PEARLS OF WISDOM # 7 Things We Need to Know About “Lucifer”

Things We Need to Know About “Lucifer”

Hello all,

My wise friend Pearl sent this “gem” to me today. So good I just had to pass it on!

Enjoy!

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Hi Patti….

As I was studying this subject (on the correct definition of “Lucifer”), I was thinking of how many “waves” this will cause by those who read it, but STILL refuse to believe the truth.

For the benefit of those who still are unaware of the fact that Christianity is NOT a “religion”, I’ll just say this: Christianity is contained within a “body” (Christ’s body), and we learn doctrine from our own Book (the Bible), and also from other believers who study and know more than others. Christians don’t “go to church” because they ARE the “Church”. Anything else that has added a title to it, such as “Methodist”, or “Pentecostal”, etc. and stuck it on the front of any building..is called a “RELIGION”. God hates “religion”, and He calls it the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans” that is, one teacher over the whole “flock”. See Revelation 2:6. God is supposed to be our Head, but “religion” says that the Pastor is our head. This is the source of most of the false doctrines which are passed on to the “flock”.

But superficial Christians have a way of DOING the things they are told NOT to do, such as “going to Church” (tithing is NOT a NT option, either). And they DON’T DO what God tells them to DO, such as “study the Bible” themselves. See II Tim. 2:15. Therefore, they end up believing every false doctrine coming from behind the pulpit of the “churches” which they feel compelled to attend (which is another false doctrine in itself).

And the crashing down of this “Lucifer” false doctrine should sent many of them into a “dither” while running to their “Pastors” to see if it’s true. And I laugh, because their Pastors will confirm the lie because it’s highly unlikely that they will ever admit to teaching false doctrine, themselves.

So, let’s begin this study with a prayer that I found within one of the links I have provided. And also, one must have at least “two witnesses” to establish a truth. For that reason, I have provided FOUR of them, just to be on the safe side.

Let us pray: Father of all light (enlightenment), Master of the universe, Ancient of days, Creator of all that is and ever will be, we ask You to make Yourself real to us right now in the nature of Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Truth-Giving Spirit, whose job is to bring us into all truth.

John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. (NAS)

Holy Spirit, we ask You to cause the eyes of our understanding to be quickened, and the scales of tradition be removed from our eyes that we could better see and understand the nature and character of our Father and His creation.

First link from a wonderful, and prolific spiritual teacher, Elwin R. Roach:

http://www.godfire.net/Lucifer.html

Piece of above link:

SON OF THE MORNING gives additional evidence of who this individual might be. In the Hebrew SON (BEN) carries the thought of one who is B-O-R-N and is A BUILDER OF A FAMILY NAME. Satan, in his greatest moment, was never born and certainly not given an honorable name from which to build. However, God did bring Adam forth for such a purpose, and for four thousand years he did build the name (nature) that was given to him, even though he had corrupted it. Jesus, then picked up the building tools of the Spirit and finished the work in the glorious realm the first Adam could never do. Yes, indeed, Adam was the SHINING SON OF THE MORNING who brought forth the first ray of light to the world. The Lord of Glory then came to finish the work and declared, “I AM THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.” (Rev. 22:16).

SATAN’S ORIGIN and character of DARKNESS was spoken of by Jesus and should be enough to settle the querying minds of all, that he was never a shining angel of light. He made it clear that he was a murderer from THE BEGINNING and concluded His statement by saying, “…And in the truth HE HAS NOT STOOD.” (Jn. 8:44; Diaglott, Westcott & Hort, and Marshall’s Interlinear Grk/Eng N.T.). If he has NEVER STOOD IN THE LIGHT OF THE TRUTH, and also, if he “…HAS BEEN SINNING FROM THE BEGINNING,” as John recorded (I Jn. 3:8, Diaglott), there is no honest way we can say Satan was ever a glorious, shining, angel of light with the name of Lucifer. If this be true, how then, can Isa. 14:12 be speaking of Satan? It is not likely that it is.

FALLEN ANGELS is a common term used by almost everyone, and a verse in Jude seems to relate to this. We probably won’t cover every verse of scripture that might answer all of our questions concerning this subject, but this is one into which we should look. “And the angels which KEPT not their first estate, but LEFT their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains of darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6). The Concordant Literal translates these two verbs (kept & left) as KEEP and LEAVE, for they are in the aorist active form. They are not in the indicative past tense. This would, therefore, indicate those being held in darkness with unbreakable chains are the ones who have and are PRESENTLY not remaining in the place God had placed them in. These angels, rather MESSENGERS (Grk), I believe to be none other than M-E-N today who fall into and submit to the same temptations Sodom and Gomorrah had lusted after. Verse 7 speaks of this, and think about it as you read it — angels are not tempted with fleshy lusts, however, men are. Therefore, we believe Jude is referring to men who are the messengers rather than spirit beings, and because of their perverted desires they are held in darkness (strong delusion to believe a lie, II Thes. 2:11-12) until the day of judgment.

Second link through Sigler Ministries:

http://www.sigler.org/surbrook/interest.htm

Piece of above link:

There you have it! Feels real good and comfortable, just like we were taught, right? J

Well, I hate to upset the apple cart BUT I am afraid that the bible says quite another thing. Let’s look at the whole picture keeping things in context.

Jesus said:

John 8:44

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

(KJV)

John said:

1 John 3:8

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

(KJV)

Now, we already have a big problem! If both Jesus and John said that Satan was not perfect from the beginning, who are we going to believe, Tradition or the bible? So if these references are not referring to Satan, then who is the bible talking about? Let’s see if we can figure it out?

Third link by Scott and Louise Paris who offer some wonderful insights:

http://greater-emmanuel.org/Call_Of_The_Kingdom/Lucifer_Adam.html

Piece of the link:

Serpent is identified in Rev. 12:9, as Satan. When this curse was spoken onto the Serpent he was lowered to a different position. When the Lord told the Serpent, “dust you shall eat,” He was speaking of mankind, or flesh. God told Adam, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” Vs. 19. That Adam (mankind) is the dust dimension into which Satan has been lowered and confined to. he does not inhabit inanimate objects, buildings, and haunt houses. That is the imaginations of carnal superstitions, and is unbiblical.

Satan has only one avenue to express his evil nature, and it is in man. “You are of the earth, earthy.”

Myriad’s of people live in the environment of dust, some without ceasing. dusty storms of lust, unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, pride, arguments, contention, rage-and guess who is right there eating it all up, manifesting himself through the flesh. Since man was evicted from Eden, Satan has been resident in unreedemed mankind. “Wherein in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience.” Eph.2:2.

What it boils down to is man became one with that spirit, and is alienated from God until he turns to Jesus Christ. Since Adam ate of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” in the midst of the garden, man has born the imprint of Satan, the “mark of the beast.” This mark has been imprinted in mans mind and what he has set his hands to do.

“Jesus began to show his disciples, how that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from you, lord: this shall not be to you. But he turned, and said to Peter, get you behind me, Satan; you are an offense to me: for you know not the things that are of God, but those that are of men.”

Matt.16;21-23.

Jesus didn’t call Peter “Satan” because he was a wicked man, but because Peter was thinking like men think. Then Jesus went on, saying, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself…” Vs. 24. All not denying themselves are not getting delivered, for human nature of flesh is espoused to the devil, and he thinks in the dimension of man. That is thinking like the devil.

Last link from New Life Ministries. I included this one especially because it contains the full Isaiah and Ezekiel chapters which are involved in this whole study. This is especially for those who have never read the KJV, or for those who have no access to a Bible while studying this. It is a quick reference:

http://www.newlifechurchhome.com/TheLuciferError.html

Piece of link article:

If not Satan, then just who was Lucifer, the light bearer? Before Jesus there was only one man that could even come close to the description given by the prophets: that man
was Adam! Read again the above scriptures with an open mind and you will see Adam. Before the fall he was full of wisdom and beauty; he was in the Garden of Eden; he walked on the holy mountain of God. Both prophets were speaking of Adam before and
after the fall.

