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We are just days away from leaving Phoenix for Mexico City and what is likely to be the largest Hear O’ Israel! Festival of Jewish Music & Dance we have hosted since the 1990s in the Former Soviet Union. Preparations for this outreach have been ongoing for more than a year, but the activity around the office is really escalating now.
In addition, our secular, primetime television special will launch soon. Entitled “The Miracle of Israel,” it will debut in 6-8 major cities with significant Jewish populations. We are pleased with the final edit and now our prayer is focused on obtaining favor with the networks in those areas. Based on these initial markets, we will choose more cities to air the program until we reach every major Jewish population center in America! It’s hard to believe we are already so far into 2012! We will soon head to Gondar, Ethiopia, from September 28-October 7, and Manipur, India, from October 25-November 5. Though our staff, medical/dental/optical professionals, and prayer warriors have traveled to these locations several times, we remain excited to visit these precious people we’ve come to know so well, and it’s good for us to check on their progress since our last visit. Our Zimbabwe outreach to the Lemba community was a huge success. Over 7,117 received free medical, dental, and eye care and 33 eye surgeries were performed—in the middle of nowhere! More importantly, 5,791 received Yeshua as their Messiah. We are busy with the immense follow-up and planting of a new Messianic Jewish Congregation—we appreciate your prayers for us as we undertake this massive project. This issue of the magazine focuses on “The Fall Feasts and the Messiah.” I love the Fall Feasts, and I believe you’ll enjoy my article. Staff evangelist Jack Zimmerman weighs in on Yom Kippur, and Jack Kinsella has written a great article on "Israel's Feasts: Foreshadows of Redemption." We’ll also hear from Kevin Geoffrey in a special devotion about Sukkot, and get the latest update from Washington Correspondent Bill Koenig. As always, I thank you for standing with us as we reach out to the Jew first and also to the Nations,
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12 On Topic 7 UP FRONT The Fall Feasts and the Messiah By Jonathan Bernis
Torah Devotional 12 TORAH DEVOTIONAL Cause Me to Live By Kevin Geoffrey
10 GUEST AUTHOR Where Does My Help Come From?
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14 GUEST AUTHOR Yom Teruah and the Sounding of the Shofar By Harlon L. Picker
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one of Sukkot's special commandments (mitzvoth) is to recite blessings over the Four Species: an etrog (an Israeli citrus fruit), a palm branch, myrtle twigs, and willow branches. The etrog is held in one hand, while the palm, myrtle, and willow are bundled together into what is called a lulav.
ust as Yeshua commanded us to remember His Passover sacrifice, instructing us as His disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me,” so too should we reflect each year on the significance of the Fall Feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23. Like the Passover, which pointed to the first coming of the Messiah as the “Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the World,” the Fall Feasts prophetically point to Israel’s spiritual restoration as a nation and the return of our Messiah Yeshua in glory and power to this earth.
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face for forgiveness and mercy; and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), which anticipates Messiah’s second coming. We pray that the Holy Spirit will touch you as you read the articles about these ancient Jewish holidays, and that our eternal High Priest, Yeshua, will give you the grace to unburden your spirit of any sin that has kept you entangled in the devil’s schemes. May He speak to your heart and fill you with the knowledge of His will. And may He deepen your burden to fulfill your destiny in this critical hour of history!
Take the time to pause and reflect on our great God, to celebrate and worship the Lord of lords, as we detail the beauty of three very special Jewish festivals: The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah/Yom Teruah) as mentioned in Leviticus 23:2425; the holiest day of the year, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), when we acknowledge our sins and seek God’s
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eviticus 23 reveals a yearly cycle of “appointed times” that God has ordained to meet in a special way with His people. Each of the Feasts teaches a different aspect of the nature of God and His plan for the world. Through these appointments or mo’adim we see prophetic glimpses of a later redemption that would come through the Messiah during His earthly ministry and upon His return.
A popular observance during Rosh Hashana is eating apples dipped in honey, the symbol of a wish for a sweet new year.
