Bomb Shelter Project for Kfar Silver, Israel

Situated in Kfar Silver, a Southern Israeli village located near Ashkelon (just a few miles from the Gaza Strip), sits an agricultural high school where more than 200 students attend class. On any given day it is a great place to be – unless the sirens go off warning them of an incoming rocket. There are not enough bomb shelters on this property and when the alarms sound, students have 7 to 9 seconds to run for shelter. Where will they run?

Song For Israel has been asked to help. For $20,000+ we can provide safety for these high school students. Our goal is to raise these funds and personally deliver a check during our Israel tour in May 2017. 

We partner with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Operation Lifeshield to bring shelter to students in Israel. Our first bomb shelter was funded in 2014 to aid the Eden Center, a school for girls near Sderot (two miles from the Gaza border).

To contribute to this life-saving project, you may either send a tax-deductible donation to Song For Israel, 18340 Yorba Linda Blvd. #107-153, Yorba Linda, CA 92886 or click here. Please indicate this is a bomb shelter donation. Thank you helping save lives.

Feast of Tabernacles Holiday Begins Tonight and Lasts 7 Days

The details about this Feast are found in Leviticus 23:33-44. During this seven-day celebration, no work was to be done on the first or the last day. In between these days of complete rest, offerings were to be presented to the Lord on each day of the seven-day period. The first day was a holy day and the rest of the days were feast days!

For one week, the people of Israel lived in makeshift Booths called SUKKAHs, of leafy branches, symbolizing their journey through the wilderness after leaving Egypt. Feast of Tabernacles celebrates God’s protection and provision in the Wilderness.

The Feast occurs after Israel’s Fall harvest. Also called The Feast of Ingathering, it was the major annual harvest of the year. The spring harvest was very small in comparison to the fall harvest.

All over Israel, you will see sukkahs! They build them in their backyards, on their apartment porches, in the back of a truck! Then they invite friends to feast with them in celebration! A sukkah is supposed to be a makeshift structure that is easily moved. Fruit is hung as a reminder that God provides all that we need. Children make chains out of colorful paper. The sukkah provides shade and yet there are openings between leafy branches on top so that we can see His glory in the stars at night. God wants to be our shelter and our shade.

 Leviticus 23:40 says “You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.“You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations and you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

What fun to be told to rest before and after the 7-day feast and to rejoice and have joy! And to eat, eat, eat! Rest, have fun and eat.  I like that!

Our non-Kosher Sukkah at our last feast

Our non-Kosher Sukkah at our last feast

Deut. 16:13-16 Says “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress; and you shall rejoice in your feast. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God…the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely will rejoice.”

In John 7, we see Jesus coming up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles! 1 Corinthians 5:8.  Paul encouraged those in Corinth (mostly NOT Jewish) to celebrate the feasts!


God wanted His people to celebrate the fact that He provided shelter for them in the wilderness. Shelters or booths were to be built in which the people worshiped for the week of the feast to remind them of their departure from Egypt and their long journey to Sinai. They were to rejoice in the Lord, during the entire celebration of the feast, giving thanks to God for His abundant gifts and all that He had done. This was the only festival where rejoicing is commanded by God. It is a time for His people to remember that God dwelled with them in their wilderness journey. He guided them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They would look up night or day and see that He was with them. God tells them to live in booths for 7 days to remind them that He was with them and supplied all they needed.

God has always desired to dwell with us. God wants to be with you. He desires to dwell with His people. He always has and always will.

There is Prophetic Fulfillment in EACH APPOINTED DAY

This feast reminded Israel of God’s blessings in the past. He had led them out of Egyptian bondage, cared for them in the wilderness, and brought them into their promised inheritance. Once they had lived in booths and tents, but in the Promised Land, they would live in houses! Tabernacles represent the Lord’s shelter in the future. The Lord will establish his Tabernacle in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:26) and the world will come every year to appear before the King & worship Him. A final ingathering will take place.

In the future, families of the earth (the believers) will come to Jerusalem to annually celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-19). God is setting up His kingdom and he is going to restore it. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Revelation 21:3 says “..behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself with be with them and be their God!” God will tabernacle with men! Can you imagine this!?! We will celebrate a spiritual harvest…the Ingathering in that day. The Future Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated on the new earth, with God Himself, will be the most joyous occasion of all time! We can look forward to it!

