12/28/2013 Sabbath Meeting Transcript


"How to Observe the Fall Feast Days, Part 2"


EliYah's message:

We are going to start Part 2 of our study into how to observe the Fall Feast Days. If you missed Part 1, go back and watch it. You missed a lot. But we are going to continue here with Part 2. We are going to dig more deeply into some of the spiritual aspects of the Festivals and not just observance.

But any part of our observance is understanding the spiritual aspects of the Feasts, and so, our goal is that we would be able to, like sponges, draw everything that we can from the Word of Yahweh on the Fall Festivals and the spiritual meanings of them and all the blessings of the Feasts that Yahweh wants us to grab a hold of and to enjoy.

The Feasts are a gift. They are Yahweh heaven-inspired Holidays. They are not inspired by governments-- like July 4th or Memorial Day. They are not inspired by paganism-- like Christmas or Easter. They are not inspired by various men's birthdays, whether it is a President or Martin Luther King. They are inspired by Yahweh.

He is the one who invented these Holy Days. Now if the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that in them is, gave us Holy Days, don't you think they would matter to us? I mean, wouldn't it matter? But for whatever reason, they don't matter to most people in the world today, and I say, "They ought to matter!"

Instead, man has holidays, which glorify the works of men and various men who have lived and died. And Yahweh has His Holy Days, which glorify His eternal works, which shall never pass away, which shall never disappear, which shall never depart.

And so, which holidays are the most important? The ones that glorify the Messiah, the One who came and died for the sins of all mankind or... Labor Day? Please, please, spare me! I would say Yahweh's Holy Days are the more important ones.

And yet, those are the ones, of course, the enemy has sought to minimize, to set aside, to throw in the trash bin, to ignore, and it all is rooted in an unbiblical world-view, an unbiblical perspective, that Yahweh abolished His own Holy Days-- and that is just not Biblical.

We are going to see that when Messiah returns, so will the Holy Days. And so, what does that tell us about whether He abolished the Holy Days in the New Covenant? He didn't, otherwise they would not be kept in the New Covenant time period when the Messiah comes back.

So He never abolished His own Holy Days. It was man who decided to abolish His Holy Days, and I feel that is wrong to do that.

They have also abolished His calendar and have come up with their own calendar that is based on human calculation rather than beholding the awesome works of Yahweh.

Doesn't the Scriptures say that the heavens declare the glory of Elohim? Do they not in Psalm 19? Most of us probably know the verse, how the heavens declare Yahweh's glory and show forth His handiwork, and they utter speech from day to day, and they reveal knowledge?

And so, through man's calculations, people don't pay attention to the handiwork of Elohim. Whereas when we observe Yahweh's calendar, we have to pay attention to the moon phases, for instance, so that we can determine which is the proper day for our Festival.

And so, when we look at the things that Yahweh has made, and we say, "All right, now I know when to keep the Feast," we are being spoken to by Elohim. It says, "Day unto day, night unto night they utter speech, and there is no place where their voice cannot be heard."

In the book of Romans it teaches us that the whole earth is without excuse because the heavens declare, they know, they know creation demands a creator. Even the worst atheist, deep in the recesses of his heart, he knows this could not have happened by chance, by accident, and it is only through stubbornness that they might suggest otherwise.

And so, I am bringing these things up because some of the things I am going to be bringing up today, like I brought up last week, or two weeks ago, when we shared Part 1, they are going to demand that we pay attention to the heavenly time clocks that Yahweh has established.

And we are going to all, hopefully, do our best to pay attention when this occurs.

Now the Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the seventh month. We are in the sixth month right now, and the way you can determine whether it is the seventh month or not is by looking up in the sky and beholding the phases of the moon.

The moon, as we shared last week, goes into darkness in its orbit, and then a little sliver appears on the right side, or sometimes underneath, the moon during the phase in which Yahweh's new month would begin.

And so, this particular month happens to be a month in which some who are in the northern part of the United States may not see it. Those in the south might see it. It is just the way the line is drawn this particular year.

Here is a moon chart (http://www.eliyah.com/moonchart.jpg), and you can see by looking at the moon chart that there are different areas of the United States on the chart, and if you are in Mexico, right here, you should easily be able to see the New Moon.

