Oct 232016


Author and I have been studying the Book of John again. In Chapter 4, we read of the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well. As the woman’s eyes and mind begin to see and understand that Jesus is telling her things that only a Prophet of God could know about her, she desires to know more truth. She wants to know the proper place to worship, whether on Mount Gerizim, where the Samaritans worshiped, or the Temple in Jerusalem, the Jews’ place of worship.

In Deuteronomy 12:5-14, God, through Moses, had instructed the Israelites as a holy nation, His people, that there was only one place of worship and sacrifice: the tabernacle – which was later expanded and replaced by the Temple.

In the New Testament, the Temple is replaced by the individual bodies of believers (1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19) being fitted together  into the Temple He is building for Himself (Ephes. 2:21-22).

In the New Jerusalem, “… I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” Rev. 21:22

God decides who and how we worship: it is Him and it is in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

The many foreshadowings, or patterns, in the OT are beautifully reproduced and clarified in the NT. God had confined the Israelites’ sacrifices exclusively to the temple because the sacrifices there symbolized and foreshadowed Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which is the exclusive way to have restoration and fellowship with God.

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Oct 162016


Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles:

Tabernacles is considered the most joyous of the 7 feast days as it was to be an annual reminder of God’s provision during 40 years in the wilderness. In Biblical times it was required that the Israelites would dwell in sukkahs, which is Hebrew for booth or shelter, during the holiday and rejoice before the Lord. Tabernacle is the English word for tabernaculum (Latin), meaning tent or hut.

Sukkot begins tonight at sunset and ends at sunset Sunday, October 23.

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YOM KIPPUR begins at sundown tonight

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Oct 112016

Leviticus 17:11 “For the life is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for your souls; for it is blood that makes atonement (covering) for your soul.”


Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is Israel’s most awesome holy day which falls on the last day of the Ten Days of Awe.

Yom is Hebrew for day and Kippur is from the Hebrew word ‘kaphar’ meaning to cover. Atonement actually means a ‘covering’ of the sins of the past year. Yom Kippur falls on the 10th day after Rosh Hashanah completing the 10 Days of Awe and is five days before the 7th Feast: Tabernacles.

Yom Kippur is a solemn day of fasting and repentance and no work is allowed. According to Jewish belief, Jews who do not repent and observe are ‘cut off’ and will suffer death.

Prior to AD 70 and the destruction of the Temple, Yom Kippur was the only day that the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies and stand before God. In the ancient Yom Kippur ritual, before the High Priest entered there, a rope was tied to his feet in case a malady befell him and he had to be pulled out of the Holy of Holies.

Before the High Priest entered, he would make atonement for himself, for his family, and for his community. The priest had to enter empty-handed, all baggage checked at the door.

After becoming ritually pure, the high priest offered a bull for his sins and the sins of his household. Then two goats were set aside. Lots were cast, and one goat was chosen to be the scapegoat or “Azazel.”

The High Priest slaughtered the other goat to atone for the sins of Israel and brought the blood into the Holy of Holies. The scapegoat was sent away to be lost in the desert after the High Priest laid both hands on its head and confessed the sins of Israel. In this way, the sins of the nation were symbolically carried off into the desert. The hides, flesh, and offal of the sacrificial animals were carried outside the camp and burned.

In Deuteronomy 12:5-6 and in Psalm 132:13-14, God made it clear that sacrifices could only be made in the temple in Jerusalem, His chosen dwelling place. After the temple’s destruction in AD 70, it was forbidden to make animal sacrifices.

Today’s observation of Yom Kippur is based more on the tradition of men. Israel abandoned atonement by blood and substituted atonement through mitzvoth, or good works. Chicken or turkey is now substituted for lamb at the Yom Kippur meal.

Christian Application: Some prophecy instructors teach that Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah and will return on Rosh Hashanah. If that is accurate, then it follows that the Day of Yom Kippur would be the day when “They will look upon Me, the One they have pierced and they will mourn (repent, atone) for Him as one mourns for an only child and grieve for Him as a father grieves for an only child” Zechariah 12:10.

Blood sacrifices for the payment for sin are not required in the New Covenant Church. Jesus Christ offered Himself as the ‘scapegoat’ and paid the sin debt in full for both Christian and Jew.

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SUNDAY POST: Our Kinsman Redeemer

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Oct 092016
SUNDAY POST: Our Kinsman Redeemer

From Clarence Larkin’s “Dispensational Truth”: Adam and Eve were directly and personally created by God. If they had any children born while in that state of innocence, their children would have been born innocent. After they disobeyed God and sinned, they were separated from God and doomed to die (Gen. 2:17). Their children were born

Oct 042016
Unusual earthquake warning prompts action, anxiety in Southern California

LA Times: “The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude or greater could strike by Tuesday. The chance of a mega quake went up after a swarm of small quakes near the San Andreas Fault rattled the Salton Sea over a week ago. The risk is temporarily elevated to 1 percent above normal.


SUNDAY POST: Rosh Hashanah 5777 (Oct. 2 - Oct. 3, 2016)

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Oct 022016
SUNDAY POST: Rosh Hashanah 5777 (Oct. 2 - Oct. 3, 2016)

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire


SUNDAY POST: Confessing Our Sins

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Sep 252016
SUNDAY POST: Confessing Our Sins

When Jesus went to the cross He forgave us all our sins by nailing them to His cross and dying for them. As soon as you became a believer every sin of your life was washed away in His precious blood. Confessing our sins will restore our submission to God, by admitting and agreeing with

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