These mo’adim are understood by some in the Jewish community as mikrah, which means “rehearsal” or “recital.” Paul tells us in Colossians 2:17 that all of these special days have been appointed by God to Jewish Voice Today
reveal the Messiah to the world as part of God’s great plan for His creation. “These [feast days] are a shadow of the things that were to come. The reality, however, is found in [Messiah].” While the first three Feasts (the Spring Feasts), Passover, First Fruits, and Shavuot (Pentecost), are directly fulfilled with the first coming of Messiah, the Fall Feasts represent events yet to be fulfilled and are
Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned in the Scriptures, however. Originally known as Yom Teruah, or “Day of Teruah,” and also called The Feast of Trumpets, this holy day was instituted in Leviticus 23:24–25 and was to take place on the first day of the seventh month. The rabbis transformed it into its present status as the start of the New Year based on their belief that this was the exact day when God created the world. Along with Yom Kippur, they are, today,
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 we read about the great trumpet (Shofar) that will sound in heaven when the dead who are in Messiah will rise from their graves, and those who are still alive will go to meet Him in the air. This event precedes the return of the Messiah. The book of Revelation also talks about trumpets sounding in heaven as a series of judgments are poured out on the earth. All of this is to prepare the earth for the Messiah’s return. It is a warning—a wakeup to
directly connected to His return and Israel’s promised national salvation. Let’s take a look at each of them:
Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” and is the Jewish New Year. The term
the most important days on the traditional Jewish calendar.
the earth and the inhabitants therein to get ready!
Most Jews don’t really understand why the Shofar (trumpet) is blown on this particular day, and the Torah is silent about it. But when we read the New Testament, we see clearly how this appointed day corresponds prophetically with Yeshua’s return to earth.
Rosh Hashanah is preceded by the month of Elul, which is observed by those in the Orthodox Jewish community as a time
Pomegranates are traditionally eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah and are considered "new fruit" because in the Bible the Land of Israel is praised for its pomegranates and pomegranates are believed to contain 613 seeds, a number that reflects the 613 mitzvot (commandments from the Torah). 8 JewishVoiceToday.org | September/October 2012
of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The word Elul is likely from the word “to search” in Aramaic and is a season to search one’s heart and draw closer to God. It is customary to blow the Shofar every morning (except on Shabbat) from Rosh Chodesh Elul (the first day of the month) until the day before Rosh Hashanah. This is done to awaken one’s spirit and prepare for the great
living for Him long for this day and will see it as a wonderful time of joy and triumph. But those who do not repent and turn to God will experience terror and wrath. Now is our opportunity to prepare.
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish Year—a solemn time of acknowledging sins and seeking
hands on them and symbolically transfer the sins of the people into them. The first one was the sacrifice—the one that provided atonement for the people’s sins. The second, however, was the scapegoat. This one was released into the wilderness to wander and eventually die, removing sin from the camp. The blood of the first goat brought forgiveness. The second brought sanctification.
Rosh Hashana (Sundown) September 16-17 Yom Kippur (Sundown) September 25-26 Sukkot (Sundown) September 30-October 7 Day of Judgment ahead. I believe we are living in a time of Elul, and God is calling us to search our hearts, repent, and draw close to Him. The trumpet of judgment is drawing near, as is Yeshua’s soon return. Those who are
God’s forgiveness and mercy. Translated into English as the “Day of Atonement,” Yom Kippur was the only time of year the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place of the Temple to atone for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the entire nation. This was done by sacrificing a bull and a goat and sprinkling the blood of these animals on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Also on this day, two goats were brought before the High Priest. He would lay
The Shofar is the ceremonial instrument of Rosh Hashanah.
I want to mention two important points here. First, sacrifices under the Mosaic covenant only covered sin, whereas the atonement of Yeshua removes sin. Second, substitutionary atonement was not provided for sins requiring the death penalty. Under the Law of Moses there was no atonement for intentional sins such as adultery or murder. In other words, they had to pay with their own lives. I want to emphasize also that the shedding of blood has always been required for the forgiveness of sin, and it always will be. That is why the Messiah had to die and shed His blood for us. That is the good news. We have a Redeemer who exchanged His blood for ours. The debt we owe, for both intentional and unintentional sins, was paid by Yeshua through His death on the tree. All we have to do is accept His sacrifice on our behalf.
