Israel: Fall Feasts – Part 1

Yom Teruah – acrylic on canvas by Jeanette

Moedim – Appointed Times

Are you ready? In Hebrew, the word for feast is Moed which translates appointed time or divine appointment. This should get our attention. The first coming of Messiah was fulfilled during the Spring Biblical Feasts as Yeshua was crucified on Pesach (Passover), buried on Chag HaMatzot (Unleavened Bread), resurrected on HaBikkurim (First Fruits) and annointed believers in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) on Shavuot (Pentecost). The fall feasts represent the great Day of the Lord, the turning of the Jewish people to Messiah, and the Millenial Kingdom of Messiah on earth, in other words the fulfillment of the Second Coming is likely to take place during this season on whichever year the Lord chooses. Now are you ready? Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. ~2 Timothy 4:2

40 Days of Repentance – The King is in the Field

Beginning on Elul 1, on the Jewish calendar, through Tishri 10 is 40 days set aside for self examination and repentance leading up to the Fall Feasts. Historically this was the time of year when the king of the land went out into the field to personally meet with his people. Now we know that as believers in Messiah, we have 24 hour a day access to our King Yeshua, but the Feasts are a reminder of that marvelous privilege. Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. ~Zephaniah 2:3

Yom Teruah – Feast of Trumpets – Rosh Hashanah – Tishri 1, 5779 – September 10-11, 2018

Yom Teruah is the feast of blowing the trumpet as it is blasted 100 times at the first sighting of the New Moon on Tishri 1. An interesting point is that it is called, by the Jews, “the day and hour that no man knows” because it is not known which of the two days the New Moon will appear. The head of the civil new year by the Jewish people will mark this year as 5779. Apples dipped in honey and pomegranates will be eaten to bring in the sweet new year.
This holiday can be either a celebration of spiritual awakening for believers, “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.'” ~Jeremiah 7:23; or it could be a time of warning to unbelievers, when he (the watchman) sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. ~Ezekiel 33:3-4

The King is Coming Soon!

In Part two we will overview the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles. For now if you are interested in further study of the Feast of Trumpets, here are a few helpful links:

https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/holidays.html

and a prophecy video:

Towards Feast of Trumpets 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoI3vnnLIpk

Rabbi Kirt Schneider of Discovering the Jewish Jesus is currently doing an excellent study on the Fall Feasts…

https://www.lightsource.com/…/discovering-the-jewish-jesus/prophetic-fulfillment-of-.

Building a House: Journal Part 1

What were we thinking? It’ll be fun, they said. Really?!? Yes, building a house.

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. ~Matthew 7:24

The House Sight – What I’m really looking forward to is sitting on my deck listening to the creek. In the meantime, the plan includes a house, studio/workshop, greenhouse and garden and one day, Lord willing, we’ll be somewhat self sufficient and possibly even off grid.

Logs – We were blessed with logs from a local building project.

The Sawmill – It looks as if we might have sawn all of the logs, but we moved them.

The Tractor – This what we move logs with.

Brushpile – Lots to burn.

Trackhoe Man – Moving dirt.

Praying for Prodigals

Living Water watercolor on paper  copyright © Speak Comfort

Living Water

In Exodus 17:1-7 as the Children of Israel wandered with Moses in the wilderness, they became thirsty and they wondered if God was among them even after all of the miracles they had witnessed in being delivered out of slavery in Egypt. Moses cried out to Adonai and followed His instructions to bring forth water to quench their thirst. He split the rock in the wilderness, and gave them drink in abundance like the depths. He also brought streams out of the rock and caused waters to run down like rivers. ~Psalm 78:15-16   What a beautiful picture and foreshadowing this is of the abundant Living Water flowing from the Rock we know to be Yeshua.
Then we see the Prodigal son in Jesus’ beloved parable also doubt the existence of God as he lost sight of his blessings and went out to seek satisfaction in the whims of the world. Let us find encouragement in the promises of God. Behold I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~Isaiah 43:19   Most of us have at least one prodigal in our life and many of us have been prodigals ourselves. Now it is our turn to be the intercessors who are crying out on behalf of others.
Dear Abba Father, We wonder what happened to our prodigals as they wander through dry places and wonder if You are truly among us. Where did we go wrong? What could we have done differently? Lord, how did we misrepresent You and what can we do now? As Moses interceded for the Israelites and the brokenhearted father cried out for his lost son, so do we for our precious prodigals: children, parents, relatives, friends, strangers and enemies.
Lord, refresh them with Your Living Water. Show them that the pleasures of this world are merely pigs slop and parched desert compared to what you have to offer and that You are Emanuel who came to dwell among us as Yeshua who is the Rock of Our Salvation. We humbly ask that you move the mountains and create the perfect conditions for bringing our loved ones home and help them not to forsake your marvelous gift. Thank you that you are patient and not willing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. ~2 Peter 3:9 And help us to follow your instructions to do our part and to look forward to what you are going to do. Amen
Here is a fascinating study of a split rock in Saudi Arabia discovered in 1992, researched for 12 years by Jim and Penny Caldwell and believed by some to be the Mount Horeb miracle rock from the times of Exodus.

