“THE YEAR OF TITHING”

“When you have completed tithing all the tithe of your increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, and they have eaten within your gates and have been satisfied, then you shall say before YaHUaH your Alohim,

“I have put away the set-apart from my house, and also have given it to the Levite, and to the stranger, and to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all your command which You have commanded me. I have not transgressed Your commands, nor have I forgotten.

I have not eaten any of it when in mourning, nor have I removed any of it for any unclean use, nor given any of it for the dead. I have obeyed the voice of YaHUaH my Alohim, I have done according to all that You have commanded me.

Look from Your set-apart dwelling place, from the heavens, and bless Your people Yisra’el and the land which You have given us, as You swore to our fathers, “a land flowing with milk and honey.”’

Deuteronomy (Debarim) 26:12-15

Some of us have read this instruction many times as we are reading through the Scriptures. Because we don’t understand them, we simply read the words and then move on to get the reading done.

Some of us have never read these words until just now, because we have been taught in our churches that the Old Testament is “old” and no longer applies to the “Christian church.” That stuff is just for the Jews, right? We hope and pray that all of you who are walking this journey with us have realized by now – that God’s Words are for all those who love Him and follow Him. The Commonwealth of Israel, also known as His Bride, His Priests, His Sons, and His People.

Then, there is a remnant who read these words and become saddened because we know the Words are YaHUaH’s Words, our Heavenly Father spoke them and means for us to do them – yet, we don’t know how, we don’t know when, and we have no one to teach us.

That time is over.

As you now know, as of April 19th, we began a New Year.
This New Year is the time of the Year of Tithing, and we would be cheating you and being poor shepherds to not teach you and tell you about the 3rd year tithe… a set time… set by our Father Himself… for us to take care of the widow, Levite, and fatherless – to make sure they have what they need.

So because this Year of Tithing starts now for this year, we are accomplishing the teaching in this portion. There is no time to waste.

How do we know this year is the 3rd year, for this tithe?
Put your thinking caps on here, this will take some effort.

I need you to think about and picture – a week of days. Just like:
Sunday Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sabbath

This above is a week of days isn’t it? 7 days makes a week and a week is 7 days.
So this is “a” week of days.

Now, beginning on the first day of the week – Sunday… count to 3:
1 – Sunday
2 – Monday
3 – Tuesday

Tuesday here is the 3rd day of the week.

Now, do this again to finish out the week:
1 – Wednesday
2 – Thursday
3 – Friday

Now, Friday is the 3rd day of the week isn’t it?
OK, after you get this “counting” picture into your mind and think on it a couple of times to truly let it sink in. Go ahead and set that aside for just a moment. We are going to do the same thing next again – only with the concept of years.

In Scripture, Father YaHUaH gives us sevens doesn’t He? He gives them to us ALL OVER THE PLACE! He even opens Scripture with Genesis 1:1 being 7 Words and if any of you have seen that video on the breaking down of only the first verse of Scripture and the amazing 7’s that come out of that – you are truly missing something.

We are now going to look at and picture of “a week of years”
It is the same as a week of days, only it is a week of years. Week = seven.

Example: Consider the following “week of years”
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Above, you see a line of seven years (just as you saw seven days in the week example)
Now, count to three:
1 – 2010
2- 2011
3- 2012
The year 2012 was a third year in a week of years.

Continue on:
1 – 2013
2 – 2014
3 – 2015

The year 2015 is the third year in a week of years. That is where we now are.
But you ask, How do you know when to begin the count? Good question and the answer is a VERY VERY long one.

Understand our Creator’s and Father’s pattern of time that He gave us.
Seven days makes a week, the seventh day being a Sabbath
Seven weeks makes a Covenant, the day after the seventh Sabbath is Shavuot
Seven months makes a wedding, in the seventh month is the Wedding Feast
Seven years makes a Sabbath cycle or a week of years, the seventh year is a Sabbath year
Seven of these weeks of years makes a Jubilee, the year after the seventh Sabbath year is the Jubilee year
Every 49 years constitutes a Jubilee. See the sevens again? Seven weeks of seven years each (7X7) is 49 years.

