New Moon of 7th Month: God remembers His covenant with Israel
Ps 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
The New Moon celebrations were given by YHVH to Israel to commemorate, both under the Law of Moses and also in the future Millennial Kingdom (Lev 23:24; Num 10:10; 28:11-15; Ezek 46:1-8). The New Testament tells those who are now believers in Yeshua/Jesus not to make too much of days, months, seasons, years, festivals, New Moons, Sabbaths – all of these things being shadows of things to come, but the substance is Messiah. (Gal 4:9-11; Col 2:16-17)
The Lord has told us that all of the Scriptures are written about Him, and we know that all of the sacrifices and holidays/appointed times are also fulfilled by Jesus in the entirety of His first coming, and in the anticipation of His coming again to fulfill all that is written in the whole of the Bible, which still waits for the Kingdom of God to come. God has given His set holy-day times to remember who He Is, what He has done, and what He will do. Even the Lord’s Supper/Communion serves those purposes. (1 Cor 11:26; Mt 26:26-29)
In Scripture, we have references indicating that the sun, the moon, and the stars symbolize the Son, Yeshua; Israel; and, born-again saints, respectively. (Gen 1:14-19; 37:9-11; Mal 4:2 Eng; 1Cor 15:40-41; Rev 12:1-2) Yeshua is the glory both of Israel — His people — and of the Church — His Body and Bride. In Him, both find their true identity and fullness. (Is 49:3; Lk 2:32; 1Cor 11:7; Col 2:6-10) The moon has no light apart from the sun/Son; the Sun is unique among the stars in God’s solar system and universe, for without it no life can exist on Earth, God’s footstool. (Is 66:1; Mt 5:35)
All things are created by God through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus Christ (Jn 1:1-3; Rom 11:36; Col 1:16), and all in Christ/Messiah find their true identity and purpose; thus, there is no Israel of God apart from Him; there is no true Church, Body of Messiah apart from Him. Even the sun and moon exist only through His creation, but in the eternal New Heavens and New Earth there will be no need for the temporal sun and moon. (Rev 21:23; 22:5) Again, these present things are but a shadow of the things to come, whose substance is Christ. The Israel of God (the Millennial Israel, I believe) and the Church of God (those in Christ, whether dead or still living) are identified through covenant with YHVH God and His Anointed Son – the Holy Spirit indwelling the born-from-Above believers: Messiah in us.
The New Moon is covered over, that is, darkened. The Scriptures are not silent about this, since God commanded Israel to celebrate every New Moon, and to blow the trumpets on that occasion! (Num 10:10) Jesus fulfills the meaning of the New Moon, and the Moon symbolizes Israel. (read this article for a fuller explanation of the concealed New Moon, which also includes content from this present teaching) From the New Moon, the moon waxes 13-14 days (increasing in revealed reflected light) until the Full Moon, and then wanes 13-14 days (decreasing in exposed reflected light) until the next New Moon.
Identifying with, and being the representative Israel (Is 49:3; Gal 4:4-5; Heb 2:14-18), the Man Yeshua came as the Son of God, stripped of His visible glory. And the Sun of Righteousness died, went down in burial (hidden in the secret, dark, lower parts of the Earth), and rose again visibly and triumphantly as the Bright and Morning Star on the third day!
As the risen Savior King and Head of the Church, believers ‘see’ Him clothed in divine light and majesty with the glory that was His before He came to His own, and to the world that He made. Israel has no glory of her own: the moon has no light but that of the sun which it reflects. YHVH called Israel to be a light to the nations, but without receiving her Source of Light, she is darkened until. . . – having an inherent hope of a restoration through the covenant promises of God to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and to their descendants.
Born-again Christians are a light. Yeshua has said: “You are the light of the world. . . . ” Stars are lights of their own, each with its own glory, but none outshining the glory of the Sun/Son. (1Cor 15:41;Mt 17:1-2) Israel is still hidden from man’s view, as if away from the light of the Sun/Son, whom the nation still rejects because it prefers the darkness (Gen 3:7-10; Jn 3:19-21).