http://splitrockresearch.org

 

Pink Earth Studio: Reflections

Reflections (left) watercolor on paper   Antique stores have always been fascinating to me, a menagerie of items in remembrance of times gone by.
Captive Audience (upper right) watercolor on paper   The wig heads were just too hilarious to ignore as they sat being ever entertained by the activities of the day. The circus happened to be in town so the unicycle man was an added bonus. For fun I added the elderly lady who was my neighbor.
Perplexed Customer (lower right) watercolor on paper   Of course the cow was not really on the street corner wondering when milking time was: artistic license.

Oh, the complexities of a shop window as we are privileged to observe  the creativity of the owner behind the glass in objects of great interest and beauty as well as contraptions that beg the question, “what is that?”.  And if we pay careful attention, we might notice the reflections in the glass which can be even more fascinating. You can also check out if your clothes match or not and your hair isn’t poofed out funny and you can do some people watching without them knowing that you know. I sure hope ya’ll have a sense of humor.
I do love parables, don’t you? The Lord does also. Similar to our lives we seek to display the finer aspects in the foreground and attempt to hide away at least most of the unpleasantries. The reflections represent what we see as we observe the world around us. Self examination is Biblical, and if we are honest with ourselves and with the Lord, an important part of our spiritual health. So stop looking at those awful sweatpants you put on this morning and talk to the Lord about your heart.
Search me Oh God and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. ~Psalm 139:23-24   Oh Abba (Daddy), I am so thankful that I can come to you like a child in all honesty, wonder and amazement and that you have covered over and forgiven my sins with your sacrifice. Help me to honor your request to let my light so shine before men and women, that they may see Your good work and glorify You, Father, who is in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16
Shalom Shalom to you and yours, Jeanette (a.k.a. Pink Earth)

Reflections: Babylon will not Prevail

The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail: Ceasarea Philippi, Israel (painting on left) acrylic on mattboard— They say a trip to Israel is worth at least 10 years of Sunday school. I believe it.
Photos from my 2011 trip to Israel

What and Where is Babylon?

