He tabernacled among us: Yeshua’s obvious link with the Festival of Sukkoth

“And the Dvar (word) HaShem took on gufanyiut ( corporealty) and made his mishkan (tabernacle)  among us an we gazed upon his Kavod ( glory), the Shechinah ( cloud of glory) of the Ben Yachid from Elohim haAv, full of HaShem’s chesed ( compassion) v’ Emes ( truth).”

          Yochanan, OJB, verse 1:14





(John) Yochanan’s Gospel transcribed in a Jewish context, like in the Orthodox Jewish Bible version will enlighten details one would not even be able to notice. It is very important to understand the very Jewish concepts that come out in Yochanan’s text.




What is Sukkoth about?

Leviticus 23:41-43: ” You are to observe it as a feast to HaShem seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation, kept in the seventh month. You are to live in sukkoth for seven days; every citizen of Israel is to live in a sukkah to that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Israel live in sukkoth when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.”


The celebration of Sukkoth usually takes place on the 15th of Tishrei (usually between late September and late October, depending on the year.) The feast, that lasts 7 days, strongly contrasts with the preceding one, Yom Kippur, that is about repentance and forgiveness.


Sukkoth is the essence of JOY. 

“For seven days you are to celebrate in the presence of the Lord your God at the place where the Lord will choose; for the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in everything you do, and your joy will be complete.” Deuteronomy 16: 15


For seven days you are to celebrate in the presence of the LORD your God at the place where the LORD will choose; for the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in everything you do, and your joy will be complete.



Sukkot customs: “arba minim”: the four species

The four spieces used during Sukkoth are:

-etrog ( a big lemon)

-hadas ( myrtle)

-lulav ( date palm)

-aravah ( willow)

These four types of species represent the four types of Jewish people. They are bound together symbolically, meaning that we need all of them.

The etrog, this huge lemon, has both: flavor and taste. It stands for the Jew who studied Torah and who is loving in his actions.

Hadas, the myrtle smells good, so it has a taste, but you wouldn’t be able to eat it. It symbolizes the person with good deeds, but who is deprived of wisdom.

Lulav, the date palm, is edible, yet has no smell. It represents a person filled with wisdom, but who lacks good deeds.

Finally, aravah, the willow tree, has zero taste and zero smell, so it refers to a person with no Torah study and no good actions.

The Gospel of John, Chapter 7 pictures Yeshua during Sukkoth

“Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of Salvation “( Isaiah 12:3)
וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם-מַיִם, בְּשָׂשׂוֹן, מִמַּעַיְנֵי, הַיְשׁוּעָה

Once again, it is very important that we read Yochanan, John, in context.

The Gospel of John has often been wrongly used by antisemites to spread their hateful views against Jewish people, especially because the recurrent term that appears in John’s text are ” the Jews”…”the Jews” seem to always oppose Yeshua. Many people have understood that “the Jews” were actually Yeshua’s enemies.

Let us think logically. Yochanan, Yeshua’s disciple is a Jew. Yeshua our Messiah Himself is a Jew. So why would Yochanan attack the “Jews” in his gospel? It would be like self-stabbing and it doesn’t make sense, right?

The explanation lies in the mistranslation of the term “Jews”…Yochanan did not speak of the Jews, he spoke of the Judeans, the inhabitants of Judea as opposed to the Galileans.

Each time you come across a translated text that says “the Jews” replace the expression by the Judeans and you will see that it truly makes sense.

Do not forget that in John 7, Yeshua traveled from Galilee and came to Judea to secretly celebrate Sukkoth.

“After these things Yeshua went into the land of Galil, continually passing through. For he did not desire to walk into Yehudah since the “Yehudim” (Judeans) were seeking to pu him to death.  The festival of the Yehudim was drawing near-the Festival of Sukkoth.

His brothers said to him,

Arise and go from there to the land of Yehudah, so that your disciples may also see the deeds that you do. For no one who wants to be known does a thing in secret. If you are doing things like this, be shown to the world!

For even his brothers did not believe in him. ” Yochanan  7:1-5, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels



The Judeans are suspicious about Yeshua. Their intentions to kill Him are quite clear. Yochanan is telling us that even Yeshua’s brothers did not believe in Him. ( However, at some point, Yaakov and Yehudah, both brothers of Yeshua, became believers…maybe it was post resurrection…)


The Judeans knew that Yeshua was very observant in His practice. They sought Him. 

