“Chag Sameach! Yom Teruah…”

“Chag Sameach! Yom Teruah!”  (Festive joy, Day of blowing, blasting on trumpets)

Have a wonderful day of celebration, the Day of Trumpets is here!

Lev. 23:24 “Speak to the children of Israel saying, “In the seventh month in the first day of the month (Heb: echad, first, one i.e. New Moon) shall you have a Sabbath,  (Heb: shabbathon, special holiday, rest) a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy (Heb: qodesh, separateness, sacredness) convocation” (Heb miqra, sacred assembly, reading, public meeting)

Today is a very special celebration, a day of rejoicing, of joy and gladness…it is literally a day of blowing trumpets (curved horns) to announce the beginning of the special 7th. month of the Hebrew calendar.

The seventh month is full of hope, expectation, thanksgiving and the intrigue  of three holy Festivals of Elohim, 1. Day of Trumpets, 2. Day of Atonement, and 3. the grand Feast of Tabernacles, (celebrating the ingathering of the harvest.)

The Day of Trumpets is a celebration of Yahshua’s victory on our behalf and a picture that looks forward to the time of Yahshua’s return, a time of joy and celebration, looking forward to Yahshua’s seven thousandth year, a 1000 year reign, a Sabbath, Yahshua’s fellowship and reign with His people on earth. This is called the Second Coming when we who are alive will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and will be like Him, and with Him for His 1000 year reign on earth.

You may ask, if you are a Gentile, “Why should I keep the Feasts?” Well, you are right, there is no commandment to the Gentiles re. the Feasts, but one day everyone shall keep them, at least one of them,

Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

And they are of course, are Feasts of Yahweh, not man…

Lev 23:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 

So, to all who are celebrating, I say again…

“Chag Semeach! Yom Teruah, Yom Tov!”

(Festive joy, Day of blowing, (blasting on trumpets) Wonderful day!)

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Disclaimer: The dangers of Replacement Theology

Recently we conducted an exhaustive study on the restoration of the whole House of Israel.   During this time we published a c.d. with songs about that restoration, and about the love of the Father for Israel.

Not realizing the implications,  we called the c.d. after the title of one of the songs “The Two Sticks”.   However, since the release of the c.d. there has developed a teaching among the Hebraic Roots Movement encouraging Gentile believers to believe that they are in fact the House of Israel returning.   We in no way adhere to this doctrine and wish it to be known.

People teaching this belief are, knowingly or not,  discrediting natural Israel and could be in danger of teaching Replacement Theology.

We wish to make it known that we believe in the restoring of natural Israel and that in Hosea 3:5 “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days” and many, many other scriptures Yahweh is talking about the natural children of Abraham, the rest of the tribes who were scattered.

Yahweh has in no wise forgotten or forsaken them and has planned for their restoration. He was, is and always will be faithful to His Covenant with them, even though for a time they have been estranged.

We believe that should there be any of the ‘Lost Tribes’ in Christianity today, those individuals being in the Body of Messiah are made one with both Gentiles and Jews who are believing in Yahshua the Messiah and Saviour of the world. The One Who gave Himself for all humanity. Being one with others is simply that i.e. Gal 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Heb. Yahshua).” 

 

 

Two Sticks story and song link to U-Tube

We are excited about our new C.D. which contains lots of songs about the restoration of the whole House of Israel. Recently we were able to sing the title song with a dance which Peter taught at my cousins ‘Fest’ on Anglesey along with all the other talented ‘offerings!’

Peter first told the much abbreviated story of the history and re-gathering of the twelve tribes of Israel as spoken about in Hosea, Jeremiah and many other books of the Bible, before teaching his choreographed dance. It was a very special occasion, much to be remembered. If you would like to see the story and dance, we have uploaded it to U-Tube. The link is: The Two Sticks

We hope you enjoy the song – and the dance!

Why keep the Feasts?

This week is the Feast of Passover.

The Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread is a seven day Festival (Lev. 23).

“Should Gentile believers keep the Yahweh’s/God’s Feasts? ”  These Feasts are Yahweh’s testimonies to the house of Israel and Judah. They were not only given to Israel, but also to the nations, for they have been ‘brought near to the Covenants of promise‘ and therefore are included. Not in order to be redeemed, but because they are redeemed.

The Feasts speak only of Yahshua/Jesus. Especially Passover. It is full of references to Yahshua/Jesus. He IS the Passover Lamb ( 1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Messiah, our passover is sacrificed for us: )   He has delivered us from our Egypt of the cruel bondage of a sinful life and crucifixion2the doctrines of men. He has caused us to come through the waters of Baptism, as the Israelites were led through the waters of the Red Sea. (1Co 10:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; )
Gentile believers have entered their ‘promised land’ of Eternal Life, and victory over their enemies.

The Feast of Passover is a glorious picture of the deliverance Yahshua/Jesus wrought for us on the cross of Calvary. The Passover kept in Egypt was indeed a ‘type’, yes a shadow, of the reality of the death and resurrection of Yahshua/Jesus. Of course the Gentile believers are allowed to keep it. Not required to, but allowed to, remembering their wonderful Saviour Yahshua/Jesus Who procured Eternal Life for them.

 What a glorious reason to sing and dance and rejoice together before Him! – Let us celebrate Yahshua/Jesus OUR PASSOVER LAMB!  A wonderful occasion to fellowship with Him and each other in this glorious Feast of Freedom!

