Letter from Pastor Nick Plummer
Dear Mishpacha (Family), As I am writing this newsletter, a total solar eclipse occurred on August 21st. The event has been described as the “Great American Eclipse” as it will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire contiguous United States passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. In other countries, it was visible only as a partial eclipse (Wikipedia). Some commentaries say that a solar eclipse is a warning to the nations while a lunar eclipse is a warning to Israel. I find this very interesting because the Gentile nations follow a solar calendar while the nation of Israel follows a lunar calendar.
The astronomical sign of the four blood moons is also something to reflect upon. On April 15, 2014 (Passover), there was a total lunar eclipse which was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series known as a tetrad; a second one took place on October 8th, 2014 (Tabernacles), the third one on April 4, 2015 (Passover), and the remaining one took place on September 27, 2015 (Tabernacles). I find this particular Tetrad interesting because all of the lunar eclipses happened on a major feast day of Passover and Tabernacles. The Feast of Passover is the beginnings of the feast days while Tabernacles closes out the cycle of the feast days. In Luke 21:25 it says , “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth, distress of nations, with perplexity; and the sea and the waves roaring;” As you are reading this article, we are currently in the Season of Teshuvah and in the midst of a Daniel Fast. The month of September is so important because we will be celebrating Yom Teruah (Trumpets) and the feast day of Yom Kippur (Atonement).
Our theme this year for the fall feasts is likened to a bride preparing for the wedding, so get yourselves personally ready for these great events (Revelation 19:7-8). Please don’t forget about our seven members from Beit Tehila who are working in the vineyards of Israel and who will be forever changed (Jeremiah 31:5; Isaiah 61:5).
As the Pastor of Beit Tehila congregation, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to get the community ready for the Fall Feasts. One of the things that we do are Mikvahs which is a ceremonial cleansing in a body of water. We can find ceremonial cleansing when the priests would wash their hands and feet before serving in the Tabernacle or temple (Exodus 30:19). In Leviticus 16:24 it says, “And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering of the people and make an atonement for himself, and for the people;”
This is a reference of the high priest on the day of Yom Kippur (Atonement) practicing ceremonial cleansing. Yeshua is our high priest and we still need to come together and ask for corporate forgiveness on the Day of Yom Kippur (Atonement). Don’t forget that John the Baptist was also called John the immerser and he was teaching a message of repentance. He followed up his message by performing mikvahs for those that wanted to repent. In Hebrews 10:22 it says, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” If you feel the water calling you then please sign up to reserve your time.
We will be performing Mikvah’s at the Bowman’s house this year just like last year. Pastor Nick
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