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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.”

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In the Days of Nehemiah

“It was the first day of the seventh month” (Nehemiah 8:2).

After our family began celebrating the ‘appointed times’ found in the Leviticus 23, days, times and seasonal cycles stood out on the pages of the Scriptures.   This specific verse in Nehemiah is no different.  It sets the time for the events to follow as the ‘first day of the seventh month’ or Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets.  This ‘appointed time’ of God begins His season of the fall feasts which are about repentance, atonement and a vision of the coming Millennial Kingdom.

The events in Nehemiah 8 are not some random occurrences in the history of Israel.  They are a testimony to the restoration of the Feasts of Elohim to a people who had lived in exile for over 160 years.  Though there was a first wave of Jewish return to Jerusalem 70 years after being taken captive, Ezra and Nehemiah were in the second wave 90 years later.  It was during this time that the priests gathered the people together on the ‘first day of the seventh month’.

Yom Teruah 445 B.C.E.

A wooden platform was made on which Ezra, the priest,  stood and could be seen and heard by all of the men and women who came to listen to the reading of the Torah.  As he opened the Torah scroll, everyone stood.  Then Ezra blessed Yahweh, the great God.  As the people answered with “Amen”,  they lifted up their hands, bowed their heads and fell prostrate before Elohim with their faces to the ground. 

“Amen” has a very interesting root history.  It comes from the Hebrew word aman meaning ‘to nourish, support, make sure and strong’.   The word emunah or faithfulness also has its root in aman.   The Jewish sages say that amen is an acronym for el melek ne’eman or “God is a faithful King’.  According to Revelation 3:14, Yeshua is the “the amen, the faithful and true witness … he is the faithful King.”   What the people said  as they were about to hear the Torah was “God is a faithful King!”

Days of Awe and Repentance

The Levites had the responsibility to explain Torah to the people.  After being in a foreign country for several generations, they needed to translate the Hebrew so that the ‘Persian’ Jews would  understand the words being read.  When they heard the  instructions that God gave them through Moshe, the people began to weep. 

Repentance or ‘turning back to God’ or teshuvah  is central to the fall ‘appointed times.’   After hearing the words of Torah for the first time standing in Jerusalem, the people wept.  They grieved.  They understood they had lost the very essence of their national heritage from the LORD and had not lived accordingly.

Ezra, along with the rest of the Levites, told them not to weep, not to be sad for this day was ‘set apart to Elohim their God.’  It was an ‘appointed time’ of the LORD.  They were told to go out, eat rich food, drink sweet drinks and give portions to those who couldn’t provide for themselves.  Even today sweet foods are eaten on Feast of Trumpets with apples and honey being the traditional foods.

How sweet to my tongue is your promise, truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).

Mouth of God

Yeshua said in Matthew 4:4 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”  What does the mouth or ‘voice of God’ sound like?

Ram's Horn Shofar

When John was exiled on the island of Patmos, he has a revelation of Messiah.  He says,  “I came to be, in the Spirit, on the Day of the LORD; and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a shofar ….”   The voice of the LORD sounded like the blowing of a shofar.  A shofar, or the horn from a ram, is blown on the Feast of Trumpets.  Obviously, it is only when breath goes through the shofar that it is able to create a sound.  Being vessels of Elohim’s Spirit, it is taught that the ‘breath of God’ or Ruach HaKodesh blows through a shofar when it sounds.  

(Note: John heard the voice that sounded like a shofar on the Day of the LORD.  This is in reference to the events surrounding the coming Millennial Kingdom and a time of judgment, not the first day of the week.  The events for the Day of the LORD will begin on ‘the first day of the seventh month’ or Yom Teruah.)

Pool of Siloam

The Spring of Living Water


The original city of Jerusalem had very different boundaries than modern-day Jerusalem.  In fact, remnants of the city are found in what is known as the City of David.  Within the ‘older’ city of Jerusalem, the Water Gate led down to the Gihon Spring which was located in the Kidron Valley.  This spring was the main source of water for the Pool of Siloam.   The priests would go to the Pool of Siloam to collect the water for each day’s water libation ceremony.  During this event, they would pour water over the altar in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles.   On the last and greatest day of this feast, Yeshua stood and cried out:

“If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” (John 7:37-39).

As the people gathered at the Water Gate, it is symbolic of the pathway to the living water of the Word of God.  With the reading of the Torah by Ezra, the Jewish people had been ‘washed in the water of the Word’ and began preparing themselves as a pure and holy bride (Ephesians 5:25-26).   

