Hebrew priest blowing the Shofar hornThe Shofar Newsletter

THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly


Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun

No. 1003 / May 16, 2018

Schedule of Gatherings          

Schedule of Gatherings                                               
5/16/18    Chodesh (3nd New Moon celebration of the year)                   3:00 pm
5/19/18    Sabbath(consecutive)                                                             1:30 pm
5/23/18   Sabbath(lunar)                                                       3:00 pm
5/26/18    Sabbath(consecutive)                                                             1:30 pm
5/30/18   Sabbath(lunar)                                                       3:00 pm
6/2/18      Sabbath(consecutive)                                                             1:30 pm
6/6/18      Sabbath(lunar)                                                       3:00 pm
6/9/18      Sabbath(consecutive)                                                            1:30 pm
6/13/18   Sabbath(lunar)                                                       3:00 pm
6/14/18    Chodesh (4th New Moon celebration of the year)                   1:00 pm

 

2018 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

Torah; Devarim (Words); Book of Deuteronomy                                                                   
5/13 - Chapters 1 – 2               5/14 - Chapters 3 – 4              5/15 - Chapters 5 – 7
5/16 - Chapters 8 – 10             5/17 - Chapters 11 – 13          5/18 - Chapters 14 – 16
5/19 - Chapters 17 – 20           5/20 - Chapters 21 – 23          5/21 - Chapters 24 – 27
5/22 - Chapters 28 – 29           5/23 - Chapters 30 – 31          5/24 - Chapters 32 – 34

Nevi’im; Yahoshuah (Yah is Salvation); Book of Joshua                                                        
5/25 - Chapters 1 – 4               5/26 - Chapters 5 – 8              5/27 - Chapters 9 – 11
5/28 - Chapters 12 – 15           5/29 - Chapters 16 – 18          5/30 - Chapters 19 – 21
5/31 - Chapters 22 – 24

Nevi’im; Shophetim (Judges) Book of Judges                                                                         
6/1 - Chapters 1 – 2                 6/2 - Chapters 3 – 5               6/3 - Chapters 6 – 7
6/4 - Chapters 8 – 9                 6/5 - Chapters 10 – 12           6/6 - Chapters 13 – 15
6/7 - Chapters 16 – 18             6/8 - Chapters 19 – 21                                           

Nevi’im; Shemu’El 1 (Heard of El) First Book of Samuel                                                      
6/9 - Chapters 1 – 3                6/10 - Chapters 4 – 8              6/11 - Chapters 9 – 12
6/12 - Chapters 13 – 14          6/13 - Chapters 15 – 17          6/14 - Chapters 18 – 20
6/15 - Chapters 21 – 24          6/16 - Chapters 25 – 27          6/17 - Chapters 28 – 31

                    

   


Tabernacle Invitation

Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.


More Blessings Revealed

(Revelation 19:9) He (Yahushuah) said to me (John), “Write, Blessed are they who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

Many shy away from Revelation because its symbolic language can be difficult to understand. Troubled by unusual allegories, many readers of the Bible tend to miss its profound blessings such as the one which appears above. Our last article for Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) studied four blessings in the Book of Revelation. This article reveals four more blessings, including the opening verse which speaks of those invited to attend the wedding Feast of Yahushuah.

In Greek, the word for “called” is “kaleō.Strong's Concordance explains that it means to call (properly, aloud):—bid, call (forth).” Thus, this invitation to a wedding banquet comes loudly from our Heavenly Father, who invites those with the ears to hear, the heart to receive and a mind to accept His call. Sadly, those too busy with worldly cares RSVP, “No!” (Matthew 22:2- 5) “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them who were bidden to the wedding. And they would not come. Again, he sent other servants saying, “Tell them who are bidden, 'Behold, I prepared my dinner. Killed my oxen and fatlings. All things are ready. Come to the marriage!' But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.”

The marriage” (“gamos” in Greek) refers to “the wedding festival, a banquet.” The supper” (“deipnon” in Greek) refers to Messiah's Feast, a symbol of “Salvation in the Lamb's Kingdom.” (Strong's) Those attending this Yah-some eventwill becelebrating in their best wedding clothes, which symbolize steadfast obedience to YAH's Will and HIS Way: (Revelation 19:8) “To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white for fine linen is the righteousness of Saints.”

Did you RSVP, “Yes!” to this marriage and Yahushuah's covenant? If so, you took a significant step toward His blessing. Now consider His next one: (Revelation 20:6) “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. On such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

That blessing refers to Yahushuah's Millennial Reign as revealed in the words which introduce it: (Revelation 20:4-5) “I saw thrones, they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. I saw the souls of them who were beheaded for the witness of Yahushuah, and for the word of Elohim, and who had not worshipped the beast, nor his image, nor received his mark on their foreheads or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Messiah a 1000 years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”

In other words, those worthy of the first resurrection serve as blessed priests in Elohim's Kingdom for a 1000-years. Note His blessing is reserved for those who lose their physical life (“beheaded”) by testifying for Him. The word “souls” (“psychē' in Greek) speaks of “the essence of a person which isn't dissolved by death as distinguished from the body.” (Strong's) So be encouraged, BYA! No human can ever kill our feelings, desires and affections for Elohim: (Matthew 10:28) “Fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul (psychē). But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both psychē and body in hell.

