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Feast of Trumpets – The King is Coming

Yom Teruah – Feast of Trumpets – Day of the Blast, and it’s significance to the last days church and the end-times believer.

First, let’s take a moment and look at this rather obscure-appearing celebration in the Biblical text and see if it has any relevance to non-Jewish folks today.
What is the purpose of ‘trumpets’ or rather ‘the blasts’ according the Scripture ? Leviticus 23:24 reads “ in the seventh ( Biblical) month on the first of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a reminder or memorial by blowing (Teruah – Blasts) of trumpets, a holy set-part assembling. Numbers chapter 10 indicates trumpet sounds are used to summon the camp and direct it’s movement; to summon the leaders to gather; to sound the advance; Numbers 10:9 “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, you shall sound an alarm (Teruah) with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before YHVH your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.”   10 “Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets . . .”    And accordingly, these ‘blasts’ are individual and distinct and each with a purpose. Paul makes mention of this in his first letter to the Corinthians by saying “For if the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will know to prepare for battle?” 14:8
In Revelation there are seven trumpets and Psalm 81 mandates we ‘blow (Teqia) the trumpet on each new moon, and at the Full Moon Feast Days ( Passover and Tabernacles). Again Paul speaks to the congregation at Corinth with these words –
“ in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised and those that remain shall be changed.”   In Exodus 19 the trumpet heralded the very Presence of God and preceded His speaking. 1 Thess. 4:16 tells us “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,(Teruah) with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.” And the Prophet Joel urges to ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion. Sound the alarm . . . for the Day of the Lord is at hand . . .”
We see God using the ‘trumpet’ for a multitude of reasons. He summons His people, assembles them and directs the movements of the camp. The trumpet is used in the time of war as well as in our celebrations and our seasons of joy. The trumpet alerts the people, sounds the alarm and awakens the camp. Could the trumpet be used to announce the coming, the speaking and the very Presence of the King? And is yes, how does that apply to born-again believers today? 

We have established from Scripture how ‘Trumpets’ are used by the God of the Bible in a multitude of ways. He awakens the camp and calls them to attention. He sounds the alarm and the call to battle. The Trumpet announces the time of celebration as well as the time of judgment. Trumpets are seen and heard all through the Scriptures, sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly.
Judaism has a tradition concerning ram’s horns. When God provided the Ram whose horns were caught in the thicket ( Gen. 22:13) and Abraham offered it on the altar, tradition says God took one Ram’s Horn and gave Abraham the other. In Exodus 19 and 20 the Scriptures speak of a ‘trumpet waxing louder and louder’. Joshua overcame the great city of Jericho with Trumpets and obedience to God’s instructions. In 2 Samuel, Trumpets marked a great celebration as well as a proposed coronation. In Nehemia, Trumpets sound the call to fight for another. Trumpets are instruments of praise and mark the ascending of GOD, according to the Psalmist. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel and Amos all make mention of sounding Trumpets to awaken and warn the people.
The Apostle Paul speaks of the return of Messiah at ‘the last Trumpet’ (1 Cor. 15:52). Revelation speaks of seven trumpets. Psalms 81 speaks of blowing the trumpet on the ‘new moon’, or the first of each biblical month. If a trumpet is blown at the first of each month, starting with the month of Passover in the spring, and continuing each month until the month of Tabernacles, there will have been seven trumpets sounded. The Feast of Tabernacles is in the seventh biblical month, following Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and, according to Zechariah, marks the season of the return of Messiah. That places the return of Messiah at the time of the last of the seven trumpets – the last trumpet. Isn’t it neat how the Old and the New fit together like a hand and a glove . . . almost like it was made that way.

Isaiah 27:13  “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown . . .”

Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, it is nigh at hand;“
Zechariah 9:14 “Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south . . .”

In Numbers chapter 10 we are told the trumpets are used to gather the elders, gather the entire assembly, sound an alarm and call to war.

