The Human Birth Cycle In God's Feast Days
EACH CHILD IS A MIRACLE. A REVELATION OF DIVINE SECRETS FROM CONCEPTION TO BIRTH POINTS TO THE FEAST DAYS
SERMON BY STEPHEN SPYKERMAN
Sukkot 2014 in Oregon
Babies don’t just happen! We all know that babies are made. We also know that it takes two parties to make them. There is a cause for every effect. Today we are going to look at the birth of a child and examine the whole process from the moment of conception to the moment of birth. Hopefully, as we do so, we will learn new things about He who made all things possible. We will learn new things about our Creator, the Holy One of Israel, who set the whole process in motion.
The gestation process of a human baby is 280 days. On the fourteenth day of the first month the egg appears. Hey, does this not ring a bell?
Even today, the Jews as they observe their Passover Seder have the custom of having eggs on the Passover table, as a symbol of the new life they were granted by the sacrifice of the Passover lamb in Egypt.
“ON THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH THE EGG APPEARS.” Is it possible that God chose to correlate Passover with the birth process? If so, then the fertilisation of the egg should coincide with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which must occur on the very next night: on the fifteenth day of the first month, according to...
Ask any doctor? – He will tell you that fertilisation must occur within 24 hours! If it does not happen within 24 hours the egg will pass on in the normal way. Is this not incredible? The Feast of ULB is a picture of the burial of Messiah Yeshua:
Again Yeshua referred to His body when He offered the ULB on that fateful Passover night in that upper room with His disciples.
Not only do these two monumental prenatal events (the appearance of the egg and its fertilisation) occur on the right days, but they are also the right events that give us a perfect parallel with two of God’s Holy Days, as ordained in His Torah in Leviticus 23 – where God says: “THESE ARE MY FEASTS!” The egg stands for Passover, and the idea of fertilisation, the planting of the seed, for unleavened bread – stands for the burial of our Messiah. His crucifixion on Passover gave each of us the chance for eternal life. His burial in the earth prepared for each of us the glorious resurrection to come.
This Feast of Firstfruits does not occur within a perfectly timed cycle, as do the previous feasts of Passover (14th Nisan) and ULB (15th Nisan). The Feast of Firstfruits simply occurs on a Sunday during the Days of ULB. It could be the day after, or it could be almost a week later (never more than six days later). ASK ANY DOCTOR: And he will tell you what happens next in the birth process: THE FERTILISED EGG TRAVELS THROUGH THE FALLOPIAN TUBE AT ITS OWN SPEED.
It may take anywhere from two to six days before it implants. Two to six days – How incredible that it should be timed so perfectly with the Feast of Firstfruits. This medical term “implants” perfectly describes the Festival of Firstfruits, which is all about the spring harvest. It is the time when Israel was to bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of their harvest before the Lord, and wave the sheaf to be accepted by the Lord. “Implantation” marks the moment when the fertilised egg arrives safely at its destination in the womb and begins its miraculous growth into a human being. Symbolically, at this very moment the firstfruit element of the child that is ultimately to be born at the end of this process, is waved before the Lord God of the Harvest, who created it in His own image and after His own likeness. OUR GOD IS A HARVESTER!
We have seen then that Yahweh designed these first three steps in human conception in conjunction with His Holy days. WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT STEPS – DO THESE ALSO COINCIDE? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Well, after Passover, ULB and first fruits, there is a long wait. What we see now in the birth process is a series of minor developments in the slowly developing embryo. It goes through gentle stages of growth. If we were to watch a medical chart of the progress of the embryo we would first of all see a little tadpole, which soon gets a pair of flippers, and then begins to look like a little man from Mars.
THEN AT FIFTY DAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU WILL SEE A HUMAN BABY. One doctor when asked: “Is fifty days important?” said: “Well, up to the fiftieth day you would know if you are going to get a duck or a cocker spaniel,
THIS TAKES US PRECISELY TO THE FEAST OF PENTECOST.
This is the day when the Torah was given at Mount Sinai, and it was also the day when the Ruach ha Kodesh was poured out upon the disciples and when the New Testament, or the Renewed Covenant Church was born.
The next MILESTONE is:
According to the medical textbooks, at the first day of the seventh month, the Baby’s HEARING IS FULLY DEVELOPED – IT CAN DISTINGUISH ONE SOUND FROM ANOTHER. IT CAN TELL A TRUMPET FROM A FLUTE.
Then comes the next MILESTONE – YES YOU’VE GUESSED IT…..
Doctors will tell you that it is on the tenth day of the seventh month that big changes occur in the blood of the baby. It is necessary for the foetal blood which carried the mother’s oxygen through the baby’s system to change in such a way that the baby can carry the oxygen that it will obtain at birth. Technically, the haemoglobin of the blood has to change from that of a foetus to that of a self-respirating and circulating human being. The foetus does not breathe, but rather depends on oxygen obtained through the mother’s blood circulation. Naturally, this system must be changed before birth and that change occurs, according to the textbook, in the second week of the seventh month, and to be precise it occurs on the tenth day.
It clearly is no coincide that precisely on that day, according to Torah, that the High priest takes the blood into the Holy of Holies and presents it as atonement for the sins of Israel.
The Book of Hebrews also tells us that: “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
How amazing this all is – as it coordinates with the changing of the blood in the body of the unborn child to make it a blood acceptable because the life is in the blood. Just as the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies with the blood of sacrifice, the blood of the unborn child enters the holy of holies of the ‘earthly’ tabernacle.
CAN WE FROM THIS NOT SEE HOW TORAH – THE DIVINE TEACHING OF GOD – IS REFLECTED IN EVERY DETAIL IN HIS CREATION?
WE HAVE NOW REACHED THE TENTH DAY OF THE SEVENTH MONTH IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMAN CHILD. BUT THE BABY IS NOT YET READY TO BE BORN. ONE DEVELOPMENT IS YET TO OCCUR. BY NOW IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE TO HEAR THAT THE NEXT STEP SHOULD OCCUR ON THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE SEVENTH MONTH OF Yahweh’s Hebrew calendar.
It is precisely on the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the human birth process that the baby’s lungs are developed.
As long as we can get their little lungs going, we can bring them along, even if they are born at that early time. By the fifteenth day of the seventh month a baby has healthy lungs, and if born at that point can take in its own air and live on it. What an incredible picture of the Feast of Tabernacles this is! The Tabernacle is the House of the Spirit of Elohim, and Tabernacles pictures the time when Yahweh Himself will ‘tabernacle’ amongst us here on this earth. The lungs are the tabernacle of the breath. Yahweh blew breath into the lungs of Adam and he became a living soul. In the same way our Messiah breathed the Holy Spirit upon His disciples.
NOW BACK TO THE BABY – THE LUNGS ARE DEVELOPED. FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, THE BABY CAN BE DELIVERED AND LIVE. EVERYTHING IS READY FOR BIRTH. BUT WAIT A MINUTE - WE ARE ONLY 200 DAYS INTO THE GESTATION PERIOD. It takes 280 days for the full gestation period in the birth of a human child. There are another 80 days before the unborn child can leave its dwelling place of darkness to enter into the light of the world.
It is on this day that the Jews rededicated their Temple after it had been desecrated by their Greek overlords, culmination in the abomination of desolation, when Antiochus Epiphanies sacrificed a sow on the High Altar. This feast is also called Chanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, after the miracle of the oil that occurred. AGAIN WHAT A WONDERFULLY APPROPRIATE NAME FOR THE BIRTH OF A NEW CHILD.