Yoel ben Shlomo – Light of the Prophets – Shavuot & Joshua 11

Yoel shares about himself personally and how Shavuot caused him to reconsider aspects of practice regarding his faith. We also discuss Joshua 11 – Why did God command to hamstring the horses? What is the archaeological significance of a “tel”? Were the Anakim giants? How are we to understand the term “inheritance”? All this and more in this week’s Light of the Prophets!

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  1. Darren Chan says

    Another great teaching from Yoel, interesting story about his experience as a Rabbinic Jew and friendship with Rico Cortez.

    Because of my past tradition I alienated many people losing out on valuable relationships with others foolishly believing that I understood the Scriptures with the NT writings.

    The interaction of Yoel and Nehemia sharing their knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures with Jono and keith provides a very encouraging light of hope for us all. In the not too distant past the thought of a Rabbinic and Karaite Jew, and Christian discussing Torah together like this was unthinkable.

    The cool thing is that they and along with us are all benefiting through this relationship they have together.

    BTW how would I listen to Truth2U without electricity? And how can the Amish people benefit from these great programs, would you send them hand written transcripts on paper Jono? 🙂

  2. Ken Alder says

    As a Lunar Sabbath keeper I’d like to give a GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to Yoel and Jono and THANK YOU for the KINDNESS you directed toward us. My heart was moved by your words.

    I’d also like to speak directly to Yoel, I can’t begin to tell you how much I admire a man who can look himself in the mirror and admit he is wrong! I’ve had to do that so many times. Further more the discussion on calendrical issues was extraordinarily refreshing. I had to hold back the tears as I was mindful the words I was hearing were those of a Jewish voice. To me that was a very special moment. Most Christians and Messianics are oblivious to the fact that nearly every year there are irreconcilable calendar issues that just get swept under the rug.

    I’m not sure what the percentage of Lunar Sabbath keepers that keep Shavuot via a count that begins with 7 Sabbaths ‘complete’ AND THEN count 50 days would be but I would imagine the numbers are growing. As I’ve stated previously in the comment section we’re a very diverse group. For most Lunar Sabbath keepers the issue of what Sabbath is being referred to in Leviticus 23:15 is not an issue at all as the 15th day of the month is ALWAYS a weekly Sabbath. Therefore the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is also the weekly Sabbath, they’re one and the same. This is why in John 19:31 it says, “for that Sabbath was a High Sabbath’. So to us the count toward Shavuot begins on the 16th without a doubt. From that day we count 7 Sabbaths complete which includes 2 or 3 days of Rosh Chodesh making the count either 51 or 52 days AND THEN we count 50 days to arrive at a date for Shavuot falling on either the 28th or 29th of the 4th month. It is no coincidence that that date falls exactly on the same day Moses comes down the mountain with the 10 Commandments to find that Aaron has also proclaimed a Chag and is celebrating it ‘playfully’! Without a doubt Aaron had the day for the Chag of Shavuot correct but the golden calf god thing and the method of celebration missed by a mile!

    I’d like to ask again, ‘Is there ripe SPRING WHEAT in Israel today May 28th?’ The reason I ask of course is that Shavuot was a day when the first fruits of the SPRING WHEAT crop was offered to YHWH. SPRING WHEAT requires 110 to 120 days to ripen from the day it is planted, which of course takes you to late in the 4th month. Yeshua said in John 4:35, “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and the harvest comes’?” Yeshua said that shortly after the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the 1st month! I’d also like to remind everyone that in Acts chapter 2 we have the story of the Ruach haKodesh falling on the gathered disciples of Yeshua on Shavuot resulting in their speaking in tongues. Outside there were people listening to this and scoffing saying, ‘These men are drunk with NEW WINE.’ For the scoffer’s statement to have any credibility there had to be NEW WINE available. Of course the grape harvest doesn’t begin until the 4th month.

