Feast of Yeshua (Chag Yeshua) Elul 12-18
Aug. 23rd until Sept. 1st
(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.
Aug.21st 2018 - Again I am sorry not to have posted an update sooner. We are still at the hospital, day 18! I have not posted any updates because I could not give a positive report, and still cannot. Yesterday she underwent yet another procedure to remove more fluid from her abdomen. Other than that, I am not publishing medical details at this point. At this point we don't know when she will come home, and in fact the hospital is talking about pawning her off on a nursing home instead of sending her home. Anyone who knows how close my wife and I are knows that is not something we can accept. In fact I have not left the hospital since this began 18 days ago!
This is hitting us hard financially as well (our daily co-pay is $200 plus for me to eat here is $10 for a guest tray each meal - that adds up). If you would like to donate, donations can be sent by PayPal to email@example.com.
Aug, 13 2018 - Update on my wife Kitty Trimm. I am sorry it has been a couple of days since I posted an update. This is because the last couple of days have been very hard on me, and I really wasn't up to expressing myself. She is very, very, ill. She is septic. When they did the emergency surgery they found 2 1/2 liters of bowel fluid had leaked directly into her body. She was kept in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator until Sunday morning when they removed the ventilator and woke her up. She has been what I can only describe as "delirious" since Sunday morning. She is very ill and while heading the right direction, there is a long road to recovery and she is far from out of the woods and she is still in ICU. This is hitting us hard financially as well (our daily co-pay is $200 plus for me to eat here is $10 for a guest tray each meal - that adds up). If you would like to donate, donations can be sent by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 10th, 2018- Update on my wife Kitty Trimm: she is back in ICU after emergency surgery last night. There was a small hole in her small intestines and she was leaking bowl into her abdomen. They cleaned her out and repaired the intestines. This took between two and three hours last night. She is now unconscious and on a ventilator, and will stay that way for 24 to 48 hours. (I miss her now, I couldn't imagine life without her) I am told it will be a long recovery. She is very ill and not out of the woods yet. This is hitting us hard financially as well (our daily copay is $200 plus for me to eat here is $10 for a guest tray each meal - that adds up). If you would like to donate, donations can be sent by PayPal to email@example.com.
***My wife Kitty was just moved to ICU*** (Aug, 9, 2018=)
As many of you know, my wife Kitty is in the hospital. Friday she had a fourth abdominal surgery. Please keep her in your prayers.
UPDATE: Unfortunately due to complications in her surgery, she had to have a more extensive surgery than was originally planned. As a result, her hospital stay will be longer. I have not had time to write an update until now, because I have been dealing with so much here at the hospital. She has had some problems in the last 24 hours, a fever, a high white blood cell count, and some bleeding from orifices. She is also in a lot of pain.
This is not a time that I need to be worried about ministry funds. And yet this has created substantial additional expenses for us at a time when we can least afford it, and right as our rent and many of our bills are due.
While we were here we got news that $1,ooo we anticipated receiving Monday, and for which we were tightly budgeted, would not be coming in.
We need to raise $1,5oo by the end of Monday!
We have a substantial daily co-pay every day she is here and I am having to eat from the hospital (they feed my wife free, but charge me $10 a meal for a guest tray).
****If you can make a one time donation of $500 or $1,000 dollars to support this work, now is the time!****
Background for those who don't already know:
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 last August (2017). This surgery had an even harder recovery and we were at the hospital several days.
About a month ago I had to rush my wife to the Emergncy Room and learned that her surgery about a year ago had failed, and she will have to undergo a fourth abdominal surgery, on August 3rd of this year. Meanwhile my wife is not able to get around very well.
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