Teaching Topics
The Lord's Hand
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When we know WHO holds the future, then whatever comes, even the worst is transformed into a blessing. 

 

THE LORD’S HAND       
"That Ezra (son of Seraiah) came up from Babylon, a scribe expert in the LAW OF MOSES which the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL had given, whose request the king had granted in its entirety, thanks to the benevolence of the LORD his GOD toward him." [Ezra 7. 6 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

Neither Ezra the skilled scribe nor Nehemiah, the kings’ butler were prepared either by study or experience to supervise the great construction project of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem and the wall of the City which had both been destroyed many years before by the armies of Babylon.  Yet OMNISCIENT GOD called them to these ministries and led them and protected them as they carried out the appointed duties. 

 

Ezra and Nehemiah gave the  ALMIGHTY EXALTED ONE the glory for what they accomplished.  Ezra reminded his readers six times and Nehemiah twice, that it was by the hand of the LORD their GOD that they were able to properly supervise the work for such a great task. [Ezra 7. 6, 9, 28; 8. 18 – 22, 31; Nehemiah/Nechemah 2. 8, 18]  Regardless of the many difficulties and through much opposition by their foes, it was by the hand of GoD that all HE pleased, HE accomplished through HIS chosen servants.  "You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LoRd, and a royal diadem in the palm of your God." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 62. 3 Tanakh, Nevi’im] "The hand of the LORD shall be revealed in behalf of HIS servants; but HE shall rage against HIS foes." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 66. 14 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

Likewise, we must be careful to give all honour, glory and praise to the OMNIPOTENT SUPREME LORD & KING for the things HE enables and allows us to accomplish in HIS service.  Even such a great and powerful man of God, like the Apostle Paul had to say, "But by the grace of GoD I am what I am, and HiS grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of GoD which was with me." [1 Corinthians 15. 10]  And — "If GoD is for us, who can be against us?" [Romans 8. 31] 

 

The hand of the LORD can also be a chastening hand as well as a guiding and providing hand.  But the greatest desire of the ROCK OF OUR SALVATION is that "all the peoples of the earth shall know how mighty is the hand of the LORD, that you shall fear the LORD your GoD always." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 4. 24 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  Because, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the livinG God." [Hebrews 10. 31] Therefore, find comfort for your entire life in the center of HIS nail-pierced hands. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
Bidding farewell to Sabbath Shuvah Shabbat of Return. As we continue to celebrate Yamym Noraym (High Holy Days) — May GOD give us the kindness to hear with compassion, to offer support, loving comfort, and care.  May HE give us the courage to do what is needed, the wisdom to choose what is right and most fair...give us the vision to see what is possible; the faith that will help pave the way for a present that is hopeful, a future that is peaceful — give us the heart to bring joy to each day.  May Rosh ha’Shanah mark a new beginning for you. . . through a year blessed with goodness and promise through MESSIAH YESHUA, the KING of Glory. Amen!
 May the LORD use you today to do HIS work in the lives that surround you. May today be all you need it to be.  May the peace of GOD and the freshness of the HOLY SPIRIT rest in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears. May GOD manifest HIMSELF today in ways you have never experienced before.  May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your prayers be answered.  We pray that faith enters a new height for you and that your territory is enlarged.  We pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, true and undying love for GOD.
Shana Tova! May you have a year filled with meaning and purpose. . . happiness will surely follow.
Days of Awe  DAY 33 of REPENTANCE  There is always more to learn as you follow these meditations and to understand the negative effects of our contrary nature which continues to plague us. Nevertheless, we never stop growing in our BELOVED MESSIAH.  "Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the WORD, that you may grow thereby." [1 Peter 2:1-2]  The LORD YESHUA told us that unless we change and become like children we will not see the Kingdom of Heaven. [Matthew 18:3] DO NOT let your desire to be “mature” lead you toward attitudes and behaviors that are evil. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Rosh Ha'Shana Prayer
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
"Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her! Join in her jubilation, all you who mourned over her — that you may suck from her breast consolation to the full, that you may draw from her bosom glory to your delight." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 66. 10 – 11 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

ROSH HA’SHANA PRAYER      
 Our prayer for you and your family on this Feast Day of Yom Teruah/Rosh ha’Shanah is that ALMIGHTY GOD, blessed be HE and blessed be HIS NAME, will make the coming days of this year, 5778, happy ones...
...
Not by shielding us from all sorrow and pain, but by strengthening us to bear it if and when it comes.
...Not by making our path easy, but in making us strong enough to tread any path. 
   Not by granting unbroken sunshine, but by keeping our face bright even in the shadows.
...Not by making our life always pleasant, but in showing us where MESSIAH and HIS cause needs us most; and by making us zealous to do HIS perfect will.
...Not by keeping us from conflict and war, but by bringing us off every field of battle more than conquerors through the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH WHO loves us most.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcoming Shabbat Shuvah (Sabbath of Return) [Sabbath Reading: Ha’Azinu Give Ear – Deuteronomy 32:1-52; Hosea 14:1-9; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27; Matthew 18:21-35]
The Rosh ha’Shana prayers — longer, more melodious, and more intense and inspirational than usual — concentrate on GOD'S KINGSHIP and HIS judgment of all creatures. "Our PRECIOUS HEAVENLY FATHER, we have no king but YOU. Help us for YOUR NAMES sake. Grant us a blessed new year, annul all evil decrees against us, annul the plots of our enemies, frustrate the designs of our foes, rid us of tyrants, rid us of pestilence, sword, famine, captivity, sin and destruction. Forgive and pardon all our sins. Help us return to YOU fully repentant. Send complete healing to the sick; remember us with favor; hasten our deliverance. Exalt YOUR people, Israel and those who are called by YOUR NAME everywhere. Hear us our INCREDIBLE REDEEMER, show us mercy and compassion, accept our prayer with favor and mercy. Do not turn us away unanswered. Remember that we are dust. Have pity for us and our children; act for those slain for YOUR HOLY NAME who were slaughtered for YOUR unity who went through fire and water; act for YOUR sake if not for ours. Answer us though we have no deeds to plead our cause. Save us with mercy and loving-kindness.  And, make us careful to bless, praise and thank YOU all the days of our life. Amen!"
 May you enter each day with joy in your hearts and confidence that ALMIGHTY GOD, in HIS mercy, will continue to use us as HIS messenger of the GOOD NEWS to this needy world.  May it be a year where we do good to others; a year full of blessings of health, happiness, and peace.
Wishing all of you a blessed year–5778 "The LORD your GOD cares; the eyes of the LORD your GOD are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year." [Deuteronomy 11:12]
 Honey dripped Rosh ha’Shana wishes to the apple of our eyes – our beloved friends/family.
Chag Semayah — Good Holy Days!
Days of Awe  DAY 32 of REPENTANCE  Every attempt we make to show wisdom without operating in accordance with GOD’S WORD and the fruit of HIS HOLY SPIRIT will result in confusion. We must permanently banish envy and self-seeking, otherwise we will never be able to see the Truth ourselves, let alone share it with others. “But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” [James 3:14-16] Continue to examine yourself until the last root of ungodliness is discovered and removed, and has been replaced by the infilling of the HOLY SPIRIT. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]
FOR THE 10 DAYS OF AWE
l.  "Open for me an opening the size of a needle and I will expand it into a door through which wagons can go through." [Midrash on Song of Songs 5:2] Change is not all or nothing. GOD tells us that we just need to take that first step, however small it may be, and HE will show us a way forward.
2.  "I stopped looking for the light and decided to become it instead." [Anonymous] Stop thinking you need to change the people and things around you in order to grow. Authentic transformation comes from within us. It comes from the goodness and the light we bring to everything that we do and everyone that we encounter.
3.  "Everything is a choice." [Anonymous] We can escape from the tyranny of our bad habits. We have free will. The haphazard mornings or the orderly routines, the complaints or the compliments, the endless distractions or the moments of reflection: these are all choices we make, and if we want to change our lives, we need to first look at our choices.
4.  "It is never too late to be what you might have been." [George Eliot] Let’s not bother focusing on the time we wasted or the opportunities we didn't use. That was yesterday. Today is another chance to become who we want to be. We can turn our regrets into lessons and our failures into stepping stones.
5.  "Your goals don't care how you feel." [Anonymous] We won't always feel motivated. Sometimes we’ll feel tired and want to push off our goals until tomorrow. But tomorrow we may not "feel" like working either. One of the biggest myths of change is that we need to feel motivated to move forward. It's the moving forward that really matters; the motivation will follow our actions. Motivation is wonderful; discipline is critical.
6.  "Thinking ‘I can't’ is idolatry. If the ALMIGHTY ONE helps us, we can change the world. And if HE doesn't help, we can't do anything." [Rabbi Noah Weinberg] We limit ourselves by walls of false beliefs that we hide behind. When we have faith, we can let go of who we imagined ourselves to be and become who we really are.
7.  "If you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible." [Rabbi Nachman of Breslov] We don't need to cover up or deny our mistakes. We fall. Our lives can sometimes feel broken. We need to remember to focus on fixing the brokenness instead of allowing it to lead to hopelessness.
8.  "Set a goal so big you can't achieve it until you grow into the person who can." [Anonymous] Change takes time. Don't be afraid to have extraordinary goals and huge plans. If we are committed to the process, we can become the kind of people capable of accomplishing those feats that seem way out of reach now.
9.  "A great attitude becomes a great mood, which becomes a great day, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life." [Zig Ziglar] It is far easier to change from a place of joy and abundance than it is from a place of despair and lack. Focus on the good and it will lead to more goodness.
10. "No matter how many mistakes you make or how slowly you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying." The two most important elements to change are focus and effort, and we can control both. We can keep trying. We can keep growing. We can focus constantly on where we want to go. No matter how small the changes we make, we are still way ahead than we would have been if we didn't try at all.  
Open the door and the LOVING MASTER will show us the way through. All HE asks us to do is wake up every day and try. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Feast of Trumpets 5778
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
He who kneels before the ALMIGHTY ONE, can stand before any person. 

 

 FEAST OF TRUMPETS 5778      
At some point in history, the Feast of Yom Teruah (a more accurate term for the Day of Trumpets — Leviticus/B'Midvar 23. 23 - 25) became the day on which the Jewish New Year is celebrated, more popularly known as  Rosh ha’Shanah (celebrated in the 7th month, Tishri) which translates as "Head of the Year."  {Began last night at sundown — Tuesday Evening, September 20 this year}  This Festival, a truly extraordinary occasion, is both a memorial and a blessing. 

 

The Feast of Trumpets is also called "Yom ha'Din" — the Day of Judgment and "Yom ha’Zikkaron" — the Day of Remembrance.  The Apostle Paul was speaking of the appointed time when he declared: "HE (the RIGHTEOUS ONE) has appointed a day on which HE will judge the world in righteousness by the MAN (YESHUA THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD) whom HE has ordained. HE has given assurance of this to all by raising HIM from the dead." [Acts 17. 31 – 32]  And again, warning of the judgment to come:  "It is a righteous thing with GOD to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the LORD JESUS is revealed from heaven with HIS mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know GOD, and on those who do not obey the GOSPEL of our LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH." [2 Thessalonians 1. 6 – 9] 

 

However, according to Exodus/Shemot 12:2, Nisan (Passover Season-March/April) is the month appointed by GOD as the "head" of the year, "the beginning of months."  There are two other places in the Hebrew expression where "Rosh ha’Shanah (head or beginning of the year)" is found in the HOLY SCRIPTURE.  ["It is a land the LORD your GOD cares for; the eyes of the LORD your GOD are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end." Deuteronomy/Devarim 11. 12  "In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, the exile of King Jehoiachin, the fourteenth year after the City had fallen, at the beginning of the year, the tenth day of the month on that very day." Ezekiel/Yehezke-El 40. 1] 

 

Our Jewish people celebrate their New Year's Day in a very solemn way, unlike the Gentile practice.  Jews examine their record for the past year and make resolutions to do better the coming year.  According the Talmud, three books are opened on Yom Teruah/Rosh ha’Shanah before the MIGHTY CREATOR, wherein the fate of the righteous, the wicked, and those of a middle class are recorded.  The names of the righteous are immediately inscribed and they are sealed at once to life.  The middle class are allowed 10 days to repent and become righteous; while the wicked are altogether blotted out of the Book of the Living. 

 

Tradition alleges that Adam was created about the time of the Feast of Trumpets.  According to the WRITTEN WORD OF GOD, when YESHUA, the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL was born, that was certainly a new beginning. It will be a time of renewal when MESSIAH YESHUA returns some glorious day.  We are in the final days of repentance leading to the Day of Atonement.  Now is the time to make things right with the GREAT GOD OF HEAVEN & EARTH and with each other before the coming final judgment. Maybe soon, on some Feast of Trumpets, the LORD YESHUA will come for all who believe in HIM. [1 Thessalonians 4. 13 - 18] 

 

In fulfillment of the EVER-LIVING ONE'S command, Jews gather on Yom Teruah/Rosh ha’Shanah during the day at the Synagogue where the most prominent feature of the religious ceremony is the blowing of the Shofar (ram's horn), marking the preparation of the Holy Festival. "Speak to the Israelite people thus In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe Sabbath rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 23. 24 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

On this day, the Jewish people feel that the purpose for the sounding of the Shofar is to arouse them to the serious contemplation of their sinfulness as well as to their duty to lead a godly life.  The Shofar is blown as a summons for the conscience to awake and heed the call of duty.   For this reason, Yom Teruah/Rosh ha’Shanah is known as "The Day of the Sounding of the Horn." Furthermore, on that day it is concluded that RIGHTEOUS OMNIPOTENT JUDGE, the FAITHFUL & TRUE, calls to memory the faults and sins of the past year, it is also known as "Yom Zikrown"The Day of Memorial. And, since Jewish people feel they are then on trial before the JUDGE OF THE UNIVERSE, Rosh ha’Shanah is also known as the Day of Judgment (Yom ha'Din).   The prayers of the Jewish people to our RIGHTEOUS LORD GOD is that the HOLY ONE, blessed be He and blessed be HIS NAME, would inscribe their name in the "SEFER ha’HAYYIMTHE BOOK OF LIFE." 

 

"Tashlikh (casting off)" is another custom observed before Rosh ha’Shana.  In fulfillment of the text — "YOU will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." [Micah (Michah) 7. 19 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  Jews go to the edge of a running stream and throw rocks into the water.  In doing so, prayers are recited concluding with the words:  "May GOD cast our sins into the depths of the sea!" 

 

There is another great event which will be proclaimed by the blowing of a trumpet!  This event is going to rock this world as never any event in her history! "For the LORD YEHOVAH HIMSELF will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of GOD. And the dead in MESSIAH will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And thus we shall always be with the LORD." [1 Thessalonians 4. 16 - 17] 

 

"Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." [1 Corinthians 15. 51 - 52] 

 

The Eternal New Year began in the heart of those who accepted the MESSIAH YESHUA as their SAVIOR, REDEEMER & LORD.  At that moment the heart was changed and all his sins were cast into the depths of the sea.   The trumpet of the LORD OF HOSTS sounded announcing this great event and a new name was written in the LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE!   This New Creation is now awaiting the Sound of the Shofar (ram's horn) which shall usher in that greatest of all events since the days of YESHUA ha'MASHIACH'S flesh!   O glorious day when the LORD shall come for HIS OWN — both Jew and Gentile — who have accepted the redemption HE purchased through HIS SUPREME SACRIFICE on the Altar of Calvary!  Without question, the incredible wonder of this Festival of Trumpets is a memorial and a blessing. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Remembrance (zichronot) is to never forget that the ALMIGHTY loves you — imperfect, struggling, wonderful, one-of-a-kind you.
 Rosh ha’Shanah is a time when we coronate (empower, enthrone) GOD as our KING. The ALMIGHTY ONE loves us more then we can imagine; HE is flawless and infallible. Everything HE does is for our good.  All that happens to us is ultimately good and perfect.
Have a sweet and good new year — have health. happiness, love, and may there be true peace in the Land of Israel and the whole world; Come LORD YESHUA!
"L'Shanah Tova tikatevu v'techateimu — May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!"
Days of Awe  DAY 31 of REPENTANCE  Ya’acov (James) describing the importance of actively doing GOD’S WORD, not just hearing. When the Hebrew people received the TORAH at Sinai, they declared with one voice, "We will hear and obey."  In their declaration they were acknowledging the importance of doing and not just hearing. "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of GOD. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." [James 1:19-21] By GOD’S amazing grace and mercy our sins are covered, but the hearing and doing of HIS commands on our part are fundamentally essential. The truth is we are directly affecting our ability to draw near to YEHOWAH when we are not obedient to HIS WORD. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]   

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Yom Teruah
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The person of faith believes GOD even when circumstances appear to the contrary. 

 

YOM TERUAH       
The purpose of Rosh ha’Shanah can be understood through the main themes of the central Mussaf prayer offered. The prayer is organized in three sections:
 1. Malchiot (KINGSHIP) — We begin the special silent prayer of Rosh ha’Shana by declaring GOD our KING.  Our prayers declare GOD’S ONENESS, and the path in life we would like to lead.
 2. Zichronot (Remembrances) — Unlike humans who forget and remember, it is inconceivable that such a concept exists in our SUPERLATIVELY, HONORABLE, EXCELLENT, ALL-POWERFUL GOD.  Zichronot refers to GOD’S ability to identify and consider all factors and aspects of a decision.  The ALMIGHTY ONE is aware of our mission in life, our motivations, our thoughts, and our desires. Each and every one of these facets is considered when we are judged.
 3. Shofarot (The Shofar) — Shofarot refers to horn, the Shofar, blown on Rosh ha’Shanah. The Shofar symbolizes a new beginning. It is for this reason that it was present at Mount Sinai as the Jewish Nation was forged, and it is for this reason that we sound it on Rosh ha’Shana when we desire to start anew.
Why do we desire a new beginning? Have we given our best effort to self improvement, to our relationships with our fellow man and with GOD? The answer to the question likely gives one pause. We therefore ask GOD for a new beginning.  Then we blow the Shofar. 

Yom Teruah (The Day of the Horn/Trumpets) — literally shouting...begins with blessings after the Shofar is sounded. "Baruch atah Yahweh Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidishanu bemitzvotav vetzvivanu leshemoa kol Shofar."   [Blessed are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, KING of the universe, WHO has sanctified us with your commandments and has instructed us to hear the Shofar.] "Baruch ata YAHWEH ELOHEINU MELECH ha-olam, asher kidishanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lazman hazeh."  [Blessed are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, KING of the universe, WHO has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.] 

 

The Sounds of the Shofar
There are four different sounds associated with the blowing of the Shofar during the Yom Teruah service. These sounds are interpreted as follows:
1. Tekiah — A pure unbroken sound that calls man to search his heart, forsake his wrong ways, and seek forgiveness through repentance. The Tekiah called the people to attention and to gather to Moses. It is the calling note, calling your attention and holding you. It would be the customary summons to listen to GOD, to receive from HIM the orders for the day. The sound of the KING’S coronation. 

 

2. Shebarim — A broken, staccato, trembling sound. It typifies the sorrow that comes to man when he realizes his misconduct and desires to change his ways. Signifies repentance. 

 

3. Teruah — A wave-like sound of alarm calling upon man to stand by the banner of GOD. Teruah in Hebrew means not only a certain unique sound. It also implies "to break" — denoting breaking something and/or causing damage. It is the note for bustling, speedy activity, the signal for breaking up, for striking tents and breaking up camp. Sound to awaken the soul. 

 

4. Tekiah Gedolah — The prolonged, unbroken sound typifying a final appeal to sincere repentance and atonement (sound as long as you can blow). 

 

The Shofar blowing on Yom Teruah is a combination of the various sounds. The call of the shofar reminds us that the KING OF THE UNIVERSE loves us, is thinking about us, and cares about our lives. HE is judging us because HE loves us.  With GOD, it is crucial to remember that no matter how we feel about HIM, HIS love for us is unwavering. 

 

The Tekiah is sounded first to call man's heart to give attention and hear the following "sound" of the Shofar message. It is then followed by the Teruah which would then give the HOLY ONE’S order to break off and away from every attachment that estranges us from HIM, and from our own purposes and present mode of life which is displeasing to the ALMIGHTY, and leave behind every worthless activity. The broken sound reminds us that we have a job of "breaking" to do as well — the breaking of our evil inclination.
Based on the commandment in Numbers 29:1 ["And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets."], one hundred Shofar blasts are dramatically sounded throughout the prayers, awakening us to improve our ways. 

 

It is our willingness to declare GOD as KING that entitles us to a new life. Our request for life is based on our desire for a relationship with HIM. Like other relationships it is possible that there are areas that need improvement, however, those imperfections should not detract from the value of the relationship. 

 

The Eternal New Year begins in the heart of him who accepted MESSIAH YESHUA as their LORD & SAVIOR.  At that moment the heart was changed and all his sins were cast into the depths of the sea and he now is a new creation in CHRIST JESUS, the KING OF GLORY.  The trumpet of the LORD OF HOSTS will sound announcing the greatest event as a new name is written in the LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE! 

 

This New Creation is now awaiting the sound of the ETERNAL ONE when HE calls us Home to be with HIM forevermore.  Truly, this will be the greatest of all events since the days of MESSIAH'S flesh!   O glorious day when KING JESUS shall come for HIS OWN — both Jew and Gentile — who have repented of their sins (Hebrew: teshuvah — to return, repent, contrition) and accepted the redemption HE purchased through CHRIST JESUS' SUPREME SACRIFICE on the Altar of Calvary! 

 

In Judaism, a distinction is made between repentance for sins committed against GOD and those committed against one’s fellow man.  For this reason the TORAH has two different sacrifices dealing with sin. The first was known as "ha’taat" — the sin offering, while the other is called "asham" — the guilt offering. The sin offering taught that when man sinned against the MASTER CREATOR, restitution must be made with GOD; whereas, the guilt offering concerned man’s restoring his relationship with another man before GOD.  If a person sinned against another person, forgiveness would not be given by the ALMIGHTY if the guilty party only confessed his sin to GOD. He must first make restitution with his fellow man and then come to GOD. 

 

MESSIAH YESHUA referred to this in the Book of Mattatiyahu (Matthew): "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." [Matthew 5. 23 - 24] 

 

Rosh ha’Shana, a celebration of GOD’S KINGSHIP and our desire to have a relationship with HIM.  May this time serve as a prelude to a Happy New Year for each of us and our families.  We cover you with our love and prayers. May your relationship with the HOLY CREATOR, the GREAT GOD OF HEAVEN & EARTH, grow daily in the little time we have left to serve HIM here on earth.  L’Chayim!

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcoming Yom Teruah/Rosh ha’Shanah a Solemn Sabbath! Chag SemayahGood Holy Days! May you be inscribed in the BOOK OF LIFE and may the Jewish nation be rid of their enemies. Pardon our sins and grant us a life of health, prosperity and blessings.
 The Rosh ha’Shana prayers — longer, more melodious, and more intense and inspirational than usual — concentrate on GOD'S KINGSHIP and HIS judgment of all creatures.
"Ketiva Vahatima Tova may your inscription and seal be for good."  Our prayer for each of you is for a good year, not one just good for us, but a year where we do good to others.
DAY 30 of REPENTANCE  Paul gives us one of the longest lists of godless behavior in his second letter to Timothy. He is talking about what life will be like in the last days.  These are all types of people who are demonstrating the results of an unrepentant heart. "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of GOD, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" [2 Timothy 3:1-5] This certainly describes the world today; let us not be like the world. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]
 The 10 Days of Awe begin at evening, they are from Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets/Rosh ha’Shana) through Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). These days are a foreshadowing picture and rehearsal of the Second Coming of MESSIAH YESHUA, the fulfillment of prophetic SCRIPTURES. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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True Riches
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
We cannot take the second step before we have the courage to take the first one, the hardest part of any endeavor is beginning.  

 

TRUE RICHES      
"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the LIVING GOD, WHO gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." [1 Timothy 6. 17 - 19]

 

Those who are true followers of the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA have so many true riches to enjoy that it is sad when many try hard to accumulate the uncertain riches of this world.  What is worse, is preachers and teachers that promote the idea that CHRISTians are entitled to the goods of the world by naming and claiming it to be so.  We are clearly instructed, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." [Matthew 6. 19 - 21]

 

The Apostle Paul speaks of "the riches of HIS goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering" [Romans 2. 4] which led YESHUA to provide our eternal salvation.  For those who have been saved, Paul writes of "the riches of HIS glory on the vessels of mercy, which HE had prepared beforehand for glory." [Romans 9. 23] 

 

In contemplating the great plan of GOD for both Jews and Gentiles, he exclaimed "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of GOD! How unsearchable are HIS judgments and HIS ways past finding out!" [Romans 11. 33]  In CHRIST THE ANOINTED ONE are "hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." [Colossians 2. 3] 

 

When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesians, he reminded them that MESSIAH had redeemed them through HIS precious blood and forgave their sins "according to the riches of HIS grace" eager for them to understand "the riches of the glory of HIS inheritance in the saints." He told them that "GOD, WHO is rich in mercy" had saved them that sequentially "in the ages to come HE might show the exceeding riches of HIS grace in HIS kindness toward us in CHRIST JESUS." [Ephesians 1. 7, 18; 2. 4, 7] 

 

In summarizing all these true riches which are — mercy, glory, grace, goodness, wisdom, knowledge, boldness, confidence — Paul spoke of "the unsearchable riches of CHRIST, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in GOD WHO created all things through JESUS CHRIST; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of GOD might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places." [Ephesians 3. 8 - 10]   Jeremiah also spoke of this in the OLD COVENANT, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the strong man glory in his strength, let not the rich man glory in his riches;  but only let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows ME, that I am the LORD, act in lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness in the world. For in these I delight declares the LORD." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 9. 23 - 24 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

Truly, "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen any GOD besides YOU, WHO acts for the one who waits for HIM." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 64. 4 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  "For behold! I am creating a new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 65. 17 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  Or, as Paul reestablished these texts by summarizing, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which GOD has prepared for those who love HIM." [1 Corinthians 2. 9] Thru HIS SPIRIT, GOD reveals HIS wondrous riches to man. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
O LORD, pardon the sins, transgressions and iniquities which we have committed before YOU. Purify us of all our errors and iniquities so that our life may be worthy of the name we bear and our home become a sanctuary consecrated to YOUR PRESENCE and dedicated to righteousness. Humbled by the sense of our weakness and our guilt, we ask YOU, O GOD of our fathers, to help us to serve YOU in sincerity and in truth; and in serving YOU, may our example help to lead many to YOU.
DAY 29 of REPENTANCE  I am not so sure specifically how to define godless chatter, but I am pretty sure we should be able to recognize it when we hear it, even when it is coming out of our own mouths. We certainly need to be aware of its dangers and be sure to guard against it daily. "But shun profane and idle babblings (godless chatter), for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer." [2 Timothy 2:16-17]  Not everything we talk about has GOD as its central theme, but there is a type of information exchange that is nothing but babbling. It is cutting to our spirits, thus to be avoided or completely stopped as much as is possible. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]
Shanah Tova, Gmar Hatima Tova - A good year and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

Email:   delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:   www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

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