Then the cycle starts over again.

All of these cycles are the “wheels within wheels” that Ezekiel talks about in his vision in Chapters 1 and 2.
The third year “year of tithing” is one of these cycles found deep within the cycles of time.
Time began for mankind with the creation of Adam. This was year 1.
If you do a study calculating the years of life of the fathers until they had sons and then the length of years of their lives until they had sons, all the way to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – we can track those years right out of the Bible. We can also track Jubilee years, Sabbath years, etc.
There are also several Sabbath year records that have been found on clay tablets and in documents concerning land transactions and things adding to the proof of when the Sabbath years were.
2 Kings chapter 19 also gives us a proof of a 49th year Sabbath year followed by a Jubilee year during the times of King Hezekiah. This year is heavily documented even in secular history and we know beyond any doubt that these years are 701 BC and 700 BC for the Sabbath year and Jubilee Year respectively.

So there are many ways to prove the time and many documents to back it up. I personally have been through these calculations in the Bible, Studying the documents and proofs, the contracts, the coins, the archeology and an excellent piece of work (over 400 pages) from Qadesh LaYaweh Press found here if you would like to read it on your own: http://www.yahweh.org/yahweh2.html

I have actually been through them more than once, several times to check, check, and recheck all the time.

Therefore, we present to you the following Jubilee chart of “Our Current Jubilee Cycle” that we are walking through year by year:

Weeks of Years Sabbath 6th Cycle 5th Cycle 4th Cycle 3rd Cycle 2nd Cycle 1st Cycle
7th Year 2044 2037 2030 2023 2016 2009 2002
6th Year 2043 2036 2029 2022 2015* 2008 2001
5th Year 2042 2035 2028 2021 2014 2007 2000
4th Year 2041 2034 2027 2020 2013 2006 1999
3rd Year 2040 2033 2026 2019 2012 2005 1998
2nd Year 2039 2032 2025 2018 2011 2004 1997
1st Year 2038 2031 2024 2017 2010 2003 1996

NOTE: The chart is read from right to left and bottom to top.
*The year we are currently in.

Now, returning to the exercise we did earlier in our current Sabbath cycle:
1 – year 2010
2 – year 2011
3 – year 2012 (this was a third year tithe, but we missed it)

1 – year 2013
2 – year 2014
3 – year 2015* Third year tithe: The Year of Tithing

So there it is for you to see how it is that this year is the year of tithing. As ALWAYS, please write to us if you have questions. This chart also shows us that next year, 2016, is a Sabbath year. We will learn about that more in future portions.

I know this was very technical and a lot to take in, but it is very important to us that you know we don’t just “pull stuff out of a hat” and do this based upon our own human reasoning. Many people do this type of thing and it gets people off track, on a side road. We want to stay on the straight path through proof, evidence, study, etc.

Now let’s move on to learning how it is we are to keep this instruction.

Exodus 22:22

“Do not afflict any widow or fatherless child.”

“For YaHUaH your Alohim is Alohim of mighty ones and Master of master, the great Al, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.
He executes right-ruling for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and a garment.
And you shall love the stranger, for your were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Deuteronomy (Debarim) 10:17-19

“At the end of every third year you bring out all the tithe of your increase of that year and store it up within your gates. And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the sojourner and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, shall come and eat and be satisfied, so that YaHUaH your Alohim does bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”

Deuteronomy 14:28-29

There can be no question as to our Father’s heart concerning the poor, the fatherless (orphan), the widow, in fact any of the down-trodden in life. The question we have today is, “what does this look like for me to do today” or “how is this instruction accomplished in today’s world”

Let’s take a look at what it ‘would have looked like’ during the times in which the instruction was given and see if that helps us.

