“Designer”

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1 Corinthians 11:12  For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.

I was sitting on the bus a little while ago and as I traveled home, I was looking at the faces of all the people that surrounded me. I had the thought that I just wanted to share; every person on this planet looks different than every other person on this planet, even twins will have some small insignificant difference that may not be noticeable. It is much like snowflakes, as they fall from the sky, they all look pretty much the same but when put to the test, they are all different yet the same. It is the design of the designer who has a mind that outshines even the best of us. This Creator Designer is beyond awesome. And then you take these seven billion people and if you examined their lives and what they think, you would find seventy times seventy billion differences.

Every person on this planet is unique, and the God of creation has designed each one for a different purpose. Because He, the Designer, has given each one free will, we do not see a perfect world. There are billions who have decided to follow the broad road of self-determination that leads to destruction. It is a bit like building a house without looking at the blueprint.

The Creator wants all of us to enjoy what He has in store for us in His Kingdom but along the way, we must follow the road laid out that leads there. There is only one road that leads across the great divide and on all other roads, the bridge is out. Yeshua (Jesus) is the only way, He said so Himself when He came to earth to instruct and save us; John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  The Bible has made it quite clear that He wants all of us to come to Him for that peace, love and eternal rest.

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Rosh Hashanah – Trumpets – Yom Teruah

Is The Feast Of Trumpets A Dress Rehearsal For Future Events?

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Did you know that all of the festivals in the Bible were designed to be dress rehearsals for future events?  The Hebrew word “moed” is commonly translated “feast” or “festival” in the Bible, but it really means “appointed times” or “appointment”.  God has set a number of “divine appointments” with Him on the yearly calendar, but even though most Jews still celebrate these days they don’t know what they actually mean, and most Christians stopped keeping them long ago.  Whenever one of these divine appointments arrives, we are supposed to look back and remember something that God has done in the past, but we are also supposed to look forward to what He will do in the future.  In fact, in these festivals God has essentially given us a “road map” of the most important events in human history.  On Rosh Hashanah (also known as Yom Teruah and “the Feast of Trumpets”), we remember “the birthday of the world”, but we also look forward to the Biblical events that will take place on the day when the last trumpet will blow.  Rosh Hashanah is a holiday that was created by God (see Leviticus 23),  

Leviticus 23:23-25

New Century Version (NCV) The Feast of Trumpets

23 Again the Lord said to Moses, 24 “Tell the people of Israel: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you must have a special day of rest, a holy meeting, when you blow the trumpet for a special time of remembering. 25 Do not do any work, and bring an offering made by fire to the Lord.’” 

It is a holiday that Jesus celebrated, it is a holiday that the first Christians celebrated, it is a holiday that foreshadows the return of Jesus for His bride, and it is a holiday that the entire planet will celebrate during the 1000 year reign of Jesus on earth.  It is very important for believers to learn about these festivals, because God didn’t just create them for us to have a good time.  All of the festivals are about Jesus, and all of them are highly prophetic.

One of the ways that God self-authenticates his message is by telling us the future in advance. 

God tells us in Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

This is something that makes the Bible truly unique.  We have a God that has already told us how history will unfold in advance.

The Hebrew word is “Moed” and means an Appointment. Divine Appointments of God intersecting History to accomplish His will. They were called Holy “Convocations” which in the Hebrew is “Miqura” which means an “assembly” but also implies a “Dress Rehearsal”. And throughout history, that is exactly what they have been. And just as Jesus fulfilled the Spring feasts during His first coming, He will also fulfill the Fall feasts during His second coming.

On Rosh Hashanah, believers have been foreshadowing one of the most dramatic moments in human history for over 3000 years…

Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Are you starting to get the picture? 

Every year we celebrate “a memorial of blowing of trumpets” to foreshadow the day when the last trumpet will blow and we will be called home.

The Feast Of Trumpets Remembers The Creation Of The World

All of God’s festivals are about remembering something and about looking forward to something.  Jews have traditionally believed that the Feast of Trumpets is “the birthday of the world”.  Isn’t that something for all of us to celebrate?

The Feast Of Trumpets Is A Memorial Of God’s Grace To Abraham When He Substituted A Ram To Be Sacrificed Instead Of Isaac

All of God’s festivals always point to Jesus.  It is traditionally believed that it was on this day that Abraham nearly sacrificed his son Isaac before God intervened and provided a ram instead. For centuries, Genesis 22 has traditionally been read as a part of Rosh Hashanah celebrations. (reprinted on the last page of this explanation)  A shofar is actually a ram’s horn, and so the fact that the shofar plays such a key role on the Feast of Trumpets also links the events of Genesis 22 to this day.  We remember when God provided a ram for Abraham, and we also remember when God provided His Son to pay for the sins of all mankind.

Jesus was almost certainly born during the Feast of Tabernacles.  Jesus was crucified on Passover while the Passover lambs were being slaughtered.  Jesus rose from the dead on First Fruits.  The Holy Spirit was poured out on the early apostles during the Feast of Pentecost.  God always does the “big things” on His festival days, so why not celebrate them and be looking forward to what God is going to do next? 

God is moving, and this is only just the beginning. 

{As an aside: If Nissan is the first of the year and the birth of Creation and Rosh Hashanah in the seventh month is the head of the year, can we look at this in relation to each individual life, our birth day is like Nissan, the beginning, and Rosh Hashanah in the midst of life, could be like the “born again” experience that is the head of our spiritual life.} 

Genesis 22

 And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah. And offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. And he clave the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass, and I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. And they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold, the fire and the wood. But where is the lamb for a burnt-offering? And Abraham said, God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son. So they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of. And Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of Jehovah called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said, Here I am. 12 And he said, Lay not thy hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him. For now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt-offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided. 15 And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said, By myself have I sworn, saith Jehovah, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, 17 that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.

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