In the book of Revelation, Babylon is the ultimate symbol of wickedness on the face of the earth just prior to the Lord’s return. It would be wise for us to recognize the rapidly enveloping presence of it all around us. The world system strives for peaceful unity, but without accountability to the Most High God. The tactic is to create as much chaos as possible and then use tyrannical force to bring order, a false and corrupt “peaceful utopia”, under one world wide government and will ultimately happen with one leader, who is the Anti-Christ. The enemy, Satan, works to cause division among people groups and stir up violence between them and truth is so twisted that no one even recognizes it.
They said to one another, “Let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” and they had brick for stone and tar for mortar.  Then they said, “Come let us build a city and a tower whose top will reach to heaven, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” ~Genesis 11:3-4  This event in Babel was the first deliberate attempt at a one world unified government and these people knew they were working against God Most High. Babel is the Hebrew word for confusion, which was the punishment God gave them for their greedy prideful lust for power, sensuality, customized spirituality, perversion, etc.
Later when Israel was established as a nation and surrounding enemies realized that they could not curse them because of Yahweh God’s blessings, they sought to seduce them with the false religion of Baal worship which included sexual immorality and child torture and sacrifice. Their continued decline into wicked disobedience against God resulted in the punishment of 70 years of captivity in a place called Babylon, the great world power of the time (Daniel 2) named for it’s predecessor.
Sin always progresses and always has consequences, yet the enemy knows it has to be attractive and subtle in order for people to be lured in. In the garden, Eve saw the forbidden fruit as “good for food and pleasing to the eye” ~Genesis 3:6. So whom are we being turned over to when we fall into disobedience? He masquerades as an angel of light ~2 Corinthians 11:14, he prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour ~1 Peter 5:8, a murderer and a liar ~John 8:44, a thief, ~John 10:10, and his desire is to be worshiped ~Matthew 4:9 above God. Satan deceives nations by first deceiving individuals.
What do Babylon and Ceasarea Philippi have in common?   Located at the southwestern base of Mount Herman surrounded by mountains and quaint waterfalls lie the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ceasarea Philippi.  Also known as Paneas, it was built to honor the Greek god Pan, this place was also associated with Baal worship by the Caananites during Old Testament times. There is a large cave where worshipers left sacrificial offerings to Pan that was also known as the Gates of Hades (Hell). In about 20 BC, the city was built and dedicated to Ceasar Augustus by Herod the Great. Note also that Greece and Rome are notches in Nebuchadnezzar’s (King of Ancient Babylon) prophetic dream statue of pagan world powers (Daniel 2).
Why did Yeshua take his disciples to such a place? This was a lesson on the identity of who He is as He allowed Peter to make the declaration, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” ~Matthew 16:16 and then Jesus told them, “upon this rock (this declaration) I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail.” ~Matthew 16:18    And just as God shattered the plans at the tower of Babel, He removes and establishes kingdoms for His purposes including His final and Glorious Kingdom. So during these times of increasing chaos and confusion, we can be encouraged as believers, as we observe that today, at least for the time being, the babbling brooks and pagan ruins of Ceasarea Philippi are visited daily by busloads of tourists, many of whom are conducting Bible studies and soon the fiery rider on the white horse of Revelation 19 known as Faithful and True is coming back as The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Learn more about Ceasarea Philippi at:

http://www.bible-history.com/biblestudy/caesarea-philippi

and

http://www.land-of-the-bible.com/Mount_Herman

 

 

 

 

What Does it Mean to Age Well?

What does it mean to age well? God’s answers to this age-old question are timeless. Around 935 B.C., King Solomon wrote in chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes that there is a time, a season and a purpose for everything under heaven.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. 

What do people really get for all of their hard work? I have seen the burden that God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 NLT)

Like a beautiful garden, God has planted eternity in the human heart, and it is from the depths of eternity that God sows the seeds of our lives and causes them to spring forth and bear fruit, in its own time and in its own season. There is a time to search, and a time to quit searching. There is a time to keep, and a time to throw away. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to heal. A time to build up. A time to rend and to mend. A time to cry, and a time to laugh; to grieve and to dance. God makes everything beautiful, according to its time. He gives us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning and in the end, He wipes away every tear from our eyes and yet, not a single tear is wasted, for God saves each of our precious tears in a bottle and records every cry in His great book. The garden in our hearts is watered by our tears, and the Eternal Gardener, apart from Whom we can do nothing, makes certain that the seed that is watered with tears does not return to us void, but brings forth an everlasting harvest, stored up forever for us, in the Vinedresser’s kingdom.

What does it mean to age well? Maybe it means to keep a vigil over our lives, to sit shiva with God over all that we’ve lost or that has been taken from us along the way. Perhaps it is to erase with a bold hand everything that the enemy of our souls would constantly use to divert our attention, and to finally believe, and speak, and declare over our lives, “It is finished!” To realize that God has removed every transgression as far from us as the east is from the west, through the atoning Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and that He restores even that which He did not take away.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. God makes all things new, and what was once stained scarlet, He washes as white as snow. Perhaps to age well is simply, finally, to yield. To abide. To, at last, enter in to His rest and find peace, and make peace, with whatever was in the past, and to let go of worry about whatever God has designed for our future. Perhaps after all is said and done, to age well is to have earned the wisdom to trust God with all of it: with yesterday, with today, and forever, releasing our lives to the One Who has subjected the same in hope, Who quickens us through the gift of His Holy Spirit. Who abides with us forever.

Those who sow with tears shall reap with songs of joy because our Father in heaven has given us this promise. I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. (Isaiah 46:4 NLT)

Even now, we cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. But when we look back at the scope of our lives, from the beginning until now we can see the hand of God moving us and shaping us, steadying us step by step along the way, and we know that when He comes, at last, we shall be like Him. He is the One Who knows and understands all of our temptations and our infirmities, and He is the One, the only One, Who will carry us, all the way home.

I pray all of God’s grace and peace over you and your families, in Jesus’ holy Name.

Amen.