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Yomim Teruah: Days of Awe

Greetings to Greater Yisrael of the Spirit from Roots & Branches Virtual Yahad (NeVY.us).  We were really blessed to hear from those of you who have let us know you value this newsletter.  That means a lot.  We haven’t yet heard a ‘discouraging word.’

A Major Festival This Weekend

One of the eight major feasts arrives the 1st day of next week (Sun[god]day). We will gather at 7:30 PM at the beginning of the Seventh day this week (Erev Shabat, September 19) to enjoy the Convocation of Trumpets a little bit early.  No kipas or other gear is necessary except your shofar or trumpet.  If you haven’t any, we will issue you a temporary shofar when you arrive.

The Yahad will happen at Tabernacles Ministries in the River Room.  For directions, try this link or reply to this mail.  There will be no Sabbath Roundtable this week (Saturday) because several in the group will be attending “A Rood Awakening” (Michael Rood’s ministry) Festival of Trumpets in Boca Raton FL on the first day.  Try this link for info about this event or the Rood ministry.

Home or Small Group Feast

Waikra (Leviticus) 23:24.  Yahweh says, “Say to the people of Israel, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.”

Feasts kept by all of Greater Israel (ie all who keep faith in Yahweh and express the Testimony of Yahshua).  They are to be kept throughout all our generations.  They are not optional for Israel, Spiritual Israel or Secular Israel.

And why shouldn’t enjoy Yahweh’s festivals – he gave them in love for us to experience a chip of time out of the old block to commune with him, learn from him, and rest in him?  These are wonderful, meaningful times – and biblical holidays – unlike the secular and quasi-religious holidays that bring no rest, but instead, stress, seasonal depression, idolatry, and the casting of money to swine.

Yahweh’s Feasts are not difficult to keep in authentic ways.  The difficulty comes in changing over from the calendar of the world and its holidays to the Almighty’s.  Once that is accomplished, the stress is off, and one wonders why he/she waited so long to turn back to the good.

Easy Guides

I have composed easy guides for people moving to the feast days.  Many among our family and friends have made the switch in the last several years, and most have used some facets of our guides.  One may start keeping the feasts alone – and the Feast of Trumpets a good place to jump in, because little is required – the minimum requirements are to take a day of rest, blow the horn, and read the scriptures. At the following links you may find my resources for a home service you can do by yourself or with your family.  It includes downloaded music, readings, and authentic acts of worship.

Streaming Feast Music from EloHymns.com:

Shattered Pot

Yom Teruah is the Day of Awe

Horn of a Unicorn

Some of my home resources are here, at Bible-News.com:

Blow Ye the Trumpet Blow!  For Yom Teruah.

Yom Teruah is the Day of Awe; the Feast of Trumpets and the Court of Law

Hearken To The Thunder Of His Voice: Hurricanes and Natural Disasters

Feast of Trumpets

For those who have given up secular / Christian holidays, or for those who have added Yahweh’s Festivals (not to be confused with Jewish Holidays), the Feast of Trumpets is anticipated as one of the most probable days for Messiah to descend.

Consider what you know about Trumpets from your Scripture studies.  When the trumpet sounds, awesome happening follow.  This is why the Feast is called Yom Teruah, the Day of Awe. Leviticus 23 tells us in short exactly when Trumpets is to be (the 7th new moon of the year),  and a little about what it means.  We find out a lot more about trumpets in Joshua and Judges – trumpets sound to rally the army in anticipation of an attack or retreat.  The walls of Jericho fall down. The prophets predict trumpet blasts in connection with judgment.  Paul speaks of the “sound of the great trumpet,” and John of the prophetic and sinister “seven trumpets.”

Ivan the Terrible

Personal testimony: At the beginning of Yom Teruah in 2004, seven of us were ‘hunkered down’ for the storm of the century, Hurricane Ivan.  We were in the eye of that awesome hurricane.  There was some question whether the front window of the house would stand the storm.  As that was being repaired, I looked at the mezuzah on the doorpost and asked protection.  At two A.M., the roof began to lift off in then midst of a terrifying groan.  The winds were fierce, trees were falling everywhere – we knew the were not because we could see them – but hear them crashing down.  I fell asleep in the very midst of the worst hurricane in a generation.

