13th week
Shabbat Readings and Commentary
“Great Shabbat – Tsav – Command!” – Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 and Malachi 3:4-24
by Michael Schneider

The Shabbat before Passover is called “The Great Shabbat” because we end
our Torah Portion with Malachi 4:5, which says, “See, I will send you
the prophet Elijah before that great (gadol) and dreadful (nora) day of
the LORD comes.”

In this passage, which is the last prophecy in the Bible, we are shown a
glimpse of the greater Passover redemption: The Return of Messiah
Yeshua. The messenger (forerunner) to the Messiah was Elijah. As a
symbol of this prophecy, we pour an additional cup of wine during our
Passover Seder (on the 2nd April eve).

The prophet Malachi, whose name means angel or messenger, prophesy’s of
Israel’s final redemption at the end of time. During the end of days the
cycle of God’s salvation plan for Israel draws to a close. It began with
Israel’s exodus from Egypt and ends with Israel recognizing her Messiah
in the final redemption.

The Jewish sages said just like the first redemption occurred during the
Jewish month of Nissan so the final redemption will happen during

Further, there is a belief that as the message of the redemption was
given on the Sabbath before Passover / Exodus, likewise on a Sabbath
before the final end-time redemption comes THE message will be heard!

Hag Sameach / Happy Passover and Shabbat Shalom!

Eric Martienssen

Since my secession from the Church in 2009, my Jewish Orthodox friends in Israel and I have been following the Fake News of Rome in articles and political Shabbat commentaries on GSI (God's Sabbath Int.). The former Pontiff destroyed the dwelling place of God, the temple in Jerusalem – fact! Was the New Testament and the Church just a world dominance inspired business idea of Rome? What is politics today? Enjoy your trip on GSI.