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Rosh Hashanah Booklet For Children – From One Christian’s Perspective

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The Trumpet Will Sound

9-18-2014 5;49;55 AM

Memory Verse: Psalm 139:23

Life Application: I must allow God to search my heart.

Bible Text:

Leviticus 23:23-24

Colossians 2:15

Micah 7:19

Genesis 22:1-14

Hebrews 11:17-19

John 3:16

Romans 5:11

Matthew 5:8

Psalm 51:10

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

In Leviticus God instituted the Feast of the Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. It is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture, when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

 

Sound The Trumpet

During this feast the shofar, trumpet, was to be sounded. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. In Biblical times trumpets were sounded for several reasons. These same reasons can also apply to the bride of Christ -she must wake up and prepare to ascend into heaven to meet with God.

 

1.The trumpet was sounded when the people were about to meet with God.

Exodus 19:10-25 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.
Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”
So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.”

2. The trumpet was sounded to wake the bride up.

Matthew 25:5-10 NKJV

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming ; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”

3. The trumpet was sounded when the people were ready to ascend up into the city.

Joshua 6:1-5 NKJV

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

 

Services And Observances

During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten:

“Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

 

A Memorial of God’s Grace

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

The blowing of the trumpets is also a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

Hebrews 11:17-19

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

 

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Self-Examination

Romans 5:11 NKJV

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit.

Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

A person must know Jesus in an intimate way, have a personal relationship with Him, to be the Bride of Christ.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

It is a time that people should awake and correct their ways.

 

Christ’s Return

The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture).

 

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Review

1. What does Rosh Hashana mean?

2. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of _________________.

3. Who is the Messiah’s bride?

4. Jesus is our armor because He ________________ Satan.

5..Why is the end of the shofar curved and bent?

6. A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. What does this symbolize?

 

 

7. God substituted a ________ to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

8. You must have a __________________ ________________________ with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

9. Are there any people in your life that you need to offer forgiveness to?

 

10. What does reconciliation mean?

11. What sound will announce the return of Jesus?

12. Are you spiritual ready for Jesus’ return?

 

 

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One House, One Owner

 

ONE HOUSE, ONE OWNER

Memory Verse: James 1:14

 

Life Application: We are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own desires.

 

 

 

Bible Text:

 

2 Timothy 1:7

 

James 1:13-14

 

Matthew 17:14-18

 

Luke 8:27-33

 

John 8:42-44

 

Psalm 17:4

 

Colossians 2:15

 

Luke 10:17-20

 

Exodus 20:4

 

Psalms 37:23

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

1 Corinthians 3:16

 

Romans 8:9-11

 

Luke 4:33-35

 

II Corinthians 6:14-16

 

Ephesians 4:27

 

1 Peter 5:8-9

 

 

 

 

 

We have only to look around at the world in which we live to know that Jesus will be returning soon. Satan knows it too. Since he knows that his time is short, he, along with the other fallen angels (demons), are working very hard. They have invaded our homes, schools, government, churches, television / movies, music, literature. Their mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. Satan hates God, therefore he hates you because God loves you.

 

Today there is a lot of discussion concerning demon oppression, demon possession, the occult, and the supernatural.

 

Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person spiritually. Demons will try to cause a person to worry or fear. The Bible is very clear about where worry and fear come from – they do not come from God.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

 

Sometimes, a demon might encourage someone into sinful behavior. However, more often than not, we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own desires.

 

James 1:13-14 NKJV “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

 

Demon possession involves a demon having direct and complete control over a person’s thoughts and actions. There are several accounts of Jesus rebuking demons (evil spirits) that were possessing people in the Bible.

 

Matthew 17:14-18 NKJV “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.”

 

In the above passage the disciples were trying to heal the boy of a disease, but in reality the boy was possessed, not sick.

 

Luke 8:27-33 NKJV “And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.”

 

Some important truths to remember are: Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian, Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons), Christians are God’s possession, the Holy Spirit will not live with Satan, and keep the door to Satan closed.

 

I. Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian.

 

Satan works in the sons of disobedience, not in Christians, and will continue to do so until he is bound by God. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the father of lies. He will lie to us and try lead us into sin.

 

John 8:42-44 NKJV “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

 

If we allow Satan, he will deceive us and lead us to destruction.

 

Psalm 17:4 NKJV “Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.”

 

We have a free will, and the choice is ours as to if we will listen to Satan’s lies or resist them. The Holy Spirit has been given to us and He is able to keep us from falling into the enemy’s lies and schemes, however we must allow Him (the Holy Spirit) total access into our lives.