    Hopefully we also understand this holiday marks the beginning of the season of the Return of Messiah Yeshua. It should make us mindful of the price that has been paid to reconcile us back to our heavenly Father. With His return will come both great joy as well as great judgement  – the ‘two-edged’ sword.

It is a time to rejoice in the Joy of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ Who Is our Salvation, and to remember the great cost of that Salvation . . . a price that could only be covered by The Son of The Living God.

     May this Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets be the beginning of a time of self examination as we march humbly towards Yom Kippur, remembering that ‘judgement begins at the house of GOD’ and that if we ‘judge ourselves we will not have to be judged’, and remembering that Messiah Yeshua has taken my punishment and delivered me from the curse and eternal separation from our Father God.

     The ‘last days’ have been swirling around us for 2,000 years, according to the Apostle Peter in Acts 2. Scripture says ‘a day is as 1,000 years and 1,000 years as a day’. It has been 2 days since Messiah Yeshua walked this earth. We are on the threshold of that third day. “For in two days I will revive you and on the third day I will raise you up and you will live in My sight.” (Hosea 6:2)

    Yom Teruah – The Day of the Blast, Feast of Trumpets –  is the rehearsal for the promised return of the Promised Messiah. Much is going on around the world and more pointedly in the Middle East. The time will come soon when this appointed time will no longer be a rehearsal but the ‘opening night’ of the final performance . . . and it announces the beginning of the eternal ‘Season of Our Joy’.

Have you accepted Yeshua/Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Do you belong to The Father through the work of His Son on the cross?

“For if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Rom 10:9-11)

Remember the words of Yeshua/Jesus when He said ‘no one comes to the Father except through Me.’

Feast of Trumpets . . . announcing the coming of The King. Are you ready?

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Some thoughts to ponder – when a woman gives birth

Some Scriptural Thoughts to Ponder . . . ‘When a Woman gives birth . . .’

Leviticus 12:1-8   ‘. . . and when a woman gives birth . . .’

As we go through this study, please notice the similarity between the offerings in this passage to some of those among the weekly offerings of The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), the time of the regathering of the Whole House of Israel . . . 

For a female offspring – 14 days (2 sets of 7) and 66 days – two sets of 33 . . . for a total of 80 days – two sets of 40 (fulfillment  of judgment, things being set right, completion x 2) . . . 

One for each House of Israel.  Remember, Israel was divided into two houses and is represented by the two sticks, the two donkeys, two loaves and the two fish. . 

Another place we see ‘two sets of 7’ are in the seven daily offerings of Sukkot, the regathering of the House of Israel, the Bride, the ‘female’ if you will . . . ( Num. 29:12-34)

For a male child – 7 days (one set of 7) and 33 days, for a total of 40 . . .- (fulfillment  of judgment, things being set right, completion) . . . on the 8th day the boy is circumcised.

After the total days of her uncleanness are finished (whether a male or female child) and she is clean, she presents to the Priest the offering of the lamb and the dove, an offering before the Lord to make atonement and she shall be clean from the flow of blood. (Lev. 12:6-7)

It is interesting at the age of 33 Yeshua (the Lamb) is crucified, and as the High Priest He makes atonement for His bride, offering His Blood as the Lamb of Reconciliation (as well as the slaughtered goat of Yom Kippur)  and the Bride is made clean from the blood by The Blood.

(Let His blood be on us and on our children Matt. 27:25-) . . . and after His departure the Dove was sent . . . (HE is actually both goats of Yom Kippur)

Yeshua came only for the House of Israel . . . (Matt 10:6, !5:24, Ephesians 2) In the offerings commanded during the 7 days  Sukkot, we see 14 lambs – 2 sets of 7 as well as multiple bulls, 70 in total. In Numbers 29:35-36, we see one set of 7 lambs and one bull – 7 lambs signifying the union of the two sticks (‘and the two sticks shall become one in My Hand, says the Lord ( Eze. 37:19) . . . and the 1 bull signifying that ‘ the kingdoms of the earth have become the kingdom of our God’. (Rev. 11:15) So we see a picture of one restored house and one restored Kingdom.

