I am looking for the FOURTH Temple
Last week I wrote about the danger of supporting Orthodox Jews in the establishment of a third temple. It generated quite a bit of interest and some requested that I continue to share on this subject. One gentleman wrote:
“I agree with most of this article except the part about the third temple. Yeshua will remain in heaven until all things are restored. Without the restored temple, how does Yeshua defeat the antichrist and rule and reign from Mt Zion?”
First, the Bible does not say, “Yeshua will remain in heaven until all things are restored.” It says, “until the times comes for God to restore everything.”(Acts 3:21) Some things God has already begun to restore. In the church, we can see that tongues, revival preaching, purity, immersion in the Holy Spirit and the power of God have been and are being restored. Restoration to Israel includes the rebirth of the actual nation, Jerusalem, a place of leadership among the nations as a light of technology, military leader, and the believing remnant of Jews. Yes, God is restoring!
But not everything will be restored beforeHe returns. He remains in heaven not until all things are restored, but until the time comes for the restoration.
The Third Temple is the Temple of the Antichrist!
But is the third temple a part of that restoration? Simply put, no. The third temple is absolutely a part of end-time prophecy, but that doesn’t make it a blessing. The antichrist is part of end-time prophecy, but I am not praying for his appearance! And I am certainly not excited about it, or giving money to his campaign, as many believers are to the Third Temple Institute. The third temple will be a temple of deception, leading Jewish people back to a pre-Yeshua sacrificial religion.
How the Third Temple is Built
You see, I am excited about the fourth temple. I’ll address that in a minute. First, how will the third temple come about? Well, looking through a glass darkly, this is how I see things.
1. A world leader will arise, possibly out of the massive Israeli military victory prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and bring peace to the Middle East—beginning the seven-year tribulation. This leader will make provision for the rebuilding of the temple. My guess is that the Muslim mosques on the Temple Mount are destroyed in this war.
[The antichrist] will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ (seven years). In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Refer also to Daniel 11:31 and 12:11, which seems to speak of the antichrist putting an end to sacrifices in the third temple.
In order for him to “put an end to sacrifice,” there must be a third temple. This rebuilding will lead to a Jewish revival and, probably, the persecution of Messianic Jews in Israel.
2. The second part of the verse says that he will defile the rebuilt temple, “he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.” We see this confirmed by Paul.
[The antichrist] will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
(2 Thess. 2:4)
3. The antichrist will suffer (or fake) a fatal wound, but will rise (or appear to) from the dead at this time (Rev. 13:3). This will give him the cred to simply declare himself to be God. He will defile the temple and take it over, causing the Jews at the temple to flee.
So, you can see why I am not encouraging people to get behind the restoration of a Yeshua-less revival in Judaism. I am looking for the end-time prophecies that speak of the Jewish people turning to Yeshua (Rom. 11:26; Matt. 23:39), not to the blood of bulls and goats!
Some have argued that we should get behind the third temple because it will lead us closer to the coming of Yeshua. Personally, I find that disingenuous. That is like loving the Jewish people, just because you know that Jewish acceptance will lead to the Second Coming (Rom. 11:15). Yes, we should long for the Second Coming, but our love for the Jewish people should stand alone, being grateful that the gospel came through them.
As temples go, there is one coming that will be amazing! But it is not the third temple. The Bible speaks of one that will be built in the millennial kingdom. Scholars refer to it as the fourth temple or the millennial temple. It will be constructed only after the Messiah returns, while the third temple is clearly built before the return of Yeshua. (Dan. 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:4)
The most detailed description of the Messiah’s Temple (as I call it) is in the last eight chapters of Ezekiel. Ezekiel who witnessed the destruction of the first Temple is taken captive to Babylon. There he has prophetic visions. He is given a tour and instructions by none other than the builder himself, Messiah Yeshua. In chapter 44, He is referred to as Yahweh.
Nations Will Come
It appears that this fourth temple will be a learning center for the nations to be discipled. Isaiah speaks of this:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The Torah will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
The gospel will be preached during the Millennium. The “survivors” from the nations will need to learn the Word of God. From Jerusalem, the Word will go back to their communities. People will be born during this time and need the message of salvation!
