Encountering The Risen Messiah

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Today’s Bible Insight…

My wife Karlyn and I have been wanting to see the movie Risen really bad. Last night, Friday, we went to Redbox and rented it.

I felt like a kid going to the movies with my folks. Waited all day to watch it and just couldn’t wait to put in the DVD sit down with my tootsie pops and gummy drops and pop the corn for Karlyn and have a great time.

The moment arrives and the movie starts. As many may know the movie is a glimpse of events that happen through a Roman Centurion’s eyes post crucifixion. As the movie progresses I’m starting to think really? This is it. You see the movie spends a lot of time setting the stage concerning the 40 days that the Lord spent walking around Jerusalem showing Himself to the people and time He spent with the disciples. The movie highlights the Centurion’s frustration not being able to find The Lord’s body or locating Him at all.

At this point in the movie the soldier (Centurion) has a lead in a specific area. He and his men go into the town stealth, undercover and like all the times before no Jesus. All of a sudden the soldier looks to the top left at a balcony and sees Mary Magdalen who he interrogated days ago. He runs up the stairs, the tension is palatable, he draws his sword from its sheath pointing it towards the door opening and kicks open the door and to his utter shock and amazement he sees Yeshua, Jesus chatting and talking with the folks in the room. The soldier looks like he has just seen a ghost, the life is leaving his face as he starts to look pale, he stumbles backwards outside the front door. He staggers back into the room, sword hung down towards the floor, falls backward against the wall and slides slowly to the floor.

He watches and listens to Jesus as he softly talks and laughs with His friends. The soldier is caught in a time freeze where things move very slowly as the brain tries to process all the data that is being thrown at it, data that just doesn’t compute to our natural minds.

This moment in the movie was really moving because anyone who has had an encounter with Jesus The Messiah can relate to what this soldier was going through. Oh sure, we haven’t seen Jesus physically like he did, but anyone who has asked Jesus to be Their Lord and Savior has experienced some jolt to their system as The Lord opens their mind and heart to Him at that point of confession and repentance!

My Holy Spirit Jesus moment happened in the parking lot of a grocery store at 9 am PST. An event in time I will never forget! The enemy of our souls comes to me regularly and attempts to get me to doubt my salvation and he wants me to live in fear and condemnation. The Holy Spirit always reminds me about my encounter with Him, Jesus at age 10 and 18 in the parking lot of FedMart store in La Habra, CA USA IN 1975. The Lord marked in history the moment He came into my life and the very moment in time when I through faith accepted my Messiah Yeshua!

Just like the Centurion Roman Soldier had his moment, God was gracious to me and gave me my moment as well.

Allow me to encourage you. When Satan comes to you and he will, and tries to convince you that you’re not saved, remember back to your moment with God, that time he came into your life and gave you the free-gift of eternal life.

If you don’t have your moment with The Lord then ask Him into your life today! Read how below.

God bless you as you seek to serve Him and live out your faith!
Keep looking up because Jesus is coming back soon,

Bro Stef, Pastor
“Watchman”
Ezekiel 33

PS. Call upon the NAME of The Lord and you WILL be saved. Romans 10
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Rosh Hashanah and The Messiah

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When one considers the seven feasts of Israel (the Jewish people) it becomes clear the only one person in history who could have fulfilled the four spring feasts, the final three feast are yet to be fulfilled by Jesus The Messiah.

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Passover & The Resurrection

April10thEvery year I delve into this subject and sometimes it upsets some Christians. Please keep in mind that this year my goal is to highlight the awesome fulfillment of the following Jewish Celebrations by our Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus Christ).

Today the Christian church as a whole has lost, in most cases, it's awareness of it's Jewish roots. After all, most of the early believers were Jews and they practiced and observed the Jewish holidays. We need to also keep in mind, just because a Jew, like me, asks Yeshua into their lives, doesn't mean they stop being Jewish.

We serve the greatest Jew that ever lived and is alive to this day!

Today we will highlight the meaning of what Yeshua accomplished:

  1. Exodus 12:3-6; April 10 the day the lamb without blemish was to be brought into the home of all Jewish households.
  2. The Passover (Day of Preperation).
  3. Feast of Unleavened Bread
  4. The Feast of First Fruits

The image that I included above is a type of timeline of the progression of events we will discuss in this report.