For there shall be a season when the sound teaching they will not suffer, but according
to their own desires to themselves they shall heap up teachers–itching in the hearing,
and indeed, from the truth the hearing they shall turn away, and to the fables they shall
be turned aside. (2 Titus 4:3,4)

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I just have to add, for the men “out there” who still maintain that “women should be silent in the churches” (another false doctrine), that two of these links were contributed partially from the wisdom of women within the “body of Christ” who “shine” much light in the darkness of this world.

In God’s wise words, there are NO “male” or “female” genders in His “Body”, as we are all “ONE” in the “Body of Christ”! [Notice that the words used by God relate to gender. The “body of Christ” is race-less and “class-less” as well as “gender-less”. Everyone has as much authority as everyone else.] See Gal.3:28.

In God’s perfect love,

Pearl

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Thank you Pearl! What a great teaching!

I know I am grateful for the Word and Spirit of God that pours forth from any source…man, woman, or child…and I am so grateful to know someone so dedicated to dividing Truth from religion.

Shine on in His Light!

Patti C.

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NEW WINE FROM HEAVEN (A study of wine in the Bible)

NEW WINE FROM HEAVEN (A study of wine in the Bible)

Hello all,

The following is a wonderful study on”wine” in the Scriptures. What kind of drink was wine? Did it symbolize anything of importance? Is it okay as Christians to drink fermented wine?
What is the New wine?

All these questions and more are answered in this in-depth study.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Link of article or video :http://www.pursuingtheword.com/newwine.htm

NEW WINE FROM HEAVEN

By John Lifflander

“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” John 2:9-10 (KJS)

It is an historic fact that the word “wine” was used for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine in Bible times. The non-alcoholic wine (grape juice) was called “must”, and it was prized for its sweetness. It was also considered a great art to make the finest must. In reading the story of Christ’s first miracle, it at first appears that He changed the water into alcoholic wine. Some people do not believe that the wine was simply grape juice, mainly because the “ruler of the feast” comments that most people bring out the inferior wine after men have “well drunk.” This makes sense – only if they were already inebriated would they not notice that the quality of the wine had diminished. But it is also for this very reason that it is clear that the wine that Jesus made was not alcoholic.

Logic Proves the Wine Could Not Be Alcoholic

We have here a feast where everyone, as the ruler of the feast stated, had “well drunk”. For this reason, it is probable that the wine served up to the point was alcoholic. However, now Jesus makes even more wine, and not just a little, but six water pots of it with 20 to 30 gallons each in them, or a total of at least 120 gallons. Surely this would mean He intended those who had already “well drunk” to drink even more. It would mean He would be the cause of the guests becoming completely drunk! And this scenario is inconsistent with Scripture, and everything else Jesus did.

The Scripture Forbade Him

In Proverbs 23:32 we read that wine, “At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper.” In Proverbs 31:4 we read, “…It is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink.” In Isaiah 5:22 it is written, “Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink.” In Habakkuk 2:5, “Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man…” Ezekiel 44:21 says, “No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.” And, in Isaiah 28:7:

“But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, they are swallowed up by wine, they are out of the way through intoxicating drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.”

God also reveals how wine is used to degrade and take advantage of others in Habakkuk 2:15, where we read, “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, pressing him to your bottle, even to make him drunk, that you may look on his nakedness!” Moreover, from Romans 14:13 we are admonished, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”

The Apostle Paul, when talking about eating the meat that may have been sacrificed to idols, said that if it caused his brother to stumble, he would never eat meat again. Common sense tells us that Jesus would not do something that would not only be a bad example, but also a stumbling block to the very people who were serving Him. Would the Living Word violate His own Word? Would He mock the inspired words, “lead us not into temptation”? Certainly not, and so it is clear that although the first wine that was served was probably alcoholic, the wine that Jesus made was not. Moreover, elsewhere in the Word there is more corroboration.

The New Wine – The Blood of the Covenant

If we understand types in Scripture, we will see another reason why the wine that Jesus transformed could not have been alcoholic. The fact is that Jesus would never allow anything fermented to represent anything about Him. Remember that the bread that represented His pure body was unleavened bread. The leaven stood for fermentation, or rottenness, which is a type or symbol of sin. (The parable in Luke 13:21 at first appears to be an exception, but deeper teachings on it reveal a consistent meaning.) This is why the Passover bread had to be unleavened, or without rottenness, to be consecrated. It is clearly inconsistent for the bread to be without leaven, or fermentation, but for the wine to be fermented. Fermented wine could not be a symbol of His blood, which was sinless.

The purity of Christ’s blood made it the perfect propitiation for our sin; therefore it would never be represented by rotten grapes. The understanding of types in the Bible teaches us this. Jesus consistently taught using physical things to symbolize spiritual truths, and the spiritual counterpart is always similar in basic characteristics to the earthly thing, or it could not be a “type”.

The wine that Jesus made in Cana is significantly a sinless “type”. It was the joy given by God without the rottenness of the world. The first wine given to wedding participants was most likely alcoholic, and it represents the joy that the world gives, which is based on carnal pleasures and worldly lusts being satisfied. But the wine that Jesus made was pure and without fermentation. No one missed the alcohol that it lacked, because they were tasting something supernaturally derived – which represented heavenly joy. And that joy is truly the best, for it represents joy through purity rather than through degradation. The joys of Christ make the pleasures of this world seem like swimming in a sewer. The old wine represents the worldly ways in which we live and find enjoyment. The new wine is the spiritual joy that He only gives. And surely God did save the “best for last,” in that we have Jesus and the New Covenant at the end of the course of time, not in the beginning.

Jesus also said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” He does not give peace “as the world gives it.” Many find temporary satisfaction in a bottle or a drug or some perversion, but the heavenly peace is not of that derivation – it comes from a spiritual endowment from Jesus Christ. Nothing can be compared to it, and it is not a peace that obliterates our memories and causes are brains to shut down. As we read in 1Peter 4:3, “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in…drunkenness, reveries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.” Instead, the peace that Jesus gives us is a place of contentment that is other-worldly.
When we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, God draws us to the spiritual pleasures that He has to offer, hoping to take us away from the worldly things which used to give us joy. At the wedding feast, it would only make sense that Jesus would give the people who had already “well drunk” from the polluted cisterns of this world, a pure drink from His supernatural joy. The wine He made would be representative of His own purity – nothing rotten or sinful would or could be produced by Jesus. No, Jesus made a grape juice that was so pure and delicious that it did not need sin (rottenness) to be enjoyed. It was the essence of joy and the essence of purity, and this is the same “new wine” He imparts to us today.

The Practical Aspects

Another reason why Jesus would not have made alcoholic wine is the fact that wine is classified chemically as a teratogen, which literally means “monster maker”, because it causes birth defects. According to Jewish historians, it is likely that the whole village was invited to the wedding feast in Cana. At that time there was no birth control, so it is quite likely that there were pregnant women at the feast. Does not common sense tell us that Jesus would not dispense alcohol that could produce birth defects?

We also know that at least ten percent of those who try alcohol become alcoholics, and many, many more become dependent on it to some extent. Even the so-called moderate drinkers find it hard to quit imbibing once addicted to this “crutch”. Does the Lord then want Christians to look to the bottle instead of to Him to give them peace and joy? The answer is obvious.

The Holy Spirit Writes On Our Hearts

God has granted us the free will to choose; therefore Christians can easily find a way to justify many things that are not in God’s perfect will. If a person wants to drink alcohol, then the Scriptures can certainly be interpreted to allow it. However, we know that the Holy Spirit guides us specifically in these matters. Thousands of Christians can testify that after they were saved, the Holy Spirit instructed them to stop drinking alcohol. In fact, in 1919 the 18th amendment to the Constitution was passed, making alcohol illegal in the United States. Also called Prohibition, this amendment was enacted into law mostly due to the efforts of Christians. In 1933 it was repealed after a spate of ungodly politicians were elected.

Bondage to alcohol wreaks destruction on individuals and their families. Perhaps today there is not a single person who does not know of someone who has been destroyed or harmed, either directly or indirectly, by this menace. How many broken homes, ruined marriages, wrecked careers, fatal traffic accidents, and unhappy children can be traced to alcohol consumption? This is why Prohibition was enacted. However, if enough people want something, it generally becomes legal.

Good and Bad Wine

The differentiation between types of wine is also clearly delineated in the Bible. Even as there are different types of men (good and bad) and sacrifices (Abel made a good one, Cain made a bad one) there are different types of wine. Bad wine is always intoxicating and it is attributed to violence (Proverbs 4:17; 23:29-30), self-security and ungodliness (Isaiah 28:7; 56:12; Habakkuk 2:5), and is poisonous and destructive (Proverbs 23:31). It is also significantly emblematic of punishment and eternal ruin. (Revelation 14:10; 16:19, Isaiah 51:17, Jeremiah 25:15, etc.).

Conversely, good wine is to be presented to God at the altar as an offering to Him. (Numbers 18:12; Nehemiah 10:37,39; 13:5, 13). It is also referred to as part of the blessing and basic provisions of life. And of course good wine is emblematic of the blood of the atonement, whereby we receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal blessing – the opposite of the emblem of bad wine. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1Corinthians 10:16).

More specifically, we read of the contrast between the two types of wine regularly in Scripture. In Proverbs 20:1 we are told that “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Could this then be the same wine that God promises to give to His people if they are obedient, of which we read in the following Scriptures?

“The Lord will answer and say to His people, ‘Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them…’” Joel 2:19 (NKJV)

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV)

Not only is it clear that two types of wine are spoken of here, it is also obvious that God would not give something that “is a mocker” as a blessing to His people. However, if there is any doubt regarding this, it is further confirmed by the fact that different words are used in the original Hebrew concerning wine. Although there are several, two are used predominantly and consistently to distinguish the wine that God gives to man, from the wine that man drinks which is not of God.

Yayin – Fermented Wine

The word which represents fermented wine is yayin. It literally means “to effervesce”, or “winebibber”, meaning a person who drinks a lot of wine. It is connected to the Hebrew word caba, which means “drunkard”, or to drink heavily. Yayin is sometimes also used for the wine that Man offers to God, representing the “fermentation” or sin that is inherent in whatever we might give to God.

In studying words in the Bible, scholars find that the first mention of a word is generally quite significant, since it sets the tone for how the word is used in future contexts. Yayin is first used in Genesis, to describe the failure of Noah after the voyage in the ark was over and he and his family were again on dry land.

“Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.” Genesis 9:21 (NKJV)

The word is used the next time to describe a disgusting event with Lot and his daughters, in Genesis 19:35, “Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.” Throughout the Scriptures, this word continues to identify fermented wine, and is generally associated with sin and shame.

Tiyrowsh – The Unfermented Wine of God

Conversely, the word used for wine when it is a blessing from God is tiyrowsh (pronounced tee-roshe`), and it is usually used in conjunction with “new”. BDB/Thayers, perhaps the most trustworthy and most widely used Hebrew dictionary for the Bible, defines this wine as “wine, fresh or new wine, must, freshly pressed wine”. Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, page 1189, says: “The wine was sometimes preserved in its unfermented state and drunk as must…very likely the new wine was preserved in the state of must…” The first mention of this word is found in Genesis 27:28, where we read, “Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.” Throughout the rest of the Bible, it is generally called “new wine,” as in Hosea 2:8, where we read, “For she did not know that I gave her grain, new wine, and oil…”
Other Hebrew words used for wine are chamar, cobe, and aciyc. Cobe is a form of caba, and has a similar meaning. Chamar usually is related to human blood, and aciyc describes a sweet wine. However, these words are rarely used in the Word regarding wine – they represent less than five percent of the times wine is mentioned. Yayin and tiyrowsh, as previously noted, predominate. In the Greek, however, the same word is used for both types of wine.

The Legacy of Our Actions

When Israel had disobeyed God, God found an example of an obedient family to compare them to. The Rechabites had been forbidden to drink wine by their father, but God told Jeremiah to offer them some.

“Then I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, ‘Drink wine.’ But they said, ‘We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, “You shall drink no wine, you nor your sons, forever.”’” Jeremiah 35:5-6 (NKJV)

Jonadab (also spelled Jehonadab) was a man of great moral integrity whom Jehu sought the company of to strengthen his kingship (See 2Kings 10:15). He would have been an ancestor of the tribe mentioned here, and one might wonder if their temperance might have seemed anachronistic. In other words, this group probably seemed legalistic and old-fashioned to most of Israel. But did God feel this way also? Did God say that it was wrong for Jonadab to have commanded his progeny to abstain from drinking, or that it was foolish for his descendants to honor this request of their long deceased relative? Not in the least. Rather, their obedience brought them a blessing.

“The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, which he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; for to this day they drink none, and obey their father’s commandment…(19) therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me forever.’ ” Jeremiah 35:14, 19.

Whatever one might be convinced of regarding the meaning of the word wine, the fact cannot be escaped that the use of actual wine is a stumbling block to many. If we use it, our children according to the flesh, and our spiritual children and siblings, will be enticed to also try it. If Paul would never eat meat again if it caused his brother to stumble, would God not also prefer us to abstain from imbibing beverages that are proven to be the cause of a plethora of societal problems? Wisdom dictates that the use of alcohol can be a serious blot on the purity of the church, and a personal nightmare to those who rely on it.

We are admonished to be wise regarding alcohol, as we read, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:17-18.

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I used to drink wine, at least a few glasses a week. But, as of last year, anything alcoholic makes me sick! I always thought it was okay to have a little wine now and then, as is said to be good for relaxing and even for the blood. But after reading this, I know why I stopped, as it is not good for those who have His Spirit to indulge in any other “spirits” that weaken His will for our lives.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

THE FORMER AND LATTER RAIN ( The Plan of God through Jesus Christ)

THE FORMER AND LATTER RAIN ( The Plan of God through Jesus Christ)

Hello all,

Jesus is the Former and the Latter rain. His life and Sacrifice was always the Former rain, from the foundation of the World. A prime example of the former rain in the Old Testament, is the offering to God that Abel brought, that God approved. Abel worshiped in Spirit and in Truth, he had a relationship with the Lord, and therefore knew His plan and honored it. All of true Israel throughout the whole of the Bible were all either looking forward to or back on Christ’s first Coming and His Sacrifice. The believers in the OT, had faith in the Finished works of Christ. All the Feasts of the Lord were appointed and celebrated in honor of what Christ would do.

Jesus is also the Latter rain, as His Sacrifice tore the veil between the Lord and the believer, and Christ sends us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to complete the work, and to live inside the hearts and minds of His elect.

Without Jesus there would be no way to the Holy Spirit; and of course, the perfect example of this is Acts 2, the outpouring onto His first born again followers. The Church Age, or the Age of Grace has been the outpouring of both the former and the latter rains on this world.

The outpouring happens to each follower on a personal level. Baptism by water does not always lead to baptism by fire. Many are called and believe(water baptism), but few are chosen (baptism by the Holy Spirit) as this requires a death to the self. Without being born again, one is already dead to God, so it is important to die to self…better to be dead to self, than dead to God!

Jesus brought both the Living Water and the All Consuming Fire that appeared to the Israelites as Rock that poured forth water, and a Pillar of Fire that lighted their way. Now He is our Living Water that He pours forth from His Holy Spirit, and fills us with His Word, and Love and Light, if we but let Him.

This was all placed on my heart before I went to see if anyone else had come to that conclusion. Tons of information about all manner of concepts on this. Hundreds of websites about the “Latter Rain Movement”…and much that spoke about the mind of men, and not the mind of Christ.

But, after much searching I did find an awesome study that presents this concept in a very biblical way. Even though it is a bit long, it is very enlightening and well worth the half hour it takes to read. It is written by an author ( David A. DePra) that I am finding to be one that has seen the same Truth that I am being shown. I am only using excepts from this study, so go to the link if you want to read more.

Please note, that the latter rains in Israel were in the Spring…Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost and the former rains are in the Fall…Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles, Last Great Day. Jesus fulfilled all these Feasts of the Lord, and in doing so became both the Former and the Latter Rain.

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Link of article or video : [url]http://www.goodnewsarticles.com/May06-1.htm [/url]

The Former and Latter Rain

By David A. DePra

Today’s modern charismatic movement is generally claiming that their movement is the, “latter rain” – the promise of God to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. Many in that movement claim that what happened in the first century, more specifically in Acts 2, was the, “former rain.” But what is happening today, according to these folks, is the, “latter rain.” Bible verses are provided to try to substantiate that the worldwide charismatic movement is this great outpouring promised by God, called, “the latter rain.”

Was Acts 2, “the former rain?” Are we today in, “the latter rain?” The answer to both questions is NO. But to get there we need to discuss a few things.

Only ONE Movement

First of all, whether the charismatic movement seems to fit the promise of God for a, “latter rain,” is actually quite irrelevant. Indeed, even if we could find a movement that seemed to fit exactly what God has promised along ANY line, the fact that it did seem to fit the promises would not be the test. Why?

Because something is not of God because I think it fits prophetic fulfillment. Something is of God – of His Holy Spirit – if it carries the earmarks of God and His Spirit. For example, in John, chapter 14 through 16, we find at least EIGHT things – according to Jesus Christ – that the, “Comforter,” would do when He came. Well, He DID come in Acts 2. Thus, any outpouring of the Holy Spirit, any great revival attributed to the Holy Spirit, and certainly, any end-time, latter rain outpouring of the Spirit, would bear the characteristics of what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do when He came.

Can we see this? The Holy Spirit is going to do what Jesus said He would do. He is going to be doing that, not only in the church, but in individuals in whom HE DWELLS. That is why those verses, and many others in the NT, are THERE – God wants us to understand what He will be doing by His Spirit in the church age. Therefore, I repeat – any, “movement of God,” or great outpouring, is going to be characterized by the things Jesus said the Spirit would do.

This is not maybe, or perhaps. It is not MY theory. It is what the Word of God says. We are to TEST the spirits to see whether they are of God, and if we cannot use what Jesus said the Comforter would do when He came in John 14 through 16, what can we use?

Jesus clearly stated that the Holy Spirit, before His ascension, HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN. He also stated that until He ascended, the Spirit COULD NOT come. (John 16:7) So the outpouring of the Spirit in Acts 2 is the promise of the Father fulfilled – for the first and only time. It was something that never happened before, and changed everything. It actually BEGAN much.

What did Acts 2 begin? The following:

1—The INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit, which is CHRIST IN US. (John 14:7)

2—The new birth, which is the result of the indwelling of Christ in us.

3—The Body of Christ, the church – to be witnesses unto Christ.

4—The outworking of the New Covenant made possible by Christ’s redemptive work.

5—The last days. (Acts 2:16-17)

6—The gifts of the Spirit.

I could list a few other things. But those things began in Acts 2. None of them had existed before – except in shadow and type. They couldn’t have, because Christ needed to live, die, be raised, and ascend. Until He did, the Spirit could not be given, and thus, Christ could not dwell in us through the Spirit.

Now, having seen this, I want to get back to the point: What the Spirit was promised to do when He came. I’ll list them in the order given in John:

1—He will dwell IN YOU. (John 14:7)

2—Teach you all things about Christ. (Jn. 14:26)

3—Bring into your remembrance (i.e., apply to practical living) all things of Christ. (Jn. 14:26)

4—Testify or witness to Christ. (i.e., show what is of Him or not; reveal Him to us.) (Jn. 15:26)

5—Guide us into all Truth. (Jn. 16:13)

6—Show us things to come. (i.e., not simply prophetic events, but show us ETERNAL things.) (Jn. 16:13)

7—Glorify Jesus Christ. (i.e., make HIM known in Truth.) (Jn. 16:14)

8—Convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

We could add to this list the fruit of the Spirit, freedom in Christ, and certainly the possibility of miracles. We might add the fact that Jesus also said that anyone who was His disciple would pick up their cross daily. But when everything is said and done, this is what Jesus Christ Himself said the Spirit would do when He came. Therefore, and this is the whole point, any supposed MOVE of God – which is by His Spirit – will be doing these things.

We need to get one thing straight. Since Acts 2, God has never had ANY new movements. Ever. Not a one. There are NO new revelations, or brand new works of God. God has only ever had ONE movement – and it was that one that began in that upper room in Acts 2. Every other move of God after that was either a CONTINUATION of that move, a RESTORATION of that move, or a MANIFESTATION of that move. There was only ONE coming of the Comforter!!!

We really see this in the word, “revival.” People talk about a great, “end-time revival.” A REVIVAL, by definition, is a return to the place from which you have fallen. It is not something NEW that God is doing. It is God returning us to what He has ALWAYS BEEN DOING! Oh, if only we could see this.

THIS is THAT

Let’s read just one passage from Acts 2. After the Comforter came in Acts 2, there was a commotion, and a big crowd gathered. They wanted to know what was going on. They asked the apostles, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12) Peter stood up and gave them the answer.

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:16-17)

Note the words, “But this is that….” Peter is saying to the crowds, “Do you want to know what has happened here today? THIS – what has happened – is THAT which was prophesied by Joel.” Then he quoted the OT prophecy from Joel.

So Peter is stating directly that the coming of the Comforter in Acts 2, the event that they were asking about, was the fulfillment of the prophecy from Joel. Nothing could be more clear.

But what I want us to see is that if that is so – if the coming of the Comforter in Acts 2 was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel — then we can be finished looking for a fulfillment. It isn’t going to BE fulfilled in our present, or in our future. No. It was fulfilled in Acts 2, and continues right on until today.

Have we recognized that THE LAST DAYS, according to the Bible, began that day, in Acts 2. Peter, quoting Joel, said so. You will notice that Peter had no problem saying that THE LAST DAYS were upon him. That’s right. Read Acts 2:17. The prophecy that Peter says is being fulfilled right at that moment was to be fulfilled in THE LAST DAYS. This should not be surprising. Hebrews 1:2 says, “In THESE last days.” The fact is, the LAST DAYS started when Jesus ascended as Lord of all.

In addition, we have hopefully seen that what God does accomplish through the continuation of this ONE coming of the Comforter is the revelation of Jesus Christ to His people. The coming of the Comforter is about Truth, holiness, repentance, and Jesus Christ.

In contrast, the coming of the Comforter is NOT primarily about signs, wonders, and miracles – as the focus. The Bible makes provision for those, but as things that TESTIFY to Jesus Christ and the Truth. How likely do you and I think that it is that God will work miracles through the ministry of someone who teaches grave heresy and error? He won’t. Thus, if you want to know whether the miracles are real, look at the teaching. If the Holy Spirit is in it, the teaching will be TRUTH, and glorify Christ – which is what Jesus said the Spirit will do.

Continued ……

The Former and Latter Rains

God gave Israel THREE harvest seasons each year, which corresponded directly to three Holy Day seasons. The barley harvest corresponded to Passover season, and occurred in late March/early April. This continued until the wheat harvest began on the day of Pentecost, about early June. That began the second season. The wheat harvest continued until the feast of trumpets, when the fruit harvest began. This was late September or early October. There were other harvests within those three, but those three harvest seasons, with the Holy Days that go with them, were a big part of Israel’s worship life. They were God-ordained.

It is vital to see these harvests and Holy Day symbolism for us to understand the former and latter rains. The former rain occurs AFTER all three harvests – usually late October. This is the opposite of what we might have expected. The reason it is called the former rain is because it occurs in anticipation of the NEXT harvest season. It is therefore PRIOR to it, and therefore the FORMER rain. The seeds are already being planted in the ground and the former rain enables them to begin to sprout and get ready to grow. The latter rain occurs about the same time as Passover season (March/April), and matures the crops that will now begin to be harvested during the three harvest seasons.

Now, here’s the point: The LATTER rain corresponds to the entire church age. The LATTER rain occurs during Passover season and nourishes the crops through Pentecost and through the fall harvest. Get that. The latter rain doesn’t happen at the end of the wheat harvest, which corresponds to the church age. No. It occurs at the beginning of it and applies to the entire wheat harvest, and even applies to the fruit harvest.

This is vital to see. Those claiming a latter rain movement for the end time church are wrong. They say that the former rain was Acts 2. And the latter rain is now. But no. The former rain was not Acts 2. The latter rain was Acts 2, and it is STILL RAINING. And it will continue to rain with the latter rain through the time Jesus comes.

Ok. But when did the former rain occur – spiritually? It was the Old Testament. The former rain was all of the seeds of Truth and redemption that God planted through His dealings with people before Christ. Just like the former rain literally occurs BEFORE anything actually begins to grow and be harvested, so it is spiritually. It is only when Jesus comes, and is ascended, that the latter rain is possible. Then the real harvest seasons can happen.

What the Bible Says

We don’t want to base conclusions merely upon a harvest season scheme, although that is certainly persuasive and part of what God has revealed to us so that we do get these things straight. All we need to do to prove the point is show from the Bible that the LATTER RAIN is the church age, rather than just an end-time outpouring. We have already seen that Peter quoted Joel’s promise of a great outpouring and applied it to THAT DAY – when the Spirit came and began the church age. But that same passage Peter quoted contains a reference to the former and latter rain – it occurs just before the section Peter quoted.

Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (Joel 2:23-28)

This passage, as we have seen was clearly fulfilled, according to Peter, by Acts 2. This prophecy is one of REDEMPTION. In it, God promises the former rain and latter rain in the first month – which is a symbol of God doing a quick work, and one that comes to fruition quickly. Clearly, if you read the passage, there is NO WARRANT at all for doing anything with it outside of what Peter himself did with it, and certainly NO WARRANT for making it mean that Acts 2 was the former rain, and the end time revival the latter rain.

Revival

An end time revival would be wonderful. But it would mean, not signs and wonders, not emotionalism, not people jumping around like idiots, not self-appointed apostles and prophets, not a continual stream of unsubstantiated miracles, and not a tiresome focus on money. End time revival, if it were real, would begin with REPENTANCE among God’s people for their irreverence towards the things of God, and would bring back into focus the Person of Jesus Christ. End time revival would include a great influx of teaching about the reality of CHRIST IN US, and what God’s purpose is for each of us. An end time revival that was initiated by the Holy Spirit would bear the earmarks of everything Jesus said the Comforter would do when He came.

The fact is, unless a movement is doing what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do, it is not OF the Holy Spirit. What could be more plain? But what people do is completely bypass what the Bible says, and assume that all of the theatrics and supposed miracles prove that something is of God. The Bible tells us that this is a trap. And millions are falling for it right now.

True revival is nothing more than a return to what God has always been doing since Acts 2. It is a return to Jesus Christ as Lord, and a return to the purpose of God in making the church, and the individuals in it, a living epistle unto Him. We are to preach the gospel in Truth, without compromise. That is what God wants, and anything else is not revival, not a movement of God, and not a former rain, latter rain, or any rain.

The former rain was everything God did to reveal Himself before Christ. The latter rain was made possible by Jesus Christ, and began in Acts 2. It has been raining ever since. We don’t need ANOTHER latter rain, or outpouring. The church has done very little with the one that has been going on for two thousand years.

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Sad but true…the church has failed to present the Kingdom of God as present through His believers! Most have replaced the power of the Spirit with religion from the mind of man.

By putting the Kingdom of God sometime in the future, along with the anti-Christ, and the gathering of His people, blinds one to who Christ is, and what really happened at the Cross.

By not truly seeing who Jesus really IS, and by not truly hearing His Holy Word we have missed so much and been hoodwinked out of the rest! It is so simple! Jesus is what everything in the Bible is about! If you wonder what something means just think Jesus, and how could Jesus be the answer! You will find He always is. All this by what He has already done…it is Finished!

There is nothing else He will be doing but coming in Judgment, to Judge ALL people. There is no more time to do anything but die to self, give your life wholly to Jesus, and be born again. That is ALL their is left for anyone to do! For when we do, we can rest in His finished works, and He will become so much a part of us, that we will follow Him wherever He goes, and His Will is done in our accepting His Grace and His Spirit.

Is it any wonder that I always say….

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Blessings to all!

Patti C.

PEARLS OF WISDOM 5 (The Feasts of the Lord are not Jewish)

PEARLS OF WISDOM 5 (The Feasts of the Lord are not Jewish)

Hello all,

My wise friend Pearl has done many studies on the Feasts of the Lord, and she has found out some very interesting facts. As always, I feel this needs to be shared. Enjoy!

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Hi Patti,

Whenever I have wanted to investigate what other Christians have learned about the Feasts of God in the Old Testament, I have found that it’s almost impossible to find ANY which do not relate to “Jewish Feasts”. Try it for about an hour or so! They all sneak that word “Jewish” in there somewhere. And it spoils the truth.

These Feasts of God have NOTHING to do with the Jewish religion. The Rabbis and the Pharisees have DISTORTED, and incorporated these Feasts of God into their ways of worship. But the changes that they have made have almost made them unrecognizable as those which God has described as “shadows” of later spiritual fulfillment by Jesus Christ and his “body of Christ” (the Church).

In Mark 7:8-9, Jesus, Himself (red letters) warns us about this Christian apostasy of retaining “[Jewish] traditions”: “For laying aside the commandment of God (what He REALLY said about the details of the Feasts), ye hold the TRADITION OF MEN [copying and listening to the Jews], as the washing of pots and cups; and many other such like things ye do. (vs. 9) And he said unto them, ‘Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep YOUR OWN TRADITION.’ “

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Colossians 2:8…”BEWARE lest any man spoil you though philosophy and vain deceit, after the TRADITIONS OF MEN (celebrating the Feasts according to Judaism), after the rudiments of the world (Judaism), and not after Christ.”

We ABSOLUTELY KNOW that the Jews, in their religion of Judaism, have no thought of Jesus Christ in their hearts during these “Jewish Feast Days” (as they FALSELY call them, and have changed them to suit their own beliefs). Yet, there are Christians who study the Jews and “their Feasts” in the way they are celebrated…..right down to the last “Shofar”. And these Christians don’t have a clue that they are DISHONORING GOD (and Jesus Christ) by doing this!!

Many of these Christians have even stopped calling Jesus by His own name, that is, the “name of Jesus” which is given to us in the New Testament.

Matthew 1:21…”And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

[Note: In my KJV Bible, this is the exact way it is written, including the name “JESUS” capitalized in the same way that “LORD” is sometimes capitalized in the OT.]

To me, this says that I should call Him by the name His mother (Mary) was TOLD to name Him…..”JESUS”. (Not “Yeshua”, or another form of that name.) Our Bible is presently written in ENGLISH, and most Christians speak ENGLISH. Then, to me, it’s distinct disobedience to call him by His name in ANOTHER LANGUAGE. But, I suppose that if your first, and main speaking language is HEBREW, then I guess “Yeshua” is acceptable. But, if you speak English, it is not. (In my opinion, of course.)

But, unfortunately, many Christians want to become more “Jewish” even though Jesus severely criticized the Jews and their leaders, the Pharisees and Scribes. Read Matthew 23 for great examples of how Jesus felt about the Jews and their leaders! So, how do you think God feels about your wanting to become more like them?
This may be what is meant in Revelation 2:4…”Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has LEFT THY FIRST LOVE.” These are the words of Jesus Christ (red letters). One time you loved the “name of Jesus”….and now you have exchanged it for the Hebrew (Jewish), “Yeshua”!! And, the word “Shalom” is plentiful at the ending of Christian writing, in many cases. But then, Jews say “Shalom”, don’t they?

No, I don’t hate the Jews. God loves ALL people. I hate the fact that Chrisitans are going BACK into Judaism, and that’s what Jesus hated. He also “hated” the doctrine of the Nicolaitans as well. That’s when ONE man is the head over the rest of the “flock”. And they meet in buildings they call “churches”. See Revelation 2:6. Christians DO what God tells them not to do. They insist upon adding “works” to “grace”. See Eph. 2:8-9 to see what God has to say about “works”.

Think about it!! I KNOW this is the TRUTH about the apostasy in Christianity. The reason I know is that I was one of you not too long ago. But now, my eyes have been opened and I “hear” what the Spirit is saying to the churches (US).

And, now, back to the word “Shofar”, which is NOT a word used in Christianity.

KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THE WORD “SHOFAR” IS IN THE BIBLE? NONE! ZILCH! ZERO!! I have a” King James Bible”, a “Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible”, a” Geneva Bible”, and the “Concord Literal New Testament”. And I also have a “Stong’s Concordance”.

I have looked in each and every one of these Bibles, and the Concordance for the word “Shofar”. Know how many times I have found it in ANY verse of any of my Bibles? Same as above…..Zilch, Zero, and None! Nada!! But then, if you reference any “Jewish Bible”, or “Jewish Feasts”, I’m sure it will be there, oozing out of the pages.

For many hours I have researched the words “Feasts of God”, Trumpets, and “ram’s horns” on the internet for more information on PURELY Christian thoughts. I found only ONE today. A few weeks ago I found another one, but it’s not one I wish to present to clarify anything today. I have sent it on to a friend, and she has very much increased in her understanding since she is now aware of these things.

EVERY research article on the” Feasts of God” have the word “Jewish” somewhere in their information. Every one….except one! And I looked at almost a hundred of them, and read more than half of them….and scanned the rest. Christians have joined themselves at the “hip” to the religion of Judaism. And that’s the MAIN criticism that Jesus had when He walked this earth. He gave severe criticism to the Jews, the Pharisees and Scribes (leaders), and to those who were trying to make new Christians follow OT rules again….eg circumcision, and following Jewish rules and laws.

And the SAME THING is being done today…..AGAIN! Christians are following Jewish traditions again!! And they are using Jewish words and terms, and even recommending the writings of “Rabbis”.

“Ever learning and never being able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Those words of II Tim 3:6 just came to my mind. (If you find a word or two misplaced, that’s because it’s from memory only). It’s the definition of those who have a “form of godliness” but “deny the power of God”. Many Christians need a review of all those verses in II Timothy chapter 3. It’s about Christians who think they know better than God….and they do “their own thing”, or they do the things other men (Pastors, or Rabbis) tell them to do. But, it will ultimately be to their own detriment. We were warned. It’s up to us to heed that warning.
And going back to the SHOFAR, which isn’t in the Bible!

When God has told us that a “trumpet” should be blown, He is not saying that this “blast” should come from a “Shofar”, which is a RAM’S HORN.

Things that are DIFFERENT, are not the same. When God says, “trumpet”, he means a TRUMPET (made of silver), and not a “shofar” (made from a ram’s horn, or made by “man” in the shape of a ram’s horn).

Great article on “silver trumpets”:

http://www.unveiling.org/Articles/trumpets.html

Piece of link article:

Silver represents righteous and true words in the Bible: “The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver” (Proverbs 10:20a), “A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). The standard currency of the day was shekels of silver which were used for trade. In the same way, words are also traded; they are given and received (often with the expectation of something in return), and some words have more value and worth than others – based upon their weight and clarity.

God’s voice is likened to a trumpet in the Bible (Ex. 19:19; Rev. 1:10; 4:1) and the words spoken from God’s mouth are like pure silver: “The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.” (Psalm 12:6). It seems clear that the silver trumpets are symbolic of God’s Word and Message going forth in clarity and purity.

When playing a trumpet the sound is made through three things: the breath, the tongue and the lips – ALL of which are also necessary for speaking! God is still using silver trumpets today through whom He blows His Breath/Spirit. Yet the sound which comes forth must be distinct and clear – if the trumpets give an indistinct sound, who will prepare themselves? (1 Cor. 14:8). And if someone tries to trumpet forth a message without having been first made into an instrument which has been refined, hammered, prepared and created by God, they will be like wind that just blows away: “the prophets will become wind, and the word is not IN them” (Jer. 5:13). We need to be first formed into His instruments through the refining and purifying of the fire of God (Mal 3:1-3) and this is something which changes our constitution and who we are forever.

The Sound of the Trumpets

Trumpets have a very clear and pure sound which seems somehow to be clearer and louder than any other musical instrument. However, not everybody likes trumpets because they can offend; they are usually quite a loud and even frightening instrument. The silver trumpets were used to alert the people of danger and battles. They were also sounded to let the Israelites know when it was time to journey on and follow the cloud, and sometimes that occurred during the night so they would have been woken up by the sound of the silver trumpets (Num 9:21). But being woken up by trumpets can be a bit of a shock! Yet how necessary it is for us today to hear and know God’s voice as a trumpet blast which wakes us from our spiritual apathy, sleep and even death.

A loud trumpet blast is needed to break through our spiritual death/sleep/lifelessness and raise us to Life in Christ! “Take notice! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable MUST put on the imperishable (Christ) and this mortal MUST put on immortality (Life!)” (1 Cor 15:51-53). Resurrection isn’t just a thing we receive in the future but is a Person we can know now; Jesus said “I AM the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes and trusts in Me, though he is dead yet shall he live. I came that they may have and enjoy Life and have it in abundance, to the full, till it overflows” (John 11:25; 10:25b).

Most of us know that truth and agree in our head that Jesus is Resurrection and Life, but the question is: do I know Him as MY Life? Have I experienced Him as Resurrection? We need to know and see the truth and reality of Christ as Resurrection and Life in our own personal experience. This Resurrection Life is not just something that may take place in the future but is Someone which we need to be seeing and knowing now, “that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while in the body.” (Phil. 3:10b-11)

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Prayerfully, this will open some eyes so that Christians may start developing less the “mind of the Jews” and more of the “mind of Christ”.

There are many, many, articles on the “Shofar” for those who want more knowledge on that subject. But since it’s not something that God put on the pages of my Bible, I left them where I found them (on the internet).

In God’s love,

Pearl

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Thanks Pearl! Great Study,and very timely. Can always count on you to tell it like it is! Amen to that!

Patti C.

JESUS FULFILLS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES ( and the Last Great Day)

JESUS FULFILLS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
( and the Last Great Day)

Hello all,

We come to the Feast of Tabernacles, and this is the most awesome feast of all!! Not only did Christ fulfill this feast, He also fulfills the Feast of the Last Great Day, the eighth Day. I will include a short study on that at the end of this post.

The Feast of Tabernacles is all about ingathering and indwelling. Jesus draws all to Him to freely drink of His Living Water, and the way to His Holy Spirit that will guide them.

I would like to start this study with a few verses from His Word that describe the essence of how Jesus fulfilled everything about it…2000 years ago. There is not a 2000 year gap between when Christ fulfilled this and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This marks the beginning of God’s Kingdom on earth, the one He is coming to Judge at His Second Coming. Christ’s Kingdom is not of this earth, but it is on this earth via His followers as He lives inside them.

“If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. ” I John 4:12

“He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” John 6:56

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ” I Corinthians 3:16

“For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth” II John 1:2

The fulfillment of the Feast of Indwelling (Tabernacles) is right there, summarized in those few verses. The wandering in the desert is over, the Lord now tabernacles with His own, fulfilling the OT promise.

The following short study is the cream of the crop of all the ones that I read. I agree with her findings and I am a second witness to them being true.

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JESUS FULFILLS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES

http://www.seekgod.ca/forum/

I want to share on my view of the Feast of Tabernacles explaining how I see it already being fulfilled when Jesus came .Many Messianics teach that this feast is still to be fulfilled and I’m wondering how one could add to what already has been done.

Lev 23:23 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,

Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.

Lev 23:25 You shall do no regular work on it: but you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The feast of tabernacles was also called the feast of ingathering. It was a harvest festival so to speak, where the final crops for the year were harvested. However it also served a commemoration to the years that Israel served in the wilderness.

Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work on it.

Lev 23:36 Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation unto you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no regular work on it.

Lev 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

Lev 23:40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of choice trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

Lev 23:41 And you shall keep it as a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42 You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are born Israelites shall dwell in booths:

Lev 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

We see the primary reason for celebration is to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt.

As a Christian we know this symbolized the exodus from Sin. Just as the Passover Lamb is the Lamb of God, so Tabernacles symbolizes our sojourning in the world/wilderness on our way to the Promised Land.

After being delivered from bondage in Egypt, the people weren’t suddenly transported to the Promised land. Paralleling our lives, they spent 40 years in wilderness dwelling in tents and God was with them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night.

Following our acceptance of Jesus and his redemption from sin we aren’t magically transported to the real promised land either but we go through the wilderness, in our bodily tents.

