Waiting Room

Last 10 Days to Shavuot – The Waiting Room


Day 10 of the Waiting Room and the 50th Day called Shavuot 1

Day 10 of the Waiting Room & Day 50 called Shavuot [“Pentecost”]:

The Messiah picked His “Disciples by the Dozen”, and the Twelve became Apostles [minus Judas], after the Holy Spirit came upon them, as Yeshua prophesied! This happened on Shavuot [the Feast of Weeks], also known from the Greek as “Pentecost” [meaning 50 Days].

Imagine what the Disciples felt after their Messiah was seemingly dead, and what they probably thought was going to be their fatal ending too, as His followers. Let’s look at the “Outer Circle”, since Day 1 of the “WAITING ROOM” we examined the “Inner Circle” of Simon Peter [Shim’on Kefa], James [Ya’akov] and John [Yochanan], and  Days 2-4, the “Supporting Circle”, with Andrew [Simon Peter’s brother],  Philip [Friend of Bartholomew];  and Nathanael Bartholomew [Natan’El, Bar-Talemei]. Days 5-7 completed the “Surrounding Circle”, with Matthew Levi [Matityahu, HaLevi – “the Levite”] the Tax Collector or Publican, Judas the Zealot [Yehudah HaKanani] also known Labbaeus or Thaddeus and finally yesterday we looked at Simon the Cananite [Shim’on HaKanani] or like Judas, ”Simon the Zealot”.

We will look at the last disciple in the final concentric circle around Yeshua, as we finish examining the “Outer Circle”:

The Outer Circle:

10.   Thomas [Tomas] – The Skeptic

11.   James the Less [Ya`akov HaKatan] – Son of Alphaeus

12.   Judas Iscariot [Yehudah Ish Kriyot – Judah a Man from Kriyot] – Betraying Accountant

Let’s “zone in” on Judas Iscariot, the Betraying Accountant :

Only one of the twelve remains to be studied – the infamous Judas Iscariot. This lesson is not a lesson of inspiration but, rather, a lesson of warning. Judas Iscariot warns all of the danger of apostacy. An “apostate” is not, as some have said, a person who loses his salvation; he is someone who was never genuinely saved to begin with, who knows the truth but willfully rejects the truth, deceives others and pretends to follow Messiah (see Matthew 7:15,21-23; Acts 20:29; Hebrews 10:29; II Peter 2:1-3;20-22; I John 2:18-19). Judas is the prime example of an apostate.

Like all apostates, Judas defiled everything that he touched. He sure messed up a good name. His name comes from one of the great names of the Hebrew Scriptures. Judas is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Judah [Yehudah]. Judah was one of the twelve sons of Jacob (Ya`akov) who was spiritually called Israel [Yisrael]. He was also one of the twelve tribes of Israel. It was the kingly tribe of David, Solomon [Sh’lomo] … and of the Messiah Yeshua. There are at least six men in the New Testament whose name was Judas (Judah or Jude). It was a popular Jewish name. But no more. No one in the Jewish, Messianic or Christian world would think of attaching such a horrible name to their son. “Judas” has become a name synonymous with betrayal and treachery. The dictionary defines a “Judas kiss” as a “false expression of affection” and a “Judas hole” as “a hidden slit in the wall through which guards spy on prisoners.”

Acts 1:16-22 Brothers, the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit] spoke in advance through David about Y’hudah [“Judas”], and these words of the Tanakh [Hebrew Scriptures] had to be fulfilled. He was guide for those who arrested Yeshua — he was one of us and had been assigned a part in our work.” (With the money Y’hudah received for his evil deed, he bought a field; and there he fell to his death. His body swelled up and burst open, and all his insides spilled out. This became known to everyone in Yerushalayim, so they called that field Hakal-D’ma — which in their language means “Field of Blood”). “Now,” said Kefa, “it is written in the book of Psalms,

‘Let his estate become desolate let there be no one to live in it’ [Psalm 69:26(25)];

and ‘Let someone else take his place as a supervisor [Psalm 109:8].’  

