THE 7 ASSEMBLIES AND THE 7 FEASTS OF יהוה!

The Appointed Times of יהוה and His Message for His Bride

Shabbat Shalom all,

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:44 “Thus did Mosheh speak of the appointed times of יהוה to the children of Yisra’ĕl.

Mosheh made it clear to all Yisra’ĕl, the Appointed Times of יהוה, and the word translated as ‘speak’ is the verb דָּבַר  daḇar – Strong’s H1696 meaning, ‘to speak, command, counsel, declare, proclaimed, converse, warn, threaten, promise’. Mosheh made it very clear to Yisra’ĕl what the Appointed Times/Feasts of יהוה were, and how they were to be proclaimed as set-apart gatherings, as clearly commanded by Elohim! It was of vital importance that the nation listened very carefully to these instructions, so that they would guard to do all that has been commanded, in keeping the Appointments of יהוה that had been set forth for a called out Bride. Today is no different, as it is still of vital importance that we, as children of Yisra’ĕl, have ‘ears to hear’, in order to ‘guard to do’, the prescribed Appointed Times of יהוה. The obedience of keeping the Appointed Times of our Husband and Maker, help us to fully understand the work of our Messiah King, who has called forth His Bride, cleansed Her, clothed Her and instructed Her on how to keep Her garments pure and clean for the day when He comes again, to take up His Bride to dine with Him and live with Him forever! His Appointed Times are given to us to have set-apart gatherings, which teach us and remind us to be steadfast and overcome all that we face, as sojourners and foreigners, in a world that does not know its Maker! In a message tonight called, “THE 7 ASSEMBLIES AND THE 7 FEASTS OF יהוה!”, I would like for us to look a little closer at the clear messages given to the 7 Assemblies in Ḥazon/Revelation 2 & 3, and see the wonderful pictures of the fullness of the work of Messiah, and His call to His assembled people to be steadfast and overcome until the end, as we look collectively tonight at an overview of The Appointed Times of יהוה and His Message for His Bride. When I was going through these passages in Ḥazon/Revelation 2 & 3 I was driven to find some clearer insight into the collective message we see being given to the 7 assemblies, and the more that I began to break down each message given to each assembly, the more I began to see some very clear pictures of the Appointed Times of יהוה. In Ḥazon/Revelation 1 we are clearly told that the 7 lampstands are the 7 assemblies, and in Ḥazon/Revelation 2:1 we begin to see the clear words of יהושע Messiah, who walks in the midst of the lampstands, being given to the assemblies!

Mattithyahu/Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in their midst.

יהושע Messiah is the Light who gives light to His Assembled Ones, who need to hear what His Word says and guard to do what He commands, lest they find their light being put out!

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 17:13 “And let all the people hear and fear, and no longer do arrogantly.

Repeatedly through the Scriptures we are taught on the need to have ears that actually hear, so that we do not act arrogantly or presumptuously and find ourselves walking in error, and here in the 7 messages given to the 7 assemblies we see the call given to those who have an ear, to attentively hear what the Spirit is saying. We know that all have ears, yet the expression of ‘he who has an ear’, speaks of one who actually makes himself available to hear attentively as he guards the commands and gathers when he should, for then the secret of the wisdom of Elohim will be revealed to him through the Spirit of Elohim, and are then able to understand what Elohim has prepared for those who love Him! When we grow in our understanding of His Feasts through our complete obedience to walking in His commands, we are further able to discern the spiritual matters. I therefore submit to you that those who do not hear, guard and do the Word of Elohim and arrogantly neglect to hear, and reject the need to keep the Appointed Times of יהוה, do not have His Spirit and are unable to discern His Word! In the light of our understanding of His Feasts, which grows in our doing of them, we are further able to spiritually discern the clear messages given here in Ḥazon/Revelation to  the 7 assemblies! In Hebrew the word used for ‘7 (seven)’ is the primitive root word -  שֶׁבַע  sheḇa – Strong’s H7651 and from this word we get the denominative verb -  שָׁבַע  shaḇa – Strong’s H7650 which means, to swear, exchange oaths, take an oath, vow, and 7 can also represent for us fullness or completeness. Understanding this, helps us further understand our need to heed the complete message given to the complete assembly as pictured through the 7 lampstands. To do this we gain further discernment in understanding this complete message as we understand the complete work of Messiah as pictured through the 7 Appointed Times/Feasts of יהוה, and recognise our need to be faithful in keeping these Feasts!