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Where Does My Help Come From? T
here’s a good chance that the majority of biblical characters were no different from you or me. Like us, they had their struggles, their trials and hardships, and they watched in amazement at how God brought them through all of it.
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In Psalm 121, King David asked a question that surely all of us have asked from time to time: “I lift my eyes to the hills; where does my help come from?” The story of the Festival of Yom Kippur, or the Day of
Atonement, is the story of where your help came from a long time ago. The greatest help we’ve always been in need of is forgiveness. In ancient times, forgiveness from God and atonement for sin came about when we offered an innocent, spotless lamb or other animal as a sacrifice to shed its blood for us. Through that shedding of blood, our sins were covered. Or said another way, the slate was wiped clean . . . at least for a year, that is. The following year, we’d have to repeat the process. I don’t know if you caught it, but in the last paragraph, I used the word “covered” to describe what had happened
ancestors were bringing animals to slaughter. Now, that’s a nice idea, and it’s still in effect today. There’s just one little problem with it—God never gave us the right to change the rules. In Leviticus 17:11 the Lord tells us that the life of the flesh is in the blood and that it is the blood that makes atonement for our souls. True, that atonement no longer comes via animal sacrifices, but the blood is still the vehicle by which our atonement is provided; God never changed that. So then, from where did our help come?
That was always part of the problem with just offering animals on an altar. Your sins were covered, yes, but not eradicated, not gone completely. to our sins. Indeed, that’s the essence of what the Hebrew word kippur is really talking about. Think of it as a bandage, if you will. When you get a minor injury like a cut or a scrape, the bandage covers it. The scrape is still there; it’s just that it’s not outwardly seen. And that was always part of the problem with just offering animals on an altar. Your sins were covered, yes, but not eradicated, not gone completely. Thank goodness that all changed, and here’s how it did.
Well, this may come as a shock to you, but God knew the Temple was going to be destroyed before it happened! In fact, the Temple actually pointed to the future atonement of the Messiah.
The book of Hebrews tells us that Messiah Yeshua became our once-and-forall sacrifice, and the best part is that by and through His one sacrifice, our sins are no longer just covered; they’re gone! And Yeshua had to die only once, not every year (as if that were possible!)
Through Yeshua's one sacrifice, our sins are no longer just covered; they’re gone!
Up until the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70, people continued to offer animal sacrifices as an instrument for atonement. But when that Temple was leveled, an interesting dynamic arose: We can’t sacrifice animals anymore because there’s no longer a Temple in which to do it. Yet if there’s no shedding of blood, then our sins aren’t forgiven. What do we do? Or said another way—where does my help come from? Jews of the day thought they could remedy the issue and answer this one themselves. Realizing they could no longer sacrifice bulls and rams and goats, they concluded that if they would simply fast for the festival, cease from work, confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness, their atonement would be assured, just as it had when their
Some have asked me over the years, why even observe Yom Kippur when our atonement has already come? Answer: Precisely because our atonement has already come, Yom Kippur is a special reminder of the great work that Yeshua came to do . . . and that one day soon, He will be coming again! Jack Zimmerman is a staff evangelist at Jewish Voice, and an ordained Messianic Jewish rabbi. To invite Rabbi Jack to speak at your church, congregation, or event, please visit www.jewishvoice.org/speakers.