In times past, especially in the community of the Israelites, there were land owners. We read through the book of Joshua in particular and know that each of the tribes received a portion of land and within that portion, each of the heads of the tribes received a plot of land. This is what would be called, “within your gates.”
Picture a family having 10 acres or so, working the land for not only food, but all their needs from clothing, to fruit, wine, oil, date sugar, cheese, wheat, meat, milk, etc. The family living nearby was a family of a head of household, a wife, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Something happens and the father dies. The sons will take over when old enough but for now… the family has no head of house, no one to do business transactions and all that. They may even lose the land and home for a brief time until the year of Jubilee when the land would return to the family in case they lost it.

Maybe the woman had no sons and then her husband dies. This case in particular is one where there is no question about her needing assistance for food and many other needs. Land and inheritance means life. No land, no inheritance = no life… unless the mercy of YaHUaH and people on earth act on His behalf and His instructions.

More than likely, this family is kin-folk. The father that passed away may be a brother to the family living in the next portion of land or maybe the widow a sister. But even if they were strangers, the instructions still apply as we have plainly read.

When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it. Let it be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow, so that YaHUaH you Alohim might bless you in all the work of your hands.
When you beat your olive trees, do not examine the branch behind you. Let it be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean behind you. Let it be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.”

Deuteronomy (Debarim) 24:17-21

This is the family that is to be allowed to glean in your fields, to pick the grapes or olives left behind on your trees or vines. This is the family that receives the tithe of our increase at the end of the third year of all our labor in our own land and homes. They are to attend each Feast and be given a place at our table, eat our food, drink our wine. The same goes for the Levite all the time, for he has no portion at all and he requires our giving. The Levite today is a teacher of God’s Word. Teaching YaHUaH’s Word was their responsibility then and it is the same today.

“Do not twist the right-ruling of a stranger or the fatherless, nor take the garment of a widow.
But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and that YaHUaH your Alohim redeemed you from there. Therefore I am commanding you to do this word:

“Cursed is he who twists the right-ruling of the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.”
And all the people shall say, “Amein”

Deuteronomy 27:19

We are not to take advantage of the needy and we are not to pretend they are not around or try to “get by” or “around” the instruction to meet their needs. We are not to sit back and make excuses such as “the government is taking care of that.” Look, if we know in our true hearts we have trouble with things like this and deep down we don’t “want to” – we can pray for a changed heart. Do we really think YaHUaH will not answer such a prayer? He most certainly will. Plus, I double dog dare anyone to find a place in Scripture where YaHUaH says we have to “feel like” keeping His instructions or right-rulings. It matters not how we feel, what matters is what we do. At least in the beginning. Hearts and minds are changed with action. We do the instruction first and the feelings and heart changes come later many times.

So how do we do this in today’s world? The instruction as it is written focuses on “produce” – that which is brought in from our fields. Obviously today this is different for most of us. One idea… begin gardening just so you can keep the command. This is what we are doing.
Be creative. THINK about it! PRAY about it. I know our lives are not like they were back then but that is no reason to disregard the instruction.

The instruction reads as though this tithe is one that is “gathered over time” and then at the end of the third year – it is given. So we can do this over time, storing up slowly and continuously. In Malachi we see that it is literally a “storehouse” and as we do our part – YaHUaH will do His part.

As we go to the grocery store, we can pick up an extra bag of rice or pasta each time. A can of vegetables, beans – whatever. We can put aside $10 or $20 dollars each pay period. If we are getting some clothing like socks, coats, shirts – we can get an extra one. Of course then we run into questions of what size but if we already know the person or persons we can take a guess. Gloves. Hats. We can invite them over for a huge feast. Anything. Be creative. We picture ourselves in the situation they are in and we answer the call of the need.

This year is THAT year to get this accomplished. Do we have to? No. But if we want to please our Father and have Him bless us… then yes, we must. It is up to each one of us what we will do with that huge blessing that is awaiting for us. Plus, what a testimony of the love and wisdom of God to others. As we present our offering to the person we are giving to — we can explain why we are doing what we are doing and how we know. Right there – BAM! Testimony of God’s love for them!

Malachi Chapter 3 and 4

Matthew 25:13-46

Credits: Final Jubilee charts & Dates come from: The Prophecies of Abraham by Joseph F. Dumond

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