When is the Start of the Year?

Recently I received an email that read: Calendar-Icon

I have been thinking about the start 
of the year and wondered how you 
determine the beginning of the year 
using a solar calendar.

Here was my response:

From what I understand, the years are solar in nature with the months
being determined by way of the sun rising in 6 different stations of the
sky in the east and setting in 6 in the west (marked by the 12
constellations of the stars), and the moon likely plays a part in telling
us which year we are in over a series of years.  Continue reading

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When is the Sabbath Day According to the Bible?

This past week at our fall camp-out I did a presentation on what I understand the Torah to be testifying to concerning when the Sabbath days fall out on the 364-day solar year model put forth in the Book of Enoch.

enoch_calbigIt’s been a few years since I discovered this layout, and I’ve been relatively quiet in discussing this subject publicly because I have not been able to reconcile how that model would play out in a modern setting given what we experience with a 365.24 day solar year.

However, more recently I’ve been associating with some folks who esteem the 364-day priestly calendar discussed among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and they had never heard my take on these findings, so I thought it worthwhile to share it with them.

I thank Jackson Snyder for making this recording available and sharing it on his Jackson Snyder presents program on Hebrew Nation Radio. I hope to provide more presentations like these in the future, both as a podcast and in video format.

When is the Shabbat/Sabbath Day?

In this particular presentation, I reference a 4-page packet. Here are the .pdfs of that packet for your reference: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, and Page 4.

Let me know what you think.

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The Great Deviation: The Virgin Birth Doctrine

Biblical Model for Conception

man-woman-conceptionIn Genesis 4:1 we’re told, “Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and brought forth Cain and said, I have gained a man through God.”

This provides a model for us: a man knows a woman, and with the help of God, she conceives and brings forth a child.

MAN  +  WOMAN  +  GOD’s HELP  =  CHILD

 

We see examples of this model being played out throughout the Bible in the young and old, or more specifically in the old and young.  Continue reading

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2016 Feast of Tabernacles Virginia Camp Out

Are you looking for a place to camp out this fall in honor of the Feast of TabernaclesPerhaps you might like to join my family and I on our private homestead in central Virginia on October 5-12, 2016.

Feast of Tabernacles Sukkot 2011 Our SukkahI must tell you, though, this will not be your typical Feast gathering.

Who We Are

My husband and I run our own online retail business from our home, while raising and home schooling our three children (ages: 12, 11, and 9) on a homestead in central Virginia. We have cows, goats, chickens, ducks and turkeys.

We are not congregational leaders, nor do we seek to be. While we were raised in a Christian environment and consider the Bible to be an authoritative text in our lives, we don’t ascribe to any particular religion or movement these days.

What We Believe

We recognize the Creator, whom we refer to as “Yahweh” (YHVH) as the Most High God, and do our best to walk according to His ways as we understand them. We also believe the Jesus of the Bible, whom we refer to as “Yeshua”, is the Messiah, the anointed man over all mankind.  Continue reading

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The Finished Work of Creation

When I began voicing my objections to the Virgin Birth doctrine, stating there was no precedent in the Old Testament for such an occurrence, I was met with the claim that the Creation of Adam is the needed precedent for the Creator to create again.

Let’s evaluate what took place in the beginning and test that claim.

Origins-2In the Beginning…

Genesis 1:1 establishes the notion of a Creator God when it records:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth land. (Genesis 1:1 KJV, adaptation mine)

For six days, the author lays out the creation or fashioning of the heaven and the land and seas with vegetation, seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees, and all that is in them, to include: winged fowl, sea creatures, land animals and mankind.  Continue reading

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Christmas Tradition vs. Biblical Truth

christmas-tree-giftsWhile I never took to Santa Claus bringing gifts each Christmas, since my cousin spoiled the illusion for me as a child, I used to think erecting and donning a tree for the Christmas holiday was just a fun tradition.  Continue reading

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In the Beginning Was the Word – Part 2

This is the second installment of a two-part series on John 1:1-18. If you have not read part one yet, please do so now. 😉 

Since we already explored the foundation laid for chapter 1 of John in Part 1 of In the Beginning Was the Word,  let’s consider the structural base that is built upon it by delving into verses 6-18.

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Messiah: A Man Over Men

Throughout the New Testament, we read of Jesus/Yeshua being called “Christ”, which is a transliteration of the Greek word, “Christos”. In Hebrew, the word would be “Moshiach”, or in English, “Messiah”. This word in both languages means “Anointed”.

messiah_hebrew_mcIn Christ: The Priesthood and The Kingship, I wrote about how YHVH made covenants with Aaron and David, declaring they and their seed after them were anointed to be Priest and King, respectively.

I also pointed out that in the gospel accounts, Jesus/Yeshua “asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they told him, ‘John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.’ And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.” (Mark 8:27-30 ESV, emphasis mine)

I had said, “Being “the Christ” does not mean he is more than a man. It simply means he was the man anointed for the job.”

I was particularly referring to being “the Christ” in that statement, and how that title does not indicate something supernatural concerning his physical nature; Being “Christ” didn’t mean he was something other than a human being.

But what does it mean to be “the Christ”?  Continue reading

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The Power to Lay It Down and Take It Again

shephard-sheepVerily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life (“psuche” G5590) for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down (”tithemi” G5087) my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take (“lambano” G2983) it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (John 10:1-18 KJV)

As for John 10:18, what does it mean “to lay it down” and “to take it again”? I think many assume it means to die and to resurrect from the dead (after death), but what if it just means to place one’s being somewhere, and then take it back again all while he was aliveContinue reading

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In the Beginning was the Word – Part 1

Too often we either assume or take the words of others concerning various matters as truth without applying proper investigation for ourselves.

1-JohnIn this series I’m calling, “In the Beginning was the Word”, I’m going to break down what I have come to understand concerning John 1:1-18.

This first installment will focus on the first five verses, which I believe to be the foundation of not just the first chapter of John, but the entire book.

The second installment will cover the remaining verses. It appears to me that this opening passage is laid out in a precept upon precept manner, one thing building upon another, therefore it seems logical that we study and receive it in that same manner.

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