The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 910 / December 9, 2017
Schedule of Gatherings
Schedule of Gatherings
12/10/17 Sabbath(lunar) *** Time and Location Change *** 2:00 pm
12/16/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
12/17/17 Sabbath(lunar) 3:00 pm
12/19/17 Chodesh (10th New Moon celebration of the year) 1:00 pm
12/23/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
12/26/17 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
12/30/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
1/2/18 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
1/6/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
1/9/18 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
1/13/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
*** At Outer Drive Faith Lutheran Church; 17500 Outer Drive; Detroit ***
2017-18 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Ketuvim; Divrey ha’Yamim 2 (The Annals of Time) Second Book of Chronicles
12/8 - Chapters 10 – 12 12/9 - Chapters 13 – 17 12/10 - Chapters 18 – 20
12/11 - Chapters 21 – 24 12/12 - Chapters 25 – 27 12/13 - Chapters 28 – 31
12/14 - Chapters 32 – 34 12/15 - Chapters 35 – 36
Brit Cha’Dasha; MattithYahu (Gift of Yah) Gospel of Matthew
12/16 - Chapters 1 – 4 12/17 - Chapters 5 – 6 12/18 - Chapters 7 – 8
12/19 - Chapters 9 – 10 12/20 - Chapters 11 – 12 12/21 - Chapters 13 – 14
12/22 - Chapters 15 – 17 12/23 - Chapters 18 – 19 12/24 - Chapters 20 – 21
12/25 - Chapters 22 – 23 12/26 - Chapters 24 – 25 12/27 - Chapter 26
12/28 - Chapters 27 – 28
Brit Cha’Dasha; Marqos (Defence) Gospel of Mark
12/29 - Chapters 1 – 3 12/30 - Chapters 4 – 5 12/31 - Chapters 6 – 7
1/1 - Chapters 8 – 9 1/2 - Chapters 10 – 11 1/3 - Chapters 12 – 13
1/4 – Chapter 14 1/5 - Chapters 15 – 16
Brit Cha’Dasha; Luqas (Illuminating) Gospel of Luke
1/6 - Chapter 1 1/7 - Chapters 2 – 3 1/8 - Chapters 4 – 5
1/9 - Chapters 6 – 7 1/10 - Chapters 8 – 9 1/11 - Chapters 10 – 11
1/12 - Chapters 12 – 13 1/13 - Chapters 14 – 16 1/14 - Chapters 17 – 18
1/15 - Chapters 19 – 20 1/16 - Chapters 21 – 22 1/17 - Chapters 23 – 24
Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.
Abomination Of Desolation
(Matthew 24:8-15) “All these arethe beginning of sorrows. Then they shall deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you. You shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place, (whoso reads, let him understand).”
Changing decades of American policy and despite much worldwide opposition, the President of the United States announced plans to move America's Embassy from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem, which he declared the capital of Israel. Many consider that to be a disastrous decision that will further increase the upheaval and violence happening in that region. (12/6/15 Associated Press news report)
Is this another example of a rumored war, “the beginning of sorrows?” Is this another step toward the “abomination of desolation?” In this 2nd article about the Olivet Prophecy (Matthew 24:1-58), Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) will further study the warnings of Yahushuah to His disciples about events to occur before He returns as King of the world. Our 1st article in this series noted that our Redeemer instructs that we aren't to be troubled when hearing of wars or rumors of wars, for the end is not yet. We are, however, to be alert for deceivers and avoid distracting speeches, deeds and misrepresentations that aren't rooted in the Word. So, when we read or hear of destructive forces in the Holy Land, or of this world age ending, BYA will follow Yah's Scripture, not human philosophy, traditions or opinions. Don't fret over the sorrows. Our Redeemer comes for us, not against us. (9/30/17 Shofar Vol 907)
In our opening passage from Scripture, Yahushuah continues His warning that in addition to hearing about political wrangling and continued Middle East land disputes, BYA should anticipate being afflicted, hated, even killed, for believing and following in His Way. It's critical we understand that message and recognize the coming tribulations. This message is so important that two other Gospel witnesses sound an alarm much like that found in the Olivet Prophecy of Matthew's Gospel. (Mark 13 and Luke 21)
These remind us to listen, to watch, to wait, and to prepare for the tribulations. Yahushuah also directs us to understand an ancient prophecy that was given through Daniel. Let's consider what Elohim reveals in these latter days: (Luke 8:16-18) “No man, when he lights a candle covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed; but sets it on a candle stick that they who enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; nor anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.”