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“And you will take to yourselves… the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palms, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of a brook, and will rejoice before ADONAI your God seven days…. In , sukot you [will] dwell seven days; all who are native-born in , Yis’rael [must] dwell in , sukot, so that your generations will know that in , sukot I caused the sons of , Yis’rael to dwell when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I, ADONAI, am your God.” Vayik’ra (Leviticus) 23:40, 42-43
hat’s a sukah?!? Apparently, it depends on who you ask. It’s a booth . . . no, it’s a tabernacle . . . I know! It’s a temporary dwelling. A temporary dwelling? You mean like a hotel? A place where a person can dwell, um . . . temporarily? Well, that’s part of it, I suppose—after all, it is only for seven days . . . But when a sukah is defined as a temporary dwelling, it’s because the sukah itself is temporary—it’s not a permanent
structure. So, for seven days each year, “all who are native-born in Yis’rael” are to live in short-term housing made up of a bunch of tree boughs, branches, and leaves. Sounds cozy, no? As far as lodging goes, the sukah pretty much only does two things: it shelters you (somewhat) from the light and heat of the sun, and it provides a modicum of privacy. It doesn’t provide shelter from extreme
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wind, rain, heat, dust, or sand. It doesn’t offer any kind of protection from thieves, murderers, or any other type of criminal. By itself, the sukah is an all-around ineffectual dwelling for long-term use. And yet, guess how the sons of Yis’rael lived in the wilderness for forty years? Now imagine yourself living in a sukah in your neighborhood. What’s to stop a murderer from coming in and killing you in your sleep?
What’s to keep you safe in case of tornado, hurricane, or earthquake? Your sukah’s certainly not going to protect you. So here’s the real question: in the four walls of your permanent dwelling—the place where you live and call “home”— what’s really protecting you? Brick, mortar, or wood? A lock on the
ADONAI, You alone are my provider and protector—no construction of human hands can keep me safe. I praise You, Lord, for
may truly know Your hand of protection… Kevin Geoffrey is the principal laborer of Perfect Word Ministries, a Messianic Jewish equipping ministry. Visit Perfect Word online at www.PerfectWordMinistries.org.
door? When the powerful forces of the world come against you, will your structure really be more reliable than the delicate, flimsy walls of a sukah?
“All who are native-born in Yis’rael [must] dwell in sukot, so that your generations will know that in sukot [ADONAI] caused the sons of Yis’rael to dwell…” The sukah reminds us that our trust ought not to be in so-called “permanent” structures made with human hands, but in the One who has the power to protect us against all adversities. We dwell in safety, not because we have the security of four, well-constructed walls, but because ADONAI is protecting, providing, and caring for us every day. In the end, even the most reliable shelter is just a sukah—one day, it will be gone . . . but we will have a permanent home with Him forever.
even when there are no walls, You shield me from harm and cause me to live. Teach me, Father, to put my trust only in You, and to remember the power of Your mighty and outstretched arm. I bless You, ADONAI, for placing me in this fragile, faltering sukah, that I
MESSIANIC MO'ADIYM DEVOTIONAL Israel’s feasts, fasts, and appointed times—the Mo’adiym—remind us of Adonai’s dramatic history with His Chosen People. But embedded in the annual cycle is also the story of our lives in Messiah. Let Israel’s appointed times come alive as author Kevin Geoffrey encourages you to develop the daily discipline of devotion.
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Yom Teruah and the Sounding of the Shofar T
he Shofar is the ceremonial instrument of Judaism. It was not primarily used as a musical instrument. Its purpose had more to do with the making of an announcement or a proclamation of what was to follow. The Shofar is the only Hebrew cultural instrument to have survived until now. It is mainly used to worship ADONAI (The Lord) and to invoke His help during times of warfare. It is a horn of Power and Authority! When used in the Temple, the Shofar was generally sounded in conjunction with the trumpet (hazozrah). The Talmud states that the trumpet was made of silver while the processed horn of one of
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the five species of animal— Sheep, Goat, Big Horn Sheep, Antelope, and Gazelle— was used to fulfill the ritual commandment of the sounding of the Shofar. It further declares that the Shofar should preferably be made of a ram’s or wild goat’s horn, because they are curved. Rabbi Judah states: “the Shofar of Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) must be of the horn of a ram, to indicate submission.” Traditionally a ram’s horn is sounded on those days because of its connection with the sacrifice of Isaac (known as the Akedah), which is contained in the Torah reading for the second day of the festival. Conversely, a cow’s horn may not be used because of the incident of the golden calf. The Shofar may not be painted, though it may be gilded or carved with artistic designs, while the mouthpiece must remain natural. A Shofar with a hole is deemed halakhically unfit, though it may be used if no other is available. The Talmud states that the Shofar is blasted in order to frighten and confound Satan.
