The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 1009 / September 24, 2018
Schedule of Gatherings
Schedule of Gatherings
9/24/18 Succoth(Day 1 of Tabernacles) * 1:00 pm
9/25/18 Succoth(Day 2 of Tabernacles) 1:00 pm
9/26/18 Succoth(Day 3 of Tabernacles) 3:00 pm
9/27/18 Succoth(Day 4 of Tabernacles) 1:00 pm
9/28/18 Succoth(Day 5 of Tabernacles) 1:00 pm
9/29/18 Succoth(Day 6 of Tabernacles) 1:30 pm
9/30/18 Succoth(Day 7 of Tabernacles) ** 1:00 pm
10/1/18 Shemini Atzaret(The Last Great Day of the Feast) * 1:00 pm
10/6/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
10/8/18 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
10/9/18 Chodesh(8th New Moon Celebration of the Year) 1:00 pm
10/13/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
10/16/18 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
10/20/18 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
* High Holy Day (no work)
** Gathering will be held at the Wild Wood Ranch in Howell
2018 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Ketuvim; Tehillim (Songs) Book of Psalms
9/20 - Chapters 36 – 39 9/21 - Chapters 40 – 45 9/22 - Chapters 46 – 50
9/23 - Chapters 51 – 57 9/24 - Chapters 58 – 65 9/25 - Chapters 66 – 69
9/26 - Chapters 70 – 73 9/27 - Chapters 74 – 77 9/28 - Chapters 78 – 79
9/29 - Chapters 80 – 85 9/30 - Chapters 86 – 89 10/1 - Chapters 90 – 95
10/2 - Chapter 96 – 102 10/3 - Chapters 103 – 105 10/4 - Chapters 106 – 107
10/5 - Chapters 108 – 114 10/6 - Chapters 115 – 118 10/7 - Chapter 119
10/8 - Chapters 120 – 125 10/9 - Chapters 126 – 132 10/10 – Ch. 133 – 139
10/11 - Chapters 140 – 145 10/12 - Chapters 146 – 150
Ketuvim; Mishley (Proverbs) Book of Proverbs
10/13 - Chapters 1 – 3 10/14 - Chapters 4 – 6 10/15 - Chapters 7 – 9
10/16 - Chapters 10 – 12 10/17 - Chapters 13 – 15 10/18 - Chapters 16 – 18
10/19 - Chapters 19 – 21 10/20 - Chapters 22 – 23 10/21 - Chapters 24 – 26
Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.
Dwelling with Elohim at Tabernacles 2018
Today, Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) celebrates a Festival of Tabernacles (orin Hebrew, Sukkoth).We've taken a time-out from our work to focus on Yahushuah's Kingdom business. As BYA sounds its shofars, we gather to hear the Word, to offer prayers, to sing praise and to rejoice in worship of Elohim's presence dwelling among us. This is the first day of an annual 7-day family reunion of YAHUAH. HIS Word commands our attendance: (Leviticus 23:34-35) “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto YAHUAH. On the first day shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no servile work therein.”
The name of Tabernacles refers to temporary dwellings, or booths (tents) which BYA builds this week. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a “tabernacle”means “a tent; temporary shelter; dwelling place; shrine (niche with canopy), place of worship and the portable sanctuary Israelites carried.” This definition is a thought provoking, spiritual one:“the human body as a dwelling place of the soul.” (Webster's) The Festival's Hebrew name of “Sukkoth” (pronounced “sue-coat”) comes from a plural form of “sukka,” which describes “a hut or lair, booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent.” (Strong’s Concordance)
While few observe Tabernacles, it isn't just for those of the Jewish faith, or of Hebrew lineage. Instead, many prefer to celebrate the Messiah's birth in the winter, however, Elohim invites everyone to celebrate Yahushuah's coming to dwell upon earth in the fall: (Deuteronomy 16:13-15) “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days after you have gathered in your corn and your wine, you shall rejoice in your Feast; you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a solemn feast unto YAHUAH your Elohim in the place which YAHUAH shall choose because YAHUAH your Elohim shall bless you in all your increase and in all the works of your hands. Therefore, you shall surely rejoice.”
The keepers of Sukkoth included Moses(his name spirituallysymbolizes one who is drawn out or rescued) and the people of Israel (this nation's name symbolizes those who struggle with evil, yet prosper by holding onto Elohim) after being freed from Egypt (this nation's name symbolizes earthly bondage). We also can read of KingSolomon (his name symbolizes one of peace), who maintained the tradition of YAHUAH's Sukkoth Festival: (2 Chronicles 8:12-13) “Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to YAHUAH on the altar of YAHUAH, which he had built before the porch. Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the Sabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the Solemn Feasts, three times in the year, even in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles.”