Daniel's “abomination of desolation” foreshadows a time when people on earth will be forced to worship an idol. Should they refuse, they'll endure a fiery trial: (Daniel 3:1-6) Nebuchadnezzar, the king, made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the princes, governors, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, sheriffs and all the rulers of the provinces, to come together to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar set up. Then the princes, governors, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, sheriffs and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar set up. They stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar set up. Then, a herald cried aloud, “To you it is commanded, O people, nations and languages, that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar set up: And whoso falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
In a well known and drama-filled encounter, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego refuse to yield to the worship of an idol of wealth and power. Their faith in worshiping only the Creator of the heavens and earth is rewarded when Elohim saves their lives after they were tossed into a furnace. Today's Believers may not face such an obvious choice between bowing to a physical idol as in ancient times. Nevertheless, Yahushuah's followers should expect to be offered bribes for participating in a worldwide political, social, and economic system. They can choose to opt out, and expect a deadly force to come their way. The Apostle Peter similarly warns the 1st century AD Body of Messiah about such afflictions: (1 Peter 4:12-19) “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Messiah's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the name of Messiah, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of Elohim rests upon you. On their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in the matters of others. Yet if any suffer as a Christian (Messianic Believer), let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify Elohim on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of Elohim. If it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them who obey not the Gospel of Elohim? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them who suffer according to the Will of Elohim commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Many expect a physical “abomination of desolation” to be constructed that will begin the period of Great Tribulation. Indeed, Daniel prophecies a political power will profane the Holy Land and our Messiah's Covenant with abominable things. While Jerusalem experienced physical desolation many times in history, Daniel also prophecies of spiritual desolation: (Daniel 9:26-27) After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself. And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Also consider that we are the temple of Elohim and woe be upon those who profane anyone dedicated to serving our Messiah: (1 Corinthians 3:15-17) "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss. But he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of Elohim, and that the Spirit (Ruach) of Elohim dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of Elohim, him shall Elohim destroy; for the temple of Elohim is holy, which temple ye are."
So, stay alert BYA! Prepare for the sorowful times that we see in these latter days of Jerusalem, and for the coming tribulation of Yahushuah's followers: (Daniel 11:31-33) “Arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate. And such as do wickedly against the Covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries (bribes). But the people that do know their Elohim shall be strong and do exploits. And they who understand among the people shall instruct many. Yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.”
The looming trials will severely test the body and spirit of Elohim's righteous ones. The tribulation will also reveal and consume the tormentors of those who bruise and crush the physical bodies of Elohim's saints. Nonetheless, stand strong and be of great courage. They will never destroy our eternal spiritual life: (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10) "For the mystery of iniquity does already work. Only he who now lets, will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom Adonai shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them who perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
Indeed, may BYA hold firm to Elohim's awesome Promise: (Romans 10:8-9) "But what saith it? The Word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach; that if you shall confess with your mouth Adonai Yahushuah, and shall believe in your heart that Elohim raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved."
Heavenly Father, O' YAHUAH, we recognize the world suffers pain today. And the time of our tribulation comes closer today, than it was yesterday. May BYA yield to your incredible plan of salvation for humanity that will whiten the robes of your righteous saints. May we continue to be called followers of Your Son and may we continue to prepare for the return of our King Yahushuah. And may Elohim's mercy and grace be upon us all until that time.Shalom, Elder Curt
Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of 2 Samuel. Join us!
Divine Calendar Teaching. All are welcome and invited to attend the last two sessions of a scripture study on "Understanding the Appointed Times of YAHUAH." The teaching series will be held on 12/17 and 12/24 (starting at 3:00 pm). If you have any questions, please contact Curt at (313) 910-9177.
Thoughts for Meditation
“Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.” Author Unknown
“The further society drifts away from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell