During this time of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New year), I would like to wish you “Shana Tova” and “Happy Holidays” as we celebrate this very prophetic and important Biblical holiday. According to Jewish tradition, it was on Rosh Hashana that God created the world, but in scripture we find a different description of this holiday with a completely separate name—the Feast of Trumpets.
On this holiday, the shofar (trumpet) is blown and it carries deep significance. One of the main purposes for blowing the shofar throughout the ages, has been to warn the people that their king is coming. I believe that we are living in the last days and in the season of the coming of our King. The return of Yeshua, our Messiah and Savior, is already very close at hand.
The sound of the trumpet should serve to ensure that those who are slumbering and sleeping will awaken and prepare their hearts for the return of the King of kings. I also pray that the Lord will help us to prepare our own hearts and keep our lamps lit to meet Him in a way that is worthy of Him.
Rosh Hashanah precedes the Day of Atonement, which is called “Yom Kippur” in Hebrew. The 10 days preceding Yom Kippur are called “the days of awe” in Jewish tradition. It is during these days that the Jewish people search their hearts and contemplate the path on which their lives are, and to correct them in accordance with the law of God. During this time people also try to improve their relationships with others, and to wish each other a “good signature” from God, so that God would accept their repentance and write it in the book of life.
I thank God for each of you whom have met Yeshua the Messiah and have received Him into your hearts. Thanks to His sacrifice on the cross, you have had your names written in the book of life, and you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).
Please pray with us for the Jewish people, so that they would turn to Messiah Yeshua in faith, and not reach for salvation through human efforts in fulfill the commandments and rituals of the law. Please pray for God to open their eyes and to remove the veil from their hearts. Thank you so much for praying with and for us, and for supporting our work here in Israel in service of His Kingdom. God bless you!
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