jews began wearing it as a symbol that they could not be imprisoned 
    by others, spiritually or otherwise, forever, nor ever totally annihilated.
    Thus, it became a symbol of freedom, courage and faith under 
    God's protection.

    'Judaism for Dummies'
    ( click pic for more info.)
    states the case in this manner;

     "The six-pointed star that appears on the Israeli flag is called the Magen David, and it has become a symbol of everything Jewish. Often translated as "Star of David," Magen David really means the "Shield" of David." There's actually no connection between the star and King David at all, and it wasn't until the seventeenth century that the Magen David was linked specifically to Judaism. In the late nineteenth century, the star became the official symbol of the Zionist movement. In the twentieth century, the Magen David became a symbol of humiliation as Jews were forced to wear a "yellow star" to identify themselves as Jews. The star is also a symbol of comfort, in the form of the Magen David Edom (The Jewish version of the Red Cross)."     ~ page 350


    Here is a video from YouTube, regarding the star.

    From a post on Aviv Moon Network.

    The Six-Pointed Star

    The origin, and history of the six-pointed star (hexagram) by O. J. Graham (Author) and its mysterious link with mankind from the days of Egypt are intriguing. The six-pointed star has long been used in magic, occultism, witchcraft, and astrology, and has been found at the scene of so many occult crimes that the police in California issued a directive to all schools warning children to be cautious of this symbol. Click here to order a copy. Some years ago, it was reported in the Toronto Sun, that a church, and grave yard had been vandalized and "stars" were painted all over. The newspaper had decided not to say what kind of stars as they did not wish to have people think Jews had been responsible. Firstly, and emphatically, Jews were not responsible for the vandalizing. But as usual, they could have been blamed. Why? Because unfortunately, Jews have often used items and delved in practices that are contrary to Scriptures and the Bible records many such instances.

    Why do most Jews use the six-pointed star, which they call the Star of David, the Shield of David, or the Magen David?

    Well, here is where it gets intriguing: M. Hirsch Goldberg in his book The Jewish Connection states: " The Star of David is not of Jewish origin - and the ancient Israelites never used it as their religious symbol" (they used the Menorah or Seven Candlestick). So, why did the six-pointed star become known as the Jewish star? This symbol was widely adopted, not because the Jewish people chose it, but ironically because Adolph Hitler forced all Jews to wear a yellow six-pointed star during the holocaust. The word holocaust means burnt offering, and the six-pointed star was used in the past when burnt human sacrifices were offered to Moloch and Ashtoreth in Baal worship. The few Jews who had anything to do with the Six-Pointed star (hexagram) were those who were involved in occult practices. Back to Hitler, would he put anything good on a Jew? Hitler meant to insult and destroy the Jews, and being wrapped up in the occult (read the book, The Nazis and the Occult ), he may have meant the Jews to be his burnt offering for power. Today, most Jews wear this star by choice, and without thinking or checking out its origin and usage through time. Wearing the six-pointed star became a fashion.

    The first mention of the six-pointed star in Israelite literature was in Amos 5:26, when YAWEH angrily tells His people that " I hate and despise your feast days…. You shall take up Siccuth, your king and Chiun your images, the star of your God…." Siccuth (Sakkuth) and Chiun (Kaiwan) means "star" and refers to Saturn as a star, and was objects of idolatrous worship, as they were considered to be Assyrian gods. The mixed multitude that went out of Egypt with the children of Israel took the star with them. Like the obelisk, the six-pointed star was an Egyptian idol used in idolatrous worship. In 922 B.C. when Solomon married the daughter of Pharoah, he became involved in Egyptian idol worship and went into magic, and witchcraft. Solomon built an altar to Ashtoreth and Moloch, and the six-pointed star, the chief symbol of human sacrifices in magic and witchcraft circles, came to be called the Seal of Solomon.
    Solomon did not heed the subsequent warnings from God to cease from these abominable practices, even after God threatened to rend the Kingdom of Israel from his son's hand. And indeed, the split occurred after Solomon's death. Solomon's idolatry caused the Kingdom of Israel to be split in two. The practices he introduced to the children of Israel eventually caused the House of Israel to go into exile into the Caucasus, and the House of Judah to go into captivity. It was Josiah who later destroyed this forbidden altar. Did you know that the number 666 was connected to Solomon? (1 Kings 10:14) Yes, 666 talents of gold was sent to Solomon each month by none other than the King of Tyrus. After you have read this account in the book of 1 Kings, turn to Ezekiel Chapter 28. Oh, what a tangled web was weaved, when Solomon practised to deceive. King Solomon left many articles which proved his blatant idolatry, such as King Solomon's Mirror, King Solomon's Comb, and the six-pointed star, which became known as the Seal of Solomon in the witchcraft and occult world. Solomon also laid down the foundations of the Craft (Daniel 8:25) which later became known as Freemasonry., and the six-pointed star features prominently in Masonic rituals.
    King David was Solomon's father, but he was never an idolater. He made it absolutely clear that God Himself was his shield, not only in Psalm 3:3 but in Psalm 28:7, Psalm 119:114, and Psalm 144:2.
    The book, The Six-Pointed Star, is the first and only academic work which documents the origin and historical usage of this symbol. From Egypt to Solomon, to Arab magic, and witchcraft, to Druid uses, to freemasonry, to Mayer Amschel Bauer, who in the 17th century changes his name to depict the red six-pointed star which hung on his door in Germany, and thus began the family of "Rothschild" (meaning red shield). The Rothschild family incorporated this symbol in their Court of Arms. The research traced the six-pointed star through the Cabala, to astrology, to Hitler and his putting a yellow six-pointed star on Jews during the holocaust, to the Zionist symbol, and finally to the flag of the State of Israel and beyond.
    The Star of David
    Another theory about the origin of the shape is that it is simply 2 of the 3 letters in the name David: in its Hebrew spelling, David is transliterated as 'D-W-D'. In Biblical Hebrew, the letter 'D' (Dalet) was written in a form much like a triangle, similar to the Greek letter "Delta" (Δ). The symbol may have been a simple family crest formed by flipping and juxtaposing the two most prominent letters in the name. The letter "W" in this case could reference the compositing operation of the two Deltas.