Now it is going to take very perfect conditions. The atmosphere would have to be very clean and clear for those who are in this section, right here, to be able to see the New Moon.

And if you are in this section, which is where we are (Leasburg, Missouri), according to this moon chart, it would require some kind of binoculars or a telescope, or something, to even find the moon. And then you might be able to move your telescope away or your binoculars away and just barely see it.

But that, again, would require perfect conditions in the atmosphere. So this is the night of September the 6th. That is what the world calls Friday night, coming up, that we are expecting these particular conditions.

Now the following night it should be easily visible, as this chart goes way up to the top, even up into northern Canada, and you will be able to see the moon on the night of September the 7th.

So what does that mean as far as determining Yahweh's calendar? Well, let's say the moon was seen on the night of September the 7th, and not on September the 6th. So it is on this night, right here (the 7th), that it is seen.

Well, that would mean, because Yahweh's days begin at evening, we would have September the 8th being the first day of the seventh month. And so, that would be the Feast of Trumpets.

And so, we hope to gather the night of September the 7th and look for the New Moon and sound some shofars and trumpets and sing and give praise to Yahweh for the seventh month, and other things, which we are going to be discussing here on the broadcast today.

And then, on the tenth day of the seventh month (September 17th) we have the Day of Atonement. On the fifteenth day (September 22nd) is the first day of Tabernacles. And that goes seven days, all the way to the 28th. And then there is the Last Great Day, which is on the 29th.

So that is if we see the New Moon on the night of September the 7th, but not on the night of September the 6th.

If you see it on this night, September the 6th, then all the days would shift backwards one day. Everything would shift back so that this night, September the 6th, the moon being visible, would mean the 7th is the first day of the Feast of Trumpets, and so on. So that is our calendar. That is the way we are looking at this.

And I have a study on Yahweh's calendar on the website. If you go to EliYah.com, the main page, at the very top you will see "Archives," and you click the link called "Archives." It was earlier this year, I believe late February/early March, I shared a study on Yahweh's calendar. You can listen to and watch that study through the Archives.

Anyway, we are going to move forward here. Feast of Trumpets, a very important event in Yahweh's plan-- our redemption, the return of Messiah Yahushua on the earth. If you follow the pattern of the Festivals, you will notice that the first Festival of Yahweh's year is Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.

And if we were to follow the journey of the children of Israel in the day of Moshe when he led them out of the land of Egypt, out of Mitsrayim, if you were to follow this pattern and you go from the first day of the Feast of Passover, what do they do on the Passover? They would sacrifice a Passover lamb.

And this Passover lamb would signify the death of Yahushua the Messiah, who died on the day of Passover. And then they partook of the lamb just as we partake of the body and blood of Messiah, who is our Passover, according to 1 Corinthians 5:7.

We become delivered from the ways of the world, the ways of Egypt, and from Pharaoh, who is typified as Satan. And just as they went through the Red Sea, the Sea of Reeds-- and Scripture says they were baptized in the sea (that is the water) and the cloud (that is the spirit). And Yahweh took them into the wilderness and gave them His Law.

In the time when He gave His law it was around the time and probably on the day of Pentecost (or Shavuot). And that is also the same date the Holy Spirit was manifested in Acts chapter 2 and the ministry of the Apostles came to fruition and really began.

Just as Moshe, his ministry of the Torah began on Pentecost-- the ministry of the Apostle's proclaiming the Messiah began on the Day of Pentecost.

Then we have this four month time period-- from the third month to the seventh month-- when there are no Holy Days. The next Holy Day after this, the first one to arrive, is the Feast of Trumpets.

Now we know that we are presently, as the children of Israel were, in the wilderness. We are in the wilderness, and we are learning the will of Yahweh. As they learned the Torah, we learn the Torah.

And we are, ultimately, seeking to be taken across the Jordan and into the promised land. And so, we are awaiting the Messiah to return.

And Yahweh says for the Feast of Trumpets that we are to blow a trumpet. And that is our call for this particular Holy Day. It is a day of trumpets. And so, the Messiah Himself said:

Mark 13:31 -"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

32 - "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Only the Father knows the day of Yahushua's return. Now isn't this interesting, because we back up here and we find that we don't really know when the Feast of Trumpets is going to be. Here we are. Some of us may see it (on September 6th). Some of us may not see it.

So we are here a little bit in a mystery of when the Feast of Trumpets is going to begin. And we won't know until it has already happened, until we actually see the moon. On the day in which we see the New Moon will be the Day of Trumpets. And the day will have already begun because the sun would have gone down.

And it will be about 30-60 minutes before we are going to be able to see this moon. And so, it kind of matches up here with what the Messiah is teaching us. We do not know the day or the hour the Messiah will return. In similar manner, we do not really know for sure, unless we look at moon charts.

If we didn't have moon charts, we would just have to rely on complete visualization and not have any way of predicting when this is going to be visible. And so, within the calendar, it seems to me that the Feast of Trumpets is showing us something.

Have you ever heard of a Jewish wedding? It is actually a Biblical thing they would do. There would be a betrothal ceremony in which they actually made the covenant of marriage. But then the time of the wedding feast, only the father of the bridegroom would know and would say when it is time for the bridegroom to go.

And the bride had to always be ready at any time because the bridegroom's father could say, "Okay, it is time. Go get your bride." And so, at the Messiah's return, only the Father knows when that will be, the Father of the Bridegroom. Only the Father knows. And we, as His Bride, just need to always be ready.

What the bridegroom was doing during this time in which his father was determining when it would be is he was building the house for his bride for them to live in. And so, Messiah said, "I go and prepare a place for you."

And so, we have to be ready at any time, and that is why Yahushua said:

Mark 13:33 -"Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

34 - "[It is] like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

35 - "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming -- in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning --

Mark 13:36 -"lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.

37 - "And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"

And so, for those who think they know when, I am sorry. The Savior said otherwise.

So, what are we watching for? We are watching for the signs of Messiah's return. And so, we are also, in this sense, being watchman. We are watching for signs of the enemy seeking to harm us. And so, we need to be on guard and be ready to take action in the event the enemy might come, as watchman on the wall.

Now when we understand the calendar of Yahweh being in the heavens, according to Genesis 1:14, where Elohim said:

Genesis 1:14 -Then Elohim said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

And this word translated "seasons" is "Moed," which is also translated "feasts" (Appointed Times).

Genesis 1:15 -"and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.

16 - Then Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. [He made] the stars also.

We see these signs. One reason that these signs are here, the heavenly bodies are even present, is because Yahweh is using them to create appointed times, festivals, holy days. And so, why would we want to ignore them if one of the reasons why He created the lights in the heavens was to give us the time for these Holy Days?

Now one of the things that would happen whenever a king was going to be proclaimed is they would sound a trumpet. In this case... I guess I am getting a little ahead of myself. Let me read 1 King 8:2. I want to demonstrate here quickly that the moon is what is determining the months. So, we have:

1Kings 8:2 -Therefore all the men of Israel assembled with King Solomon at the feast in the month of Ethanim, which [is] the seventh month.

The month [Heb. Yerach, Moon] of Ethanim. The "month" or the "moon" of Ethanim. The Hebrew word translated "month" is actually the same Hebrew word translated "moon." So, "in the moon of Ethanim, which is the seventh month."

That would have been on the Feast of Trumpets. I'm sorry. In this case, I think this was the Feast of Tabernacles when they gathered.

But we see here, the first instance, where the word "moon" is used, and then this word here (the seventh "month"), "chodesh" is where "month" is used. And so, the moon is definitely connected to months, okay? I wanted to show you that because some might say otherwise.

And this word "ethanim" is a very interesting word. The word "ethanim" simply means "to endure, to endure with strength." Now, the reason why this word "ethanim," I think, is chosen for the moon of the seventh month is because that is when, pretty much, they get hardly any rain during the summer months in Israel.

So only the springs which were enduring, which would never dry up, would continue to flow. The same is true for us as long as we let the Spirit of Elohim continue to flow. Then we will reach this month of Ethanim, this time of Messiah's return, and find favor. He will choose those who are "ethanim," those who have "endured with strength."

And so, there are all kinds of layers of meaning here. We know that the Messiah is going to return at the last trump. In 1 Corinthians 15:51, it says:

1Corinthians 15:51 -Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed --

52 - 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.

53 - For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

And so, the trumpet is a sign of the Messiah's return-- when the corruption will put on incorruption, when mortal will put on immortality. And so, the layers of meaning here are pretty obvious.

Leviticus 23:24 -"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: `In the seventh month, on the first [day] of the month, you shall have a sabbath-[rest], a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.

He never told them why. He just said, "Do it."

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 a day of blowing the trumpets.

That is what it is for. So we rest and we blow trumpets. That is what Yahweh wants us to do on the Day of Trumpets.

Now the Hebrew name for this day is "Yom Teruah." "Yom" means "day." "Teruah" means "alarm" or "sounding" or "shouting."

In the book of Numbers chapter 10, it says:

Numbers 10:1 -And YAHWEH spoke to Moses, saying:

2 - "Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps.

3 - "When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Numbers 10:4 -"But if they blow [only] one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you.

5 - "When you sound the advance, the camps that lie on the east side shall then begin their journey.

There are different soundings here. The sounding of the advance. And so, what is this? What is this sounding of the advance? There are different sounds of the trumpet.

He goes on to say in Numbers chapter 10, verse 6:

Numbers 10:6 -"When you sound the advance the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall begin their journey; they shall sound the call for them to begin their journeys.

7 - "And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance.

What is He talking about when He says "the advance"? Well, the word translated "advance" is "ruah" from which we get "teruah." And it is actually "ta-ri-u" in the Hebrew here, but it is rooted in the same word. And so, the time to advance is when the teruah sound is made.

Numbers 10:8 -"The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations.

And so, when we say "Feast of Trumpets," we see this word "trumpets" is translated multiple ways.

Numbers 10:9 -"When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before YAHWEH your Elohim, and you will be saved from your enemies.

The word translated "alarm" is again "ruah."

Numbers 10:10 -"Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your Elohim: I [am] YAHWEH your Elohim."

It says "in your appointed feasts" and "at the beginning of your months." That is at the beginning of the seventh month.

And so, there are different kinds of trumpet sounds that signify different things. The question is: What really is this trumpet sound and what are the different sounds that can be made with a trumpet?

Well, I do this every year. For signifying the Feast of Trumpets here, I am going to go ahead and get out the shofar. It is sitting behind me here. I am going to go ahead and blow the different kinds of sounds that there are available.

There is, of course, a long sound. There are some short sounds, which we are going to get into here in a minute.

So here we are. We have the shofar. This is a ram's horn. You notice it is kind of shaped like a crescent moon. This has actually been heated and bent, but this particular shape, sort of like a crescent moon. Maybe that is a sign for us.

And so, this is the long trumpet blast. I am going to try this, and I will try not to overdue it on the noise here. I know it can be easy to overmodulate, so I'll make an adjustment here as I blow the shofar one long blast. Here we go......... All right, so that is the long blast. The single blast of the shofar.

Now according to tradition (I don't know any way else that we could go by to try to figure out what the alarm is), but the alarm, and it kind of makes sense, that the alarm would be like this... That is the short blasts. And so, when Messiah comes back, I am anticipating that there would be an alarm sound.

Perhaps some of us might be thinking it will be a long shofar blast. But it might not be. We may hear a noise that goes... like that. And maybe people will be going, "What's that?" We will find out.

Of course, every eye will see Him. I don't know exactly how Messiah is going to do it. You know as lightening shines from the east to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. Praise Yahweh!

That is the alarm sound. As we sound the alarm and blow the trumpet... "sound the alarm," right here (Numbers 10:9). So that is the sign to advance.

And wouldn't that make sense because we will gather together, and you know, perhaps there will be a long trumpet sound and an alarm. But it would make sense that we would gather together, the corruptible puts on incorruptible, and we take on an immortal nature-- and now we go forth to war!

It is time to go forth to war. Messiah Yahushua is going to be Warrior in Chief, and we will be with Him, and it will be a day of gladness. It says here "in the day of your gladness" you shall sound the shofar and "in your appointed feasts."

At our Festival this year we have some horns. They are not ram's horns this year. They are the kudu horns, which are easier to work with for beginners. I have quite a few of those, and we are going to have these horns.

Those who want to draw out the mouthpiece and attend the shofar class and learn how to do that can attend the class and get yourself a kudu horn-- a horn which is the long twirly kind. We are excited about that to increase the sounds in the festive atmosphere of the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Festivals are just an awesome picture of all that Messiah is appointed to do, and one of the things He is appointed to do is to come back and show this world what righteousness really is. Some people get the idea, "Well, you know, Messiah fulfilled the Feasts."

Well, let's see... He was our Passover Lamb. We become an unleavened body of Messiah as a result of partaking of this Lamb. And then we are given the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Then what happens? Messiah comes back.

So even if you believe Messiah fulfilled the Spring Feasts, we don't see, yet, a fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets. He has not yet come back. He is appointed to do more than just die for our sins. He is also appointed to come back. So you cannot say He fulfilled the Feast of Trumpets. When did He do that?

He didn't do anything to fulfill that anywhere I can see in the Scriptures. So we are waiting for that last trump, that trumpet sound.

How many times do we see, even in the regular church hymns, the sound of the trumpet and the shout of an archangel and all these things? If you would see the Feast of Trumpets and the blessing of that, it is a time to celebrate and remember what Yahweh has promised us. And that is it.

The Feast Days have a way of drawing us toward the Father and His ways, to give Him offerings of praise and sacrifices of praise and to yield ourselves to Him. We want to be ready for when Messiah comes back.

And sometimes, you know, inside we feel this need to celebrate because of the goodness of Yahweh. It is just a day of gladness. That is what the Feast of Trumpets is intended to be-- a day of gladness, a day of blowing the trumpets. And so, that is what we are going to do.

That is the blessing. It is not some dry, ritualistic "take five steps in one direction, three steps in another." It has nothing to do with that. It is all Spirit led. It is all a blessing and we are called. And this is a reminder every year to be ready when the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout.

1Thessalonians 4:16 -For the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of Elohim. And the dead in Messiah will rise first.

Remember we said "teruah"? Shout!

1Thessalonians 4:17 -Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Master.

18 - Therefore comfort one another with these words.

What better time to be comforting one another with these words and these promises than at this Festival of Trumpets? Here is the Hebrew word, "teruah."

Teruah - 08643 teruw 'ah {ter-oo-aw'} Meaning: 1) alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy 1a) alarm of war, war-cry, battle-cry 1b) blast (for march) 1c) shout of joy (with religious impulse) 1d) shout of joy (in general).

Origin: from 07321; TWOT - 2135b; n f. Usage: AV - shout 11, shouting 8, alarm 6, sound 3, blowing 2, joy 2, misc. 4; 36.

It is an alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm, or as we know, of joy. Won't there be a shout of joy when we see our Savior's face? Absolutely!

And so, along with our trumpet blowing we want to give a shout! If you don't have a trumpet, then give a shout of praise unto Yahweh.

Now interestingly, in the book of Joshua, it says here:

Joshua 6:1 -Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.

2 - And YAHWEH said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, [and] the mighty men of valor.

3 - "You shall march around the city, all [you] men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.

Now this word "Jericho" is Hebrew for "moon." And what are they going to do around this city called "Moon"?

Joshua 6:4 -"And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

5 - "It shall come to pass, when they make a long [blast] with the ram's horn, [and] when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him."

How about that? So the people are told to shout, to give "a shout with a great shout" as these trumpets are being blown. This is what they are called to do, to give a shout.

And the Hebrew word translated "shout" right here is "teruah," the word we looked at earlier.

So here we have the children of Israel surrounding the city called "Moon." This is the first city that the children of Israel conquered when they entered the land, and they are giving a shout around the city called "Moon." It says in Joshua 6:15:

Joshua 6:15 -But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.

16 - And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: "Shout, for YAHWEH has given you the city!

Now when Moshe led the children of Israel out of Egypt into the wilderness, we know he spent much time teaching them the Torah and testing them. And we know that even Moshe himself was not allowed to enter the promised land because he also sinned.

But there were two men who were permitted to enter the land: Joshua and Caleb. Now the Hebrew word of "Caleb" is actually the word for "dog." It was a common name, that Gentiles were sometimes called "dogs." And so, Caleb was actually an Israelite, from the tribe of Judah. He was righteous.

But Joshua was from the tribe of Ephraim and his name, most of you probably know, is the same name as the Messiah-- Joshua. Of course, we know there is no "J" sound in Hebrew. Pretty much all your "J's" are "Y."

