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Chapter 2

The Physical Shadows of Greater Truths revealed in The Feasts of Yahuah

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The Physical Shadows of Marriage - The Greater Truths revealed in The Feasts of Yahuah

The Heavenly Wedding was fulfilled in the Feasts of Yahuah. As I said before, the Spring Feasts are the Engagement and the Fall Feasts are the Wedding festivities.

 

Spring Feasts / Engagement

·         Passover - the Groom pays the dowry

·         Feast of Unleavened Bread - the Groom presents himself to the Father of the Bride for approval, the Bride makes herself ready for the Engagement

·         Shav’uot - The Engagement, the two commit to the Wedding Vows and get engaged to be married. Then the Groom leaves to go prepare a place for his Bride in his Father’s estate.

The Fall Feasts

·         Feast of the Blowing of Shofars - The Groom returns for his Bride

·         Day of Atonement - The Wedding Day

·         Feast of Tabernacles - Wedding Banquet

Hebrew/Jewish weddings were pre-arranged marriages. They consisted of the father choosing a qualified groom, the groom paying the dowry or “ransom” for the bride, the groom introducing himself to her father, the bride presenting herself to the bridegroom, the bridegroom going away to prepare a place for her in his father’s estate, the bridegroom returning for his bride, the wedding, and finally the wedding banquet. Then the Bride and Groom cohabitate from that point forward as man and wife.

Let me show how perfectly the Feasts Cycle or Appointed Times of Yahuah reflect the physical marriage, which is a shadow picture of Greater Spiritual Truths “found in The Yahushaic Covenant”.

 

Colossians 2:17

These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in The Yahushaic Covenant.

Keeping in mind that a marriage between a man and a woman is a physical to Spiritual parallel that should help us understand our roles in the Fall and Spring Feasts.


Physical to Spiritual Parallel of The Wedding

 

The Father choosing a qualified Groom and Bride

This is reflected in Yahuah’s choice of the Messiah Yahusha as proclaimed through the Prophets and laid out in The Heavenly Scroll:

1 Peter 1:20

He was made known (in The Heavenly Scroll) before the foundation of the world (written in the stars on Day 4 of Creation Week), but was revealed in the last times (4th prophetic day) for your sake (as prophesied in The Plan of Salvation written in The Heavenly Scroll).

 

John 17:24

Father, I want those You have given me (as my Bride) to be with me where I am (to live in covenant of Marriage), that they may see the glory You gave me (the stars tell of the Glory of GodPsalm 19) because You loved me before the foundation of the world (written in the stars on Day 4)..

 

Ephesians 1:4-5

4 For He chose us in (covenant with) Him before the creation of the world (The Divine Love Story written in the stars) to be holy and blameless (as a Bride) in His sight. In love 5 He predestined us for adoption as His sons (in Law) through (marriage covenant with) Yahusha the Messiah (the Groom), according to the good pleasure of His Will (to beget a family)

 

Ephesians 1:11

In (covenant with) Yahusha we were also chosen as Yahuah's own (children in Law through adoption), having been predestined according to the Plan (of Salvation written in the stars) of Him Who works out everything by the counsel of His Will (the constellations are His Divine Counsel),

 

Matthew 25:34

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance (as the Queen, Bride of the Messiah), the Kingdom prepared for you (written in the stars) since the creation of the world.

 

 

 

The Rehearsal Dinner

The Chagigah Meal on the 14th of Abib is a “remembrance meal” where we are to discuss the upcoming Wedding rehearsal and what each day represents. This is called “The Last Supper” in our twisted English Bibles. I explain all this in my book The Narrow Gate.

 

1 Corinthians 11:24

and when Yahusha had given thanks, he broke the leavened bread and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."

 

 

The Groom paying the dowry or “ransom” for the Bride

This is a shadow of Passover as Yahusha “paid the debt to the Father of the Bride” and redeemed us from our prior lives into a new life in covenant with himself. He paid the dowry, or ransom, owed to our Father.

 

Matthew 20:28

“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

 

 

The Bride making herself ready to be engaged to the Groom

Feast of Unleavened Bread. During this weeklong Feast, we “remove leaven from our homes” which is a rehearsal intended to teach us to diligently remove sin our of our lives in preparation for the Engagement on Shav’uot.

 

1 Corinthians 5:8
Therefore let us keep the Festival of Unleavened Bread, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.




 

The Groom introducing himself to the Father of the Bride

Wave Sheaf Offering / Feast of First Fruits.

John 20:17

“Yahusha said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.”

 

 

The Bride and Groom commit to the Wedding Vows

Shav’uot. The Bride presenting herself to the Bridegroom and agreeing to the Marriage Vows on Shav’uot. On Shav’uot we are to follow the example set by Yahshua during Passover. We are to Mikveh ourselves to clean our bodies, we are to Circumcise our hearts (commit to keep the Spiritual Intent of The Law), and bring our own lives as an Offering at the Altar of Yahuah (a lamb without blemish), and then present ourselves properly to our Bridegroom on Shav’uot. We agree to the Wedding Vows (the Law) by saying “this we will do” or “I do” as they did at the foot of Mt. Sinai. It is a celebration of the giving of the Wedding Vows and our accepting them. Sha’ul expressed the way we are to present ourselves in following Yahusha’s example of Mikveh, Circumcision, and bringing an Offering. Again, we see the Plan of Salvation is a MARRIAGE as foretold in The Heavenly Scroll!

 

Ephesians 5:25-27Paul likens the example Yahusha set to marriage
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the assembly and gave himself up for her (as The Passover Lamb paying the dowry) 26 to set her apart, (ritually) cleansing her by the washing with water according to the Commandments (of Mikveh), 27 and to present her (consecrated) to himself (with a circumcised heart) as a radiant assembly, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish (as we offer our lives as living sacrifices), but holy and blameless (as the spotless Bride of Yahusha).

 

 

 

The Heavenly Engagement Ring!

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As I show in my book Creation Cries Out! and even more detail in The Narrow Gate... Shav'uot is the celebration of the Engagement between the Messiah and his Bride-to-be. The "rainbow" is a sign for Shav'uot (in addition to a promise not to flood the Earth). What is a Rainbow? It is THE sign of the covenant made on the mountain on Shav'uot! It is "The Heavenly Engagement Ring"! We see below it is "written in the Heavenly Tablets" i.e. The Heavenly Scroll:

 

Jubilee Chapter 6:1-3, 11-12, 14, 16-18 - The Rainbow the sign of Shav’uot
1 And on the new month celebration of the third month (Shav’uot) he went forth from the ark and built an altar on 2 that mountain. And he made atonement for the Earth, and took a kid (male goat/lamb) and made atonement by its blood for all the guilt of the Earth; for everything that had been on it had been destroyed (cleansed through global Mikveh), save 3 those that were in the ark with Noah…. 11 Yahuah Elohim (made this oath to keep Shav’uot) for ever throughout all the generations of the Earth in this (the 3rd) month. On this account He spake to thee that thou shouldst make a covenant (on Shav’uot) with the children of Israel in this month upon the mountain with an oath (exactly like what happened on Mt. Sinai in the Abrahamic Covenant)… 12 of the covenant, which Yahuah made with them forever. And this testimony is written concerning you that you should observe it continually… 14 may be before Yahuah our Elohim continually. And for this Law there is no limit of days, for it is forever. They shall observe it throughout their generations, so that they may continue supplicating on your behalf with blood before the altar; every day and at the time of morning and evening they shall seek forgiveness on your behalf perpetually before Yahuah that they may keep 15 it and not be rooted out. And He gave to Noah and his sons a sign that there should not again 16 be a flood on the Earth. HE SET HIS RAINBOW IN THE CLOUDS FOR A SIGN OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT OF SHAV'UOT that there 17 should not again be a flood on the Earth to destroy it all the days of the Earth. For this reason, it is ordained and written on the Heavenly Scrolls, that they should celebrate the Feast of Weeks in this 18 month once a year, to renew the covenant every year.

 

 

The Bridegroom going away to prepare a place for the Bride in his Father’s Estate

John 14:2-4
2 "In my Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you (in my Father’s Estate). 3 "If I go and prepare a place for you (my Bride), I will come again and receive you to myself (as my Bride), that where I am, there you may be also (to live in covenant of Marriage together). 4"And you know The Way (Mikveh, Circumcision, Offering) to where I am going."

Here Yahusha is speaking in the Mystery Language a parable and idiom confirming the Wedding. Yahusha goes and prepares a place for us in The Kingdom of Yahuah. He is not referring to a physical place (because we reign with him on Earth), he is referring to a place in the family of Yahuah. Yahusha is going to perform the duties of High Priest and offer the proper gifts and sacrifices before the Throne of Yahuah required to grant us adoption as sons/daughters. Then he says he is returning for us as a Bridegroom returns for his Bride.

 

 

The Bridegroom returning for his Bride

This is where this book picks up from where I left off in my book The Narrow Gate.

