Day: September 1, 2023

Yom Teruah and the Ten Days of Awe

Yom Teruah and the Ten Days of Awe

By Eric Carlson in 09_2023-1, newsletter-post on September 1, 2023

Yom Teruah begins the Fall Feast Day Cycle! These are days set apart from the norm, days that belong to God! They are His designated times, Moedim, divine appointments!

Leviticus 23:23-25. ADONAI said to Moshe, 24″Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, (Shabaton zichron: Shabaton: Sabbath observance, of weekly Sabbath, sabbatical year. Zichron: memorial, reminder, remembrance a day of writing, to recall.) a holy convocation (Mikraw: convocation, convoking, reading, a calling together, something called out, a public meeting, a rehearsal, sacred assembly) announced with blasts on the shofar. 25 Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'”

The Sefer HaChaim, the Book of Life is opened on Yom Teruah and closes on Yom Kippur. Your name is in recorded in this book when your born:

Psalms 139:16. Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in your book all my days were already written; my days had been shaped before any of them existed.

Your crimes are held against you if there is no redemption, no sacrifice, no blood. David prayed to God regarding the evil and wicked:

Psalms 69:28. Erase them from the book of life, let them not be written with the righteous

Accepting Yeshua as your sacrifice allows your name to remain in the book of life. As the prophet Jeremiah stated in Jeremiah 31:34 by accepting and receiving Messiah Yeshua, God knows your sins “No More”! Yeshua’s blood blots out your transgressions and sins so your name stays in the book.

Revelation 3:5. He who wins the victory will, like them, be dressed in white clothing; and I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life; in fact, I will acknowledge him individually before my Father and before his angels.

Yeshua returns on that final Shofar Trump (Yom Teruah) to judge the nations during the Ten Days of Awe, the time period between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur:

Revelation 20:12. And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened; and another book was opened, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to what they had done.

Revelation 20:15. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was hurled into the lake of fire.

These 10 days of Awe-Yamim Noraim-Awesome days or days of awe are centered on our own humility, soul searching, and repentance. A continued period of self-examination where we deal with how we have failed ourselves, failed other people, and failed God! It is a time of regret and remorse for the harm we have inflicted on others and within the Kingdom of God!

It is not a time of selfishness and concern for self, rather is it a crying out to Adonai, for the awakening of the soul, a stirring in oneself for the greater Kingdom of God! This is the final preparation for Yom Kippur, the Day of Purge.

While it is true that the Throne Room is always accessible to all individuals at any time, gates are still there! the enemy roams about the road to the palace waiting to strike the unwary. Everyday “Life” and all of its trappings continue to place obstacles before us on our journey into the throne room. During the Days of Awe, the “King” is in the field. He is here, present where we are, beckoning to us, calling out to us! The Ten Days of Awe press the urgency of the moment, we must reach for Him while He is here, when He is close and repent with the associated behavioral change and associated deeds (actions) that reflect a truly repentant heart! As Moshe shared in:

Deuteronomy 30:14. On the contrary, the word is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it.

There are many things that infect and afflict us as believers that, in reality, are not attacks of the enemy but are self-induced, we ourselves are the source of the issue because of our own disobedience. Adonai will intervene in our life and bless us if we obey Him, as Yeshua stated:

Luke 6:46. “Why do you call me, `Lord! Lord!’ but not do what I say?

This rings true to every believer within the greater body! This is a heartfelt, soul-searching question that must be asked of every believer. Do your actions, behavior, and expression of worship completely reconcile to the word of Adonai! Why do “Believers” celebrate and participate in religious rituals and holidays that are not in the word? Because we don’t (for a myriad of reasons and excuses) do what He commands us to do.

Complacency is another plague affecting the greater body. Complacency kills initiative. To the detriment of the greater body, many believers strive for “normalcy”, the keystone of apathy.” They compare and judge themselves to others around them who are mostly secular so that they may “fit in”. This results in a false identity, a false narrative, and a skewed plumb line. The desire to be like everyone else gives one a sense of belonging and acceptance with the secular community which is the exact opposite of what God commands.

