Shalom, shalom; peace, peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program.
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September 18th begins the Lord’s feast of Yom Teruah. This is the first feast that begins the cycle of the fall feasts, so I will go over some information on it today. I do think how we respond to these feasts of the LORD will determine our next year, how we prosper spiritually, physically and nationally.
Last week I asked a question why should we observe these feasts or at least become familiar with them. We readily observe other pagan holidays like Easter which is the worship of Ishtar; Halloween which is the observance and celebration of the demonic kingdom; and Christmas which is also a pagan holiday; but we sometimes chaff at observing those things related to God.
First of all, God established the feasts. Secondly, the feasts serve as visuals of His purposes. If we would understand the autumn feasts we would have better understanding of the book of Revelation.
Third, we are a part of the commonwealth of Israel, Ephesians 2:12,
That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
I see no replacement theology here as some of the blasphemers for many years have taught. I cannot agree with false teaching.
Fourth, we, the wild olive tree, have been grafted into the olive tree, Romans 11, and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree. The Complete Jewish Study Bible
Fifth, we are the body of Yeshua. I Corinthians 12:13. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slave or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
Sixth, Yeshua observed the feasts of His Father as did His apostles, and the early body of believers. Paul stated to the believers at Colossae 2 to not allow the unbelievers to condemn them on their observing the feasts of the LORD, because he knew they spoke of Yeshua. These feasts of the LORD picture Yeshua.
Shema from Deuteronomy 6
Shema, O Israel, the LORD God, the LORD is One. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.
Psalm 24 which is the proclamation that the earth and everything in it belongs to the LORD.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein.
Father YHVH, We thank You for being God. You are the King of the Universe, King over heaven and earth. We have been praying that Your righteousness and justice will reign in the earth. We pray for exposure of wickedness in high places in our government offices, in our agencies, and other professional occupations, and among the wicked elite. We pray that You will bring justice to the earth so that people will fear You. We ask that You pull down strongholds of injustices and those that imagine vain thoughts against You; those that rage against You in this hour. They have no respect for You or Your ways. We pray against the kingdom of darkness that it will cannibalize itself. We pray that the spirit of delusion will be removed from Your creation.
We anticipate Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Send Your Holy Spirit of repentance. In Yeshua’s name. Amen.
Let us begin with Leviticus 23:1
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.’”
These are not Jewish feasts, Jews just happen to observe them, they belong to the LORD. He established them. Because we are grafted in qualifies us to participate in His feasts.
The autumn feasts consist of Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah, and it begins the ten day cycle of repentance. After this feast begins the observance of Yom Kippur, five days after Yom Kippur is the feast of Tabernacles. Tabernacles/Sukkot is observed for seven days and then a final day called the Shemini Atzeret which is the eighth day and represents eternity. Eternity begins after the Messianic Age.
It is the time when the elements of the atmosphere and earth will be burnt with fire and everything becomes brand new. In eternity there will be a pure river of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month and the leaves were for the healing of the nations.
It is going to be quite interesting to see how it will look in the future. The book of Revelation follows the fall feasts of the Lord with the last chapters 21 and 22 focusing on eternity, the eighth day—Shemini Atzeret.
The sages call the autumn feasts of the Lord the end of days because the days of harvesting are now past and it is the end of year, it is the end of the cycle. Let’s read Genesis 4, this is after Cain and Abel are both grown and they are bringing their sacrifices to the LORD. Verse 3, And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of fruit of the ground. And Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat, and the LORD respected Abel and his offering.
So, let’s focus on And in the process of time. I have in my collection of books, a particular one by Jeff Benner called A Mechanics Translation; it has this passage in the process of time translated as the conclusion of days. In the Ancient Roots Translinear Bible by Frances Werner, she translates it, as does the Artscroll translation, as the end of days. In the Hebrew it is the word mi’qeyts, or mikeitz. This is the reasoning the Lord’s autumn feasts are referred by some as the end of days and is fitting for the book of Revelation.
We are in this cycle of the End of Days and the Lord will bring in a great harvest before His return.
September 18 of our month will be the first day of their month called Tishrei. It is called the day of concealment.
Asaph had written Psalm 81:3
Sound the shofar to mark the new month, the time of concealment of our Festival day.
It is mistranslated in our Bibles as: Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon on our solemn feast day.
The issue we find is that the new moon is not the full moon. The new moon is the sighted first sliver of the moon waxing, or increasing to the full moon. The very first crescent of the moon marks the first day of the Jewish months. Now, all the other feasts of the Lord occur at the full moon or near to them. Passover is at the full moon, Kom Kippur is the 10th of the Jewish month. Tabernacles begins on the 15th of Tishrei at the full moon cycle.
Yom Teruah is sometimes called ‘the feast of which no man knows the day or the hour’ because, like the Head of the Year, we cannot know in advance the day or the hour it will begin. Rather, we must wait until Yahweh shows us the first crescent sliver of His new moon.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 25:1-13
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Master! Master! Open to us!’
