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We lust received your copy of "Hebrew Roots", and I must say, when I began reading the articles, it was like I was in a wind tunnel. We have been keeping the seventh day Sabbath for some 15 years, as well as the Holy Days, but Im very intrigued with this new knowledge you are offering. Thanks to the person who sent my name in.
Shalom Aleichem BB,
Sometimes when we first hear things that have never before been brought to our attention it is rather like finding ourselves in a 'wind tunnel.' However, once we begin to see the truth of the matter, what we at first might describe as a wind tunnel becomes more like the 'fresh air of truth.'
By the way, none of the information that we publish is rally 'new knowledge,' it is just information that has been kept out of sight for a long time. And we are not the only ones researching and teaching these ancient understandings, there is actually a very great ground swell of Believers who are turning back to their 'Hebrew Roots.'
May our loving Father in heaven bless you in your studies.
May the peace of God
be with you always.
DEW & SAW
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I am very thankful for the new issue of Hebrew roots that you sent me. I cant begin to express how much I have been looking or just such a publication. For some time it has been apparent to me that those of us who are Sabbath keepers and formerly with a Church of God organization have a built in bias against anything Jewish. This is partially due to the cultural upbringing in this country which contains a subtle and unspoken disdain for learning anything about Jewish culture and traditions. In addition, there was the Church of God perspective which promoted an unspoken attitude of "thats Jewish we dont need to know about that", and "the church teaches us all we really need to know". Your publication gives a much needed long neglected understanding of the Jewish/Hebrew culture from a real Christian viewpoint.
The understanding of the Jewish/Hebrew culture at the time of Yeshua, is so vital to understanding the overall context of the New Testament scriptures. Even doctrinal positions cannot be soundly ascertained without a comprehension of the setting in which the Jewish/Hebrew writers were living. My own limited research in the past few years since leaving _______, has shown me how much more I need to know and how little I presently comprehend about the period during Yeshua's lifetime.
Judging from a brief letter in the issue you sent me, I perceive that you now observe the Passover in a way similar to the Jewish interpretation. I too have come to the same conclusion, For thousands of years the Jews have painstakingly and correctly observed the important time and fundamental meanings of all Yahwehs Holydays. However for a comparatively "few" years, many of us observed the Passover and Pentecost in the "non-Jewish" manner promoted by the large Church of God organizations and confidently thought it was correct. I also did so with a sincere heart and believe Yahweh accepted it knowing I knew no better. But now, in his supreme wisdom and mercy, He is revealing to many of us this foolishness and the more perfect way to worship him. One of the ways is to return without prejudice to the correct and more meaningful observance of his holydays as preserved by the Jews. Much of this information was and still is shunned and disregarded by the "corporate" Churches of God.
In my research, I found that the Jews are still the "scholars" of the law (Torah). Yes they do lack as a whole the Knowledge of Yeshua as the Messiah. 1-lowever, I believe the scriptures plainly show that the Jews are soon to have a change of heart, and will accept him as their Savior and Master. What an incredible and Joyous time it will be. They will loath themselves for what they said and taught about him and Yeshuas blood will blot out all their sins reconciling them to the Father. Perhaps, our Yahweh is now beginning to draw true believers in Yeshua and true Jews closer together. I know others who share that view.
If so, it also helps explain why Yahweh let the large "corporate" Church of God organizations go into disarray, error, dissension and decline. This has ultimately caused many of us to come out of a "corporate" system and stop looking to men, mere humans, for spiritual understanding. Instead we are now once again looking totally to Yahweh and his word for knowledge as guided by his Spirit. These events may also be to allow his true elect the time and opportunity to grow and "move onto perfection" (Hebrews 6) before his Son returns.
In any case, I look forward to forthcoming issues of Hebrew Roots and will pray that Yahweh grant you blessings and additional measures of His Spirit to enable you to fulfill this important endeavor. I wish you all the best.
Shalom Aleichem GR,
Thank you so much for your insightful comments.
May the peace of God
be with you always,
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Hi Mr. Wheelock,
I would like to ask, In Luke 2 1:28 it tells us that a time will come that we can look up and see our Redeemer coming in the air. There are two times for redemption. One is on the day of Atonement Lev. 25:8-10. The other is at the end of the 6th year. I ask on what day does the 6th year happen? Is it Pentecost?
Thanks for your help.
Shalom Aleichem WG,
I am not sure that I understand your question properly for I believe that you already answered it by referring to Lev. 25.8-10. On the traditional Jewish calendar, one year ends and a new year begins at sundown beginning 1 Tishri, which would be Rosh HaShanah or the Feast of Trumpets. However, as Lev. 25 points out, the sixth year of a Sabbatical cycle ends and the seventh year (the year of release) begins at sundown, the beginning of 10 Tishri or Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). The fiftieth year (the year of Jubilee) also begins on Yom Kippur. There is no record that I am aware of that would tie Pentecost to the end of the sixth year.
One other sidelight to this question, Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread also picture a time of redemption. Also, 1 Nisan is considered to be the first month, or the beginning of months, for the purpose of calculating the religious calendar. (Ex. 12:2).
May the peace of
be with you always,
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