Yom Teruah Shabbat Shalom!
33:12) Blessed is the nation whose `Elohiym is Yahua,
The people whom He has chosen for His own Inheritance.
33:13) Yahua looks from heaven.
He sees all the sons of men.
33:14) From the place of His habitation,
He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth.
33:15) He who fashioned all of their hearts;
And He considers all of their works.
33:16) There is no king saved by the multitude of a host.
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
33:17) To rely on a horse for safety is a vain thing,
Neither does it deliver any by its great strength.
33:18) Behold, Yahuaai??i??s eye is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His lovingkindness.
33:19) To deliver their soul from death,
To keep them alive in famine.
33:20) Our soul has waited for Yahua.
He is our help and our shield.
33:21) For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we have trusted in His set apart name.
33:22) Let your lovingkindness be on us, Yahua,
Since we have hoped in you.
Death does not sound a trumpet.
Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) is the first feast day of the Autumnal series of special days or mo`edim. It is a Shabbat which requires observing all that is done on a weekly Shabbat. Ten days after this feast is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and a further five days is Sukkot (Tabernacles/Booths).
ai???Speak to the Children of Yisraai??i??el, saying, ai???In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial of blowing of the trumpets, a set apart convocation.ai??i??ai??? (Lev. 23:24). This is a special Shabbat, one that can occur on any day of the week as it falls on the same date every year. On this day the blowing of trumpets is for a reminder to remind them of the giving of Torah on Mount Sinai and for the gathering of all the people represented by the tribal leaders. These trumpets are the thin silver ones (chatzotzarout) and not the ramai??i??s horn shofar.
ai???When you go to war in your own land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before Yahua `Aloheykem, and you shall be saved from your enemies.ai??? (Num. 10:9). It is the belief at ATC that prior to Messiahai??i??s setting foot back on earth the following sequence of events will take place:
All Believers are snatched away (often called the Rapture);
Thirty-six months of false peace;
Abomination that causes desolation;
Thirty-five and a half months of Ya`akovai??i??s Troubles (Great Tribulation);
The significance of Yom Kippur and Sukkot will be discussed on their relative Shabbats.
Yom Teruah is an alarm call for the nation of Yisra`el. They need to waken up from the spiritual slumber of the last two millennia; to realise the state of their corporate sin. Beloved, as Believers are grafted-in to the Commonwealth of Yisra`el, Yom Teruah is also a wake-up call, for us to take stock of our spiritual state.
Beloved, how do we stand in light of Torah? Can you say as the hymn writer penned ai???All is well with my soul?ai??i??
If you do not know what your spiritual state is, then you cannot answer this last question. Do you not know that you are a sinner and destined for eternal punishment in Hell? In need of a Saviour because you are not able to do anything about it? Then you must seek Yahuaai??i??s mercy while it is still available.
Take Yom Teruah as your own personal wake-up call. Blessed is the person who knows that they are terminally ill and have the opportunity to make things right with Yahua `Elohiym and family and friends before their death. For them, death has given them a wake-up call with some taking the opportunity but many doing nothing. Ai??Unfortunately, Hell is full of good people who will do something about it ….tomorrow; and we all know tomorrow never comes. ai???But Yahua said to him, ai???You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you…ai??i??ai??? (Luke 12:20). It may be the result of a fatal accident, murder, heart attack, stroke or aneurism but the end comes sudden. For these people, death has not blown its trumpet. For those who have been diagnosed as having a terminal condition, death has been kind.
WARNING! It has been said that upon conception, the little person has been diagnosed with a terminal condition: it is called life. Therefore, the vast majority of adults have no excuse when they stand before their Maker on Judgement Day, saying that they did not know.
If you want to acceptAi??Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine asAi??FatherAi??knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you,Ai??Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?ai??? (Prov. 6:9).
Please note the coming special days of Yahua.
12/10/2016 Yom Kippur (Atonement) ai??i?? 25 hour fast the only proscribed in Scripture.
17-23/10/2016 Sukkot (Tabernacles) ai??i?? 17th. is a Shabbat
24/10/2016 Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day) – Shabbat
Ai??Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.