 

Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah. This is a portrait of the second coming of the Bridegroom to receive his Bride. Yahusha returns and the Bride is resurrected to meet him. This occurs on the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) which is celebrated over a two-day period at the beginning of the 7th month because it is the only feast based on the timing of the new moon. Yom Teruah became known therefore as the idiom “the Feast of which no man knows the day or hour” because we don’t know the exact timing of the new moon. Yahusha confirmed his return on the Feast of Trumpets when he used an idiom for this Feast in Matthew:

 

Matthew 24:36
“"But about that (Feast) day, no one knows the day or hour, not even the Angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Here Yahusha was both confirming his return on the Feast of Trumpets and the arranged marriage using another idiom “no one knows, not even the Angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. You see, the marriage was arranged by the father unknown to the son.

 

 

The Wedding Day

Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement. This is the day the Wedding takes place and creation is liberated by the sons of Yahuah as Yahusha and the Bride are united and all of creation is reconciled back to Yahuah. This is the day of the actual Wedding. It is this day that the “two shall become one” through covenant of Marriage. If you look at the word Atonement, it can be viewed as “At” “one” “ment”. It is the day the Bride becomes “at one” with the Groom. We see Yahusha pray for this day:

 

John 17:19-21
19 "And for their sakes I sanctify myself (through the Truth of Scripture), that they also might be sanctified through (knowing) the truth (of Echad through covenant). 20 I don’t just pray for these alone, but for all those who shall believe on me through their word (enter into The Yahushaic Covenant); 21 That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in (an Adoption Covenant with) me (to become my Father), and I in (covenant with) you (to be begotten as Your Firstborn Son of the Resurrection, the Firstborn of the Dead), that they also may be one in (covenant with) us (as my Bride in Marriage with the Messiah, the Groom, we are adopted too!).

Yahusha is referring to the covenant of marriage where the “two shall become one”. We know what Yahusha’s role is on The Day of Atonement or the Wedding day. He, as High Priest, must make atonement for himself, his Bride, and creation itself to liberate and bring all that Yahuah created back into “Atonement” or At one ment with the Creator:

 

Hebrews 5:1-3 - The Perfected High Priest
1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to Yahuah, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it (weaknesses) he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.

Sha’ul was explaining the role of the High Priest on Yom Kippur where the High Priest had to first make an offering for himself and his family, before making the offering for the Nation of Israel. We also see Sha’ul declare the entire Plan of Salvation and proclaim that the sons of Yahuah would “liberate creation itself” on the Day of Atonement:

 

Romans 8:19-25 - Sha’ul teaches the Feast Cycle
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of Yahuah to be revealed (resurrection on Yom Teruah / Feast of Trumpets). 20 For the creation was subjected to futility (when Adam fell), not willingly, but because of Yahuah Who subjected it (the fall of creation was part of Yahuah’s Plan as written in the stars) in hope (of liberating it through His future sons on Yom Kippur / The Day of Atonement); 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered (future fulfillment of The Fall Feasts when Yahusha atones for and delivers creation on The Day of Atonement) from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahuah. (the “purpose” in all of this is that creation is turned over to be governed by the children of YAHUAH) 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors (per The Sabbath Covenant that for 6,000 years creation labors from the effects of sin) with birth pangs together until now (the 7th Millennium, the Sabbath ). 23 Not only that, but we also who have the Firstfruits (Sha’ul is confirming the Feasts of Yahuah here… The Passover Lamb/Feast of First Fruits/Spring Feasts) of the Spirit (Given on the Feast of Weeks / Shav’uot), even we ourselves groan within ourselves (along with creation because we have not yet been resurrected either), eagerly waiting for the adoption (into the Family of Yahuah through resurrection, it is an ADOPTION COVENANT we are not married to Yahuah), the redemption of our body (the resurrection on the Feast of Trumpets as Sha’ul teaches the Fall Feasts). 24 For we were saved (Sha’ul stresses the past tense here because we were saved during the Spring Feasts by the Passover Lamb) in this hope (that Yahusha will return again and fulfill the Fall Feasts, resurrecting our bodies so that WE can then liberate creation), but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees (Sha’ul is stressing that we must still have hope for we have not yet witness the fulfillment of the Fall Feasts, so hope endures)? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it (the Fall Feasts) with perseverance (Sha’ul is encouraging us to endure in hope of the future fulfillment of the Fall Feasts because those who persevere until the end shall be saved).

 

 

The Wedding Banquet

Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles. This Feast is known as the Wedding Banquet as portrayed in Revelation 19 and was the meaning behind the Parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew 22.

 

Revelation 19:6-9
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “HalleluYahuah! our Elohim the Almighty reigns (Yahusha has just delivered all the Kingdoms to his Father). 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give Yahuah the Glory, for the Marriage of the Lamb (that He arranged) has come, and Yahuah’s (chosen) Bride (for His Son) has made herself ready (by properly rehearsing the Moedim); 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the called out Ones. 9 And the Angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true Words of Yahuah.”

 

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