Hebrew priest blowing the Shofar hornThe Shofar Newsletter

THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly


Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun

No. 911 / January 9, 2018

Schedule of Gatherings          

Schedule of Gatherings                                                               
1/9/18      Sabbath(lunar)                                                                        1:00 pm
1/13/18    Sabbath(consecutive)                                                            1:30 pm
1/16/18    Sabbath(lunar)                                                                        1:00 pm
1/18/18    Chodesh (11th New Moon celebration of the year)          1:00 pm
1/20/18    Sabbath(consecutive)                                                           1:30 pm
1/25/18    Sabbath(lunar)                                                                        1:00 pm
1/27/18    Sabbath(consecutive)                                                            1:30 pm
2/1/18      Sabbath(lunar)                                                                        1:00 pm
2/3/18      Sabbath(consecutive)                                                            1:30 pm
2/8/18      Sabbath(lunar)                                                                         1:00 pm

 

2018 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

Brit Cha’Dasha; Luqas (Illuminating) Gospel of Luke                                                          
1/6 - Chapter 1                         1/7 - Chapters 2 – 3               1/8 - Chapters 4 – 5
1/9 - Chapters 6 – 7                 1/10 - Chapters 8 – 9             1/11 - Chapters 10 – 11
1/12 - Chapters 12 – 13           1/13 - Chapters 14 – 16         1/14 - Chapters 17 – 18
1/15 - Chapters 19 – 20           1/16 - Chapters 21 – 22         1/17 - Chapters 23 – 24

Brit Cha’Dasha; Yochanan (Yah has Favoured) Gospel of John                                           
1/18 - Chapters 1 – 2              1/19 - Chapters 3 – 4               1/20 - Chapters 5 – 6
1/21 - Chapters 7 – 8              1/22 - Chapters 9 – 10             1/23 - Chapters 11 – 12
1/24 - Chapters 13 – 15          1/25 - Chapters 16 – 18           1/26 - Chapters 19 – 21
                                                                
Brit Cha’Dasha; Ma’Asheh (Actions) Acts of Apostles                                                          
1/27 - Chapters 1 – 3              1/28 - Chapters 4 – 6              1/29 - Chapters 7 – 8
1/30 - Chapters 9 – 10            1/31 - Chapters 11 – 13          2/1 - Chapters 14 – 15
2/2 - Chapters 16 – 17            2/3 - Chapters 18 – 20            2/4 - Chapters 21 – 23
2/5 - Chapters 24 – 26            2/6 - Chapters 27 – 28

Brit Cha’Dasha; Galatiyim (Of the Gauls) Paul’s Letter to Galatians
2/7 - Chapters 1 – 3                 2/8 - Chapters 4 – 6              

                                               

 

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Watch, Listen, and Prepare

(Matthew 24:15-22) “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place, then let them who be in Judea flee into the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. Nor let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them who are with child and to them who give suck in those days! But pray that your flight be not in the winter, nor on the Sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh saved. But for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”

This article continues a series for Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) on the Olivet Prophecy (Matthew 24:1-58).Previously, we studied Yahushuah's words about the tribulations on earth prior to His return as King. He instructs disciples to be calm as worldwide conflicts erupt, and to beware of the deceivers that will come to distract many with their alluring speech and deeds. Some false prophets will even seek to mislead Yah's saints by misrepresenting and twisting His Word. He further warns disciples to prepare for affliction, hatred, imprisonment, even death for believing in Him and for following His Way. It's critical we understand His Prophecy and are blessed with two other Gospel accounts to help us: (Mark 13; Luke 21)

Many believe the Olivet prophecy was fulfilled between 66 - 73 AD when the Roman Empire destroyed Jerusalem and its Temple. Indeed when Roman soldiers began attacking the City, the 1st century Believers that took Yahushuah's warning  to heart were spared by fleeing to nearby mountains. Today, many others believe His warning is for a much later future time. Yet for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, the foreboding armies that surround modern-day Jerusalem signal yet another “abomination” nears with dire results for those who choose to ignore or disbelieve: (Luke 21:20) “When you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”

The wide range of opinions regarding the Olivet Prophecy timing is no surprise as Mark's account reveals no one really knows when the abomination of desolation will occur. Yet everyone in the world is forewarned of its signs: (Mark 13:32-37) "But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father. Take heed! Watch and pray! For you know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch therefore! For you know not when the master of the house comes, at even, at midnight, at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all, Watch!"

Mark's Gospel also identifies the disciples who heard Yahushuah's warning: (Mark 13:3-4) As He sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when these things shall be?” What shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?”

While initially shared in a private ancient setting, the Olivet Prophecy is relevant today for all Believers. We can see this pictured in the names of the disciples that first heard it. Thus, listen up and heed Yahushuah's warning if your faith in Him is steadfast like Peter (Kepha), whose name means Rock, orif you cling to your belief in Elohim like a James (Ya'aqov), whose name means Heel Grabber, or if you feel highly blessed like John (Yochanon), whose name means Favored of Yah, or if you have a strong trust in Yahushuah like Andrew (Andreas), whose name means Manly.

Since all Believers in YAHUAH and Followers of Yahushuah at BYA likely relate to one of those disciples, let's further study how we can best prepare for the end-time tribulations in the Olivet Prophecy.As many armed nations encircle the Middle East, signs point to an Abomination that should put on high alert those choosing to live there, or to visit that area. As Americans somewhat insulated from that region's troubles, we do well to consider the physical and spiritual aspects of Yahushuah's warning: (Matthew 24:15-16) “When you see the abomination of desolation and you are in Judea flee into the mountains.”

