©October 9, 2011 Revive Israel Ministries
The third largest Hebrew newspaper in Israel is HaAretz. It is considered to be a left-wing, pro-human rights, anti-religious newspaper. In its holiday Yom Kippur edition, it published a large article about Messianic Jews' view of atonement, including a prominent headline and color photo. It was amazing that they would give place to such an article, and even more amazing that the quotes were reported relatively accurately.
The article was primarily an interview with Yael (fictitious name to protect her from persecution), a professional working woman, who lives in central Israel. She spoke of the sin of mankind, of atonement in Yeshua, of the Torah written in our hearts, of living out our faith in love and integrity. The headline quoted her as saying, "I'm already written in the Book of Life."
The article also examined the sociological aspects of our faith to live as loyal Israeli citizens, and the theological aspects of our faith as a legitimate continuation of the Hebrew Scriptures and of the First Century Messianic community. Please pray for grace and revelation on all who read this article.
Last Great Trumpet
There are many kinds of shofars, or trumpets, in the Bible: Mount Sinai, Jericho, the Silver Trumpets, Gideon's army, the Seven Trumpets of Revelation, the feast of Trumpets, and so on. However, none of these are the one and only "last great trumpet." This last great trumpet is connected to the Second Coming of Yeshua. It is specifically quoted in 5 verses:
With this last great shofar, we see the coming of Messiah in glory, the heavens opened, a great battle, the angelic armies descending, the resurrection of the dead, the transformation and rapture of the saints, and the gathering of the nations to Jerusalem All these scriptures come together in one great moment, the "great and terrible day of the Lord," symbolized by the Day of Atonement, and the last great trumpet.
This year on the Day of Atonement, we assembled at sundown, with members of several Hebrew-speaking congregations. We worshipped in the presence of the Holy Spirit, proclaimed these scriptures, and cried out, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Yeshua the Messiah." Then with mighty shouting, we blew this last great shofar, in awe and awareness that the prophecies of the end times are just beginning to be fulfilled all around us.
A Special Yom Kippur
by Daniel Juster
My wife Patty and I agreed that this was the best Yom Kippur gathering since we have been living in the land of Israel. Because there is no transportation for the Holy Day, all who attend synagogues for worship and prayer must walk. When your congregation is scattered, the only solution is a hotel for the people and the leaders.
Our congregation Ahavat Yeshua provided the bulk of the attendees. In attendance were members of King of Kings Hebrew Congregation, the Maaleh Adumim Congregation, and others. Our setting was the lovely Messianic Jewish Moshav in the Judean hills outside of Jerusalem. We were packed out.
The presence of God was immediately perceived at the very beginning. Our worship leader, Chaim, led us in songs that confessed what Yeshua had done as our high priest and sacrifice. I experienced a deep connection to Yeshua as we sang. The worship songs were full of good content on New Covenant realities. The traditional elements from the prayer "Our Father, Our King," which confesses that we have no righteousness of our own, to the intercession prayers for Israel were engaged with creative freshness, bringing out both old and new (Matthew 13:52).
And so it was throughout the services, that evening, the next morning and into the last evening service. The morning service included a special time of intercession after Asher’s message. I think we could have continued for hours more, but most people needed some rest after 3 ½ hours. Asher’s message on the meaning of the sound of the Great Shofar and the Second Coming was powerful and created a longing for this great event. The prophetic prayers for the salvation of Israel were especially moving.
Friday evening, Oded Shoshani gave a good summary of the meaning of the Holy Day and its fulfillment in Yeshua. Abraham Ben Hod brought us to a serious place of understanding for concluding our last service with the Lord's Supper. Then there was the great and last sounding of the Shofar, Takiah Gidolah. We broke the fast together with a joint community meal. There was a happy and joyful sense of conclusion.
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