We can celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles because it speaks of our Messiah! It reminds us of what He has done and what He WILL DO. 

Join us for our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Click here for more information.

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Ridiculous Resolution Passed Today by UNESCO Rejects Jewish Connection to the Temple Mount

The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) passed another ridiculous resolution today that denies the Jewish connection to Judiasm’s holiest site – the Temple Mount. Even though there is archeological proof that the First and Second Temples stood on this same site, UNESCO has resolved that the site is holy to Muslims only as their third-holiest site (second to Mecca and Medina).

There is no connection in the world stronger than the connection to the Temple Mount from a religious, historical and national perspective. This connection has been strong for well over 2,000 years.

"Today that organization [UNESCO] adopted another delusional decision stating that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall. Even if they do not read the Bible, I would suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome. On it one can see what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People and, I remind you, is also the symbol of the Jewish state today. Soon, UNESCO will say that the Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda,” quipped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that the Chinese have no connection to the Great Wall of China and the Egyptians have no connection to the pyramids,” Netanyahu added. “By this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left.”

It was just one year ago (October 2016) that UNESCO also declared Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron (where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah are believed to be buried) a Muslim Holy site.

As Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is about to begin in Israel (October 16-23), this UNESCO resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount is felt strongly as many come to the site to celebrate this holiday.

Interested in experiencing a Feast of Tabernacles? Join Song For Israel as we celebrate this feast on October 23rd. Click here for more information.

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Begins Tonight

“The LORD said to Moses, “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. Do not work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:26-28 NIV.

Yom Kippur falls on the 10th of Tishrei, this year on October 11th.

During the Temple times, a week before Yom Kippur, the Cohen ha Gadol (High Priest) went to live in his chamber in the Temple in spiritual and physical preparation of this holy day. On Yom Kippur he was to make atonement for all Jews in the world. This was the only time of the year he entered the Holy of Holies. During the “Avodah” – Temple service, the high Priest changed into five different sets of garments, immersed himself in the mikveh five times, washed his hands and feet ten times, sacrificed two lambs, one bull, two goats, and two rams. He offered meal and wine libations, and made three incense offerings. On this day, he had to work harder than all the priests and Levites present.

Today, Orthodox men immerse themselves in the Mikveh (ritual bath) on the day before Yom Kippur.

Early in the afternoon, all Jewish businesses and shops are closed, and traffic virtually comes to a stand still. Traffic lights stop working and there is no national radio or television. Even Ben Gurion International Airport closes its air space to all air traffic in the early afternoon. About four hours after the end of the holiday the airport reopens for international arrivals. Departures commence an hour later. Likewise, all harbours and border crossings in and out of the country close for the holiday. As a security measure, the crossings into Gaza, Judea and Samaria are also closed until the end of this holiest day of the year.

Just before sunset, the streets fill with people walking to nearby synagogues. On the evening of Yom Kippur, in synagogues around the world the cantor chants the “Kol Nidrei” – all vows, in Aramaic, dating from post-Talmudic times. The music was composed mid 15-16th century in south Germany. During this holiest day of the Jewish Year, synagogue attendance usually triples.

“May all the people of Israel be forgiven, including all the strangers who live in their midst, for all the people are in fault…”

Through the “Kol Nidrei” people ask God forgiveness for vows they made to God and people, but could not carry out.

During the Middle Ages, German Jews replaced the Kol Nidrei with recitations of Psalms. Anti-Semites accused the Jews of being not trustworthy and their oaths worthless, spurring many pogroms.

During the Spanish Inquisition, when many Jews were forced to become Christians, this stirring and haunting melody became even more relevant.

As a symbol of purity many Jews wear white clothing and either walk on plastic shoes or house slippers, as long as they are not from leather. They spend most of Yom Kippur in synagogue, where prayer services are followed by litanies and petitions of forgiveness.

Even non-religious Jews try to keep the 25 hour fast.

When the sun is setting, many flock to the synagogue for the Ne’ilah prayer, after which the “Shma Israel” is recited and the Shofar blown. This symbolizes the closure of God’s books, in which the names are written for those who shall live or die the next year.

When Yom Kippur ends, directly after a festive meal, many religious Jews begin to build their Sukkah (booth for the Feast of Tabernacles). Hammers can be heard all over the city.

In ancient times it was customary to herald the end of Yom Kippur by blowing the Shofar at the Western Wall. This custom was re-installed when in 1967 Jerusalem was re-unified.

Copied with permission from Petra van der Zande from her book entitled Remember, Observe, Rejoice which can be purchased by clicking here on this link.

Prime Minister Netanyahu's Rosh Hashanah Greeting

Prime Minister Netanyahu greets the world on the evening of the Jewish New year. He stressed that Rosh Hashanah is a time for both celebration and reflection.

Referring to the passing last week of Shimon Peres, the Israeli leader said that the former president would have wanted Israelis and Jews to look back with pride and look forward with hope.

Listen to what else Netanyahu has to say in this short, but profound message.

Inside the Mind of a Terrorist

Micah Halpern

Micah Halpern

Several from our Song For Israel team attended the Jewish National Fund Orange County breakfast on 9/11, featuring keynote speaker, Micah Halpern. His topic was "Inside the Mind of a Terrorist." Halpern is an expert on terrorism, the Middle East and Muslim Fundamentalism. 

The Jewish National Fund raises funds to help with large projects in Israel. The current Orange County project is raising funds for new fire engines in Israel. They raised over $20,000 at this breakfast.

Song For Israel also raises funds to help Israel. We began a new bomb shelter project just last month to pay for a shelter to be placed at an agricultural high school in Israel in Kfar Silver. You may read more about this project by clicking here.

Shimon Peres, Former President of Israel and Last Surviving Founding Father, Dies at 93

Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister and President, died yesterday at the age of 93 from complications from a stroke.

Shimon Perez

Shimon Perez

Shimon Peres, born in Poland, moved to Israel (then ruled by the British Mandate) in 1934. Peres led Israel's Defense Ministry in his 20's. He was first elected to Parliament in 1959 and later held every major Cabinet post (Defense, Finance and Foreign Affairs) as well as serving two brief terms as Prime Minister. He was a prominent leader in Israeli politics for seven decades, and was one of the architects of the Oslo Accords. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Accords in 1994. He is the last surviving link to Israel's Founding Fathers. He served as a member of the Knesset for 48 years, which is the longest term of service in the history of the Knesset.

I met Shimon Peres, alongside then Ambassador Michael Oren a few years back and realized what an amazing man he was. At that time, Peres, was acting as the 9th President of Israel. 

NEW Bomb Shelter Project in Kfar Silver, Israel

Our newest Bomb Shelter project will be to provide shelter for students at an agricultural high school in Kfar Silver (translated Silver Village). Kfar Silver is a youth village in Southern Israel, located near Ashkelon (just a few miles from the Gaza Strip), where 200+ students attend. 

There are no bomb shelters located at this school. When the sirens are heard, they have 7-9 seconds to run for shelter. Where will they run? There is no safe place.

Song For Israel has been asked to help. For $12,000+ we can provide safety for over 200 high school students. Our goal is to raise these funds and personally deliver a check during our Israel tour in May 2017. 

Will you contribute to this campaign and help save lives in Israel?

Click here to contribute to the Bomb Shelter fund.

16-Month Hebrew Heritage Calendar (September 2016 - December 2017) From Israel - Now Available

Order your 16-month Hebrew Heritage Calendar (September 2016 - December 2017), featuring sixteen beautiful graphic illustrations of Isaiah chapter 60 by Israeli artist Aviel Rozin emphasizing Scripture (KJV and Hebrew).


Galilee Calendar Company is an Israel-based tent-making marketplace ministry. Proceeds help support an Israeli Messianic congregation (Tents of Mercy Network) as well as other ministry and humanitarian works in the Land of Israel. Dimensions: Closed 11.8 x 6.7 inches. Open 11.8 x 17.0 inches. $11 each. They make great gifts!  

Click here to order.

Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner - October 23, 2016

Our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner is one of our largest events of the year! We will celebrate on Sunday, October 23rd, 4 - 7 PM at a beautiful location in Yorba Linda! The Feast of Tabernacles (known as Sukkot in Hebrew) is celebrated worldwide October 16-23. Children ages 12 and up are welcome to participate. Dinner tickets are $25 each. Seating is limited.

Your evening will begin with several interactive booths that will share the Biblical foundation for the Feast of Tabernacles. Girls and women may wish to have their hair tied in a scarf the way the married women in Israel wear them. Boys and men may wish to try on a kippah (yarmulke) and a prayer shawl (tallit). Both may have their picture taken holding a covered Torah Scroll.  You may choose to learn a Davidic Dance, color a decoration for the sukkah, visit a station with a miniature sukkah or enjoy appetizers. 

Once you hear the sound of the shofar, you will enter through the passageway to find your table for dinner. You will hear an authentic shofar being blown and learn of its significance. 

Dinner includes beef, chicken and kafta kabobs with falafels and tahini sauce, tabouleh, rice, hummus and pita bread.

The setting is in a beautiful yard in the Yorba Linda hills decorated to enhance the festivities! 

You may register by using PayPay, credit card or check.  To register, click here.

Fall Bible Studies Begin Next Week

Book of Hebrews - Precept Upon Precept

"Jesus, the Author and Perfector of Our Faith"

Without faith it is impossible to please God. So what is faith? Where do I get it? And what does it look like lived out in my life? This short 8-week study of Hebrews 11–13 will answer these questions and more, encouraging you to fix your eyes on Jesus and run with endurance to the finish line. This is Part 3, but parts 1-2 are not prerequisites....join us now.

Studies begin Wednesday, September 14, at 7 PM (Co-ed) in Anaheim Hills, or Thursday, September 15, at 9:15 AM (Women only), in Anaheim Hills.  Cost for Hebrews class is $15 and includes workbook.

Following the Hebrews study, we will begin a very short study in the Book of Titus (November 16/17) and then the Book of Daniel (January 11/12).

Click here to register!

Israeli Athletes Win Olympic Medals in Rio

Yarden Gerbi won a Bronze Medal in the Women's 63 KG category and Or Sasson also won a Bronze Medal in the 100 kg plus division in the Judo competition at this year's Olympic competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sasson likened his feelings after winning his medal to "an eruption of a volcano. It happened at the right time," he told Israel's Channel 10. "I am excited. I feel that I made a childhood dream come true, thanks to the people who stood there at my side. I'm proud of our country, happy for the Nation of Israel. I want to dedicate this medal to the entire People of Israel who supported me, and sent messages of encouragement." (Times of Israel)

The celebration of these achievements were tempered by demonstrations of blatant Anti-Semitism. Sasson's medal came hours after an incident involving Egyptian athlete Islam el-Shahabi, who refused to shake his hand as is customary, after Sasson defeated him in a match. The crowd responded by booing the Egyptian. Hostility and taunting by Muslim nations, of the Israeli Olympic team has triggered a reprimand from the International Olympic Committee and alarm from the Anti-Defamation League. The IOC also issued a reprimand to the head of the Lebanese Olympic delegation earlier after he blocked Israeli athletes from a bus that the teams were supposed to share to reach the opening ceremony. (INN)

Pray against the humiliation of Israel's winning athletes in the 2016 Olympic games. Pray also for the ongoing protection of tens of thousands of Jews and Israelis attending and participating in this year's Olympic games.

"Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31


Tisha B'Av - A Jewish Day of Mourning

Tisha B'Av is the Fast of the Ninth of Av (Jewish calendar) and begins at sundown, August 13th. It is a time for mourning, the saddest day in Jewish history, which primarily commemorates the destruction of the First (586 BC) and Second (70 CE) Temples in Jerusalem. It boggles the mind to think that both Temples were destroyed on the very same day of the Hebrew calendar.

In synagogues around the world and at the Western Wall which is Judaism's holiest site, religious Jews gather to mourn the destruction of the Temples and to read from the words of the Prophet Jeremiah and portions of the book of Lamentations. They do not read other parts of the Bible on this day because the other readings bring joy and this is to be a day of sadness.

Although this observance is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people throughout the years on this date:

  • 132 CE, Romans crushed Bar Kokhba’s revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 100,000 Jews
  • 133 CE, following the Roman siege of Jerusalem, the Temple site and surrounding areas were plowed.
  • 1095, the First Crusade was declared by Pope Urban II, killing 10,000 Jews in its first month and annihilating Jewish communities in France and the Rhineland
  • 1290 King Edward I issued an edict expelling all Jews from England
  • 1492 an edict of expulsion of the Jews in Spain was carried out
  • 1914 World War I broke out, setting the stage for the later devastation of WorldWar II and the Holocaust
  • 1942 on the eve of Tisha B’Av, a mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to Hitler’s Treblinka death camp began
  • 1994, the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires killed 86 and wounded 300 others
  • 2005, more than 8,500 Jewish residents were expelled from Gaza as part of Israel’s ill-fated Disengagement Plan, a desperate bid for peace designed to further relations with Palestinian Arabs. This expulsion was a Land for Peace deal with the Palestinians that obviously did not bring about peace.

 “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

Should Believers participate in this day of mourning? Why wouldn’t we? We may consider recognizing this date each year as it reminds us how much the Jewish people have suffered, especially those who followed leaders who led them astray. As fellow citizens in the commonwealth of Israel, we might respond to this day of grief by praying for the Jewish People.

Jesus gave us His example as He wept with compassion when He foresaw the destruction of the Holy Temple and the disaster that would come upon Israel (Matthew 23:37-38). The Jewish people long for and pray daily for the restoration of the Holy Temple. Plans and preparations are already being made in Jerusalem for the Third Temple.

God is seeking intercessors to stand in the gap for Israel. Will you pray for the Jews as they mourn the history they remember this day? Will you pray for Israel?

The USA and Israel Train Together to Fight the Islamic State

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) special forces units and their counterparts from the United States carried out joint training exercises in the Negev Desert recently as part of an effort to prepare both militaries in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) terror militia and similar groups.

The exercise was code-named “Noble Shirley” was revealed by Israel’s Channel 2 TV news. The training exercises included a wide range of scenarios from helicopter drops in hostile territory to above and below ground urban combat. They also prepared with medicine and evacuation techniques.

Watch the YouTube video below to learn about the IDF strategic plan to prepare for battle readiness.


"UNITE Tomorrowland" -- An Attempt to Make A Demonic Covenant with the Land of Israel Through their Youth

July 23rd is a Jewish fast observed yearly to commemorate among other disasters, the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD. On this same date -- July 23rd -- an event is being held during this fast which has the potential to be another disastrous breaching of the (spiritual) walls of Jerusalem.

"Tomorrowland" is an electronic music festival that opens communication and covenant with major demonic principalities. The festival will be the largest “party in the world,” live from Belgium with simulcasts in 7 countries, including Israel with a call to UNITE. A stated goal of the event is to prepare the way for a supernatural leader of global peace. They will be seductively drawn in to make covenant with evil. Tens of thousands of Israel’s youth will attend at the Payis Jerusalem Arena from 7 PM – 4 AM.

Please pray that God protects the minds of the youth in Jerusalem. Pray that this generation in Israel will not be deceived into “marrying the Land to Baal”, but that they will receive and enact the revelation of Isaiah 62:4b,5a: “…to Him your Land will be married.  For as a young man marries a virgin, so Your sons will marry You.”

Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce? But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:24-25

Elie Wiesel Dies at Age 87, but His Voice Will Continue to be Heard

Although Elie Wiesel never lived in Israel, Israelis considered the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and writer as one of their own. He is considered the world’s “most famous” Holocaust survivor.


Elie didn’t just survive the ominous Holocaust, but he devoted the rest of his life to expose the deeds of the Holocaust so they would never be forgotten. Prime Minister Netanyahu says of Elie, “He gave powerful expression to our people to emerge from the darkest hour and shed a bright light on its future.”

 On Sunday, former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres praised Wiesel for “upholding the legacy of the Holocaust and delivering a message of peace and respect between people worldwide.”  

Through his lifetime contributions of research done on the Holocaust and captured in books and film, the voice of Elie Wiesel will continue to be heard forever.