We begin our journey with the report I wrote a few days ago about the Passover Lamb. On April 10th according to Exodus 12:3-6 all Jewish households were to pick choose a lamb without blemish and observe the lamb and interact with it for four days or until April 14th. 

Palm Sunday was on April 10th when the Lord fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9…

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey." Our Lord presented Himself as the Lamb of God, faultless, sinless and without blemishes, the perfect sacrifice. He went to the temple where the people could handle Him as it were, watch Him and observe Him as the perfect Lamb of God. This was the first Palm Sunday.

Remember, this happened on April 10th. Also remember and think back to the perfect lamb that all Jewish households cared for in their homes for four days. The Lord presented Himself to the Jews, His people, for four days and they observed His sinless nature, His wisdom and the love He had for all of them while ministering to their needs and preaching and teaching in the temple.

Now we move to The Day of Preperation (The Passover) on April 14th. Probably from midnight until 6am on Thursday our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ our Messiah, went through six trials including a scouraging that would have killed any man. Part of His preperation to become the ultimate sacrifice for all the world was conducted by being falsley accussed and scourged and finally He is nailed to the cross at 9am, His blood is shed at the foot of the cross and He gives up His spirit at 3pm. At that exact time the Passover Lamb was being killed for the Passover meal that would happen at 6pm. Jesus (Yeshua) now fulfills the requirement of the Law by shedding His blood and making it possible for sin and death to passover us who would put our faith in Him. The Passover Lamb of God pays the price for the entire world and all to come in the future!

All things happened just as He determined according to the Law. Also at 3pm after the Lord dies He descends into the heart of the earth according to scripture and preached The Acceptable Day of The Lord to those who were waiting for Him.
[ The Sign of Jonah The Prophet – Matthew 12:40 ]

Now we move to the Feast of Unleavened Bread on April 15th. This was a feast that lasted seven days and on the first day you could do no work or labor. This is one reason why the women did not go to the Lord's tomb and finish burial preparations. This feast called for all leaven, which represented sin, to be removed from ones home. Bread represents sustanence, life giving food. Our Lord is the Bread of Life that had no sin within Him! He gives us life. Jesus fulfills this feast week in that, just as the Children of Israel had to flee Egypt in a hurry and therefore made bread without leaven, so the Lord's body (The Bread of Life) had to be put into the tomb in a hurry because Passover was almost upon them. Jesus is the Bread of Life, His body was broken for us.

and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
[ Communion is institudied 1 Corinthians 11:24 ]

Now we move to the Sabbath on April 16th. The Lord is now our Sabbath rest for the work of redemption He provided for all of us. He is resting in the heart of the earth ministering to all the saints there and we now have an Eternal Rest provided to us through the work He completed for us on that tree.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."  [ Fulfills Matthew 11:28-30 ]

The Jews of His day would have understood what He was saying to them because they understood what the Sabbath meant. The Sabbath rest was part of their everyday lives.

Now we move to The Feast of First Fruits on April 17th. Our Lord very early Sunday morning, the beginning of the work week, becomes the "First Fruits" of those to be raised from the dead incorruptible and to immortality! The Lord reveals Himself to the two women who loved Him, Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of James and Joses. Thus the Lord fulfills the Feast of First Fruits!

What are the odds that anyone person could fulfill every jot and tittle of the Law and all the Feasts to the tiniest details? They are astronomical! Amazing how the Lord ordered and controlled every event and all things happened just as He wanted it to.

Happy Resurrection Day indeed…

Personal Note: Sometimes people assume I am attempting to convince Christians to practice Judaism and observe the Jewish traditions and feast days. I want to be clear, I am not suggesting this at all. What I do hope happens is that Christians can take the information and use it as a source of encouragement to enrich their faith in seeing God's message to us in both Old Testaments and New. I do not want to see anyone try to fulfill the law or become legalistic. I hope this helps you to better understand my intentions and goals.

Keep looking up because Messiah's return is at the door!

'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman's hand.' Ezekiel 33:6

Peace and Love in Jesus The Messiah,
Shalom v'ahava b'Yeshua Ha'Mashiach
שלום ואהבה בישוע המשיח

Bro Stef
Watchman & Publisher

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But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. ~1Thessalonians 5:1-6