Thursday, 3 October 2013

Preparing Faith for the End Day

September 29, 2013
Pastor O.G
Interpreter: J.S.



S
eptember 4, 2013 is the Jewish New Year. It begins at sunset on September 4, and marks the beginning of the Jewish year 5774. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Gen.1:1) Jewish tradition teaches this beginning occurred on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishri.


Biblically, Rosh Hashanah is known as the Feast of Trumpets. This feast is held on July 1st or the New Year (Yom Kippur) of Jewish calendar. That day, Jews blow the horn or the ram horn all day long. (Leviticus 23:23-25, Numbers 29:1-6) It is to make the Israelis vigilant and to remind them entering a new year.

During this feast, the shofar (ram's horn) is sounded, being blown throughout the camp of Israel. Its piercing sound calls us not only to repentance, but to battle, physically and spiritually.   Rosh Hashanah is a judgement day, a day distinguished by reflection, prayer, and repentance. It is a solemn day that deals with the soul and future of humanity. It is the first of ten "Days of Awe," during which we reflect upon our lives and recommit our ways to God.The Feast of Trumpets will have ten Days of Awe which are the days to pray and repent. It lasts until the end of Yom Kippur (September 14).

The tenth and final day is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Ultimately, the shofar prophetically signals the return of Messiah Yeshua to the earth. He returns to judge the nations (Matt. 25), deliver His people Israel from distress (Is. 63), fulfill the New Covenant for the nation Israel (Jer. 31), and usher in His millennial reign of peace. Preceding that peace, however, is what the Old Covenant refers to as the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord, prophetically coinciding with Yom Kippur, is the period God's judgment on earth. As the Day of the Lord begins, God's last trump will be sounded and the Messiah will reveal Himself in wrath.  In preparation for the judgement to come, we find God, trumpeting the call to all of His children, that they might come to Him in renewed life.
Leviticus 23:1-2 “The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals (Festival in Hebrew is “moed” which means appointed time.), the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. (Sacred assembly in Hebrew is “miqra” which means “preview.”)”
These feasts are not just about the events Israel has gone through in the past thousands of years. The feasts focus on the first and the second coming of the Messiah. The crucifixion of Jesus (Passover), the redemption of Jesus (The Feast of Unleavened Bread), and the resurrection of Jesus (The day Jesus came back to life was Shavuot.) Jesus said we don’t know the day or the time, however we are able to know the season of Jesus’ second coming. 
 
(1 Thessalonians 5:1-4)
"Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. "
Paul said “About times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day.” Even though we don’t know the specific day and time of the second coming of the Lord, but we know in which season He will come. We should be awake about the times and dates of the second coming of Jesus: be faithful in your life and live a holy and victorious life.

It’s plain to see that as Rosh Hashanah 5774 approaches, the Lord told us that
do not get deceived, however we should be awake.
There will be more shaking in the land and possibly war
on the Earth. I pray the Lord to be inside us and to arouse the Love of Jesus. I hope we awake in front of God as He reminds us.
(1 Thessalonians 5:5, 6, 8)
 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober……But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

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