Use on the Holy Days During the month of Elul (the month preceding Yom Teruah), the Shofar is blown from the second day of the new month to usher in the penitential season.
There is a tradition that Moses ascended Mount Sinai for the second time on Rosh Chodesh Elul and that the Shofar was sounded so that the children of Israel might not be misled. Thus, originally it was blown only on the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul. Today it is sounded daily, except for the last day, throughout the month at morning service until Yom Teruah is over, and once more on the Day of Atonement at the conclusion of the final service (Ne’ilah). This last sounding, however, is a late custom. On Yom Teruah, Psalm 47 is recited seven times before the sounding of the Shofar. This is symbolic of the seven circuits that the Israelites made around Jericho before the wall fell down at the blasts of the Shofar, and of the seven heavens through which prayers must penetrate in order to reach the throne of God. Psalm 47:1-9: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. He will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah God has gone up with a shout,
Diagram of a Shofar: Decoration: Should not be painted, but may be gilded or carved with artistic designs
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted. There are two series of blasts: 1. The teki’ot meyushav (“sitting” teki’ot) is sounded before the Musaf. The congregation rises from their seats to hear it. 2. The second series of blasts is sounded during the Musaf Amidah, while the congregation is standing. This first series is preceded by two benedictions: 1) Baruch atah, Adonai elohainu, melech haolam, ashair keedshanu bimetzvotav vtzevanu leeshmoah kol shofar. Blessed are You, O LORD our God, King of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and calls us to hear the sound of the shofar. 2) Baruch atah, Adonai elohainu, melech haolam, shehecheyanu
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Horns used: Sheep Goat Big Horn Sheep Antelope Gazelle Ram Mouthpiece: Should remain natural
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Israel's Feasts: Foreshadows of I
n the book of Leviticus, God issued instructions to His Chosen People, the children of Israel, concerning how they were to worship Him. Leviticus gives instructions regarding the priesthood, the Law, and the system of sacrifices. God also issued instructions for seven designated Feasts that Israel was to celebrate each year. Each of the Feasts is significant both to Israel and to the Church in that both highlight God's provision for His peopleâ€”both His provision for the needs of His Chosen People and His provision for mankind by the coming of the Messiah and His redemptive work on the Cross. The seven Levitical feasts played significant roles in the Lord's earthly ministry and are symbolic of the whole redemptive story, from His death as the Passover Lamb to His Second coming when He will "tabernacle" (or dwell) with His people forever.
The first three Feasts take place almost back-to-back, just as do the events that they symbolize. Passover recalls the day the Lord visited judgment on all those who rejected Him, passing over those whose homes were sprinkled with the blood of a lamb. Jesus was God's Passover Lamb offered as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus died on the Cross and His Body was placed in the grave. The Feast of Passover is followed the very next day by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts one week, and it recalls Israel's hasty escape, during which time there was no time to let bread rise. They ate it without yeast. The Feast of the Unleavened bread
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also symbolizes when Messiah descended into Hades (with the thief), where He led the righteous dead out of their captivity in Abraham's bosom and into the presence of God. The second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the Feast of Firstfruits. Jesus is the first-fruits of the Redemption Who conquered death and hell and rose from the grave on the third day after Passover. Fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits is the Feast of Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost celebrated the end of the grain harvest and pointed to the power of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of Believers. The arrival of the Holy Spirit is a reminder that the promise of salvation and future resurrection is as sure as the harvest and His indwelling empowers believers for ministry to
bring in the harvest until He returns. Pentecost concludes the spring-time feasts for Israel just as it concluded the Lord's earthly ministry. After Pentecost, there is a period of time before the Fall Feasts begin. This is symbolic of the Church
either of these relevant Scriptures. And it fits perfectly with Paul's description of the event in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with
the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob’” (Romans 11:25-26 NKJV). Finally, Sukkot, the seventh Feast day on God's calendar takes place five days after the Day of Atonement. It is the Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles, and lasts for seven days.
Redemption Age—the Lord has fulfilled the first four Feasts of Leviticus to the letter. The first three Feasts symbolized His death, His time in the grave, and His Resurrection. His sacrifice and Resurrection are past, we have received His Holy Spirit, and now we await His Return. The Feast of Trumpets is next on the calendar, and it celebrates the waning of the agricultural year. The growing season is over and the harvest is in the barns. The Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, marks the start of ten days of repentance, or "Ten Days of Awe." There are many who believe Rosh Hashanah symbolizes the "Fullness of the Gentiles" and that a “Rapture” will occur at some time during this tenday period. Recall Jesus' admonition was that "no man would know the day or the hour," but we could know when it was "near, even at the doors." A ten-day window does no violence to the traditional understanding of
the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” The Day of Atonement was the day the High Priest would make an offering for the sins of all Israel. It symbolizes when God will turn His attention away from the Gentiles and back to Israel. “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of
It recalls the time the Israelites lived in huts made from palm branches prior to entering the Land of Canaan. It also foreshadows entry into the Millennial Kingdom where Christ will rule from Jerusalem and people from every kindred, tongue, and nation will be able to "tabernacle" or dwell in His presence. Israel is back in the Land of Promise. The fullness of the Gentiles is almost complete. The Lord is coming back to reap His Harvest and we can almost hear the trumpet. What a time to be alive! Maranatha! Jack Kinsella is the founder and publisher of the Omega Letter (www.omegaletter.com). Jack is head writer of The Hal Lindsey Report television program and former head writer for This Week in Bible Prophecy. Jack is the author of more than two thousand columns on current events and Bible prophecy.
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sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in May that he doesn't care about the demographic statistics that indicate Israelis are actually having more children than the Palestinians. The argument that Israel would eventually become a minority in their own country, due to the belief that Palestinians were giving birth to more children than Israelis, has been used by five previous Israeli prime ministers to support a Palestinian state. Additionally, Netanyahu favors a separate state because he doesn't want Israel responsible for managing the Palestinians. For these reasons, it is believed that Israel remains prepared to give up 93 to 94 percent of Judea and Samariaâ€”
excluding the large communitiesâ€”to the Palestinians. The Palestinians have previously turned down generous offers from the Barak and Olmert governments, preferring the role of professional victims who have been able to extract billions of dollars from the international community via financial aide mostly from the United States and the European Union. Sixty-eight percent of Palestinians would prefer to live in Israel, not a Palestinian state.
U.S. position is two states with peace and security The U.S. government's position was defined as "two states living side by side in peace and security" when
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President G.W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon signed a letter of agreement that backed Sharon's disengagement from 24 settlements in southern Gaza and four settlements in northern Samaria. President Bush wrote in his letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, dated April 14, 2004: Thank you for your letter setting out your disengagement plan. The United States remains hopeful and determined to find a way forward toward a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. I remain committed to my June 24, 2002, vision of two states living side by side in peace and security as the key to peace, and to the roadmap as the route to get there.
We welcome the disengagement plan you have prepared, under which Israel would withdraw certain military installations and all settlements from Gaza, and withdraw certain military installations and settlements in the West Bank.
Congress's two-state position or make any public statement regarding the strategic importance of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.
Groups that support Israel, such as the 100,000 strong American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Christians United for Israel (CUFI)—with a reported 1 million email followers, won't take a stand that opposes Netanyahu. Among other things, CUFI is concerned that supporting the settlement communities could impact their nonprofit status and their access to the Israeli government. These groups, especially AIPAC, have built enormous support on Capitol Hill for ensuring Israel's peace and security, but they will not challenge
Moreover, the international community isn’t concerned that Israel would be living in indefensible borders if they gave the Palestinians Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem. Washington, D.C., think tanks, many managed by Jews, have a 50-year history of misjudging and misunderstanding the actions of Muslims who follow the Koran—which has led Israel and the region to its most dangerous time in history.