People were speaking about Yeshua, whether in good or in bad, but always secretly, because they all feared the religious establisment. 


His brothers preceded Yeshua who stayed in the Galil.

The Galil, near Migdal..I took this picture last September, on the way to Tsfat. This picture is subject to copyright. Please ask before using it. Thanks.


Yeshua came halfway through the Festival. Our rabbi offered His teachings in the Temple and, well, the Judeans were amazed at His wisdom.

“Halfway through the festival, Yeshua went up to the Temple and taught. The Yehudim were amazed an said: “How has he become such a scholar not having studied?” Yochanan, Chapter 7, verse 14, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels


In John, Chapter 7, people start questioning if Yeshua is the Messiah.

“Some of the people who lived in Yerushalayim said: ‘Is this not the one they sought to kill? Here he is speaking in public, and they do not reprimand him. Surely our leaders know that  this is the Maschiach! But when the Maschiach comes, no one will know where he is from.”  Yochanan 7:25-27

I never paid attention to this verse, but a more attentive examination of it allows me to understand that it mixes a statement of faith ( this is the Maschiach) and an expression of doubt ( but when the Maschiach comes, no one will know where he is from).



Yeshua’s link with Simchat beit hashoeivah



What is Simchat beit hashoeivah or the Joyous Water drawing ceremony?


The Joyous Water drawing ceremony is deeply linked with Salvation. You will understand why.


The Jewish custom is for priests to leak living water onto the altar during the six days of the festival while people would join in prayers, reciting the verse of Psalm 118:25:


“We beseech you Lord, save now”


אָנָּא יְהוָה, הוֹשִׁיעָה נָּא;    אָנָּא יְהוָה, הַצְלִיחָה נָּא

During these 6 days people will stand in circle around the altar. They would hold their palms in their hands and sing the verse mentioned above.  On the 7th day of the festival, the worshippers would prepare for the final libation, staying around the altar and shaking their palms while generating a sound of wind and water.


These rituals symbolize the accomplishment of Isaiah’s words:


 וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם-מַיִם, בְּשָׂשׂוֹן, מִמַּעַיְנֵי, הַיְשׁוּעָה


Isaiah 12:3


Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of Salvation 

To check it more in depth, I invite you to explore the following link.



“On the last, great day of the festival, Yeshua stood  and called out, saying: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” Yochanan 7:37 Hebrew Delitzsch Gospels


Note that, by making the following statement, Yeshua declares that He is the Source of the Living Water.”

The Living Water is the promise for Messianic times. When Yeshua is making this solemn declaration, He is revealing publicly that He IS the Messiah.


This raises, of course, a big controversy within the religious establisment.


Naqdimon, Yeshua’s secret disciple and ally from the Sanhedrin, takes His defense:

“Does our Torah judge a man before investigating to know what he has done?” Yochanan 7:51


Yeshua’s detractors think that the Messiah cannot come from Galilee.

Their opinion is due partly to the ignorance of Isaiah’s prophecies that point at the “Galil of the nations” and also to their ignorance of  Yeshua’s place of birth : Bethlehem.


וְאַתָּה בֵּית-לֶחֶם אֶפְרָתָה, צָעִיר לִהְיוֹת בְּאַלְפֵי יְהוּדָה–מִמְּךָ לִי יֵצֵא, לִהְיוֹת מוֹשֵׁל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל; וּמוֹצָאֹתָיו מִקֶּדֶם, מִימֵי עוֹלָם 

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:1

Rejoice, for Yeshua is the Source of Eternal Life.

May He bring Salvation to the whole nation of Israel and to all who are willing to repent and receive it with humble hearts.

Amen

© 2017 by Isabelle Esling

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When darkness arises: a teaching about hope




If you are capable of seeing Hashem’s glory while walking through the night, darkness will have no power over you. I have read some powerful testimonies, many years ago, from people who have been taken to the dirtiest, the smelliest and the ugliest places, including prisons-seemingly alone, abandoned by the world, but who spoke of the glory of the Almighty trancending these places.


A walk with Hashem is no fairy tale; sometimes you will know places of darkness and you will feel that you are left on your own ( according to the world’s standards).

When you are facing such situations, there are several points to remember:

-In Sefer Bereshit, Genesis, you are reminded:וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם אֶחָד” 

“vayehi erev, vayehi boker, yom echad” ” and there was an evening, and there was a morning, day number one”. Each of your days begins in darkness. You can either grow in desperation or light your candles and invite the Lord to share this time with you. I mean, HOW you are going through your time of darkness depends on you. Most people seem to ignore that they DO have a choice.

You can go through grief, hopelessness and desperation all alone or you can weep on the Lord’s shoulder. Yeshua will always comfort you when you are experiencing pain, especially the type of suffering that is invisible to others.

But there is much more you can learn from this part of Genesis. When daylight emerges again, you are experiencing like a resurrection from death. French rabbi Josy Eisenberg used to teach that the word “boker”, day, when its letters are inverted, also contains the root “kever”, “tomb”, “sepulcher”.

On each venture of darkness, when times are getting better, when light is made visible again, you will experience a form of Resurrection.

Have you ever thought, that when you are waking up ( what most people are taking for granted), that you are emerging from death and coming back to life? 

Therefore gratitude should accompany us with each day the Almighty makes.

-Psalm 23 contains an invaluable teaching:

“gam ki eleich begei tsalmavet, lo ira ra, ki ata immadi”

גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע–    כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי

Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU ARE WITH ME.

Do not overlook Yeshua’s friendship when facing tremendous difficulties or pain of any kind. Should the whole world abandon you, Yeshua would still be there for you.

Yeshua wants your total trust at all times. 

You may feel the pain. You may also feel desperate at times, but what matters is your attitude during the test. Job’s (Iob in Hebrew) book has been written to inspire generations of believers, for Job was a Tsaddik who remained faithful to the Lord despite his losses and physical pain. Note that he kept praising His Name.

You may also feel that you are not capable of praise while going through acute pain. That’s ok. Your cries in front of Him are prayers too. He sees, understands, and wipes away tears.

-Try to sing your pain away through Psalms. It will bring you back into a spirit of joy and praise. Consider this time of darkness as a proper time to develop more intimacy with your Messiah. Speak to Him even more; be honest. Also confess your transgressions and work on amending your ways, always.

Remember that this storm too will pass. Trust the Lord at all times and you will be victorious over darkness. Have the eyes to discern figments of light during the night.

You are not alone.

 אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ

“I myself will descend with you” Genesis 46:4 “Anochi ered immecha”

Should you have to descend, the Almighty would descend WITH you.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

The watchful servant and the light from the candles

“Have your belt on your waist and let your “lamps” be lit.
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(מָתֽנֵכֶם יהיוּ וֽהַגוּרים וֽהַנרוֹת דֹלקים)

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“As for yourselves, be like men who are waiting for the time that their master returns from the wedding. When he comes and knocks, they open him instantly.
O gladness of those servants whom the Master finds watching when he enters!
Amen, I say to you that he will gird himself and seat them and go serve them.
And if he comes at the second watch and at the third watch and finds it to be so, o gladness of those servants!
And know this: if the owner of the house knew what hour the thief would have come, at that time he would watch and not let him break into the house.
Therefore you also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a hour you don’t expect.”

Luke, Chapter 12, verses 35-40, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels.


About His Second return, Yeshua always advises us to be watchful and in a state of permanent readiness. Most of us are probably familiar with the translation of verse 35 from Luke, Chapter 12: “Have your belts on your waists and let your “lamps” be lit.”

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מָתֽנֵכֶם יהיוּ וֽהַגוּרים וֽהַנרוֹת דֹלקים
I put “lamps” intentionally into brackets, because the Hebrew version renders “lamp” with a word that is much closer to the Jewish concept of light. The Delitzsch version translates with ” vehanerot dolkim” ( and the candles lit)

This seemingly tiny detail is of major importance. “Nerot”, the candles are an essentiel component in Jewish symbolism and mystics. Actually there is a Hannukah song entitled “Nerot dolkim” and as you would probably know, Hannukah is intimately linked with our Messiah Yeshua, Light of the world.
Whoever has lit Shabbat candles perfectly knows that lighting candles when darkness arises at Erev Shabbat is welcoming light and peace into our home. The disciple wants to welcome Yeshua, the Master of Shabbat.

Shabbat is the victory of divine light over a world of darkness and madness.

To the disciple, welcoming the Master is not just an option. We must await Him, even if the external circumstances tell us that His arrival has been delayed. This is what the Jewish confession of faith “ani maamin’ is all about.

No matter what happens, we ought to stay firm in our faith.

Not only does this imply that we may be watchful at ALL TIMES, in a continuous relationship with our Moschiach King ( if Yeshua truly LIVES within you, you will maintain a state of permanent prayer).