And so, here we have "Yoshua" or "Yahushua." Joshua 6:2 - Yahweh said to Yahushua, "I have given Yericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor." And so, it was ultimately not Moshe who took them across the Jordan into the promised land to conquer these nations. It was Yahushua, the son of Nun, who took them across the Jordan.

And the lesson here is: Moshe can show us righteousness. He can show us the way in which we are to live. And we by our human efforts have sought to follow Yahweh's Law, His Torah, but we know that we, like Moshe, ultimately have failed to do that. And so, how can we make it across the Jordan and be found worthy to enter the promised land?

It is going to take a man named Yahushua to lead Judah and Gentiles (the "dogs") across the Jordan and into the promised land. That is the lesson.

Do you see the multiple layers of lessons that are here? And so, they are shouting and they are blowing the shofars at this city called "Moon" or "its Moon." And what are we doing on the Day of Trumpets? We are sounding the shofars at the sight of the moon to signify and memorialize the fact that Yahushua the Messiah is going to come.

And all the earthly, temporary, shaky, wobbly foundations and walls that the kings of this world have relied upon for their protections will come tumbling down, and the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our Master Yahweh and His Son Yahushua Messiah and He shall reign forever and ever!

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 Master and of His Messiah, and He shall reign forever and ever!"

Could this be the last trump? Now I shared earlier:

1Kings 1:34 -"There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, `[Long] live King Solomon!'

It was the custom whenever there was a king that was announced to the people. And Solomon was appointed to be king long before this happened, but when he actually took his place as king on the earth, they would sound the shofar. They would sound the trumpet.

And so, it is fitting that we, who have a King, on the Day of Trumpets would sound the shofar, would sound the alarm, would sound to announce to the world this Day of Trumpets: We have a King! We have a King, already! We have a King!

And so, when you sound that shofar, what you are saying is, "We have a King!" We are announcing the King of Kings, the King of all Kings-- Yahushua the Messiah. Is He your King? Do you want His rule in your life? Or have you chosen another king, the enemy, and follow his ways and his rules, which are contrary to the ways of Elohim?

There are only two ways to go. You are either for Him or you are against Him. You cannot be in between. There are only two paths you can go on. We are either in His will or we are not in His will. We either have Him as King of our life or we don't.

And so, the decision we make now: Do we want His rule in our life? Do we want His ways to be our ways? If you haven't made that decision that He is your King, time is running out.

1Corinthians 15:51 -Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed --

52 - 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.

I want to be changed. I long to be changed. How about you? I am looking for a change. I am looking for a change in myself. I want the corruptible to put on incorruptible. I want the world to change.

You see, the President of the United States, Barak Obama, he promised change. And every President will say, "I am going to change things." But they cannot bring change. They are not King.

Yahweh holds the breath of every human life in His hands. HE will bring the change we need. And the change that we need is a change within. This corruptible body that is subject to sin, we cannot rule ourselves if we subject ourselves to the lusts of our body. We have to yield to the King of Kings and let HIM bring the change within our hearts.

That is where change comes from-- not from a President, not from a world leader-- from Him. He is the only one who can change us. He is the only one who can bring peace.

As the United States beats the drum of war again, yet already, toward yet another country in the Middle East, ask yourself, "When will there be peace? When will we finally see the end of wickedness?" We can read about this. We can read about this in the Scriptures.

Matthew 24:30 -"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 - "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

That is when there is going to be a change. You can pray for the peace of Jerusalem until you are blue in the face, but there won't be peace in Jerusalem until they say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh."

And at that time, when the last trumpet sounds, the world will be under a rule it has never known or seen before, and that rule will be Yahweh's Law being implemented in the life of every man, woman and child on the earth. I am not making this up.

Micah 4:2 -Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YAHWEH, To the house of the Elohim of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of YAHWEH from Jerusalem.

What is going to happen? Out of Zion the Law will go forth, and the Word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.

That is the only way this world is going to turn to righteousness, is if we subject ourselves to His ways and we walk in His paths. And the way you find out what His way is and His path actually is, is you study the Law of Yahweh. Heed the words of Yahweh.

Micah 4:3 -He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more .

On what basis will He judge? According to what is written in the Law. And He will "rebuke strong nations afar off." With what? With His law. "They will beat their swords into plowshares." That is when peace will come.

"Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." That is a promise of peace. That is a promise we can count on-- a promise of peace. Do we want that promise to become a reality in our lives? That is our choice what we want. Do we want that?

Micah 4:4 -But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make [them] afraid; For the mouth of YAHWEH of hosts has spoken.

5 - For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of YAHWEH our Elohim Forever and ever.

And you thought His name did not matter. In that day it will matter.

There are two things we can draw from this: the Torah and the name of Yahweh. And you wonder why I use the name of Yahweh, and you wonder why I encourage Torah observance. Because that is your future. That is my future. That is the Kingdom.

When we say the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, this is the Kingdom. This is it. The Law of Yahweh going forth from Jerusalem. That is the Kingdom. Everyone walking in the name of Yahweh, our Mighty One. Everyone walking in peace. That is the Kingdom. That is what it is all about.

And so, we need to be watching, being observant and being ready.

Micah 4:6 -"In that day," says YAHWEH, "I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted;

7 - I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So YAHWEH will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever.

He is going to take those who have been disadvantaged-- the outcasts-- and He will make a remnant from them. And Yahweh will reign forever and ever. Awesome promises!

But this will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the earth.

Luke 21:35 -"For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36 - "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

The things to come to pass are the tribulations and the trials. So we are called to pray always that we would escape, because while the world claims peace, you know perfectly:

1Thessalonians 5:2 -For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of YAHWEH so comes as a thief in the night.

3 - For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

They think they have found the way to peace.

1Thessalonians 5:4 -But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

5 - You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

1Thessalonians 5:6 -Therefore let us not sleep, as others [do], but let us watch and be sober.

7 - For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

8 - But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and [as] a helmet the hope of salvation.

1Thessalonians 5:9 -For Elohim did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Master Yahushua Messiah,

10 - who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

So what does the Feast of Trumpets have to teach us? It is a yearly reminder of the Messiah's return. It is a yearly reminder of our need to prepare ourselves and be sanctified that we might be ready to meet the King and reign with Him.

It is a yearly reminder that we are the Army of Yahweh and we are being called forth to war against the enemy, being fully ready to endure any hardship necessary to defeat him.

2Timothy 2:3 -You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Yahushua Messiah.

4 - No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of [this] life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

So let's not get entangled with the affairs of this life. Let's seek to please the One who enlisted us. Let's put down our toys, our worldly pursuits, and let us pick up the armor of Yahweh.

The Feast of Trumpets is a yearly reminder of the futility of worldly politics and the empty promises that they bring. A yearly reminder of the promises we have in Messiah Yahushua that are far greater than any promises a politician may offer.

Only Yahushua has the answers. We are not a part of a democracy. We are not a part of a republic. Presidents and world leaders, they are limited in their power to do good or even to do evil. Yahweh is the King. We are in a monarchy.

He is the King to whom we all must give account, and therefore, the Feast of Trumpets reminds us there is a greater government in place that will one day put an end to all governments. And we need to see ourselves as ambassadors of His government, not putting hopes in the governments of this world, but His government.

The Feast of Trumpets is a yearly reminder to be watchful and guard our hearts and minds against anything that the enemy might seek to destroy us with-- temptations, trials, tribulations.

The Feast of Trumpets is a yearly reminder to watch over our households, that the elders of our people would be watchful over the men of Yahweh and the women of Yahweh and warn against the wolves as the Good Shepherd would have us do.

The Feast of Trumpets is a yearly reminder that we need to be about our Father's business. Give food to those who are in need-- spiritual food, sometimes physical-- that when the Master comes He will find us so doing and we will be blessed.

And so, brothers and sisters, let us be ready to hear the sound of the trumpet. Let us be ready at the shout of the archangel, at that midnight cry to meet the Bridegroom.

Matthew 25:6 -"And at midnight a cry was [heard]: `Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'

Let us have our lamps filled with oil, our hearts filled with praise, and the service of love being filled with love, joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness, self-control and all goodness, being ready to meet the Bridegroom and join in the ultimate Feast, the ULTIMATE Feast, that will never end.

As we prepare our hearts to do so, brothers and sisters, may Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.

 

Home | E-mail list | Request printed copy of this page | Search | |