Let us therefore now look at each assembly and link the words of each message to the corresponding Feast of יהוה. Please note that I am in no way causing this to be the only interpretation or understanding that one can glean from these messages given to the Assemblies, but rather I am merely opening up the wonderful shadow pictures we are able to find within them, giving us greater discernment into the Spiritual matters of Elohim.

In terms of the ‘7 Feasts of יהוה’, I just want to make it clear that I am referring to the Feasts as follows: Pěsaḥ – Matzot – Bikkurim – Shaḇu’ot – Yom Teruah – Yom Kippur – Sukkot!

Having said that I want to make it clear that our weekly Shabbat is also proclaimed as an Appointed Time of יהוה, and I am in no way diminishing its vital importance to the life of the body of Messiah, as we get to rehearse, each week our obedience to the entering into His rest! So when I speak of the 7 Feasts of יהוה, I am referring to the Appointed Times that are over and above the weekly Sabbath!

Here in Ḥazon/Revelation 2, in regards to the messages given to the first 3 assemblies, I find great shadow pictures that can be wonderfully linked to the first 3 Feasts of יהוה, being Pěsaḥ (Passover) – Matzot (Unleavened Bread) – Bikkurim (First Fruits). These 3 Feasts collectively take place within 8 days, in the 1st month of the year, starting with the Lamb that was slaughtered on the 14th of the 1st month, and the eating of the Lamb on the evening of the 15th followed by 7 days of Unleavened Bread, where no leaven is to be found in our homes, and on the morrow after the Sabbath during this week of Matzot, we have Bikkurim, which is First Fruits, when we celebrate the risen Messiah who offered up a first fruit wave offering of souls to the Father, guaranteeing for us the promise of the first resurrection that will take place when He comes again!

Let us look at the first 3 assemblies and see the clear Feast language within each:

 

1 – EPHESOS – PĚSAḤ

Sha’ul brought the Besorah to Ephesos and stayed there for 3 years, and later sent Timotiyos to oversee the assembly here. Yoḥanan, in his later years, moved to Ephesos – and this once very vibrant assembly had lost its first love! This letter was written at least 35 years after Sha’ul had established this assembly, which teaches us how quickly true fervent and zealous love can grow cold. The clear rebuke given to this assembly was the fact that they had grown cold and were commended to remember from where they had fallen, repent and repeat their first works! How do I see pictures of Pěsaḥ in this message? Well, as I mentioned earlier we are clearly told who is speaking this message – it is יהושע Messiah, who is calling people back to obedience. What/who is our first love?

Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.

How did He first love us?

Yoḥanan/John 3:16 “For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.

In Yoḥanan/John 15 Messiah clearly tells us that we did not choose Him, but He chose us and appointed us to bear fruit! The only way we can bear the true fruit of righteousness is to be grafted into the true root of righteousness, by the Blood of the Lamb; by the Blood of our Righteous Redeemer and King, יהושע Messiah. One thing Ephesos had going for them at this stage, was that they hated the works of the Nikolaites. The word Νικολαΐτης Nikolaitēs – Strong’s G3531 means, destruction of the people, who were a sect of people that were charged with adhering to the teaching of Bilʽam and causing the people of Elohim to stumble! It is one thing to hate falsehood, yet love for the Truth must not grow cold or lost, and herein lies the wonderful picture of Pěsaḥ that causes us to enter into the Covenants of Promise by the blood of Messiah. In verse 7 יהושע says that he who hears what is being said here and overcomes, He will give to eat from the tree of life! It was the tree of life that Aḏam and Ḥawwah were cut off from, when they sinned and were cast out of the garden – and for good reason, for if they ate of the tree of life in their sinful state they would have remained in their sin forever! By the Pěsaḥ of יהוה, who laid down His life for His sheep, we have access to the Tree of life and we are told in Mishlĕ/Proverbs 11:30 that the fruit of righteousness is a tree of life, and the one winning lives is wise! We are able to bear the fruit of righteousness, now that we have been grafted into Messiah, by His own Blood! Pěsaḥ is vitally important for us to understand, for Messiah makes it clear in:

Yoḥanan/John 6:53 “יהושע therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Aḏam and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves.

