The Day that No Man Knoweth

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Most Christians are familiar with the phrase, “the day that no man knoweth.” But how many know that this is a Hebrew idiom referring to the Feast of Trumpets? The Feast of Trumpets, a.k.a Yom Teruah, is one of the seven feasts outlined in Leviticus 23.  But it is the only feast with no explanation whatsoever.

This is what Leviticus 23: 24-25 says about the Feast of Trumpets. “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall hot do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD'”(NASB).

Today, September 21, 2017, is Yom Teruah. Yom Teruah began yesterday at sundown and ends today at sundown. On the Hebrew calendar, today is Tishrei 1. Tishrei is the seventh month on the Biblical calendar. The new moon rises on Tishrei 1 or Tishrei 2. “No man knows the day or hour.”

The “trumpet” is a shofar, a ram’s horn. What does the New Testament say about the trumpet?”

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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 shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality (I Corinthians 15: 51-53, ESV).

The Spring Feasts (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Shavuot) were fulfilled with the First Coming of Jesus Christ. The Fall Feasts relate to the Second Coming. Opinions vary. Some view Yom Kipper as the Judgement and the Feast of Tabernacles as the wedding Feast of the Lamb followed by the Millennium.

Yom Teruah may very well refer to the initial return of Christ.  In fact, another name for Feast of Trumpets is “Day of the Shout.”

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:  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 (I Thessalonians 4: 16-17, KJV).

 

Note: Many celebrate Rosh Hashanah, or New Year’s, on Yom Teruah.   The celebration is linked to Babylonian influences during the Babylonian Captivity (a.k.a. Babylonian Exile).

 

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Signs

When I was growing up, I was told that people who paid attention to eclipses and the like were superstitious, but I’ve had to rethink that position by going back to “the beginning.”

Then God said, “let lights in the expanse of the sky be for separating the day from the night. They will be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.”

Signs. The eclipse recorded in Amos 8: 9 reminds me of the spectacular eclipse witnessed August 21, 2017. “It will be in that day,” declares my Lord Adonai–“I will make the sun go down at noon, yes, I will darken the earth in daylight” (TLV).

The most notable eclipse in human history occurred around 33 AD. “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun died out. And the curtain of the Temple was torn in two” (Luke 23: 44, TLV).

Are we a nation under judgment? [Please read Deuteronomy 28.] After 9/11 the churches were filled with people worshipping God, but the “return to God” movement was short-lived. As we approach the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11, let us repent and return to God.

Yom Teruah: Feast of Trumpets

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This year Yom Teruah begins at sundown Sunday, October 2 and ends at sundown Monday, October 3.

GOD’S APPOINTED TIMES

God’s Appointed Times are His moadim, his holy convocations. God’s moadims are Shabbat, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover and Unleavened Bread are often treated as one festival), First Fruits, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.

NO EXPLANATION FOR YOM TERUAH

Yom Teruah is the only moadim  without an explanation in the Tenahk.  Every other feast  is explained in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere in the Tenahk.  Passover and Unleavened Bread relate to the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt. Three of  God’s moadims relate to the harvest: First Fruits (barley harvest), Shavuot (wheat harvest), and Sukkot.  Yom Kipper is the Day of Atonement (a.k.a. the Day of Purging) and is associated with judgement.

DRESS REHEARSALS

God’s holy convocations are dress rehearsals. The spring feasts were fulfilled at the First Coming of the Messiah. Yeshua, our Passover Lamb, was crucified on Passover.  He was in the tomb during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  He rose from the dead on First Fruits.  He sent the  Holy Spirit to  empower His followers on Shavuot (Pentecost).

The fall feasts will be fulfilled at His Second Coming.

YOM TERUAH

Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets)  is intriguing because it lacks an explanation in the Tenahk but suggests one in the B’rit Chadashah (New Testament).  “Adonai spoke to Moses saying: ‘Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (Shofaot), a holy convocation.  You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai'” (Leviticus 23: 23-25, (TLV).

We learn from Leviticus that Yom Teruah occurs in the seventh month, it’s a no-work day, and the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown.  Why?  The Tenahk is silent.

(NOTE: Yom Terauh is not Rosh Hashanah. Many celebrate Rosh Hashanah, meaning “the head of the year,”on the same day as the Feast of Trumpets.  Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned in the Torah.)

THE DAY THAT NO MAN KNOWETH

Yom Teruah is known as “the day that no man knows.”  In other words, no one knows the day or the hour when the new moon will appear.  “The day that no man knows” is a Jewish idiom, or expression, referring to Yom Teruah.  Sound familiar?

Yeshua said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24: 36, KJV).

The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15: 51-52, “Behold, I tell you a  mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar.  For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed”(TLV).

Yom Teruah is also known as “the Day of the Shout.”  Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 4: 16-17, “For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first” (TLV).

YOM TERUAH AND THE SECOND COMING OF YESHUA

We cannot know the day, the hour, or even the year when the Messiah will return, but we can know the season.  Will He return during the Feast of Trumpets?  Perhaps. Perhaps not. Regardless, be ready.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory.  He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together his chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24: 30-31, TLV).

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and lalnguages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed (Daniel 7: 13-14, KJV).

See Daniet 7: 9-14 and Revelation 14: 14-16 also.

 

Say No to Tarot Cards, Ouija Boards, Spirit Mediums, Fortunetellers, Astrology, etc.