Therefore, one of the men who have been with us continuously throughout the time the Lord Yeshua traveled around among us, from the time Yochanan [John, “the Baptist”] was immersing people until the day Yeshua was taken up from us — one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.”

They chose Matthias [Matityahu, same name as Matthew] by lots [purim], to replace Judas, while Yeshua himself chose Saul of Tarsus [aslso nickmaned “Paul” [in Greek meaning “small”] among his new Gentile [Non-Jewish] baby believers, while on the “road to Damascus [Damessek]”, found in Acts 9:1-22.

Destination of the Disciples after the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

1.    Simon [Simeon-Hebrew (hearing)] Peter (small stone or rock) [FISHERMAN] – Rome

2.    James the great (Jacob in Hebrew) [FISHERMAN]– Killed by King Herod Acts 12:1-2

3.    John [FISHERMAN]  – Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, &

                                                          Laodicea,

4.    Andrew [FISHERMAN] – Russia (Soviet Union), Asia Minor (Turkey), Greece

5.    Philip (greek name: lover of horses) – Carthage & Phrygia in North Africa, Upper Asia

6.    Bartholomew [Aramaic title: bar (son) of Talemay (furrows/ploughman)]

       or Nathanael (Heb. name-Given by God) – India, Armenia, Ethiopia, & So. Arabia

7.    Matthew or Levi [TAX-COLLECTOR] – Persia, Parthia, Ethiopia

8.    Simon [Simeon-Heb. name (hearing)] the Zealot (the Canaanite) – Persia,    

       Mauritania, Africa, Britain

9.    Thaddeus (surname) / Labbaeus / Judas the Zealot (St. Jude) – Armenia

10.  Thomas – Parthia, India 

11.  James son of Alphaeus  (the less) – Syria

12.  Judas Iscariot [ACOUNTANT] – Replaced by Matthias – Syria

The replacement of Judas was done in the final days of  the “Counting of the Omer” of the Barley Harvest, just before the offering of the Wheat Harvest, on Shavuot, the “Feast of Weeks” [Leviticus 23:15-16; Deut. 16:16] or “Pentecost” [meaning 50 Days], described in Acts chapter 2.

Acts 2:1 When the DAY OF PENTECOST [In Hebrew: Shavuot -“feast of weeks”] had fully come, they were all with ONE ACCORD in ONE PLACE [in the Temple]. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind [Ezekiel 1:4; Hebrews 12:18-19], and it filled the whole House [Temple] where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance 5 And there were dwelling [lodging for the festival] in Jerusalem, Jews, devout men [orthodox], from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.…..46 So continuing daily with ONE ACCORD in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart….

Talmud: Shabbat 88b on Psalm 68:11 teaches that “Every single word going out from the Omnipotent was split up into seventy languages.” Psalm 29:7 reads, “The voice of Adonai hews out tongues of fire.” It was understood by Jewish sages of 2000 years ago, that a “tongue as fire” had presented itself to each person at Sinai, to ask if he would accept the Covenant. Those present were from all seventy nations, a “mixed multitude.”

We know this miracle happened first at Mount Sinai, in the giving of the “Ten Words” [A.K.A. “Ten Commandments”]. The “fire” fell on 120 priests with King Solomon [Sh’lomo] in the House, or Temple that he built for HaShem [2 Chron. 3:1-5:12-14; 7:1-3], in the city of Jerusalem. Third the “fire of HaShem’s Glory” fell on 120 disciples of Yeshua, seven weeks, or 50 days after Messiah’s resurrection, on the same memorial day that the Torah was given at Sinai, on the Feast of Shavuot [“weeks”].

The LORD is the same “yesterday, today and tomorrow”! What He has done in the past, is what He is doing in the present, and what He will do in the future. Expect your “OUTPOURING” TODAY, in Yeshua’s Name! Amen!