The Hebrew word Yahudah (Judea) describes a place where people praise and worship YAH, while Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) is a place of Yah's shalom. So, if you consider yourself a praise and worshiper of Elohim and find yourself at peace in Him, be prepared to seek a mountain when the Abomination comes. Consider that in spiritual terms rather than relocating to the Rockies, or eastern Appalachians. In Scripture, mountains symbolize kingdoms (authority/rule) as this prophet reveals: (Daniel 2:34-36) “You saw until that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay and broke them into pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them. The stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.” (Daniel 2:44-45) “And in the days of these kings shall the Elohim of heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. And the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. For as much as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver and the gold; the great Elohim has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter. The dream is certain and interpretation thereof sure.”

Climbing up a mountain will be hard work and requires a passionate desire for what we will find there upon arrival. In this case, we're seeking the Kingdom of Elohim, His authority and rule in our life: (Psalm 24:3-6) “Who shall ascend into the hill of YAHUAH? Who shall stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from YAHUAH and righteousness from the Elohim of His Salvation (Yahushuah). This is the generation of them who seek Him, that seek your face, O Jacob. Selah.”

Thus, the time to prepare for that Abomination is now. Our Messiah warns BYA that there will be no time for returning to our houses for additional clothing: (Matthew 24:17-18) Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. Nor let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes.”
In other words, we are not to leave our best clothes (pictures the teachings and instructions of Elohim) at home as we go out working in the field (pictures the world). Now, not later, is the time to wear the clothes that picture saintly righteous attire (see Revelations 4:4; 7:9; 19:14). Let us not be like this unprepared (under dressed) Wedding Feast guest: (Matthew 22:11-14) “When the King came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And He said to him, 'Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then said the King to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away and cast him into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth for many are called, but few are chosen.'”

Besides preparing now for the Abomination's arrival, our Good Teacher also  instructs us to pray that such a time not occur in the winter, or upon the Sabbath: (Matthew 24:20-21) “But pray that your flight be not in the winter, nor on the Sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

The words of that command are spiritually significant. For example, “flight” is defined as “the act of fleeing; running away, escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.” (Webster’s Dictionary; 1928 edition) It was translated into the KJV from the Greek “phuego” (G5343) which means “to flee away, seek safety by flight.” (Strong's & Thayer) Thus, Yahushuah warns His disciples to get far away from the coming dangerous evil, hence seek the safety of His Kingdom (Mountain).

Also consider that the word “winter” in the KJV is from the Greek “cheimon” (G5494) which means “a rain storm; by implication the rainy season, i. e. winter.” (Strong's) and “stormy or rainy weather, a tempest.” (Thayer) In Scripture, the winter or rainy season typifies the rains that symbolize the words of Elohim and Yahushuah’s that come to us via His Holy Spirit (Ruach ha'Qodesh): (Jeremiah 51:15-16) He made the earth by His power. He established the world by His Wisdom and stretched out the heaven by his understanding. When He utters His Voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens. He causes vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning with rain and brings forth the wind out of His treasure. (Matthew 3:16-17) Yahushuah, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of Elohim descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. And lo a voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Acts 2:4) They were all filled with Ruach ha'Qodesh and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (John 14:24-26) He who loves me not keeps not my sayings. The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me. These things I speak to you being yet present with you, but the Comforter, which is Ruach ha'Qodesh, whom the Father will send in my name, shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.” (also John 5:24-30)

Even now, the Voice (Word) of Elohim waters The Vine (Yahushuah's Body, His Church) so that it will produce much fruit: (John 15:1-2) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:8) “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.”

Furthermore, understand that as Followers of Yahushuah we are not to flee, or seek a premature escape of our trials. In other words, we will need that time to receive the rain which waters Yah's people, who are often pictured as grass, grain and trees in Scripture: (Psalm 102:4) “My heart is smitten and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.” (Psalm 102:11) “My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.” (Isaiah 40:6-8) “The voice said, 'Cry!' And he said, 'What shall I cry?' All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades because the spirit of YAHUAH blows upon it. surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades: but the Word of our Elohim shall stand for ever.” (Revelation 9:4) It was commanded that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree; but only those men who have not the seal of Elohim in their foreheads.  

The only grass, grain, tree, etc. that can survive the fiery Spirit of YAHUAH are the well watered ones of Elohim's Living Water. So, we need to be well prepared for the first resurrection when Yahushuah returns as our King, Adonai and Savior: (Revelation 20:4-6) “I saw thrones, and they sat on them and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of them who were beheaded for the witness of Yahushuah and for the Word of Elohim, and who worshiped not the beast, nor his image, nor received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah a thousand years, but the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. On such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (see also Matthew 25:1-12)

Therefore, now is the time for BYA to pray and prepare for its flight To Yah's Mountain: (Isaiah 2:2-3) “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of YAHUAH's House shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, 'Come and let us go up to the mountain of YAHUAH, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law (Torah) and the Word of YAHUAH from Jerusalem.”

Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim, may BYA watch and listen for the signs of the tribulations coming upon this world. And may our King Yahushuah help us to prepare for those times that will try the patience of your righteous saints. And may Elohim's mercy and grace be upon us all.Shalom, Elder Curt


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Thoughts for Meditation

“Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.”  Author Unknown

“The further society drifts away from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”  George Orwell