Sha’ul “Paul” rebuked the body at Corinth because they walked, “like mere men”. God does not want us “normal and complacent”. He doesn’t ask you to be accepted by the world. He wants us to imitate and be accepted by Yeshua; to talk, walk, and act like Him! This allows the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit the freedom to release the fullness of God’s purpose and fullness into your life allowing God to define your daily priorities, and purposes. Yeshua didn’t come so that you could be normal and fit into society! Yeshua came and died that you may be different!

I Corinthians 3:3. For you are still worldly! Isn’t it obvious from all the jealousy and quarrelling among you that you are worldly and living by merely human standards?

For those who have their reality and lives rooted in the ways of the world, maturity in the Lord is impossible. Our identity and destiny must come from God, not worldly circumstances, worldly surroundings, worldly people, or worldly Governments. As a citizen of the Kingdom of God our focus and reality must be rooted in the Kingdom of God. We are to approach God where He will meet us! It requires T’shuvah, repentance. When true T’shuvah, true repentance (turning from that which is sinful and turning back to God!) occurs God will meet you, He responds with Shavet-sh’vut’cha (He returns your return).

T’shuvah requires initiative by every individual, not apathy or complacency. It takes initiative and action to admit something has made us distant from Him and to perform the action necessary to remove the obstacle and come into His presence. Its critical to do this in the 10 Days of Awe before Yom Kippur when the Sefer HaChaim, the Book of Life is closed.

It’s our own apathy, our own carnal passivity, our indifference that allows the powers of hell to increase their rule and influence the affairs of humanity which in turn causes marriage to be redefined, abortions to increase, divorce, the rise, toleration, and even acceptance of sexual immorality! Evil becomes unbridled. The only way to push back on the boundaries of evil and wickedness is on our knees before God, in repentant prayer, in agreement with God-not in conflict or disagreement with Him. Our very existence as His creation is to bring the reality of the kingdom of God here upon the earth!

It is not Adonai who hinders the healing of our land. It’s our apathy, our own unbelief, our own indifference, our own lack of trust that inhibits us from grasping and reaching our true potential that Yeshua offers us. Heaven, Adonai, Yeshua is waiting for us, His Body, the bride to act! He’s been shouting at us from the heavens for years now! In the words of the Great prophet Elijah:

I Kings 18:21. Eliyahu stepped forward before all the people and said, “How long are you going to jump back and forth between two positions? If ADONAI is God, follow him; but if it’s Ba’al, follow him!” The people answered him not a word.

Whom will you serve?

Acts 3:19. “Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased;

May you have an intimate encounter with the Most-High God during these Feast Day Celebrations! May you stand before Adonai with clean hands and a pure heart!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Sukkot

Sukkot

By Eric Carlson in 09_2023-3, newsletter-post on September 1, 2023

Leviticus 23:40-43. On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days. 41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.

On Sukkot, we bind all the branches together – willows, palm branch, and myrtles (This is called the Esrog and Lulav). We hold this bundle in our right hand, and then lift them together with the Esrog. We then shake them all together, three times in each of the cardinal directions.

Holding these four in a tight bond represents the unity that is God’s goal for the His People. The bond represents the convergence of separate individuals into a unified people, a One New Humanity, with common vision, common goal, and common purpose of service to our King. While waving the Esrog and Lulav three times in each of the cardinal directions we recite the following blessing:

“Baruch ata Adonoy, Elo-heinu Melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu bi’mitzvo-sav, vi’tzivanu al ni-tilas lulav.”

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who sanctified us with His mitzvot, and instructed us to raise up the Lulav.

When we celebrate the Moedim, the Feasts with others, we experience the power of communal worship with those who have the same zeal and heart for God! Sukkot is one of the three pilgrimage festivals that was commanded by God to be celebrated in Jerusalem when the Temple existed, or as scripture states, wherever the Lord chooses to have you celebrate it! Some erroneously believe this feast is only to be done by Jewish people in the land of Israel, however that does not reconcile to scripture:

Leviticus 23:42. You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah,

Once again, who is Israel?

Ephesians 2:19. So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.