During the New Moon, the illuminated side of the Moon is then pointed away from Earth, but is in full sight to God, who sees the end from the beginning! (Num 23:18-23) The Church, through her historic replacement theology presuming that God is finished with Israel, also has consequently rejected the truth from God’s side that Israel’s future is assured. (Jer 31:35-37) Israel began to be seen since the re-establishment of the State of Israel, and will be seen in her full [moon] glory when she rises up to remember the former glory that was given her by YHVH, and seeks with all her heart the true Son who has risen! (Hos 6:1-5; Rom 9:4); finally repenting, and accepting the Son of God, Yeshua, whom she pierced. (Zech 12:10; Mt 23:39)
The New Moon (which, technically, is only for a brief minute, but can seem to the natural naked eye to be extended over a period of some three days) occurs when the visible side is completely covered from the light of the sun (much like a blanket over us to keep out light) by being directly between it and the Earth. It is the phase when the moon is ‘out of sight’, and the night, which the Moon rules, is less lit.
Yet, the stars are more brilliant and so many more can be seen when there is a New Moon. Symbolically, it is Israel’s phase of “being there”, but out-of-sight, and, for too many people, also out-of-mind. And, meanwhile, the born-again ‘star saints’ are given their opportunity to shine!
So God, in His infinite wisdom, gave Israel a statute to remember the New Moon. The whole world — including Gentiles, angelic and demonic spirits, and the Body of Christ — are reminded of God’s New Moon which He gave for a sign and for seasons, and for days and for years: every month (from the word, ‘moon’; in Hebrew חודש/chodesh, month), begins with the new and unseen moon that is there! It is a globally recurring heavenly sign from the Creator and Redeemer that He has thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give Israel a future and a hope. (Jer 11-14) The sun and moon are the means by which the Bible calculates days and years. They are also the means by which we determine YHWH’s signs and times of His appointed holy-days. (Ps 104:19)
The trumpets for the New Moon are for a memorial before YHVH. God is remembering His covenant and promises – for His Holy Name’s sake – with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob/Israel, and their descendants (Heb 8:7-12).
The New Moon of the seventh month (Lev 23:24) is basically a uniquely appointed New Moon prophetic wake-upBLAST! to Israel to gather together for preparing to meet her God on the Day of Atonements, either to have her sins forgiven and removed by calling on His Name on that Day (Num 10:9; Joel 2; Acts 4:8-12; Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:8-15), or else to face His wrath like the rest of His enemies. The Judge is standing at the door!
Those who are saved will celebrate the Jubilee — truly a new beginning! — and as on all the celebratory days for His people, the trumpet is sounded. (Lev 25:8-10) The historic steps towards the reestablishment of national Israel were the New Moon trumpet of God to His own Jewish people, and to the Church and to the nations in these last days, to remember that the God of Israel keeps His covenant promises to the seed of Jacob, and that the return of the Lord is nearing. Israel’s full glory – the Full Moon – will be manifested when the Lord returns to dwell in the midst of His completely restored people as the fulfillment of the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles (which always begins at the Full Moon of the 7th month of the redemptive calendar) – the Millennial Kingdom.
Israel is Messiah’s treasure hidden in a field (Mt 13:44), to be uncovered/revealed on the third day (Hos 6:2) at the revelation of Jesus Christ (who is Himself now hidden from the world (Jn 16:10)), when the surviving remnant of Jacob shall see Him whom they pierced, repent with great affliction of soul, and all Israel will be saved. (Zech 12:10 – 13:2; Rom 11:25-27)
Yeshua fulfills the New Moon in His death, burial (covering and removing our sins out of sight), and resurrection to life everlasting. Israel fulfills the New Moon, which symbolizes her as a continual reminder of God’s covenantal faithfulness — and of her hope in Him — that there is a day coming when her redemption will shine forth, the glory of the LORD will shine upon her, and all the nations will praise YHVH, God of Israel, and call her blessed when He cleanses her from all her sins against the Lord. (Lev 26:40-45; Ps 117) There is joy when a woman becomes aware that she is pregnant, in the darkness of the womb; there is greater joy when she has given birth, the baby having come out into the light of the world! (Jn 16:21-22; Lk 15:7,10,32) What began in secret in the dark inward parts, (even as in the womb at conception. ..Ps 139:11-15), will come to light and be seen by all in its full glory, that which was already conceived by the Holy Spirit for a new birth and the celebration of life (Is 66:5-14)!
Yeshua’s conceptionwas not ‘light’; His birth brought to light the public knowledge of the promised Messiah and Lord. Blessed is he who believes and has not seen! Even the creation began with darkness, being outside of God, who is Light! The heavens declare the glory of God! (Gen 1:2)
God is redeeming Israel today. He is again returning His attention to Jerusalem. He is calling His people to remember Him — and to remind Him of His stated purposes (Is 62:6-7) — and to rejoice in His goodness and long-suffering, which lead to repentance unto salvation. Let all who want God’s purposes to be fulfilled, who desire the peace of Jerusalem, not keep silent, but remind the Lord as workers with Him to make Jerusalem a praise in the Earth, with a highway of holiness and blessing between Egypt and Assyria, running through Israel. YHVH God will remove unrighteousness from Jacob, and all Israel will be saved. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, September 7, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Howard Bass is the congregation pastor/leader of Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua's Inheritance) in Beer Sheva, Israel.
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What does a loaf of braided bread have to do with an alabaster box?
Every Friday evening as Jewish families gather around their tables for their Sabbath meal, there on the table will be a loaf of beautiful braided bread. While this bread is one of the best-known traditional Jewish foods, many don’t know the history behind the name of the bread or that the challah actually comes directly from the Bible. The truth is that the name challah does not actually refer to the bread itself. The bread is a memorial of the challah. Merely a reminder each week that as we celebrate the Sabbath together and eat the challah bread, we are reminded that the Temple no longer stands and that we do not have a priesthood serving in the Temple. You see the challah was actually a portion of the priest’s grain offering that was given by the Israelites as part of their worship. After the offering was given as a portion of the offering, it was separated and placed onto the altar to be completely consumed. The priests would eat the balance of the grain offering, but the portion of the challah was given not to the priest but to G-D. Today the challah we eat is a memorial reminder of the portion that was to be given to G-D. Still today when baking our challah, a portion of the batter is pinched off and set in the oven to be consumed in memorial of this offering given to G-D. (Levitcus 2:12-16)
You may still be asking yourself “so what does challah have to do with the alabaster box?” Well, let’s look at the description in Mark 14:3-9
And while Yeshua was in Bethany at the house of Simon ha-Metzora, reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive oil of pure nard. Breaking open the jar, she poured it over His head. But some got angry and said among themselves, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? It could have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor!” And they kept scolding her. But Yeshua said, “Leave her alone. Why do you cause trouble for her? She’s done Me a mitzvah. For you always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want; but you won’t always have Me. She did what she could—she came beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Amen, I tell you, wherever the Good News is proclaimed in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
First notice that the woman was willing to give all she had including the container itself, which she broke. Like the challah, a portion of the offering was to be destroyed. In the case of the grain offering, it was burnt. In the case of the alabaster box, the box was broken. The challah had oil poured upon it, and Yeshua had oil poured upon Him. Both the challah and oil from the alabaster box were given to the priest (Yeshua is our High Priest). Both offerings could be given to the poor. In respect to both offerings, there were those who complained about the priests receiving the gift. Both deal with bread challah, the braided bread eaten on Sabbath. Yeshua is the Bread of Life and L-RD of the Sabbath. Both are memorials still spoken of today over 2000 years later.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians, God Has No Plan "B", and his most recent book Galatians in Context.
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Commentary on Parashat Nitzavim (Standing)
D’VARIM (DEUTERONOMY) 29:9–30:20
I would really encourage you to first read this week’s Scripture portion from Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20. Once again, I marvel at the depth and richness of this portion, and believe that you will greatly benefit from reading it yourself. While this portion speaks specifically to the Children of Israel, and warns of the consequences of disobedience (namely, exile from the Land), I believe it holds amazing prophetic elements for us followers, and all people today.
We all know that Israel disobeyed God and therefore was sent into exile. Yet, as we know and see today, God gathered (and continues to gather) His children back to the Land of Promise; this is one of the most profound and amazing proofs of His existence and of the truth of His Word!
With that in mind, I’d like to share some of the prophetic elements that I see in this parasha, which are important for us to understand:
- Each of us will have to stand before God.
Our reading starts with these verses:
You stand today, all of you, before the LORD your God: your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, that you may enter into the covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oath which the LORD your God is making with you today, in order that He may establish you today as His people and that He may be your God, just as He spoke to you and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath, but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the LORD our God and with those who are not with us here today.
Deuteronomy 29:9–14 (10–15 in the English translations)
Note the way these verses are clear that everyone – from the leaders to the workers, from the young to old, men and women, Israel and Gentiles – will stand before the LORD in covenant. One interesting point here is that even those who were not present were also held responsible. This reminds me of Romans 14:12, where Paul writes,
So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.
- Don’t take God’s grace in vain!
…for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed. Moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them); lest there shall be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; lest there shall be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood. And it shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.’ The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and His jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.
Deuteronomy 29:15 -19 (16-20 in the English translations)
The verses above mention the exodus from Egypt, which is a reminder of God’s miraculous redemption and the way He continued to protect Israel. However, He warned Israel to not grow arrogant as a result of His protection. How easy is it for us to let pride take root in our hearts, which will cause us to turn away from Him and worship idols. This is not to be taken lightly! It can cause us to be written out of the book…
The verses above also speak of a “root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood”, which reminds me of the “root of bitterness” that is referred to in Hebrews 12:14–27:
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
- True repentance and returning to God can only happen through the circumcision of the heart.
Deuteronomy 30:1–8 speaks of the fact that once we truly repent and return to God with all of our hearts, God will circumcise our hearts in order for us to love Him.
So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the LORDyour God has banished you, and you return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the LORD your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. And the LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. “Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. And the LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you shall again obey the LORD, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.
The only way to return to the Father is through a total heart commitment to His Son who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one can come to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) and He also showed us that the principle of showing love to God is by obeying His commands (John 14:15).
- The most important choice in life!
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.
From the days of old until today the most important choice one can make is between life (God’s way) or death (the “I” way), and this choice is not just a temporary one but rather an eternal one.
In closing, during the upcoming days of self reflection and decision making, I hope each of us will choose life, and as I said before, life can only come through Yeshua Himself!
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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Dare to stand – A shift in posture
I’m spending a lot of time writing at the moment, about being ‘awakened’. It’s a journey many of us have been through, some of us are in the middle of, and some long for. Some don’t even know this journey is available to them! Being ‘awakened’ is the process of ‘waking up’ spiritually, to who we are, what our purpose is, and how God wants to partner with us.
When we are awakened, everything about us changes – our stance changes and our outlook changes. The position of our hearts change and our spiritual posture towards the day changes. This is what I want to write about today.
Imagine a person trying to go against the flow during London’s rush hour. Imagine them getting tossed about, carried by the flow of people all pushing to get onto the tube. This person is an example of our sleepy state, pre-wake up. We may try and walk in the opposite direction, but we’re not really strong enough or alert enough to get past. We get jostled and shoved in the direction of the majority.
So many of us are in this position. Our voice is stifled by the growing volume of the world, and often also, unfortunately, the church. We are so quick to betray our authenticity in order to conform to the box we’re surrounded by. When we have our voices and strength sapped from us often enough, many of us just allow our uniqueness to be extinguished, and we become another shade of grey, amidst the thousands of others out there.
When we are awakened, suddenly a warrior rises up in us. Our position becomes more intentional, our feet are poised for holding ground. We are not easily swayed, we are alert and we don’t allow ourselves to be moved by oncoming traffic and pressures. It becomes clear to us that our voice is highly valuable, and we learn that while we may need to craft how we communicate, what we have to say is our gift. Our authentic, unique voice is one of our gifts.
We have a heightened sense of attack, God’s Spirit in us opens our eyes to the activity that goes on in the unseen, making us able to prepare for attacks and pressures before they arrive. This gives us an opportunity to use God’s full armour (Eph 6), and not only hold ground that we’re standing on, but to take NEW ground.
Taking new ground is something that can appear scary to us, like it involves becoming Wonder Woman or Superman. We look at our lives and think that we have been through so much and haven’t got the energy to move forwards anymore.
When we are awakened, we start to see how the seasons we’ve walked through, the tests, the fires and the trials that we’ve faced, are all part of our training. Those smaller valleys and hills we’ve endured were preparation for mountains and gorges that God wants us to take for his kingdom.
When Joshua took Jericho, he didn’t do it from a command centre, through comms, with other people’s boots on the ground. You cannot conquer ground you haven’t walked. It is by walking through things that enables you to conquer it, but not only that, it makes you able to navigate others through the landmines and dangers of that land.
In the kingdom of God, nothing is wasted, and nothing is selfish. When we have put on the armour of God and stand our ground, it’s sometimes the right thing to turn around and see how far he’s brought you. Sometimes there may be people behind you who need a helping hand with exactly the thing you’ve just been through. Sometimes you look ahead and realise that the hill you’ve just conquered wasn’t Mt Everest after all, but what you’ve learned along the way will help you on your next quest.
Stepping out and taking new ground requires obedience, determination, persistence in prayer and a grit to be able to stick to what you’ve heard God say. Joshua didn’t waver in his battle plan of marching around Jericho seven times. Not a single arrow was fired, or sword wielded, not even a shout was made, they obeyed, they were determined, and they silently prayed persistently as they walked.
Sometimes we need to identify what our posture is, or has been, and adjust it. Maybe we are aware that we’ve been functioning in a ‘half asleep’ state. Maybe it’s time to realign our posture, to intentionally put on the armour, dig our heels in and walk the land that God has asked us to conquer.
This article originally appeared on Simcha Natan’s blog and is reposted with permission.
Simcha emigrated to Israel from the UK, with her husband and three children. Having studied theology and music and worship in London, and trained as a worship leader and song writer, she went on to teach music and be involved in worship teams in several congregations in the UK, and now in Israel as part of Sarah Liberman's team. Simcha is the author of the “Dare to Ask” project, comprising of the book 'Dare to Ask', and 3 CD's, Dreaming', 'Awakened' and 'Soar (To come) which each have a counterpart 30 day devotional study guide to accompany them. She is passionate about enabling people to engage with God in the way which they were made to, and is committed to multi sensory expressions. Simcha is also an artist, and paints her songs and messages to accompany the music and books. She is also the coordinator Ascend Carmel Programs.
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Zichron Teruah, the mystery 5th Biblical Feast
We as God’s Melchi Zedek priests are called to bring the Truth of God’s Word, for the Salvation of God’s Jewish people!
Yeshua told us in John 8:32, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”
Israel, the Messianic Body, and Christian believers in Yeshua world wide celebrate this 5th Feast of the 7 Feasts of the LORD given to the Jewish people in Leviticus 23:24 and Numbers 29:1. It was first called Zichron Teruah, and later called Yom Teruah, but it is more commonly known today as the Feast of Trumpets!
Israel has called this Feast Rosh HaShanah, Israel’s New Year!
But according to God’s Word there was never a biblical feast known as Rosh HaShanah. The 1st day of the 7th month is not the New Year!
This great deception has been perpetuated for almost 2000 years.
God spoke to Moses in terms like … the 14th day of the 1st month, the 7th month on the 1st day of the month. The Hebrew names for months all came out of Babylon. The term Rosh HaShanah, which means head of the year was taken from Babylonian teachings about their new year, celebrated twice a year on their months of Nisan & Tishrei. Israel used these names while in captivity in Babylon in the 5th Century, B.C.E. Babylon’s month Tishrei meant beginnings. This was Bablyon’s New Year. This name was later adopted by religious Jews, appearing first in early rabbinical Jewish writings in the Mishnah about 200 A.D. Next it appeared in the rabbinic writings in the Talmud in the 3rd Century.
God clearly told Israel when they left Egypt which month was to be their first month, the beginning of their year, their New Year. Exodus 12:2 The month they kept the Passover was their 1st month.
Of the 7 Feasts of the LORD, the 5th Feast is truly the mystery
Feast of the whole Bible. This 5th Feast is called Zichron Teruah.
It follows the 4th biblical Feast of Shavuot, when God came down on Mount Sinai sounding the Shofar, Exodus 19, & later when the Holy Spirit fell on the 120 believers of Yeshua in the Upper Room.
Leviticus 23:23-25 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath rest, Zichron Teruah, (a memorial to the first blowing of the Teruah), a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.’ ”
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 Yom Teruah (a day of blowing of the trumpets). This Feast is also called the Feast of Trumpets.
This mystery fifth Feast of the 7 Feasts of the LORD, called Zichron Teruah, is a memorial, in commemoration of the Teruah sounded on Shavuot, when God Yeshua first used His voice as a Shofar from above Mount Sinai, to begin calling forth His Bride from the earth, from both Jews and Gentiles. This first Shofar call of Yeshua is known as the First Trump! Exodus 19:13, refers to it as a Jubal, Israel’s first Jubilee, held 50 days after leaving Egypt. The word shofar was used twice, in Exodus 19:16 and 19:19. God verbally gave Israel the ten Commandments (Exodus 20:18).
But God also entered into a Marriage Betrothal Covenant there with Israel + a mixed multitude of Gentiles, who had come out of Egypt with God’s people Israel. (Exodus 24:1-11)
But the real origins of Zichron Teruah go all the way back to Genesis 22:1-18, when God called Abraham to offer Isaac on Mount Moriah. There God spared Isaac with a ram caught in the thicket by both of its horns. God used that ram as the substitution for Isaac, so that the nation of Israel could be born. But those two horns would also represent the two times that Yeshua would use His voice as a Shofar to call forth His Bride to be with Him!
This fourth Feast of the LORD, Shavuot, was at Mount Sinai, when God gave Israel the Ten Commandments and His Torah. Here Yeshua sounded His Teruah, the Shofar call for His Bride. God then entered into a Marriage Betrothal Covenant with Israel and the nations. Later God would divorce Israel because of adultery. (Jeremiah 3:8) But God still cried out, “return … Israel … for I am married to you.” Jeremiah 3:11, 14
Around 1500 years later, also on Shavuot, God gave Israel the New Covenant, and placed the Torah deep into their hearts along with the Holy Spirit of Truth. God once again entered into a Marriage Betrothal with Israel and with the nations. This was only after Yeshua had poured out His Blood and had died for us and gone to Heaven, that the Holy Spirit fell on the 120 disciples of Yeshua in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, around 33 A.D.
Exodus 19:5, 6 “‘Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
Exodus 19:13 “When the Jubal (Jubilee) sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” 16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; & the sound of the Shofar was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 19 And when the blast of the Shofar sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.
Exodus 20:18, 19 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the Shofar, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
God entered a Marriage Betrothal with Israel + a mixed multitude at Mount Sinai. God was the Bridegroom and Israel was His Bride. “I will take you as My People, and I will be your God.” Exodus 6:7
The Torah given by God was like a Marriage contract, or Ketubah. Israel entered into a Marriage Betrothal with God at Mount Sinai, “…. and they stood at the foot of the Mountain.” Exodus 19:17
God’s Jewish and Gentile Bride then agreed to this Ketubah.
Exodus 24:3, 7 So Moses came and told the people all the Words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the Words which the LORD has said we will do.” And he (Moses) took the Book of the Covenant (Torah), and read it in the audience of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.”
Deuteronomy 29:10-15 “All of you stand today before the LORD your God: your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel, your little ones and your wives, also the stranger who is in your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water, that you may enter into Covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oath, which the LORD your God makes with you today, that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. “I make this Covenant and this oath, not with you alone, but with him who stands here with us today (the Gentiles) before the LORD our God, as well as with him who is not here with us today …”
Isaiah 54:5 “For your Maker is your Husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth!”
Nehemiah 8:1, 2 “Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Torah before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.”
(Notice this Jerusalem gathering was held on the Feast of Zichron Teruah, or Yom Teruah, after coming out of Babylon; also notice that no Babylonian names for the months were being used then.)
So what really is this Mystery of the 5th Feast of the LORD? It’s the Marriage of the Lamb Yeshua to His Bride in Heaven!
The 6th Feast of the LORD, Yom Kippur, is when Yeshua returns to earth with His Wife and with the rest of His armies, on the Day of the LORD, the Day of final Judgment of the earth, the Day of Battle, when Yeshua destroys all His enemies. This Day is also when Yeshua will again use His voice as a Shofar, known as the Last Trump, and also called the Great Trump! When this last Shofar sounds, then all Yeshua’s Body will be gathered unto Him in the heavens, both those on the earth and those from Heaven. This Last Trump will be sounded by Yeshua on the Year of Jubilee!
Yeshua’s last Shofar call can be seen in seven different Scriptures: Zechariah 9:14; Matthew 24:27-31; Mark 13:24-27; Isaiah 27:13; 1st Thesallonians 4:16, 17; 1st Corinthians 15:51, 52; Leviticus 25:9
Zechariah 9:14 “Then the LORD will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD (King Yeshua) will blow the Shofar, and go with whirlwinds from the south.”
Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah, not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My Covenant which they broke, though I was a Husband to them, says the LORD.
After the New Covenant was inaugurated on Shavuot, Yeshua then again entered into a Marriage Betrothal with Israel (and with the nations) with the outpouring of His Spirit in the Upper Room in Jerusalem. However there must soon come a time when the fullness of Yeshua’s Bride has to come to Heaven for Yeshua’s Wedding with His Bride (His Wife), which will be held on the first day of the seventh month, on the Feast of Zichron Teruah.
John 3:29 “He who has the bride is the Bridegroom …”
Matthew 25:6 “And at midnight a cry was heard, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
25:10 … the Bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with Him to the Wedding; and the door was shut.”
Revelation 10:1 I saw still another Mighty Messenger (Yeshua) coming from Heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on His head, His face was like the Sun, and His feet like pillars of fire. 10:2 He had a little book open in His hand. And He set His right foot on the sea and His left foot on the land, 10:3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a Lion roars. 10:6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, 10:7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the Mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were loud voices in Heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He shall Reign forever and ever! 11:18 … and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great …”
Revelation 19:7 “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.” 19:8 To her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen clean & bright, for the fine linen is righteous acts of the saints. There is no Pre or Mid or Post Trib Rapture of Yeshua’s Bride. Yeshua’s remnant Bride will be taken out at the Midnight Hour, just as Yeshua told us in Matthew 25:6. So when is this Midnight Hour? It will be very late in the Great Tribulation years.
Yeshua’s Bride are His best soldiers on the planet, always ready to carry out the most difficult assignments for their Bridegroom King. The Church is not Yeshua’s Bride. The Church is Yeshua’s Body! Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:16; Colossians 1:24; 1st Corinthians 12:27 But within Yeshua’s Body is His hidden mystery Bride.
For almost 2000 years all true believers who have died have gone to Heaven. And many of those believers in Heaven today are members of Yeshua’s Bride. But there must soon come a time when all the remaining members of Yeshua’s Bride will be taken to Heaven in preparation for the Wedding, the Marriage of the Lamb Yeshua with (His Wife) His beloved Bride.
Most Church theories are missing the biblical keys about the Rapture of Yeshua’s Bride; and so they use the Shofar Scriptures for the Rapture, thinking that these Scriptures relate to Yeshua’s Bride going to Heaven. But the Shofar Scriptures are all about Yeshua’s return with His Bride from Heaven on Yom Kippur.
John 18:37 Yeshua answered, “You say rightly that I am a King. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the Truth! Everyone who is of the Truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”
Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the Word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the Commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Proverbs 30:6 “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
Leviticus 23:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘The Feasts (moedim) of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My Feasts!”
The beginning of the fall Feasts of the LORD is the time of year when thousands of people are wishing each other, “Shanah Tova,” or “Happy New Year!” This may be a nice Jewish tradition, but it has nothing to do with reality, or with any biblical truths. It comes from pagan religious beliefs which have been perpetuated by our Jewish people for almost 2000 years, and which the enemy of our souls has used to hide from us the real Truth and the real meaning of God’s fifth biblical Feast of Leviticus 23:24, Zichron Teruah.
All these revelations are from the Holy Spirit.
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.