USA Passes Legislation to Stop Funding Terrorist Activity

The USA Passes Legislation to Stop Funding Terrorist ActivityThe USA House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved legislation that would cut off any financial aid given to the Palestinian Authority unless it puts an end to its policy of paying monthly stipends to prisoners who are jailed in Israel and to the families of Palestinians who are killed while confronting Israeli security forces. This legislation is called the “Taylor Force Act” and was named after an American was murdered in a terror attack during a “Stabbing Intifada” in Tel Aviv a few years ago.

Committee Chairman, Ed Royce, declares, “With this legislation, we are forcing the PA to choose between USA assistance and these morally reprehensible policies, and I am pleased to see this measure move forward in both chambers with so much support.”

In response to this new legislation, PA leadership said they would not give in to USA threats to stop its payments to terrorists and their families. An adviser to Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, said: "These are heroes and we are responsible for them and for their families."

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace Psalm 122:6be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.”

Just Published - "Understanding God's Eternal Plan For Israel"

There is no other nation in history that has experienced what Israel has. Throughout history, people and nations have tried to destroy the Jewish people. With anti-Semitism on the rise once more and enemies threatening to wipe Israel from the face of the earth, many Christians want to instead show their love for Israel and the Jewish people. However, most Christians have no idea how to show support for or defend the Jewish people.

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Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel provides an overview of Israel's spiritual, historical, and political history, challenging believers in Christ to bless Israel and its people. Christian believers can learn about the biblical holy days (or feasts), how God called Israel to be a chosen nation to accomplish His work, and how the Middle Eastern conflict began and why it matters for both the Jewish people and Christians today.

If Christians can understand God's plan for Israel, then we can be in alignment with the Word of God. We must examine the evidence for ourselves, and then we can prepare to support our Jewish brothers and sisters and the nation of Israel as they carry out God's chosen plan.

                   Deby Brown, Author

                   Deby Brown, Author

Deby Brown is president of Song For Israel, a nonprofit organization proclaiming God's eternal plan for Israel. She educates others on the biblical truth and significance of God's plan for Israel, and she works relentless to build biblical awareness and active support for Israel and the Jewish people through prayer, education, service projects, and financial support. Deby is a commissioned pastor and teaches several Bibles studies weekly. She also leads annual tours to Israel (click here).

To order a book, click here and scroll down to payment button.

The Infamous Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht (German pronunciation), also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, was a pogrom (a series of coordinated attacks) against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria on November 9-10, 1938. German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed.

At least 2,500+ Jews were killed in the attacks, and 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Over 1,500 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone) and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged. Jewish cemeteries were vandalized and countless Jewish homes were destroyed. To make matters worse, Germans charged Jewish people for "damages."

Photo taken at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany by Deby Brown 2013

Photo taken at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany by Deby Brown 2013

The attacks were prompted as a result of the assassination of a German diplomat by a German-born Polish Jew. Kristallnacht was followed by additional economic and political persecution of Jews, and is viewed as the beginning of the Holocaust.

Watch the video and look for similarities in what is going on around the world today that very well could be leading up to another Kristallnacht and launch another Holocaust. 

In Defense of Christians

Christians face genocide in the Middle East. The United States government is finally making the advancement of international religious freedom -- and solidarity with persecuted Christians and other faith communities -- a top priority.

Several days ago, Vice President Mike Pence delivered the keynote address at a conference in Washington organized by the group, "In Defense of Christians." You may view it here:

Vice President Pence said he will soon travel to Israel and Egypt, in part, to advance the issue. "President Trump has directed me to go to the Middle East in December," the V.P. told the assembled Christian leaders. "And I promise you one of the messages that I will bring on the President’s behalf to leaders across the region is that now is the time to bring an end to the persecution of Christians and all religious minorities."

Muslims Refuse to play Israeli Anthem or Show Flag as Judoka Wins Gold

This past week, Israeli, Tal Flicker, won the gold in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament. However, Israel was the only participant now allowed to air their national anthem nor their country's flag during the final ceremony.

This global show of discrimination (anti-Semitism) is tolerated against a Jew in a Muslim country, but would not have happened toward a Muslim in Israel.

While the judo tournament anthem played, the Israeli gold winner quietly sang "Hatkivah" (The Hope), which is Israel's national anthem.

Ammunition Hill - Jerusalem and the Six-Day War

Another Song for Israel board member and myself (Deby) visited Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem in July. There was a movie that explained its history and then we visited the site.

During the British Mandate (1917-1948), the British built the Police Academy in northern Jerusalem. The ammunition stored on the nearby hill provided the name: Ammunition Hill.

During the War of Independence (1947-1948), the Jordanians captured parts of northern Jerusalem, including Ammunition Hill. As a result of the War of Independence (and continuing until the Six-Day War in 1967), Jerusalem remained divided between two countries - Israel and Jordan. Running between both sections of the divided city, there was a line of demarcation along which barbed wire was strung; mines were concealed and military posts were constructed. The Old City remained in Jordanian hands. 

The Six-Day War broke out on June 5, 1967. Israel's political attempts to prevent this war with the Jordanians had failed and Jordan's King Hussein instructed his army to open fire along the line of demarcation. A bloody battle was waged on Ammunition Hill, resulting in the Old City's capture by Israeli soldiers. Paratroop Brigade Commander Mota Gur reported: "The Temple Mount is in our hands" - The Divided City has been reunited.

In 1975, at the initiative of the grieving families and comrades-in-arms of the fallen soldiers, a memorial site and museum were dedicated on Ammunition Hill, and 182 olive trees were planted - equal to the number of those who had fallen in the battles for Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. 

God performed many miracles during the Six-Day War and many are documented in the book, The Lion's Gate by Steven Pressfield (available on Amazonsmiles.com - add Song For Israel as your favorite charity). 

Each year the national Jerusalem Day ceremony is held at Ammunition Hill.

The USA and Israel Plan to Withdraw from UNESCO

The Trump administration announced this past week that the US will withdraw from UNESCO, the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural body. UNESCO designates World Heritage sites but has become anti-Semitic in its decisions. In recent months, UNESCO members pushed to recognize Jerusalem as a holy site exclusive to Muslims, without recognizing its Jewish roots.

 On the heels of the USA announcement to withdraw from UNESCO, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu also announced that Israel would also withdraw over the organization’s anti-Israeli bias.

Earlier this year, UNESCO declared the ancient city of Hebron, King David’s first capital and home to the tomb of the biblical patriarchs, an endangered Palestinian heritage site. Last year, UNESCO passed resolutions declaring that Israel has no rights to Jerusalem, and described the Temple Mount and Old City of Jerusalem as Muslim holy sites.
 

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Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in God's Word)

Tonight Jews and Christians around the world celebrate the rabbinical holiday, Simchat Torah! "Simchat Torah" means the rejoicing of the Torah and celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. 

The word "Torah" has different meanings:

  • It can refer to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible;
  • It can refer to the entire Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) called the Tanakh
  • It can refer to the entire Bible (both the Old Testament and the New Testament)

How do we know if the Bible we hold in our hands today is accurate?

  1. The Tanakh was written by eye witnesses
  2. It is confirmed by archeological investigations
  3. It was attested to by Jesus Christ Himself (see Luke 24:44, Matthew 7:12)
  4. The Tanakh was preserved by careful copyists
  5. Copies have been validated over a 1,400- year period

OUR BIBLE IS RELIABLE

WE CAN REJOICE IN THE WORD OF GOD

 

The Feast of Tabernacles is a Joyous Occasion!

The details about this Feast are found in Leviticus 23:33-44. The Hebrew name for the Feast of Tabernacles is "Sukkot," and it began last night, September 27th. 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 as instructed, we leave 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!

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!

Significance

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 worshipped 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. 

A Sukkot Prayer (Feast of Tabernacles)

Abba Father,

We humble ourselves before You, The Holy One of Israel. As we remember this Sukkot week, we worship and praise your Holy Name.  We take special care to rest and reflect during this time of celebration and we recall how well you took care of your people in the wilderness. That reminds us that YOU are always providing for us and we are grateful that you love us and take care of us. We look forward to celebrating this feast with you in heaven every single year in our future. How we long to be with you.

We pray for those celebrating Sukkot this week in Israel in their sukkahs, and ask that You would cause them to seek Your face and that Your people would recognize that YOU are the One Who is protecting them and that YOU, Yeshua, are the only true refuge they can run to.

Bless and give wisdom to Prime Minister Netanyahu as he makes decisions to protect Israel’s people and borders. We pray for the Jewish people and the Christians throughout the world who are being persecuted—that they would not lose hope—that You would protect their minds and provide a way of escape.

Lord, please forgive our nation, as we have turned away from You. Would You purge the wickedness that festers from the United States and restore us to a right relationship with You? Would You provide us with Godly leaders who will strive to please You? Would you provide a righteous man for the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Fill us with Your love and Your power, that we might be effective witnesses of Yeshua in our communities. We ask that you strengthen us and that you would provide all that we need to serve you.

Now, Adoni, we ask that our lives be pleasing to You and that You would focus our minds on You and Your precious Word. We ask that your Holy Spirit would guide us into all truths as we read and study Your Word and we would grow in the grace and knowledge of Messiah.

We pray these things in the name of Yeshua! Amen

Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) begins on the 15th of Tishrei, the date of the first full moon after the autumn equinox. (September/October.) This year Sukkot begins the evening of Wednesday, October 4th and lasts 8 days. During this “season of our rejoicing”, the Jewish people eat their meals in a tabernacle or booth, covered with branches but with the sky showing through in remembrance of the wanderings from Egypt to the Promised Land.

The Feast of Tabernacles is one of the three festivals appointed by God. People were to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast in the Temple.

“Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread… at the time appointed in the month of Abib… and the Feast of Harvest, the first fruits of your labours which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year. Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.” Exodus 23:16 (NKJV)

Being an observant Jew, Jesus celebrated this holiday:

“Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand… Then the Jews sought him (Jesus) at the feast, and said, Where is he? … Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught… On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7: 2,11,14,37-38 (NIV)

A sea-worthy sukkah!

A sea-worthy sukkah!

The three pilgrim feasts – Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (Tabernacles) have both historical and agricultural significance.

Because Sukkot occurred in the fall harvest, it was also observed as an agricultural event. Prayers for rain were also recited during this holiday. 

In Israel, the first and last days are celebrated as full holidays (like a Shabbat). Schools are closed, and many families enjoy the holiday together by going on outings, visiting family or entertaining guests in their Sukkah.

Sukkot’s observance involves “dwelling” in the sukkah. The concept of thanksgiving for the harvest remains central, symbolized by the fruits (real or artificial) that decorate the sukkot (in Hebrew singular: sukkah, plural: sukkot).

Some say the American Pilgrim fathers were influenced by the Jewish observance of Sukkot, from which Thanksgiving Day came.

etrog and lulav

etrog and lulav

An important symbolic item of the Festival are the Four Species. These are held together and waved at different points in the religious services. The four species consist of a lulav (palm branch), etrog (citron), hadasim ( three myrtle twigs) and the aravot (two willow branches). Combined, these are called the Lulav*.

Bible Readings During Sukkot

 The unabridged Hallel (Psalm 113-118) recited each morning.

  • Leviticus 22:26-23:44
  • Numbers 29:12-31
  • Zechariah 14:1-21
  •  1 Kings 8:2-21
  •  Exodus 33:12-34:26

Join Song For Israel as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with a Celebration Dinner on October 8th. For more information, please click here.

May Your Name Be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

The Fall is filled with Jewish holidays! After welcoming in the Jewish new year, for a ten-day period, the Jewish people observe a somber and introspective period called the “Days of Awe.” An important aspect of the Days of Awe is to seek reconciliation with anyone you may have wronged in the past year. According to Jewish tradition, one cannot find forgiveness from God unless they have a clear conscience. They believe that when they petition God with their since that they “stand trial” before Him and wait for the verdict. The Jewish people focus on the “Book of Life” and attempt to prove to God that their names deserve to be sealed in that book for another year on the Day of Atonement (in Hebrew Yom Kippur).

Western Wall at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Western Wall at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Leviticus 16:29-34 establish the Day of Atonement on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishri (on our 2017 calendar, that would be September 29.  This holy day is called the “Shabbat of Shabbats”—the most important day of the year for the Jewish person. It is the day “to afflict one’s soul, to cleanse oneself of all sin and abstain from any work or pleasure.”

In Malachi 3:16-18, the Book of Life is described as “A book of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name.” The Jewish people are taught that in order to ensure their names are sealed in the Book of Life, they must repent, pray and do good deeds. They can only hope that their names are sealed for another year based on their works. For the Christian, we know that our salvation is not based on our own works, but on the finished work of Jesus on a cross. In John 14:6, Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It is not by works. And we also know that Jesus payment on that cross is permanent. We do not have to wait for Yom Kippur and hope we will be sealed another year.

However, this holiday is a great reminder 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God still expects us to confess sin, but it is not the admission ticket to heaven. Faith in Jesus alone takes care of that, once and for all.

It is still a very good practice to observe the holiday with the Jewish people and fast 24 hours to spend time with the Lord and confess sin and pursue reconciliation with others.

All of the Jewish “appointed days” point to prophecies (some have been fulfilled and others await fulfillment). Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) points to the time in the future when Israel (as a nation) will repent and look to Messiah in one day (Zechariah 3:9).

A common saying you may hear from Jewish people in preparation for Yom Kippur is: “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life!” We hope that you have found faith in Messiah and that YOUR name is permanently inscribed in that Book of Life!

 

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 this year on September 29th at sundown and lasts 25 hour.

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.

Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) Begins Tonight

Yom Teru’ah, renamed by the rabbis centuries later as the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah, is literally “the head of the year,” meaning its beginning. It is important to note that this differs from the “religious year,” where God reordered the calendar in Exodus 12:2 to begin the year with Passover. This appointed time, though called the New Year actually is not in the religious sense. The trumpet was sounded on a variety of occasions in the ancient Jewish community:

·         To announce significant events (Leviticus 25:9)

·         To assemble Israel (Numbers 10:2)

·         To obtain God’s help against an enemy (Numbers 10:9)

·         To call God’s attention to an offering (Numbers 10:10)

·         To announce the Presence of God (2 Samuel 6:15)

·         To warn of war or danger

In Leviticus 25:10, God specified trumpets be used to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land, to all its inhabitants.” That verse appears today on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, assuring us that America was founded by Bible believers.

I was a camp counselor for seven years at Indian Village, Forest Home. Each morning we were awakened to the loudest drum. At mealtimes, a smaller drum with a different beat was used. Different drum beats signified different events. Both could be heard throughout the camp so all would be aware of what was coming up. In the same way, the priests used a silver trumpet or a shofar, and the people knew what each sound meant.

Illustration provided by Ray Hart

Illustration provided by Ray Hart

The Feast of Trumpets is a one-day celebration in which no work is to be done and an offering is made to the Lord. The day is accompanied by trumpet (shofar) blasts.

History: Over the years, the rabbis decided that the Feast of Trumpets marks the end of one agricultural year and the beginning of another and so they renamed it “Rosh Hashanah,” the New Year. But the rabbis also recognized that the sound of the shofar on this day is an announcement of the upcoming Day of Atonement or Judgment (see below), and therefore the start of a time of introspection in which everyone is to examine themselves to see if they are living their lives in a way that is pleasing to God and, if not, to repent and to also try to heal any broken relationships with others.

Scripture References:

·         Old Testament: Leviticus 23:23–25; 26:27–33; Numbers 10:1–10; Deuteronomy 28:58–67;                                         Isaiah 11:1–12, 27:12–13

·         New Testament: 1 Corinthians 15:51–53

Prophetic Fulfillment: The trumpet was a signal for the field workers to come into the temple. The high priest blew the trumpet so that the faithful would stop harvesting so as to worship. Now, when the trumpet sounds (according to 1 Corinthians 15:51–53), living believers will cease their harvest and rise from the earth. The church will be taken out of the world (in the rapture) prior to the day of judgment.

In 1 Corinthians 15:51–52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, Paul referred to the last trumpet and the trumpet of God. When Paul used these Hebraic expressions, he clearly had in mind the Feast of Trumpets as he described the rapture of the church, making a deliberate connection between the rapture and the Feast of Trumpets. The trumpets mentioned in Revelation are not the same. We are talking here about the trumpet of God. In their book The Last Shofar! Joseph Lenard and Donald Zoller explain more about the significance of the Feast of Trumpets, which came to be known as the Feast of the Unknown or Hidden Day:

Among the seven Feasts, The Feast of Trumpets is unique. Other Feasts were determined by calculating a stipulated number of days between the Feasts, based on the Jewish lunar calendar. Only the Feast of Trumpets is celebrated on the first day of the lunar month and was determined by observing the appearing of the New Moon—that faint sliver of light indicating the beginning of the lunar cycle of waxing and waning. The possibility of obscured atmospheric conditions or poor human judgment to identify the appearance of the New Moon made the beginning day of the Feast uncertain—the day and hour unknown or hidden. In addition, orbital considerations of the relationship of the earth, moon and sun,…affected the observation of the New Moon.

The Hebrew common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is Shanah Tovah (Hebrew: שנה טובה pronounced Shawˈna toˈva), which translated from Hebrew means "[have] a good year". Often Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה‎‎), meaning "A Good and Sweet Year", is used.

This excerpt was taken from Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel by Deby Brown. Her book should be released in about a month.

New U.S. Army Base to be Located in Israel

Ground was broken in Israel last Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of  American soldiers, operating under the American flag to defend against rocket and missile attack.

Israel Air Force Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the IDF's air defense commander, left, with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Gronski at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new permanent U.S. Army base in Israel. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israel Air Force Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the IDF's air defense commander, left, with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Gronski at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new permanent U.S. Army base in Israel. (Israel Defense Forces)

This U.S. presence will enhance Israel’s ability to detect and defend against the growing rocket and missile threat in a joint effort.

Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commanding general of the Army National Guard in U.S. Army Europe, said the planned base “signifies the strong bond” that exists between the United States and Israel. “This life support area represents the first ever stationing of a U.S. Army unit on Israeli soil,” he said. “The U.S. and Israel have long planned together, exercised together, trained together. And now, with the opening of this site, these crucial interactions will occur every day. We’ll have Israeli airmen, US soldiers living and working side by side.”

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has been working with its U.S. counterparts for nearly two years to establish the new facility

"We Are Here to Stay Forever."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex / AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex / AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a major address on Monday, August 28th, to mark the 50th anniversary of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. He spoke out strongly against any scaling back of Jewish settlements. He will not evacuate a single settlement. Before a large crowd, Netanyahu declared: “We are here to stay forever. There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel. This is the inheritance of our ancestors. This is our land.”

Many in the international community consider Jewish settlements in the “West Bank” illegal. This issue has been a central part of peace talks for years. Netanyahu underscored the risk Israel would face if it withdrew from this area.

The Prime Minister continued: “There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel. It has been proven that it does not help peace,” he said. “We've uprooted settlements. What did we get? We received missiles. It will not happen again.”

Watch the video of Netanyahu's address below:

This land belongs to Israel forever: ’I give to you [Abraham] and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan [even the West Bank], as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’  And God said to Abraham: ‘As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.’ Genesis 17:8-9

The First of Elul and the 40 Days

On the Jewish calendar, today is the first day of Elul, which begins a special 40-day period of the year called “Days of Favor.” According to Jewish tradition, it was during this time that the Lord forgave the people of Israel after they had sinned with the Golden Calf at Mount Sinai. Therefore, it is during this period of time that the Jewish people repent and confess their sins until the 40 days are over, which ends on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) with fasting and prayer.

Worshippers at the Western Wall in Israel during the month of Elul

Worshippers at the Western Wall in Israel during the month of Elul

This date in history goes all the way back to Moses receiving the tablets of the Law. When he descended Mount Sinai after having spent time with God, he returned to his people and saw they had fallen into sin by worshipping the Golden Calf.

You know the history – in anger, Moses destroyed the two tablets of the law and burned the calf the following day (Exodus 32:19 and Deuteronomy 9:11).

Moses approached God on Mount Sinai a second time to plead with God for His forgiveness. After 40 days, he returned. It was on the first of Elul that he ascended the mountain for a third period of 40 days to ask for mercy and complete atonement and he received the second set of tablets and the assurance of God’s forgiveness (Exodus 34:1; 27—28; Deuteronomy 10:1—5).

The Jewish people recognize this 40 days as a time of repentance and mercy and call it the “Days of Favor.”

Elul ends on Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year's Eve), which is on Wednesday, the 20th of September. On this day, the Hebrew year of 5778 will begin.

This is a time to pause and consider our ways - to set goals for personal improvement for the coming year.

Why not join with your Jewish friends in spending some time with God asking Him for forgiveness of any sins that have gone unconfessed (1 John 1:9) and repenting from that sin. It is a good time to search your heart and it's always good spending time with God!

Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner, October 8, 4 - 7 pm

Our Feast of Tabernacles Celebration Dinner is our biggest event of the year! We will celebrate on Sunday, October 8th, 4 - 7 PM at a beautiful location in Yorba Linda! The Feast of Tabernacles (also known as Sukkot in Hebrew) is celebrated worldwide October 4-11, 2017.  Children age 12 and up are invited to attend. Registration is now open. All tickets are $25 each. Limited seating.

After the sound of the shofar calls you to dinner, you will be presented with an authentic Mediterranean meal.

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

  • Learn about the biblical foundation for the Feast of Tabernacles
  • Have your photo taken with a 200-year old Torah scroll under the sukkah
  • Hear the traditional blessing sung in Hebrew and English
  • Experience the joy of music with silk banner dancers 

You may register by mail: 18340 Yorba Linda Blvd. #107-153, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. You may also register via credit card through Pay Pal with a $2 processing fee per ticket.   Either way, please fill out the form by clicking here.