This link says it all in a beautiful song… Enjoy!   https://youtu.be/_HCBieuV-QU

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The Biblical New Year

There are many New Years kept by humanity,  but only one which Yahweh Himself inaugurated.

We can read when this is in:   Exo 13:4 This day came ye out in the month Abib. (Abib=Heb. green ears i.e. Spring)

Exodus 12:2. ” This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” It couldn’t be clearer than that. It does make sense that the New Year should begin when new life begins, as in the Spring.  Scripturally this month of Nisan is called aviv, or ‘spring’.

Nisan 1 is the Biblical New Years Day, the start of the month of the Exodus from Egypt and the beginning of Jewish national history. It is also the first month used for counting the festivals (mo’edim) of the Hebrew Calendar.

Originally the Hebrew calendar was lunar . The Biblical New Year begins at the first ‘new moon’ of spring, in the month Nisan. This year this day has been observed by people all over the world as this day also fell on the day of the Vernal Equinox and we had a partial eclipse of the sun. 

‘Why’ you may ask, ‘do Westerners keep the first day of January as the New Year?’  Well, it is because they observe the most widely used calendar in the world today – the ‘Gregorian Calendar’ – named after Pope Gregory X111 who reigned over the Catholic Church in the 1582.  He adopted and refined the Julian calendar (which originated from  pagan Roman and Greek calendars) in order to change the date of Easter (which had been originally tied to the date of the Spring Equinox and therefore changed year by year) to the agreed date by the First Council of Nicaea in 325.

‘Why’ you may also enquire, ‘do Jews keep the fall month of Tishri (i.e. the seventh month) as the start of a new year’?  Since the Torah also identified Sukkot as ‘the end of the (harvest) year’ (Exod. 23:16), the sages of the Mishnah later identified the Fall month of Tishri (i.e. the ‘seventh month’ ) as the start of a new year….During the Babylonian exile (6th century BC), Also, Babylonian names for the months (i.e. Tammuz) were adopted. So, there are, in effect,  two ‘New Years’ in Jewish tradition. The first occurs two weeks before Passover (Nisan 1) which marks the month of the redemption of the Jewish people, and the second occurs ten days before Yom Kippur in the fall, which marks the month of Israel’s corporate salvation in the end of days .

So, which ‘New Year’ should we keep? Should we continue to follow pagan sources and keep January 1st.? Or should we change to the seventh month New Year observed by the Jews for their second New Year? Perhaps the best way to go would be to keep the Biblical New Year in Spring. That is, the first new moon on or nearest to the Vernal Equinox (this year of course it fell on the very same day!)

This is, after all, the one which Yahweh Himself inaugurated.

Read:  Exo 13:4 This day came ye out in the month Abib. (Abib=Heb. green ears i.e. Spring)

Read more on the Biblical calendar:  New Moons

Easter – should we, as believers in Yahshua observe Easter?


Easter  is not originally a Christian name. It actually had its origins long ago, and as far away as Chaldea, the present Iraq,
originally the place of Abraham’s birth. Easter is nothing but Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country named Easter. Later, it spread across from Chaldea to Europe as Christian scholars and historians relate.

Should it therefore, not be avoided? Yahweh has always desired that His people should leave behind the trappings of
pagan worship. Throughout the Scriptures we read how Yahweh desires His people to be pure from idolatry, and the consequences caused by flirtation with Babylonian practises.

Should we as Christians, believers in the death and resurrection of Yahshua (called Jesus by the many) propagate this gospel of Easter with all its ‘trappings’ borrowed from pagan worship? One man recently said to me, “When I came to know Jesus, I had been a liar, but now I will not tell my children lies. The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs and all the other ‘trimmings’ of this Festival have nothing whatever to do with my Saviour and what happened to Him at Passover. I will tell my children the truth. There was, in His day no Festival observed, called by the name Easter. He died at the Feast of Passover, and that is what I will teach them.”

Why indeed, should we need all these excesses when the facts are real enough. The correct story of the death and amazing resurrection of our Saviour is the most dynamic and exciting story we could ever relate to our children.

Chocolate eggs, candy, parties, presents and treats. What does a child make of all this self indulgence? Is it teaching him/her anything about Yahshua? (Jesus)  I would argue to the negative. Let us speak the truth in our hearts and relate it to our children. They will trust us when they find out that what we are teaching them is truth.

I will always remember the horror I felt when I discovered that my parents had lied to me about the existence of Santa Claus. It reduced my opinion of them dramatically, and caused me further difficulties when they asked me to trust them in other areas of my life.
Being formerly a teacher, I will never forget the passionate outburst in one of my classes when I was teaching 10 year-olds about the Christian Calendar. There was an argument during a discussion session between two pupils.

“Miss!” called out the enraged young girl, “That boy said there was no Easter Bunny! I know there is one Miss, my Mummy and Daddy said so, and I believe it! Miss, tell them he was wrong, there is an Easter Bunny, isn’t there, tell him Miss!”

She was passionate, she risked her reputation on her beliefs which she totally trusted from her parents’ teaching – do YOU think that this is right, to purposely mislead our children into the lies about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and other myths concocted by pagan man?

Read more about EASTER on the website: http://www.restoreallisrael.com/Easter.html