Remembrance of Holocaust: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Information released by the “Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel”:

1. 46% of Israelis believe that a second Holocaust can happen. This is 5% higher than last year.

2. 47% of Israel’s 189,000 Holocaust survivors agree.

3. 46% of survivors believe that future generations will not remember the Holocaust after they are gone. This is 9% higher than last year. 31% of the general public feels that this is the case.

4. About 40 of the 189,000 survivors still alive in Israel die each day. Nearly 25% live in poverty. 27% said that they live without heat in their apartments during the winter and 65% said that they needed help to pay for their groceries and medications.

5. Almost half – 45% – report feeling lonely most of the time. Over one-third, or 36%, live alone and half are widowed.

Thursday, April 16, is a day to remember the Holocaust and also be a day to remember the plight of those who survived the Holocaust and are still alive today.  While many millions beyond the Jewish people died in the world war … one third of the Hebrew people died at the hand of a wretched and twisted mind.  That mind was not just one man, but a mindset that infected humanity.  That was yesterday.

Today we see the seeds of that same mindset infecting peoples around the globe, it is happening again! You should ask why and think about how hatred infests the masses and that you have a choice not to do so. Ask why Israel?  What if that nation were just left alone to its own life and customs?

Those who read the Bible anticipate what comes tomorrow.  The seeds of hate bring persecution.  This is what we see blossoming in the tomorrow.  We also know that a Remnant will emerge with foresight of what the LORD intends … The Remnant embrace the Way … the way forward.

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This week there will be marches in cities around the world in remembrance of the Holocaust past. Perhaps you will be so gripped by the reality of yesterday to join in the march.  In so doing, you may also acknowledge that the persecutions of today and tomorrow will not succeed. The Light has come. The Light of Messiah will cause every knee to bend … even those who think that persecution earns hem paradise … when in fact it does no such thing.

Remember to be sober. Remember to think clearly. Remember to see the Way forward.

Director, WindowView.org

Billy Graham … A few words for you

Dr. Graham has spoken for 60 years. Did you ever hear him.

You probably think you can get along missing this … but Really?

You sure?

Sadly, the Middle East is coming apart at the seams. Franklin Graham has publicly asked why the Muslim and Arab nations have not done more to repress the religious extremism, the bombing, the unrest, the beheadings, the loss of life.  Yet clearly the days of end time appear to approach quicker than ever before. No better time to listen closely to Billy Graham say once more what has always been his message, for truth, for life, and forever.

For the real meaning of Peach (Passover) and Easter,

Director, WindowView.org

A Bible Verse Out of Context is a Pre-text and Misrepresentation

SORTING OUT CONFUSION

We were sent an article by a friend via email.  The topic was the events in the Middle East and End Times.

With so many changes over the entire globe in what seems like a blink of an eye, should we be concerned for what might well be biblical truth unfolding before our very eyes?

AN ARTICLE ON THE INTERNET

We refer you to the original article HERE.  (title: MAHDI TO RETURN BY 2016, FOLLOWED BY JESUS?)

The article includes a street view in Iran with an image of Jesus walking behind the Islamic Mahdi. This may be unsettling to Christians and perhaps even to many Jewish citizens inside and outside of Israel. What is the Mahdi and what impact does this figure have on the news coming tomorrow? The article says the Mahdi comes soon. How can we put this in context with the present events of today?

A VIDEO ON END TIMES

To bring the entire topic into context, the article refers to a video you can obtain on DVD. But in the age of the Internet the video is also on YouTube in sections (1 to 7). The first section is linked here, but you can visit YouTube to access all seven sections if you are interested.

The article noted above also contains a link to a web site promoting Islam. In taking a look there we see a comprehensive presentation on Islam. Interesting as a source, but what might a discerning mind discover there?

DIGGING DEEPER ON HOW SCRIPTURE IS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT

Many in congregations across the globe, those that make an effort to study the Bible, know that word play and taking Scripture verses out of context leads to misrepresntation. What is worse, few actually go back to the original Greek or Hebrew words to glean the original meaning that sometimes is muddled by translation to another language, including English.

When we went to a section of the web site on Islam that claimed that the Bible has references that reveal the true nature to Christianity, and thus the implication is a faith something less than the beliefs and tenants of Islam, we were curious to see if anything is out of context.

A real study of Scripture comes by reading what comes before and after a verse. That puts meaning in context. Taking a verse alone first risks being a pre-text that leads to prejudice, but worse, if word order is reversed or convoluted, the entire meaning can be shifted.