 


Day 9 of the Waiting Room & Day 49 of the Omer

Day 9 of the Waiting Room & Day 49 of the Omer

The Messiah picked His “Disciples by the Dozen”, and the Twelve became Apostles [minus Judas], after the Holy Spirit came upon them, as Yeshua prophesied! This happened on Shavuot [the Feast of Weeks], also known from the Greek as “Pentecost” [meaning 50 Days].

Imagine what the Disciples felt after their Messiah was seemingly dead, and what they probably thought was going to be their fatal ending too, as His followers. Let’s look at the “Outer Circle”, since Day 1 of the “WAITING ROOM” we examined the “Inner Circle” of Simon Peter [Shim’on Kefa], James [Ya’akov] and John [Yochanan], and  Days 2-4, the “Supporting Circle”, with Andrew [Simon Peter’s brother],  Philip [Friend of Bartholomew];  and Nathanael Bartholomew [Natan’El, Bar-Talemei]. Days 5-7 completed the “Surrounding Circle”, with Matthew Levi [Matityahu, HaLevi – “the Levite”] the Tax Collector or Publican, Judas the Zealot [Yehudah HaKanani] also known Labbaeus or Thaddeus and finally yesterday we looked at Simon the Cananite [Shim’on HaKanani] or like Judas, ”Simon the Zealot”.

We will continue to look at the final concentric circle around Yeshua, as we further examine the “Outer Circle”:

The Outer Circle:

10.   Thomas [Tomas] – The Skeptic

11.   James the Less [Ya`akov HaKatan] – Son of Alphaeus

12.   Judas Iscariot [Yehudah Ish Kriyot – Judah a Man from Kriyot] – Betraying Accountant

Let’s “zone in” on James the Less [Ya`akov HaKatan] :

James the Less [Ya`akov HaKatan] – The only thing the Bible tells us about James, or Jacob [Ya`akov], the son of Alphaeus is his name! That’s it! It’s not known that he ever wrote anything, and nothing he ever said, asked, or did is recorded in the Bible. He is called “James, the less” in Mark 15:40. The Greek word used in this title for “the less” is mikros meaning “little.” This is “little James, or Jacob.” This title could mean that James was short of stature, or that he was younger than the other James, or that he was less influential, or all three. He is known for his obscurity!

He is also known for his family. Apparently his father was known among the first century Believers, so James is frequently referred to as “the son of Alphaeus“. It also seems that his mother was a close follower of Yeshua. She is mentioned as being at the scene of the crucifixion of the Lord, see Mark 15:40. This same verse mentions another brother of James, “Joses” who, it seems was also known among the believers. Thank God for families who love and serve Yeshua the Messiah together! The work of the Lord depends upon families. Many families are quiet and obscure, yet faithful to follow Yeshua. Obscurity does not mean unimportance! James may have been more in the background than most of the others, but he will sit upon a throne and share in ruling the tribes of Israel during the kingdom, see Matthew 19:28!

In the “upper room”, James [Jacob / Ya`akov ] would have been the quiet prayerful one, who would have been meditating on HaShem’s Promises, but not loud or boisterous like Peter who often “opened his mouth, to insert his foot!” He was probably shy but stable when felt a sense of security in a group of people who treat each other like a brothers, or a close-knit family. Many believers operate best in these circumstance, where they can be reasured of a positive outcome. The odd might seem against us, but HaShem’s prophecies are definitely for us! Amen!


Day 8 of the Waiting Room & Day 48 of the Omer

Day 8 of the Waiting Room & Day 48 of the Omer

The Messiah picked His “Disciples by the Dozen”, and the Twelve became Apostles [minus Judas], after the Holy Spirit came upon them, as Yeshua prophesied! This happened on Shavuot [the Feast of Weeks], also known from the Greek as “Pentecost” [meaning 50 Days].

Imagine what the Disciples felt after their Messiah was seemingly dead, and what they probably thought was going to be their fatal ending too, as His followers. Let’s look at the “Outer Circle”, since Day 1 of the “WAITING ROOM” we examined the “Inner Circle” of Simon Peter [Shim’on Kefa], James [Ya’akov] and John [Yochanan], and  Days 2-4, the “Supporting Circle”, with Andrew [Simon Peter’s brother],  Philip [Friend of Bartholomew];  and Nathanael Bartholomew [Natan’El, Bar-Talemei]. Days 5-7 completed the “Surrounding Circle”, with Matthew Levi [Matityahu, HaLevi – “the Levite”] the Tax Collector or Publican, Judas the Zealot [Yehudah HaKanani] also known Labbaeus or Thaddeus and finally yesterday we looked at Simon the Cananite [Shim’on HaKanani] or like Judas, “Simon the Zealot”.

We will continue and look at the final concentric circle around Yeshua, as we examine the “Outer Circle”:

The Outer Circle:

10.   Thomas [Tomas] – The Skeptic

11.   James the Less [Ya`akov HaKatan] – Son of Alphaeus

12.   Judas Iscariot [Yehudah Ish Kriyot – Judah a Man from Kriyot] – Betraying Accountant

Let’s “zone in” on Thomas [or Tomas in Greek], who was considered a “skeptic”, or “Doubting Thomas”.

Thomas, called Didymus (meaning “Twin,” as does “Thomas” in Aramaic”) was one of the 12 Disciples of Yeshua. Thomas is known for questioning Yeshua’s resurrection when he was first told it, and he declared the famous statement “My Lord and my God” when he saw Yeshua alive in John 20:28.

Yeshua appears to some of the disciples, but Thomas was not with them the first time. John 20:25 says, “So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he [Thomas] said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.'”

Eight days later, Yeshua appears before His disciples again: “A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Yeshua came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you [Shalom Aleichem] !’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here…, see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Yeshua told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’ (John 20:26-29).

Even though Thomas earned a negative label, he was not lacking in some very good qualities. He displayed great courage and loyalty. When the other disciples tried to keep Yeshua from going to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead because of the danger from those in the area who had just earlier tried to stone Him (John 11:8), Thomas said to them, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him” (John 11:16). Thomas also asked Him one of the most famous questions. John 14:5-6 says, “Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Yeshua answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

In the “upper room”, Thomas would have been the “realist”, needing “hard, cold facts”, or proof, before he stepped out. Shoud he be labeled the “skeptic”, or “Doubting Thomas”, when he was ready to lay his life down for the reality that Yeshua truly was the Messiah of Israel, and Redeemer of the Nations of the World. He was looking for reasonable evidence for the Final Redemption, and the reestablishment of the Davidic Dynasty, of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth again, as it was under Kind David, and his son Solomon [Sh’lomo]. He would probably be better described at “Thomas, the Analyst”.

We are often like Thomas, although we put him down for “doubting”. We could carry that negative label for our unbelief, until we learn to “cast all our cares” on Yeshua, and “Trust in the LORD with all our heart”, instead of focusing on only facts for our head. REASON is important, but RELATIONSHIP is Essential, to following the Messiah.

 


Day 7 of the Waiting Room & Day 47 of the Omer

 

Day 7 of the Waiting Room & Day 47 of the Omer

The Messiah picked His “Disciples by the Dozen”, and the Twelve became Apostles [minus Judas], after the Holy Spirit came upon them, as Yeshua prophesied! This happened on Shavuot [the Feast of Weeks], also known from the Greek as “Pentecost” [meaning 50 Days].

Imagine what the Disciples felt after their Messiah was seemingly dead, and what they probably thought was going to be their fatal ending too, as His followers. Let’s look at the “Surrounding Circle”, since Day 1 of the “WAITING ROOM” we examined the “Inner Circle” of Simon Peter [Shim’on Kefa], James [Ya’akov] and John [Yochanan], and  Days 2-4, the “Supporting Circle”, with Andrew [Simon Peter’s brother],  Philip [Friend of Bartholomew];  and Nathanael Bartholomew [Natan’El, Bar-Talemei]. We will continue to look at the third concentric circle around Yeshua, and yesterday on Day 6, we examined Judas [Yehudah] the Zealot, also surnamed Labbaeus [“heart-child”] or Thaddeus [“breast-child”] .