When I awoke, all was calm.  I went back to the front porch to survey the damage.  I noticed the mezuzah on the doorpost . . . then looked out and around the neighborhood.  Yom Teruah had arrived with Ivan the Terrible.

Everything in the perimeter was destroyed; houses, trees, cars.  Everything was affected!

Everything except the parsonage in which we were all huddled.  It hadn’t been touched.

I spied a different world.  (The rest of this story is here.)

In the Scripture,

Jackson Snyder


September 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Enigma: The Teacher of Righteousness

Shalom Chaverim (friends).  We hope all is well in Messiah with you and yours.

Get Your Mezuzah Blessed Off

Roots and Branches Group will meet this Erev Shabbat (Friday night) for our informal Nazorean worship service and scripture training.  On Sabbath (Saturay) 2:00 PM we will gather at Vista Gardens for the Blessing of Mezuzahs and Mikvot (immersion in water in the name of Yahshua Messiah).  For directions to Headquarters at Tabernacles Ministries in Vero Beach, check the website at this link.  If you need to bless the Almighty for the safety of your home and your Mezuzah, reply to this mail and we’ll get you directions.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Library

The last few days I have been reading from the library known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  There is still much mystery about the Scrolls themselves as well as the people of the Scrolls, whoever they were.  What we do know about them is that they were contemporaneous with both the Maccabees and with the Nazorean Assembly (so-called Jewish Christians).  My brother (Pete) and I have been studying these texts for many years; both of us ‘majored’ in them during our courses of study in higher education.  There is much these texts can teach us about our religious roots.

The Teacher of Righteousness, or Righteous Teacher

In this note, I want to show you some of the writings of the sect’s guiding light, known to us not by a name, but by a title – the Teacher of Righteousness (Moreh haZadik).  Only a very few scholars identify the Teacher with Yahshua our Messiah, though a very strong current in scholarship today identifies (and claims to have proved) that the Teacher is Yaakov haTzadik (James the Just), the brother of Yahshua Messiah and author of the New Testament book Epistle of James.

Who Is this Teacher?

I am sure you are a Bible reader, and probably know well many of the characters of the New Testament; so I have selected a few excerpts for you from the Dead Sea Scrolls book of Thanksgiving Psalms, written by the Teacher himself.  Read through them – they will all seem familiar – and check out the comments – maybe you can place the identity of the Teacher.  Remember as you go through, these are just a few lines of a huge assortment of texts.  Maybe you’ll catch the bug as we have.

From the Thanksgiving Psalms (Quotations based on Wise, Abegg, Cook, 1996)

(1) They did not respect me, even when You displayed your might through me.  Instead, they drove me out of my land as a bird from the nest. All my friends and acquaintances have been driven away from me; they consider me as a shattered pot.

We wonder exactly how the mighty of the Mighty One was displayed!  It seems like those whose hands are full of false miracles receive the respect, when the true prodigy is covered by a bushel.  I did a short musical production on this verse in 2007.  I think it’s pretty good.  You can listen to “Shattered Pot” in streaming audio at this link.

(2) You have appointed me as an object of shame and derision to the faithless, but a foundation of truth and understanding for the righteous.

(3) You have appointed me as a banner for the chosen of righteousness, and an informed mediator of wonderful mysteries, so as to test those of truth and lovers of correction.

The first sentence puts us in mind of Isaiah 53, the suffering servant, though this statement is in the first person, in the voice of a man of suffering and acquainted with grief.  The second statement is a surprise; indeed, these uplifting words are in the opposite mood of the first, an echo of Paul’s wisdom to Timothy, there being one eloha, and one mediator between elohim and humankind, the man, Yahshua Messiah, who gave his life a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5).

(4) I am as distressed as a woman about to bring forth her firstborn. Yea, children come to life through the breakers of death. She delivers a male child: through the pains of Sheol bursts forth a wonderful counselor, mighty el.

(5) You have appointed me as a father to the children of mercy and as a guardian to men of portent.

Here is the theme of Luke’s nativity, the male child carried over from wretched pains and the menace of sudden death to become known as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty El, Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6) over the children of Yahweh’s compassion (Psalms 25:6) as well as the band of prophetic disciples (ie, “men of portent”).

(6) From Sheol and Abaddon you have raised me up to an eternal height, so that I might walk about on a limitless plain, and know there is hope whom you created from the dust of the eternal counsel.

The man of portent Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter) preached that Elohim raised Him up, putting an end to the agony of death (Acts 2:24).  It was told by the Apostle Peter that the Messiah had descended into Tartarus (Sheol and Abaddon) to proclaim his victory and the hope that came out if it.

(7) You assigned my dwelling with many fishermen, they who spread their net in the surface of the water, and hunt for the children of injustice.

Wow!  With fishermen, the parable of the net, and “fishers of men.”  Now look at the next –

(8) I have become a sailor on a ship, when the seas stir up their waves and all their breakers come over me. My bowels are like a ship in a raging storm.

Now he tells about his life on the Sea of Galilee, in the grip of a gale, then speaking shalom.

(9) You have not cast my lot with the assembly of fraud, nor have you set my portion in the counsel of pretenders.

“Pretender” is a near perfect match for the word “hypocrite.” His destiny was to be outside – to be the “True Vine.”

(10) Those who prosecuted me are as chaff before the wind; my dominion is over them.

“His winnowing fork is His hand . . .”

(11) I give thanks to you, O Yahweh, for you have sustained me with your strength, even your Holy Spirit.  Upon the rock you have established my frame, and eternal foundations for my footing.  All my walls are tested walls that will not be shaken. You have appointed me as the holy counsel of the weary.  You have taught me your Covenant (Torah) and my tongue is one of your disciples.

We get a lot of James the Just (3:6) in this word – “my tongue is One of Your disciples.”  So where DID the Savior get all his wisdom (Mark 6:2)?

(12) You planted a stand, trees of life (for your esteem) at the secret spring, hidden among the waters so a shoot might grow into an eternal planting.  That its trunk might be open to the living water and become an eternal fountain.  On its leafy branch every wild animal of the forest will graze, and its trunk will become a gathering place to all who pass, and its branches roosts for all the birds.

  • Isaiah 11:1 There will spring forth a shoot out of Jesse’s; a Branch (netzer, as in ‘nazorean’) will grow out of his roots; and the spirit of Yahweh will rest on him . . . The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. If this was in fact referencing the Savior, then we can see a marvelous prediction that has come to pass in the last millennia.

(13) My bread has become strife, and my drink contention.

The bread and drink was the least of the teachings in the early days; is has become the greatest in our days.

So who do you think the Teacher might be?

In the Scriptures,

Jackson Snyder


September 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The Mathematical Nazorean: A Riddle

Greetings, Hebraic Roots Group friends:

Find the Riddle at this link.

It has been nearly a month since I “took up my parable” (1En 1:3).  I’ve missed writing, and I hope this note finds you well.

At the bottom of this issue is a Scripture riddle.  The first to solve it correctly then send the answer back along with mailing address info will get a modest but valuable prize.  Before that is the short answer to What is a Nazorean?

(If you get more than one or you want off my mail, please reply  with your wish.)

This month the subject of our studies will be

“The Lost Tribes Found in the Parables of the Messiah.”

Learn how to use your pneumatic resources.

Learn how to use your pneumatic resources.

These lessons are valuable – nobody I know of has found the Tribes in the Parables.  The series of messages are available ahead of time on CD or streaming audio.  If you want a MP3 CD, just ask for it with your mailing address and you will receive it. Better yet, Come and See.

Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots Group meets in Vero Beach, FL three times a week:

Erev Shabbat Service: The end of the 6th day and the beginning of the 7th, 7:30 PM.  (This is Friday nights.)

(You may not be accustomed to looking at the week in terms of seven unnamed days as opposed to using the names of the days, all of which are derived from pagan gods worshiped by our ancestors. This may challenge your thinking, but it is totally biblical and worthwhile to learn, especially as one reads the Gospels, such as the passage “at the dawning of the first day” Luke 24:1.)

The Erev Siddur (service) consists of the traditional candle lighting, a short liturgy in English, some practice in speaking Hebrew (the Shema), in-depth teaching of the Word (emphasizing the first-century Nazorean context), then sharing the lechem and yayin (bread & wine).