Many found this a hard teaching to grasp, as they did not spiritually discern these words. This was a clear reference to our partaking of the Pěsaḥ meal, which is only for those who have been immersed in His Name. This is the Table of the Master that we partake in, and Sha’ul tells us that we cannot partake in the Table of the Master and the table of demons – you cannot mix worship! Pěsaḥ sets us apart and marks us as being deferent from the world! In fact we are told twice in Shemoth/exodus 13:9 & 16 that the guarding of both Pěsaḥ and Matzot are collectively given to us as a mark and sign on our hands and foreheads!

Ἔφεσος Ephesos – Strong’s G2181 which name is of an uncertain origin is believed to have the meaning , permitted, permissible. I find this interesting, as we find in Ma’asei/Acts 8 the account of the eunuch from Kush (Ethiopia) who was met by Philip, who opened up the eunuch’s eyes to understand the revelation of Messiah in the writings of Yeshayahu, and then he asked to be immersed and Philip said that if he believed with all his heart then it would be permitted! Faith with the loving works of obedience causes us to be a people who are able to be grafted in by the Blood of Messiah, through our immersion into Him, and are then able to be a part of His Body as we eat at His Table, and guard the Feast of Pěsaḥ, being equipped and enabled by the Tree of Life to bear righteous fruit!

 

2 – SMURNA – BIKKURIM

I have selected to highlight Bikkurim/First Fruits here with the second assembly as we realise that this Feast takes place during Matzot! In many ways we can integrate the messages to the 2nd and 3rd assemblies to reflect both Matzot and Bikkurim!

Here is why I have chosen to highlight Bikkurim through the message to Smurna:

Bikkurim pictures for us a couple of great assurances we have through the life, death and resurrection of Messiah. Bikkurim takes place on the morrow after the Sabbath during Matzot, which will always be on the 1st day of the week. It was on this day that the High Priest was to wave a sheaf of barley as a wave offering of the first fruits of the harvest to come. The waving of the first fruits gives assurance of a promised harvest, that relies totally upon the provision of Elohim.

In a nutshell it represents the ‘first’ that secures the ‘last’! It was on this day that יהושע Messiah took up the first fruit offering of souls that had been risen from the dead, as the ‘first fruit’ offering of the ‘first resurrection’ to come! יהושע Messiah is Himself the Firstborn from among the dead and after having been 3 days and 3 nights in the grave, He rose at the end of Shabbat, and those who were in the tombs that were opened at His death, came out 3 days and 3 nights later, after יהושע Messiah rose from the dead, and they appeared to many people that night! The next morning they were taken up to the Father by יהושע Messiah, our High Priest, giving us full assurance of the 1st resurrection of the righteous to take place at His return! Here in this message to Smurna we see Messiah, who is speaking, making it very clear that He is the First and Last, the one who became dead and came to life! He then encourages this assembly to be strong and courageous, and not be afraid the hardships they would suffer for 10 days, which as we have previously discussed can also picture for us the days between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur. That is why the collective message to all assemblies overlaps in the message given to a Bride, who obediently keeps all the Feasts of יהוה. There is a clear call to hold fast and not lose heart, for in the end there is the promise of the crown of life. Ya’aqob tells us that blessed is the man who endures for he will receive the crown of life (Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:12). In Qorintiyim Aleph/ 1 Corinthians 9 Sha’ul teaches us that we who run according to the rules of the Good News shall receive and incorruptible crown. Why I am mentioning this in terms of Bikkurim is that it is on this day when we are commanded to ‘count to 50’ – we are to count 50 days until Shaḇu’ot. This has become known as ‘counting the omer’, and the clear command to count teaches us that we who are rid of the leaven of the world, through the Blood of Messiah, are to be permeated with the Good leaven of the Kingdom, in order that we can be presented before Elohim as a pleasing wave offering, represented by the two loaves Bread waved at Shaḇu’ot 50 days after the waving of the sheaf of barley at Bikkurim! It is here with Smurna that the endurance call is given, so that he who overcomes shall by no means be harmed by the second death, which is reserved for those who are not part of the first resurrection!

Σμύρνα Smurna – Strong’s G4667 means, myrrh. Myrrh was one of the ingredients used in the Anointing oil, and was one of the gifts brought by the Magi, and was also used as part of the mixture brought by Naḵdimon to put on the body of Messiah when they buried Him. From this we are able to understand how we are to guard against the leaven of the world and be a continual fragrant offering as present ourselves as a daily living offering, that is pleasing to יהוה, as we daily count the cost of walking in the pure Truth of His Word!