 

II. Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

 

The fate of Satan (devil) and the other fallen angels (demons) is already sealed. However, they will be allowed to continue to roam free until the appointed time when they will be bound by God.

 

Colossians 2:15 NKJV “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

 

All demons are subject to Jesus – they must obey Him.

 

Luke 10:17-20 NKJV “ Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

 

 

 

III. Christians are God’s possession.

 

Possession of something can be described as something owned, held or controlled. A Christian is owned by God. Christians are the sole property of God. God does not share ownership or have joint custody. God tells us that He is a jealous God. One definition of jealous is possessively watchful. What God possess, He will not share.

 

Exodus 20:4 NKJV “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”

 

A Christian’s future is held by God. The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. God sustains and protects His children. Not only does God save us, but He has the power to keep us also.

 

Psalms 37:23 NKJV “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

 

A Christian is controlled by God. God has power and authority over Christians. Satan does not have the right or power to enforce rules or give orders to a believer.

 

IV. the holy spirit will not live with satan.

 

When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in them.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

 

 

Romans 8:9-11 NKJV “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

 

Demons cannot dwell in the same house with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Bible were are given examples of demons fleeing when they encounter Jesus. They could not stay where He was.

 

Luke 4:33-35 NKJV “Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.”

 

Light and dark do not mix. Light always rules over darkness. The Holy Spirit is light and Satan is the dark. They will not live or abide in the same house.

 

II Corinthians 6:14-16 NKJV “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

 

 

 

V. Keep the door to Satan closed – Don’t open the door.

 

A Christian must not open the door for Satan to have access into their life. Certain things must be avoided. Don’t give Satan an opportunity into your life. He will use every opportunity he can to gain a foothold in your life.

 

Ephesians 4:27 NKJV “nor give place to the devil”

 

 

1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

 

A foothold mean a firm base for progress. It is a secure starting position from which further advances can be made. In other words, if you allow Satan a starting position in your life, you make it easier for him to make further advances in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

 

1. Why does Satan hate you?

 

2. Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person ________________________.

 

3. Where do worry and fear come from?

 

4. More often than not, we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own ___________________________.

 

5. Some important truths to remember are:

 

* Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have ___________________ over a Christian.

 

* Jesus has already __________________________ over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

 

* Christians are _____________________ possession.

 

* The Holy Spirit will not ______________________ with Satan.

 

* We need to keep the _______________________ to Satan closed.

 

6. Satan works in the sons of _____________________________, not in Christians.

 

7. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the __________________________ of lies.

 

8. We have a free will. What does that mean?

 

9. Who has been given to us to keep us from falling into the enemy’s lies and schemes?

 

10. All demons are subject to Jesus – they must ________________________ Him.

 

11. God is a jealous God. What does that mean?

 

12. The steps of a _________________________________ man are ordered by God.

 

13. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the _________________ ___________________ comes to dwell in them.

 

14. Demons cannot ___________________ in the same house with the Holy Spirit.

 

15. The Holy Spirit and Satan will not live or ___________________ in the same house.

 

16. What does a foothold mean?

 

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The Feast Of The Trumpets – One Christian’s Perspective

The Feast Of The Trumpets – One Christian’s Perspective

     The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13     “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

     Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians  4:16  NKJV     “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV     “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

     Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

A SIGN OF GOD’S GRACE

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14  NKJV     “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

     Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s alter.

Hebrews 11:17-19     “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

SELF-EXAMINATION

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

SPECIAL SERVICES, OBSERVANCES, AND CUSTOMS

During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19  NKJV      “He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

THE SHOFAR

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. Trumpets were used in giving signals of war. Jesus is the commander of the army of God. Jesus came, the first time, to defeat the work of Satan and the sin in men’s hearts. Jesus was triumphant over the enemy.

Colossians 2:15  NKJV     “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator

3. remind the people to forsake evil ways

4. draw men back to God

REPENTANCE

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32 : 33  NKJV     “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

     Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32  NKJV     “Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14  NKJV     “Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

     Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being “blotted out”,  to names being “blotted out”, and to names being “written” in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28  NKJV     “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

2 Kings 14:27  NKJV     “And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5  NKJV     “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Philippians 4:3  NKJV     “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Revelation 3:5  NKJV     “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Revelation 20:12  NKJV     “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV     “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV     “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

REDEMPTION

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2  NKJV     “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

John 8:36  NKJV     “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 3:13  NKJV     “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24  NKJV    “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

JESUS IS RETURNING

Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.

God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV     “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

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