Sabbath Study of Scripture: The afternoon of the 7th day, 2:00 PM. (Saturday afternoon.)  This teaching is in roundtable format.  I set the subject and the primary lesson, and the rest (who are quite well-versed) add their own scholarly insight as we go along.

Fourth Day Intercession: is at the beginning of the 4th day of the week; ie Tuesday evening around 7:30.  This is completely informal and led by the intercessor of the group.

What is a Nazorean? Part One – Historical Context

We are often asked this question as we work to reveal a more authentic picture of our faith.  Here is the short answer:

“He will be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23).  This is the region from which the Anointed one originated – Nazareth of Galilee in Israel.  Nazareth was the one of the starting points of the “Hebraic Roots Group” known as the Way or the Nazoreans.

“You were also with the Nazorean” (Mark 14:67).  Shimon Kefa (Peter) was accused of being with the man of Nazareth and a part of the sect called Nazoreans.  That the Nazoreans was a Hebraic Roots Group is proved by the next citation:

“A ringleader of the sect of the Nazoreans” (Acts 24:5).  The context of the quote is that Paul is being accused by the governor’s attorney, Tertulus, who claims, “We have found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him.”  Paul was a leader of the Nazoreans, but he was not from Nazareth at all.

A Nazarene is from Nazareth. But a Nazorean, according to trusted scholars, is the name of a first-century religious group of which the Savior was the founder.  We learn from the early “so-called “Church Fathers” that this is so, and from the Dead Sea Scrolls that the group was known within its own ranks as “the Way,” “the Meek,” “the Poor,” and by other titles readily found in the New Testament.

Netzer, the Hebrew word from which the Greek title Nazorean originates, means “Branch, or “Offshoot.”

I am the vine, you are the branches (John 15:5).

If the root is holy, so are the branches (Romans 11:16).

And in Prophecy:

In that day the branch of Yahweh will be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the land will be the pride and esteem of the remnant of Israel (Isaiah 4:2).

There will come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow out of his roots (Isaiah 11:1).

Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
and he will reign as king and deal wisely (Jeremiah 23:5).

Of course, these passages have mostly been interpreted as referring to Yahshua Messiah and those who follow him.  This leads us to a second definition.

Netzer means “guardian” and “ keeper.”  The Messiah came as the guardian of the Torah (the instruction of the Almighty).  He also came to keep the Torah in its entirety to do away NOT with the Torah itself (he’s the guardian of it!) but to do away with the meaningless TRADITIONS of the religious that put the folks under bondage to those in positions of power.  A section of Messiah’s sayings, Matthew 5:17-20 shows us that this is the case. To quote just one verse:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Torah until everything is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18).

Yet many church folk today have learned that the Torah has been nailed up to a cross and abolished.  Obviously, there is a hidden agenda among church leaders to keep the flock and the world in a state of lawlessness.  Those who cite Paul as reinforcing the abolition of any law, seem to overlook the mystery of lawlessness he speaks of as being already at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

Nowadays, the mystery of lawlessness if completely at work as faithless, disobedient, and in some cases, devilishly perverted individuals govern our nation, and the lawlessness of terror strikes multiple targets daily.  It is mystery no longer.

The Nazoreans / Nazarene Israel movement of the 21st century is a calling to Torah.  We keep the Torah as closely as possible.  We reckon that if the people of the world remained under the covenant of Yahweh as Yahshua proposed, there would be no fear of the ‘neighbor’ or STRANGER any longer because there would be DANGER no longer.  And while some still consider that modern-day Nazoreans are cultists (as did Tertulus of Paul and his group) because we believe in living in the controlled environment of the Covenant of Yahweh of Israel, we only need to take a brief look at the worldliness and disobedience of church folk today to see who is blessed and who is cursed.

If you read this far and would like a good book on this subject, just reply with your request for the book Nazarene Israel and I will send it to you by mail. It’s worth reading and learning about the safety and shalom of the covenant folks, the Hebraic (not Jewish) roots of you faith, and how to put your rights and covenant people to work to bring you and your family into the House of Yahweh.

The end of Part One, What Is a Nazorean.

The Riddle: The first to solve the riddle gets a great prize.  Find the Riddle at this link.


September 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment