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Days of Awe
Days of AWE and Yom Kippur
This year's Dates http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-chodesh-elul
"Yamim Nora'im" DAYS OF AWE
The High Holy Days .."ye have been weighed in the balances Daniel 5:27
The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are very special days called
the "Days of Awe". It is usually during this time that many righteous deeds are performed:
"Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance" Luke 3:8
Faith without works is dead, as James tells us in James 2:14-18
Rev. 19:8 tells us that the "fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
"Confess your faults one to another" James 5:16 (to the offended party)
[ as led of the Holy Spirit and with discretion].
We must remember that forgiving others means harboring no resentments, revenge or ill-will toward that person. In fact, we expressly pray for our enemies. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean fellowshipping with those whom we have been offended by. Common sense tells us to stay away from parties that injure.
"From such turn away" 2 Timothy 3:5
Confusing forgiveness with fellowship turns people off from coming to God. They can't handle a relationship that they know is not wholesome for them, and oftentimes ministries have people believing that we must get along with everybody. That just doesn't happen to be reality, and it isn't the truth. Real life consists of people we get along with, and people we don't. Holy Ghost discernment and discretion must always guide us.
Forgiveness is the balm for our hearts to keep us from getting bitter. God administers that balm ... injurious people don't.
If we continue to nurse hurts and grudges , they will fester and get worse with time. That is why Teshuvah (Elul) is a good time to take our burdens to the Lord. No one understands like Jesus.
( p. s. Just because one has relatives doesn't mean one has to show up every holiday. Even our Lord showed us an example. John 7:2-8)
These days are filled with awesome, holy, reverence for God:
" The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom." Psalm 111:10
These are the days of accountability. We are accountable before God for our lives.
Luke 16:19-31 tells of the outcome of Lazarus and the rich man. This parable pulls back the curtain of eternity and lets us peer beyond the grave to hell and to heaven. Yes, there are consequences for sins....of commission and of omission. Our heart needs to be right before God. We must be moved by Christ's love for us in dying on the cross, and then translating that love into actions led by the Holy Ghost. We must shed abroad the love of God in our hearts. Romans 5:5
The Days of Awe lead up to the most solemn Day of all Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement ,
the 40th day ... (40 is the number of Judgement. Please See Book of Jonah 3:4 )
Here is the sequence within the 40 days:
Elul 1 (1st day of Teshuva; a time of Reflection and returning to God
Creation-- 25th day of Elul ; commemoration of God's Shekinah Light emanating in the Universe )
New Year ( Rosh HaShana 30th day of Teshuva ; Creation of man ( Adam ) / reflecting on our future Judgement day)
Ten days of Awe until Yom Kippur ....the 40th day of Teshuva. Returning becomes Returned. See Prodigal Son Luke 15.
Day of Atonement
"Tonight begins the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. The essence of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is, in Hebrew, Tshuva, which literally means repentance. But the root of Tshuva is l'shuv - meaning, to return. On Yom Kippur we attempt to return to our real selves,
without transgression, have asked for and having been granted forgiveness by the L-rd. This allows us to begin the New Year afresh, instilled with purity and a new outlook on life." ---- David Wilder
( Ed: to return to a personal relationship with our God, Yeshua )
KOL NIDREI "all vows"
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the congregation chants the "Kol Nidrei"...a prayer annulling or canceling out any previous vows one may have made in the past year.
YOM HaKodesh...The Holiest Day Romans 3: 23-25
Genesis 22 is read on Yom Kippur.
The following day ---Yom Kippur--is the holiest time of the year for the Hebrew people.
Many prayers are recited expressing true sorrow for sin, any and all sins.
For an example of confessional prayer, please see Daniel 9 : 3-19 and Psalm 51.
In Isaiah 1:18, we are told:
"Come now, let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow."
We have sought God's face; we are now confronting Him.
We are also told in 1 Corinthians 11:31 that if we examine and judge ourselves now (repent), we need not go over that material again at the Day of Judgement.
"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged"
1. Admission of our faults .Ezekiel Chapter 18:20-32
"Repentance is taking sides with God against yourself" Tom Stewart
Confession is admitting to God what He already knows about us.
Confessing our faults is telling God our motives, priorities, weaknesses, sins and habits of error.
2. Asking forgiveness 1 John 1:9,10 ….. James 5:16…Romans 3:23
Psalm 51:17 "A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise"
Psalm 32:6 "For this shall everyone that is Godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found."
"Ye have not, because ye ask not" James 4:2
3. Amending our ways (changing our behavior and attitude) .Romans 8:4, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Day of Redemption..."Yom HaPeduth" Ephesians 4:30 and 1:11-14;
ATONEMENT "kippur"..."to cover over"
a bull, a goat .......... but no Lamb
It was on this day in earlier times that the High Priest alone went into the Most Holy Place of the temple with the substitutionary-blood of a sacrificed bull to sprinkle on the Mercy Seat. This atoned for the High Priest's sins.
Then a goat was sacrificed and the blood also sprinkled on the Mercy Seat. This was to atone for the sins of the people. Both were substitutionary acts, and could not really cleanse or forgive sins.
Only the shed Blood of Jesus at Calvary could cover over ("kippur") our sins.
Hebrews Chapters 7, 8, 9.
The obedience to God's commands in Leviticus fulfilled the obligations of the people at this time. However, since Messiah has come, only His sacrifice is effectual now. He alone is our Passover Lamb Hebrews 9.
AZAZEL.....scape goat --Who Takes the Blame ?
Facing Reality in Relationships http://www.aish.com/hhyomk/hhyomkdefault/Yom_Kippur_A_Day_of_Reconciliation.asp
Two goats together form a type of Christ, on whom the Lord "laid the iniquity of us all,"
http://www.godrules.net/library/eastons/eastons12.htm ( Scroll to 0374 )
In earlier times, the confessed sins of the people were put upon a "scape goat". This goat was then led out to the wilderness and let go, never to return. This signifies how God forgives confessed sin...He forgets. Guilt has no more power over us now that we have come to God. Guilt looks backwards and never quits. Holy Ghost conviction looks forward to restoring our relationship through confession of faults. The conviction then ceases when the relationship is restored.
(The point of confrontation is reconciliation)
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9
"Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13, 14.
KAPPAROT substitute expiation
The Temple sacrifices of earlier days have long been absent from Jewish holy days.
Instead, they practice"kapparot"...a substiute sacrifice. The custom in some places today is to have a rooster or hen (chicken) killed and blessed by the local rabbi (made kosher), and waved over the head, while certain verses and prayers are said. A rooster is waved over the head of a male, while a hen is waved over a female. "gever"
Yom Kippur is an annual event, a formality. In actuality, we interface with God daily. Each evening we review our day, thanking God for His blessings, and asking His forgiveness where we fell short. Repentance is continual, because we continually fall...."the just man falls 7 times a day". We must "fall-forward", into His merciful arms.
And according to our sincerity to amend our ways, we receive God's mercy.
"His mercy endures forever."
YESHUA Our Atoning Lamb
Actual atonement---is accomplished by the shed Blood of Jesus Christ....His crucifixion
Romans 3: 24,25 and Romans 5:9 at Calvary. His Blood covers over our sins, and judgement is averted. We are cleansed
1 John 1:7, and our sins are removed as far as the East is from the West. Our transgressions are cast into the sea of forgetfulness. see also Psalm 103:17
This is what Yom Kippur (Atonement) is all about ..
Receiving God's forgiveness through the
substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.
He is our Mercy Seat, our throne of Grace, our great High Priest, Advocate, Savior and Redeemer. Complete Book of Hebrews He is our Passover Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, in whom we have forgiveness of our sins .in Him alone.
"And they sung a new song, saying, 'Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" Revelation 5:9
The Passover Lamb is personal salvation (Hebrews 9:12-15). The slain goat and the scape goat are for the sins of the nation (Romans 11:26). When Christ returns to this earth, there will be national mourning from all the tribes of the earth.(Zechariah 12:10-14) Will He return on Yom Kippur?
NO ARK of the COVENANT NEEDED
Today, we no longer need an Ark of the Covenant with the golden lid of the Mercy Seat;
it was merely a former means, now done away with.
"And it shall come to pass when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more,
'The ark of the covenant of the LORD'
neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it,
neither shall they visit it: NEITHER SHALL THAT BE DONE ANY MORE."
( Jeremiah 3:16)
The REAL is here. Jesus is our propitiation (our Throne of Mercy...Romans 3:25)
We can now be written into the Lamb's Book of Life
book of the redeemed who have put their trust in the shed blood
of the Lamb-Jesus.
His work at Calvary alone saves.
"This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." (Jesus) John 6:29
There is no other human being throughout all of time that can save us from our selfish condition. No one....
"And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
'Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me,
'Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof".....
"Thou (Jesus our Passover Lamb) art worthy...for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood...worthy is the Lamb." Revelation 5: 3-5
"That is why they call this Friday, 'Good" (T.S. Eliot).
BOOK OF JONAH.....40
The Book of Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, for it says in Jonah 4:2
"I knew that Thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness .
"Extending mercy [hesed] to
thousands who love Me and keep My commands."
Exodus 20:6 ; Joel 2:13; Psalm 86:5
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered." Psalm 32:1
We now go on, renewed in the graces of God, Who is able to keep us from falling, as long as we keep our relationship with Him open and alive.
NEILAH-- the closing
of the gates
Shofar HaGadol....the Last Great Trump ( Matthew 24:31)
The closing ceremony to Yom Kippur and to the season of
Teshuvah is called "Neilah".
We remember that Heaven's Court and Gates were opened on Rosh HaShana and for the following 10 days the scepter of God's mercy was extended to all with contrite hearts.
Now it is time for the gates of the Heavenly court to close. But before that happens, there is one final call.
One final blast of the Shofar is given just before the closing of Heaven's gates. This is the ultimate Last Call to return before the doors are closed. This final trump is called
Shofar HaGadol..."The Great Call".
The Great Aliyah (coming up to Jerusalem) The Great Regathering
This Last Trump signifies the gathering from North, South, East and West and is a call to return.....to return to the Land of Israel and to the Book.
From Arutz 7
THIRD PLANELOAD OF NORTH AMERICAN OLIM ARRIVES
The past two months have seen three more planeloads of Jews from North America touch down on the runway of Ben-Gurion International Airport with the help of an organization called Nefesh b'Nefesh. The most recent of these landed yesterday (Wednesday) morning. Each of the chartered flights were greeted by throngs of friends, relatives and well-wishers who woke up before dawn to join the crowd that filled one of the giant El Al hangars at Ben Gurion's Terminal 2.
"The feeling is amazing - there are thousands of people here to greet us," said Beth Meschel, whose mother Elise called in to Israel National Radio's live broadcast to speak to her daughter minutes after she disembarked from the plane Wednesday. Akiva Gersh exited the aircraft strumming a guitar. "There is such an incredible feeling of unity here," he said, walking between two lines of IDF soldiers singing, waving Israeli flags, and helping the new immigrants with their luggage.
"What a great way to come home," Gersh said, his wife Tamar by his side. The couple plans to settle initially in Jerusalem. Their message for those still in the Diaspora: "You've gotta come home - your souls are already here, Jews coming home will change the world for Jews and non-Jews alike."
Israel National Radio covered the August 11 flight live. It can be heard here: Part 1; and here: Part 2.
Sharansky, a former Russian refusenik and prisoner of Zion before finally being able to make Aliyah himself, says the new immigrants from North America are more impressive than he. "I had an easy task - I had to break the Iron curtain. They had a much more difficult task - they had to break the golden curtain, overcome many obstacles, sometimes facing opposition from their own parents."
People are realizing that these are not just punctuated events," Rabbi Yehoshua Fass told IsraelNN's Ezra HaLevi.
"We are tapping into the current of the historic waves of Aliyah and in Israel and throughout the exile, people are sensing the pure unadulterated love of Israel that is the energy surrounding the current wave."
"This is just the beginning, though," Fass said in an interview with INR's Yishai Fleisher minutes after this summer's final Nefesh b'Nefesh flight landed, "we are looking at hundreds more flights. You have 6 million Jews in America - with help from the communities, we will certainly bring 100,000 new immigrants in the coming years. Until now, we have been passive facilitators with very little promotion - people have found us - we are going to start getting into a more active role starting in September. Our first avenue is to send around 70 ambassadors - articulate, professional, happy successful, veteran olim who have come over the past few years back to address their home communities from coast to coast to express to
[North American Jews] their love for Israel, what went into their move, and how they are doing now.
That itself will open up a whole new population of prospective olim."
Aliya-- Hungarian Jews http://israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=67603
Lost tribe of Menashe found in India
(Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's interpretation of "teshuvah" Jerusalem Post
"Next year, Jerusalem!"
ALIYAH OF NORTH AMERICAN JEWRY PICKING UP
The year 2002 has seen a significant increase in North American aliyah (immigration to Israel). As of September, 1,680 new immigrants arrived from North America, compared to 1,312 during the same period in 2001. Over 30% of them were sponsored by the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization, including almost 400 on one planeload in July and 130 who came afterwards. The organization reports that many hundreds of applications for next summer's group have come in, and multiple flights are foreseen. Of those who arrived on the July flight and sought immediate employment (as opposed to a Hebrew studies course), 86% already have professional placement. (Arutz 7) For Zion Sake Jerusalem Report
Isaiah 27:13 speaks of the House of Israel returning at the end of the Great Tribulation. Please also see
The Sabbath that falls within these 10 High Holy Days is called the "Shabbat Shuvah"... the Sabbath of Return.
We authors believe that the Shofar HaGadol blown on Yom Kippur is the great sound of the trumpet Messiah spoke of in Matthew 24:31 where the Messianic-elect of Heaven are called forth.
"And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet (Shofar HaGadol), and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Mark 13:27 tells us that the Messianic elect from earth are also called forth (the Remnant....see also Isaiah 27:12-13)
At this same time, the Remnant is changed in the twinkling of an eye. ...a translation into a glorified body right here on earth, just like at the Transfiguration.
Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36
There is also at this time what Luke refers to as the "Resurrection of the Just"
(Luke 14:14).These are the Old Testament Believers before the New Covenant , like John the Baptist, who are friends of the Bridegroom and not the Bride. Up from the grave they'll arise..."I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction."
(John 3:29...Matthew 11:11)
"Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (Shofar HaGadol): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (transfigured).....for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." 1 Corinthians 15: 51-53
This is the "Last Day" that Martha spoke of in John 11:24.
This is the Last Trump on the Last day.
WILL HE FIND FAITH ? Luke 18:8
Do heaven's gates close?
For the Believer, God's ears are always open, as well as Heaven's gates. However when we habitually sin, God can make the heaven as brass and the earth as iron...Deuteronomy 28:23....or visa-versa...Heaven as iron and the earth as brass (Leviticus 26:19)
In Revelation 15:8 the temple of God is closed until the 7 vials of wrath are poured out.
Ye Who are Weary Come Home (Softly and Tenderly)
Hymn also at: http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh348.sht
Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling http://www.kirkdale113.freeserve.co.uk/softly.htm
How fortunate that NOW Heaven's gates are open wide. Today is the day of Salvation.
Today, if we hear His voice, let us harden not our hearts. NOW is the acceptable time.
The Prodigal Son...... Luke 15:18
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
"Prone to wander (Lord, I feel it) http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh400.sht
Prone to leave the God I love" http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/comethou.htm
Also at http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/c/c302.html
" I will arise and go to my Father, and I will say unto Him,
"Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee."
Let we who have strayed, come home.
For more info on Jewish Holidays,
please see http://www.aish.com/h/
5 year Calendar -to 5779 http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday0.htm ... Scroll to bottom of page
Yeshua of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies http://www.yeshuatyisrael.com/moshiach.htm
"The Season of Teshuvah" from Hebraic Heritage (Eddie Chumney)
Question: Is Zechariah 12:10 and Matthew 24:30 and Rev. 1:7 a future fulfillment of Yom Kippur?
Believers : Mark 13:35
1 Corinthians 15:23
1. Evening Rapture
Resurrection of Our Lord 33 AD , plus sheaf of Resurrected Believers who lived and died prior to the death of our Lord.
Matthew 27:52, 53 ; ..... Ephesians 4:8 ........................possibly Luke 24: 51 )
2. Midnight Rapture-- occurring soon; just before the Great Tribulation
The Church Age Resurrection and Midnight Rapture (Matthew 25:10 ....... 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 .......... 2 Thess. 1: 7, 8 )
3. Cockcrowing Rapture ( pre-Wrath ) - within the Great Tribulation
Resurrection of Tribulation Saints: (Revelation 7:13-17 .............. Rev. 14:15,16 )
pre-wrath rapture of those who "remain" Rev. 16:15.
Please see http://hopetotheend.com/ch5sheaves.html
4. Morning Translation/ Transfiguration -- immediately after the Great Tribulation
"Resurrection of the Just" Luke 14:14
(Old Testament Saints, friends of the Bridegroom) Daniel 12:2.
Translation of Remnant into glorified bodies ( Transfiguration)
1 Corinthians 15: 51-53 includes all three concepts of Resurrection, Rapture and Transfiguration of Saints for application.
These all have part in the First Resurrection Rev. 20:5, 6
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5. There is a "resurrection of the damned"( John 5:29 ) which takes place after the millennial reign of Christ
(Rev. 20) . That is the Second Death Rev. 20:13-15
End of Great Tribulation, Rev. 11:11 ----- As we see it, this pertains to the 2 witnesses only
Jewish Feast Days to follow:
SUKKOT http://hopetotheend.com/sukkot.html -Tabernacles- Booths --Ingathering
Hoshana Rabbah -- The Great Call given by Yeshua Jesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit; John 7:37--39 and Rev. 22:17
Shemini Atzerat-- Praying for Rain .. for a good harvest of crops in the next agricultural year
( and also praying for the Latter Rain of Messianic Jews who are filled with the Holy Spirit; global witnessing )... James 5: 7,8 ; Rev. 7 )
Simchat Torah / Simchat LOGOS; Celebrating the WORD of God , world-wide
Rejoicing in God's Holy Word, the Bible; Reading all 66 books throughout the year... John 1:1 and John 21:25
Happy Birthday, Jesus !
The month of Cheshvan http://hopetotheend.com/cheshvan.html ( late October-November)
Hanukkah ; Feast of Dedication; Feast of Lights .
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