How many yoms can you kippur?

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Below is a post from our congregation’s website, and is a good re-read for the season we are in, and the fast for which we all need to prepare.

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There is a trend in some of the ‘two-house’ leaning circles in Messianic “Judaism” that says we should not ‘fast’ on Yom Kippur, because that is what Jews do, and the word in Leviticus 23 does not say ‘fast’, but ‘afflict’, which only means to humble oneself. On the surface, this doctrine sounds lofty, sounds ‘holy’, and sounds like an honest attempt to get to truth. Unfortunately, this is rooted in lack of scholarship, and in anti-Semitism, and the hatred/mistrust of all doctrines of Jews, just because they are “Jewish.” They forget that Yeshua showed up and worked within the framework of 1st Century “Jew”daism during His ministry, and would not violate its ‘customs’ unless those customs violated the Torah.

Yeshua kept the Jewish customs, the ones that did not contravene Torah. The custom of fasting is less a custom and more a command, though to us who are so far removed from the word ‘afflict’, we do not see that “anah”, conjugated as “anitem et nafshoteikhem”, actually does mean to fast, and scripture proves it. We assume sometimes that “Strong’s Concordance”, a lexicon published in AD 1890 by a Methodist protestant, is the ‘authoritative source’ on Hebrew. That is a DANGEROUS assumption, and discredits mountains of other Hebrew scholarship, and does NOT take into account what ancient JEWS used words for and how THEY understood them, including Yeshua.

Further, Stephen, Sha’ul, and the rest of the Shlikhim, were FALSELY accused of wanting to do away not only with Moshe [Torah], but with the CUSTOMS established in Yisrael. Pay attention: these were FALSE ACCUSATIONS!

“And they appointed false witnesses who said, ‘This man does not cease to speak against the Torah and against this makom hakadosh; for we have heard him say that Yeshua HaNatzri shall destroy this place and shall change the customs which Moshe entrusted to you.’ ” Acts 6:13-14 [Perek Version]

“And when they heard it, they glorified Elohim and said to Sha’ul, ‘Our brother, see how many thousands there are in Y’huda who are believers, and they are all zealous for the Torah: but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Y’hudim who are among the Goyim to forsake the Torah of Moshe, stating that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to follow after the customs of the Torah. Now, therefore, they have heard that you have come here. Do, therefore, what we tell you. We have four men who have vowed to purify themselves; Take them and go purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; then everyone will know that what has been said against you is a lie, and that you yourself uphold the Torah and obey it.’ ” Acts 21:20-24 [PV]

We see here, then, that keeping the customs/traditions was part of keeping Torah, in the minds of TENS OF THOUSANDS of JEWS who believed in Yeshua! And Sha’ul did NOT repudiate them, but agreed with them. He also declared that he kept both the Torah and the CUSTOMS, years later when he was defending himself against the same accusations:

Then Sha’ul answered, “I have committed no offense against the Torah of the Y’hudim, or against the Temple, or against Caesar.” Acts 25:8 [PV]

“And after three days, Sha’ul sent and called the leaders of the Y’hudim; and when they were come together, he said to them, ‘Men and my brethren, though I have done nothing against the people and the Torah of my fathers, yet I was delivered from Yerushalayim in bonds into the hands of the Romans, who, when they had examined me, would have released me, because they found in me no cause worthy of death. But as the Y’hudim stood against me, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my own people.’ ” Acts 28:17-19 [PV]

There is a lot to see in these two passages. First, that he did nothing against the “Temple”; the temples embodied many ‘customs’ that were not explicit in Torah, but that went hand in hand with Torah commands. You will see, one of these was fasting on Yom Kippur. Next, we see that, again, Sha’ul declares that he himself did nothing against the ‘traditions’/customs of ‘our fathers’, the JEWS. He is defending his obedience to JEWISH CUSTOM, even AFTER he became a believer in Messiah Yeshua. Check the book of Acts from about chapter 13 through the end, and you will see Sha’ul keeping customs. One of them was Synagogue attendance on Shabbat. There is no direct command to go to a Synagogue. Why, then, do we see Yeshua, Kefa and the 11, Sha’ul, and many tens of thousands of Messianic Jews doing so? We can also see that in the Jewish mind, the death penalty was justified for breaking CUSTOMS. Not just commands; why? Because in their minds, the customs were ‘how’ to keep the commands. They were not separate. Again, the ones Yeshua opposed were the ones that replaced or prevented actually keeping the commands. The ones that supported the commands, those handed down from Moshe, He upheld, as did Sha’ul and all the Talmidim of Yeshua.

Now, to fasting on Yom Kippur itself, the command reads this way:

“Howbeit on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement [Yom HaKippurim]; there shall be a holy convocation unto you, and you shall afflict your souls [anitem et nafshoteikhem]; and you shall bring an offering made by fire unto יהוה .” Lev. 23:27

Those teaching that this does not mean fast assert that since a Methodist preacher decided it only means “afflict”, they can discard the rest of scripture concerning the Hebrew use of this word and ignore the “custom” of fasting on Yom Kippur. That is a DANGEROUS day to tinker with! Ezra shows us how this word means to fast.

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before Eloheinu, to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.” Ezra 8:21

The word for ‘fast’ here is “tzom”, which is the root word for ‘abstaining from food’, lest there be any doubt about what Ezra is recording. It is followed by the phrase, “L’hitanot lifnei Eloheinu”, or “afflict ourselves before Eloheinu”. So, the fasting was done for the purpose of ‘afflicting’. Indeed, Biblical ‘affliction’ is ‘hunger’, and this is seen in many hundreds of uses of the word in the Tanak.

Let’s make sure this holds up with more than one witness, however:

“But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into my own bosom.” Psalm 35:13

“And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noonday..” YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 58:10

“In those days I Daniel was mourning three whole weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled…. Then said he unto me: ‘Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand and to afflict yourself before Eloheikha, your words were heard…’” Daniel 10:2-3, 12

“Blow the shofar in Tzion, sanctify the fast, call a solemn assembly…” Yoel 2:15

So, we now have four scriptural witnesses that clearly show us that in many cases the word ‘anah’ is used to indicate that FASTING is the “how” we do the ‘afflicting/humbling’. In Yoel, this is the second shofar of the fall season, and the ‘fast’ is accompanied with the assembly of weeping and supplication, and this has long been seen by Jews as Yom Kippur, the Great Shofar. This was NOT a later “Jewish” concept, but a deeply rooted Torah concept. Moshe taught the Jews this, that ‘afflict’ in the context of Yom Kippur meant ‘fast’, and the prophets echoed it. It is not a “Jewish”, Talmudic custom, as many in so-called “Messianic” circles are now teaching.

This is further born out in the Mishnah, a document that was compiled in the late 2nd/early 3rd century. The Mishnah is the writing down of the orally taught ‘customs’ that were used in the Temple during the Second Temple period. Messiah Yeshua went to that Temple to observe the customs, and to show how those customs pointed to Himself. The customs of our Jewish people are very, very important. The Mishnah is NOT the Talmud. These were the students of people like Gamliel in the Brit Khadasha, who wrote down their teachings about Temple service one generation after they passed. It is the closest we can get to understanding ‘how’ they did things.

In the Mishnah, in Tractate Yoma, which explains how Yom Kippur was conducted in the Temple by the priesthood, we see very clearly that the 1st century JEWS observed a FAST in order to AFFLICT their souls before Elohim as commanded. [Yisrael was made up primarily of the tribes of Judah [JEWdah], Benjamin, and Levi, but small remnants of all the other tribes as well, and they were all called JEWS/YISRAELIS interchangeably. Two-housers can’t wrap their head around that, and it thwarts their doctrine]

In “Perek 4” (Chapter 4) of the Yoma Tractate, we read:

“But this day he scooped them out with a gold one [and was not required to empty one to the other] and with it he would bring it in [and offer it, thus conserving energy for the High Priest on this fast day]. On all other days he would….”

Here, we learn that on Yom Kippur, the High Priest is fasting, and his duty with the ashes is modified to accommodate his fast. This is the first mention in this tractate of the fast. In other words, there must have been a common understanding in Yisra’el that they fasted, that the Mishnah did not need to explain what “anitem nafshoteikhem”/afflict your souls meant! It was simply stated as a matter of fact that the High Priest was fasting that day!

We see this same defacto understanding in Perek 6, where we read:

“At each booth they would say to him, here is food and water, not that it ever happened that one needed to break his fast, rather, it was a comfort for the person to know that it was there, if needed.”

This is describing the journey of the escort for Azazel, the ‘goat for Azazel’ [known incorrectly as the “scapegoat”]. This escort was offered food, but no escort EVER took it! This is on Yom Kippur, when he is escorting Azazel to the cliff. This also shows us that there was a ‘defacto’ understanding that everyone fasted on Yom Kippur, not just the High Priest.

Then, in Perek 8 we read:

“since the Torah states regarding Yom Kippur, “You must afflict yourselves”, one consuming less than the bulk of a large date including its pit does not alleviate the affliction of fasting…”

Here, we are reading how fasting applies to ALL YISRAEL, and how it is EQUATED with ‘anah’, or “affliction”/”humbling” oneself. Again, the command for one to fast is never mentioned, but it is treated as if everyone in Yisrael understood it this way, and it is showing some mercy on the part of Elohim and Moshe, saying that food the size of a date’s bulk is permitted in emergencies!

Again, Yeshua adhered to these customs, all the Shlikhim [Apostles] did, suffering and dying in never ‘admitting’ to the lies that they violated Torah AND Customs, and the biblical proof that ‘anitem et nafshoteikhem’ actually means ‘fast’ is more than sufficient. There are many, many other scriptures where ‘anah/afflict’ is used in the context of HUNGER. Those teaching that Yom Kippur is NOT a fast are in serious error. It is NO SURPRISE to us that this doctrine is coming from TWO HOUSERS.

Our congregational Halakha on Yom Kippur is that WE FAST IN HUMILITY on that day. “How can two [or more] walk [share halakha, halakha meaning ‘your walk’ ] TOGETHER, unless they are in agreement?” If you’re ‘walking’ with those who teach this and other doctrines, please prayerfully consider the wisdom of the Prophets instead.

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Happy New Year!

For most of my readers, you know why I say that at this time…..

But, if you’re not aware, this is the Biblical New Year for tracking time and prophecy.

L’shana Tova umetuka!  Have a SWEET and GOOD year!

There are three other new years in Judaism, but only one other that is really ‘biblical’, and that is the ‘Sacred New Year,’ for tracking what Abba calls “Mo’edim”, or “Appointed Times.”  That one is in the spring, and heralds Pesakh, and sets the counting for all other ‘feasts’.

The upcoming “Appointed Time” is “Yom Teru’ah,” also known by most as Rosh HaShannah.  It has been called Rosh HaShannah since antiquity, meaning “The Head of the Year”, or “New Year’s Day” in most minds.  It is prescribed in Leviticus 23.  It is also known as “The Birthday of the World,” being the first day of creation.  It is the 1st khodesh in the new year for tracking time from that date.  This is the day the calendar of Yisra’el ‘rolls over’ into another year, this year, from 5778 to 5779.  However, this is also called “The Day That No Man Knows,” and the fact of that is exacerbated by our Jewish people going to a calculated calendar versus the Biblical way of tracking the ‘months.’   When they did so, the Rabbi that created the calendar deliberately left out a number of years, [200+] because he was keenly aware that the Biblical timeline and the birth and subsequent ministry of Yeshua MATCHED the prophecy of Daniel PERFECTLY.  To keep our Jewish people from seeing the connection, he took out enough years to offset the calendar.  So, we would minimally be in the year 5979 right now!  Probably closer to 5999, however.

The Yovel is the tracker of time prophetically, and predicts the curses we see in the Hitgalut.  The issue is, like no one knows the day AND hour, no one knows the year.  But, the LAST yovel, possibly, would have been either in 67AD or 70AD.  The Siege of Rome on Jerusalem started in 67AD, but the Temple was not destroyed until 70AD.  A yovel is a 50 year cycle.  We do not know when the last official yovel of Israel was; but, the destruction of the Temple and the following scattering of our Jewish people is the result of not keeping the year of release and yovel [Jubilee], so it could be that 70AD is the marker, the bench mark of the last official Yovel.  If that’s the case, the NEXT Yovel in our day would be 2020!  But, it COULD be this year.  As stated, no one knows for certain when that is.

So, Yom Teru’ah, the “Day that No Man Knows” is even more unknown today than when it took on that moniker before the 1st century.  It used to be unknown only because it could not be known until the ‘khodesh’, the new crescent moon, was seen in Yisra’el.  They would have been counting for 28 days since the previous one, and if they did not see it on the day expected due to clouds/rain, they’d assume that the next day would be the khodesh, but they still would ‘observe’ it.  This made the 1st day a 48-hour day.  A day that no one really knew until it happened.  And then, the shofar, ALSO CALLED A YOVEL, would be sounded to herald the turn of the year, and the Judgment of the Righteous.  This day also heralds the “Days of Awe”, or ‘terrible days’ between Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur.  These are seven days of ‘preparation’ for the judgment of the damned.  The Kohen HaGadol [High Priest] would sequester himself for those seven days in an ‘inner chamber,’ WITH HIS WIFE, to prepare for Yom Kippur.