    If as I’ve stated above Shavuot falls in the 4th month in the summer rather than the 3rd month in the spring then we have the moedim of YHWH falling in the pattern of the Menorah. We have 3 spring feasts in the 1st month, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. Then we have Shavuot in the 4th month in the summer. Finally we have 3 fall feasts in the 7th month, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Feast of Tabernacles. Here’s the pattern; 3 1 3 or III I III Just another reason to believe Shavuot is a summer feast and falls at the end of the 4th month.

    Again, many thanks Yoel and Jono for the kindness. May Yah bless you both richly.

  3. Guy says

    Genesis 6:4
    King James Version (KJV)

    4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

    Deuteronomy 3:11
    King James Bible

    For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

    If we focus only on half of the bible than we are only getting half of the story, The 66 books complete the information YHVH has given us for our salvation.

    Since YHVH cannot make a mistake than it is obvious that the Bible from Geneses through to Revelations is what YHVH intends for us to fallow.

    I enjoy the two perspective that the people of the book have both Jewish and Christians but when it is all said and done it is one complete lesson that so many have failed to except.

    Therefore there is division and misunderstanding what YHVH is saying to us.

    Get Rico Cortez on the program and listen to him he can explain what I cannot do very well but I do know and understand what the bible is saying to us I am just not a good speaker. like some of you that I admire.

    But I can hear very well what YHVH’s message is” and it has a lot to do with repenting” King David is a very good example”

    The entire Bible is referring to the Messiah but many cannot comprehend this message” YHVH has a time and a place for everything and for everyone” He is in complete and in total control”

    36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    It is as clear as day”

    If it does not compute than YHVH has His reasons.


  4. Guy says

    I will like to see the Levite get to visit His Father”

    If there is a will there is always a way”

    I am praying for you Yoel”

    I prayed three months for Gilad Shalit I know he was in prison
    for close to five years prior to praying but I did not know his story until close
    to his release and this was three months of praying everyday who knows?
    YHVH wanted just one more sincere heart to pray for his freedom?
    However it works this was just fine with me now
    I continue to pray for him and his family everyday and to YHVH for letting me see this miracle if it doesn’t seem like such a big miracle to you? Ask Gilad what he thinks about it?
    YHVH is in total control”
    He wants our Faith” Over and over in the Bible the Old and the New book it tells us this”
    But how can anyone understand a complete story if they are only interested in half of a book?
    This is so amazing to me”

    I love hearing the Hebrew translations and I know that the bible we have are
    not as accurate as the Hebrew but the complete body of YHVH Word is
    Anyone can be saved if we are willing to tear down the walls
    that is keeping the Words separate they are all His
    and everyone who believes in Him is His child.
    The Jews are His first chosen
    The Christens are the
    grafted branch.

    In the Kingdom they will all be as one.


  5. Krisi says

    I could be wrong but I think I might know why they were suppose to hamstring the horses. Just as it was commanded in deuteronomny for them to not breed the horses I think that Yehovah did NOT want them depending upon the strength of the horses but upon HIM..by hamstringing the horses it would make them slower and not as mighty therefore hindering them in battle.

  6. t says

    amaen, Ken Alder
    yes, i too endeavor to count this way and especially with help and insight from members of the body-of-y’shua~!

  7. student of torah says

    I, too, am a lunar sabbath keeper, and I, too, count 7 sabbaths plus 50 days to count to Shabuot. worldslastchance.com
    thecreatorscalendar.com are 2 great sites regarding the calendar. You have to check out both, as they compliment one another, both have errors, but both have more truth than what is available in the Hebraic Roots main stream. If you put them together, hearing all things, and holding onto what is good and throwing out the chaff, you get a good calendar, one that adds up to 360 days like a 360 degree complete, perfect, circle or cycle. Check it out- 1 Chronicles says King David set up an order of 24 priests. They each served 24 weeks, twice a year, serving 2 weeks a year, from sabbath to sabbath. 24 plus 24 is 48! 48 lunar weeks in a year (4 lunar weeks a month and 12 months of 30 days according to Gen, Dan, and Rev, and you get 336 days in a year. Add the 24 New moon days, which land outside of the week, you come to 360 days in a year!

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