 

3 – PERGAMOS – MATZOT

To Pergamos Messiah identifies Himself as the One who has the sharp two-edged sword, and clearly gives a warning to those who are falling for falsehood and traditional lies, and He encouraged those who held fast to His Name amidst a wicked people! Pergamos was the location where the first temple that was dedicated to Caesar was built, and there was also a temple dedicated to Asclepius, who was seen as the mighty one of healing, and it was believed by the masses that sick people could come to his temple and rest, and so be healed while they sleep and dream of themselves being healed by the intervention of Asclepius, and wake up the next morning in good health. The lame would walk, blind would see, and many people experienced miraculous healing, and in gratitude donated gold or silver images of the limbs that were healed or simply brought offerings to the temple. The insignia or symbol of Asclepius was the snake entwined on the staff, a symbol still used as a medical symbol today! This cultic belief system of so called ‘healing schools’ in the pagan temple, combined with the wickedness of the Nikolaites was a powerful venue for the delusion of Satan that could cause so many to be blinded by the deceit of wickedness. This also represents much of what we see happening in the world today, and though we are in the world, we are not of the world, and our need to present ourselves as one who can rightly divide the Truth is critical – and we can only does this by the sharp two-edged sword of Messiah, without the blended leaven of traditions and dogmas of man! This is why we see this giving us insight into what Matzot teaches us – to be rid of the leaven of the world!!! The promise given to those who overcome is that they shall have of the hidden manna – which is a clear picture of Unleavened Bread, and the renewal that comes with being set-apart is that we are given a white stone with a new name written on it! Matzot, as I mentioned earlier, gives us the mark on our hands and foreheads, speaking of us being renewed living stones that are marked by our complete obedience to our King, by following His Torah and overcoming the wicked leaven of sin and lawlessness! Those who do not heed the call here to repent, will find the Sword of His mouth very painful and destructive indeed, but we who guard His commands, getting rid of all leaven shall eat and be satisfied, and we shall know Him as He knows us!

Πέργαμος Pergamos – Strong’s G4010 means, height, elevation and comes from the root word meaning, tower. Herein lies the clear choice – to be living stones of the Most High, being built up in Him, or follow the crowd and in pride build our own tower of destruction!

 

4 – THYATIRA – SHAḆU’OT

Shaḇu’ot is the Feast of Weeks, which takes place 7 weeks and 1 day (50 days) from Bikkurim. It is on Shaḇu’ot that we celebrate the renewal of the Covenant, and wave the wave offering of the two loaves of Bread before Elohim.

This symbolises both the pictures of the two Houses of Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah becoming One, as well as the confirmation of the Witness of the Ten Words that all the nation heard Elohim speaks and were written on two tablets of stone, reminding them continually that they had entered into a Covenant relationship With Elohim. It was on Shaḇu’ot that Yisra’ĕl received this Covenant and after having broken this Covenant, it was once again on Shaḇu’ot that the Covenant was renewed and written on the hearts of believers, as the Spirit of Elohim came upon the gathered believers, as of tongues of fire! Here in the message to Thyatira, Messiah is identified as being the one whose eyes are like flames of fire. The picture of fire and Shaḇu’ot go hand in hand, as it was on this day at Mount Sinai where יהוה descended upon it in fire! With the feet of Messiah as burnished brass, we are also able to recognise that He was stating that He is the Elohim who came down to earth in fire! The rebuke to those in Thyatira was very clear – they were allowing themselves to be led astray by Izeḇel, who called herself a prophetess, yet nowhere in Scripture is she actually referred to as one. She was a self-proclaimed prophetess, and wicked wife of a wicked king Aḥaḇ. Today the world is full of this wicked Izeḇel spirit, who causes many to commit whoring and eat food offered to idols. Christianity is a poisoned product of the Izeḇel Spirit, for which the warning is very clear to those who do not repent and come out from – they will suffer with Izeḇel on the same bed of affliction! Shaḇu’ot symbolises for us the true body that has separated itself from the world’s corrupt practices and lives as a true set-apart priesthood! The command given here is simply this – stop being tolerant of evil, stop keeping company with evil and hold on in set-apartness! Hold on until יהושע comes again! This command to hold on until He comes gives us the picture of being steadfast between Shaḇu’ot and Yom Kippur – 4 months between Shaḇu’ot in the 3rd month and the Feasts in the 7th month! Hold on to the Covenant that has now been written on your heart!