The practice of keeping Tabernacles resumed when Israelites came home to Jerusalem (this name symbolizes a place founded upon peace) after a long exile in Babylon ((this nation's name symbolizes a land of of confusion). (Ezra 3:1-4) “When the seventh month came and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. Then stood up, Yeshuah, the son of Yozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and built the altar of the Elohim of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon as it is written in the law of Moses the man of Elohim. They set the altar upon his bases for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries. They offered burnt offerings thereon to YAHUAH, even burnt offerings morning and evening. They kept the Feast of Tabernacles as it is written and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom as the duty of every day required.”
Scripture also records how Yahushuah (His Hebrew name means Salvation of YAH) and His disciples kept Tabernacles. May we be encouraged to follow in their path: (John 7:2-10) Now the Yahudim Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said to Him, “Depart hence and go to Yahudah that your disciples also may see the works that you do. For there is no man who does any thing in secret and He Himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For neither did His brethren believe in Him. Then Yahushuah said to them, “My time is not yet come, but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that the works thereof are evil. You go up to this Feast! I go not up yet to this Feast, for my time is not yet full come.” When He had said these words to them, He abode still in Galilee. But when His brethren were gone up, then He also went up to the Feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
Also note that in the future, everyone will know of Sukkoth and observe it: (Zechariah 14:16-19) “It shall come to pass that every one who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, YAHUAH of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”
So, if you are struggling with good and evil in this life, yet wish to be drawn out, rescued from worldly bondage and confusion to dwell in a place of peace with the Salvation of YAHUAH, then by all means consider keeping the 7-day Tabernacles Festival: (Leviticus 23:39-43) “In the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a Feast unto YAHUAH seven days. The first day shall be a Sabbath and the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. You shall take on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of thick trees and willows of the brook. You shall rejoice before YAHUAH your Elohim seven days. You shall keep it a Feast unto YAHUAH seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths seven days. All who are Israelites born shall dwell in booths that your generations may know I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am YAHUAH your Elohim.”
In that passage YAH says to annually celebrate Tabernacles, FOREVER. HE also explains why we temporarily “dwell in booths” (“sukkoth”). Physically, Elohim reminded Israel of their time of living in tents (booths) on their 40-year wilderness journey to the Promised Land. Likewise, BYA builds a sukka (booth) on the church lot where we gather. It spiritually reminds us that we also temporarily live (housed in a body) on our wilderness journey (life in this world) until we die and join with Yahushuah (our promised heritage). Because of that booth we build, some of us affectionately refer to this Festival as “Booths.”
Let us also understand why Sukkoth is celebrated after the harvest of fruits and vegetables as the summer growing season ends. This reflects a spiritual picture of the last souls being gathered into Elohim's Kingdom. At that time, King Yahushuah defeats His enemies (the Beast, False Prophet, Antichrist, Satan and all opponents of YAHUAH). This ultimate harvesting of souls into Heaven is why some refer to this Festival as the “Feast of Ingathering.”
That's the reason BYA celebrates Sukkoth with so much joy and merriment. That spiritual picture of the start of Yahushuah’s 1000-year reign on earth (the Messianic Age or Millennium) pictures a time of a literal, earthly paradise as He comes to dwell with us. By whatever name you wish to call this fall Festival, it's a time to celebrate. Hallelu Yah!
Scripture offers other pictures of Yah dwelling upon the earth. For example, in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), “yashav” appears over 1000 times. It means “to dwell, remain, sit, abide” and “shakan” appears 129 times. It means “to settle down, abide, dwell, tabernacle, reside”. (Strong's) That's lots of verses to study for a better understanding of Tabernacles. Consider these as a start: (Ezekiel 36:28) “You shall dwell (yashav) in the land I gave to your fathers. You shall be my people, and I will be your Elohim.” (Ezekiel 43:7) He said to me, “Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell (shakan) in the midst of the children of Israel forever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile.”
In spring, the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread spiritually picture the coming of Yahushuah to dwell on earth and what He accomplished. (John 1:14) “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
In fall, the Feast of Booths spiritually pictures Yahushuah's return to dwell on earth: (Revelation 21:1-4) “I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. There was no more sea. I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from Elohim out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, the Tabernacle of Elohim is with men. He will dwell with them. They shall be his people. Elohim, Himself shall be with them and be their Elohim. Elohim shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away.
The prophet Isaiah gives several reasons for why we intensely seek to dwell (tabernacle) with Elohim: (Isaiah 25:4-9) “For you are a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. You shall bring down the noise of strangers as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud. The branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. In this mountain YAHUAH of hosts shall make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory. Sovereign YAHUAH will wipe away tears from off all faces. The rebuke of His people He shall take away from off all the earth. For YAHUAH has spoken it. It shall be said in that day, “Lo, this is our Elohim. We have waited for him. He will save us. This is YAHUAH. We have waited for him. We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation (Yahushuah).