The Dead Sea Lives
Last week, I was at the Dead Sea. It is drying up. It is stunning to see the former shoreline and how far you must now walk to get to water. However, when Yeshua comes back and builds the fourth temple, the Bible speaks of a river coming out from under that temple that will flow all the way to the Dead Sea, making it live! There will even be fisherman!
“This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah (desert next to the Dead Sea), where it enters the Dead Sea.When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
I have a theory: The more the water evaporates at the Dead Sea, the closer we are to the coming of Yeshua.
What happens to the third temple? How do we know we will not simply convert it or renovate the structure?I don’t think Yeshua will use the antichrist’s leftovers.The temple will have been utterly desecrated. It is what the Bible calls, “the abomination that causes desolation.”
Furthermore, we see many references to a massive earthquake in Jerusalem at the time of His coming. One passage (Zech. 14:4) says His touchdown will cause the Mount of Olives to be split in two. The Mount of Olives faces the Temple Mount. Revelation 16 speaks of Jerusalem dividing into three parts.
It is reasonable to assume that the antichrist’s temple will be destroyed along with him, making way for Messiah’s temple.
It is this author’s belief that the third temple is the antichrist’s temple–even though it will be built at the place of the previous temples. It will begin with a Jesus-less Jewish revival and is then taken over by the antichrist. At no time do I see where this temple is used to honor the Lord. Therefore, I cannot see why any believer would send money or pray for its construction. It would be far better to sow those funds into feeding the poor or evangelism. Supporting it is misguided religious zeal. It is the fourth temple, the Messiah’s temple, for which we should be longing.
Footnote: End-times prophecy is never crystal clear. After writing this there was one thing that troubled me. In both 2 Thessalonians 2:4 and Revelation 11:1, the Temple is called “the Temple of God.” How can it be of God when it erected by anti-Yeshua unbelieving Orthodox Jews and then taken over by the antichrist?
I could not find much written on this. One theory is that even though the Temple will not have much to do with real worship, it is built in the place where both previous Temples stood, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem—thus making it the temple of God. Or, just as the Bible says in Romans, Orthodox Jews are enemies of the Gospel and yet beloved on account of Abraham. So too the third temple can have this dual sense of divine destiny, and yet, corruption. Remember, Paul speaks of the Jewish people having a true zeal, but missing the key component (Rom. 10:1-2)
Either way, it will be the fourth millennial temple to which the nations will stream in the age to come. I am longing for that!
This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, September 27, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Ron and wife Elana make their home in Tel Aviv. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua—the Glory of Yeshua—a Tel Aviv-based, Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation. Ron is a published author with Destiny Image Publishers, having written books like “Identity Theft”, “Leave Me Alone, I’m Jewish” and “The Jerusalem Secret”. Ron is a sought-out conference speaker and shares passionately about the Jewish Roots of the New Testament and God’s broken heart for His ancient people Israel.
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Commentary on Parashat V’zot Haberachah (And This Is The Blessing)
D’VARIM (DEUTERONOMY) 33:1–34:12
This coming weekend, a special parasha (Scripture portion) will be read at the Synagogues, and on Monday, the portion on which I am writing today will be read. Monday is the holiday of “Shmini Atzeret” which is also known as “Simchat Torah” (the Rejoicing of the Torah).
Two verses in the portion caught my attention, as they remind me of God’s perfect timing:
Torah (teaching, instruction or law) Moses charged us with (or commanded us with), an heritage for the assembly of Jacob. And He was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, the tribes of Israel together.
As the Jewish people from around the world will be rejoicing over the giving of the Torah (God’s instructions), we can see a direct fulfillment of these verses since the Torah was given to Israel through Moses as a special heritage. This is something that we see until today!
These verses also refer to the “King of Jeshurun”; while the King of Jeshurun means the King of Israel, I find it interesting that in the verses above, the King’s role in uniting the Children of Israel is something that only the Messiah can (and will) do. Furthermore, as I was digging a little deeper into this verse, I found that the Jerusalem Targum translates this verse this way: “And a king shall arise from the house of Jacob, when the heads of the people are gathered together: unto Him shall the tribes of Israel be obedient.” This translation reminds me of Genesis 49:10:
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
What is interesting here is that “Shiloh” is one of the names of the Messiah. As we can see in both verses, Deuteronomy 33:5 and Genesis 49:10, the King will not only gather (unite) the people but also the obedience of the people will be unto Him alone! This is yet another instance of Messiah appearing in the Torah, and it amazes me again and again how faithful God Almighty is to fulfill His promises.
My dear brothers and sisters, as we are closing another year of studying through the Scripture from Genesis to Deuteronomy, we can indeed rejoice and celebrate the giving of the Torah, as it points to Yeshua our true Messiah. My hope is that you have a greater assurance of His amazing capacity to redeem on a personal level, and for the future work of redemption of the entire house of Israel!
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel and is reposted with permission.
Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.
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The hopes of the world
Love and Obedience
Yeshua spoke these words to His disciples. ‘If you love Me you’ll obey me’ (John 14 v 15). Of course this can be a difficult teaching to hear in today’s world, but it is one that if truly embraced, has the power to bring transformation and newness of life. Yeshua taught that the greatest commandment is ‘To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind’ and that the second is like it, ‘to love your neighbour as yourself’ (Matthew 22 v 37 – 39). So it is evident therefore, that my love for God is shown through obedience to His ways and through loving and serving others above myself. If this is a true definition, we may conclude that inasmuch as my love for God transforms my inner being and brings me into repentance and obedience, it must also have the power to transform society.
So what is a healthy society built upon? We know from scripture that God has, from the very beginning, established family as a foundation upon which society and the local congregation is to be built. It is no wonder then, that the enemy would so fiercely try to destroy the institution of the family. Satan clearly recognizes how fundamental healthy families are to the health and prosperity of society and is intent on undermining and destroying that which God has instituted.
Hopes of the World?
This article is titled ‘Hopes of the World’. But why ‘hopes’ plural and not just ‘hope’ singular? All of us who have faith in Yeshua can agree that in regard to salvation, there is only one hope of the world. So what are we talking about when we say ‘hope’s’ plural? Yeshua says of himself in John chapter 14, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life and no-one comes to the Father except through me’. He also, speaking of himself in John chapter 8, says ‘I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of Life’. Of course we fully agree with these passages which highlight the singular source of life, light and truth, so let there not be any misunderstanding as to the purpose or intent of this message.
In John chapter 9, Yeshua makes this statement, ‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world’. In this we see that Yeshua is alluding to a time in the future when he may not be in the world, thus setting the stage for the local congregation to be His body in action on the earth. In this we also see the connection to Matthew 5 verse 13 and 14, in which Yeshua declares, ‘You (believers) are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?’, and again when he states, ‘You (believers) are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl, instead they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone in the house’. We can now begin to see that we too, as His congregation are a light and hope of the world. One might say that this is the truest job description one could give to the body of Messiah on earth.
Israel and the Nations
We know that at first, Israel was chosen out of all the nations to be a ‘light’ to the nations. They were chosen to be the delivery system by which the Light and Salvation of God might spread to every other people group on earth. For us today, as believers in Yeshua, we carry with us this light and salt which has the power to illuminate the darkness in people’s lives and bring the message of salvation to all. However, it must be embraced that in order for light to overcome darkness, it must enter into that darkness. We see this exampled in that Yeshua left the perfect light of Heaven and chose to enter into our human blindness and brokenness. This is our calling as His body. We are called to enter into humanity’s darkness, brokenness and alienation, bringing with us the light and salt of the gospel which can powerfully provide both illumination and wholeness to all humanity. Our job description as the body of Messiah is to act as the delivery system for the salvation message of Yeshua, to be the extension of His Light to all those that are still in the darkness, and to be the salt which brings healing and flavour to all those who are broken and bitter.
So what is the role of the Jewish believer in all of this? It becomes very clear that, together with the Gentiles, the Jewish believers have a unique role to play in world revival. If as a nation, Israel were to come to faith in Yeshua, it would no doubt become a key component in revival spreading throughout the whole world. Paul speaks of this in his letter to the Romans when he writes, “For if their rejection meant reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead”? So we see that an Israel that has accepted Yeshua is also also a hope of the world.
Chad is the Senior Pastor of King of Kings Community Jerusalem. He and his family made aliyah in July of 2014. Chad was the Senior Leader of Brit Hadasha Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Memphis, prior to their move. Chad began in full time ministry in 1999 in Gaithersburg, MD. The Holland family enjoys being involved in discipleship, small groups, marriage counseling, hospitality and leadership training.
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Revealing the mysteries of the 7 Feasts of the LORD
I am writing this article because the Greatest Love Story of all, Yeshua’s Love Story for His Bride, is woven within the mysteries of the 7 Feasts of the LORD, which God spoke to Moses in Sinai, Leviticus 23. The Truths of these mysteries are only partially taught.
God gave the 7 Feasts of the LORD to Israel to keep each year as rehearsals, until the fullness of time would come when God would send forth His Son Yeshua to earth, born of a woman, to fulfill each one of these 7 Feasts, in preparation for God’s Shabbat, His Millennial Reign on earth for 1000 years with His beloved Bride.
Leviticus 23:1-3 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘The Feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My Feasts! ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it’s the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Then God proceeded to speak of the 7 Feasts of the LORD; these 7 were weaved into one magnificent Bridal tapestry!
(1) the LORD’s Passover;
(2) the Feast of Unleavened Bread;
(3) the Feast of the First Fruits of barley;
(4) the Feast of the First Fruits of wheat, Shavuot;
(5) Zichron Teruah (Yom Teruah), the Feast of Trumpets,
[Strong’s # 2146 & # 8643, a memorable day of high joyful sound]
Yeshua’s Marriage to His Bride in Heaven;
(6) Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, the Lord’s Return;
(7) Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles.
Shabbat, the 7th day, Friday evening at dusk till Saturday at dusk: the Day when God rested after His six Days of creating Creation. This Day is symbolic of the 1000 year Millennial Reign of Yeshua with His Beloved Bride, His Wife, which He will begin very soon.
The LORD’s Passover (14th day of the first month) Leviticus 23:5
Feast of Unleavened Bread (15th – 21st of first month) 23:6-8 Both fulfilled on Yeshua’s Crucifixtion Day and Death on the Cross.
Yeshua gave His Body and His Blood, submitting to the death of His physical Life, because of His Great Love & Obedience both to His Father in Heaven, and because of His Great Love for God’s Creation of mankind and the earth. He paid this Great Price for the Salvation of mankind offering Eternal Life to all those who would accept Him as their Savior and Lord. With His Eternal Atonement, Yeshua brought forth His Body and His hidden Bride from His side, to be perfected as God’s sons into His own image and likeness.
Feast of First Fruits of barley, Yeshua’s Resurrection Day, occurring on the 2nd or 3rd day of the 7 days of Unleavened Bread, during the time of the Passover celebration. Leviticus 23:10
From that day of the First Fruits of barley, Israel would then begin counting of the omer until 50 days later, which would bring them to the next Feast of the LORD … the First Fruits of wheat.
50 days after Yeshua’s Resurrection Day is Shavuot, the Bridal
Feast of First Fruits of wheat, which was later called Pentecost.
This would be an offering of two loaves of leavened bread, with 144,000 in each loaf. See Revelation 7:3-8 and Revelation 14:1-5
Yeshua’s Bride will be His First Fruits Harvest of spring wheat.
The first Shavuot happened about 3500 years ago at Mount Sinai, 50 days after the children of Israel had left Egypt. There, God used His voice as a Shofar, called the First Trump, where He gave the children of Israel the Ten Commandments and where He entered a Marriage Betrothal Covenant with Israel + a mixed multitude.
But something else happened on that day at Mount Sinai when Yeshua used His Voice as a Shofar from Heaven. That First Trumpet call of God was a call for Yeshua’s Bride, a call that went out into all the earth calling for Yeshua’s Bride from both Jews and Gentiles, men and women. God later divorsed Israel for adultery. (Jeremiah 3:8) But God cried, “Return, oh backsliding children,” says the LORD, “for I am Married to you.” Jeremiah 3:14
The second great Shavuot event happened almost 2000 years ago in an Upper Room in Jerusalem, 50 days after Yeshua’s death on the Cross, where 120 disciples of Yeshua were gathered together waiting for something special to happen, which Yeshua told them was about to happen. Suddenly the Spirit of God was poured out mightily on all those 120 gathered in that Upper Room on Mount Zion hill in Jerusalem, with the Torah placed in their hearts. This was Yeshua’s New Marriage Betrothal Covenant with His Bride to once again come forth from both Jews and Gentiles, but this time paid for by Yeshua’s death and with the shedding of His Perfect sinless Jewish Blood, making us into the One New Man!
The Bridegroom delayed until the Midnight Hour. (Matthew 25:5) In Revelation 10:1-7, we see this Mighty Messenger (whom I believe is Yeshua by every description verifed in two or more places in the Bible) cries with a loud Voice as when a Lion Roars. (verse 3) I believe this is when the remnant of Yeshua’s Bride will be taken up to Heaven on Shavuot. Then He says that there will be delay no longer, but that then when the seventh angel begins to sound the seventh trumpet (Revelation 11:15) the Mystery of God would be finished which God told to His servants the prophets.
The fulfillment of Shavuot will finally take place, when the remnant, the remaining members of Yeshua’s Bride still on earth will be taken up to Heaven at the Midnight Hour (Matthew 25:6), in preparation for Yeshua’s Marriage in Heaven. For the last 2000 years all true believers who have died have gone up into Heaven. Within Yeshua’s Body of believers in Heaven are some who are also the members of Yeshua’s Bride, waiting for the fullness of Yeshua’s Bridal party to be completed, so that the Marriage of the Lamb and His Bride can take place. Revelation 19:7, 8
So when is the Midnight Hour? The Midnight Hour happens very late in the Great Tribulation years, when the remaining group of Yeshua’s Bride still on earth will be suddenly taken to Heaven. This is a few months before the two witnesses are also taken up to Heaven. (Revelation 11:12) Yeshua also told us that unless those days would be shortened, that no flesh would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days would be shortened. (Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20) During the time of the Great Tribulation on earth, when God’s saints are being murdered during the reign of the anti Christ, the Wrath of God will be released from Heaven on the evil ones on earth, to save the remnant of true believers still on earth.
Revelation 11:15, 18 reveals that just after the Wedding ends in Heaven, when the seventh angel has sounded the seventh trumpet, and a one year Honeymoon begins in Heaven, (the time to reward the prophets and saints; 11:18 and Deuteronomy 24:5) that this will also be the time when the Wrath of God will begin to be released on the earth, (Isaiah 34:8 and Isaiah 63:4; Isaiah 61:2), which will continue until Yeshua returns on the Feast Day of Yom Kippur.
The 5th Feast of the LORD, called Zichron Teruah in Leviticus 23:24, and also Yom Teruah in Numbers 29:1, is more commonly know as the Feast of Trumpets. This the real true Mystery Feast of the LORD of all the seven Feasts of the LORD. This Feast happens yearly every fall on the 1st day of the seventh Hebrew month. Zichron Teruah, Strong’s Concordance # 2146 and # 8643, means a memorable day of high joyful sound. What is God really telling us? What is this Mystery Feast of high joyful sound?
This Great Mystery of God will be the Marriage of Yeshua!
The 5th Feast of Zichron Teruah is the Marriage of the Lamb of God, Yeshua with His Bride in Heaven, concluding on Revelation 11:15 with 7th trumpet, as announced by Yeshua in Revelation 10:7.
To see the fullness of this Mystery of Zichron Teruah we must go all the way back to the book of Genesis, and to Mount Moriah, when Abraham obeyed God, by bringing God his only son, Isaac, (Genesis 22:1-18) his son whom he loved to Mount Moriah to offer his son as a burnt offering in obedience to the Command of God. It was there that Isaac asked his father about the lamb for the burnt offering. And it was there on Mount Moriah where the Angel of the LORD (Yeshua) spoke to Abraham, and told him not to slay his son. It was also there that God provided a ram caught in the thicket by both of its horns, as a substitute offering for Isaac’s life, thus saving Isaac with a ram, to create the nation of Israel, because of Abraham’s obedience to obey God’s voice.
Genesis 22:6-8 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the “lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “God will provide Himself the Lamb for a burnt offering, My son.”
Because of Abraham’s obedience to God, the Angel (Yeshua) of the LORD then speaks (Genesis 22:16-18), “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son (whom you love), in blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your Seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Genesis 22:2 is the first mention in the bible of love, and love between a father and a son. Also this was spoken to Abraham and to Isaac by the Angel of the LORD, pre incarnate Yeshua, from Heaven over Mount Moriah, which today is the Temple Mount! (Unspoken is the thought that because of Abraham’s obedience to offer his only son whom he loved, God would offer His only Son.)
I will now point out another mystery which happened there on Mount Moriah, and a mystery which led to Zichron Teruah. It was the ram that was caught by its two horns. Those two horns would represent the two times that God Yeshua would sound His Voice into Creation as a Shofar to call for His Bride to come from the earth; the full consumation of all of Yeshua’s plans for His Bride.
He sounded His Shofar at Mount Sinai, called the First Trump. (Exodus 19) And then when Yeshua returns from Heaven with His armies, both His Wife (His Bride) and all the rest of His Body, He will once again use His Voice as a Shofar, as He gathers all of His believers from Heaven and earth into His Presence in the air with His Shofar call at His return, just before beginning His Millennial Reign. This last Shofar, called the Last Trump in 1st Corinthians 15:52, is also known as the Great Trump in Isaiah 27:13.
There is no Pre or Mid or Post Trib Rapture of Yeshua’s remnant Bride. She will be taken up at the Midnight Hour when Yeshua Roars like a Lion. Any theory about rapture using a shofar Scripture is really about the Lord’s return; and not about rapture!
Revelation 19:6-8 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Halleluyah! For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigns! … Let us be glad and Rejoice and give Him Glory, for the Marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Next a Honeymoon for Yeshua and His Wife (His Bride) will also take place in Heaven, which will last one year by earth’s time.
The 10 days from Zichron Teruah until Yom Kippur are called ‘the 10 days of Awe’ by religious Jews. They believe they have 10 days to repent before God for their sins, beginning on the Day of Judgment (Zichron Teruah), concluding the biblical Feast Day of God’s Final Judgment for the earth, the Feast of Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement and Final Judgment (10th of 7th month)
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. But this is the Day of Atonement only for those who have repented from all of their sins, and have accepted Yeshua as their Lord and Messiah, and Savior, as their Atonement. But for so many others it will be their end on the Day of the Lord, the Day of Final Judgment, the Day when Yeshua returns to earth with His Wife (His Bride) and all the rest of His Armies from Heaven, destroying all His enemies on earth.
That Day is also called the Day of Battle! That will be at the end of the Day of the LORD when Yeshua returns from Heaven sounding the Great Trumpet; His last Shofar call is on the Year of Jubilee, just before setting up His Kingdom of Heaven on earth!
On that Day Yeshua destroys all His enemies who are gathered together on earth to battle Him as He returns. That Day is seen in eight different Scriptures all specifically related to the Shofar of God. I will quote one of these Scriptures to show that Yeshua is the Shofar blower, and I will list all other places in the bible where we see Yeshua using His Voice as a Shofar as He returns to earth.
Zechariah 9:14, 15, 16 Then the LORD will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD (Yeshua) will blow the Shofar, and go with whirlwinds from the south. The LORD of hosts will defend them … will save them …
Here are Scriptures of Yeshua blowing the Shofar as He returns:
See Matthew 24:30, 31; Mark 13:26, 27; Isaiah 27:13; Isaiah 18:3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17; Leviticus 25:8-10 (Year of Jubilee); Revelation 1:10, 11 and Revelation 4:1
Succoth : Feast of Tabernacles (15th to 22nd day of the 7th month)
This 8 day Feast of Succoth is the last of the 7 Feasts of the LORD, and will launch Yeshua’s Millennial Kingdom Reign with His Bride!
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be held in Jerusalem on the Feast of Succoth! Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those (the guests) who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” This Feast of Succoth will be held every year for 1000 years, & also it will be held on Yeshua’s Birthday!
See Zechariah 14:16 Succoth, the Feast of Ingathering. Ex 23:16
Most of Yeshua’s Bridal parables were not about a Wedding but a Wedding Banquet with food and guests. Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 12:36
Isaiah 25:6-10 And in this Mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. And He will destroy on this Mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that Day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will Save us! This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be Glad and Rejoice in His Salvation.” For on this Mountain (Mount Zion) the Hand of the LORD will rest …
Revelation 20:4 Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the Word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, & had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with the Messiah for a thousand years.
This is the true Great Love Story that Father God weaved for His Son Yeshua within the Mysteries of the 7 Feasts of the LORD, in preparation for the Millennial Reign of Yeshua and His Wife.
RIchard has served the Lord full-time from Jerusalem since 1998, having made Aliyah to Israel in 1995. He been a writer for the Lord Yeshua since 1982. All of his books, including the newest one, ‘King Priest Yeshua from the Seed of David and Aaron’, along with other writings are free to read and download from his website.
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Releasing the joy of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Called “the season of our joy,” the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) begins tonight and lasts through September 30. I’m grateful that each year the Holy Spirit infuses the biblical feasts with fresh, personal meaning to me. Annually I discover in them new and magnificent expressions of the living Word. I sense a revived alignment with the rhythm and heartbeat of heaven. I find fresh grace for worship and intercession that seems to connect the past, present and future in the I AM beyond time.
This Sukkot is no exception, the Lord having underscored to me the holiday’s unique theme of joy. Sukkot is the only Levitical feast on which God outright commands us to rejoice. (Leviticus 23:40, Deuteronomy 16:14-15) For that reason it is often called the season of our joy.
The joy of Sukkot develops from a divine progression. First comes the awakening, introspective sobriety of Yom Teruah. Then there is repentance and renewed at-one-ment with God on Yom Kippur. The culmination of restored relationship with Him is an invitation to enter into His own, personal joy or “the joy of the Lord.“ (Nehemiah 8:10) In the intimacy of dwelling or tabernacling in God’s presence, we engage with the joy of Hisown heart. He imparts His joy to us. “In Your presence is fullness of joy.” (Psalm 16:11) Somehow, dwelling in a sukkah or small booth outdoors for a week, mandated in Leviticus 23:42, helps invoke a sense of God’s near presence.
For that reason, some rabbinic traditions view the Feast of Tabernacles as bridal in nature. Resembling a canopy (“chuppah”), the sukkah is said to symbolize renewal of our marriage covenant with YHVH. Some rabbis have also associated the sukkah with Israel’s future, intimate relationship to Him in the coming Messianic Age. Not unlike these rabbis, I personally view Sukkot as a prophetic foreshadow of God’s coming Kingdom on earth, Messiah ruling magnificently from His holy habitation in Jerusalem.In that day, “the tabernacle of God will be with men and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3)
To Jews and Gentiles filled with God’s Spirit in Messiah, the Kingdom of God is already at hand. We can already celebrate Sukkot in the joy of His immanent presence—and with expectant joy of His return.
Our own joy, even as followers of Yeshua, is subject to the flesh and can be erratic. But the Lord’s joy is steady, pure and reviving. We access His joy when, as an act of our will, we align with His heart rather than muster our own sense of merriment. That is why a fruit of the Spirit, of surrendering to and abiding in Him, is joy. A secret to joyfulness is the choice to engage with the Lord’s joy (not our own) and in faith, receive the joy of Hisheart. A lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving helps us receive and sustain that joy. In an increasingly dark world, joy testifies to the power of a supernatural life in God. This is one reason the New Covenant Scriptures tell us to rejoice. (Philippians 4:4, John 15:11)
Sukkot is God’s appointed time to release a special joy to those with faith to receive it. This joy strengthens us for the season ahead. It also serves as a prophetic foretaste—and perhaps intercessory act—of Yeshua’s return. During Sukkot, we rejoice in the greater joy set before us at His future coming. And, I believe, so does He. (It is appropriate to mention here there is evidence in Scripture that Yeshua was possibly born during Sukkot. If He was, the joy associated with this special feast takes on even greater meaning.)
When Messiah returns, not just Israel, but all nations will convene in Jerusalem to rejoice at Sukkot. (Zechariah 14:16-18) His Kingdom rule in peace, righteousness and justice will extend worldwide. His glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. You and I will be thoroughly soaked in the saturating brilliance of His enfolding and empowering, holy love!
In Temple times, the Israelites rejoiced at Sukkot with thanksgiving for the past year’s harvest. In faith, they expressed joyful gratitude for the harvest to come. We can do the same today. Our harvest may be agricultural, or tangible in other ways, and/or spiritual in nature. In any case, the Feast of Tabernacles is an ideal time for God’s people in any nation to rejoice in His past provision, prophetic promises—and in His present Presence.
“I have told you these things so My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
This article originally appeared on Light of Zion, September 23, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Sandra is co-founder and director, along with her husband Kerry, of Light of Zion Ministries. Light of Zion is an Israeli Messianic Jewish, prophetic intercessory prayer ministry in Jerusalem with humanitarian outreach. Sandra is a prayer mobilizer and network leader, international speaker, prophetic liaison, professionally published author, Bible teacher, and retired attorney.