By overcoming our natural fear of death, another incredible blessing awaits us. Are you ready to lose your head for Yahushuah? If so, that involves refusing to “worship the beast” (proskyneō thērion”in Greek). Metaphoricallyspeaking, that describes prostrating in homage, reverencing and adoring a brutal, bestial man who will savagely, ferociously imprint his image with a mark, a stamp, or a badge on the foreheads or hands of Antichrist followers. (Strong's)

Anyone prepared to withstand that kind of pressure from a worldly system? So be strong, BYA! (1 Peter 2:9-11) “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous Light. Who in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Elohim. Who had not obtained mercy, but now obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

HalleluYAH! Now that 1st resurrection is worthy of fighting to the death for: (Revelation 2:11) “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; He who overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.”

Ready for His next revealed blessing? (Revelation 22:7) “Behold! I come quickly. Blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

“Behold” (“idouin Greek) says, “Heads up, BYA!” Metaphorically speaking, Yahushuah's returning “quickly(“tachy” in Greek). That means with such speed His arrival will catch many by surprise, like a thief. Now hidden from view and known only known by a few, He blesses those who “keep” (“obey”) His “sayings(“logos” in Greek) of the prophecy of this book.” In other words, He's referring to the entire Bible, not just bits and pieces of it, or the parts we like to follow. All His divinely inspired words declare Elohim's purposes, reprove and admonish the wicked, comfort the afflicted, and reveal hidden spiritual matters. (Strong's)

That blessing is so important He repeats it: (Revelation 22:12-14) “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they who do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

While our Salvation is based upon faith in Yahushuah, YAHUAH's selection for Salvation is by our worthiness with His rewards determined by our works: (2 Corinthians 5:10) “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad.” (Revelation 20:11-12) “I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. I saw the dead, small and great, stand before Elohim; and the books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” 

In revealing this blessing, Yahushuah describes Himself as the “Alpha and  Omega.” These are “the beginning and the end” of the Greek alphabet: “the first and the last” letters of that language.Or if you prefer: In Hebrew, He's the “Alef and Tav;” In English, He's the “A and Z;” In Scripture, He's the “beginning” (re'shiyth” in Hebrew; Genesis 1:1) and the “end” (“Amen” i.e. “so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled” in Greek; Revelation 22:21) May BYA read the Bible daily, from start to finish, every chapter and verse. May we truly learn to know (understand), to love (obey), and to serve (hearken to our duty) according to Elohim's Way, not our ways: (Isaiah 41:4)Who has wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I YAHUAH, the first, and with the last; I am He.” (Revelation 1:8) “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord (Adonai), who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

That last blessing from Revelation confirms only those who faithfully follow and obey YAHUAH's instructions will be blessed to enter Yah's Kingdom. Those who willfully reject Yahushuah's teachings, will suffer the consequences of their own rejection: (Ecclesiates 12:13-14) “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear Elohim and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (1 John 2:3-6) “Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He, who says, 'I know him!' and keeps not His commandments, is a liar. The Truth is not in him. But who so keeps His Word, in him verily is the love of Elohim perfected. Hereby know we that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

So rejoice, BYA! Yahushuah reveals eight blessings to help guide and motivate us in the pursuit of His Way of Life. He guarantees that our life will be blessed with much spiritual happiness, peace, prosperity, and success. Indeed, our Messiah, Redeemer, and King declares onto us: Blessed are they who . . . . .

1. Read the Bible (Revelation 1:3)
2. Listen to Scripture and obey it (Revelation 1:3)
3. Keep the commands and the faith of Yahushuah onto death (Rev. 14:13)
4. Pay close attention to follow Yah's Will and Way (Revelation 16:15)
5. Accept the invite to attend Yahushuah's Wedding Feast (Rev. 19:9)
6. Seek a role in Messiah's Millenial Reign (Revelation 20:6)
7. Obey all the divinely inspired words of Scripture (Revelation 22:7)
8. Do the commands of Elohim and receive everlasting life (Revelation 22:14)
Shalom, Elder Curt


Announcements

Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of Genesis. Join us!

Save this date: On 8/5/18 (Sun. from noon until 6:00 pm.) BYA will host a picnic for family and friends at the Surfside Shelter of Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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Thoughts for Meditation

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”  Neal A. Maxwell

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” Thomas Goodwin