“C’Mon In” by Ariel E……
This Week’s Torah Portion: KI TAVO
Which means “WHEN YOU ENTER”
Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Priesthood Instructions: Revelation 1-4
This Message is
“First fruits: THE DOUBLE PORTION”
Today’s Reading 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
1 Corinthians 15:19-26 says“19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
“First fruits: The DOUBLE PORTION”
1. In this Torah portion we find Moses giving further instructions to His pupils as they prepare to enter the Land of Promise. When the land was allocated and farmed, the Farmers were to take the FIRST RIPENED FRUITS to the TEMPLE and present them to the PRIESTS. This is called FIRSTFRUITS or BIKKURIM in the Hebrew. By making this offering the Israelite is declaring that EVERYTHING HE HAS–and EVERYTHING HE DOES is for the SERVICE OF GOD.
This offering makes a distinguishing difference between fruit that is NOT YET RIPENED and fruit that is RIPE and READY FOR CONSUMPTION as PROVISION. Yeshua–Jesus our Messiah–is a FIRSTFRUIT offering to God. YESHUA IS OUR BIKKURIM–or the FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING FROM THE DEAD. He is the RIPENED FRUIT that is ready for consumption that is offered up to God in OUR PLACE–in place of OUR SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The Restoration of Ephraim–being CALLED OUT from the CHURCH–being separated out–makes you a BIKKURIM from the DEAD–even as Yeshua was the FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD. ADAM brought us DEATH and MESSIAH has now brought us LIFE and LIFE ABUNDANTLY through the life of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 says “1 When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2 take some of the first fruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the LORD your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name 3 and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the land the LORD swore to our forefathers to give us.” 4 The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the LORD your God. 5 Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. 9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the first fruits of the soil that you, O LORD, have given me.” Place the basket before the LORD your God and bow down before him. 11 And you and the Levites and the aliens among you shall rejoice in all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household.”
A. The Bikkurim was an offering made with JOYOUS celebration before the Lord. This was an Agricultural Tithe that was made TWICE within the 7 year Schmitta–or Sabbatical Cycle of the Lord–when the Israelites had 6 years to work the GROUND and the 7th year was a SABBATICAL YEAR. This is a type and shadow of the 2 comings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember–a day is like a thousand years–and a thousand Years is like a day (Psalm 90:4) to the Lord. The Israelites had 6 years to produce a crop–which is equal to our 6000 years that we have been here on earth. The 7th year–was a SABBATICAL REST –or a SHABBAT REST–which made the land KASHRUT–or unclean to farm. This meant that no one could eat from the Land–except the poor, the widow and the orphan.
Exodus 23:10-13 says “10 For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. 12 Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed. 13 Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.”
B. The 6th year was the 2nd required FIRSTFRUITS TITHE that was required by ALL ISRAEL. The Torah promises that if we leave the ground fallow–in other words–we DO NOT WORK THE LAND in the 7th YEAR–that GOD WILL PROVIDE the DOUBLE PORTION OF BLESSING in the 6th Year–TO COVER YOU IN THE 7th YEAR! THIS IS THE LAW OF THE 6 according to Torah–or the LAW OF THE DOUBLE PORTION. What this is saying to us today–is that in the 6000th year that God himself is going to cause a blessing of THE DOUBLE PORTION to come into the LAND of those who are FAITHFUL to follow God’s Commandments. EPRHAIM MEANS: DOUBLY FRUITFUL. YOU beloved are the FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING unto the LORD that is ANNOUNCING the SABBATICAL YEAR–which we have all called “THE MELLENIAL REIGN OF CHRIST”! YOU HAVE ENTERED INTO THE MILLENIAL REIGN!
Leviticus 25:1-7 says “1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD. 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. 6 Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, 7 as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.”
The law of the 6 was first laid out in the sabbatical pattern with the MANNA in Exodus 16:21-26 which says 21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’” 24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a Sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
C. This SABBATICAL YEAR –this seventh year is PRECEEDED by the act of OBEDIENCE to God’s teaching and instruction. Once TORAH was obeyed–the Children of Israel WOULD RETURN TO THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD and MAKE THEIR FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING TO THE LORD. By realizing that you were CALLED OUT from the Church: and crossing over from the GREEK REALM OF DEATH–where you lived in the Wilderness–TO THE PROMISED LAND of the HEBREW APPLICATION OF THE SCRIPTURES–and GOD OPENING TO YOU THE TORAH– and YOU FOLLOWING ITS COMMANDS–You have RETURNED TO THE HIGH PRIEST–JESUS–and have declared YOUR FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING from the dead. YOU have left BEHIND the LIFE OF THE FIRST ADAM–the first fruits of the first MAN–and YOU HAVE PRESENTED–The LORD as your RIGHTEOUSNESS–WHICH IS THE LIFE OF THE DOUBLE PORTION BLESSING!
Isaiah 61:6-7 says “6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. 7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”
D. YOU are redeemed as the SECOND ADAM in the earth and God has called you to LIVE the ABUNDANT LIFE of the SECOND ADAM–Jesus Christ in this earth today. By accepting Torah’s righteous commandments and applying them to your life–you have RECONNECTED yourself to the LIFE GIVING BONE of your Husband–and the TWO OF YOU HAVE BEEN MADE ONE FLESH. The reason you do not WALK IN THE POWER OF THIS RE-CONNECTION–is that you still WAR WITH YOUR GREEK MIND–YOUR SLAVE MENTALITY–YOUR WILDERNESS MENTALITY. Not understanding that THIS MINDSET IS DEATH to YOUR POWER. YOU have been FULLY WED TO MESSIAH. You have ALREADY received the Kettubah–which is the Torah at Mount Sinai–you have ALREADY RECEIVED the 5 pieces of silver–or THE BRIDE’S PRICE–Which is Messiah’s GRACIOUS DEATH on your behalf–and you have ALREADY RECEIVED THE CUP of Wine–the 4th Cup of the PASSOVER: The cup of REDEMPTION. But we still stand OUTSIDE of the WEDDING CHUPPAH and argue–if the WEDDING DOCUMENT APPLIES TO US TODAY. It is this doubt and disbelief–that we war with in our mind–which keeps us from fully attaining the life of the SECOND ADAM RIGHT NOW!
E. In Ephesians 5 Paul points out a MYSTERY–a REVELATION SO DEEP–SO POWERFUL–it will change your very life.
Ephesians 5:31-32 says 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and ISRAEL.”
F. This is referring to YESHUA–our FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING–Leaving the ECHAD–of the FATHER YHVH and the MOTHER–The Ruach HaKodesh–the Holy Spirit–and BEING UNITED TO HIS WIFE=ISRAEL–and the TWO BEING ONE FLESH! GOD’S WIFE IS NOT THE CHURCH–but as 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 states–IT IS “ISRAEL” Now that you have been united with ISRAEL–You have been made ONE WITH JESUS–RIGHT HERE–RIGHT NOW! Not in a WORLD TO COME–that was a GREEK–or WILDERNESS MINDSET!
You see when YOU receive the 6000 year DOUBLE PORTION BLESSING–THAT IS WHEN YOU GET THE REVELATION–that YOU ARE “ISRAEL”–and the TORAH IS YOUR LIFE. It is at THIS MOMENT–that you are “RAPTURED” from the life of the first ADAM–and you CROSS OVER to the ABUNDANT LIFE of the SECOND ADAM. You begin to walk out the LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME–where you have been REUNIFIED with GOD IN YOU–YOU HAVE BECOME–Bone of His BONE–and Flesh of HIS FLESH.
Genesis 2:19–24 says “19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. “23 The man said, “This is NOW bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
G. Look at WHAT IT SAYS–God put the FIRST ADAM TO SLEEP–a Hebrew Idiom for DEATH–and from HIS SIDE–just as NOACH’S ARC was boarded from the SIDE DOOR—and JESUS SAID “AS IN THE DAYS OF NOACH-SO SHALL IT BE AT THE RETURN OF THE SON OF MAN”—YHVH took a RIB–a BONE–and from that BONE–Fashioned a WIFE–SUITABLE–PERFECT FOR HIM! Now turn with me to Ezekiel 37.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 says “1The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, BONE TO BONE. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ “10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. 11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’ “
H. NOW LOOK and REALIZE–That the DRY BONES–THE DEAD BONES–Are YOU EPHRAIM! You were IN YOUR GRAVES–a Hebrew Idiom for living on the REALM OF DEATH outside the TORAH-Just like LAZARUS WAS IN HIS GRAVE—but NOW–JESUS–THE SON OF MAN–HAS PROPHESIED TO YOU –to RETURN to the LAND=Torah and the Testimony–the LAND FLOWING with MILK–which is the Torah–and the HONEY which is the TESTIMONY OF JESUS.
And GOD has TAKEN YOU BACK–to the GARDEN OF EDEN.
Ezekiel 36:24-36 says 24 “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. 30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign LORD. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel! 33 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, This land that WAS laid waste has become like the Garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.”
I. YOU ARE PART OF THE 144,000 WITNESSES of the LORD. PURE VIRGINS–WHO have been MADE ONE–once again–ONE FLESH WITH MESSIAH–WHO IS THE FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING OF THE LORD–THE FIRSTFRUIT FROM THE DEAD–AND AS HE LIVES IN YOU–SO NOW ALSO–YOU CAN LIVE LIKE HIM NOW.
Revelations 14:1 “Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as FIRSTFRUITS to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.”
J. BONE OF HIS BONE–FLESH OF HIS FLESH–NEVER TO EXPERIENCE DEATH AGAIN. THE SABBATICAL REST HAS BEGUN–YOU ARE THE SECOND EVE. THE SECOND TITHE–of the SABBATICAL YEAR! Torah is your KETTUBAH–with all its rights and responsibilities–and the 5 pieces of silver are the GRACE by which you stand–and HIS BLOOD is the CUP OF REDEMPTION. YOU ARE THE DOUBLY FRUITFUL ONES called EPRHAIM–and ISRAEL: CO-RULER WITH GOD!
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov!