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Today we use the Gregorian calendar from Pope Gregory; from the 1500’s.
Today is May 18, 2013
May -- Maia's month - Maia is the goddess of spring, known as the great one, the daughter of Faunus, and wife of Vulcan
Yehovah has His own calendar
Today is the 7th day of the 3rd month of God called Sivan
Esth.8  Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan
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We were told to count the "Sabbaths" not omers
So we did count them - It’s over again
Today is the seventh Sabbath out of the seven Sabbaths we were told to count.
**Remember, tomorrow is also a Sabbath:
The Feast of Weeks, Hag Sh'vu-ot - חַג שָׁבֻעֹת
The Feast of Harvest (wheat) Hag ha katseer - חַג הַקָּצִיר
Pentecost πεντηκοστή - pentēkoste
This feast is 50 days from First Fruits and the resurrection of Messiah
From slaves in Egypt to the people of God
From the receiving of Torah / Law, to the receiving the Holy Spirit
How did you behave yourselves these days? (Physically and Spiritually)
The"7" week journey to meet God again
How did you do these "7" weeks?
In the desert, the wilderness – your lives
Did you make any new commitments on your "7" week journey to meet God in the desert, the wilderness (our lives)?
In a desert or wilderness, there would seem to be nothing to get into that would go wrong.
However, you’re there, your heart and Satan
It’s all about faith and receiving from God
Let’s define a few words:
Desert: A region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all:
The Sahara is a vast sandy desert.
Any area in which few forms of life can exist because of lack of water, permanent frost, or absence of soil
Also: An area of the ocean in which it is believed no marine life exists.
Wilderness: A wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.
Whether you know it or not we are in the exile and scattered.
This exile has become our way of life and we don't even know we are in exile. We were born in complacency.
***Complacency: a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like.
Do you understand what I mean?
They said: All that YHVH hath spoken to us, we will do
 In the third month,(Sivan) when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.
 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
 And all the people answered together, and said, All that YHVH hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto Yehovah.
Pss. 78  How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
Pss. 106  But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
Receiving the Word, the Law and the Spirit anew, afresh today!
The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit (are one)
The Spirit, and the water, and the blood (agree in one)
Baptism with water
Baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (zeal)
This is he that came by water and blood, even Yeshua the Messiah;
Water (baptism, spiritually) make clean,
The Blood of Messiah and His Word makes us clean
Blood and water
John. 19  But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
1 John 5  Whosoever believeth that Yeshua is the Messiah is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Yeshua is the Son of God?
 This is he that came by water and blood, even Yeshua the Messiah; not by water only, but by water and blood.
And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
 If any man see his brother sin (ignorantly) a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death (presumptuously) I do not say that he shall pray for it.
 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. Ignorant sin
 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not (presumptuously); but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Yeshua the Messiah. This is the true God, and eternal life.
 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
We need to receive the gifts of God which are given freely
1. to take into one's possession (something offered or delivered): to receive many gifts.
2. to have (something) bestowed, conferred, etc.: to receive an honorary degree.
3. to have delivered or brought to one: to receive a letter.
4. to get or be informed of: to receive instructions; to receive news.
To admit, entertain, welcome, be persuaded
The water and the Spirit
Luke 3  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire:  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
Matt. 3  And Yeshua, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
John 1  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor. 12  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
A few other verses with the word receive, there are many
Acts 1  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 2  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Yeshua cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not
abide in darkness.
 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
Acts 17 Those at Berea -  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Rom. 5  ... we also joy in God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Rom. 8  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
1 Cor. 2  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God
1 John 3  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
2 Cor. 5  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Receiving and believing by faith go hand-in-hand
While you are in your desert, wilderness, your life, keep believing and receiving from our heavenly Father (lest you be wearied and faint in your minds)
Again: How did you do these "7" weeks? (Spiritually, physically)
In the desert, the wilderness (your lives)
Did you do as good as our brothers and sisters below, in their deserts and wilderness, their lives?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
 For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months
of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not
afraid of the king's commandment.
 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
 Esteeming the reproach of Messiah greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence
of the reward.
 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down,
after they were compassed about seven days.
 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
 And what shall I more say?
for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
 Women received their dead raised to life again:
and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;
that they might obtain a better resurrection:
 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted,
were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us (apart from us) should not be made perfect.
Yes, we may all meet one day together
One last reminder:
Feast of Weeks / the feast of harvest will start this evening on May 18th
This is also a Sabbath and continues until May 19, Sunday at sundown.
Have faith and Receive, Receive, Receive
Receive the Law and the Spirit anew, afresh again!
John 20  Then said Yeshua to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Spirit: