Month 7:1, Rosh Chodesh, Year:Day 5936:178 AM|
YOM TERUAH SHABBAT, ROSH CHODESH VI (Shibi'i haChodesh)
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 16 September 2012
Yom Teruah 2012
Do Not Fear the Wicked
PART I: MORNING SERVICE
"Keep on praying and never lose heart" (Lk.18:1, NEB)
Chag sameach Yom Teruah and Rosh Chodesh, and Shabbat Shalom kol beit Yisra'el! Welcome to this special gathering and to the fifth of the annual festivals of Messianic Israel and the first of the autumnal (fall) ones this year.
The Triple Festival Rolled into One
For the benefit of those who are new and unfamiliar with Yahweh's moedim or appointments, Yom Teruah, commonly known as the Feast of Trumpets but more accurately translated as the Day of Shouting, is the day representing the Second Coming of Messiah. In other words, when Yah'shua (Jesus) returns to judge the world and to inaugurate the Millennium, it will be on this very day. It's known as the Feast of Trumpets because today is also Rosh Chodeshor New Moon Day (literally the Head of the Moon) that marks the beginning of each month and its proper observance is a sign of New Covenant Israel. This particular Rosch Chodesh, the seventh of the year marking the start of the seventh month, is unique, though, inasmuch as it is the only one on which a major festival is commemorated as well being a High Sabbath. So Yom Teruah is uniquely a three-in-one festival and is so because of its important symbolic meaning. It is also marked by the blowing of twin silver trumpets like the monthly Rosh Chodesh observance and not the shofar or ram's horn which is to be used to signal the beginning of all the other annual festivals and the sabbath.
A Day of Prophecy
Because it's Rosh Chodesh it is also a day of prophecy, like the weekly sabbath. On this day the prophets of Messianic Israel are supposed to deliver the Davar (Word) of Yahweh in each local congregation but as it's a national assembly today, being as this is one of the annual festivals too, this is also a day on which the prophets are to speak a word of prophecy for the whole nation. This is no light matter, obviously, and is a responsibility taken with great seriousness by the prophets. It is also the responsibility of the heads of families - the fathers and husbands - to speak words of prophecy over their families. This requires that the men be spiritually attuned. If they are not, they should remain silent, for to prophesy falsely is not a small sin in Yahweh's eyes. For a summary of Rosh Chodesh, please see The New Moon Festival Made Simple.
The Second Coming and Accountability
Since today is Rosh Chodesh and Yom Teruah the nature of the prophecy is specific to what this day represents. Since this is the day that all believers eagerly await because we long for the return of our Master and Deliverer (Lord and Saviour), we are to understand Yom Teruah in those years when Yah'shua (Jesus) does not return (which is every one up to the present so far) in terms of the annual judgment of Yom Kippur which is only a week away. Every year Yahweh judges our stewardship, holding us accountable for all we have done over the previous year, and Yom Teruah is to summonse us to that judgment by loudly waking us up (if we have spiritually fallen asleep) by means of loud shouting and the blowing of twin silver trumpets. Silver trumpets are specifically commanded, as opposed to shofars, because of what they represent - see The Twin Silver Trumpets Revelation.
Four Moedim Errors of Judaism and Messianic Judaism
Every sabbath, every new moon, and every festival of Yahweh is auspicious to those who observe them correctly in obedience to the Father's Torah and with true emunah (faith) in the Son. Yom Teruah (not the false Talmudic Rosh haShanah which maintains this is the biblical new year...it is not, it is only a new year for trees) is indeed auspicious. For the last few days I have been earnestly seeking Yahweh's Davar (Word) for the people which I obtained early this morning. But before I share that, I need to once again remind those who style themselves 'messianics' who follow the bastardised Talmudic Calendar - a mixture of the Roman and Babylonian-inspired Rabbinic Jewish systems - that it is impossible to assembly at the correct time to hear the Davar-Elohim (Word of God) unless they do so using the correct, biblical creation calendar. If we get Yom Teruah wrong then obviously we are going to get Yom Kippur and Sukkot wrong too. Because some of you remain confused over this matter, I wish to address three important items of error, namely, the belief that:
Answering the Critics of the Biblical Sunrise Luni-Solar Method
- 1. The beginning of the month is marked by the visibility of the first crescent moon;
- 2. The beginning of the month is marked by the visibility of the first crescent moon in Israel;
- 3. It is impossible to 'observe' the dark moon and therefore impossible to know when conjunction is except through astronomical tables; and
- 4. The beginning and end of the day is sunset.
So here is my answer to these objections laid out as simply as possible.
