Shimini Atzeret / Eighth Day
The Twenty-second Day of
the month Tishrei - beginning at sundown on Friday October 17, 2003.
This follows the seven days of
This day is the
original Simchat Torah - Rejoicing in the Torah. [In recent times, Simchat
Torah was rabbinically changed to the following day and made the date of
restarting an annual Torah reading cycle.]
The Torah is
foundational to the entire Bible. It is the Word of God that became flesh.
It is the Creator’s instruction manual. It was known by Adam. On Mt.
Sinai, it was written (in condensed form) by Yeshua in stone – not to be
The Prophets build
upon the foundation of the Torah. They chronicle God’s continued dealings
with man to teach obedience to His Torah.
The Psalms musically
put in our hearts a love for God’s Torah: “O how I love Your Torah; it is
my meditation all the day” – Psalm 119:97.
Writings explain how the Torah was and will be fulfilled by Yeshua. The
redemption pictured by the Passover was fulfilled almost 2000 years ago,
by the crucifixion of Yeshua. But Yeshua’s return to raise the righteous
dead, pictured by the Day of Trumpeting, is yet to be fulfilled. When
Yeshua said that He came to fulfill the Torah and the Prophets (Matthew
5:17), He did not immediately fulfill all of the Torah, and He did not
abolish any of it. (In our day, this verse is vastly misconstrued to mean
that He fulfilled all of the Torah at that time, and in so doing abolished
it, which is contrary to the first part of the verse.)
In the Torah
Festivals, we have a most complete gospel – from redemption, through
purification, to glorification. This gospel is presented through sight,
sound, taste, aroma, and communal actions. It is given through feasting
and fasting, and through symbols such as matzah (unleavened bread), wine,
shofar (ram’s horn trumpet), and lulav (plants used during the Feast of
Tabernacles). It is given through celebration and singing, and through
solemn offerings of animals, grains, and aromatic spices. All of these
picture Yeshua’s past, present, and future – some now as prophetic
pictures, and some now as memorial pictures.
Yeshua is our Living
Torah, and the Torah is foundational to our entire Bible. We carry the
Torah scroll as a representation of the unchangeable Word of God, and as a
symbol of our living Messiah.
Today we celebrate
the future fulfillment of the Torah.
The Torah Scroll is
carried around the congregation seven times; with each circuit, a portion
of Numbers is read, a Psalm portion is sung, and an explanation given.
Deuteronomy 16:13-17 (The full reading is Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17)
Reader A * Amen “You
shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you have
gathered in your corn and your wine: and you shall rejoice in your feast,
you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your
maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the
widow, that are within your gates. Seven days shall you keep a solemn
feast unto Yahweh your God” . . . and they shall not appear before Yahweh
empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of
Yahweh your God which he has given you.
offerings were always brought/prepared prior to a Sabbath or festival, for
use on the Holy Day. Festival offerings were food: money could be brought
for buying festive foods prior to the Holy Day. Collections are never to
be taken on a Holy Day, and the festival tithe is never for travel or
* Amen And on the fifteenth day
of the seventh month you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no
servile work, and you shall keep a feast unto Yahweh seven days: And you
shall offer an elevation offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet
aroma unto Yahweh; thirteen young bullocks, two
rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish:
Psalm 1 v.1
On the first day of creation, God created
light and darkness.
On the first millennial day -- Adams day --
man learned good and evil.
Reader 2 * Amen And on
the second day you shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen
lambs of the first year without spot:
Psalm 1 v,2
On the second day of creation, God
separated the waters above and beneath the earth.
On the second millennial day -- Noah’s day
-- God brought the waters back together (flood) then separated them again.
* Amen And on the third day
eleven bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without
On the third day of creation, God created
dry land and plants.
On the third millennial day -- Abrahams day
-- God promised Canaan with abounding food.
* Amen And on the fourth day ten
bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:
On the fourth day of creation, God created
the sun and moon.
On the fourth millennial day -- Messiah’s
day -- King David, priests, and Yeshua came.
* Amen And on the fifth day nine
bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:
On the fifth day of creation, God created
fish and birds.
The fifth and sixth millennial days are
called “the last days.”
* Amen And on the sixth day
eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without
On the sixth day of creation, God created
beasts, and man at the end.
The fifth and sixth millennial days are
called “the last days.”
The Beast of Revelation and the Son of Man
appear at the end of the sixth millennium.
Reader 7 * Amen And on
the seventh day seven bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first
year without blemish:
The Seventh Day was Sabbath. The Sabbath
Millennium approaches, when Yeshua shall reign!