It is very easy to see the symbolism in all of this.

This is known as a ‘rehearsal.’  And Yeshua instructs us to be ‘ready’ for it.  We do that by rehearsing.  We have been praying prayers of repentance for the last 26 days, to prepare for both judgments.  Ideally, we make reconciliation with our brethren, so that we are prepared to go into the inner chamber with our High Priest.  If we do celebrate on earth, we declare the Ten Remembrances, since this is also called in Torah “Yom HaZikaron”, the “Day of Remembrance”.  And then we blast the shofar!  LOUD!  And SHOUT!  And rejoice in OUR KING, who will be wed to us on this day, some time in our future.  This Day is also called the “Last Shofar,” which should sound familiar to any Bible reader who has read 1 Cor 15 and 1Thess 4-5.

This year, we will know on Mon evening [09/10] whether we should blow the shofar together and remember on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Either way, it is literally going to be a BLAST.

If we remain here, then we will begin the time of reflecting on our offenses against God during the ‘Terrible Days’, and then fasting on Yom Kippur, and praying that we escape all the judgments that are going to come on this world, soon, per Yeshua.  [Luk 21]  “Take heed to yourselves that your hearts may not become heavy by extravagance and drunkenness and the worries of this world, and that day come suddenly upon you.  For like a downpour it will entrap all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.  Therefore keep watch always, and pray that you may be worthy to escape all these things which are to happen, and that you may stand before Ben HaAdam [The Son of Man].  He stands in heaven.

I pray NOW that I am ready.  After Yom Teru’ah, then I pray for others, because we still have time to wake others up and get them to trim their lamps.  That is our obedience to Torah.

I hope someone reads this and decides to come and worship reverently before our King with our congregation.  And I pray that someone will reconsider what TRUTH is, from HIS WORD, and have their eyes opened to the reality of obedience to HIM, and of following our Jewish Rabbi, Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of G-d.  Is it so hard to consider that the people of G-d may have gone into error these last 1700 years?  Did Yeshua not say that ‘few there are’ who find The Way?  Did you know “The Way” is a name for THE TORAH?  So is “The Truth,” and so is “The Life”.  All of these refer to the instructions G-d gave us to teach us how to walk this life.  And then, He sent His Son to ‘demonstrate’ that [make it full, Matti 5:17-19].

I ‘declare’ a LOT on here, and on fb.  “Do Teshuva”.  Turn to HIS WAYS, and rest in Him.  He really is calling ALL His children to a proper, Torah walk.  Will you ‘hear’?  Come and hear the Shofar, and ‘see’ the beauty of walking out His Will, and how it lifts the fog and clears the air…..it’s almost inexplicable!  To us, it’s like we have the cure of the most dread disease [we really do], and yet no one wants it.

“He who says “I am in Him” ought himself also to walk His halakha. [Torah walk].  1 Jo 2:6

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I SEE CHEESES!

I’ve actually heard it that way, even when I still did not know His Hebrew Name.  But, that is NOT what this is about, so chill!

There is a word, “eisegesis”, and THAT is the phenomenon I am pondering today.  And that sounds very much like my title here.  I see cheeses/eisegesis.  Hear it? Exegesis is good; eisegesis, not so much.

Eisegesis, you may have by now inferred, means ‘reading something into a text.’  It happens ALL the time.  It happens to me a lot, and I’m sure to most people, at some point or another.  There are whole sitcoms loosely based on the concept of misunderstanding or ‘reading into’ something that simply is not there.

I heard a story once, where an author audited a college class incognito that was teaching his book.  He disagreed with the teacher as to the conclusion on what the author was trying to communicate, and since he was the author, he was right.  But the teacher surmised that the author did not know what the teacher knew.  As a writer, I have had people misinterpret not only any symbolism I may use, but also very direct statements I have made.  That is indeed human nature, so, not everyone who does it should be excoriated for it.  But, we should be teaching readers not to read into a text nonetheless, or at least to be very cautious about it.

Watching facebook, I see this happen all the time.  It just did today, and that is what prompted my train of thought.  And I’m reminded, I used to have to moderate meetings at a company I worked for, because we were multinational, and too many times people did not understand each other.  I have an ability at times to be able to interpret or re-state such that the hearer actually hears what the speaker says.

People read ‘into’ scripture, however, what is not there, ad nauseum.  They sometimes do not realize this is what they are doing, because they have preconceptions about what they believe, and so when they read a scripture, they assume the interpretation before they read, and read into the text what is not there.  This is exacerbated by bad translations that have also written words into the texts that are not in the originals, which, oddly enough, creates further eisegesis.