Sometimes, it will involve that we walk on water, but we must be very FIRM in our expectation of the Messiah.

Yeshua has been warning us for centuries now that He would be coming “like a thief in the night”.

Hashem’s timing has been a stumbling stone for many.

Some corporate assemblies even dared to claim that “if Yeshua hasn’t come over 2000 years, He will not be coming at all.”

Above anything else, the watchful disciple should heed false teachings and false “messiahs”. In these times we will truly witness an uprise in delusion through erroneous teachings and wolves posing in sheep’s clothes.

Therefore, only the ones who are truly rooted in Yeshua will be able to recognize Him when He returns.
May our hearts be clothed with kindness, forgiveness and righteousness.

Our reward is the Messiah and it is worth the sacrifice.

Light your candles and get rid of the inner darkness. Let Yeshua enter when He is knocking at the door. For He is the Light that erases darkness from the world.
Come soon, Lord Yeshua. Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

The Shema, fundament of Israel’s faith, points at Hashem’s Unity. This Unity is validated by rabbi Yeshua our Messiah

It makes me smile when people prompt to tell me that Yeshua our Messiah ” did away with Judaism because it contains so many “heavy” commandments and that He came to teach the ” new doctrine of Christianity.” Well if you believe that, you are just fooling yourselves.

You need to re-open your Bible and dig much deeper in your study.



The story reported in the Gospel of Mark , Chapter 12, leaves no space for a wrong interpretation. However, I’d advise anybody to check the Delitzsch Gospels, because the Hebrew language unveils some precisions that could be easily overlooked.



“What is the first of all mitzvoth?”, asks the Scribe



” One of the Scholars ( Soferim= Scribes) heard them arguing and drew near to them. He saw that he answered them well, and he asked Him:

“What is the first of all mitzvoth?”


Yeshua answered him:


” Hear o Israel. Hashem is our God. Hashem is One.

Love Hashem with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your knowledge and with all your strength. Now the second similar to it: ” Love your fellow as yourself”.

There is no greater mitzvah greater than these.” ( Mark 12:28-34) Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels



Please note that an accurate translation renders “commandment” with the Hebrew word ” mitzvah”. Another precision comes from the Delitzsch version. The person addressing to Yeshua is a Sofer, a Scribe, and not just any other ” specialist of the Law”…”specialist of the Law” is a very vague translation that could be applied to a rabbi or any other Scholar. A Sofer or Scribe has a precise knowledge of the writing of the Torah, that is accurate to the milimeter. From the word “Sofer”, you will be able to extract ” sefer”, book and by extension, Scripture.


The fact that Yeshua points at the Shema is far from being unsignificant. It is also a confirmation of Hashem’s Unicity.


The Lord is One. Unfornately, and merely because of the introduction of false doctrines that go back to Nicea, Christianity fails to envision it.


Yes, you heard it well. In NO WAY the New Testament teaches about a “triune God”. This is indeed a pagan doctrine introduced by Tertullian in the 4th Century.


Some people would object that the last verses of the Gospel of Mark mention the “Trinity”.

The truth is, there is no such thing as “Trinity”, because this doctrine isn’t biblical-at all and would openly contradict the Tanakh. You ought to know that the Gospels have, unfortunately, been corrupted by some ” church fathers” who allowed themselves to remove or add some parts to the text. One example is that Origenes removed the forename “Yeshua” from Bar Abba’s name (Barrabas’ name).

By doing this, he cancelled very subtle shades of meaning that were appearent within the episode of Yeshua’s judgment.

The last verses of Mark also pose problem, in the same way, as they are merely absent from some early versions.


André Chouraqui, an orthodox Jew, former mayor of Jerusalem, who was pretty much an expert- for he translated the whole Bible in French language and replaced Scriptures in a proper context- stated that, when confronted with the Gospel texts, we are in front of a musical partition, whose interpretation keys have been lost.

One main difficulty also lies in the fact that we do possess Greek texts that have been written by Hebrew thinking minds. When the Hebrew original will be found and excavated, a lot of problems will probably be solved.

In the meantime, we need to strive towards an effort to understand the text in their proper cultural context. We also need to realize that Yeshua our Messiah would never deny Israel’s foundament of faith.


Shema Israel, foundament of Israel’s faith



The Shema Israel is truly a basis of faith. You might not be aware of it, but many Jewish people recite it in life-threatening situations or in case of danger.


