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Sukkot, Pt 2

Adonai spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot, for seven days to Adonai. On the first day there is to be a holy convocation—you are to do no laborious work. So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you are to keep the Feast of Adonai for seven days. The first day is to be a Shabbat rest, and the eighth day will also be a Shabbat rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month. Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-41

Next week we celebrate Sukkot, Weds. Oct 4 at 7PM; beginning the Feast of Tabernacles. The main focus of this time is joy. In my opinion, Sukkot is one of the most prophetic of the Appointed Times. Here are some samples of the prophetic picture of Sukkot:
“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you will have the Passover, a feast of seven days when matzah will be eaten. On that day the prince will prepare a bull as a sin offering for himself and for all the people of the land. He will prepare a burnt offering to Adonai for the seven days of the feast—seven bulls and seven rams without blemish daily for seven days and a male goat daily for a sin offering. He will prepare as a grain offering, an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram and a hin of oil for each ephah. He will do this in the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, during the Feast, for seven days, for sin offering as well as burnt offering, grain offering as well as oil.” Ezekiel 45:21-25

Tying the joy of Passover to the joy of Sukkot in the prophetic picture of a “redeemed people”!

And possibly a future prophetic picture:

“Then all the survivors from all the nations that attacked Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, and to celebrate Sukkot. Furthermore, if any of the nations on earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, they will have no rain.” Zechariah 14:16-17

One of the great focuses of this festival is rain. It is a transition in Israel between the dry season and the rainy season. Hence the significance of Hoshana Rabbah! “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Now He said this about the Ruach, whom those who trusted in Him were going to receive; for the Ruach was not yet given, since Yeshua was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.” Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He? Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?” So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua. John 7:37-43

So, enjoy this festival. And especially enjoy your relationship with God in the Messiah.

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Sukkot, Pt 1

Leviticus 23:33-36 Adonai spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot, for seven days to Adonai. On the first day there is to be a holy convocation—you are to do no laborious work. For seven days you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. The eighth day will be a holy convocation to you, and you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. It is a solemn assembly—you shall do no laborious work.

Leviticus 23:39-43 “So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you are to keep the Feast of Adonai for seven days. The first day is to be a Shabbat rest, and the eighth day will also be a Shabbat rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month. You are to live in sukkot for seven days. All the native-born in Israel are to live in sukkot, so that your generations may know that I had Bnei-Yisrael to dwell in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am Adonai your God.”

Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is the culmination of the High Holy Days. It is the most Messianic of all of the Fall Feasts. It is also the most significant for the non-Jewish people of the world.

We are instructed to celebrate in the sukkah for seven days. And God added an eighth day for us to continue celebrating with Him.

During this festival, if you don’t have a sukkah in your backyard, there will be one at the Synagogue for you to use. Take the opportunity to “dwell in a Sukkah” during this time.

This is my favorite time of year. It is a great opportunity to draw closer to God. It will not add to your salvation or cause God to love you more. I hope you find, as I do, celebrating the Feast of Sukkot will draw you closer in intimacy with God.

It is all about God and all about our Messiah.
He is the All!

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Rosh HaShanah

Leviticus 23:23-25 TLV, “ADONAI said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar. Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.’”

This week we celebrate Yom T’ruah, now known as Rosh Hashanah. We are entering the new year of 5778. Yom Truah (Rosh Hashanah) falls on the first day of the 7th month. The 7th Month is set apart as is the 7th day of each week and every 7th year.

It is exciting to recognize we are in a new season of Evangelism even as we move into the new year! The past year has been very exciting time for many of us. Mark the recent time of being stretched as a chance for a new beginning, a new opportunity, to move into a higher level in your relationship with God. His invitation is open to you to draw closer to Him. He is the answer to every question you have.

The Sabbath that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called the Sabbath of Return. Again, it is an invitation from God to return back to Him. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. This is a great season to leave anything in the old season behind that held you back and expect God to make next year better for you.

It is all about God and it’s all about the Messiah.
Stay focused on the All!

As always, all are invited to our free services to share in the invitation of our God.

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High Holy Days

Leviticus 23:1-2 ADONAI said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Isra’el: ‘The designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.

The High Holy Days are coming. As always, we get to choose to accept God’s invitation to meet in His Presence. Notice that all of the Designated Times belong to God. “My designated times”. The special times do not belong to Israel or the Jewish People. They belong to ADONAI our God. We should see each Holy Convocation as an opportunity to gather into God’s Presence. It is not for our salvation. Neither will God love us more for doing it. It should be seen just as a great opportunity.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving ADONAI your God, paying attention to what he says and clinging to him – for that is the purpose of your life!

Observing the High Holy Days is about choosing life and blessing. It is about enjoying God’s reality to speak directly into our lives. Come to each service with the expectation that God wants to bless you. The more expectation you have, the more you will receive from God. These times are to bless you, indeed, an opportunity to bless all of Israel.

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The Month of Elul

This week, Wednesday, August 23, we enter into the new month of Elul. It is the 6th month; a month of preparation for the 7th month (where the High Holy Days exist). This is much like the day of preparation before the weekly Shabbat. “The week does not carry Shabbat … Shabbat carries the week.” You get out of Shabbat what you put into Shabbat. You will get from the High Holy Days what you put into the High Holy Days. Just like most of you would try to get cleaned up and put on your best clothes to welcome the Shabbat; so, we should all work on getting cleaned up and prepared for the High Holy Days.

Since Shabbat is a special Day of rest, preparations normally occur throughout the week. Likewise the month of Elul is usually focused on the upcoming 7th month of the High Holy Days. As it is important to wear your best clothes on Shabbat; the High Holy Days also have traditional special dress. It is a blessing to be aware of God’s calendar. If we approach Shabbat like any other day, we are not setting it apart as God instructed us. Likewise, if we approach the 7th month, Tishrei, like any other month, we are not following God’s instructions to us.

I encourage you to focus, more than usual, on God in preparation for a special Season with Him during the High Holy Days. As it would be wise to prepare for a special Meeting with Him each and every Shabbat. Never approach God’s Special Times as anything less than special. It is His choice to set apart the 7th day of the week (Shabbat) as He also sets apart the 7th month (containing the High Holy Days.

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The Appointed Times

“G-d called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day.” Genesis 1:5

G-d created time. The natural beauty of the world declares the glory of G-d. “The heavens declare the glory of G-d, the dome of the sky speaks the work of his hands.” Psalms 19:1 G-d’s will is that we follow His directions. “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 The High Holy Days are a part of G-d’s plans for us as community. ”Tell the people of Israel: ‘The designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.” Leviticus 23:2 The High Holy Days should not be viewed from our perspective as having to do with our performance. As we all know “It’s all about G-d and the Messiah,” so we approach this season in His freedom and love. G-d is the Lord of time, since He created it. He knows best how we should use our time. “Use your time well, for these are evil days.” Ephesians 5:16.

It is imperative that we come into the High Holy Days with an attitude of appreciation and freedom that we have in the Messiah. “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is Messiah.” Colossians 2:16-17 It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate these festivals in a way that is consistent with our Messianic faith and exalts the Person of Yeshua. The Appointed Times all find their fulfillment in Messiah. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17

G-d’s Appointed Times remind us that He is Lord of the calendar, the King of creation, and that He is to be worshiped every day. God’s Appointed Times have a great deal to teach all who have crowned Him Lord of their lives.