Shalom-shalom; peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharp and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program. Today is the first day of the week, it is Sunday, September the 23rd.
The last couple of programs we have been going over the feast of the Lord Yom Teruah which is commonly known as Rosh haShanah. Rosh Hashanah became more popular after the jews return from exile, which was Babylon. My preference is to continue to call it Yom Teruah because that is what it is called in the Torah.
This past Tuesday night was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and we will go over Yom Kippur next program. We will go over it more indepth, and today we will go over it in a couple of places in the book of Revelation.
Tonight begins the Lord’s feast, or rehearsal, of Sukkot, we call it the feast of Tabernacles or the feast of Booths.
Let us pray and get started on Yom Teruah
We thank You for being God, for being the King of the universe, over heaven and earth. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
The shema proclamation: Shema, O America, the Lord our 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.
I ask You to cleanse me from all unrighteousness so my prayers will not be hindered.
We ask that You would destroy the bands of wickedness in our Congress, Senate, Supreme Court, financial establishments, corporations, medical facilities; we continue to pray that abortion will be repealed, we pray that the principalities of pedophilia will be pushed out of this nation, drug addiction, adultery, idolatry, fornication, human trafficking; we pray that You would remove the curse of suicide over this state and the nation as well.
We pray for a return to You and to Your word. Next month is the high holiday of Halloween. We pray that fear, confusion, and chaos will saturate those that love the darkness. We pray fear will pursue them until they repent. We pray You will expose the works of darkness, and not just expose it, but to bring justice also. We pray for his protection from his enemies, You are the author and finisher of His faith.
We pray for president Trump, we pray Your wisdom, knowledge and understanding will saturate him, along with Your Spirit of discernment, might, counsel and the fear of the Lord. We pray Your will, Your purpose, to be done in his life.
We pray for Israel, that Israel will be saturated with Your Spirit of repentance. We pray against evil politicians that seek to divide Your land. We ask that the nation will receive Yeshua as their Messiah. Take the stony places out of their hearts and give them hearts of flesh. We pray for their protection as the nations conspire to destroy them.
We bless You, Father; Your name is above every name, above every situation. We praise Your name. In Yeshua’s name. Amen.
So this is the third teaching on Yom Teruah. Yom Teruah reflects the second coming of Yeshua just like the spring feasts reflected the first coming of Yeshua. His first appearance he came as a lamb, and His second return will be like a lion who will devour His enemies.
Last program I introduced yom teruah as the day of the shout, also known as the day of trumpets.
Leviticus 23:24 From the Artscroll translation
Hashem spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a rest day for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation (rehearsal) . You shall not do any laborious work, and you shall offer a fire-offering to HaShem.
I went on to explain that this fall feast is also called the “Day of Concealment, besides other appellations like “The Day of the Awakening Blast” which represents preparing for the coming judgment which is Yom Kippur and it is also a signal for the resurrection.
Yom Teruah is also called the Day of Remembrance (Yom Zikaron) as it said in Leviticus 23:24, a remembrance or a memorial with shofar blasts
One may ask what is there to remember in the blowing of the shofars? There are different teachings and opinions on it.
In some writings of the sages say the world was created in the fall of the year. The fruit trees, the herbs, and vegetation were created in fullness for man to eat. Had these been created in the spring, man would have had to have waited for the fall to eat the fruit. On the 6th day the man was created. All these things were created before man so that he could enjoy it. Provision was already established for him. But before man’s creation there was nothing to declare God as King, not the flowers, trees, birds, sea creatures, or the beasts of the land—only man was created with speech to proclaim God the King over the universe and over heaven and earth; and so Adam did this.
And because of the earth being completed in its fullness in the fall, it is also thought to be the birthday of the world.
Job 38:4-7 has some interesting passage concerning the birth of the earth:
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Who determined its measurements? 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.
So the angelic beings shouted (in Hebrew that would be ruah) at the creation of the world.
I wanted to mention these fall feasts are also called the end of days, because the days of the harvest are now past and it is the end of year. These themes are seen in Revelation the coronation of the king, the harvest and the end of days.
The book of Revelation uses the imagery of the fall feasts of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot (Tabernacles), and what is never forgotten is Yeshua as the Passover lamb offering. We will go over that some in Revelation 5.
At the beginning of Revelation, at the Prologue portion we see Yeshua in His role as a messenger to John, it is a message, a revelation to the bondservants of those events that will shortly take place.
In the prologue is the mention of the 7 churches in Turkey. So when I read this through the lense of the Lord’s fall feasts, I detected an urgency for the churches to begin the process of cleansing their lives, by that I mean to repent of their sins.
There was a place at the end of verse 3, Blessed is He who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it, for the time is near.
And in verse 7 he says: Behold, He is coming with the clouds . . .
John immediately busies himself with recording what he is seeing and observing, and makes inquiries to the certain scenes that are revealed to him.
Verse 10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet. This is known as the Day of the Lord which is Yom Teruah. It is not Sunday, that is taught as tradition by those who began to direct the gentile Christians away from the Messianic movement. John is a Jew and had never called Sunday the Day of the Lord. He is saying the Hebraic term for the fall feast. It is the first day of the 7th month of Tishrei which is Yom Teruah. This is where we are at in his experience in Revelation.
As Revelation progresses we see Yeshua assessing the 7 churches. After He examines each one, we see that he issues His verdict for 5 of the churches is for them to repent. If the 7 represents all the churches, there is only a remnant— two churches that appear to have his seal of approval.
The theme of Yom Teruah that you see here is repentance before the sealing of their works on Yom Kippur.
Chapter 2 verse 23, The accusation against Thyatira is their tolerance of a woman called Jezebel who was teaching Yeshua’s servants to fornicate and eat things sacrificed to idols. Yeshua said He gave her time to repent and she would not. He continues: I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I AM He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
Now, let’s go at this, chapter 5. There is a scroll written front and back, these are the sealed judgments on Yom Kippur. But one of the elders said to me: Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals (this is the theme of Yom Kippur).
Yeshua here when I read this—He is being coronated King. He is from the line of Judah and He is going to take the role of King. And that is the other theme of Yom Teruah—the coronation of the King.
In Revelation 5, So this scroll with 7 seals, the judgments—no one is found worthy to open the seals. John begins to weep and one of the elders say to him; DO not weep, Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has prevailed to open the scroll, and loose its seven seals.Verse 6, And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain (so we see this merging of the Lamb with the Lion of Judah in verse 5) having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth (this is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit). All the themes of the feasts are now beginning to coalesce, that is to blend in Yeshua. So all the feasts are about Him.
In chapter 11:15 we then see Yeshua being inaugurated as the King over the earth, which another theme of Yom Teruah. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of Adonai, and of his Mashiach; and He shall reign forever and ever.
Revelation 14:14 is the first verse where Yeshua is seen with His crown: Then I looked and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud: “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. (This is the theme of Ingathering. This happens after Yom Kippur)
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
This is the feast of Yom Kippur, it is the judgment of the complete annihilation of His enemies. As you travel down the passages the scenery becomes rather macabre as the birds are summoned to eat the flesh of kings, captains, mighty men, horses, and the flesh of those who sat upon them, the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.
As I read these passages, in my head I conjured up these gruesome images of bodies piled up on one another like in the Spartan movie “300” where the slayed Persians are made into a wall. In my mind I could see these screeching birds plucking out eyeballs of the corpses. Unreal that 200 million men will be slaughtered on the Day of Yom Kippur in the Jezreel Valley, or Valley of Jehoshephat.
While doing this program I was reminded of a book in my collection called “Ancient Book of Gad the Seer” by Dr. Ken Johnson. This book is found in the I Samuel 22. He was a prophet to King David.
Anyways, this book with commentary recounts the story of 185, 000 Assyrians that assembled against Judah during the days of King Hezekiah. This account is given in Isaiah 37 and 2Kings 19.
Over the Assyrian military was King Sennacherib who took the fortified cities of Judah. He sent messengers to inform King Hezekiah that he would also take Jerusalem. A letter was given to King Hezekiah from the King of Ethiopia to surrender. King Hezekiah spread the letter before the Lord and asked for assistance in this matter. Isaiah received a word from the Lord that Sennacherib’s military would not succeed, and He would defend the city.
In Isaiah 37:36, it says: Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead.
- So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. He was later killed by his two sons.
Dr. Johnson states that this angel of the Lord slaughtered 8 men per second!
In 2Samuel 24:15 is the story of David taking a census and this displeased the Lord. In verse 15 it says: So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel from the morning till the appointed time. From Dan to Beersheba 70,000 men of the people died. And when the angel stretched out his hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the destruction.
When I read these fascinating stories of the Angel of the Lord, it is like this angel parallels with what Yeshua is going to do at the end. This is his role also, it is rather unpleasant, but mankind provokes Him to do these judgments.
These fall feasts are reminders to return, and not just turn around and go the other direction but to turn to the Creator.
Better return to the Lord while He may be found as it says in Isaiah 55: 6-7
Seek the LORD while He may be found call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrigheous man his thoughts, Let him return to the Lord. And He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
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.