Let’s look at just one example the Islamic web page cites to apparently represent the true nature to Christianity (the bold and text format are copied from the original page):

6. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

Notice how the wording suggests you need to (actively “does”) hate your family in order to be a Christian! But move the word not to after the word hate (and remove the ‘does’ from ‘does not’) and the whole meaning shifts.  Looking at the original Greek the wording comes like so:

“…And to him crowds many; and turning He said them, If anyone comes to Me and not hates the father of him and the mother, an wife, and the children, and the brothers, and the sisters, besides and even the of himself soul, not he is able of Me disciple to be …”

The word ‘does’ is not in the Greek.

Many English translations state: “If anyone comes to me and hates not his father …”

What is the real intent of the Scripture verse?

The problem is the Islamic web page wants you to believe Christianity is a religion of hate—even to the point of hating your own family in order to follow Jesus.  But the entire context of the Gospel speaks to loving your neighbor, your enemy, even Muslims (!) and understanding that our lives are a time of sojourning on earth to something eternal. And Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, is the way, the truth, and essentially the only door to a relationship with the Father in heaven (John 14:6). Jesus also claims and demonstrates He is God (proof in that only He fulfills the Hebrew Bible’s prophecies, by performing miracles, by teaching in ways that are universally understood through parables, and yes, He came in a man-suit to walk amongst us, to be the ultimate mediator for sin and a way to salvation), which places Him above the status of being a prophet only (which is indeed one of his array of characteristics, but not sole role).

Let’s put the single verse back into context.  The requires reading the broader text all around the one verse. We will defer to someone who has long commented on the biblical text to a wide radio audience … J. Vernon McGee comments on Luke 14:25-27 by saying: “These verses are simply saying that we should put God first. A believer’s devotedness to Jesus Christ should be such that, by comparison, it looks as if everything else is hated. All terms which define affections are comparative.”  (see: “Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee,” 1983)

This point is further affirmed by a following verse 33: “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” And so it is not hate, but to dislike all by comparison to placing all behind us as we join in relationship with Messiah.

As John Lennox puts it: “They must be ready to “hate” -— that is, give second place to and, if need be, let go — all else …” (‘Against the Flow,’ page 150)

Examined in yet another way, as Lennox puts it: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to make up their own minds as to whether they were going to put God first.” (‘Against the Flow,’ page 147) And after putting God above all, even their own lives, they were thrown into a furnace. But unlike burning for martyrdom’s sake, faith brings life not death or a false promise of paradise. The God of Israel and Messiah are all about life, not hate, not death, or persecution … because life is an opportunity to choose Him. Anyone who removes that opportunity from you is not of God.

The real rub with missing the context and meaning of the biblical text is a misrepresentation. If you follow the links on this page you may well go on to study other Bible verses that at first appear to make one point, but upon further study tells us something more consistent with the message in the entire Bible. hatred of family is hardly the message of the text. In fact, the entire Hebrew and Greek body of Scripture are designed to point to Yeshua and His role as the Jewish Messiah. To disagree is to take something out of the context of the entire Bible! The entire text points to the God of Israel and what He will do through the nation Israel. Is that any surprise? Might that take us back to the article, video, and topic of the end time referenced above.

Please think. Discern before jumping to conclusions.

Director, WindowView.org

Abortion: Statistics, Tim Tebow, Adolf Hitler, and An Unborn Speaks

The reality of what abortion does to our world is often hidden from us. The issue is masked over, swept aside in politically correct circles, but the effects take a toll on the women who give up an unborn child to the vacuum of an uncaring process.
We encorage you to watch the video embeded in this post … think about it from the perspectives of the Martin Luther King family, from the mother of Tim Tebow, to Jewish babies lost in the Holocaust, and through a dramatization experience what a child might say to her mommy right up to week twelve …

Is there an afterlife? Does prayer work? Do you Believe?

WE ARE WHAT WE THINK WE ARE

Take a look at this NBC clip about life, prayer, faith and God … and consider your belief or lack thereof as the case may be.  This clip reflects so much of what the media tell us today, but is this solid information or just a reflection of deeper issues and limited understanding?

One this is clear to people who are aware of what the Bible has to say is that humanity is rounding the historical bend to something daunting and perhaps with consequences that are eteranl.  Should you care?

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BUT WHAT ARE WE? WHERE DO YOU STAND IN AN AGE OF RELATIVISM?

So … where do you fit in?

If you are like one of the millions who have never really read the Bible, or bothered to study the informative substance there, then you are left with no basis to consider the Hebrew and Greek scriptures are indeed relevant.  Any assumption that material life and nature is all there is, all that explains all,  is equally dangerous.  Being of an opinion of any sort minus solid information is a real problem.

