The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 1004 / June 10, 2018
Schedule of Gatherings
Schedule of Gatherings
6/13/18 Sabbath(lunar) 3:00 pm
6/14/18 Chodesh (4th New Moon celebration of the year) 1:00 pm
6/16/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
6/21/18 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
6/23/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
6/28/18 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
6/30/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
7/1/18 Shavuot(Pentecost – consecutive counting of omer) * 3:00 pm
7/3/18 Shavuot(Pentecost – lunar counting of omer) * 1:00 pm
7/5/18 Sabbath(lunar) 3:00 pm
7/7/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
* High Holy Convocation – No Work Day
2018 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
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
Nevi’im; Shemu’El 2 (Heard of El) Second Book of Samuel
6/18 - Chapters 1 – 3 6/19 - Chapters 4 – 7 6/20 - Chapters 8 – 12
6/21 - Chapters 13 – 15 6/22 - Chapters 16 – 18 6/23 - Chapters 19 – 21
6/24 - Chapters 22 – 24
Nevi’im; Melakim 1 (Sovereigns) First Book of Kings
6/25 - Chapter 1– 2 6/26 - Chapters 3 – 6 6/27 - Chapters 7– 8
6/28 - Chapter 9 – 11 6/29 - Chapters 12 – 14 6/30 - Chapters 15 – 17
7/1 - Chapters 18 – 20 7/2 - Chapters 21 – 22
Nevi’im; Melakim 2 (Sovereigns) Second Book of Kings
7/3 - Chapters 1 – 3 7/4 - Chapters 4 – 5 7/5 - Chapters 6 – 8
7/6 - Chapters 9 – 11 7/7 - Chapters 12 – 14 7/8 - Chapters 15 – 17
7/9 - Chapters 18 – 19 7/10 - Chapters 20 – 22 7/11 - Chapters 23 – 25
Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.
Heavenly Signs Of The Son Of Man
(Matthew 24:29-31) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, the moon shall not give her light, the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Then, shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. Then, shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
This article resumes the study of a message for modern-day Believers. In His Mount of Olives Prophecy (Matthew 24:1-58) Yahushuah teaches disciples at Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) that the reports we hear of wars, famines, diseases and natural disasters are sure signs of His return. Furthermore, He instructs us to stay calm during these tribulations and to be alert for religious deceivers, who claim to represent Him, yet in reality seduce people into disobeying the teachings (Torah) of His Heavenly Father. His message is so vital for our well being that we can read other blessed witness testimonies: (Luke 21:1-38 and Mark 13:1-37)
In Matthew's testimony, Yahushuah also teaches that a darkened sun,an unlit moon and shooting stars will also signal His arrival. In this article BYA will study the spiritual messages in those great heavenly signs that will cause many to weep bitterly. We also will examine Scripture for the steps we can take to avoid the sad situation in this teaching: (Luke 13:23-29) Then said one to Him, “Adonai, are there few that be saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate. For many, I say to you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without and to knock at the door saying, 'Adonai, Adonai, open to us!' He shall answer you, “I know not from where you are!' Then, you shall begin to say, 'We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' But He shall say, 'I tell you, I know not from where you are! Depart from me all you workers of iniquity! There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of Elohim, and you thrust out.' And they shall come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of Elohim.”
This ancient prophet also spoke of the Son of Man's heavenly signs which signal the Day of YAHUAH: (Isaiah 13:9-11) “Behold, the Day of YAHUAH comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate, and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light. The sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
That warning from “Isaiah” (“Yesha'Yahu” Hebrew name for “Salvation of YAH”) reveals YAHUAH will judge and punish the earth's wicked and arrogant on that Day. This prophet says likewise: (Joel 3:12-16) “Let the heathen be wakened and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat for there I will sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put in the sickle for the harvest is ripe! Come! Get down for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision for the Day of YAHUAH is near in the Valley of Decision. The sun and moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. YAHUAH also shall roar out of Zion and utter His Voice from Jerusalem. The heavens and the earth shall shake, but YAHUAH will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”
That warning from “Joel” (“Yo'El” Hebrew name for “YAH is El”) describes a Day of great distress for evildoers. On the other hand, for Elohim's Family it signals a time of hope and strength as He gathers them: (Matthew 24:31) “He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (1 Corinthians 15:50-52) “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of Elohim; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
HalleluYAH! Oh, may BYA be among those gathering at His trumpet call. That surely will be an awesome family reunion! (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) “For the Lord (Adonai) Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Elohim: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first: Then, we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet Adonai in the air: and so shall we ever be with Adonai. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
That passage from Paul reminds us that YAH's elect (dead or alive) will gather for the post-tribulation "trump of Elohim." The sound of trumpets signals YAH's people are about to be delivered from their enemies: (Numbers 10:9) “If you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before YAHUAH your Elohim, and you shall be saved from your enemies.”