On the 8th Day we see one bull and one set of 7 lambs . . . symbolizing completion.

On the eighth day after the birth of the male child there is ‘circumcision’ . . . the uncleanness is taken away. At the conclusion of each time period – 33 plus 7 days for the male child, 66 plus 14 (two sevens) for the female child – the mother presents the offerings – Lamb and the Dove – signifying the uncleanness has been taken away . . .

It is interesting in these short eight verses you can see the two houses of Jacob becoming the one restored House in the Father’s Hand through the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua

Before Israel went into the Land, preparing to keep the Passover, they were all ‘circumcised’ and the uncleanness was rolled away – Gilgal.

The first time the Hebrews went into the Land as Israel was at Passover.

The next time?

 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say,`As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 “but,`As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua, for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh . . . 12 that at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the citizenship of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. (Eph 2:8-13)

And The Lord will be King over all the earth. And all the nations must keep The Feast of Tabernacles.

 Shalom – R&J

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Deutoronomy, Devarim and Disney?

Deuteronomy – Devarim – Moses, Joshua and Chips the War Dog

Huh ? There’s nothing in the Scriptures about a war dog or a Disney movie.  OK, well, just hang on a minute and we’ll explain.

The title ‘Devarim’ is both the Hebrew name for this 5th book of the Bible, as well as the first Torah portion of that book. The title ‘Devarim’ comes from the Hebrew of the opening phrase ‘These the words’. ‘Deutoronomy’ is the English rendering of the Greek ‘deutoro nomos’/ ‘deutoronomion’ or ‘second law’. This is not literally a ‘second law’ but rather a ‘reminder or reciting or repeating of the law’. It is also referred to in Judaic circles as the Mishneh Torah or ‘repeating of the Torah’- not to be confused with Maimonides’ Mishnah Torah.

So what’s that got to do with an old Disney movie?

Well, for those that know the movie, the plot is about a young army recruit, an old trainer and a german shepherd that just can’t seem to ‘cut the muster’. But at the last minute, this ‘washed-out’ pooch is the only option and must pass the final test the next day. So all night long, the old trainer (he’s not allowed to go to the testing site with the other two) sits with the recruit and the dog, reminding them of all that they need to remember, going over and over their training one last time. Over and over the old trainer keeps saying, ‘ oh yeah, and this is the most important thing . . .’

Well, every time the book of Deutoronomy rolls around in the study cycle, that movie comes to mind. If you’ll allow us to make these analogies – The good ol’ pooch is Israel, the green recruit is Joshua and the old trainer ? Well, that would be Moses. And throughout the Book of Devarim,  Moses is reminding the people over and over of their training, and all that they need to remember as they head into the Promised Land the the battles ahead.  And just like the old trainer in the film, Moses is not allowed go to with them, so he is reminding them one last time.


There is much in the opening chapters (as well as through the rest of the book) that we need to remember. Things like “To you it was shown that you might know that YHVH, He is God; there is no other besides Him”; or “”Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that YHVH, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.” And don’t forget “When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days, you will return to YHVH your God and listen to His voice.”


But the one that stands out most for us begins in Deuteronomy 5:1, for this is the description of what we should understand and recognize as ‘The New Covenant’. What ? That’s right, The New Covenant. In verse two Moses states- ‘God made a covenant with us at Horeb . . . this is not the covenant He made with our fathers’. Why ? For this is the New Covenant. For the first and only time in history, The God of Creation enters into a covenant relationship with a nation He called out and formed. Up to this point, every covenant made by God has been with an individual or a couple; Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, even Hagar and Ishmael. But now, God has formed a family and set up His new household with all the guidelines that are needed for and by this New family . . . the family promised to Abraham.


The English word ‘new’, in reference to ‘new commandment, new covenant or new testament, appears over a dozen times in the Apostolic Writings/New Testament, and only once is it the greek word for ‘new’ as in brand new, never existed before. It is the word ‘neos’, from which we get words like neo-natal. Every other instance uses the greek word ‘kainos’ which means to ‘renew, refurbish or make like new again’. That one instance for ‘brand new’ – neos – is in Hebrews 12:24 where it states ‘ Yeshua/Jesus is the mediator ( intercessor) of the NEW Covenant.

So what does that mean ? We are not going to presume to be able to give a comprehensive answer here, but to this one point we will speak. Yeshua is the intercessor of this New covenant given at Horeb, which is a type and shadow of Messiah and not the other way around. The blood of bulls and goats does not forgive sin, but rather an annual reminder of the sin (Hebrews 10:3) that would be dealt with at a point in the future by the Promised Messiah. But until that prophesied time and event would come,  the sincere obedience from a grateful heart – the circumcision of the heart – coupled with Yeshua’s/Jesus’ intercession (Job 16:19) looked forward to the ultimate reconciliation and atonement being made by the Promised Messiah, and all in the Father’s perfect timing. Abraham’s faith was reckoned unto him as righteousness. Abraham was saved the same way we all are – faith in the Word of God and the Blood of The Lamb of God – Messiah Yeshua. ‘For he (Abraham) looked forward to seeing My day’, said Yeshua.
The New Covenant ? Torah. The intercessor for this Covenant ? Yeshua, the Living Word.”

Meanwhile, back in the movie, Chips the wayward german shepherd finally ‘gets it’, and performs just as the old trainer had hoped. Under the tutelage of the ‘old trainer’ and the leadership and relationship with the ‘recruit-turned-soldier’, Chips is transformed into all he was meant to be.

The same can be true for all who are made part of the citizenship of Israel through the work of Messiah Yeshua on the cross. Being led by the Holy Spirit through the teachings of Moses, the Apostles and Prophets, and Yeshua Himself – the commander of the Hosts of Heaven – we can be transformed into all we were meant to be – for we were meant to be like Him and with Him.

For with the heart man believes, and with the mouth confesses that Yeshua/Jesus is Lord and that YHVH raised Him from the dead, and then you shall be saved. Time is short, and the ‘test’ could come sooner than you think. Are you ready?

Shalom – J & R

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

John 2 The Wedding at Cana – the place of reeds . . .

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Baptism/Mikvah Gathering

Let’s all Gather at the River Saturday May 29th at 1:30pm for a Baptism/Mikvah Gathering. We will meet at the Creekside RV Park area of Renfro Valley in Mt Vernon. (we will have signs)

Although the primary reason for this meeting is the water baptism of a brother confirming his profession of faith in Yeshua/Jesus as his Master and Savior, this gathering is open to ALL who would desire to renew, refresh, rededicate or confirm their individual relationship and walk with our Heavenly Father through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ.

There will be a time of fellowship and food after wards (picnic style potluck J J) .

Please RSVP IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND AND /OR PARTICIPATE.

Reply here or text to 859-582-5525.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

And the whole world is deceived . . .

“And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” (Rev 6:2)

While listening to a recent audio posting ( https://youtu.be/9_Ti19DsDUU ) we heard the speaker mention this verse in general and the word ‘bow’ in particular, what was said caught our attention. After doing some additional homework, we thought it interesting enough to pass along.

Many believe the verse mentioned above is in reference to the ‘antichrist’ figure in the last days. Whatever your thoughts or beliefs concerning this figure, you should find this information intriguing.

First, let’s dissect the verse a little. The appearance of a ‘white horse’ normally evokes the image in the mind’s eye of that which is good. The ‘good guy’ is normally the one who rides the white horse, right? But then, things are not always as they appear, especially in prophetic matters. The greek word for ‘white’ (leukos) can denote dazzling brilliance, innocence and purity, as well as describe that which is dead – dead white. (Strong’s greek 3022) We also see reference in Revelation 19:11 to another white horse and Rider. This passage, we understand, is a direct reference to Messiah. The white horse and rider in Revelation 6:2 is someone that comes upon the scene before the triumphal return of Messiah.