The one who holds on and overcomes and guards the works of Elohim until the end – that is the one who is a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, until the end, shall be given authority to rule the nations!!! What authority is this? The authority of the rule of the Kingdom of Messiah!! His Kingdom has Kingdom rules, which we will officiate over the nations. His Kingdom rule is clearly outlined through His Torah. It is this Kingdom rule that we guard and do, right here and now, holding fast to the pure obedience of His word until He comes, that we will get to exercise over the nations in His Reign!

We have His Word in our heart, as pictured through Shaḇu’ot, and are to guard to do what is written in His Word, until Messiah, The Bright Morning Star comes:

Kěpha Bet/2 Peter 1:19 “And we have the prophetic word made more certain, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts

Θυάτειρα Thuateira – Strong’s G2363 means, odour of affliction, and this city had a temple dedicated to Apollo, the Greek sun-deity of music and arts, and herein lies a great lesson for us to hold fast to the truth amidst a wicked world that is mesmerised by influence of worldly music and the arts or media! As we hold fast and live set-apart lives in Messiah, we will be persecuted and our lives are to be a pleasing aroma to Elohim, through our obedience as the odour of our affliction goes up before Him with gladness of heart, as we guard His commands!

 

5 – SARDIS – YOM TERUAH

To Sardis Messiah identifies Himself as the one who has the 7 Spirits of Elohim and the seven stars. When we recognise that He tells us in Ḥazon/Revelation 1 that the 7 stars are the 7 messengers to the assemblies, we also see how it is Messiah who is the Complete Word that He sends out by His Spirit, and it is at Yom Teruah that we begin to hear the Awakening Blast of the last seven Trumpets, that would be blown over the 10 days and ending on Yom Kippur. In the call to Sardis, they are clearly told to wake up, watch and repent! If they did not wake up then יהושע would come upon them like a thief. Herein lies the clear picture of Yom Teruah – a wakeup call. In the Parable of the virgins all 10 were found sleeping, and only 5 had oil in their lamps! At Yom Teruah when the Awakening call goes out, we had better have oil in our lamps, and not be found to be without His Spirit, because we did not guard His Appointed Times and His Word! Yom Teruah teaches us to be awake and watchful for it is the only feast that takes place at the beginning of a month, which requires our ability to watch for the renewed moon! If we do not get Yom Teruah right, we will not know the proper time for Yom Kippur, which will cause יהושע to come as a thief, yet when we guard His Appointed Times and are awake and watchful, then we will understand His Appointed Times and be ready for His return! The warning to Sardis is clear – repent of dead works and wake up! So many today and working lawlessness and think that they are alive, yet they are dead in their sin!

Here in this message the promise is given to the one who overcomes, as being one who is dressed in white robes, and whose names will not be blotted out from the Book of Life. This verse shows us that names can be blotted out – and when we understand the words of Messiah who rebukes those who think  they have done good works in His Name, yet have not guarded His Word and kept His Appointed Times, we are reminded to be sober and awake and walking in the garments of righteousness that He has given us – which is to guard His commands! In the parable of the wedding banquet, the messengers were sent out to call those who were invited, yet so many had excuses as to why they did not want to come, and eventually the message went out to fetch anyone who would come. When the master arrived and found one who was not correctly dressed, he threw him out! Yom Teruah is the wake up call to ensure that you are appropriately dressed and walking in the Spirit! The promise of confessing the names of the faithful before the Father also reminds us to not be ignorant of keeping His Appointed Times! Those who are asleep to the Truth and not guarding His Appointed Times, are simply denying יהושע and His work of redemption, and He makes it clear in Mattithyahu/Matthew 10 that whoever denies Him before men, He shall deny before the Father who is in the Heavens. What He is clearly saying is that when people deny Him here before men by not keeping His correct Feasts, then they will be denied entrance into the Kingdom reign!

The remnant few shall walk with Messiah as they have not defiled their garments, and herein lies the call of Yom Teruah to be armed in the Torah and stand firm, as the seven Trumpets are begun to be blown until Yom Kippur!

Σάρδεις Sardeis – Strong’s G4554 means, red ones, which I find an interesting picture that represents both those who are awake and those who are not! Red ones can represent those who walk according to the flesh, and mind not the matters above, speaking of those who have no oil and have no garments of righteousness; while on the other hand, red ones can symbolise those who have been washed in the Blood of Messiah and are dressed in white! Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1 speaks of the call to repent and be washed so that though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow! Messiah’s Blood is the only thing that can wash us and make us white! Herein lies the clear call to wake up and live or remain asleep in lawlessness and die!

 

6 – PHILADELPHIA – YOM KIPPUR

Φιλαδέλφεια Philadelpheia – Strong’s G5359 means, brotherly love, and I find this very fitting for the Feast of Yom Kippur, which clearly pictures for us the complete love of יהושע Messiah, who sticks closer than a brother! Messiah identifies Himself as the One who is set-apart and true, and the One who holds the keys of Dawiḏ, and whatever He opens no one shuts, and whatever He shuts no one opens! While the call is given to wake up at Yom Teruah, the entrance to the reign is finally determined here at Yom Kippur – this is a separation of the sheep from the goats! Here Messiah makes it clear that the door of redemption He has made open, through His one-time sacrifice for the Atonement of our sins, and those who have guarded His word and have not denied His Name through disobedience, will be able to ‘walk through the open door’ and see their deliverance made complete! Those who have not guarded His commands, and claim that they have loved Messiah, yet have simply followed the corrupt teachings of Satan as taught through vain traditions and dogmas of man, shall be delivered up for destruction and the pride of many shall be brought low! The promise of protection from the hour of trial is given to those who have guarded His Word and endured, and these shall be made supporting posts in His Dwelling Place – that is a promise of permanence!!!

We are the Dwelling Place of the Most High, and if we guard His word till the end, we have the assurance of being fixed in place forever! The Name of Elohim and the renewed Yerushalayim shall be written on those permanently fixed in Him, and whose deliverance has been made complete! In Ḥazon/Revelation 21 we are clearly told that the renewed Yerushalayim which comes down from Heaven is the Lamb’s wife!!!

His Name is put on us!!! At Yom Kippur we shall see the separation of those who have the Name of Elohim written on them, and identified as the true Bride versus those who are not, for they shall be shown to not have their names written in the Book of Life, but have rather worshipped the dragon!

Ḥazon/Revelation 13:8 “And all those dwelling on the earth, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the slain Lamb, from the foundation of the world shall worship him.

The encouragement given to those at Philadelphia is clear – their love – that is their endurance in obedience – will cause them to be firmly established and rooted in love of Messiah; for we who do the desire of Elohim are His brother, mother and sister:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 3:35 “For whoever does the desire of Elohim is My brother and My sister and mother.

 

7 – LAODIKEIA – SUKKOT

Here in the final message to the 7th listed assembly, we can see a clear picture of who will get to dine with Elohim!

Only the true and faithful will enter into the Wedding Feast!

This message to this assembly speaks of the danger of being lukewarm, and is a clear warning to those who assume to be living right, while they have no regard for the observance of the Appointed Times of Elohim, nor do they see the urgency of mediating on the Torah day and night and guarding all that is commanded therein! The lukewarm will be vomited out! Most of the Christian world think that they have it all together and think that they are on fire for Elohim, yet they do not know Him, because they do not guard His commands! The appeal given here is to get white robes – that represents righteousness, which is to guard the commands! Without going into the history or details of Laodikeia, I simply want to highlight the promise given to those who have ears to hear! Messiah makes it clear that He reproves and disciplines those He loves, and because of this He calls for true repentance. Many today refuse to hear the reproof and discipline of Scripture and are unable to recognise the True voice of the True Saviour and Messiah! He stands and knocks – those who know His voice open up – and here we see the picture of Sukkot – He comes in and dines with them!!! This is a picture of the final wedding banquet, that He comes to have with His own!

To him who overcomes, He will give to sit with Him on His Throne!!! This pictures the completion of His redemptive work in drawing back man to Himself and letting His Bride rule and reign with Him forever!

There is certainly much more I could discuss on each of these assemblies, as well as the Feast of יהוה, yet for the purposes of time I simply wanted to relate to you the clear message that is given to the Bride of Messiah, and how His Feasts help us in taking heed to have open ears to hear, guard and do His commands with joy as we hold fast in enduring till the end! I hope that by seeing the relevance of these clear messages in Ḥazon/Revelation given to the 7 assemblies, will cause you to be zealous for the word of Elohim as you hold fast to the Covenants of Promise you have been grafted in to, and look forward to always keeping His Appointed Times with great joy and excitement, including the weekly Sabbath, as we have ears to continually hear the Message His Spirit is saying to His Bride!

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!