Sukkoth is also likened onto a wedding dress rehearsal. It pictures the return of Yahushuah to collect His Bride, the Church. Indeed after we replied “Yes!” to His wedding invitation, we gather for Tabernacles to prepare our present dwelling place to become spotless, dressed in white for His return. That also explains why we celebrate this Festival with so much singing, rejoicing, dancing, just like a good old fashioned wedding party. Amid music and shofars of praise and worship, we experience much joy as YAHUAH hosts our rehearsal for His Son’s wedding. Imagine, HE invites us to be participate in His wedding party and attend His Son's wedding feast. The drinks HE provides quench our spiritual thirst: (John 4:14) “Whosoever drinks of the water that I (Yahushuah) shall give him shall never thirst. The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Sukkoth also reminds us that Yahushuah prepares a permanent dwelling place for us: (John 14:1-4) “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in Elohim. Also, believe in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know the Way.”
Since our frail lives eventually deteriorate and this temporary dwelling place (body) that covers organs (heart, mind and soul) will pass away soon, now let us prepare our bodies for our Messiah to dwell in: (Colossians 3:12-17) “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering. Forbear one another and forgive one another. If any man have a quarrel against any: even as Messiah forgave you, so also do ye. Above all these things put on charity (agape, love), which is the bond of perfectness. Let the peace of Elohim rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body. You be thankful! Let the Word of Messiah dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to Adonai. Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Adonai Yahshuah, giving thanks to Elohim and the Father by Him.
Come join BYA in following a path to a new life and faith. Sukkoth awakens our conscience to separate from this world. (Zechariah 2:7) “Deliver yourself, O Zion, who dwells with the daughter of Babylon.”
Look beyond the bleakness of a sad world (hunger, wars, violence, natural disasters, child/spouse abuse, dishonesty, greed, injustice of all kinds, nuclear weapon stockpiles, etc.). Among such bad news, hear the good news of Yah’s Kingdom coming to dwell in our midst (in our heart, family, assembly, schools, at work, and in places where people of goodwill bring about peace and love). This is where Yah dwells: Zechariah 2:10-11) “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For lo, I come. I will dwell in the midst of you,” says YAHUAH. Many nations shall be joined to YAHUAH in that day and shall be my people. I (Yahushuah) will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that YAHUAH of hosts has sent me to you.”
Under Yah's Plan of Salvation for humanity this world will be much different: (Zechariah 8:3-9) “I am returned unto Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth and the mountain of YAHUAH of hosts the holy mountain.” Thus says YAHUAH of hosts, “There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.” Thus says YAHUAH of hosts, “If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in my eyes?” says YAHUAH of hosts. Thus says YAHUAH of hosts, “Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country. I will bring them and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their Elohim, in truth and in righteousness.” Thus says YAHUAH of hosts, “Let your hands be strong, you who hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, who were in the day that the foundation of the house of YAHUAH of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.”
Indeed, Sukkoth pictures Yah’s people restored, reconciled and reunited at long last into one worldwide Kingdom (One in Yahushuah) after His second coming to dwell on earth. While the times we live in often seem down right scary, fret no more, we know how Yah’s story ends. That ending is a reason to celebrate and to be joyous. (Romans 11:13-24; Ezeki. 37:15-28; Eph. 2:11-19)
Our week-long festival celebrates seeing Elohim's true Festival of Lights, Just like the children of Israel saw light in the land of Goshen during their dark days in Egypt, we likewise pray YAHUAH does the same for us: (Zechariah 8:16-17) “These are the things that you shall do. Speak every man the truth to his neighbor. Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates. Let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor. Love no false oath. All these are things that I hate,” says YAHUAH.
May we truly embrace Paul's counsel at Sukkoth 2018: (1 Timothy 6:11-21) “Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called and have professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give you charge in the sight of Elohim, who quickens all things, and before Messiah Yahushuah, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; that you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Adonai Messiah Yahushuah, who in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach to; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living Elohim, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. O Timothy (BYA), keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called, which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
One more reason to celebrate with joy this coming Sukkoth. Yah reveals His Feast can be a personal blessing that we can share with family, friends and neighbors. (Luke 10:23-24) He (Yahushuah) says, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see. For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear and have not heard them.”
Hallelu Yah! May Yah dwell within with you during Tabernacles 2018, and may Elohim's mercy and grace be with us all. Shalom, Elder Curt
Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of Genesis. Join us!
Tabernacles 2018. On Day 7 of the Festival (Sun, Sept. 30 from 1:00 until 8:00 pm), BYA will meet at the Wildwood Ranch in Howell. All members, friends and family are invited to our services of P&W, fellowship and bonfire.
Thoughts for Meditation
"Those who take refuge in TRUTH will be tossed about in a tempest of ignorance, but will one day find themselves shipwrecked upon an island of SALVATION for all eternity." ObadiYah Elohim
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work; and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” Wendell Berry
“There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” Louis L’Amour