We also should take note that this first white horse rider does have some degree of authority or power. He not only has a crown, which denotes a person of rank or authority, but the verse plainly states that he ‘went out conquering and to conquer.’ The crown may also have additional meanings, such as what we find discussed in this link https://www.businessinsider.com/where-coronavirus-name…

But the word that we really want to hone in on is the English word ‘bow’. This word is normally in reference to an archery bow. But there again, things are not always as they appear. And as a well-recognized side note, this rider has a bow, but no mention of any arrows. A bow is not very effective without arrows, unless it’s not a ‘bow’ in the normal sense. And if it is not a bow in the normal sense, then perhaps ‘the conquering’ is not in the traditional sense as well. ‘War’ can be waged in ways that are not only non-traditional, but in ways that don’t seem like ‘war’ at all, and yet still very much be ‘war’.

The word in Revelation 6:2 that is translated into the English as ‘bow’ is the Greek word ‘toxon’, which sounds eerily similar to the English word ‘toxin’. But going merely on similar sounds can be extremely deceiving. So let’s examine a quick etymology search for the word ‘toxin’ and see where it takes us.

‘Toxin’ comes from the Latin ‘toxicum’ – poison. ‘Toxicum’ is from the Greek ‘toxikon’ (in connection with ‘pharmakon’) which is ‘poison for use on arrows’ and comes from ‘toxikos’ which ‘pertains to arrows or archery’ and takes us to the word ‘toxon’ or ‘BOW’. So the reverse of that etymology takes us from the Greek word ‘bow’ (Rev. 6:2) to the English word ‘toxin’. Couple that fact not only with what we see swirling around us daily in local, national and global medical news reports, but with this statement in Revelation 18:23, hopefully we realize the obvious. “”The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. (Rev 18:23)

The word that is translated as ‘sorcery’ in the passage above is the Greek word ‘pharmakeia’, Strong’s #5331 φαρμακεία {far-mak-i’-ah}, the meaning of which is ‘1) the use or the administering of drugs 2) poisoning 3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it 4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry.’

Is it a coincidence that ‘bow’ is firmly connected with the concept of poison and arrows and ‘toxin’? Is it coincidental that this ‘bow’ is going forth under the guise of white – good and pure and innocent – when in fact it could very well be ‘dead white’? Is it coincidental that, on one hand, virtually the entire global community is pushing the mass administering of an experimental drug, while on the other hand the Scripture says ‘the nations will be – by definition – deceived by the administration of drugs? I guess it would be a stretch to wonder if needles and syringes could be considered ‘little arrows’? Just something to consider.

The medical industry has become a ‘high place’ in our society today. As people of faith in the Almighty Creator and His Messiah, we must operate as ‘Bereans’ in every aspect of our daily lives and not just in ‘religious matters’. We must be ‘wise as serpents and harmless as doves’ in all things in which we are involved and in all things by which we are confronted.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The Green Mark and the Liberty Bracelet

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Holy Dates 2021

Holy Dates 2021

JUST A QUICK MEMO HIGHLIGHTING HOLY DAY DATES FOR 2021

Passover Evening of March 27th

1st Day Unleavened Bread Evening of March 27th – 28th Sabbath

Wave Offering March 28th

Last Day Unleavened Bread Evening of April 2nd – 3rd Sabbath

Pentecost Evening of May 15th – 16th Sabbath

Feast of Trumpets Evening of Sept 6th – 7th Sabbath

Yom Kippur Evening of Sept 15th – 16th Sabbath

Sukkot Evening of Sept 20th – 27th

Evening of 20th-21st – Sabbath

8th Assembly Evening of Sept 27th – 28th Sabbath

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

An additional thought to the 7th day of Unleavened Bread

https://www.facebook.com/jerry.tomlinson.526/videos/2583792658556013/

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

7th Day of Unleavened Bread

https://www.facebook.com/jerry.tomlinson.526/videos/2583784945223451/

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 
 
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