Monthly Newsletter from Pastor Nick Plummer
As I am writing this newsletter, we are closing in on the fall season (September 22) and finishing up the last week of the Daniel Fast. I would like to personally thank all of you who participated in the Daniel Fast and I have heard a few testimonies that were very encouraging.
The Season of Teshuvah began on Elul 1 (September 4th) and will conclude on Tishrei 10 (October 12th) on the Day of Atonement. Teshuvah means to return and the theme is repentance leading into the fall feasts. The first time Yeshua came, John the Baptist was preaching repentance and was the one prophesied that would prepare the way of the Lord (Matthew 3:1-3; Isaiah 40:3). I believe the message of repentance will be spoken through the earth before Yeshua’s second return to rule and reign. Yeshua fulfilled the spring feasts and He will fulfill the fall feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles) in the future. Beit Tehila has had the honor of celebrating the feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23) for over twenty years and it keeps getting better every year.
The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) begins in the seventh month (Tishrei) on the first day (October 2nd eve) and we celebrate it by blowing the shofar (Leviticus 23:24-25). In between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, we have the Ten Days of Awe, which is still part of the Season of Teshuvah. The Day of Atonement (Tishrei 9 eve) is all about corporate forgiveness and this is a day of fasting (Leviticus 23:27-32). We will be concluding with the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and celebrating for seven days.
This is the time when we can all build a sukkah at home to commemorate how the children of Israel came out of Egypt and had to dwell in booths (Sukkahs) which were temporary dwelling places. The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is a special feast for Danielle and I because that is when we began our courtship on October 19, 1997 while we were in Israel. I still have a hard time believing that I told Danielle that I loved her while celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles in the city of Jerusalem.
Nineteen years later and with seven children, we are still celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. Another name for the Feast of Tabernacles is the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16)
So let’s all come together with great joy and celebrate.
The Fall Feasts are almost upon us! By that I mean Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Each of these feasts has a deeper, more prophetic meaning. It is a time to gather together as a community. Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Trumpets. It is widely celebrated in the world as the civil new year, and is the entranceway into the ‘Days of Awe.’ The blasts of the shofar are our wake-up call to repent before it is too late. Even those of us who have received salvation need to be shaken out of our
complacency and focus on the Messiah. As believers, we are excitingly awaiting that time when the Lord Himself will return.
Scripture states in 1Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Yeshua (Jesus) shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. We approach the Day of Trumpets with Godly fear, repentance and excitement.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is considered to be the holiest day of the yesr. This is the day in which we make atonement for our sins before the Lord. This is the day of somber reflection, prayer and fasting. In ancient Israel, after the high priest sacrificed the bull and goat for the sins of the people, a second goat, known as the scapegoat, was taken by the high priest. He would lay both hands on its head and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites and put them on the goat’s head. He would then send the goat away into the desert to a solitary place. (Leviticus 16:20-22). As Believers, we know, of course, that our atonement is Yeshua Himself. It is only through His sacrificial death on the executioner’s stake that we can receive forgiveness of sins.
Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, is the most joyous celebration of all. The Lord commanded the Israelites to build booths and live in them for seven days: Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths. That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 23:42-43).
Prophetically, Sukkot points us to the time when God will dwell with us. Our bodies are temporary structures, like the booths at Sukkot. A day is coming when we will be given new bodies, we will realize eternity, and the Lord will be with us always.
We invite you to come and join us for these exciting Fall Feasts of the Lord. Learn more by visiting our website at ToPraise.net or by calling 813-654-2222.
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