Thursday, June 25, 2009

THE LAST GREAT DAY..WATER LIBATION CEREMONY..ILLUMINATION OF THE TEMPLE CEREMONY

THE LAST GREAT DAY (HASHANA RABBAH...FEAST OF CONCLUSION)

The last day of the Feast of Tabernacles is called so because it was on that day that King Solomon dedicated the Temple to Yahveh. It takes place on Tishri 22. An extraordinary event took place on the Last Great Day of the Feast Of Tabernacles. Let’s have a look at:

2Chr. 7:1-3 Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of YAH filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of YAH because the glory of Yah filled Yah’s house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of Yah upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to Yah, [saying], “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Needless to say, anyone living in the entire world would have heard all about this last and greatest day event.

Years later we see John explain about Yeshua entering the Temple on the Last Day of Tabernacles. John 7:37-38 Now on the last day, the great [day] of the feast, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” The Torah can be compared to (allegorical of) pure spring water. It originated at the top of Mt. Sinai and came down the mountain with Moses. Since then it has picked up all kinds of silt, pollution, debris, etc., and has become diluted to the point that you can not safely drink it as provided.

Those who thirst for pure water must go upstream to the source. The true source is our Hebrew Bible. The waters are diluted and polluted because of the choices we make as individuals.

The Torah is the pure Word or river of life, all religions are streams that have become polluted, diluted and full of silt because of man’s additions, myths, stories and legends. To get to the truth we must all go to Mt. Sinai where the river begins.
We must keep in mind that for centuries the people had been celebrating the Last Great Day, anticipating some spectacular event to take place when the Glory Of Yah returns. They didn’t realize that Yeshua Himself did return on this day prior to His death and resurrection. The people were expecting Yah’s glory to return but missed the forest for the trees. They missed the fact that Yeshua was the actual glory of Yah in human form. The glory had returned to the Temple.

The last great day of the Fall Feasts is also known as the Feast Of Leviathon and Feast of Conclusion. There is a constellation called “Leviathon”, it shows a snake whos tail holds 1/3 of the stars in heaven and the birds eating the flesh of the aftermath of Armegedon.

THE LATER OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 7:1-44 we have the account of when Messiah went up to the Temple for Sukkot. We find Him in the Temple courts teaching the people in verse 14 and 28. Even though Sukkot lasted eight days, the seventh day was the climax, and was called "Hashana Rabbah," and means, "The Great Hosanna." Hashana Rabbah dates back to the time of the Maccabees (165 BC). Sukkot was the time of the latter rains, and was the subject of great prayer and concern. Since the Israelite crops depended on rain, ceremonies were instituted to assure the people that Yahveh would grant it in abundance. The ceremonies associated with Hashana Rabbah are closely related to the later out pouring of rain, which was necessary for a successful spring harvest.

THE WATER LIBATION CEREMONY

Throughout the seven days of Sukkot a special priest carried water in a gold pitcher from the Pool of Siloam to be poured into a basin at the foot of the altar by the high priest. It symbolized prayer for rain, as spoken of in Joel 2:23, which begins the next day on Sh'mini Atzeret. The last great day, Hashana Rabbah, the priests marched around the altar seven times carrying willow branches. On the seventh circuit around the altar the priests would beat their willow branches until the leaves fell off. The high priest would pour out the water while some priests blew gold trumpets, while others sang songs. The worshippers would also be chanting the Hallel (Ps. 113-118) and waving their lulavs. The Mishnah said that he who had never seen this ceremony...had never seen true joy (Jewish New Testament Commentary, page 179). It was at the climax of this joyous ceremony that Messiah stood up and cried, John 7:37-38 "If anyone is thirsty, let him come unto me and drink. Whoever puts his trust in Me, as scripture says, rivers of living water will flow form his inmost being.” The people were rejoicing and celebrating in the fact that Yah would send the latter rains. Then Messiah stood up and cried, “if anyone puts their trust in Me, rivers of living water will flow from their innermost being”. Yeshua was implying that He was the Living Water sent from Yah that they had all been praying for, for centuries. With this in mind, it gives us a much greater depth and understanding of the text. Messiah's statement echoes an earlier statement He made to the woman at the well (John 4:13-14). John gives the interpretation of Messiah's statement and refers to it as a latter time when the Spirit would be poured out on those who believed (John 7:39). Acts 2:1-4 the Holy Spirit was poured out on believers at Shavuot (Pentecost). Just as the Israelites needed the latter rains for the spring harvest, they also needed the early spring rains for the fall harvest. When the Holy Spirit was poured out during Shavuot, it fulfilled the type for the early rains. Now we are looking forward to a time when the Holy Spirit will again be poured out on Believers in a fulfillment of the latter rains. If you think Pentecost was a glorious manifestation of the Holy Spirit, just wait until the latter outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Hashana Rabbah. Isa. 12:3 says, "With joy shall you draw water from the wells of salvation." The Hebrew word for "salvation" is Yeshuwah (Strong's, #3444). Those who put their trust in Yeshua the Messiah will draw living water from His well. Yeshua Messiah is our Yeshuwah (salvation).

Yeshua came as the former rain and will come back as the latter rain. Hosea 6:3 “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know Yah His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

The Torah was the pure water poured out upon the people at Mt. Sinai and Yeshua came again as the living Torah poured out to all who thirst for truth.