Feast of Yeshua (Chag Yeshua) Elul 12-18
Evening of Saturday Sept. 2nd until Evening of Sat. Sept. 9th
(All dates begin the previous evening)
There is an amazing and important festival on the Biblical calendar which has been lost and has (until recent years) not been observed for centuries. The festival was enacted in the 3rd Book of the Maccabees, but since this book was removed from the canon (along with the rest of the apocrypha), this festival was effectively removed with it. As the restoration of truth continues, one of the things that we need to do is restore this lost, biblical festival to our observance.
What is the background of this festival? After the Battle of Raphia in 217 B.C.E. Ptolemy IV sought to enter the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem, but was miraculously repulsed (3Macc. 1:1-2:24). Upon returning from Egypt he seeks to punish the Jews there for his humiliation. He lowers their political status and seeks to impose paganism on them (3Macc. 2:25-33) and tortures and kills those that refuse to renounce Judaism (3Macc. 3:1-5:51) An elder priest named Eleazar prays for the deliverance of his people (3Macc. 6:1-25), YHWH intervenes bringing about the repentance of the king and the deliverance of the Jews (6:16-7:23) The Jews declared an annual festival called “The Feast of Deliverance” (Chag Yeshua) as an annual celebration of the salvation of the Jews in Egypt at this time. The festival enacted from the 8th to the 14th of the Egyptian month of Epeiph. The Egyptian calendar was a Solar Calendar and these days correspond to 19 August 217 BCE on the Julian Calendar and this was 12th Elul 3544 on the Hebrew calendar. This festival should be observed beginning on the 12th of Elul each year.
And there is another element in this festival for us as believers in Messiah. The Hebrew word for “deliverance” is YESHUA so we have here “The Feast of Yeshua”. The deliverance of the Jews from the hand of Ptolemy IV points us forward to the deliverance of Israel by the Messiah Yeshua. This feast gives us another important theme, Messiah and the deliverance of Israel.
As some of you may know, back in 2015 my wife had two major abdominal surgeries. Due to complications from those surgeries she had to have an additional surgery on August 22nd That surgery kept her in the hospital fpr a week. She came home on the 28th. Then on Friday Sept 1st she got very ill with a high fever and an ambulance had to rush her back to the hospital. She now has a post surgical infection.
I have been by her side at the hospital through all of this. I have brought several books and a laptop to the hospital, and so the work continues while I am there.
This is not a time that I need to be worried about ministry funds. And yet this has created some additional expenses for us at a time when we can least afford it.
We must raise $2OOO by the end of Tuesday. We could really use more than this, as I am having to eat from the hospital cafeteria (they feed my wife free, but not me) for every meal.
To keep our bills from bouncing
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