©October 2, 2011 Revive Israel MinistriesFeast of Trumpets
This Friday, we held our Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) celebration at Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem. Chaim led us in worship and Jewish traditional elements. Dan Juster led the processional with the torah scroll. Eddie Santoro led the sounding of the shofars. Mati and Alex dedicated their new daughter Yasmin. Asher led a time of healing and curse breaking. Youval gave a teaching directed for the children. Afterwards we held a community meal with all invited.
Our congregational vision is patterned on the early community of Messianic Jews in Israel 2,000 years ago. They proclaimed boldly their faith in Yeshua, withstood persecution, operated in all the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit, spoke Hebrew, and celebrated the biblical feasts. The restoration of the first century Messianic remnant as pictured in the book of Acts has spiritual significance for the Body of Messiah at large and is part of the fulfillment of end times' prophecy.
Please join us in prayer as we celebrate this week the Day of Atonement, the following week the Feast of Tabernacles, and the week after Simchat Torah. We will pray and fast for the Day of Atonement (no food or water), from Friday sundown to Saturday sunset. Four congregations will join together for this solemn assembly before the Lord in Jerusalem this weekend; you are invited to join with us.
Day of Atonement
At the end of the Day of Atonement, there is a special trumpet blast – one long sounding of the shofar. This trumpet blast is based on the verses in Leviticus 25:9-10, and is different from the trumpets on the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24). The shofars on the Feast of Trumpets are connected with the 7 trumpets of Revelation, including the 7th Trumpet of Revelation 11:15. The 7th Trumpet is not the last Trumpet. The last Trumpet is sounded on the Day of Atonement and finds its fulfillment in the Second Coming of Yeshua in Revelation 19:11, I Corinthians 15:52, I Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 24:31.
That last Trumpet on the Day of Atonement is the "great and terrible day of the Lord (Joel 2:1, 11, 31)." The 7 shofars of Revelation refer to the declaration of the kingdom of Yeshua during the "tribulation" period. That is commemorated on the Feast of Trumpets. The last Trumpet refers to the moment of the Second Coming of Yeshua, and is commemorated on the Day of Atonement. (Revelation 11 comes before Revelation 19, as the Feast of Trumpets comes before the Day of Atonement.)
The shofar blast represents the voice of God (Revelation 1:10) or a prophetic revelation through angels (Revelation 10:7). We don't just believe in that theologically; we are doing it. In these days, Spirit-filled Messianic Jews proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of Yeshua in Israel (Mathew 24:14), and blow the shofar on the biblical holy days. Prophetic revelation is being released; the awaited time of fulfillment has come.
Abbas' Holy City
At the U. N. last week, Palestinian president Abbas spoke of Jerusalem as the Holy City, the city of Muhammed and Jesus. His statement includes a certain "reconstruction" of facts. It is a modern Muslim/Palestinian narrative that undercuts the scriptures.
Muhammed never visited Jerusalem, and Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Koran. There is a mention of him going to the "farthest place" and ascending from there on a white horse to heaven. That "farthest place" was later interpreted to be the site of the "Al Aksa" mosque.
The reference to Jesus in this context is an attempt to separate Him from the historical and biblical reality, to divorce Him from being a Jew, and to position Christianity together with Islam, in a war against the Jews.
In addition, Abbas' remarks ignore the biblical history of Abraham, Joshua, David, Isaiah, etc. – in short, all the biblical patriarchs, kings, and prophets. What stands behind the political battle in the Middle East is a battle for the truth of scriptures.
Muslim Persecution in Iran and Nigeria
Please pray for Yousef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death in the city of Rasht, about 150 miles from Tehran. He has been convicted of "apostasy," meaning he converted from Islam to Christianity. He was the pastor of a 400 member church until arrested in 2009. He is married with two small children.
Yousef refuses to recant his faith. His trial is receiving wide coverage both in Iran and around the world. The spread of new Christians in the underground church in Iran has been estimated to as many as 500,000.
Compass Direct News also reports of a rash of attacks by armed Muslim extremists on villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state in the past month which have left more than 100 Christians dead, including the elimination of entire families, sources said. Without government protection, local Christians are in danger of large scale murder. Pray for their protection and witness.
May His Face Shine
The Aaronic benediction of the Levitical priesthood contains the words "May His face shine upon you – Numbers 6:25." These seemingly simple words contain two of the great secrets of the Bible. God's "face" refers to intimacy; "shine" refers to radiant spiritual power. This contains the two greatest blessings of all Scripture: 1. a personal relationship with God, and 2. the glorification of the saints by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This double blessing is what Moses requested in Exodus 33:12-23 and was partially fulfilled in Exodus 34:29-35. It will be totally fulfilled in us at the resurrection. "We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory – II Corinthians 3:18." Let us lay hold by faith of this great double blessing: our personal relationship with God, and the transformation into glory.
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