    The Hexagram
    The hexagram, like the pentagram, was and is used in practices of the occult and is attributed to the 7 'old' planets outlined in astrology.
    The six-pointed star is commonly used both as a talisman and for conjuring spirits in the practice of witchcraft. In the Book The History and Practice of Magic, Vol. 2, the six-pointed star is called the talisman of Saturn and it is also referred to as the Seal of Solomon. Details are given in this book on how to make these symbols and the materials to use.
    Dr. John Dee, the court astrologist of Queen Elizabeth I, in his book Hieroglyphic Monad, includes the following quote: "'Mahatma Letters,' page 345: 'The double triangle viewed by the Jewish Kabbalists as Solomon's Seal is...the Sri--Antana of the Archaic Aryan Temple, the Mystery of Mysteries, a geometrical synthesis of the whole occult doctrine. The two interlaced triangles are the Buddham-Gums of Creation. They contain the 'squaring of the Circle,' the 'Philosophers' Stone,' the great problems of Life and Death--the mystery of Evil. The Chela who can explain this sign from every one of its aspects is virtually an Adept.'" (John Dee, Hieroglyphic Monad, Dr John Dee, WEISER BOOKS, Boston MA/York Beach, ME, page 76)
    In the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, we read: "The interlacing triangles or deltas symbolize the union of the two principles or forces, the active and passive, male and female, pervading the universe... The two triangles, one white and the other black, interlacing, typify the mingling of apparent opposites in nature, darkness and light, error and truth, ignorance and wisdom, evil and good, throughout human life." (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Albert G. Mackey, 33rd Degree Freemason, and Charles T. McClenachan, 33rd Degree Freemason, p. 801, as quoted from secondary Source Codex Magica by Texe Marrs.)
    Bradley, author of Secrets of the Freemasons, claims: "the hexagram is widely associated with the occult, and is considered the most powerful of Satan's symbols, containing '666.' Occultists also call it the 'trud' and us it in necromantic ceremonies to summon evil spirits." (Bradley, Secrets of the Freemasons, page 45.)

    My Addendum:
    A new theory has emerged, albeit outside of the realm of spirituality, but much more scientific.
    A double tetrahedron (three sided pyramid), one pointing up, the other down, appears to have a core relationship to all planetary and solar spheres, or bodies. That theory demonstrates more activity at places, upon physical spheres, where the pointed edges touch, if one places a double tetrahedron structure with them. This can be seen on the sun, in sun-spots or solar flares, as well as the markings on planets like Jupiter and Saturn.
    The theorists claim that the greatest earthquakes also tend to take place at those imaginary points of a gyroscopic energy.
    begins and ends
    the letter 
    ~ Dalet(h)~
    from which is derived
    and both represented by the letter symbol of a triangle.

    Two triangles placed together, one pointing heavenward, the other earthward, form the Magen David.

    In Hebrew, devoid of written vowels (invisible breath or spirit), the name is written "DVD".
    The 'V', or Vav, has the numerical value of SIX.
    Thus, a six-pointed star with a value of six.

    Some demonize the symbol, connecting a relationship to the 6-6-6 mark of the beast.
    Six outer points, six inner points and the vav value of six.

    The ancient Sumerians, not to be confused with Samaria, used a six-pointed star-like symbol to represent the planet Mars.
    "Mars" was also the name of the "god" of war.

    These ideas and alternative insights are left to one's imagination.

    2015 UPDATE!
    The double triangle star is a two-dimensional representation of a double tetrahedron.
    With 8 points,It represents, including its center, 9 realms of reality that make up the entire universe.
    This is not hocus-pocus mystery religion, but deals with matter and antimatter and seven others.

    The core is where all comes together and what holds it all together.

    Me?  Evil?!
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