SUMMARY: The autumn feasts of the Lord are future fulfillments built upon a past event or events. We will take a look at some of those past events that figures as memorials.
Shalom, shalom; peace, peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program.
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Here are some announcements: the evening of August 18 th, which is Tuesday, begins the cycle of teshuva or repentance in preparation for Yom Kippur. This would be the Hebrew month of Elul 1.
A month later the Lord’s feast of Yom Teruah/Rosh haShanah begins on the evening of September 18 th , which would be their month of Tishrei, the 1 st , followed by another ten days of repentance called the Days of Awe. It is a time of deep spiritual introspection of our attitudes, our behavior, and our motives. The idea is to turn away from our sins, not so we can go and commit them again, but to improve our spiritual lives for service to the Lord.
A radical online magazine called Adbusters announced they are going to occupy the White House for fifty days beginning on September the 17 th . The occupation will end on November the 3 rd . so, here we have a promise of it becoming uglier. We continue to fast and pray for this nation and the president.
I am going to take the next four Sundays off and will return on September the 20 th . It is a time I need to make some preparations for whatever disturbances may come, and to spend more time in praying for the situations that are unfolding in the nation. Next year
Something else I had found in my notes and I do not think I had ever mentioned this, but some of you may find this information interesting.
BULLETIN: Orthodox and Hassidic Rabbonim Declare “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” – Reported by ben Yosef – March 22, 2001.
At the Western Wall today and in yeshivas and synagogues and religious schools throughout Israel the sound of shofar blasts, the singing of Hebrew Psalms and cries and tears and wails of repentance were heard in response to a declaration by the Gedolei Yisrael (Great Ones of Israel) formally recognizing the beginning of the “time of Jacob’s trouble.”
What is unusual about this year’s Yom Kippur Katan is that in light of the 6-month-old Palestinian uprising which has claimed the lives of many Israelis, the rabbis have added the designation as “a time of Jacob’s trouble.”
Further it is signed by ALL 27 of the leading Orthodox and Chassidic sages, both the “maranan verabonon” (masters and teachers) and the “gedolei ha-Torah vehaChassidus (Torah sages among the Chassidut).”
I have been saying for about three years that we are in the end of days.
Shema, O Israel, the LORD God, the Lord is One.
You shall love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.
Psalm 24 is the proclamation that God is King over all creation
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein.
You alone are righteous; You are just and full of mercy. I thank You that You are God and there is none besides You. I thank You, Father, for the justice I see for children. I thank You for the march that was held in California on the behalf of children being sex trafficked, and the exposure of those involved in these nefarious deeds. I pray more of these people will be exposed and arrested. We pray Your righteousness and justice will permeate the earth, the nations.
We pray against kingdom of darkness, against the designs and strategies of the enemy. We pray they will expose each other and that their evil plans will fall to the ground. We pray you will cause all their evil deeds to surface. We pray for Your righteousness and justice to reign in the earth.
We thank You for Your Word, it is a blessing to us and illuminates our paths. Your Word is life to our bones. We love You and thank You. In Yeshua’s name, Amen.
Last week I said I would give some information on Yom Kippur. I have been saying for a couple of weeks, I suppose, the feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23 are visuals or rehearsals of what God plans to do in the future, and even in eternity. They have been fulfilled to a certain measure in this life, but are pregnant with future expectations as well.
They all have a history, a place where they evolved from. So, we will take a look at passages that mark their earlier existence.
For example, Yom Teruah/Rosh haShanah. Yom means day, and Teruah means Shout or Trumpets; to make a great noise. Rosh is head or chief and Hashanah is year, hence, the head of the year. This is when their New Year begins on Yom Teruah). Other titles for Yom Teruah: the Day of the Awakening Blast, the Day of Remembrance, according to Leviticus 23:23, Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial/Remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
This is in remembrance of the Hebrews leaving Egypt. They leave at Passover (Spring) but it was six months earlier in the autumn when Moses was speaking to Israel and Pharaoh about leaving Egypt. Then six months later they leave at Passover the March/April time frame. The Complete Artscroll Siddur, pg. 767.
There is another historical account going back even further than Egypt is found in Job 38:4-7. NKJV God questions Job
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements? Surley you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Jewish thought is that the world was created in the autumn and the day the earth was created the stars, or angels, shouted for joy. Yom Teruah, the Day of the shout.
Just like Yom Teruah has a history so does Yom Kippur and we will first look at what God says about it in Leviticus 23:26, And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.
