The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 906 / September 6, 2017
Schedule of Gatherings
Schedule of Gatherings
9/9/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
9/12/17 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
9/16/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
9/19/17 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
9/21/17 Yom Teruah(Day of Shouting/Trumpets) ***Holy Day 1:00 pm
9/23/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
9/28/17 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
9/30/17 Yom Kippur(Day of Atonement/Fasting) ***Holy Day 1:30 pm
2017 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Nevi’im; Obadyah (Servant of Yah) Prophecy of Obadiah
9/6 - Chapter 1
Nevi’im; Yonah (Dove) Prophecy of Jonah
9/6 - Chapters 1 – 4
Nevi’im; Mikah (Who is like Yah) Prophecy of Micah
9/7 - Chapters 1 – 7
Nevi’im; Nachum (Comfort) Prophecy of Nahum
9/8 - Chapters 1 – 3
Nevi’im; Habaqquq (Embrace) Prophecy of Habbakuk
9/9 - Chapters 1 – 3
Nevi’im; TsephanYah (Treasured of Yah Prophecy of Zephaniah
9/10 - Chapters 1 – 3
Nevi’im; Chaggai (Festive) Prohecy of Haggai
9/10 - Chapters 1 – 2
Nevi’im; ZekarYah (Remembered of Yah) Prophecy of Zechariah
9/11 - Chapters 1 – 7 9/12 - Chapters 8 – 14
Nevi’im; Mal’aki (My Messenger) Prophecy of Malachi
9/13 - Chapters 1 – 4
Ketuvim; Tehillim (Songs) Book of Psalms
9/14 - Chapters 1 – 8 9/15 - Chapters 9 – 16 9/16 - Chapters 17 – 20
9/17 - Chapters 21 – 25 9/18 - Chapters 26 – 31 9/19 - Chapters 32 – 35
Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.
(Genesis 1:1-5) In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters. And Elohim said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. Elohim saw the light, that it was good. Elohim divided the light from the darkness. And Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. The evening and the morning were the first day.
The recent total solar eclipse captured much attention throughout America. The growing popularity of smart-phones and internet media enhanced the social experience like never before. Information, photographs and live transmission of the eclipse were widely available. Visible across the United States from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts, the path of totality touched 14 states enabling many Americans to see at least a partial eclipse. Our opening passage from Scripture identifies Elohim as the author and Creator of that awesome celestial sight which enthralled many.
At its very start, the Bible acknowledges Elohim positioned the sun, the moon and the stars as heavenly bodies to serve as signs, as indicators of Divinely appointed times, and as lights in the sky: (Genesis 1:14-19) Elohim said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. Let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” Elohim made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Elohim set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. Elohim saw that it was good.
The sun's light being darkened from the recent eclipsing moon produced various reactions. Some viewed the eclipse at outdoor parties, or at music festivals, or took “eclipse” bike and train rides. Many schools canceled classes for students to watch the event, while planetariums offered educational seminars. Those who wished to experience a total eclipse traveled to places in its path, staying in hotels or camping out for several days before the event. A few even booked ocean cruises to view the total eclipse. One cruise ship hired Bonnie Tyler to sing her hit song, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Others couldn't have cared less, totally disregarding the entire event. But don't fret if you missed this one. Future total solar eclipses will cross the United States in 7 years (2024) and in 3 times 7 years (2045).
All that excitement to the recent eclipse, begs a question: Why does Elohim create such an amazing sight? King David answers in a song that the sky is designed to proclaim Elohim's glory: (Psalm 19:1) “The heavens declare the glory of Elohim; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
That begs another question: Does YAH intend for eclipses to serve for our amusement purposes, or to be subjects for scientific studies? Solomon explainsthatthe earth and heavenly bodies are indeed signs by which Elohim shows His Wisdom for His purposes: (Proverbs 3:19) “YAHUAH by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has He established the heavens.
As physical beings, we experience the world through our senses. Yet a lot more exists beyond what we can see, hear, smell, touch or taste. Indeed, Paul describes the spiritual realm shown through Yah's physical creation: (1 Corinthians 15:39-44) “All flesh is not the same flesh. But there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial. But the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars. For one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body.”