You too are invited to open your ear to the Unicity of Hashem.

For some practical reasons, I won’t be able to go into details, but here are some insights I received from the Spirit.


A proper reading of the Tanakh will make you understand that Ruach, the Spirit of God is Hashem’s breath. Hashem’s breath is inherent to Hashem. You cannot dissociate it from Hashem.

In the same way, Yeshua our Messiah and the Father are One. Yeshua has often been described as ” Hashem’s right arm”.  As well as you would be unable to separate your right arm from your own body, you cannot dissociate the Messiah from Hashem.


The Shema is also addressed to the ones who have been , by our Messiah’s grace, grafted into the Covenant of Israel.



Copyright© by Isabelle Esling



Sentenced to death for uttering the truth: how the prophetic words of Daniel 7:13 got Yeshua condemned to death

Computer generated picture of the Shroud of Turin by Ray Downing

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“Yeshua kept silent and the high priest said to Him:
I am making you swear by the Living God to tell us if you are the Maschiach, the Son of God?”


Yeshua said to him: ” you have said it.  And I say to you, you will see the Son of Man sitting to the right of the Power and coming with clouds of Heaven.”
The priest tore his clothes and said: “He is a blasphemer! Why should we continue seeking witnesses. Have you not heard his blasphemy? What is your opinion?”

“And they said: ” He is a man of death! ( translated in Hebrew by “isch mavet”)

They spat in His face and struck Him with a fist on the cheek. They said: “prophesy to us, Maschiach! Who stuck you?””
Matthew 26:63-68 Franz Delitzsch version
At the very moment Yeshua our Messiah would quote the prophetic verse of Daniel 7: 13, He would sign His death arrest.

חָזֵ֤ה הֲוֵית֙ בְּחֶזְוֵ֣י לֵֽילְיָ֔א וַאֲרוּ֙ עִם־עֲנָנֵ֣י שְׁמַיָּ֔א כְּבַ֥ר אֱנָ֖שׁ אָתֵ֣ה הֲוָ֑ה וְעַד־עַתִּ֤יק יֹֽומַיָּא֙ מְטָ֔ה וּקְדָמֹ֖והִי הַקְרְבֽוּהִי

Daniel 7:13
Prior statement to this article
I noticed that a lot of Gentile followers of our Messiah tend to slate orthodox Jews for not acknowledging that Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel. I read a statement on social media that was quite arrogant. Somebody had stated: ” The smartest Jews all know that Yeshua is the Messiah.”

Beware, some orthodox Jews who crossed my path may not have accepted Yeshua, but they could outsmart you within a few minutes.

This is not a matter of intelligence, but rather of spiritual blindness. Instead of slating a whole community, rather pray for the veil of incomprehension be lifted. Also remember that there are Torah truths hidden to your eyes that orthodox Jews envision very easily. Be humble. You may know that Yeshua is Messiah, but you don’t know everything!
I’d advise everybody to stop judging so fast. First of all, most of you are not even aware of the requirements for being an orthodox Jew, nor have you been raised as a Jew. You are probably blind to see that secular oral traditions have prevented people from approaching the Scriptural truth that Yeshua is indeed our Messiah.

Revealing His identity as Maschiach publicly

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During His ministry in Galilee Yeshua chose not to reveal His true identity.

However when our rabbi performed some exorcisms, the demons already knew Him.

In Luke Chapter 4 verse 35, Yeshua rebukes a demon, asking him to shut up before he left the possessed man.
“And Yeshua rebuked it and He said, “Shut your mouth and come out of him!” And the demon threw him in the midst, and it came out from him, while it did him no harm.”
The creatures of darkness knew and were afraid of Him, and Yeshua had authority over all of them.

However, even His close disciples ( besides a few such as John, Philip, Nathanael and Peter) had a hard time to comprehend who Yeshua actually is. As I underlined it in former articles, seeing clearly that Yeshua is the Messiah was difficult in the 1st Century for the Spirit had not been given yet.
The disciples didn’t realize that the Messiah had to be mistreated and to die a very painful death before being resurrected. The words of Isaiah , chapter 53, were veiled to them. They are still sealed for many persons nowadays. Let us pray that the sight of many be opened so that they understand Hashem’s plan of Salvation.
One MUST also realize that in Jewish tradition, the character of the Maschiah is dual. The suffering Messiah, ben Yosef has so often been occulted in favor of Messiah ben David.
Yeshua incarnates both figures of the Messiah.
He is:

 

  • Maschiach ben Yosef, son of Yosef, during His first coming in the 1st Century. His Suffering has been predicted in the Tanakh in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.
  • Maschiach ben David, as depicted in the verses of prophet Daniel Chapter 7, verses 13 and 14)

(Whoever wants to refute that our Messiah is spoken about in Isaiah Chapter 53 and who thinks that Isaiah refers to Israel has to explain me in detail how Israel can die for Israel’s sins.)


Daniel 7:13-14 in the orthodox Jewish Bible ( English translation)


“I was beholding in visions of the night, and, hinei, one like bar enosh ( Ben Adam i.e Moschiach came with the clouds of Shomayim ( Heaven) and came to the Atik Yomin ( Ancient of Days i.e Hashem) and before Him He was brought.” Daniel 7:13, Orthodox Jewish Bible


” And there was given Him (Moschiach) dominion, and honor, and sovereignty that all people, goyim, tongues should they serve reverence as deity Him (Moschiach).

His dominion is an everlasting Kingdom, which shall not pass away and His (Messianic) Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:14 Orthodox Jewish Bible


The verse of Daniel 7:13 being so clearly of messianic significance, I was very curious to know how orthodox Jews would interpret it. I found out that many orthodox Jews choose the messianic perspective on Daniel 7:13. Some of them claim that ” bar enosh” ( Son of Man in Aramaic) has been mistranslated and that its very meaning is just of ben Adam, “human being”.

In my opinion, ben Adam being translated as ” human being” doesn’t really make sense if you consider that this person, the Son of Man, will be given dominion, sovereignty and  honor and that all nations will serve him, as verse 14 confirms it.
I remember discussing with an orthodox Jew years ago who told me that ” anybody could be Moschiach when I mentioned Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel.

The way Daniel 7:14 is worded would dismiss this argument of  any human being a possible candidate to the person of the Messiah anyway.

Yeshua, the true Messiah of Israel, is still a threat to the religious establishment


After reflecting on the Messianic verses of Daniel 7:13-14 and the person of Yeshua as I know Him, my Lord and Savior as He revealed Himself to me, I realized that the real Yeshua ( and not His diluted version) is still a threat to the religious establishment.
The truth I am going to state will probably displease Jews and Christians, but I have to tell it anyway, for it is the truth.

  1. Yeshua’s Name is a big threat to corporate rabbinates that will keep combatting Yeshua being revealed as the Messiah to the nation of Israel, because it is not in their interest that the truth be told to the simple Jew or Israeli. Why? Well, these persons have a lot to lose: their influence, their power, their financial situation would decrease dramatically as well.
  2. Yeshua’s Name is a threat to Christianity’s corporate assemblies. The pope even teaches that it is “dangerous” to have a personal relationship with Yeshua our Messiah out of Catholic Church. Just to begin with Catholic Church, the clerics keep the crowds away from reading the Bible and also teach them that accepting Yeshua is not enough to be saved. Other corporate Christianity such as protestant and evangelical churches seem to preach the Bible, but many greedy pastors wish to influence people and take their money instead of showing them the way to Yeshua. Many people are being taught to have “figurative encounters with Yeshua” through Scriptures. Most of the leaders mentioned above ( of course there are exceptions, I didn’t say everybody) themselves do not have a single clue about who Yeshua really is.
  3.  Corporate religion, whether it is Jewish or Christian will keep you in bondage. The Son of Man has come to SET YOU FREE.

In conclusion: you MUST meet Yeshua and experience Him as a REAL person, because our Messiah is ALIVE and He WANTS a relationship with you!

No matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, there is only ONE PATH to Salvation!

If you haven’t done it yet, it is not too late. Call upon Yeshua’s Name. Repent of your sins and accept Him as your Lord and Savior.

May He bless all of you who are reading this article. 


Amen.

 

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Jewish burial customs in the 1st Century and Shroud of Turin evidence

The intent of the following article is to dig a little bit deeper into Jewish burial customs of the 1st Century.

I realized that understanding these customs in a proper manner will also clarify our understanding of the reports of the Gospels. In addition, it will shed more light on the way Yeshua was buried.


The burial: a sacred duty in Jewish customs


The Old Testament abounds in examples proving that it was a sacred duty for Jewish people to bury their dead. We also know that, due to the Middle Eastern climate, people had to be taken to rest normally on the very day of their death, because corpses decomposed very rapidly.

It was also viewed as shameful for a family to leave one of their deceased members for days without burying him.

“Then the men of Y’huda came, and they anointed David king over the house of Y’hudah. They informed David that the men of Yavesg-Gil’ad were the ones who had buried Sha’ul. So David sent messengers to the men of Yevesh-Gil’ad with this message: “May you be blessed by Adonai because you showed this kindness to your Lord Sha’ul and buried him. Now may Adonai show kindness and truth to you; and I too will show you favor because you have done this.”

2 Samuel 2-4



How people were laid to rest



The Gospels teach us HOW people were laid to rest.


For instance John 11:44 and John 19:40 provide very clear details about the way people were dressed for a burial.



“The man who had died came out, and feet bound in his graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Yeshua told them: ” Unwrap him and let him go.” John 11:44

“They took the body of Yeshua and bound it in linen cloths with the spices as the burial customs of the Jews.” John 19:40


What we must consider about crucifixion

  • crucifixion is a curse, it is defined as such in the Torah…a man hanged on a tree is cursed.

The Torah gives precise indications about handling a crucified person’s burial:

” And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God.” Deuteronomy 21:22-23

  

In short, what do the verses of Deuteronomy mean regarding Yeshua’s crucifixion? They CLEARLY mean that Yeshua took the curse by God our Father for OUR sins.

  • crucified people would be mocked by Romans, who would often write some kind of sarcastic epitaph on their cross.
  • Pilate considered Yeshua to be innocent, otherwise he would have denied Joseph of Arimathea his demand. Without allies within the Sanhedrin, Yeshua’s dead body could have ended up in the common grave.

The story of 21 year old Yehohanan, who lived in the 1st Century will teach you a lot about crucifixion and crucifixion methods used by the Romans.



What the Shroud teaches us about Yeshua’s burial


               Yeshua’s burial cloths are composed of 2 parts


                                           part 2: Shroud of Turin

part 1: Sudarium of Oviedo ( napkin)


Scientific research has proven that the blood found on the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo belong to the same person, who wore a Crown of thorns ( or rather a helmet of thorns), suffered scourging and crucifixion as described in detail in the Gospels. The Face of the Shroud also confirms what we know from the Gospels: Yeshua was blindfolded and punched in his eyes.


“After blindfolding Him, they kept asking, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” Luke 22:64


Parts of Yeshua’s beard are missing, which is also fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy:


“I gave my back to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who pluck out the beard: I did not cover my face from humiliation and spitting.” Isaiah 50:6


The Shroud of Turin gives testimony to the world that our Messiah Yeshua is our Passover lamb, whose body has been made a bread of affliction ( a matza) for our Salvation.






Only one person corresponds to this description: Yeshua our Messiah.

Funnily skeptics always base their attacks of the Shroud on the fact that it is one linen piece, willingly ignoring the existence of the Sudarium of Oviedo. The Shroud of Turin does NOT contradict the stories of the Gospels, it confirms the written testimony of the disciples in an astounding way.


The body of Yeshua: washed or unwashed?


Before even arguing if the Man of the Shroud was washed or unwashed we need to understand what Jewish burial customs in the 1st Century imply:



  1. If the person died a regular death, there is an obligation to wash and anoint the body with spices and perfumes before the person gets laid to rest.
  2. In the case of violent death ( which is the case for the Man of the Shroud), body will be laid to rest AS IS.

Again, detractors of the Shroud often speak by ignorance. 

However, the fact that the Man of the Shroud’s body had been unwashed made me stumble upon an apparent issue: didn’t the Gospels of Mark, Luke and John mention the use of spices and perfumes?

What was that supposed to mean? I broke my head over this issue and asked my friend David Hines, the Shroud researcher, to come to rescue.

David shared his opinion ( that is based on forensic facts that have been proven by several pathologists and Shroud experts). 

David came to the conclusion that the body of the Man of the Shroud was washed to some degree. Is this contradictory? Not at all.

You will judge by yourself as I am sharing his words with you all. I do trust David, not only because of his expertise, but especially because he deeply loves our Lord. David spends much time with our Lord daily and also received some insights from Him.

Quoting David:

“First I do not believe Nicodemus purchased about a 100lb weight of myrrh and aloes to be used on a dead person. 

Meaning he DID NOT buy myrrh and aloes  to be used in a burial.  That was not his plan. 

But to use on a living Jesus.  I believe he purchased the myrrh and aloes to treat scourge wounds thinking Jesus would be scourged and released as would be routine procedure. 

A prisoner is NOT scourged and crucified.  One or the other, not both.  If what happened to the Man in the Shroud was routine procedure the Romans would have been nailing dead corpses to the crosses. 

Jesus/Yeshua is scourged and crucified.  That does not make sense.   

I believe Nicodemus knew how brutal the scourging was and perhaps even witnessed it and purchased the myrrh and aloes to treat scourge wounds.   Myrrh resin was used in war to cover battle wounds.   It is a antiseptic.   

It is not typically used in a Jewish burial that I know of.    Certainly not in that excess. 

Myrrh and aloes in a burial?  That does not make sense.  What makes sense it that it was purchased to treat scourge wounds.  That is exactly what one would purchase to treat scourge wounds.   Aloes for the skin and myrrh would be the perfect purchase to property heal from the brutal scourging. 

I believe Nicodemus having purchased the myrrh and aloes on his behalf brought them to the burial not thinking they would ever be used in a burial but ended up being used in the burial.  Since he bought them for Jesus may as well give them to him type thinking. 

Like Dr. Frederick Zugibe I believe the body was washed to some degree, meaning myrrh and aloes just poured over the body and nothing more.  As a act of purification.   Myrrh resin was used in purification rites. 

I honesty believe that, I can almost picture it,  myrrh and aloes being poured over the body. 

In doing this it did not wash all the blood off, but dirt and perhaps sweat.    So I believe to some degree, a minor degree the body was washed,   Myrrh and aloes poured over the body but not scrubbed down or blood removed.  

Myrrh resin is like tree sap,   it would preserve the blood on the linen.     And there is a thin coat of carbohydrates over the Shroud linen,   the chemcial properties of that carb layer match the chemical properties of myrrh and aleos. .I wrote a paper on it that I will send. 

Dr. Baima Bollone found myrrh and aloes in the blood by antibody antigen testing.  He is a very respected forensic pathologist and had blood samples from the Shroud and performed numerous tests over many years and wrote a book about it.   He also examined the blood from the Sudarium.

As for the women I believe they came with perfumes.  Nothing to wash the body.   Fragrance only. 

Myrrh by itself is not really a good fragrance. it is base for perfumes,.  when mixed with frankincense makes for a perfume.  

Women bought perfume because none was used at the burial. 

I spent a lot of time with the Lord on this.  I know I am right. 

How does one define the word “washed”  that is a very vague term.   For the most part I believe the blood stayed with the body,  with perhaps some loss of the blood when myrrh and aloes were poured over the body.  Bear in mind aloes are 90% water.”   

The following study proves that RULE Nr2 ( see above) was applied for the Man of the Shroud.

Not only is the second point still applied in contemporary Jewish burial customs, it also fully proves without a doubt that the Man of the Shroud is a Jewish person.





The sign of Jonas- why Yeshua probably wasn’t buried on a Friday: meaning of ” Erev Shabbat”

“But He answered them: ” An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to except the sign of the prophet Jonah” Matthew 12:39



Why is it important to know if Yeshua fulfilled the prophecy of the Sign of Jonas?

It is a detail of the HIGHEST IMPORTANCE because this is the sign Yeshua promised to His generation, so we would recognize that He is the Messiah.


If Yeshua actually died on a Friday and was resurrected on a Sunday morning, we have bad maths here, that’s two nights and a half inside of the tomb, not three days and three nights, in the same way the prophet Jonas remained in the fish’s belly.


A lot of people think that the term ” erev Shabbat”, the eve of Shabbat only refers to Friday evening. Rather the contrary is true. Not only is “Shabbat” used to describe the resting day, it is ALSO used to describe any feast for Adonai such as Pesakh or Sukkot.


Nowhere in the Gospels, it is specified that Yeshua actually died on a Friday. Yeshua died before Shabbat, but this Shabbat could have been any day of the week.


The following study will help you understand the right timing in Yeshua’s death and resurrection.


May the Spirit of Adonai help you understand the importance of Yeshua’s words and the fulfillement of His prophecies.

May you understand that, if after 2000 years, the piece of linen that we call “Shroud of Turin” is still there, its purpose is not for you to worship it, but it truly testifies of the Resurrection of our Lord.

The details of our Lord’s suffering are encrypted for you to remember the HIGH PRICE Yeshua paid for your sins.


May you come to repentance and be saved in His powerful Name. Amen.

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