Many have been duped into thinking that it’s OK to read their horoscopes, call the psychic hotline, consult the dead (which are evil spirits mimicking the dead), etc.  Ouija boards are even sold in toy stores. I believe that most people have no idea that the Bible condemns these practices. To be honest, I didn’t know until thirty-five years ago when I asked a pastor about Ouija boards.  Deuteronomy 18: 9-13 spells it out.  (The following verses are from the King James Bible.) 9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter whith familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 for all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.  You might be wondering why God cares whether or not you participate in these activities.  To begin with, God wants a relationship with you through Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus). He loves you and wants you to understand that He alone is God.  When you need answers, go to Him, not a fraud or someone with a “familiar spirit,” which is an evil spirit.  If you disobey Him by following the practices of pagans, you open the door to the occult and come under demonic oppression. Why settle for a counterfeit when you can have the real thing?  God is supernatural.  Satan is a counterfeiter.  He (satan) can duplicate the supernatural to an extent in order to draw you away from the presence of God. Nothing can bring you peace, joy, and love like the presence of God. God wants to give you eternal life.  Satan and his associates want you to suffer with them in hell (misery loves company). If you have participated in occult activities, God will forgive you if you repent.  Repent (ask for forgiveness and turn away from sin), invite Jesus into your life, and you will never be the same.  You will experience the presence of God, abundance of life, and eternal life.  Don’t wait.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Where is the term “Ten Commandments” mentioned in the Torah?

The Ten Commandments are listed in Exodus 20: 1-17 and Deuteronomy 5: 6-21, but they are not referred as the Ten Commandments.

The words “Ten Commandments” appear in Exodus 35: 28 (NASB): And he [Moses] was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water.  And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

Sometimes the Ten Commandments are referred to as the Ten Words.

What is the First of the Ten Commandments?

FirstCommandment

What is the first of the Ten Commandments?  If you are a gentile, you will probably say, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  If you have a Jewish background, you might say, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

The Ten Commandments are spelled out in Exodus 20: 1-17 and restated in Deuteronomy 5: 6-21.   Do you see the first and second commandment in the first six verses of Exodus 20 (KJV)?

1 AND God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have bought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

2 Commandment

From a traditional Christian point of view, verse 2 is the prologue to the Ten Commandments, and verse 3 is the First Commandment.  Verses 4-6 state the Second Commandment.

From a Jewish point of view, verse 2 is the First Commandment, and verses 3-6 comprise the Second Commandment.

I don’t have a strong opinion as to whether verse 2 or verse 3 is the First Commandment.  Either works for me.  What do you think?’

* I collect vintage postcards.  These are part of a series on the Ten Commandments (Copyright 1908, By The Rose Co.).

Bible Verses about Eagles

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The Bible refers to the eagle many times.  Often the meaning is literal.  Sometimes metaphorical.  The first reference to eagles is in Leviticus. And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind, Every raven after his find; And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, And the night owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle [golden vulture], And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat (Leviticus 11: 13-19).

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Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.  They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey (Job 9: 25, 26).

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And say thus saith the Lord God; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.  He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree (Ezekiel 17: 3-5).

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Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself (Exodus 19: 4).

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But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and mot be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 41: 31).

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent (Revelation 12: 14).

These scriptures are from the King James Bible.  For more verses about eagles, see http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Eagles/.

* (I don’t know what the eagle was eating when I took these pictures.  It wasn’t a fish because it had four legs–probably a squirrel or a rodent.)

Purim: Then and Now

As a result of the Nuremberg trials, ten of Hitler’s henchmen were hanged.  Before the hanging, one of them remembered the hanging of Haman’s ten sons that took place on the first Purim some 2500 years earlier.  Just as Hitler had tried to eliminate all of the Jews through his “Final Solution,” the evil Haman had plotted to kill all of the Jews in Persia.

The First Purim

Purim is a celebration of the Hebrews’ deliverance from Haman of Persia.  Purim occurs during the middle of the month of Adar.  This year, on the Gregorian calendar, Purim fell on March 4.

The events surrounding Purim are recorded in the Book of Esther.  The Persian official Haman–through a slight of hand–arranged to have the Jewish people.exterminated.  His plan also called for hanging his rival Mordecai (Queen Esther’s uncle), on the gallows.  When Ester informed her husband, King Xerxes of Persia, that she was Jewish and exposed Haman’s deception, the king was enraged with Haman.  The Persian king, Esther, and Mordecai found a way to prevent the holocaust; and, in a twist of irony, Xerxes ordered that Haman be hanged on the same gallows that Haman had built for Mordecai.

Meanwhile, fighting ensued among Persians and Jews.  The Hebrews prevailed and Haman’s ten sons were killed.  Their bodies were hanged on the gallows.  That is what prompted one of Hitler’s henchmen to remember Purim.

In recent times, some have threatened to wipe Israel off the map.  Is it coincidental that Benjamin Netanyahu gave his speech on the eve of Purim?  Was the timing arranged by God or man?


NOTE:  Haman was not a Persian.  He was “the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews” (Esther 9: 24a, NASB).  In other words, Haman was a descendant of Agag.  There are two mentions of Agag, an Amalekite king, in the Bible.  (Agag was either a name or a title).  The first reference appears in Balaam’s prophecy concerning Israel and the nations (Numbers 24: 1-9).

The second reference to “Agag the king of the Amalekites” appears in I Samuel 15: 8-9, 20, and 32-33. Saul killed the Amalekites but spared Agag against God’s directive. Samuel confronted Saul about his disobedience and killed Agag.

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Balaam’s Prophesy

Balak, king of Moab, wanted Balaam (a greedy prophet for hire) to curse Israel, but as Balaam said, “I can only say what God tells me to say.”  Three times Balak tried to get Balaam to curse Israel, but he could not.  Here is a sample of his prophetic utterances:

“The nation is like a mighty lion; when it is sleeping, no one dares wake it.  Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed, And whoever curses Israel will be cursed” (Numbers 24: 9 GNT).

To read all of Balaam’s prophecies concerning Israel, read Numbers 23 and 24.

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