During their time in the wilderness, they were not alone.

He also fulfilled Tabernacles by tabernacling physically among us:

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Not only did He tabernacle with us 33 years on the earth, he does so now with us and in us in this earthly sojourn.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

2Co 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Eze 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore.

Eze 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people

In the NT we learn that Jesus was that Rock that gave them water, a theme that Jesus then takes up when during the feast of tabernacles he said that whoever wanted Living water had to go to Him for it.

1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

The manna symbolized Jesus

Joh 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me has everlasting life.

Joh 6:48 I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Joh 6:50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

He also was there as the light

Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them in the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

Neh 9:19 Yet you in your manifold mercies forsook them not in the wilderness: the pillar of cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way in which they should go.

In NT at the feast of Tabernacles commemorating this time in the wilderness Jesus comes up and says He is the true Light of the world. In our wilderness of this world, Jesus is the light that we follow to show us the way we should go.

Now after all that does Jesus fulfill Tabernacles or not, is he the goal of what the physical exodus from Egypt represented. Is what God requires today keeping the feast of tabernacles in the physical sense ie dwelling in booths and offering sacrifices?

Ezr 3:4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the ordinance, as the duty of every day required;

Or wouldn’t He rather you had been redeemed inwardly, accepted Jesus for the redemption of sins, and were now walking with Him ,our real pillar of light, who gives us real living water that will not cause us to thirst on your way to the Promised Land.

Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he has prepared for them a city. [end quote]

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I just do not see anything else to be fulfilled about this feast; the shadow came to full light in Jesus. I hope you can see what I have been trying to convey, as sometimes words don’t do justice to spiritual things.

Jesus also fulfilled the Last Great Day…more on that next.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

 

Eighth Day of the Eighth Feast

http://www.messianicgentiles.blogspot.com/2009/06/last-great-day

On the Eighth day, the last day, called “the great day of the feast” the priests made no procession and poured no water onto the pavement and this too was very significant, because it symbolized the fact that God had fulfilled the promise to their fathers, He had now brought them into this land that was well watered, flowing with milk and honey, they no longer needed the miraculous supply out of the Rock.

It was on this day the last day that Jesus stood and cried out: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

It is interesting to note that it was on this day that they sang the marvelous “hallel psalms” of praise, which conclude with this passage Ps. 118:22 “.. and You have become my salvation, the Stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone..and blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

The historical background sheds much light on the meaning. Jesus, their promised Messiah, was standing in their midst as they were performing the ceremony and WAS fulfilling the Scripture and the promise spoken through Isaiah that the Lord would become their salvation (incarnate) and the water was always used as a symbol in Judaism as that which “comes from above” and is identified with Messiah “the coming One” (Heb. Haba”) throughout.

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I hope these short studies have helped readers to see how beautifully and completely Jesus completed ALL of the shadows of ALL of the Feasts of the Lord. He is the Way, the Truth and the Light.

With love for all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

 

 

 

JESUS FULFILLED THE FEAST OF ATONEMENT

JESUS FULFILLED THE FEAST OF ATONEMENT

Hello all,

There are a great deal of studies on the “Feasts of the Lord” and the majority are on how Jesus will fulfill this Feast of Atonement at His Second Coming. That is understandable as putting events in the future was, is and will continue to be, one of the enemy’s greatest tools of deception.

It is so important to stay focused on the Lord at this time. And, we need to refocus on what Jesus did for us, and already accomplished to complete perfection. I am presenting these studies on the Fall feasts to show how Jesus fulfilled them, and how the Bible plainly tells us this is so. We need to be alert to the kinds of deceptions that seem so “righteous” on the outside that they can deceive even the elect! Wise as serpents, and gentle as doves. Giving Jesus all of ourselves so that we can discern with our spirits, and react in love.

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Link of article or video : [url] http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-did-jesus-fulfill-the-day-of-atonement/#ixzz36AQuQcQc [/url]

How Did Jesus Fulfill The Day of Atonement?

Why does the Day of Atonement point to Jesus Christ? How did He fulfill this day by His work on the cross?

The Day of Atonement

This was the one day whereby all the nation of Israel was commanded to fast and was the only feast day of the Jews where there was no food to be eaten from the beginning of this High Day at sunset to sunset the following day. It was a solemn feast day for them and one that symbolized the taking away of sin and placing the guilt on a goat and sending him off into the Wilderness.

Jesus conquered the very best of Satan’s temptation and He was 40 days and 40 nights in the Wilderness overcoming the strongest tempter of all time. The Orthodox Jews call this the Jewish High Day of Atonement or Yom Kipper (Yom, “day” and Kipper, “to atone”) and today Christians see this fulfilled by Christ Who has made us “at one” with God through His own bodily sacrifice. The Day of Atonement was a shadow of the coming work of Christ on Calvary; therefore this day is no longer needed because there remains no more sacrifice for sins (Heb 8:5).

This feast day was the only one where the entire animal is burned on the altar, except for the animal skin which the priest would keep. This shows the complete and utter sacrifice of Jesus and the fire that consumed the animal shows that God’s judgment was placed upon Christ (as fire is symbolic of God’s judgment) on our behalf. The animal skin was all that remained and the skin was worn by the priest which reflects that we are clothed in His righteousness and when God the Father sees us, He actually sees Jesus’ own righteousness (2 Cor 5:21).

It is as Isaiah wrote “he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10). This is very much like Zachariah 3:4-5 where the angel of the Lord told Joshua (not Joshua from the Book of Joshua) the high priest “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments.”

Jesus Offering of Himself

This Day of Atonement was a Burnt Offering and was considered the most important of the Jewish High Days because of the significance of assigning the guilt on the scape goat and placing hands on the goats head and then sending him off into the Wilderness, thus sending away the sins of the people. If the goat came back it was sometimes pushed off a cliff and killed showing that this guilt was permanently removed, just as Christ’s death has once and for all removed our sins from us.

Paul said that these days were a shadow of things to come and the One Who cast the shadow is now here in reality and the Light of the World that cast that shadow was Jesus Christ (Col 2:16-17). Certainly the light is more important than the shadow because this Light was the source or cause for the shadow to be cast. That Light of course was Jesus Himself Who is called the light of the world. John wrote “about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:7-9).

The Scape Goat and Jesus’ Becoming Sin

Leviticus shows us the solemn ceremony that was involved in ascribing the sin guilt of the people onto the goats head in chapter 16:21-22 “And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.”

Here is what seems to match what Christ did on the cross. Aaron, the high priest, laid both hands on the head of the goat, the seat of intellect, and then confessed over it all of their sins. Today we confess our sins and our Intercessor, Jesus Christ the High Priest enters into the Holy of Holies like Aaron did. He sprinkled the blood of a bull over the mercy seat just as Jesus entered the Holy of Holies with His own blood and we can confess our sins as they were placed on Christ and He intercedes for us.

We now have access to the Holy of Holies, where the Father resides in heaven and we can approach Him by the blood born sacrifice of Jesus (Heb 9:12). That is why they were told “afflict yourselves” (Lev 16:31) because Jesus was more than afflicted for our redemption. Afflict almost always means fasting. Today, believers fast when they have sinned grievously, are praying for a great need, or just hunger to know God better.
Jesus the High Priest

Hebrews chapters eight and nine give a beautifully vivid portrait of the eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ’s work.

Hebrews 8:6-7, 13 “it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away”

The first covenant was not so as much faultless as it was not able to take away sins; it could only cover them. Jesus’ blood sacrifice made them obsolete and takes sins away.

Hebrews 9:12 “he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.”

As there used to be daily offerings of blood sacrifices and annual High Days where animals had to be killed, showing the high price of sin, they could not take the sins away because the blood of goats (even the scape goat) and calves (or bulls) had to be repeated over and over again but Jesus entered the holy place one time with His own blood and secured our “eternal redemption.”