One of the most egregious violations of proper interpretation is in the book of Hebrews.  People have understood chapter 8 to say that there is a new covenant, when in fact that passage, and the whole of the book of Hebrews, is to say that there is a new MINISTRY, a new PRIESTHOOD, in a different Temple.  They seem to ignore verse six, “But now Yeshua HaMashiakh has received a MINISTRY which is higher than that [the Levitical priesthood].”  The previous paragraph about the Levitical priesthood makes this abundantly clear.  So, the covenant was ‘renewed’, under the second MINISTRY (verse 7), with Yeshua as the Kohen HaGadol of a second priesthood, which actually preceded the Levitical priesthood.

And then there’s this whole “godhead” thing.  That word is not even in the original texts, greek nor Aramaic.  What is in the text is “Elohim” [God].  “In Him, [Messiah Yeshua] all the fulness of God dwells.”  That is all it says.  [Col 2:9] Sha’ul expresses hope that each of us have this same thing, the ‘fulness of God’ dwelling inside of us.  [Eph 3:19]  I have been ridiculed simply for not passing the litmus test by saying “Jesus is God.”  I won’t say it, because it is not written.  He is divine [which is one of the words that gets translated into English as ‘godhead’, btw], and preceded the creation, and is the power of the creation, because He is the Word of G-d, and came out of G-d, and is the perfect image of His Father.  And I say every bit of that, with fervor and conviction, repeatedly, but I am still not ‘heard,’ for doctrine.  But, He, the man Yeshua, the Word, is NOT “G-d” BY HIMSELF.  So-called scholars commit eisegesis on me, telling me what they think I said, when in fact I simply will not submit and say something their way.

The last one I’ll mention, though certainly the list is much longer, is the whole ‘day’ that is inserted in Ma’asei HaShlikhim [Acts] 20.

Most good translations read this way in 20:7, a verse most use to continue to justify the papal, sunday-sabbath: “And upon the first day of the week….”  A really good translation has ‘day’ italicized, as it is in the version from which I extracted it [KJV].  Some don’t.  The italics tell the reader that the word ‘day’ is NOT in the Greek.  But most readers are not diligent enough to look that up at the front of the book.

A better translation reads:

“And at the beginning of the week, when we assembled to break bread, Pavlos declared to them, and because he was going to leave the next day, he prolonged his speech until midnight. Now there was a great glow of light from the lapidot in the upper chamber where we were gathered together.”

This actually changes the interpretation of this drastically, especially if we understand biblical Jewish culture.  The beginning of the week is Saturday night, and follows “Motza’ei Shabbat”, the departure of the Sabbath, and a ceremony called Havdallah.  All biblical days begin at night.  This ceremony ends the Sabbath, and is the ‘signal’ that we can begin our own work.  The ‘lapidot’ mentioned are the Havdallah candles, where today a single Havdallah candle could be called a “Lapidot” because it has multiple wicks.  This was a Saturday night, in-home fellowship in order to eat dinner, at night, and NOT a called-out assembly of the brethren.  And, it did NOT happen on Sunday, which did not start for another three hours [at midnight on Roman day-reckoning].  This is the beginning of the biblical first day, and of the week.

Yet icey-cheeses [eisegesis] has the world thinking they gathered on Sunday, and from this one, thin reference, the whole world demolishes the Sabbath of the Creator, completely ignoring His obvious affection for the day [Is 56], and Yeshua’s own observance of it.  They have written into their texts what is NOT there, and for some reason, cannot let go of their intellect long enough simply to see “IT IS WRITTEN.”  “It is written” is how we fight off HaSatan.  He changed the Sabbath.  Not Kefa [Peter], not Sha’ul [Paul] and certainly not Yeshua.

 

 

Yom Teruah

The Day of Memorial of an Awakening Blast

The Resurrection is critical to trust in Elohim.  It is the power of Resurrection that distinguishes true faith in the Creator and in His Son Messiah Yeshua from every other religion.  Avraham is the father of all who trust in the Elohim of the Bible and in His Son. Avraham was a Tzadik, a Righteous One, because he TRUSTED Elohim.  The apogee of his demonstration of trust was The Akida Yitz’khak [The Binding of Isaac].  Avraham had enjoyed his son Yitz’khak for quite a number of years, to the point that his soul was knit to that of Yitz’khak, and he loved him as he loved his own soul.  Abba tested Avraham, but because Abba knew his heart, it was more of a ‘proof’ for us than a ‘test’ for him. Avraham believed that יהוה would provide a LAMB.  Here, he is looking forward and seeing the Pesakh Lamb, Messiah Yeshua.  What was provided that day was a ram!  But, because Avraham trusted in the promise of Elohim, which was very plain, that he would be the father of many peoples, he knew that somehow יהוה would restore life to Yitz’khak.  He knew he HAD to.  Avraham already believed in RESURRECTION, that Abba was not only capable, but also willing to raise Yitz’khak from the dead, to fulfill His promise.

On that day, it is said that Avraham created two shofars.  And the shofar has long been a symbol of resurrection.  In Yisra’el, Avraham’s two shofars are called the First Shofar and the Last Shofar.  Since antiquity, the First Shofar has been associated with Shavuot [what most know as ‘Pentecost’].  The Last Shofar is associated with Yom Teruah [what most know as Rosh HaShannah].  A ‘teruah’ is a BLAST, OR, a SHOUT.  Shofars are known in scripture to ‘shout,’ and in Yisra’el, when the shofar is blown, on any occasion, the people also shout.  Yosef’s grave in Yisra’el had a shofar carved on the grave stone, symbolic of his hope in rising from the dead.

If we do not trust that Messiah Yeshua rose from the dead, we do not actually have faith! We have a religion.  If a person does not believe that Yeshua, a HUMAN BEING, who instead of having the sin nature had the divine, perfect NATURE of Elohim within Him, died on a tree in innocence, and was dead for three days, and then was raised from the dead by His Almighty Father, then that person is lost in his sin, even IF he says he ‘believes in jesus.’  Yeshua was not just a prophet.  He was not in a coma, He did not come back as a ghost, or an apparition, or any of the like.  He came back as a MAN having been RAISED FROM THE DEAD.  And because a few Jews trusted in that, they received the Power of the Ruakh HaKodesh at the sound of the First Shofar on Shavuot.

Sha’ul, after telling us that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our hope, said that if Messiah is not raised from the dead in His human body, then we have NO HOPE, and are to be pitied more than all other men.  Then, he says, “Let me show you a ‘sod,’ a ‘mystery.’

51Behold, I tell you a sod [mystery]: we shall not all die, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST SHOFAR; for the shofar shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.  55O death, where is your sting? O Sheol, where is your victory?”

Later he teaches:

13Now I want you to know, my brethren, that you should not grieve over those who are dead, as those do who have no hope.  14For if we believe that Yeshua DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, even so those who have died in Yeshua, Elohim will bring with Him.  15For this we say to you by the very word of Adoneinu, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of Adoneinu shall not precede those who are dead.  16For Adoneinu Himself shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT and the voice of the Chief Messenger and with the SHOFAR of Elohim; and those who died in Mashiakh will rise first.  17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Adoneinu in the air; and so shall we ever be with Adoneinu.  18Therefore comfort one another, with these words.

These two passages are clearly discussing the same moment.  So, Yom Teruah, the ‘Day that No Man Knows’ in ancient Judaism, is approaching fast.  Right now the khodesh is ‘unseen;’ soon, we will see the khodesh, and the shofar will be blown!  The Seventh Khodesh, or the 7th crescent moon, is the ONLY MOON for which we are specifically commanded in Torah to blow the shofar: YOM TERUAH!  It is the LAST SHOFAR, blown at the last moment of the year for tracking time and prophecy, to usher in the first moment of the New Year, Rosh HaShannah.

This day is also known as Yom HaDin, or the Day of Judgment.  I won’t take time to elaborate about that, but just know that the Tzadikim are to do exactly what Sha’ul said, ‘comfort one other with these words,’ the words about the coming of Adoneinu at the Last Shofar, and the resurrection of the dead occuring on that day.  We will know 09/10/18 in the evening whether or not this day will have started [Biblical days start in the evening].  If it is seen, the first day of the New Year will start on the evening of the 10th, and we will assemble on the 11th. If not, that first day won’t start until the 11th, and we will assemble on the 12th.  This is why it is the ‘day that no man knows.’  We are commanded to hear the VOICE of the Shofar, the voice that called Yokhanan quickly up to heaven to see what would happen at that future moment in time [Rev 4].  We are told “Blessed are those who know the sound of the Shofar.”  Come and hear the Shofar on Yom Teruah!  Learn how to prepare for the Day of His Coming, the Day of His WRATH.  It is fast approaching!  If not this year….?