The Senate voted 95-3 on June 24, 2004, to embrace President Bush's support of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and his two-state plan. The Senate's action came a day after the House approved a similar measure by a 407-9 roll-call vote.
Israel's largest support groups won't publicly oppose the two-state plan or speak of the strategic importance of Judea and Samaria
what they call “occupied land” and/or “Arab land.”
Additionally, the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and AIPAC have no interest in discussing the biblical right to the land of Israel and the nation of Israel's right to all of the land in question.
The international community and most of the religious community aren't concerned about Israel or the Promised Land The leaders from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, and the National Council of Churches have actively stood with the international community and the Arab League and continue to call on Israel to leave
Only Christians who believe in the inerrant word of God from Genesis to Revelation and orthodox Jews understand the biblical significance of the Promised Land and oppose relinquishing Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem for an Arab state. In short, not standing for the biblical rights of the Promised Land will continue the rapid movement toward the final battle for Jerusalem and the future wars spoken of in Ezekiel 38-39, Zechariah 12-14, Psalm 83, Matthew 24 and other books of the Bible. William Koenig is the director of “Koenig International News” (http://watch.org), an Internet news service with readers and e-mail subscribers in 50 states and 105 countries, and has been a White House correspondent since January 2001. Koenig publishes an online weekly news report called “Koenig’s Eye View from the White House” that focuses on biblically relevant world news and White House news from a Christian perspective. He has authored Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel, which is in its 14th printing, and has published the book in Hebrew. Jewish Voice Today
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There are those who lead and there are those who follow. There are firms that innovate and those that copy. We are the former. Ancestry doesn’t have any original thoughts, their databases are smaller, and they don’t have anywhere near the type of personalized service people that we do. Other than that, we are identical. Is there a link between someone’s predisposed interests and their genetic makeup? For instance, if I have an overwhelming love for Jewish People (yet I have never been told that I am Jewish) and a desire to seek out information about Jewish traditions, such as the Fall Feasts, could that predict that I am, in fact, Jewish? No, there is no relationship between the factions and the spiritual. That doesn’t mean that it’s not possible, but there is no scientific connection. Bennett Greenspan is an entrepreneur and lifelong genealogy enthusiast. In 1999, he founded Family Tree DNA, a Houston, Texas, company dedicated to using genetics for personal ancestry. He presently serves as its President and CEO.
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(Continued from page 9) Yom Kippur looks forward to the day prophesied by Isaiah when “the Redeemer will come to Zion” (Isaiah 59:20) and by Jeremiah, who said, “They will all know me, from the least to the greatest” (Jeremiah 31:34), and by Zechariah when he said, “They will look upon the One they have pierced and mourn for Him as if mourning for a firstborn son” (Zechariah 12:10). Yom Kippur will reach its fulfillment when Yeshua is recognized as King of the Jews, King of Israel, King of kings, and Lord of lords. This will be the day when “all Israel shall be saved” (Romans 11:26). I long for this day, as I know you do, and believe it is coming soon.
Sukkot The third and final Feast that will see its fulfillment in Messiah’s return and the establishment of His kingdom here on earth is Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of Booths. Sukkot, which begins five days after Yom Kippur, is a seven-day period during which the children of Israel are to remember their fortyyear period of wandering in the wilderness.