12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Because the days and feasts began at sundown, oil lamps had to be full so that they could find their way in the dark towards the temple. The imagery here is that of the autumn feasts of the Lord. The five wise were prepared and so they enter into the Temple and the doors are closed. The five foolish are not prepared and the Temple doors do not open to them. The Lord’s feast of Yom Kippur is the closing of the Temple doors. They are open for ten days from Yom Teruah to Yom Kippur.
Judaism teaches that the ten days beginning with Yom Teruah and ending with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are called the ‘Ten Days of Awe.’ The last service on Yom Kippur is called ‘Neilah’, which means, literally, ‘locked’, the concept being that Yahweh locks the doors of heaven against us at that time, if we have not already repented and entered into His kingdom.
Young’s Literal Translation Ezekiel 46:1
‘Thus said the Lord Jehovah: The gate of the inner court that is looking eastward is shut the six days of work, and on the day of rest it is opened, and in the day of the new moon it is opened;
The new moon in this passage may also refer to Yom Teruah since it begins at the new moon.
Yom Teruah is referred to as the Day of the Shout or the Blowing of the Trumpets, another appellation is the Day of the Awakening Blast when the dead in Yeshua will rise first and then those remaining will be caught up together to meet him in the air.
The fundamental theme of Rosh Hashanah is the coronation of G-d as King over us. This is the period in which Yeshua will be crowned and his royal priesthood gathered to Himself in Jerusalem at His return.
According to the Talmudic sage Rabbi Eleazar, Rosh Hashanah was the day on which man and woman were created – that is, the sixth day of creation. Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah is considered the birthday of the world because everything was completed for the creation of Adam to rule over the earth. All the fruit trees were mature and ready to be consumed by them. This logic leads them to believe the world was created in the autumn when everything can be harvested. If so, it serves as a pattern. It was created at the season when everything could be harvested and Yeshua will return at that time.
Another theme during the feast of Yom Teruah is the ten day period that I mentioned before, the 10 days that lead up to Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement. This period is known as Days of Awe, or teshuvah. Teshuvah means to repent, or turn your soul to its source, it’s Creator; it means to return to the presence of God by the accompaniment of repentance—turning away from our sins.
Here is an example of repentance that is found in the Word. Luke 18:9
Also, to some who were relying on their own righteousness and looking down on everyone else, Yeshua told this parable: Two men went up to the Temple to pray, on was a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself. ‘O, God! I thank You that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, immoral, or like this tax-collector! I fast twice a week, I pay tithes on my entire income…
But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but beat his breast and said: ‘God! Have mercy on me, sinner that I am!’ Yeshua says this: I tell you, this man went down to his home right with God rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.
One of the rituals during Yom Teruah is the emotional beating of their chests where the heart is located. This is an acknowledgment saying that ‘I am out of alignment.’ In Judaism the heart is the seat of emotion; the love of God starts there. Every week I open the audio with Deuteronomy 6, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. However, at times it appears that we love ourselves more than we love God.
In the book of Revelation Yeshua has John write letters to the seven churches. In these letters you will find repent is mentioned 8 times in some form. The exclusions were the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia. The six churches: Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea were given orders to repent. This follows a pattern of repentance during the LORD’s fall feasts. Also something interesting is given to the of Smyrna: “Do not fear any of those things which are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
So, here in Revelation is the pattern of repentance and a ten day period of tribulation which is also given.
The sages say that Nabal in I Samuel 25, he was the husband of Abigail; and it was during a feast (Yom Teruah) that David sent ten of his men to inquire of Nabal if he would support them during this feast, verse 8. Nabal refuses and Abigail goes behind his back and loads up the donkeys to feed David and his men. When she returns home, she finds Nabal holding a feast like a feast of a king. She withholds the account of her supplying David and his men with food until the next morning when he is no longer drunk. She tells him what she had done and the passage tells us that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. Then it happened, after about ten days that the LORD struck Nabal, and he died.
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.
Rosh HaShanah: Names, Themes, and Idioms
- Teshuvah (repentance)
- Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year, Birthday of the World)
- Yom Teruah (the Day of the Awakening Blast [Feast of Trumpets)
- Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment)
- HaMelech (the Coronation of the Messiah)
- Yom HaZikkaron (the Day of Remembrance or memorial)
- The time of Jacob’s (Ya’akov) trouble (the birthpangs of the Messiah, Chevlai shel Mashiach)
- The opening of the gates
- Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the wedding ceremony)
- The resurrection of the dead (rapture, natza1)
- The last trump (shofar)
- Yom Hakeseh (the hidden day)
Open the Gates
By Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet
A prayer for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and all the days in between. Originally created for Erev Rosh Hashanah services at OneShul.org, 5773.
Open the gates of our hearts
Open the gates of our minds
Open the gates of our spirits
So we may find our way to your Presence
Open the gates of our compassion
Open the gates of our empathy
Open the gates of our ecstasy
So we may be worthy to enter the Holy of Holies
Open the gates of our eyes
Open the gates of our hands
Open the gates of our will
So we may do your work in the world
Open the gates of prayer
Open the gates of repentance
Open the gates of teshuvah
So we may remember that we are Yisrael