As some of you know that listens to the program Yom Kippur was the only day of the year when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies, and it is said to be the holiest day of the year.
The history for Yom Kippur begins after the exodus/exit of Israel from Egypt (Passover March/April). They arrive at Mt Sinai 49 days later on Shavuot/Pentecost (May-June). Moses ascends the mountain to receive the Torah on stones. He descends 40 days later and breaks the tablets (on his return) because he found Israel breaking faith with God and worshiping the golden calf. This would be on the 17 th day of Tammuz (June/July).
He ascends on the mountain the 18 th of Tammuz, Moses intercedes for Israel another forty days, and it is here in Exodus 32:32 that the Book of life is mentioned: Yet, now if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which you have written (Exodus 17:14 the LORD says He will utterly blot out Amalek from under the heaven).
In Revelation the Book of Life is first mentioned in the letter addressed to Sardis: He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life. At the end of the thousand-year reign of Yeshua, at the Great White Throne judgment a number of ledgers or books are opened along with the Book of Life. Those who were not found in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12.
This will occur at the autumn feasts once more. So, the feasts as I have mentioned before serve as prophetic patterns that are repeated not just in this life but in the future. Zechariah 14
Moses returns to camp the second time on the 29 th of Av (July- August).
The next day which was the 1 st of Elul. This would be our time of August the 18 th this year. The month that begins the repentance process, Moses ascends the mountain once more and this is third installment of him going to meet with the Lord in the high place. He reemerges on Yom Kippur, which is the 10 th of Tishrei. He brings with him the second set of 10 commandments. (August/September).
When the Israelites saw the second set of commandments, they understood God had forgiven them of the golden calf incident. The Jewish Holidays by Michael Strassfeld, pg. 111
Ever since that time, the month of Elul serves as the “month of Divine mercy and forgiveness.” The common themes of Passover and Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur are forgiveness and deliverance.
And since we are speaking on forgiveness and deliverance, Moses receives the revelation of the name of YHVH. Exodus 34:4-7.
So, Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone. Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed before Him and proclaimed: The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sins, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation.
Verse 9, Then Moses said: “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”
The feasts of the LORD are visual aids of repentance and reconciliation, and they all point to Yeshua being the one to take away our transgressions, our iniquities and our sins by His atoning blood. He brings us into a relationship with His Father and we become His inheritance. Israel when they were correct in serving God wanted so much to be heard by Him, as was Moses going up to Mt. Sinai and pleading with Him to spare Israel from destruction. Moses wanted to be heard and he needed to hear forgiveness for Israel.
There were times that Israel in their history would understand that to follow the Torah of righteousness and justice, which is the covenant to love God and love your neighbor, would bring the benefits of blessings as it says in Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God. Verse 12. The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
Israel understood that to experience the overtaking blessings, they had to be observant of His commandments. The Torah was not a burden, it was a blessing. The Torah is His character, and mankind in the beginning was made in His likeness and image possessing His character. When we practice righteousness and justice, we practice His nature or His character; we act like God.
Rain was an important component that would ensure their survival. At the end of the year, Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah (head of the year), which is also the beginning of the change of the calendar to the next year; Israel wanted to have all their sins removed from them so they would experience the blessings of rain. The rains would come after the feast of Tabernacles. If the rains did not come, they understood they had grieved the Lord tremendously and would face severe hardship.
Israel is still remembering and reenacting Moses going to the mountain for forty days in making appeals of repentance and mercy.
I know I have mentioned this on the last program, but as a reminder, the doors of the Temple in heaven are opened at the time of Yom Teruah/Rosh haShannah and they will close in the evening on Yom Kippur. This is a time to breathe out your prayers to be heard, just like the time of Moses on Mt Sinai.
Yom Teruah marked the beginning of a spiritual trial for the souls of Israel. The 10 days of repentance could then be seen as a time for appeals and Yom Kippur marked the climax—when the verdict was handed down. At this time God, the true judge, would decide the fate of all Israel corporate and individual and hopefully inscribe them in the Book of Life.
This mirrors the time when Moses had ascended to Mount Sinai to make his appeals to God, for him to forgive Israel for worshiping the Golden Calf.
I am at the end of the program…
If it is God’s will I will be here next program. Remember to walk by faith and not by sight. Do two things this week: love and forgive. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Love God and love your neighbor.
Rico Cortes will sing that Aaronic priestly blessing.