This Page: According to rabbinic tradition, the sukkah walls can be constructed of any material (wood, canvas, aluminum siding, sheets). The walls can be free-standing or include the sides of a building or porch. The roof must be of organic material, known as skhakh, such as leafy tree overgrowth or palm fronds. Opposite Page: One of Sukkot's special commandments (mitzvoth) is to recite blessings over the Four Species: an etrog (an Israeli citrus fruit), a palm branch, myrtle twigs, and willow branches. The etrog is held in one hand, while the palm, myrtle, and willow are bundled together into what is called a lulav. 24 JewishVoiceToday.org | September/October 2012
Specifically, they are to recall how God supplied them with food, water, shelter, and guidance. During the week of Sukkot, Jewish families are to live in small, temporary dwellings made of branches. At night they are to look up at the stars and remember God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. This Feast also commemorates the last harvest of the year and looks forward to the day when the elect from all over the world will be gathered into the kingdom of God (see Matthew 24:31). There are so many ways this festival points to Yeshua. I will touch on just two of them here. Just as God gave the Israelites manna to eat in the wilderness, Yeshua is spiritual bread for all who follow Him. In John 6:35, 4851, He said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty . . . Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I give for the life of the world.” Furthermore, as His people wandered in the wilderness,
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God provided them with water from a rock (see Exodus 17:6). Paul says that the Israelites “drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was [Messiah]” (1 Corinthians 10:4). Every day during Sukkot a ceremony was carried out in the ancient Temple. The High Priest and Levites would pour out water and wine onto the altar as the people sang the words of Isaiah 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” It is likely during this ceremony that Yeshua stood up and cried out in
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a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37-38).
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(Continued from page 15) vikeemanu v’heegeanu lozzmon hazeh. Blessed are You, O LORD our God, King of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season. The second series, the teki’ot me’ummad (“standing teki’ot”) is heard three times during the reader’s repetition of the Musaf (in the Sephardim rite also in the silent Amidah) at the conclusion of each one of its major sections (Malkhuyyot—the kingship of God; Zikhronot—the remembrance of the merit of our ancestors; and Shofarot—hope for the coming of the Messianic Era to be ushered in by the sound of the Shofar). In some communities it is also customary to sound up to a total of one hundred sounds at the conclusion of the service. On Yom Teruah you can sound a short version of what is sounded in the temple service. It consists of the following calls:
Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, Tekiah Tekiah, Shevarim, Tekiah Tekiah, Teruah, Tekiah Tekiah G’dollah
Tekiah—To Blow or Blast
A single medium length blast with a low-to-high pitch transition. Hard, short push on low pitch, slight sustain on high pitch, sometimes ended with a short, pushing, higher pitched burst. Probably used at Jericho to bring the walls down (Joshua 6:5).
Three blasts each low-to-high pitch sounded like triplets. Think of Shevarim as being three short Tekiahs without the short burst on the ends. This could have been what was sounded as a call to repentance when the children of Israel sinned before ADONAI (Isaiah 58:1).
Teruah—Battle Cry or Alarm
Teruah consists of rapid one-second pitch bursts in a staccato fashion. There should be nine or more bursts to make a Teruah. Probably used by Gideon when they attacked the Midianites (Judges 7:22).
Tekiah G’dollah—The Long or Great Blast
Similar to the Tekiah, only the high note is sustained for the longest possible breath. It is also ended with a violent, short, pushed-out breath of an even higher-pitched note. Probably used at Mt. Sinai to assemble the Israelites
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(Exodus 19:19). May also be what is sounded when Messiah Yeshua returns (1 Thessalonians 4: 16). In a spiritual sense, the sequence in which the Shofar calls are blown symbolizes the fall of mankind. It reminds us of our sinful nature and that we need a savior and His blood sacrifice to make us whole again. The final call that is blown is encouraging as it announces to us that the broken world is made whole again. Each series of Shofar blasts begins and ends with a Tekiah (the long continuous note). These are like parentheses to the broken blasts that are sounded in between. This echoes the theme of Yom Teruah, “We were whole, we became broken, but we shall be whole again.” And by the blood of Yeshua, we are! This word shout uses the same verbal root as “Teruah.” The word “Teruah” can indicate various
methods of noisemaking from shouting in prayer to blowing on the Silver Trumpets. All of these the Tanakh (Old Covenant) describes as acts of worshipping the Lord. Psalm 150 sums up how to praise the Lord! Ps 150:1-6: Halleluyah! Praise God in his holy place! Praise him in the heavenly dome of his power! Praise him for his mighty deeds! Praise him for his surpassing greatness! Praise him with a
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