Sept/Oct 2016 After the long hot summer, we are now heading into this special season of the biblical Fall Feasts of the Lord (Lev. 23:23-28), beginning with the Feast of Trumpets, traditionally known as “Rosh HaShanah” (“head of the year”) which starts at sundown on Oct. 2 (2016). We will soon be greeting our neighbors with a warm “Shanah Tovah!” (“Happy New Year!”) and enjoying the traditional apples and honey. For those of us who know the Lord Yeshua, we will be sounding our shofars on Rosh HaShanah as a call to remember the God of Israel, to hear His voice, and to prepare our hearts during the ten Days of Awe leading up to the most solemn observance of Yom Kippur (Lev. 23:26-32), the national Day of Atonement, beginning at sundown on Oct. 11 (2016). .
In these biblically appointed times – “mo’edim” – we are given special opportunities to encounter the Lord, both privately and corporately, to allow His spirit to examine and cleanse us, and to align ourselves anew with His purposes for our lives and for our nation. Please join us in fasting and prayer on Yom Kippur as we stand in the gap for the salvation of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide – that the Spirit of revelation will open their eyes to see the new and living way that Messiah Yeshua has made through His atoning blood. .
The final biblical Fall Feast, is the Feast of Tabernacles -- “Succot” (Lev. 23:33-43), which comes with a command to dwell in booths as a remembrance of our national deliverance from Egypt and to rejoice in the Lord for seven days! As we enjoy spending time with our families and friends in our “succot,” celebrating the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord, we will be ever mindful of our ultimate destination and dwelling place with the Lord:.
“‘Behold the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” (Rev. 21:3-5). - - DD