The Surrounding Circle:

7.   Matthew [Matityahu] or Levi [HaLevi – “The Levite”] – Tax Collector; Publican

8.   Judas [Yehudah] the Zealot – Labbaeus or Thaddeus

9.   Simon [Shim’on] the Cananite [Kanani “zealous one”] – Simeon the Zealot

Today let’s focus on Simon [sames as Simeon-from Hebrew, Shim`on meaning  “hearing’]:

Simon the Cananite  [Shim`on HaKanani] – Simon is the same name a on of the tribes of Israel, known as Simeon. In Hebrew both forms of the name come from the Hebrew name “Shim`on”, from the root Shem-Mem-Ayin, like in Shema שְׁמַע, found in Deut. 6:4, “Hear, O Israel…” While Matthew worked for the Roman government prior to his salvation, Simon Zelotes worked against Rome. In Matthew 10:4 he is called “the Cananite” from the Hebrew root kanah, meaning to be jealous or zealous; and in Luke 6:15, “Zelotes”, which is Greek or jealous or zealous. Both words, the first having a Hebrew root and the second a Greek, mean “one who is jealous or zealous for a cause.”

In Yeshua’s day, there was a political party known as “the Zealots.” These men were committed to the overthrow of the Roman government by means of force if necessary. Their fiery patriotism led them into terrorist activities – burning Roman property and killing Roman soldiers. In fact, the Zealots hatred of the Romans was so deep that they were known to kill themselves before they would let the Romans take their lives. It is believed that Simon, prior to following Yeshua, was a Zealot, hence the name, “Zelotes”. This Simon, then, would have been a man of zeal and passion, a man of idealism and devotion to a cause, a man who was willing to die for what he believed. Somehow (the details are not recorded for us) this man came to believe in Yeshua. The futility of overthrowing the Roman government was replaced with the meaningfulness of following Yeshua.

In the “upper room” living quarters, Simon “the Zealot” [Shim`on HaKanani] would have bee the extra eager one to go to the Temple daily, without fear, and face the nay-sayers, or those who would accuse them for foolishly following Yeshua, the “would-be Messiah”. His zeal would have caused him to be willing to fight for the cause of over throwing Roman Rule, and Temple guards, that had been influenced by a corrupt political or religious system. His experience with the Holy Spirit’s in filling power, would have tempered him to use self-control. Don’t forget “Meekness is not Weakness”, but “Self-Control is harnassed Strength. Let’s be zealous for HaShem, but also remember, what the prophet Zechariah [Zechar’yah – “Yah has remebered”], said “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts [Adonai Tz’vaot – “Lord of Armies”], and the prophet Isaiah [Yesha’yahu – “Salvation is from Yah”] said, that “the zeal of the LORD shall perform it [HaShem’s Plan]. Amen!

 

 

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 


Day 6 of the Waiting Room & Day 46 of the Omer

Day 6 of the Waiting Room & Day 46 of the Omer

The Messiah picked His “Disciples by the Dozen”, and the Twelve became Apostles [minus Judas], after the Holy Spirit came upon them, as Yeshua prophesied! This happened on Shavuot [the Feast of Weeks], also known from the Greek as “Pentecost” [meaning 50 Days].

Imagine what the Disciples felt after their Messiah was seemingly dead, and what they probably thought was going to be their fatal ending too, as His followers. Let’s look at the “Surrounding Circle”, since Day 1 of the “WAITING ROOM” we examined the “Inner Circle” of Simon Peter [Shim’on Kefa], James [Ya’akov] and John [Yochanan], and  Days 2-4, the “Supporting Circle”, with Andrew [Simon Peter’s brother],  Philip [Friend of Bartholomew];  and Nathanael Bartholomew [Natan’El, Bar-Talemei]. We will continue to look at the third concentric circle around Yeshua, since we started yesterday on Day 5, by examining Matthew [Matityahu – “Yah has Given”].