Feast of Pentecost (in Hebrew "Shavuot") Begins Tonight

Tonight, June 11th,  is the first night of Shavuout, which in Greek means, “Pentecost,” also often referred to as the “Feast of Weeks.” On Shavuot, the Jewish people celebrate the events that took place on Mt. Sinai. In Exodus 19, when God descended on Mt. Sinai, thunder ripped throughout the sky, the ground shook, and a shofar blew a long blast. A dense cloud of smoke and fire surrounded the summit because the Lord descended on it. No one was to touch the mountain; not even animals. To disobey meant certain death. Moses spent 40 days up on the mountain, where he received God’s law. God’s promise to the Israelites was that from that day forward, if they were to fully obey the covenant, they would be a nation of priests.

The Israelites immediately disobeyed. When Moses came down from the mountain and saw them worshipping idols. Moses allowed the Levites to take up their swords and 3000 who did not follow the Lord were killed that day.

Approximately 1300 years later came the Day of Pentecost (the Greek word for Shavuot). The Disciples were observant Jews and came to Jerusalem, celebrating the anniversary of the covenant. Jews were required to come to the temple three times a year to celebrate and Shavuot was one of these occasions. From all over the world, they came to celebrate the anniversary of their covenant with God.

In Acts 2, we read that a violent wind came from heaven and filled whole house. As Tongues of fire came to rest on each them, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages. Peter commissions the crowd in Acts 2:38-39: saying, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2: 38-39)

3,000 became believers that day. Ephesians 2 speaks to the Gentiles (anyone other than a Jew) and explains that Gentiles were “strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were cut off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one….”…”and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross….”

Leviticus 23:17 says “You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering….” The two loaves would be lifted high, one in each hand and waved as arms were crossed in the air. This wave offering of the two loaves is represented in Pentecost where the two groups….Jews and Gentiles were brought together!

The feasts and festivals of the Bible are filled with types and symbols that point to the Messiah. The connections between Shavuot and Pentecost are obvious and exciting. Here are some parallels.

Shavuot / Pentecost Parallels

Moses acted as an intercessor between God and His covenanted people. Jesus had already intervened on behalf of the world

At Mt. Sinai, the fire descended only on the summit of the mountain with Moses. Fire came to rest on each individually

God established His covenant with the Hebrew people. God’s covenant was made available to all who believed

The Holy Law was inscribed on stone by the finger of God. The Holy Spirit wrote the Law on their hearts

Mt. Sinai 3,000 were killed due to their disobedience. In Jerusalem 3000 were granted salvation in return for their faith

God declared the Israelites a nation of priests. Believers became priests to all the nations

This explains one covenant grafted into the first. We celebrate the common anniversary of our receiving God’s revelation at both at Mt. Sinai at Jerusalem.

Today, as believers, we celebrate on Shavuot the outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit. According to tradition, dairy foods such as cheese, cheesecake and milk are eaten on Shavuot because Torah is compared to the sweetness of milk and honey. In Ecclesiastes, one line reads "Honey and milk are under your tongue." In some communities children are introduced to Torah study on Shavuot and are given honey cakes with passages from the Torah written on them.

Let us use this feast to make a public commitment, just as the people of Israel did, that "we will do and we will listen."

Chag Sameach

חג שבועות שמח 

Jerusalem Day

Tonight, Jews around the world gather together in spirit to celebrate Jerusalem Day (in Hebrew: Yom Yerushalayim).

Jewish people were forced to leave the land they loved in 70 AD and for over 2,000 years, they have prayed and longed to return to Jerusalem.  The Holy City had been divided between Israel and Jordan after Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, and the Arab nations attacked Israel.

During the 1948 War of Independence, Jordan took control of the Old City of Jerusalem where the first and second Temples once stood. Forty-eight years ago, Israel reunified its most cherished city, Jerusalem. In the Six-Day War of 1967, 182 Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers sacrificed their lives in the bloody battle over that city. Jerusalem was, once again, under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in 2,000 years! They continue to protect and defend Jerusalem today. Please pray for the safety of all soldiers in Israel.

Jews around the world chant, "next year in Jerusalem."