Do you accept the Koran as Devine inspiration without seeking an understanding as to how that written work came into existence? What are the facts? (Some thoughts can be found on a companion page)  Mormons are little aware that the Book of Mormon was written in the US in the 1800s as theistic fiction (See the 1909 text by Dr. McNiece [PDF of McNiece’s Chapter 10] or [PDF download of original complete volume from another website, therein see Chapter Ten]). Followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) read their translation of the Bible tinkered with by Russell and Rutherford, but history tells neither man knew the original biblical languages.  Misconceptions of the Bible abound.  Meet a JW and they will tell you there are many gods, that they are one of the 144,000 canvassing the globe in the latter days.  But look at what the Bible says of the 144,000 … the fact is each member of this massive 144K evangelical movement is both Jewish and a virgin.  Look at the JW in front of you and ask: “Are you Jewish? Are you a virgin?” Well?

What does this all say? Knowing the reality of the reliable nature of information is key. Many of the moderns today forget the Bible stated the universe had a beginning.  Science only confirmed this fact in the Twentieth Century, thousands of years after the biblical record. For centuries biblical scholars wondered if there really was a King David!  Now, near the Temple mount in Jerusalem, in recent decades the digging reveals the City of David is fact and not fiction.  And the Bible tells us at the end of the latter days, the nations will turn against Israel.  See any trends out there now? That couldn’t have happened until after World War II when Israel became a reality in a modern sense.  And the trend of recent events seems only to ramp up to the very events that biblical prophecy states will come.  Are you observant and willing to study how factual and truthful Scripture is?

The NBC piece comes with some statistics, like 26% of those polled said being close to God was most important in their life.  What does that tell you of the remaining 74%?  The next most important priority was family, a close second at 14%.  What is important out side this top 40% devoted to God and family?  Think about it, 60% of the rest of us have other priorities in life … and not all are moral or selfless!

When 68% say God exists, are they saying “God of Israel” or “a god of some kind?”  Historically, humans have believed in wooden and metal figurines they called god, but as Abraham noted, no such figurine ever responds to anyone … those gods are dead and of no hope or help in life, then and now!

There is confusion as to what God or god is!  A force (54%), a man (27%), a human form not clearly man or woman (12%), other than human (6%) and 2% say woman … but the Bible clearly states God is spirit and we are made in His image.  Why then are there so many impressions and opinions?  You might surmise that assumptions prevail in the absence of close scrutiny, study, or a look at the validity of the Bible and the information therein … the fact of the matter is not considered by the masses.  Are you a mere lemming running into the sea of relativism and mere opinion?

What is truly awesome is that there is a Bible and a Jewish people spoken of in the ancient parts of the text AND that they and Israel exist today.  Moreover the very trends and the nature of what the Bible tells us is alive in right there on the news each and every day … and yet so many are blind to the implications.

What we discover time and again is that the popular media do so much to confuse the real issue of what is the factual basis to believe and faith.  Science digs up facts, but so too faith must rely on fact or it too is mere fiction.  Study how the Bible was written and preserved over time.  Note the connections throughout the text and how this book is alive with connections to our lives in this very moment of history!

Don’t be assured by polls and statistics that put off the urgency of knowing what is really at the heart of our existence.  Your life is in reality an opportunity to make a vital decision about why you are here!  The Bible cuts to the chase in so many ways to reveal its relevance … but until you start to explore, you are just another opinion and part of a percentage point.  Beyond mere opinions there is an opportunity … choose life!  Be alive, look and learn for yourself!

For your further consideration, the WindowView website looks at key scenarios that provide perspectives on who we are, how we got here, and what the future holds.

Director, WindowView.org

Sign of the Christian Church Apostasy

At first blush one might mistake this post as a criticism of Islam. Hardly. The Book of Revelation starts with a series of letters to the churches. Each letter characterizes a type of church. Further the series of letters are taken to characterize the church ages over periods of time from the First Century to the last and present church age. The last church age is labeled the Apostate Church Age.

To practicing Christians nothing can be more a sign of the apostate condition than any kind of allowance or practice the goes against biblical teaching. Same sex marriage goes against Scripture (e.g. Leviticus 20:13) and hosting worship by persons who do not regard Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) as Messiah and thus Devine being, is clearly counter to Bible principles. Yet, the National Cathedral in Washington allows both. Our point is simple, this is merely a sign that we are indeed in an apostate era.

The following image from the Watch.org web page on November 15 shows both the Muslim worshippers, but the accompanying text makes points reflected here. As for the Muslim faithful, it might be worth note they have prostrate the,selves in the House of the Lord a place built (we trust) by the US to honor the God of Israel and the Messiah who died and was resurrected that we may live eternally with the God of Israel. To think otherwise is apostasy in its own right. We hope they might investigate the significance of this point.

Watch.org November 15

Watch.org November 15

Perhaps the sad conclusion is that many people rationalize such things are permissible in the eyes of God. If it were so the Bible would not include the ‘teachings,’ also known as Torah. Many believe the Torah is obsolete, but for those who search Scripture there is no such justification. We live in an age of human compromises and rationalizations in the name of political correctness. A holy and righteous God has left us instruction that says otherwise. Discerning what His will is becomes the cutting edge of what applies and how we are to approach the days beyond this age.

Director, WindowView.org

The Antichrist and Global Change

The WindowView pages were reorganized during 2014.  From the Home page you can click on the main links for Change, Science, Harmony, and Convergence … and in each case you arrive at a brief introductory video. From each intro you can get the view on what’s in the window by reading an overview followed by a thesis page.

To kick off the integration of science and scriptural data, the Change area presents a thesis indicating, on the one hand, global changes will continue to generate concerns and consequences.  On the other hand, economic and political forces will bring the world to adoption of a ten region (kingdom) based global governance. In steps a dynamic figure, a ‘strong man,’ who offers the world hope in the face of continued environmental and social stresses … and he will next turn the ten regional governments into a single global governance.

While not explicit the Change Thesis page is really saying you won’t, we won’t, the world won’t know that they are seeing the antichrist take a central role in global power … not simply in spiritual terms, but in material terms that will appeal to humans who continually seek a way out of material and natural woes.

Like any good politician, the strong man’s platform will be built of many planks, one of which will tout solutions to climate and global change.  The Scriptures give a clue as to how this will work and the Thesis page outlines the basic points to illustrate this facet of the future.

Take a look at the Change Thesis page and let us know what you think … a link to our comment form is located on the footer of each page at WindowView!

Director, WindowView.org

Shemini Atzeret – the Eighth Day of the biblical Seven-Day Festival of Succot

Today is the celebration of the Feast of Shemini Atzeret – the Eighth Day of the biblical Seven-Day Festival of Succot (Booths, Tabernacles).

In the wilderness, God “Tabernacled” in the midst of His people.  

Leviticus 23: 23 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. 36 For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LordOn the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to theLord; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.

37 ‘These are the appointed times of the Lord which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to present offerings by fire to the Lord—burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each day’s matter on its own day— 38 besides those of the sabbaths of the Lord, and besides your gifts and besides all your f]”[f]votive and freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.
39 On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a g]”[g]rest on the first day and a h]”[h]rest on the eighth day. 40 Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the i]”[i]foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.41 You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall j]”[j]live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall k]”[k]live in booths, 43 so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’” 44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the Lord.

My thoughts on Shemini Atzeret (the eighth day of the seven-day festival of Succot) is that following the Thousand Year Millennial Reign of Yeshua over all of the earth – ruling and reigning from Jerusalem – and after the White Throne Judgement, the fulfillment of Shemini Atzeret (the day that never ends) will take place.

When the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven,
 God will tabernacle with those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life for ETERNITY!!.

Revelation 21:1-4  (NASB)

The New Heaven and Earth

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will a]”[a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among themb]”[b], and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:10-27  (NASB)

The New Jerusalem

10 And he carried me away g]”[g]in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her h]”[h]brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.12 i]”[i]It had a great and high wall, j]”[j]with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The one who spoke with me had a k]”[k]gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the l]”[l]rod, m]”[m]fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, n]”[n]seventy-two yards,according to human o]”[o]measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like p]”[p]clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 I saw no q]”[q]temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its r]”[r]temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth s]”[s]will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those t]”[t]whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.Have a joyful Shemini Atzeret!!!  Despite all the evil that is taking place on in the earth today, REJOICE!!  The best is yet to come…Shalom!!

October 15, 2014

The Feasts of Israel – Do they have prophetic significance?

Origin and Timing of the Feasts

The feasts were a part of the Mosaic Law that was given to the Children of Israel by God through Moses (Exodus 12; 23:14-17; Leviticus 23; Numbers 28 & 29; and Deuteronomy 16). The Jewish nation was commanded by God to celebrate seven feasts over a seven month period of time, beginning in the Spring of the year and continuing through the Fall.

The first three feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, occur in rapid succession in the Spring of the year over a period of eight days. They came to be referred to collectively as “Passover.”