Building Sukkot

On the second day,  the heads of the clans of the people joined the Levites and Ezra to study the words of the Torah again.  They found that Elohim had ordered through Moshe that the people of Isra’el were to live in booths or sukkot during the ‘appointed time’ in the seventh month known as the Feast of Tabernacles.  They were to announce the festival of Sukkot in all of their cities and in Jerusalem.  

“Go out to the mountains, and collect branches of olives, wild olives, myrtles, palms, and other leafy trees to make sukkot, as prescribed” (Nehemiah 8:15).

Olive Tree

In Jeremiah 11:16, God calls Isra’el an olive tree. In Romans 11,  Sha’ul speaks about branches of olives and wild olives that make up the Olive Tree of Isra’el.    The natural branches represent the 12 Tribes of Israel  and the wild branches the nations that join with them.  Both receive the same living water of the Word through the same spiritual root.   Though both branches will continue to produce either natural olives or wild olives, they both produce olives.

“A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). 

Middle Eastern Myrtle

Myrtle trees are considered an evergreen and are very hardy.   They produce a purplish-black berry called the mursins.  This fruit can be dried then ground and used as a flavoring.  It is one of the four leafy trees bound together for Sukkot that over time have been given the symbolism of ‘good smell, but no taste,’ like a person who has ‘good deeds, but does not study the Torah.’

The prophet Zechariah lived during the time between the first and second returning remnants.  He has a vision of God, angels and horsemen standing in the midst of a myrtle tree.  This vision was given to reinforce God’s promise that the exiles who returned to Jerusalem would be prosperous.  For the Jewish people of Zechariah’s time to prosper, they would need to repent and serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, rebuild the Temple and learn Torah.  In the time of Nehemiah 8 and Yom Teruah, the repentance had begun. 

“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the LORD  Almighty” (Zechariah 1:16).

Palm Tree

Palms, or lulav in Hebrew,  were also part of the branches collected to make a sukkah.  It is known for its uprightness, fruit and its beauty.  The Jewish sages say that the palm tree, which has taste but no smell, can be compared to a person who studies Torah, but has no fruit of good works. 

The first mention of palm trees in Scripture is when the Israelites camp at the oasis of Elim during their trek in the wilderness.  It is during the Feast  of Tabernacles that palm branches are waved signifying the coming Messianic kingdom. This is why palm branches were waved when Yeshua entered Jerusalem during the Passover season.  The people believed that the kingdom of God hadarrived; however, it was the wrong ‘appointed time’ and season.    In Revelation 7:9, multitudes from every tribe and nation will be waving palm branches and giving glory to the King of Kings.  Today, the lulav is a special binding of three species of branches along with an etrog (a type of citrus fruit).  It is used to worship the LORD during Sukkot and reminds everyone that one day the nations of the world will gather in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16). 

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The people went out from the city, collected branches from specific trees and made sukkot for themselves on the roofs of their homes, in their courtyards, in the Temple courts and in the open spaces by the Water Gate and the Efrayim Gate. The entire community of those who had returned from the exile made sukkot and lived in them for the commanded time of eight days.   They had not done this since the days of Joshua and they celebrated Sukkot with great joy.  They also read the Torah every day from the first day until the last day of the ‘appointed time.’

In Our Day

The Feast of  Trumpets begins on the first day of the seventh month and Sukkot begins on the fourteenth day. On our Gregorian calendar, these fall festivals occur in our months of September/October.   They are a vision of the coming Kingdom of God when Isra’el, the natural branches of the Olive Tree will gather in Jerusalem along with the nations, the wild branches of the Olive Tree, to worship the King of Kings.  Everyone will wave olive, palm and myrtle branches for they will not just study Torah, they will bear the righteous fruit of the etrog.

The Jews in the days of Nehemiah prepared for this coming Kingdom by repenting and returning to the Torah of God and celebrated the ‘appointed times’ on their commanded days.  As wild olives, we can also embrace the vision of the coming Kingdom millennia later in the say way: repenting and turning back to God, learning Torah,  and proclaiming the ‘appointed times’ to those who stand by the Water Gate desiring spiritual nourishment from the spring of living water.  Amen. “Yeshua is the faithful King.”  

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I Cannot Come to the Banquet

The Wedding Banquet
The Wedding Banquet

“He replied, “Once a man gave a banquet and invited many people. When the time came for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come! Everything is ready!’  But they responded with a chorus of excuses. The first said to him, ‘I’ve just bought a field, and I have to go out and see it. Please accept my apologies.’  Another said, ‘I’ve just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to test them out. Please accept my apologies.’  Still another said, ‘I have just gotten married, so I can’t come.’  The servant came and reported these things to his master” (Luke 14:15-20).

Below are the words from a song from when I was in youth choir.  I don’t know why the words stuck in my head – perhaps it’s because we used to mix them up and say, “I have married a cow and bought me a wife,” but the idea remained the same.  There was a banquet being held and the invited people made excuses for not attending.

“I cannot come.  I cannot come to the banquet don’t bother me now.  I have married a wife, I have bought me a cow.  I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum.  Pray hold me excused, I cannot come.”  

At the time I sang this song, I was attending a Lutheran church and had no clue as to what the song was about (most likely, the choir director, the pastor, or anyone else in the church understood either).    All I knew was some sort of banquet invitation had been given and poor RSVP excuses were made.

After I became born again into God’s Kingdom, I found the account of this great banquet in Luke 14.  I didn’t even know the song came from the Scriptures until I read Luke!  I understood it from the only perspective I had at the time. The ‘banquet’ referred to accepting the invitation to enter the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus.   I had done that; I was born again so I was ‘at the banquet.’  It was not until ten years later when the Spirit of God opened my eyes to the Feasts of the LORD that I grasped the enormity of  the invitation and the gravity of making excuses.

The fall ‘appointed times’ arrive each year:  Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Feast of Tabernacles.  The institutional church does not acknowledge these dates and times thus remains ignorant 2000 years after Yeshua’s Parable of the Great Banquet.  Others who may be familiar with the ‘appointed times’ remain complacent with rationalizations and do not embrace the celebrations that Yahweh Himself provided for His people to see, know, and, understand His Son more intimately and prophetically.

“The angel said to me, “Write: ‘How blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!’” (Revelation 19:9).

Like the individuals in the parable, they make excuses as to why ‘I cannot come.’  They are still getting married, buying and selling homes, can’t stay out that late because of small children, have wood to chop, bread to bake, or are preparing for the next day’s activities.   The worst excuse I have ever heard is that these are Jewish feasts and the invitation is completely rejected by Christians due to centuries of anti-semitism.

“Then the owner of the house, in a rage, told his servant, ‘Quick, go out into the streets and alleys of the city; and bring in the poor, the disfigured, the blind and the crippled!‘ The servant said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’  The master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the country roads and boundary walls, and insistently persuade people to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet!’” (Luke 14:15-24).

The parable states that those who made excuses for not attending the banquet enraged the host.   Read that again, the host was enraged by the responses of the people!  In his rage he deemed that “not one person who was invited and made an excuse will even get a taste of his feast.”  This statement reveals the magnitude of the host’s fury. What I found fascinating is that these same words are found in  Hebrews 4:3 regarding Isra’el and their disobedience to the Sabbath, “And in my anger, I swore they would not enter my rest.”  It is dangerous to enrage the host by refusing an invitation from Yahweh Himself.

Matthew 22 relates the same Parable, but its adds more specifics.  First, the banquet is a wedding feast, the wedding feast of a king’s son. When used in reference to the Feasts of the LORD, it is the wedding feast of the Lamb, Yeshua.

“Yeshua again used parables in speaking to them: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son,  but when he sent his servants to summon the invited guests to the wedding, they refused to come. So he sent some more servants, instructing them to tell the guests, ‘Look, I’ve prepared my banquet, I’ve slaughtered my bulls and my fattened cattle, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding!’ But they weren’t interested and went off, one to his farm, another to his business; and the rest grabbed his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was furious and sent his soldiers, who killed those murderers and burned down their city.

Again, those invited to the wedding feast refused to come – refused to come! They weren’t interested – weren’t interested – and went off to do live out their personal lives. Others, who were probably offended that someone would even suggest going to a Jewish King’s banquet mistreated and killed the emissaries of the King.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘Well, the wedding feast is ready; but the ones who were invited didn’t deserve it.  So go out to the street-corners and invite to the banquet as many as you find.’  The servants went out into the streets, gathered all the people they could find, the bad along with the good; and the wedding hall was filled with guests.” 

The King told his servants that the ones who were invited didn’t deserve to come! Imagine that! They were not worthy of, did not merit to be rightly entitled to coming to the wedding feast.

So the king’s servants went to the streets and invited those who were poor, blind, crippled.  When the king’s house was still not completely full, the servants intently persuaded others to come to the banquet. Persuasion. Trying to influence people. Intense persuasion.

Sometimes people can be persuaded to come and then only to appease the servant; sometimes they just don’t care.  Even so,  it was not the original guests that filled the king’s house. sat at the table of the king’s son. It was not those originally invited who tasted the goodness of the wedding feast, but only those who had willing hearts and set the ‘appointed time’ apart from the cares of this world. After all, they did receive an invitation!

“One of the people at the table with Yeshua said to him, “How blessed are those who eat bread in the Kingdom of God!” (Matthew 22:15).

“The angel said to me, “Write: ‘How blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!’” (Revelation 19:9)

These two verses are comparable and written about the actual Wedding Feast of the Lamb. It is not the original guests who will fill the banquet hall, sit at Yeshua’s table as his Bride, and taste the ‘bread’ of the marriage supper along with sharing the cup of wine he drinks with us in the Kingdom.

“Now when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who wasn’t dressed for a wedding; so he asked him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him outside in the dark!’ In that place people will wail and grind their teeth, for many are invited, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:11-14).

Another guest is described at the wedding feast – the one who came without wedding clothes. In ancient cultures, proper wedding clothes were provided by the host to everyone attending the feast so there was no distinction between rich and poor. Yet, this guest was rebellious to the requirements of the host for attending the wedding banquet. This guest’s arrogance made him speechless when confronted by the king about his wrong garment. He believed he could come to the wedding banquet however he pleased because he believed the king to be more gracious than righteous.

How many who believe they are in the Kingdom will miss the greatest event of all time because they refuse the invitation to come to the rehearsal dinner feast in the present? How many will miss the greatest blessing in eternity because they made excuses for God’s ‘appointed times’ now? How many more who believe they follow God will be weeping and gnashing their teeth in the outer darkness when they realize God doesn’t honor man’s ways? As the Scripture says,

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

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A ‘Sign’ for You

Elohim uses many different ‘signs’ in the Scriptures to reveal Himself, to direct people where they should go, to be a testimony in a believer’s life, and to establish covenants.  Each ‘sign’ has a prophetic purpose and brought forth a response from the person or people to whom it was given.

Immanu’el

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

Elohim gave this ‘sign’ to shepherds at the time of Messiah’s birth. They were in the fields at the Migdal Eder known as the ‘watchtower of the flock’ just outside of Bethlehem.  Because these shepherds tended the sheep raised for the sacrifices in the Temple, they would have understood the prophetic significance of the ‘sign.’  Through angelic messengers, these shepherds were given a ‘sign’ for recognizing the ‘Lamb of God’. As soon as they were given the ‘sign,’ they went to find the Savior.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanu’el” (Isaiah 7:14).

The prophet Isaiah directed this prophetic ‘sign’ toward all young virgins in Isra’el.  Many Jewish young women hoped to be the vessel for birthing the nation’s salvation through the Messiah.  They placed their faith in this ‘sign’ that would bring forth the promised ‘Seed’.

Lights in the Heavens

“God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years…” (Genesis 1:14).

Elohim created the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day as ‘signs’ for ‘seasons, days, and years.’  The sun ruled the day, sunset to sunset; the moon determined the months from one new moon to another, and the stars signaled the seasons of planting and harvest.  In Hebrew the word for ‘season’ is mo’ed and means ‘appointed times’ or ‘appointed seasons.’

A week is comprised of seven days, each day rendered from evening to morning, with the seventh day called the Sabbath.  The new dark moon started a new month and the counting of the days of the month. This counting beginning with the new moon establishes Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Feast of Weeks.  Feast of Trumpets, the first of the fall ‘appointed times,’ occurs on the first day of the seventh month and a new moon. Once this day is established, the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles can also be set. The constellations governed the year as they moved around the heavens. Each year began with a new moon with the spring constellations as its guide.

The Covenant Sign for Noach

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come.  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember  my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy life” (Genesis 9:12).

Elohim gave Noah a ‘sign’ after the flood. The rainbow appearing after the flood became the ‘sign of the covenant’ that He would never again destroy the earth and its inhabitants by water. When the rainbow appeared in the clouds, the bow would remind Elohim of His promise. Rainbows still continue to appear in the clouds, a ‘sign’ from Elohim that remains from the days of Noach and the worldwide flood.

Abraham and Circumcision

“I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.  This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep:  Every male among you shall be circumcised.  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.  For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner – those who are not your offspring” (Genesis 17:11, 10-12).

When Elohim promised Avram that He would increase his descendants, He made a covenant with him and gave him the ‘sign’ of circumcision. The ‘sign’ in Avram’s flesh became the evidence of his faith in God’s promise that many nations would come from his loins. Elohim changed Avram’s name to Avraham meaning ‘father of many nations.’ All of his male children, including Ishma’el, along with his male servants entered the covenant of faith through the ‘sign’ of circumcision. This ‘sign’ remains today as evidence to the continuous fulfillment of God’s promise to Avraham.

“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.   So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised (the gentiles), in order that righteousness might be credited to them.   And he is also the father of the circumcised (the Jews)  who not only are circumcised (in the flesh), but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised” (Romans 4:11).

When El Shaddai made His covenant with Avraham, there were no ‘Jews’ because neither Isaac, Jacob nor Judah had been born. This ‘sign’ of the covenant was Avraham’s faith response to the promises of El Shaddai. It was an outward ‘sign’ of the inward condition of his heart – not a ritual to convert to Judaism which did not exist at this time. Because Yeshua was an offspring of Avraham through Isaac, Jacob, Judah and King David, he was circumcised eight days after his birth according to the command given to Avraham and his descendants.   Because the ‘sign’ of the covenant, circumcision, occurred in Avraham’s heart before it was done in his flesh, anyone who puts their faith in the promises of Elohim already has received circumcision of the heart (Ezekiel 36:24, Romans 2:26-27).

Passover and the Blood

“The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13).

Through plagues of judgment, Elohim began the Hebrews’ deliverance from a life of slavery in Egypt. The final judgment plague was the ‘death of the firstborn.’  Each Hebrew family sacrificed a lamb and placed it’s blood on the doorposts and lintel of their home. The blood would be the ‘sign’ for the Destroyer to ‘pass over’ that home.  Families without the ‘sign’ of blood would mourn the death of their firstborn. To have this ‘sign’ on your home resulted in life; to not have the sign brought death.

Sabbath

“I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so that they would know that I, Adonai, made them holy.  Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God” (Ezekiel 20:12-20).

Elohim gave Isra’el a ‘sign’ that would set them apart from all other nations on earth.  Observing this ‘sign’ would show the world that Elohim has a special relationship with His chosen people – along with those who join with His people through faith in Yeshua.   Keeping and guarding the Sabbath day is a ‘sign’ that yod hey vav hey, the Creator, is our God.

Believer’s Testimony

“And these signs will accompany those who believe.  In my Name [Yeshua] they will drive out demons, they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17,18).

Yeshua said that ‘signs’ will be a testimony of the power of Elohim’s Spirit in a believer’s life.  Laying hands on the sick making them well, driving out demons, being able to drink deadly poison, and picking up snakes are a few of the ‘signs.’ Do we have these evidence ‘signs’ in our walks of faith? If not, perhaps we have lost the power of the Spirit of Elohim.

Languages

“Tongues are a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers …” (1 Corinthians 14:22).

Sha’ul (Paul) discusses tongues or speaking in other languages as a ‘sign’ for unbelievers.  The purpose of ‘tongues’ is revealed in Acts 2 when Jews from every known nation gathered in Jerusalem for Shavuot.  They heard the message of salvation (Yeshua) in their own language.  Because they were going to return to their home nations, these Jewish people needed to hear the message in their native ‘tongue’ so they could share the message they heard with their own friends and families. Because of the powerful event on Shavuot, Jewish people from around the known world became the first missionaries of Yeshua.

Woman’s Head Covering

“For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of power/authority on her head to pray and prophesy” (1 Corinthians 11:10).

The woman’s head covering or veil is another ‘sign’ given in the Scripture.  The reason a woman wears a head covering is ‘because of the angels.’ It is a ‘sign’ of authority or power when a woman prays or prophesies in the presence of these spiritual beings.   Though few women wear them in western cultures, the ‘sign’ of the head covering has deep spiritual meaning. Women in foreign countries who honor the ‘sign,’ receive God’s ‘authority’ to pray, prophesy and have power when it comes to spiritual warfare.

Making Aliyah

“Here am I, and the children Adonai has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Adonai Tzva’ot, who dwells on Mount Tzion” (Isaiah 8:18).

This verse was placed on a website of friends who live in Isra’el.   They chose this verse because of its prophetic ‘sign’ to the end times when the Jewish people would be regathered back to the Land.   Seeing men, women, and children making aliyah (meaning ‘to go up’) is a ‘sign’ that Elohim still presides over Mt. Tziyon.

‘Signs’ in Scripture connect us with our Biblical heritage. The rainbow ties us to Noach, the worldwide flood, and an ‘older earth’ that experienced great judgment. Circumcision connects us to Avraham and his faith in the coming ‘Seed.’ It is evidence of what has happened in our own hearts as part of the new covenant promises.  The sun, moon, and stars are ‘signs’ in the heavens the Creator gave to us to reveal His ‘appointed times’ and the prophetic revelation of His Son. Sabbath is a ‘sign’ that reveals to the world that are Elohim’s people. Head coverings are a ‘sign’ that powerfully displays how the physical realm affects the spiritual realm. The virgin and the baby wrapped in cloths is the ‘sign’ that Elohim became flesh and lived among His people as Yeshua, the Messiah of Isra’el.

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