ne of the prophetic wonders of the Bible is that hidden within the Feasts of Israel is God's entire plan for the salvation of the earth and the establishment of His eternal Kingdom. In the Spring Feasts as we celebrate Passover, First Fruits and Shavuot, we see the type and shadow of Yeshua's death, resurrection and the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit. What is even more incredible is that these Feasts are not only filled with prophetic pictures but the very events about which they prophesied actually occurred on these very Feast Days. Yeshua was crucified on Passover, He rose from the dead on First Fruits and the Holy Spirit was first poured out on Yeshua's disciples during Shavuot. Could such timing be anything less than the hand of God?

The second major grouping of Israel's Feasts are known as the Fall Feasts and they all occur in the Hebrew month of Tishri. This very busy month starts with the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana). Ten days later the entire nation stops to observe the solemn feast of Yom Kippur, and just three days after that, the nation plunges into the week-long celebration of Sukkot (Tabernacles) during which those funny little structures called "Sukkot" pop up all over Israel like mushrooms after a rain. For one joyous week, all Israel pretty much stops most other activities in order to eat (some even sleep) and visit with friends and family in their Sukkot which is the central act of keeping the Feast of Tabernacles.

Even as the Spring Feasts speak of the first coming of the Lord, so hidden within the Fall Feasts is the prophetic reminder of the second coming of Yeshua. The Feast of Trumpets reminds us of the seven last trumpet blasts from the Book of Revelation and God's awful judgment that is loosed upon the earth immediately before Yeshua's return. On Yom Kippur, the people pray that their names would be written in God's "Book of Life", which we know can only be accomplished through the Blood of the Lamb of God. Yom Kippur reaches its final culmination with the sounding of "the great trumpet blast" which foreshadows that final great trumpet blast that will herald the return of King Yeshua (I Corinthians 15:52, I Thessalonians 4:16). And finally, the reason for all the rejoicing of Sukkot is that this Feast is the picture of the establishment of God's millennial reign (Zechariah 14).


Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, we held a thirty hour retreat. We had over 170 people participate from three different congregations.

The first meeting was devoted to personal repentance, the second to forgiveness and the third became a joyous and prophetic celebration of Yeshua's promised return. There were also many free hours where people spent time alone with the Lord or enjoyed wonderful times of fellowship with each other. We also shared a meal before and after the fast.

God's grace was heavily upon us. The prophetic fulfillment of a redeemed Israel, celebrating His feast in unity seemed to bless His heart. And as is always the case, when we bless God, He returns that same blessing to us but only in a much greater measure. We all left renewed and rejoicing in the spirit. We want to thank you for praying for us during that time. God heard and answered your prayers in abundance!

Feast of Sukkot

Celebrating the Feast
What an amazing time we had when the members of our congregation gathered to celebrate the feast of Sukkot. Several hours before the meeting started there were already members present building the sukkah. Someone else arrived with a large bundle of palm branches, the worship team was busy preparing and a group of us were in the "upper room" praying for God's presence to fill our celebration.

From the first chord of the first song, it was obvious that God was with us. People were waving their palm branches and crying out "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." God gave me a revelation to share that there had been another group of people in this city who had cried out that blessing the first time Yeshua had come up to Jerusalem. But the following day, the same people who had blessed his coming were crying out for his death. How pleased God is that today in Jerusalem there is a saved remnant who love Yeshua and will keep blessing His name until the very day that His feet touch down on the Mt. of Olives.

Sounding the Shofar
In another powerful move of the Spirit, Asher also shared a prophetic revelation in which he paralleled the dedication of the Temple in 2 Chronicles 5 to our meeting. In that passage, we see that the people were gathered for the Feast of Sukkot in the city of Jerusalem and we too were also gathered in that same city, for that same Feast. They had their elders present and we also had our elders present as represented by myself, Asher and Dan Juster. They had their "Ark of the Covenant" and we also had our ark (Torah scroll) at our service. They called the Cohanim (priests) and Levites forward to bless the people and we also had our Cohanim and Levites come forward. Their worship team had assembled with musical instruments and we too had our musicians eager to break out in songs of praise.

As Asher spoke out each parallel, he invited the corresponding people to come forward. When we were all assembled before the congregation, the Levites and Cohanim blessed the congregation with the Aaronic Blessing, the shofar was sounded and the musicians erupted in worship and the praises of God ascended from our congregation to the very throne room of God. What an incredible time it was! The remarkable difference that set this moment apart from so many other blessed times was that on this Feast day, the praises of the King were coming forth from saved Israel in God's beloved city of Jerusalem. Could the day we are all longing for be so far away?

 

By Eddie Santoro

(Eddie Santoro co-leads our congregation, Ahavat Yeshua, together with Asher Intrater.)


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Also in this issue of the newsletter:

Daniel Juster: What Makes Great Congregations?
Eitan Shishkoff: Quiet Desperation or Passionate Involvement?
Marty Shoub: The True Roadmap To Peace