Numbers 29:35 - 30:1
* Amen “On the eighth day you
shall have a solemn assembly: you shall do no servile work therein: But
you shall offer an elevation offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a
sweet aroma unto Yahweh: ONE BULLOCK, one ram, seven lambs of the first
year without blemish: Their grain offering and their drink offerings for
the bullock, for the ram, and for the lambs, shall be according to their
number, after the manner: And one goat for a sin offering; beside the
continual elevation offering, and his grain offering, and his drink
offering. These things you shall do unto Yahweh in your set feasts, beside
your vows, and your freewill offerings, for your elevation offerings, and
for your grain offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace
offerings.” . . . “This is the thing which Yahweh has commanded.”
The Eighth Day
represents the New Creation -- Eden (Paradise) restored on a renewed
earth. God’s Covenant is fulfilled! The single bullock represents the
Kingdom of Messiah that replaces all seventy kingdoms.
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel
sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of
this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He
shall reign for ever and ever.
1 Kings 8:54 – 66
Reader 9 * Amen
Solomon . . . stood up in front of the altar of Yahweh . . . and shouted
this blessing over the entire community of Israel: “Blessed be Yahweh, who
has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has
failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.
May Yahweh our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never
forsake us. May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to
obey all the commands, laws, and regulations that he gave our ancestors.
And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of Yahweh be before
him constantly, day and night, so that Yahweh our God may uphold my cause
and the cause of his people Israel, fulfilling our daily needs. May people
all over the earth know that Yahweh is God and that there is no other god.
And may you, his people, always be faithful to Yahweh our God. May you
always obey his laws and commands, just as you are doing today.” Then the
king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices to Yahweh.
Oct 6 evening 2004
Rejoicing in the Day of the Fulfilled Torah
6:6-7 "I am Yahweh . . . I will separate you . . . I will deliver
you . . . I will redeem you with an outstretched arm . . . I
will take you for My people and I will be your God"
-- Emmanuel (god with us) -- will dwell with
us, fulfilling the old and renewed Covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 - "Behold, the days are coming," declares
Yahweh, "when I will renew My covenant with with the House of
Israel and with the House of Judah . . . I will be their God,
and they shall be My people . . . they shall all know me . . .
37:9, 11, 29 - Evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for
Yahweh shall inherit the earth . . . The meek shall inherit the
earth, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace .
. . The righteous shall inherit the earth, and dwell therein
destroyed the earth once by water (in Noah's day), and will
again destroy the earth -- but with fire. The New Earth
will be renewed by fire.
5:5 - Yeshua said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit
66:22-23 - "For just as the renewed heavens and renewed earth
which I will create will endure before Me," declares Yahweh, "so
your offspring and your name will endure. And it shall be from
New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind
will come to bow down before Me," says Yahweh.
said, "I go to prepare a place for you." Then
John said, "I saw renewed heavens and a renewed earth . . . And
I saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of the
heavens from God, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband."
21:1-3 - And I saw a renewed heavens and a renewed earth; for
the first heavens and the first earth had disappeared, and there
was no longer any sea. And I John saw the Holy City, New
Jerusalem, coming down out of the heavens from God, prepared as
a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from
the throne saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His peoples,
and God Himself shall dwell among them."
Genesis 2:8-9 - And Yahweh Elohim
planted a garden eastward in Eden; and out of the ground
Yahweh Elohim caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to
the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst
of the garden
and Paradise are translations of the same
original Hebrew word (Edan).
Revelation 2:7, 22:2 - "To
him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the Paradise of God."
There was the tree
of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its
fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the
healing of the nations.
Genesis 2:10 - Now a
river flowed out of Eden to water the garden
will be the water of life – the Yar-Edan (Jordan) is the
Descender from Eden.
Revelation 22:1 -
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as
crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
Genesis 3:17-19 -
Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of
your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded
you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground
because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your
life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you
will eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face You
will eat bread, till you return to the ground,
will be no more sorrow.
Revelation 22:3 - There
will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the
Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;
34:30 - "When all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the
skin of his face shone!"
17:2 - "(Yeshua) was transfigured before them, and His face did
shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as light."
Moses, angels, and Yeshua at times appeared clothed in light.
multitude from all nations will stand before God clothed in
robes of light.
Revelation 3:5, 18, 7:9 - "He that overcomes, the same shall be
clothed in raiment of light." --
counsel you to buy of Me . . . raiment of light, that you may be
clothed, and the shame of your nakedness not appear.
great multitude . . . of all nations . . . stood before the
Lamb, clothed in robes of light."