The Surrounding Circle:

7.   Matthew [Matityahu] or Levi [HaLevi – “The Levite”] – Tax Collector; Publican

8.   Judas [Yehudah] the Zealot – Labbaeus or Thaddeus

9.   Simon [Shim’on] the Cananite [Kanani “zealous one”] – Simeon the Zealot

Today let’s focus on Judas [Judah/Yehudah the Zealot], not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, the Betrayer:

Labbaeus  or Thaddeus are probably surnames  for Judas. This man has three names in the Bible. He is called Judas, the brother of James in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13. No one knows for sure just which James [Ya`akov] is being referred to here. The assumption is that he is James, the less [Ya`akov HaKatan]. This would mean that another brother from this same dedicated family was an apostle of Yeshua! In John 14:21, Judas is called “Judas, not Iscariot“. In Bible times, Judas (Jude/Judah/Yehudah) was one of the most common Jewish names. (There are at least six men mentioned in the New Testament with this name). Today, no Believer would name his child Judas because of the infamy of Judas Iscariot. Elsewhere in the New Testament, this same man is referred to as Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. These were probably nicknames. Thaddaeus means “breast-child” and usually was a nickname given to the baby of the family, one especially cherished by his mother. Likewise Lebbaeus means “heart-child” and has the same connotation.

Although, like James, the less, Judas is wrapped in obscurity, there is one incident in scripture where Judas asked a very important question, see John 14:21-24. On the night before the crucifixion, Yeshua, while teaching his disciples promised them that he would manifest himself to those who love him and keep his commandments, v. 21. It is an important statement – God manifests himself to a loving, obeying heart. The word “manifest” triggered Judas to respond to Yeshua’s comment with the question, “How will you manifest yourself to us and not unto the world?” (v. 22). Yeshua clarified His teaching by repeating the same principle again (vs. 23-24). Yeshua is saying that the kingdom of God is not immediately going to be an outward manifestation of Messiah’s rule but an inward one. Messiah will manifest himself to those who love and obey Him. Manifestation is limited to reception. It is like a radio station – Someone can send the signal out, but until you turn your radio on and tune in to the frequency, you cannot receive the program. Yeshua is saying, “The kingdom of God is not, at this time, going to happen outwardly. In the days to come, I can only manifest myself to those who receive Me, those who show that they love Me by their obedience.” It is a good thing indeed that Judas asked this question. His question helps us to understand that the unsaved man does “not receive the things of the Spirit of God which are spiritually discerned” (see I Corinthians 2:14). Judas’ question also reminds us of the importance of love and obedience.

In the “upper room”, this Judas [Judah/Yehudah] was probably waiting for Yeshua’s words to come to pass, and receive the “Manifestation” of  the Father and Messiah making their “abode” [home] in them, by the Promised Comforter, the Holy Spirit “abiding within them forever” [John 14:16, 26; 1 John 3:24 ]. He would have been very eager to get up and get dressed and travel to Temple, for an expectation of the manifestation of the Father’s Promise. At this point the disciples were unsure when it would happen. The Father used the Day of Shavuot, when He gave Israel the “Oral Law” first, and later the “Letter of the Law” of the Torah on the first two tablets [Matan Torah] , to also give us the “Spirit of the Law” [Matan HaRuach].

Judas, “Yehudah HaKatan”,  remind us of the importance of obscure people’s service to the Lord and of the blessing of seeing a family faithfully following Yeshua. He also reminds us to eagerly wait for the fulfillment of all the Messiah’s Mission and Mandate in our lives, as we allow the Father, and His Son to make their abode in us, by the Spirit HaShem has given us [1 John 3:24; 4:13]. May we continue in this example.