Sukkot is a profound connection to our past, our present, and our prophetic messianic future. Sukkot represents the Millennial Reign, the Millennial Shabbat, the wedding feast. Sukkot is about the in gathering of the Nations. Sukkot is the prophetic rehearsal for the establishment of Adonai’s Kingdom here upon this earth! Zechariah 14 records Earth Shaking events that lead to the establishment of Jerusalem as the center of the world, the place in which Yeshua will reign as King upon this earth! The New Jerusalem with the Heavenly Temple descends from heaven. Adonai Himself is the Holy of Holies as Yeshua ascends His throne to rule in Jerusalem. After this great battle:

Zechariah 14:16-18. Finally, everyone remaining from all the nations that came to attack Yerushalayim will go up every year to worship the king, ADONAI-Tzva’ot, and to keep the festival of Sukkot. 17 If any of the families of the earth does not go up to Yerushalayim to worship the king, ADONAI-Tzva’ot, no rain will fall on them. 18 If the family of Egypt doesn’t go up, if they refuse to come, they will have no [annual] overflow [from the Nile]; moreover, there will be the plague with which ADONAI will strike the nations that don’t go up to keep the festival of Sukkot.

Everyone shall celebrate Sukkot when the Lion of Judah, Yeshua returns to establish His Kingship upon this earth, or they will suffer a plague! Yeshua will return for us, His bride, those whose names have not been blotted out and remain in the Sefer HaChaim, The Book of Life after Yom Kippur the day of purging! The book of life is the invite list for the wedding feast. Sukkot is the rehearsal for the Wedding feast:

Revelation 7:9. After this, I looked; and there before me was a huge crowd, too large for anyone to count, from every nation, tribe, people and language. They were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands;

To pursue an intimate relationship with God in Yeshua we must arise from our place of Comfort and enter in to meet the King who has risen from the throne to meet us on His Appointed Times. Everyone is invited to the wedding feast, but only those who have prepared and are in their wedding clothes will be allowed to remain in the invitation book. Many will respond to the invitation but only those who remain in the book will be able to attend, for many are called, but few are chosen.

Isaiah 4:3-6. Those left in Tziyon and remaining in Yerushalayim will be called holy, and everyone in Yerushalayim written down for life. 4 When Adonai washes away the filth of the women of Tziyon and cleanses Yerushalayim from the blood shed in it with a blast of searing judgment, 5 ADONAI will create over the whole site of Mount Tziyon and over those who assemble there a smoking cloud by day and a shining, flaming fire by night; for the Glory will be over everything like a hupah. 6 A sukkah will give shade by day from the heat; it will also provide refuge and cover from storm and rain.

The Prophet clearly makes the connection between the wedding feast (Chupah) and Sukkot. Sukkot gives us a glimpse into the World/Age to Come. It’s interesting that verse 6 states the Sukkah will give shade during the day and refuge and cover from the storm so unlike the legalistic Orthodox way of building Sukkahs without a protective roof. A biblical Sukkah protects one from the elements, its waterproof! Sukkot enjoins us through the span of time to all Israel, Past, Present, and Future through Yeshua. Adonai teaches us and guides us regarding the path we should take:

Isaiah 48:17-18. Thus says ADONAI, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am ADONAI, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace would flow on like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

We see a prophetic connection in our relationship between Adonai, Rivers, and Shalom. He teaches us for our own good, He guides us on the path we should take! If we choose to obey His commands, mitzvahs, and His word, our Shalom will flow on like a river. Shalom as we know is a complex word meaning lack of conflict, to be complete, whole, like a brick wall missing no bricks and having no cracks or holes. Shalom conveys something complex, with lots of pieces that are whole like a brick wall without cracks or missing bricks. The one new man from Ephesians 2:15 says by making Jew and Gentile one, Yeshua thus made Shalom! There is a direct connection between this prophetic passage, Sukkot, and Yeshua! The result is the invasion of the natural by the supernatural. We know that there is also a connection between Yeshua, living water, and Shalom:

John 7:1-2. After this, Yeshua traveled around in the Galil, intentionally avoiding Y’hudah because the Judeans were out to kill him. 2 But the festival of Sukkot in Y’hudah was near;

Yeshua was encouraged to go to Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot, but He said not yet, His time hadn’t come until:

John 7:14-19. Not until the festival was half over did Yeshua go up to the Temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Judeans were surprised: “How does this man know so much without having studied?” they asked. 16 So Yeshua gave them an answer: “My teaching is not my own, it comes from the One who sent me. 17 If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or I speak on my own. 18 A person who speaks on his own is trying to win praise for himself; but a person who tries to win praise for the one who sent him is honest, there is nothing false about him. 19 Didn’t Moshe give you the Torah? Yet not one of you obeys the Torah! Why are you out to kill me?”

What’s happening here? Yeshua is teaching what we teach and establish here at Congregation Zion’s Sake. The Judeans weren’t obeying Torah! It’s not legalistic observances, its obedience to God’s word that establishes worship in Spirit and Truth! Yeshua revealed a supernatural mystery at Sukkot 2,000 years ago:

John 7:38. Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!”

When we put our trust in Yeshua, immerse ourselves in Him, when Yeshua is manifest within us and we are in submission and obedience to Adonai rivers of living water will flow from our inmost being. May you be a source of living water and shalom this Sukkot!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbitzen’s Corner September 2023

Rabbi and Rebbitzen’s Corner September 2023

By Eric Carlson in 09_2023-2, newsletter-post on September 1, 2023

Shalom Mishpocha,

Summer is passing by quickly! School is starting, hurricane season is in full swing, and though September is a transition month into fall time we still have 22 days of summer left until the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd at 2:50 A.M. EDT-the first day of Fall. September’s name comes from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven.” This month had originally been the seventh month of the early Roman calendar.

Monday, September 4th is Labor Day. Labor Day is a Federal Holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. The three-day weekend it falls on is called Labor Day Weekend. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official Federal Holiday in 1894, thirty states in the U.S. officially celebrated Labor Day. As we do on all three-day weekends join with us as we pray there will be NO traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia this Labor Day weekend!

Patriot’s Day is Monday, September 11th. By presidential proclamation, Patriot Day is observed in the United States on September 11, or 9/11, in memory of the thousands who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States that involved four hijacked planes. The observance also honors those who came to aid in the aftermath. Each year on Patriot Day, the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff. Citizens are asked to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT (when the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center in New York City)! We are encouraged to devote the day to serving our neighbors and communities.

We begin our Esrog and Lulav sales today, Friday September 1st, 2023. They are $45.00 a set and are purchased from Israel! NO ONLINE SALES! Sales are for a short time so please don’t wait. Esrog and Lulavs are a commanded part of our Sukkot Celebration:

Leviticus 23:40. On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days.

Friday, September 15th at sunset the High Holy Days begin with the start and celebration of Yom Teruah! The greeting for Yom Teruah is L’shanah Tovah “May your name remain” in the Sefer Chaim, the book of life. These are days set apart from the norm, days that belong to God! They are His designated times, Moedim, divine appointments! God promises us He will be off the throne to meet with us and be with us on His Moedim, His appointed times!

Leviticus 23:23-25. ADONAI said to Moshe, 24″Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering,
(Shabaton zichron: Shabaton: Sabbath observance, of weekly Sabbath, sabbatical year. Zichron: memorial, reminder, remembrance a day of writing, to recall.)
a holy convocation (Mikraw: convocation, convoking, reading, a calling together, something called out, a public meeting, a rehearsal, sacred assembly) announced with blasts on the shofar. 25 Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'”

Yom Teru’ah is thus a rehearsal of the return of the King, announced with the sounding of the Shofar. “A day of blowing the Shofar” (Num. 29:1) is in Hebrew, called Yom Teru’ah. The day that we Remember the soon return of Messiah with the Shofar as recorded in Matthew 24:31.

We pray you have a safe Labor Day Weekend as we prepare to enter in and celebrate the Fall Feast Days, the High Holy Days!!

Love and Blessings,

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Carlson!