Hebrews 9:24-26 “For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

The temple, a copy of the heavenly, was not the same as the literal Holy of Holies in heaven so Jesus entered there Himself, bringing in His own blood in the “presence of God on our behalf” and it was done once and for all. Since He was the Perfect Sacrifice, this didn’t have to be done over and over. This “put away [our] sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

Conclusion

Hebrews 9:26 says that “he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” but then tells us that “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb 9:27). You have an appointment with death and you have no idea when that will be but “Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time” (Heb 9:28a) and if Christ’s blood sacrifice was not accepted by you then you will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:11-15) but if you have repented and trusted in Him, He will appear a second time but “not to deal with [your] sin but to save [you] who are eagerly waiting for him” (Heb 9:28b). What you have coming to you at His second coming is drastically different. What will it be for you?

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Continued…..

Hello all,

The following is in addition to the short study above. Here I have included the link to the full article, as I am only using part of it.

This link compared OT and NT, and how Jesus fulfilled all the requirements necessary.

Link of article or video : [url]http://www.fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/yom-kippur-day-of-atonement/ [/url]

Piece of link article:

Lev 16:15,16 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins…

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Heb 9: 13,14,23,24 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? … It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these… For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

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Lev 16:21,22 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

Isa 53:6,11 …the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…for he shall bear their iniquities.

Heb 9:28; 13:12,13 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many… Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

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Lev 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

Heb 10:10,12,14 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

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Jesus was the Scape Goat as well as the Lamb of God! He fulfilled both roles in the Plan of Salvation! This is Truth, and it is much more important that we as His followers acknowledge this fact, then to be looking for a future fulfillment. It was finished by Christ! He made us kings and priests in His earthly kingdom WHICH HE ESTABLISHED AT THE CROSS.

He is now coming back to Judge that earthly Kingdom, and to bring in a new age, on a New earth with a new Heaven. By putting a 1000 years of another earthly kingdom in between is just another way we have been hood winked by the wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Believe His Holy Word! When one has Christ they will find rest from all seeking for another answer to the how, when and why they are here. Religion does not lead to Truth, it leads away from it.

This is personal, especially right now when the whole world is a whirlwind of deception. One needs the Rock to cling to, be sheltered by, and to stand on.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

 

 

JESUS WAS BORN ON THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

JESUS WAS BORN ON THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

Hello all,

I have been sharing how the Lord has placed it on my heart how important it is that followers of Christ understand that ALL the Feast of the Lord were fulfilled in His Coming the first time. I know how most everyone concludes they will be fulfilled at His Second Coming, and have made grand presentations and tons of videos, and sold lots of books, on how they see this happening.

Once you see, how Jesus fulfilled each of the Fall Feasts, even before He fulfilled the Spring Feasts, you will wonder how you had not seen, or even considered this before. I know I was amazed when I first discovered this truth. But, I come from the premise that Jesus is all and everything, so was not completely taken aback as the more I study and learn the more I see the complete truth in those few words!

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 http://www.fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/rosh-hashanah-–-jewish-new-year-–-fe…

TRUMPETS

Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year – Feast of Trumpets – Yom Teruah

What is Rosh Hashanah? Why is it considered the Jewish New Year yet falls on the Feast of Trumpets which is actually in the 7th month of the year, not the first of the year? Why do Messianics and those in Hebrew Roots observe this holiday when there is nothing in Scripture to support it? Why have Christians now embraced this holiday and prophetically promote Rosh Hashanah as when the Rapture will happen or others, who time the second return of Christ with the Feast of Trumpets?

In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah, which means “New Year” commemorates creation and is the imminent arrival of God’s judgment, in Judaism. On this day, it is said that God inspects the books of judgment for every person. It is advantageous, then, for Jews to repent of their sin, and excise sin as well before that day [the month prior, called Elul]. It is a time of reviewing the past year to see if they owe anyone money or favors, as well as returning borrowed items. The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] are considered the “Days of Awe” in which the things one does during that time will guarantee how the year will go for them in regard to the judgment of God. It is also the time that God decides who will live or die in the coming year.

As part of the Feast of Trumpets [Yom Teruah], tradition in Judaism has the blowing of trumpets in the synagogues, heralding the New Year.

I have provided several quotes from Jewish sites describing Rosh Hoshanah. I think it’s important to understand clearly exactly what Judaism believes and practices compared to what NT believers understand about the Scriptures. I do not see harmony between the two, but rather a lot of contradictions to the OT and especially the NT, which we know is fulfillment of the old covenant.

“Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year … the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.

The name “Rosh Hashanah” is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.”

One of the Jewish traditions of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich. This is the practice of bringing pieces of bread in one’s pockets and then going to a fast moving stream or river and casting the bread on the water. The bread represents sin being cast and swept away by the current.

For those who follow Christ, this practice is completely contradictory to salvation and the full remission of sins that we have in Christ. I am not sure why those who believe in Jesus Christ would do such a thing? Upon confession and repentance to God for sin, He forgives immediately. It is a simple, beautiful thing that we have the assurance of this forgiveness and do not need to spend days preparing and then casting our sins in free flowing water, represented by bread. God is the one who has cast our sins as far as the east is from the west, and as deep as the sea.

Psalm 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Clearly, observing Rosh Hashanah, which was developed by the sages/Rabbis of Judaism who do not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah – and as Rosh Hashanah is Judaism’s tradition and practice, cannot have a place in the life of a believer. Rosh Hashanah denies the finished work of Christ and is a man-made system that has no merit in one’s relationship with the Lord.

There is not much information in the Bible on The Feast of Trumpets. We do know that it required a sacrifice for sin and therefore; is fulfilled completely in Christ with further implications – as noted further down.

For those who advocate, teach, and promote that Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled at a future date in either the rapture or the 2nd coming, I would ask how this can be? The Feast of Trumpets required the blowing of many trumpets. When Christ returns, He will descend with *one* trump and a shout, once – not for a rapture and then later at His second coming. I have heard some say in Hebrew Roots that they must “practice” the Lord’s return by blowing the trumpets. I cannot imagine anything quite so goofy or sacrilegious as that.

In the Hebrew, “teruah” is not the word trumpet – it is a signal, shout, or blast. It is implied in Lev 23 because the word “blow” is used as well.

Lev 23:24 Speak1696 unto413 the children1121 of Israel,3478 saying,559 In the seventh7637 month,2320 in the first259 day of the month,2320 shall ye have1961 a sabbath,7677 a memorial2146 of blowing of trumpets,8643 a holy6944 convocation.4744

H8643
תּרוּעה
terû‛âh
BDB Definition:
1) alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy
1a) alarm of war, war-cry, battle-cry
1b) blast (for march)
1c) shout of joy (with religious impulse)
1d) shout of joy (in general)

The word “trumpet” itself is not used in either text. The word “teruah” [H8643] is used 36 times in the OT and associated with trumpets about 9 times – that is only 25% of the usage. Here is the breakdown:

shout 11, shouting 8, alarm 6, sound 3, blowing 2, joy 2, miscellaneous 4 [sounded, sounding, shouted]

Another wonderful example of how “teruah” is used indicating shouting and joy is found in Ezra [each of the bolded underlined words are “teruah”].

Ezra 3:10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

Ezr 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Ezr 3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

Ezr 3:13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

With that in mind, think about the birth of Christ. Gabriel announced His birth to Mary – a remarkable wondrous occasion in which a miracle was manifested in a virgin – she conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit fulfilling Isaiah 7:14 as well.
AWESOME!

The angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds with radiating glory all around, and a multitude of angels heralded His coming and sang for joy as it re-sounded in the Heavens. Amazing how that all fits together so well when you look at the meaning of “teruah”. This really indicates fulfillment in Christ’s coming as well as His sacrifice for sin.

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Luk 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Luk 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luk 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luk 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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I will end this with this quote from the study:

“Clearly, observing Rosh Hashanah, which was developed by the sages/Rabbis of Judaism who do not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah – and as Rosh Hashanah is Judaism’s tradition and practice, cannot have a place in the life of a believer. Rosh Hashanah denies the finished work of Christ and is a man-made system that has no merit in one’s relationship with the Lord.”

There may be some kind of dual fulfillment, but we must know that Jesus already fulfilled everything that pointed to Him in all the laws and by all the prophets. He does not come the Second Time to bring in the Kingdom, or to fulfill another feast….NO…He comes in Judgment.

Find out for yourself!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.