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Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets, 5778/2017

Posted in Fall Feasts, Gospel, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2017 by paulthepoke

Numbers 29:1 ‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.

See also Leviticus 23:23-25.

Many believers are pointing to this Feast of Trumpets with great anticipation. Many believe the rapture will take place this fall 2017, September 23rd to be specific. The foundation of the theory is the Virgo alignment in the heavenlies which is consistent with Revelation 12:1. Present company is not included in this thought.

Revelation 12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Let’s cross the time and cultural divide from our place in the 21st century in western society. We are going back at least 2,000 years and upwards of 3,600 years ago. The Biblical text was written in an agrarian Middle East society. There are three languages involved: English, Greek, and Hebrew.

Judaism recognizes three trumps: first trump, the last trump, and the great trump. Each one of these named trumps represents a specific day. The “first trump” is blown on the Feast of Pentecost (Exodus 19:19). The “great trump” is blown on Yom Kippur and signals the return of Christ to Earth (Matthew 24:31). The “last trump” is synonymous with Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah (1 Corinthians 15:52). Resources: Festivals of the Jewish Year, Theodore Gaster; The High Holy Days, Herman Kieval.

newmoonThe Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah is the only new moon observance. This is not some Old Testament warm and fuzzy tradition. God has a point and a reason. He has not forgotten. The Apostle Paul makes note of this holiday.

Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

God has singled out this appointed holiday for some big time fireworks! Judaism has been rehearsing this holiday for at least 3,600 years since Moses. Has the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed) connected the dots… (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.)

Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit fulfilled the spring feasts (all four of them to the day, hour, and minute…case closed). Resurrection and rapture on the Feast of Trumpets during the fall appointments??? The ultimate question is the year.

Crown of Thorns and Nails on Cross

Has Jesus Christ covered your sin? If no, you have bigger problems than when He is coming back for His church.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

Regardless of the day on the calendar…Be Ready for His return.

Regardless of what is or is not taking place in the sun, moon, and stars…Be ready for His return.

Live your life as if He would come tomorrow…Be ready for His return.

Jesus calls believers to be alert and watchful. Proclaim the redeeming power of Jesus.

 

And we wait for Him to fulfill the fall feasts…

 

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Straight Talk…The Father Is Pleased With The Son, Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2017 by paulthepoke

RodnaImagine having the best possible dad who is teaching you, his child, how to ride a bike, but you fall off and scrape your knee. Would your dad be disappointed?! Of course not! He would help you back up, give you a hug, put a band aid on your knee if it’s bleeding a lot, and encourage you to get back on the bike to try again. He smiles but he is not disappointed.

Your Father loves you with a kind of love that holds no record of wrong. He isn’t keeping score. He took the score-pad and nailed it to the cross. He was way winning so decided to “finish” that game and begin a new one where we all win! His new game caused us to win even while we are still playing! He peaked at our cards when weren’t looking and steered the game in our favor lol. He’s such a really good Papa! There’s no keeping score in this game. The nail scars in His hands remind us not to ever try keeping score with anyone. All debt and disappointment is “PAID IN FULL”. Now we only love. And forgive. And build. And create. And learn good stewardship of our lives. And help whomever He puts in our paths. And keep the oil lamp burning. And follow His lead. And remain in the Vine. And occupy until He comes. And if we fall down, we get back up and try again knowing we can never disappoint a dad who peaked at our cards!

We all need to learn or relearn who our Father really is. He is only Love. And He set us up to win. But it is His game and His instruction book (Bible). ❤️Love y’all and have a blessed day!

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
– Matthew 3:17

“…you have been raised with Christ… seated at the right hand of God… For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
– Colossians 3:1-4

“…God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
– 1 John 4:8-9

Straight Talk…A Loving God the Father, Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by paulthepoke

RodnaYour Father’s love for you is infinite. He’s so proud of you and isn’t disappointed in you. In fact, He’s so taken by you that, unlike an earthly father, He’s never been disappointed in you. Even before He created the universe, He already knew everything you would ever do…good and bad…and He still made you! He knows the end of the book. He orchestrated all the characters into position and made the ending turn out to where you win! So even though some pages and chapters of your life may not look pretty, He knows you are going to end up with Him forever. He is the Author. He is Sovereign. So how could He ever be disappointed by having an outcome different than what He foreknew?

Now the Father sees you through Jesus if you have placed your trust in Him. And you are perfect in His eyes. You can’t fix what you broke so stop trying. It’s too much for you. Simply let go of it. Let go of your old identity and learn who the “new you” is in Christ. You weren’t built to carry the weight of disappointment and regret. That’s why Jesus took them off your back. You were built to carry God’s love, joy, peace, laughter, confidence, self-control, and all of His wonderful attributes! You were made in His Image. You’re a mini-creator even! And the rest of your life can be the best of your life, no matter how much time you have left.

So this journey called life then becomes one of discovering and uncovering who you truly are in Christ. It is one of becoming Jesus’ disciple, learning of Him, taking up your cross and following Him, and agreeing to the process of being transformed into His image. This transformation of the mind into the Mind of Christ is a lifelong process and includes shedding all other identities and attachments to this world, to uncover the “new one” hiding deep inside – in Christ. “You are the light of the world” and you’re on a journey to uncover that light. Jesus teaches us to “be in the world, but not of it.” But don’t beat yourself up because you’re not there yet. None of us are! We’re all trying to excavate more of the “me” who is alive in Christ every day.

“In Love He predestined us to adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved (Jesus).” -Ephesians 1:5-7

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called the children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” -1 John 3:1-2

“In Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.'” -Acts 17:28

Revelation: Sardis, Keep Your Clothes

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:3b …If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

This phrase would have a special meaning to priests who stood watch at the Jewish Temple. The night watch was divided into three groups. There were 24 stations at gates and in the courts of the Temple complex. Each station had 10 men for a total of 240 night guards.