So, that recent eclipse provides Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) with an opportunity to consider its spiritual message, like a coming time when the world will witness a similar sign: (Mark 13:22-25) “For false Messiahs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take heed! Behold, I foretold you all things. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, the moon shall not give her light, the stars of heaven shall fall and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.”
Note the different reactions to this event: (Luke 21:25-28) “There shall be signs in the sun, in the moon and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth. For the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.”
Many Bible passages liken Judgment Day to signs of a sun eclipsed by a new moon which shines no light upon the earth. (Isaiah 13:9-11) “Behold, the day of YAHUAH comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate. 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.”
In Scripture, the sun symbolizes our Heavenly Father, YAHUAH, and the moon symbolizes His Son, Yahushuah, the Lamb of Elohim: (Revelation 21:23) “The city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it for the glory of Eohim lightened it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in the light of it.” (Isaiah 60:18-20) “Violence shall no more be heard in your land, wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun shall be no more your light by day; nor for brightness shall the moon give light unto you. But YAHUAH shall be to you an everlasting light, and your Elohim your glory. Your sun shall no more go down; nor shall your moon withdraw itself for YAHUAH shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.”
That last verse refers to the moon's monthly cycle as its light waxes and wanes throughout its lunar phases. Consider the spiritual implications of its disappearance at the time of a new moon. For example, during certain trials in life we may feel alone, yet we can trust our Messiah is always with us. Just like a moon that we can't see is still there in the heavens as shown when we did see it during a solar eclipse. (John 14:16-21) “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter that may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, nor knows Him. But you know Him for He dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world sees me no more, but you see me. Because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He who has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
Yet another spiritual sign for BYA to consider: Those who witnessed the total eclipse remarked that their surroundings remained bright. Even when the moon's shadow 100% traversed the sun, a corona of light emerged. Webster's New World College Dictionary defines “eclipse” as “the partial or total obscuring of a celestial body by another, esp. the sun when the moon comes between it and the earth (called a solar eclipse).” A second definition is “to make seem less brilliant, famous, etc. by being even more so; overshadow, outshine, surpass.” We just witnessed that the sun and moon are perfectly arranged so the moon can never totally eclipse the sun. Just like the the Son can never spiritually overshadow His Heavenly Father or ever make Him seem less brilliant, less powerful. (John 5:26-30) “For as the Father has life in Himself; so has He given to the Son to have life in Himself; and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Marvel not at this. For the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His Voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of my own self do nothing. As I hear, I judge. And my judgment is just because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me.”
Pastor ObadiYah adds some questions for BYA to consider: “Seeing that the solar eclipse went dead smack through the middle of the US from coast to coast (the 1st time in 99 years) could that be a sign of darkness coming on our country? Could it be related to the current catastrophes we're experiencing in the country?”
Nonetheless, take comfort, BYA, in Elohim's everlasting covenant, enduring as the sun and moon: (Psalm 89:34-37) “My covenant I will not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established forever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” (Psalm 72:17-19) “His name shall endure forever. His name shall be continued as long as the sun. Men shall be blessed in Him. All nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be YAHUAH Elohim, the Elohim of Israel, who only does wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious name forever.”
I close in prayer: “Heavenly Father, please help us to correctly interpret the signs in our life that you send. May we take full advantage of the abundant grace you offer through your Beloved Son, Yahushuah, our Redeemer and King. And may we accept and embrace the Truth offered in Your Word. Amen.” Shalom, Elder Curt
Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of 2 Samuel beginning August 5, 2017. Join us!
Bet Yeshurun Assembly Praise and Worship Women Gatherings:ALL women (young and old) are invited to come before our Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim and His Son Yahushuah on 9/24/17 (Sun. from 5:00 to 7:00 pm). If you have any questions, please contact sis Asaph at (248-245-2825) or email@example.com.
BYA Internet Store: Please assist BYA in launching a messianic website store. Your ideas regarding a name and suggested products to sis Asaph at (248-245-2825) or firstname.lastname@example.org will be appreciated.
Thought for Meditation
“Mercy receives the ungrateful again and again and is never weary in pardoning them.” Catherine Elizabeth McAuley