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Rosh Hashanah – One Christian’s Perspective (2)

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Rosh Hashanah – One Christian’s Perspective (2)

 

The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

A SIGN OF GOD’S GRACE
The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” 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, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

Hebrews 11:17-19
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

SELF-EXAMINATION
Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.
Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

SPECIAL SERVICES, OBSERVANCES, AND CUSTOMS
During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.
A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”
A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV
“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

THE SHOFAR
The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. Trumpets were used in giving signals of war. Jesus is the commander of the army of God. Jesus came, the first time, to defeat the work of Satan and the sin in men’s hearts. Jesus was triumphant over the enemy.

Colossians 2:15 NKJV
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.
1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.
2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).
3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.
4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:
1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.
2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator
3. remind the people to forsake evil ways
4. draw men back to God

REPENTANCE
Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32:33 NKJV
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32 NKJV
“Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14 NKJV
“Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being blotted out, to names being blotted out, and to names being written in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28 NKJV
“Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

2 Kings 14:27 NKJV
“And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5 NKJV
“You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Philippians 4:3 NKJV
“And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Revelation 3:5 NKJV
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Revelation 20:12 NKJV
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27 NKJV
“But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2 NKJV
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

REDEMPTION
Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before, to buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2 NKJV
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

John 8:36 NKJV
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 3:13 NKJV
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24 NKJV
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

JESUS IS RETURNING
Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.
God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27 NKJV
“But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

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Rosh Hashanah – One Christian’s Perspective (1)

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Rosh Hashanah – One Christian’s Perspective (1)

Everything that God spoke to us through the Bible was meant to teach us Him and His truths. The feasts in the Old Testament represented the law, were shadows (pictures) of things to come, were visual aids/ teaching opportunities and were to point the people to Jesus.

Matthew 5:17 NKJV
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

Romans 15:4 NKJV
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

Colossians 2:16-17 NKJV
“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”

The first of the fall feasts is Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashana means, literally, head of the year or first of the year. It is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.
The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” 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, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the alter, God offered His Son on Calvary’s alter.

Hebrews 11:17-19
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should awake and correct their ways.

During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. Trumpets were used in giving signals of war. Jesus is the commander of the army of God. Jesus came, the first time, to defeat the work of Satan and the sin in men’s hearts. Jesus was triumphant over the enemy.

Colossians 2:15 NKJV
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

 

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.
*Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.
*Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).
*Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.
*Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

 

The sound of the shofar is meant to:
*be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.
*awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator
*remind the people to forsake evil ways
*draw men back to God

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten:
“Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV
“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah, judgment, and creation.

I. Repentance
Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means turning back to God.

During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves.
What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32 : 33 NKJV
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32 NKJV
“Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deuteronomy  9:13-14 NKJV
“Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being blotted out, to names being blotted out, and to names being written in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28 NKJV
“Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

2 Kings 14:27 NKJV
“And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5 NKJV
“You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Philippians 4:3 NKJV
“And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Revelation 3:5 NKJV
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Revelation 20:12 NKJV
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27 NKJV
“But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2 NKJV
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

 

II. Redemption
Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2 NKJV
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

John 8:36 NKJV
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 3:13 NKJV
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24 NKJV
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

 

III. Second Coming Of Christ
At the end of the Great Tribulation, Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4a
“And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two….”

 

IV. Judgment – judge yourself so that God doesn’t have to.
When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Christ. Christ will defeat this army and Satan. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (Great White Throne Judgment). Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from hell), to stand before God to be judged for what they did, or did not do, while they were here on earth.
Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire that never goes out. It is black and dark and the constant torment has no end, it never stops. The lake of fire will be a place of extreme suffering, where a person will always remember everything he has done or known, and will always regret not choosing to follow Jesus Christ.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 

V. Creation – one day God will create the world anew.
After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Christ will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, The Supreme Ruler.

1 Corinthians 15:24 NKJV
“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe.
God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or pain.
The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of God.

2 Peter 3:13 NKJV
“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels. Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever.
Heaven will be far better than we can imagine. As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

 

Conclusion:
According to Acts chapter 15, we do not have to keep the laws of the feasts. But, by doing so we will gain a greater appreciation for God and all that He has done for us. When you participate in these special times you have a wonderful opportunity to point others to Jesus Christ and to teach about God’s plan of redemption.
As you study the fall feasts you will see prophetic events (the rapture of the church, the second coming of Christ and the millennium reign of Christ) in a new light.
In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed. When the Messiah, Jesus Christ, comes again you will be changed and ready for the judgment, before the world is created anew.
God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Yamim Noraim – One Christian’s Perspective

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Yamim Noraim  – One Christian’s Perspective

     The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. For the Jewish person this is a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

God’s Record Book / Book of Life
The Days of Awe are based on the Jewish belief that God has books that He writes a person’s name in on Rosh Hashanah – who will live, who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life during the next year. The belief goes on with the idea that a person’s actions can change the decree. They feel that repentance, prayer, and good deeds can alter what God writes down concerning their life. Their belief is even reflected in a common greeting during this time – it is, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
God does have a book that lists all true believers – the Book of Life. The Book of Life, is also referred to as the Lamb’s book of Life. It is a record written by God, listing people who will live forever in heaven, in His presence. Those who’s names are not written in the book will not have everlasting life in heaven, but will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

According to the Word of God, neither prayer or good deeds will atone for a person’s sin. Only Jesus, the Son of God can take away sins. However, the majority of the Jewish people do not recognize Jesus as the Son of God, the only one who can take away their sins. Through the atonement that Jesus’ blood made on the cross we can have forgiveness of all our sins. Faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior is what saves us, not works.

Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Romans 11:6 NKJV
“And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”

Galatians 2:16 NKJV
“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

A person can work for God and not have a relationship with Him – people can even work for God with sin in their life.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV
“each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

Works that won‘t be burnt up only come out of our intimacy / relationship with God. Each believer will have their works / actions evaluated.

2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Reconciliation
Reconciliation is important to God. He desires for us to be reconciled with Him, for us to be reconciled with others, and for us to be active in the ministry of reconciliation.

Reconcile: to make friends again; settle a disagreement or difference; make agree; bring into harmony, make satisfied; make no longer opposed.
Reconciliation: a reconciling; bringing together again in friendship; settlement or adjustment of disagreements or differences.

A.. Reconciled With God
Man was separated from God because of sin.

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

Ephesians 2:12-13 NKJV
“that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Sin caused man to be alienated, isolated, and separated from God’s presence.

Colossians 1:21-22 NKJV
“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight”

Jesus entire reason for taking on the form of man and coming to this earth was reconciliation – His purpose was to reconcile us to God. It was as if He provided a bridge between us and God.

Colossians 1:19-20 NKJV
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Ephesians 2:14-16 NKJV
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

Romans 5:8-11 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The story of the prodigal son is a wonderful example of reconciliation. In the parable, the father looked at the youngest son’s future – what it could be, not at the son’s present or his past. God, our heavenly Father does not look at our past or present, He looks at our future, what it can be. He is ever waiting with outstretch arms to welcome us back home.

Luke 15:11-32 NKJV
“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

B. Reconciliation With Others
One of the Jewish customs of Yamim Noraim is to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible.

Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV
“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

God always desires for us to be reconciled with others.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

We must forgive others, just like God has forgiven us. Jesus is the perfect example of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Colossians 3:12-13 NKJV
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

C. Ministry of Reconciliation
At salvation we become a new creature. Our relationship with God changes. We become reconciled to God and we have the privilege of telling others that they can receive the same reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

The ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to believers. They are to tell all people that God wants to restore them to a right relationship with Himself.

2 Corinthians 5:20 NKJV
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”

Self-examination
Believers should regularly have a time for serious introspection. Self-examination should be part of our life. We are instructed to judge ourselves, and there are benefits to examining our own feelings, thoughts, and motives. If we judge ourselves, God will not have to.

1 Corinthians 11:31 NKJV
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

A believer should always be reviewing their actions to see if they are in right standing with God.

Galatians 6:4 NKJV
“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another”

2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…”

Many times we may not be able to see our own faults and weakness, so we must rely on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to show us. As we read God’s Word it gives us a clear reflection of ourselves.

James 1:22-25 NKJV
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

He‘s Making A List…

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BIBLE THOUGHTS

“He’s making a list and checking it twice,

Gonna find out if your naughty or nice.”

The world and Satan always have a counterfeit for the things of God. Man has given many attributes, that belong only to God, to an image that was created to promote commercialism.

 

GOD IS EVERYWHERE

God is omnipresent, which means everywhere at all times. God is always present – He is always with us and He never leaves us.

Psalm 139: 7-12 NKJV
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

There is no place where we can hide from God. There is not a place in this entire universe where we could go that God isn’t there.

 

GOD MAKES A LIST (BOOK OF LIFE)

God does have a list of those who will receive the greatest gift of all, eternal life in His presence. This “list” is known as the Book of Life.

Revelation 20: 11-15 NKJV

“ Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

For those whose names appear on the list they will hear “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Matthew 25:31-34 NKJV

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”

For those whose names do not appear on the list they will hear, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity.”

Revelation 21:27 NKJV

“ But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Revelation 20:15 NKJV

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Luke 13:27-28 NKJV

“But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.”

 GOD KNOWS IF YOU HAVE BEEN “NAUGHTY” OR “NICE”

God is omniscient which means all-knowing or knowing everything. He knows everything you do and everything you think about. He also knows where you are at all times. God knows each of the stars by name and He knows how many there are. Just as He knows the name of every star, He knows your name also.

Psalm 147:4-5 NKJV

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”

God knows us intimately. Our motives, desires, and words are known by Him even before we express them to Him.

Psalm 139: 1-6 NKJV
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”

GOD’S GIFT TO YOU

Salvation is a gift. We can’t earn it or buy it. To receive this gift we simply confess our sin to God and ask forgiveness for our sins.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”

When we admit that we have sinned, believe that Jesus shed His blood for forgiveness of our sins, and confess our sin to God (asking Him to forgive us) we receive the gift of salvation. God takes our sins away and washes us clean. He completely removes our sin and guilt from us. AND HE WRITES OUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE!

Jesus will return at a time when we least expect it. Are you ready for His return?

1 Thessalonians 5:2 NKJV

“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.”

2 Peter 3:10 NKJV

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”