Are you still here?

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Congratulations!

I think.

I mean, if you’re reading this right now, it means you’re still here and the world hasn’t come to an end. Or, if the rapture has occurred, and you’re still here, then it’s not congratulations that’s in order, but some advice on how to make it through tribulation.

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Today is the first day of autumn. It’s also a day that many have predicted will either usher in disastrous change for the world, the tribulation, or the rapture.

Many believe the return of Messiah is imminent, including a prominent Jewish Rabbi who is urging all Jews to come home to Israel. He believes that at the end of the sabbatical year the Messiah will return. The end of that year was September 12, 2015. So far, I haven’t seen Messiah, but expecting Him to come any second is how we’re supposed to live. I have eagerly awaited His return since I was a small child.

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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky; Souce: beforeitsnews.com

Sept. 22-23 is Yom Kippur., or Day of Atonement. It is also the beginning of the Year of Jubilees. Some find it ironic that the Pope is coming on the holiest holiday of the Jewish people because they won’t be able to participate in the arrival. They also find it a tad coincidental.

Others believe that today marks the beginning of tribulation based upon calculations of Daniel’s 70th week. 

Countless books have been written about September 2015. 

Even Isaac Newton wrote about Messianic predictions surrounding September 23, 2015.

CERN was also supposed to have a major colliding event today, but all references to it have been removed from their website. Now they claim that the machine has been powering up since June 15 and nothing unusual is happening today. They’ve even removed the CERN calendar that used to be available. Coincidence? Is there something to hide? (If you don’t know about CERN, you can learn about it and science’s search for the God Particle here and here.) If you want to get even more freaked out, just type “CERN September 23, 2015” into the google search engine. Go on. I dare you. Just set aside about a year to read it all.

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Now, if that’s not enough to freak you out, check out the SESAME project. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

sesame (n.)Look up sesame at Dictionary.comearly 15c., probably from Middle French sisame and directly from Latin sesamum (nominative sesama), from Greek sesamon (Doric sasamon) “seed or fruit of the sesame plant,” a very early borrowing via Phoenician from Late Babylonian *shawash-shammu (compare Assyrian shamash-shammu “sesame,” literally “oil-seed”). First as a magic password in 1785 translation of Galland’s “Mille et une nuits,” where it opens the door of the thieves’ den in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” Phraseopen sesame current since about 1826. (Source: http://www.etymonline.com/).

Just asking here, but what portals, exactly, are they trying to open?

Pope Francis; public domain image

Pope Francis; public domain image

The Pope has a lot of engagements in the United States in the next few days including addressing the United States Congress. It is the first time in history that the Pope has ever done so. On Friday he’s addressing the United Nations. Interesting? I think so. There will also be an inter-faith service at the 9/11 museum on Friday. Hmm.

September 27 – October 5 is the Feast of Tabernacles. On the 28th is the 4th blood moon of the recent tetrad.  If you haven’t been studying the blood moons at all, this website will get you up to speed. I’m fascinated!

Some people have linked the budding of the fig tree to the birth of Israel. And 2015 marks 67 years since its birth. In Matthew 24:32, Jesus says this:

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

A very ripe fig

A very ripe fig

Muslim clerics are predicting the return of their Mahdi in September 2015. An old prophecy written by the Islamic prophet Ali Bin Iben Abi Talib says that just before the coming of the Mahdi, a tall black man will rise up to take command of the West and he will command the most powerful army on earth. Let’s see…tall…black…West…Obama?

Barak Obama, President of the United States

Barak Obama, President of the United States

DiscoveringIslam.org:

“The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam] informed the Companions of everything that would occur until the Day of Resurrection,” the website reports.

“Based on our numerical analysis of the Quran and Hadith, the official beginning of the End of Time and the coming of the Imam Mahdi will most likely be in 2015 (or 2016) and Jesus Christ (p) will come down from Heaven to Earth in 2022, in-sha Allah (if Allah is willing).”  (Read more.)

Whatever is going to happen, as I said before, the best place to be is in the center of God’s will. Could this be the beginning of earth pains? Will the dollar collapse? Will there be a global currency? I don’t know. I only know how to prepare spiritually. I have limited resources to prepare physically.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee- be not dismayed; for I am thy God- I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Isaiah 41-10

One thing’s for sure, we need to be awake, watching and prayerful. We must know the heartbeat of God so that we won’t be tricked. False Messiah’s will come. And God has called His Children to know the difference and share the Truth with others.

 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”  Ephesians 6:12.

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Shana Tova! Happy 5776!

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I wrote about Rosh Hashanah in depth last year, so most of this post is the same. But it’s such a beautiful symbolic  holiday to Christians as well as Jews, and I wanted to share the information again. Especially in light of the Shemitah and the buzz going on about danger coming on Yom Kippur September 23. (I’m not saying I agree with this. But I’m not ignoring it. I’m prayerfully trusting in God! The safest place to be is in the center of His will, so that’s where I’m trying to walk.)

Rosh Hashanah 2015 (5776) begins at sunset on Sunday, September 13th and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 15th.

Rosh Hashanah is known to Christians as the Feast of Trumpets. Some Christians believe that Christ will return on Rosh Hashanah. But since no one knows the hour except the Father Himself, we can’t know, either:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” Mark 13:32

For the Jewish people, today is a day of dipping apples in honey and contemplating what they’ll do differently in the coming year.

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The “Feast of Trumpets” is mandated in Leviticus 23:24:

“On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.”

Rosh Hashanah  is the first of ten days of repentance. The shofar, a kosher ram’s horn, is blown to call God’s people together to repent of their sins. During the synagogue service, it sounds 100 notes. It’s a day of remembering God’s judgement as well as a day of celebrating His mercy in the new year.

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Our church blows the shofar each Sunday at the beginning of the service. Have you ever tried to blow one? It’s not as easy as it looks! It’s taken me a long time to learn to blow it, but this past year I finally learned how! Ours is a smaller sized one from Israel:

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Here’s a great video about how they’re made:

 

 

On Rosh Hashanah it’s customary to greet others by saying: “L’shana Tova – Ketivah vi-chatima Tova.”  “This means, For a good year – You should be written and sealed in the Book of Life.”

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Jewish tradition teaches that on Rosh Hashanah, God inscribes the fate of every person for the upcoming year in the Book of Life. In this way, it marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe, during which Jews reflect upon their actions over the past year and seek forgiveness for their transgressions in hopes of influencing God’s final judgment.

But Christians believe that their names are inscribed when they accept Jesus as savior, Whose blood covers their sins and He writes their name in the Book of Life. It’s the plan of our loving God that gives everyone a full chance to repent and be saved:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.

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Blessed are you Lord, our God, Ruler of the world, Creator of the fruit of the tree. (Baruch atah Ado-nai, Ehlo-haynu melech Ha-olam, Borai p’ree ha’aitz.) (Take a bite of the apple slices dipped in honey.) Pray:  May it be Your will, Adonai, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You renew for us a good and sweet year. (Y’hee ratzon mee-l’fanekha, Adonai Elohaynu v’elohey avoteynu sh’tichadeish aleinu shanah tovah um’tuqah.)

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I can hear some of my Christian friends yelling at me now: “Why are you participating in a Jewish holiday tradition! You’re not Jewish!”

No, but Jesus was. And I teach my students about Jesus and how He lived His life. Jesus Himself celebrated Rosh Hashanah! And besides–it’s an excuse to eat apples and honey! Who doesn’t want to do that?

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-57, KJV

Also, according to Jewish tradition, God told Abraham that the ram’s horn  should be blown on Rosh Hashanah as a reminder of the substitutionary sacrifice provided by the Lord Himself, both in the Garden of Eden when He covered Adam and Eve’s nakedness with animal skin (an animal had to die in the process) and when He provided the ram for Abraham when God tested Abraham’s love for Him.

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How much louder should we blow the horn and celebrate the sacrifice of God’s only Son, Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus)? We should shout, blow the horn, and eat lots of apples and honey, don’t you think?

There’s so much more to tell you about this holiday and its significance for Christians. Dig into the Jewish feasts and you’ll find prophetic messages for Christians in them all.

You can find excellent information about the holiday here:

Rosh Hashanah for Christians

And here’s some fun Rosh Hoshanah music for you to enjoy!!

For a lovely Rosh Hashana handout click here.

To learn more about Rosh Hashana and see more awesome videos click here.

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