It is so easy to be led astray and make mistakes calculating the feast days because of false assumptions. I know, I did it for years because I trusted the traditions of men before the Davar Elohim (Word of God). Correctly finding Rosh Chodesh (and Yom Teruah) is critical in order to be able to correctly keep both Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
When it comes to reckoning when we are to keep Rosh Chodesh, we need to do so based on where we are geographically and not when the New Moon happens to be in the land of Israel. The Scriptures nowhere tell us we have to observe the new moon in Israel in order to correctly establish the festivals for other parts of the world. There is, however, overwhelmingly strong evidence that we are to make our determination based on where we live.
Yahweh told the Israelites under Moses when the first day of their year (the first day of Aviv) was to be while they were in the land of Egypt (and they in no way could have found out or reckoned what the moon phase would be to the place they were going to, but only could have observed the phases of the moon where they were). Had knowing the moon phase in Israel been required for them in order to observe Yahweh's moedim (appointments) in Egypt, as modern messianics demand for themselves in their various locations around the world, the Israelites would have found themselves to be in an impossible predicament - a Catch 22 situation. Indeed, it would have been impossible for them to celebrate any of the sabbaths and festivals while they were wandering around in the Sinai wilderness for 40 years! How do you supposed they celebrated Pesach (Passover) before they even left Egypt? Do you think they sent a runner or a rider to Canaan - to Jebus perhaps? - to look out for the new moon and then run back with the news? The news would have been days or weeks old by the time he got back! Yet, as is known, the Israelites were precisely observing the festivals without reference to observational data from Canaan both before they left Egypt and in the Sinai wilderness. How, then, were they able to make the correct calculations? By observing the moon where they were.
Today, messiancis argue, we have telephones and the internet and we can ask observers in Israel to give us the required information. Quite true. But these things are a relatively new phenomenon - the mass availability of these electronic devices has only come in the last 10-20 years or so. What about the centures before? And what of those believers in remote places who have no such electronic access? And what of the remnant during the Great Tribulation, who will either be on the run or secreted in the cities of refuge isolated from the world, who will be denied such access? Are they to cease observing the moedim or make wild guesses?
Obviously Yahweh has made provision for all people in all ages and in every location. He has not made us dependent on the world system and its technology in order to observe the moedim correctly. And as discussed elsewhere, He has not called us all to emigrate to the Holy Land where another holocaust is soon to be enacted and the current Rothschild republic wiped out. No, Yahweh has always provided a heavenly timepiece so that we can know His sacred calendar no matter where we are and no matter how primitive our conditions. It's called the moon and its phases tell us all we need to know.
When it comes to the observation itself, the New Moon is reckoned when the moon is dark rather than by the sighting of the first crescent as we have wrongly been led to believe because of false Jewish tradition. Though many may ask how it is possible to observe the moon when it is 'invisible', there its actually a childishly simple answer. If you go out just before sunrise on a given day and look at the horizon where the sun is due to rise, you will usually see the moon very close by. If you went out and looked and saw no moon before the sun rises, that day starting with sunrise would be Rosh Chodesh and the first day of the month.
It's literally as simple as that! - also see A Word of Clarification for Those Confused About the Calculation Process for a fuller explanation.
Another important key is knowing when a biblical day is reckoned from, a question we had to wrestle with and carefully research quite recently. Though nearly all messianics and all Jews claim a day is reckoned from evening to evening, the evidence of Scripture is rather that it was from sunrise to sunrise. As one of our members commented on one of my devotionals a while back:
We therefore see the importance of making sunrise observances based on where we are and following the true calendar, otherwise we are not going to be at the right place at the right time to hear Yahweh's Davar (Word) for us on that set-apart day.
"For myself, when I researching and reading, trying to understand when a biblical day was (with where I had been thought it was sunset to sunset and then had the question come up if it was actually sunrise to sunrise), the one set of verses I found that helped me personally was Exodus 16:22-30, but especially verse 24, where Father Yah is in the process of especially teaching the Israelites how to keep Shabbat:
"Verse 23 points out that they worked through the night until morning to lay up the manna "as Moses commanded" - namely, to prepare and lay it up on the 6th day before the Shabbat began - and then in verse 25 points out in the morning Moses said "Eat that today, for today is a Shabbat to Yahweh; today you will not find it in the field." Theses verses wouldn't be possible if a day was always reckoned from sunset to sunset, because if it was, they would either have been breaking Shabbat by working through the night until morning (and with these verses, we can note that Elohim was angry at those who broke Shabbat by going out to look for manna when they were told there wouldn't be any, but not those who had worked through the night 'as Moses commanded'), or otherwise (if we worked with the understanding of sunset to sunset and said they had worked through the night proceding the 6th day), when the morning after the night they had worked came it wouldn't have been sabbath and they still would have been able to collect manna... however, in these verses Moses especially said in the morning that it was the Shabbat, and there wouldn't be any new manna.
"And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Then he said to them, “This is what Yahweh has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to Yahweh. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to Yahweh; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none”....Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And Yahweh said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My mitzvot (commandments) and My torot (laws)? See! For Yahweh has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day".
"When I saw these verses, my own understanding was that these verses couldn't be explained with the teaching of biblical days and Shabbats normally being from sunset to sunset, and that it could only make sense from sunrise to sunrise. That would also make sense why Elohim explained the way the Yom Kippur sabbath and fast was to be kept, since it would have been different from how Shabbat was normally reckoned."
PART II: EVENING SERVICE
Yom Teruah Prophetic Davar 2012
We conclude our Yom Teruah assembly today with the short Davar (Word) that Yahweh gave me when I arose just before sunrise this morning:
It was this Davar (Word) that prompted me to enter into a time of prayer with Him. We are all commanded to enter into a season of earnest prayer, and especially those who are struggling and are close to giving up hope. Yahweh says most emphatically: "never lose heart" no matter how bad the circumstances, because many are losing heart or have already done so.
"Keep on praying and never lose heart" (Lk.18:1, NEB)
In this time of accute economic recession, political oppression and sabre rattling that now threatens to erupt into the biggest conflagration since World War 2, it is easy to want to give up. But we must not. Indeed, "happy is the man who fixes his thoughts on wisdom and uses his brains to think" (Ecclus.14:20, NEB), refusing to allow himself to be spoon-fed by the corporation-controlled media but who rather finds out the emet (truth) himself, founding himself on the Scriptures and keenly listening to what the Ruach (Spirit) tells him. If he will habitually turn to the Father in prayer and refuse to lose heart, he will avoid much of the hopelessness that is in the world right now.
Secondly, we must accept responsibility for our own failure to measure up to His Torah standard because we won't trust in His Son to enable us:
As the days approach to Yom Kippur, remember these words. We are accountable for all our choices and must accept responsibility for them. The mitzvot (commandments) lie before us - we are entirely responsible as to whether we guard them or scorn them to contempt. We reap what we sow.
"Do not say, 'Yahweh is to blame for my failure'; it is for you to avoid doing what He hates. Do not say, 'It was He who led me astray'; He has no use for sinful men. Yahweh hates every form of vice; you cannot love it and still fear Him. When He made man in the beginning, He left him free to take his own decisions; if you choose, you can keep the mitzvot (commandments); whether or not you keep emunah (faith) is for you to decide. He has set before you esh (fire) and mayim (water); reach out and take which you choose; before man lie life and death, and which ever he prefers is his. For in His great wisdom and mighty power Yahweh sees everything. He keeps watch over those who fear Him; no human act escapes His notice. But He has commanded no man to be wicked, nor has He given licence to commit sin" (Ecclus.15:11-20, NEB).
In my time of prayer this morning I received a great number of visions and revelations which are mostly for myself and my family, so I will not be sharing them here today. My counsel to all of you is to make firm Scripturally-based declarations of independence from the Babylonian world system and then conscientiously live by them. The mountains that have stood between us and our callings in Yahweh may now be torn down provided we do not attempt to do the tearing ourselves but exercise the required emunah (faith) in Yahweh and let Him do the demolishing. Whether these mountains are impediments to finances, relationship-building, or naked aggression by the Enemy, we must today - here and now - blow the twin silver-trumpets in the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) as we declare Messiah present, the victorious Conqueror of Evil. As we make teshuvah (repent) in the days leading up to Yom Kippur so we must make these affirmations of emet (truth) over and over again as we express complete confidence in our Elohim (God). Then He will declare to us:
One of the visions that I saw early this morning was of a wolf followed closely on its heels by a fox charging at full speed toward me. I know them to be my most vociferous enemies who will stop at nothing until they have destroyed me. At this moment just immediately prior to the judgment and defeat of our enemies, it may seem as though we are about to be overwhelmed. But do not be alarmed or intimidated - the enemy's charge is his last before being felled. Therefore pronounce the judgment of Yahweh on your enemies, pray for them that they may be saved, but if they will not, expect them to drop dead at your feet when they are but a hair's breadth from overwhelming you. For Yahweh will not suffer the righteous to be destroyed, not cause their labour to be in vain. He says:
"In the hour of My favour I gave heed to you; on the day of deliverance I came to your aid" (2 Cor.6:2, NEB).
"I will again make discipline shine like the dawn, so that its light may be seen from afar. I will again pour out doctrine like prophecy and bequath it to future generations. Truly, my labour has not been for myself alone but for all seekers of wisdom" (Ecclus.24:32-34, NEB).
As we go into this week of repentance, let us hold fast to the emet (truth) and not be deflected by any storms that may come our way, for judgment is but an arm's length behind us and will bring down the wicked man whilst upholding the righteous one. Shalom again, kol beit Yisra'el! Amen.
"Here are words you may trust: 'If we died with Him, we shall live with Him; if we endure, we shall reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will deny us. If we are faithless, He keeps faith, for He cannot deny Himself'" (2 Tim.2:11-13, NEB).