Indeed, the "great sound of a trumpet" ("shofar" in Hebrew) at Yahushuah's arrival fulfills an ancient prophecy that His righteous saints will spiritually gather to praise and worship Elohim in New Jerusalem: (Isaiah 27:13) “It shall come to pass in that Day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship YAHUAH in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”
Thus, a trumpet at Yahushuah's return will bring joy and celebration. It also will cause trepidation and fear for the unprepared: (Joel 2:1) “Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sound an alarm in My Holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble for the Day of YAHUAH comes; for it is nigh at hand.”
While that Day lies in the future, know for a certainty, it's closer today than yesterday. Furthermore, tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. We are all but one missing breath, or failed heartbeat away from facing the King. Thus BYA, let us be well prepared: (Hebrews 9:27-28) "As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Messiah was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them who look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Romans 8:11-14) "But if the Spirit of Him who raised up Yahushuah from the dead dwell in you, He who raised up Messiah from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh; for if you live after the flesh, you shall die. But if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, they are the Sons of Elohim."
For those earnestly seeking YAHUAH Elohim and diligently striving to obey His commandments, the Son of Man's return brings hope, not gloom and doom. This message directly answers how BYA can prepare for that Day: (Joel 2:10-15) The earth shall quake before them. The heavens shall tremble. The sun and moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. YAHUAH shall utter His voice before His army for His camp is very great; for he is strong who executes His Word. For the Day of YAHUAH is great and very terrible (awesome); and who can abide (bear) it? Therefore also now, says YAHUAH, 'Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting (Isaiah 58:1-14), with weeping and with mourning. Rend your heart not your garments! Turn to YAHUAH your Elohim! For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger (patient), and of great kindness and (He shall) repent of the evil. Who knows if He will return and repent (relent), and leave a blessing (berakah in Hebrew) behind Him; even a meat (grain) offering and a drink offering unto YAHUAH your Elohim? Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sanctify a fast! Call a solemn assembly!"
Indeed, it's not too late to heed the Word: (Deuteronomy 30:10-14) “If you shall hearken unto the Voice of YAHUAH your Elohim, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of Torah, and if you turn to YAHUAH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul. For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. …. But the Word is very nigh unto you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”
So BYA, choose the Way of Life over death, good over evil. Avoid the fate of those chasing worldly pursuits. Be among the blessed who obey YAH's Will, those destined to dwell in Elohim's Kingdom. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) "See, I set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to love YAHUAH your Elohim, to walk in His Ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply. And YAHUAH your Elohim shall bless you in the land where you go to possess it. But if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other mighty ones, and serve them; I denounce to you this day, that you shall surely perish, and that you shall not prolong your days upon the land, where you pass over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live: That you may love YAHUAH your Elohim, and that you may obey His Voice, and that you may cleave unto Him. For he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which YAHUAH swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim, thank you for revealing your Will. Bless BYA abundantly as we seek to live in the manner of Your Beloved Son, Yahushuah. And may your mercy and grace be upon us all in these latter days. Shalom, Elder Curt
Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of Genesis. Join us!
Mark Your Calendar: On 8/5/18 (Sun. noon to 6:00 pm) Bet Yeshurun Assembly will host a picnic at the Surfside Shelter of Lake St. Clair Metro Park (previously known as Metropolitan Beach). Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship with members, family and friends. Additional details about this gathering will be provided later.
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