“Dear friends, don’t trust every spirit. On the contrary, test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Here is how you recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges that Yeshua the Messiah came as a human being is from God, and…
Several weeks ago I had a discussion with my son about gentile believers going to the synagogue to hear God’s Word so they can be a light for Yeshua. His question was, “What would a small synagogue of 50 think of 1000s upon 1000s of Messianic gentiles standing outside asking to hear God’s Word? Wouldn’t they want to know why? Wouldn’t that be a great opportunity to share Yeshua with his brothers and sisters?” What a concept! Our denominational ideologies have not only divided us from each other, but our church doctrines keep us out of the very place God-fearing gentiles used to go: the synagogue.
The civil new year is used to count years. For example, every 50 years on the ‘tenth day of the seventh month,’ the shofar was sounded to begin the Year of Jubilee. Property was returned to its original owners and people went back home to their tribal lands to begin the 50-year cycle again. A similar command was given for the ‘year of release’ or shemitah. Every seven years was a shemitah when slaves would be released, debts would be dissolved, and the land would be given rest from planting. This ‘year of release’ began on Rosh Hashanah and ended before sunset the next Rosh Hashanah.
When the barriers are removed, the ‘witness of two’ for the Body of Messiah will be fulfilled and the ‘one new man’ will come forth. Jews will accept the Jewish Messiah and Christians will accept their Biblical roots. Together, they will build on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, proclaiming Yeshua as Messiah as ‘one new man.’