During the night, the captain would make his rounds and check on the guards. The catch, no one knew what time the captain would come for inspection. If a watchman was found asleep, he would be beaten or his garments would be set on fire.

Temple insights provided by: Alfred Edersheim, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, Chapter 7 At Night in the Temple

We should pay attention to the analogy. As believers we will be kings and priests in the future. John makes the point in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 1:6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.

The believer’s position of royalty and priesthood with Jesus Christ is confirmed later in the book.

Revelation 20:6…Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

See also Revelation 20:4.

Consider the course of the priest who was given the responsibility to stand watch. He fell asleep. He lost his clothes to fire. But, he was still a priest. He had to report to his superior naked. It was obvious what had occurred. That had to be embarrassing.

Shame entered the world with nakedness at the fall of man in Genesis 3. From this point forward, nakedness is associated with sin. Two of many examples are noted below.

Lamentations 1:8 Jerusalem sinned grievously; therefore she became filthy; all who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness; she herself groans and turns her face away.

Isaiah 47:3 Your nakedness will be uncovered, your shame also will be exposed; I will take vengeance and will not spare a man.

As believers, do we want to stand naked before Jesus Christ? He shed His blood for us and clothed us in priestly linen garments to cover our sin. He is the High Priest and King. Jesus is our authority. Christ is going to know what happened and whether or not we faithfully stood watch.

Don’t make it obvious by showing up naked.

 

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Revelation: Sardis, “Remember Me.” -Jesus

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , on July 30, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:3a Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent.

Remember, then, what you received and heard. There are three verbs in the initial part of the verse.

 

This is an appeal to mental faculties. One, remember or keep this information in your brain. Don’t forget it.

Second, the believer in Sardis received or λαμβανο/lambano in the Greek. Per Strong’s Concordance lambano means: to take without the notion of violence; to take what is one’s own, to take to one’s self, to make one’s own; to claim, procure, for one’s self; to associate with one’s self as companion, attendant.

The idea is a person has taken possession for themselves and it does not need to be done again. The item belongs to the individual. The procurement has binding results moving forward into the future. What is claimed is eternal.

Lastly, the information was heard. The person understood what was being said. There was consideration of the message. The message was perceived and comprehended.

What is the focus for the folks at Sardis? It is salvation through Jesus Christ. He is offering the gift of eternal life. Jesus is telling the church He is the object of their attention. The order of the verbs in the verse above is the opposite of their introduction to Jesus. Typically at first, a person hears the good news of Jesus. Second, they have an option to reject or receive the free gift of salvation. Lastly, a believer in Christ is to remember what they have taken as their possession.

 

What are people to do with the gospel message of Jesus Christ? Keep it, and repent.

Keep or τερεο/tereo in the Greek. It means: to attend to carefully, take care of, to guard. This is a consistent mental attitude. Keep or tereo is a present tense verb. It means to continually keep. This is a matter of lifestyle. Always protect and pay attention to our eternal salvation.

And if there are some sins hanging around in your life…Repent. This is the seventh of eight times the word “repent” is used to the churches in Revelation. Change your mind and make a change. Get the junk out of your life and stop it.

 

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Straight Talk…The Carpenter, Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by paulthepoke

RodnaToday I was thinking of the irony that wood and nails, the tools which Jesus used in His trade as a Carpenter, were the same tools that fastened Him to the cross as He died for our sins through crucifixion. So then, the very thing that Jesus gave new purpose or life to, so to speak, was also the thing that aided in taking His Life in the end.

Or so it seemed…! Because the One who hung on that cross was way more than just a Carpenter. He was the Lamb of God, the Eternal Son of God, the everlasting Word of God, who also held the power of life and death in His hands. Which He claimed to have, and proved to have, when He was raised from the dead 3 days later – when the corruptible put on incorruptible and mortality put on immortality. Now the Master Carpenter builds for us an eternal home. For all of us who our faith in Him, repent, pick up our crosses daily, obey His teachings, and follow Him wherever He will lead us…

Therefore God in His infinite wisdom, turned this ironic death into yet more irony. A much more glorious irony, through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, by which all of us can receive eternal life.

“Jesus said…I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” – John 11:20

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” – Genesis 50:20

“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” – John 2:19

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and obeys them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:” – Matthew 7:24

“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.” – Acts 2:38

Straight Talk…Lord’s Prayer in Ancient Hebrew, Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on July 5, 2017 by paulthepoke

RodnaMatthew 6:9b “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

I love the Lord’s Prayer in Ancient Hebrew! This is much more meaningful to me than the simple English versions we have today. I wish I had an entire Bible like this. I do need to investigate it still though to see how it was translated etc. But it’s still really cool to read it this way!

Instead of “Forgive us our sins” it says, “and strike at our fastened yoke of our sin”. I mean wow, that adds a lot more meaning doesn’t it?! The ancient Hebrew implies more of an action that God takes to literally BREAK the enslaving yoke (bondage) of sin off our lives when we ask for forgiveness. Can’t you picture Him doing this?! Does this excite anyone else besides me? haha…I know I’m weird but surely I’m not the only weirdo here! 😉

Have you ever noticed when people first come to put their faith in Christ and are “born-again” they typically say, “I feel a weight lifted off of me!” They can literally FEEL the forgiveness of God. I felt this way too 21 years ago. Could it be that this “striking of the fastened yoke” that God performs, which breaks us free from the heavy weight of sin, is much more literal than we may have thought? I know one thing is sure: Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross did WAY more than we will probably ever realize on earth…

Hebrew Masters Prayer

 

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