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Pray and Repent, Return

“If I shut up the sky, so that there is no rain; or if I order locusts to devour the land; or if I send an epidemic of sickness among my people; then, if my people, who bear my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn [repent[ from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a National Day of Prayer on March 30, 1863 to occur one month later on April 30. On that day, he called the people of the United States in humility before Almighty God to fast, pray, and gather together, and appeal to Him for forgiveness and a restoration of blessing.

The following two days, May 1 and 2, battles raged in the north and south that would change the course of the civil war from being a certain Confederate victory to a victory for the Union. Two months later, the turning points of the war came to pass in Vicksburg which divided the Confederacy and Gettysburg which stopped the northern progress of the war.

Today the United States is facing another dividing civil war, not between the north and south, but still between brothers, sisters, friends, and families. This war is for the very human soul of this country and the rest of the world because we have walked away from the One who created the soul, the One who can heal the soul, Yeshua.

“For such a time as this,” in our day and our time, President Donald J. Trump, inaugurated a new national day of prayer. This national and global day of prayer coincides with the Days of Awe, the days of repentance set up by the God of Isra’el when the Israelites came out of Egypt. This inaugural day of prayer falls between the Biblically ‘appointed times’ of Yom Teruah [Feast of Trumpets[ and Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] when the God of Isra’el calls the people of the nations to repent before His Day of Judgment.

For the first time in the history of the world, people from every nation came together via livestream as well as physically in Washington, DC to repent and return to the ways of the Creator. Jews and non-Jews joined together during the high Sabbath of the Days of Awe because one man heard the prophetic voice of Adonai in the Scriptures written about ancient Isra’el recurring in the events happening in our day.

In these unprecedented times, President Trump issued a message on the inaugural day of prayer and return, September 26, 2020. May his message be embraced so that Elohim hears our nation’s cries. May his message challenge every American and those in the nations who are God’s people to return to Him, His ways, His commandments. May they put away all religious divisions and become ‘One New Man’ in the Messiah of Isra’el. May they return to being the Light they were called to be for the world, a light to show salvation and hope in Yeshua/Jesus.

May each individual prayer of repentance touch the heart of the God of Isra’el that He turns away from judging us for the sins we have globally committed and propagated against Him with other gods and goddesses, His holy institution of marriage between a man and a woman, and the shedding of innocent blood through the murder of the unborn. May each individual prayer of repentance be a catalyst to change the course of history as it did in 1863.

Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020

“On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.

Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time.  Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World.  From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord.  Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.

The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great.  Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God.  As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”  As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.

Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility.  With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.”

Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing. To learn more about the civil war and how the United States is following in the footsteps of ancient Israel, read the Harbinger and Harbinger II.

Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts

Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts is a personal or group in-depth study guide/student manual that reveals the shadows and realities of the Messiah in the prophetic visions in the Feasts of the LORD. It will fill in the holes of your Bible when reading the words ‘Jewish feast’ or ‘the feast of the Jews.’  This study will illuminate often-overlooked phrases and idioms that allude to the ‘appointed times’ of God.

Both the prophet Micah and King Solomon state that without prophetic vision and knowledge, God’s people perish. Studying the Biblical holy days will revive the searching soul and bring insight and understanding into the complete salvation found in Yeshua – his past, present and future work.

This newly revised study guide/student manual includes Scriptures from the Torah, Prophets, Psalms, Gospels and Letters. It includes activities for families and children that will enhance celebrating the Biblical ‘appointed times’ as well as suggestions for digging deeper into traditional and Biblical Jewish customs surrounding Yeshua In His Father’s Feasts.

If you are doing a group study, a leader’s manual for the revised second edition student manual can be purchased that not only has the answers to the questions, but also ideas for spurring discussions.

May be purchased on amazon.com

Reviews:

“This is the best Bible study I have ever done. I can’t seem to put it down and I am learning more and more about my faith everyday. I have been a believer for 60 years and I am learning truths I was never taught in church. I even asked my pastor if he knew all of this and admitted, he did not.” (M. Graves)

“I have been growing in my faith from reading and studying the Feasts in this guide. Thank you for your faithfulness to Yeshua!” (S. Corben)

“Few Christians understand that the context for the Jewish Messiah of the New Testament of their Bibles is the culture and language and history of the nation of Israel. This book helps explain why that culture, language and history is necessary knowledge for understanding the identity of the Messiah and how knowing the Jewish Messiah enlarges the understanding of the Biblical feasts. Good, basic foundational information from which to launch further study. Very enjoyable and eye-opening.” (W. Lopez)

“Loved it. Will keep going back for future Wisdom that truly matters.” (J. Banta)

Daniel’s Confession

Daniel 9:4-19

“O Yahweh, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey His commands …

We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commands and laws. We have not listened to Your servants, the prophets, who spoke in Your Name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

Yahweh, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with Shame – the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. Adonai, we … are covered with shame because we have sinned against You.

Yahweh our God is merciful and forgiving even though we have rebelled against Him, we have not obeyed Adonai our God or kept the Torah he gave us through his servants, the prophets. All Israel has transgressed Your Torah and turned away, refusing to obey You.

Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Torah of Moshe, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You. You have fullfilled the words spoken against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven noting has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. Just as it has been written in the Torah o Moshe all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of Adonai our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your Truth. Yahweh did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for Adonai our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him.

Now Adonai our God who brought Your people out of Egypt with a might hand and who made for Yourself a Name that endures to this day, we have sinned’ we have done wrong. Adonai, in keeping with all Your righteous acts, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from Jerusalem, Your city, Your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and Your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

Now Adonai, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. For Your sake, Adonai, look with favor on Your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, Adonai, and Hear, open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your Name.

We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. Yahweh, listen! Adonai, forgive! Yahweh, hear and act! For Your sake, Adonai, do not delay because Your city and Your people bear Your Name.”

For Nationwide Repentance

El Shaddai, our heavenly Abba,

Awaken by your Spirit, your Ruach the consciences of those who have denied, forsake, and even betrayed their Savior.  Convict by your Ruach, those who hate, mock and refuse to acknowledge Yeshua in this post-modern world.  Show them all how terrifying it is to face eternity without the forgiveness of our sins offered by Yeshua’s blood poured out on the cross. Open the eyes of the scoffing and calloused men and women to see Yeshua pleading with them as he seeks to lead them from sin to salvation (yeshua), from death to life!  Bring this entire nation, the officials, civilians, military, the people, high and low, down on their knees in repentance, confessing their sins until they wholeheartedly return to Yeshua for deliverance.  Make our country remorseful for choosing ways contrary to Your Word and show us that despite our power, wealth and size, we are lost without You.  Give everyone who preaches repentance and faith in the blood of Yeshua a double portion of Your Ruach for the sake of the wayward and the unfaithful, the poor and the oppressed, the broken in body and the crushed in spirit, so that many sin-sick souls may be healed and redeemed by the merciful Messiah Yeshua, in whose name and for whose glory and honor I ask their blessing.  Listen to my prayer and pour out your blessings on this nation for the sake of Yeshua, Amen.

©Concordia Theological Seminary, 1950

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