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Feast of Trumpets: “A day of complete rest for remembering”

Blow the ShofarThis year the Feast of Trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah) begins on the evening of September 25, 2014.  We put aside our work and gather with other believers, share a meal, blow our shofar, present an offering and worship just as the Lord commanded us in Leviticus 23.

But Leviticus 23:24 also tells us this is to be “a day of complete rest for remembering.”  Remembering what, it doesn’t say.  In fact none of the references to the Feast of Trumpets tell us what we’re remembering.

To get some perspective, let’s go back in time about 3,500 years when the observance of this day was first commanded.  Read the rest of this page »

Yom Kippur: Yeshua Already Paid for That

Crucifixion“…and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matt. 6:12)
…”Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
Forgiveness:  Relinquishing our desire to punish another for their offenses. (Dr. Jerry Cook)

Easy to understand, hard to apply.  But Yom Kippur is all about forgiveness – God’s forgiveness of man, and man’s forgiveness of others.  Yom Kippur (translated the Day of Atonements) begins at sunset on October 4, 2014 and is the sixth in the seven Biblical Feasts.  It commemorates God’s annual forgiveness of the Israelites as a nation and God’s forgiveness of all through Yeshua’s death.  Likewise, it’s a time when we are to forgive others. Read the rest of this page »

Thank Goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

SukkahThe rising cost of living, wars and governments being overthrown, global financial instability, an increase in natural disasters and man-made dangers – the headlines bombard us.  The low level hum of a looming turmoil grows louder.  Thank goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

The Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot in Hebrew, is the seventh and last Feast in God’s holy days.  This year it takes place from sundown October 9 through sundown October 16, 2014.  It looks back to God’s unlimited provision for the Israelites as they sojourned 40 years in the wilderness.  During the seven days of Sukkot, we spend time in our flimsy, homemade shelters to remind us of our complete dependence on God.  Sukkot also looks forward to the Millennial Age where we will “tabernacle” with Yeshua eternally.

But there’s an often overlooked aspect to this Feast.  Read the rest of this page »

Preparing to Enter Our Promised Land – Part 2

Image271In Numbers 1-2 God appoints leaders from each tribe of the Israelites, counts the men for military battle and organizes them as to how they are to camp and move.  By Numbers 10 they are moving toward the Promised Land.  These are our bookends in this study.  Everything within this 20-day period can be considered the last minute instructions before the Israelites can move forward.

In Part 1, we referenced Hebrews 3-4, in which Paul points out,

“it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today.’ ”  … “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;”

The last minute preparations in how to enter our Sabbath rest in these last days are the same for us as they were for the Israelites in Numbers 1-10.  These are our instructions for what is required in order for God to fulfill His promises to us. Read the rest of this page »

Preparing to Enter Our Promised Land – Part 1

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Numbers 1 begins the culmination of God’s main purpose for the Exodus:  entering the Promised Land.  Hebrews 4 tells us we are still headed for the Promised Land, calling it our Sabbath rest.  Numbers 1-14 are the last few weeks before His grand plan is finally realized.  The first 10 chapters provide an outline of how to prepare to enter the Land – for the Israelites, and for us today.  These are the last few instructions for following God’s presence into our land of blessing and abundance. Read the rest of this page »

The Spring Feasts: A Time to Remember, A Time to Anticipate

matzah 2Typically we think of the Spring Feasts as a time to remember – the Exodus and Yeshua’s death on Passover, his resurrection on the Feast of Firstfruits, the giving of the Torah and the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Then, we think of the Fall Feasts as a time to anticipate – Yeshua’s return on the Feast of Trumpets, the Lamb’s Book of Life opening on the Day of Atonement and tabernacling with Yeshua on the Feast of Tabernacles.

However, I found there’s also more to anticipate in the Spring Feasts.  There’s more to come.  The remembering helps us understand what to anticipate in the future. Read the rest of this page »

Why Count the Omer, Part 1: The First 40 Days

counting the omer 2Counting the Omer – most are familiar with the culmination of the count, which is Pentecost, also called the Festival of Weeks.  “Weeks” is taken from the Hebrew word “shavuot” and refers to the seven weeks that precede Pentecost.  Leviticus 23:15 tells us to count the weeks between the Feast of First Fruits and Pentecost:

“From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks.”

It’s called “Counting the Omer” because the omer was the unit of measure used in this counting process of tracking the grain harvest.

In 2014, the Feast of First Fruits occurs on Sunday, April 20th.  Pentecost occurs on June 8, seven weeks or 50 days later – thus the name Pentecost.

For the past few years, I’ve kept count of the 50 days, although not understanding why.  I was like a child – obeying my Father because he’s my Father.  As with all the Feasts, God has been faithful to teach me little by little each year in accordance with my desire for His revelation.  Last year brought insights about the count that I had never seen or heard of in my research. Read the rest of this page »

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