The fourth feast: Harvest, occurs fifty days later at the beginning of the Summer. By New Covenant times this feast had come to be known as Pentecost, from the Greek word pentekonta, meaning fifty, the feminine is pentekoste.

The last three feasts: Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles extend over a period of twenty-one days in the Fall of the year. These are known as the “High Holy Days.”

The Nature of the Feasts

Some of the feasts were related primarily to the agricultural cycle. The feast of First Fruits was a time for the presentation to God of the first fruits of the barley harvest. The feast of Harvest was a celebration of the wheat harvest. And the feast of Tabernacles was in part a time of thanksgiving for the harvest of olives, dates, and figs.

Most of the feasts were related to past historical events. Passover, of course, celebrated the salvation the Jews experienced when the LORD passed over the Jewish houses that were marked with the blood of a lamb. Unleavened Bread was a reminder of the swift departure from Egypt so swift that they had no time to put leaven into their bread.

Although the feasts of Harvest and Tabernacles were related to the agricultural cycle, they both had historical significance as well. The Jews believed that it was on the feast day of Harvest that God gave the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai. And Tabernacles was a yearly reminder of God’s protective care as the Children of Israel tabernacled in the wilderness for forty years.

The Spiritual Significance of the Feasts

All the feasts were, and are, unto the LORD. They served to tum- yank! -the people from the pagan Egyptian ways they’d been surrounded by and so greatly influenced by, to set the Hebrews apart from all of the pagan peoples on the earth. Thus, the Feasts of Israel are all about the spiritual life of the people. Passover served as a reminder that there is no atonement for sin apart from the shedding of blood. (Lev. 17: 11) Unleavened Bread was a reminder of God’s call on their lives to be a people set apart to holiness, as leaven was a symbol of sin. They were to be unleavened, that is, holy, before the nations as a witness of God, as Yeshua is the Unleavened Bread of Life.

The feast of First Fruits was a call to consider their priorities, to make certain they were putting God first in their lives. Harvest was a reminder that God is the source of all blessings. The assembly day of Trumpets informs us of the Rapture to come, and of the LORD Yeshua’s Second coming! The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, was, and is, a reminder of the need for repentance, and was, and is, also a solemn assembly day, a day of rest and introspection. It was a reminder of God’s promise to send a Messiah whose blood would cover the demands of the Law with the mercy of God.

In sharp contrast to the Day of Atonement, Tabernacles was, and is, a joyous celebration of God’s faithfulness, even when the Children of Israel were unfaithful.

The Prophetic Significance of the Feasts

What the Jewish people did not seem to realize is that all of the feasts were also symbolic types. In other words, they were prophetic in nature, each one pointing in a unique way to some aspect of the life and work of the promised Messiah.

1) Passover – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover Lamb Whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2) Unleavened Bread – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3) First Fruits – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to Him in Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

4) Harvest or Pentecost – (Called Shavuot today.) Pointed to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile, that would come into the kingdom of God during the Church Age. The Church was actually established on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel.

The long interval of three months between Harvest and Trumpets pointed to the current Church Age, a period of time that was kept as a mystery to the Hebrew prophets in Old Covenant times. That leaves us with the three Fall feasts which are yet to be fulfilled in the life and work of the Messiah. Because Yeshua literally fulfilled the first four feasts and did so on the actual feast days, I think it is probable that the last three will also be fulfilled on the actual feast days.

5) Trumpets – (Called Rosh Hashana today.) Points to the Rapture when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a Bridegroom coming for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:52)

6) Atonement – (Called Yom Kippur today.) Points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the day of atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).

7) Tabernacles – (Called Sukkot today.) Points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again tabernacle with His people when He returns to reign over all the world from Jerusalem (Micah 4: 1-7). I believe it is correct to understand that Biblically, the LORD was probably conceived at Hanukkah, during the Winter Solstice, and delivered 287 days later, at full human gestation, at Tabernacles.

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Director, WindowView.org

Harmony Area Thesis at WindowView

Starting Fall 2014, all Window Areas have updated Overview and Thesis pages. For the Harmony Area the following thesis now appears with a detailed explanation:

Thesis: We exist for a relationship with God—should we choose—for both Jew and Gentile, the choice is ours to make. The evidence in the Scriptures is designed specifically to make this one main point.

The overarching theme of the WindowView is “Science and Scripture in Harmony.” This itself is a thesis statement. This theme implies the reality we humans experience is truthful from both a scientific and a scriptural—evidence based—perspective. Two spheres of evidence contribute to our understanding of the present and the future.

Visit the Introduction, Overview, and Thesis pages for the full WindowView!

Director, WindowView.org