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September 30, 2018

Judaism makes much of the arba’a minim, the four species traditionally used in the celebration of Sukkot: the etrog or citron fruit, which is held in one hand, while the lulav made of palm, willow, and myrtle branches is held in the other hand and raised, pointed, lowered, and shaken during worship. These are the four species. However, it’s not so clear in Leviticus 23 that these were the four exact species. Ets hadar literally means “splendid tree”; ets avot literally means “thick tree”; arvei nachal means “willow,” but there is a significant amount of evidence to suggest it might mean “poplar.” Nor is it clear in Leviticus that the celebration is to be limited to only four

September 23, 2018

Christians who read the KJV usually know it as the Feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14 & John 7) or the Feast of Booths (Lev. 23 & Neh. 8). Christians who read modern translations may know it as the Feast of Shelters, or the Feast of Huts, or something like that. Jews usually call it by its Biblical Hebrew name, Sukkot (sometimes spelled Succot). Classical Jewish sources sometimes just call it ha-chag, "the Feast," because it is the final feast of the Bible's annual cycle of the Feast Days, and it therefore prophetically represents the culmination of human history and the setting up of the future Messianic Kingdom.

September 16, 2018

On the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah. It is the Sabbath which occurs during yamim ha-nora’im, the ten “days of awe” which precede Yom Kippur. This year Shabbat Shuvah is on September 15. The ten days of awe are traditionally used as a time to do serious soul-searching and to focus on repentance. Repentance was a major part of the messages preached by the Old Testament Prophets, by John the Baptist, by Yeshua, and by the Apostles. All these men called God’s people to repentance. What exactly is repentance? How important is it to know? And how important is it to repent? Well, consider the following:

September 9, 2018

Rosh HaShanah, the first of the Fall Feasts, is marked by the blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn. In Biblical times the blowing of trumpets was used to call God's people to assemble together for various reasons. The blowing of trumpets served as a kind of "public address system" for the entire congregation of the Lord. There were different trumpets which were sounded in different ways to different times to tell God's people what they were supposed to be doing. We need to discern "the sound of the trumpet" for our generation. "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" (1 Cor. 14:8) God's trumpet does not give "an uncertain sound," but if we do not have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Body of the Messiah in these days,

September 2, 2018

The word apostasy does not appear in the 1611 KJV, but according to Webster's it has been in the English language since at least the 14th century. The English word apostasy is a transliteration of the Greek word apostasia. The Gingrich Shorter Lexicon defines it as "rebellion, abandonment, apostasy." Strong's defines it as "defection from truth." According to Strong's, the word apostasia is formed by attaching the apo- prefix to stao, a word related to stemi ("stand"). Regardless of how those ancient Greek speakers formed the word apostasia, it means defection from truth; rebellion, abandonment, apostasy. These lexicon definitions leave a couple of questions unanswered, namely: From which elements of truth do apostates defect? What specifically is it that apostates rebel against and abandon? If we look at how the word apostasis is used in the New Testament, it will help answer these questions, and will give us a clearer understanding of w...

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