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What have you received?
November 2014 Newsletter 
Dear <<First Name>>

In our last newsletter in August we asked the question, “What are you expecting?” The question since we have come through the High Holy Days, or the Fall Feasts is:
"What have you received?

 In short we have received much over the last nine months since moving to Chorley and building up AlephOmega Ministries in this area. Please look at Upcoming Events on our website. There has been new growth not only ministry wise but especially with our family. We are now proud grandparents with the birth of our grandson on the 8th September and  a teenage grandson with the marriage of our son to Liza.

Ian returned from South Africa at the beginning of October two weeks after Megan's return.  Penny came back three and a half weeks later so she could help with the new arrival . During our first 18 days in Johannesburg we did not see a cloud in the sky, as it was very hot and very dry. You could electrocute yourself walking over a carpet and then touching anything earthed!  There were two thunderstorms but not enough to turn the grass green. We soaked up the warm weather but must admit that at times it was far to hot and dry after being in the UK.

South Africa has changed a lot in the last year and we are not too sure if it is for the better. Crime and corruption is still rife and life is cheap. The roads are now full of potholes and road tolls are the name of the game. To travel anywhere around Johannesburg you go through tolls with automatic gantries but most people do not pay. The taxi's rules the road, but they are not like the taxi’s in the UK but mini buses which stop in the middle of a motorway or cut across from the right lane to the left to drop somebody off. Traffic lights, well you go before it is green and hope you miss the other traffic. Traffic circles are 4-way stops. It sounds all gloomy but it is still a beautiful country and many believers praying for change.

Bronwyn, our daughter was waiting for us at the airport and she had a wait as Ian's suitcase was the last off the plane and the last to arrive at the baggage pick up point. We had a wonderful family gathering that night with our son Gareth and soon to be wife Liza as well as our grandson to be Dorian, Megan, Chris, Bronwyn and her bump.

On the weekend we had a superb wedding when Gareth and Liza married and Ian gave a short
Under the Chuppah  talk on the rainbow, covenant and marriage. They both stood under the 
 Chuppah as the blessings were recited and then Gareth broke the glass. Liza looked stunning as you can see in the photograph. We are very proud to welcome her and Dorian into the McDonald family.  
On Monday morning Bronwyn and Chris left early for the hospital and we followed at about 11 am to meet our newborn grandson with Chris's parents. Finally we were allowed in and there was the new mom and a very proud dad
looking at their tiny bundle of joy in Bronwyn's arms. Grandad Ian was the first to hold and cuddle Joshua followed by Penny and then Chris's parents. That evening Penny went back with Megan who was the first Auntie to hold him. We are all very pleased with his name Joshua Edward Goodsir. As Penny spent time holding Joshua the words “Be bold, be strong for the Lord our God is with you” kept coming to me. I spent time praying these words over him as well as quietly singing the Shema. These are the first words a Jewish child learns. Hear O Israel the Lord thy God the Lord is one. Blessed be His glorious name for ever and ever. My prayer is that my Grandson will be a Joshua that he will come to know his Messiah and be a true child of the covenant.

 As I look at this tiny baby who only weighed 5.7 lbs I saw the beauty of God's creation. How could anyone say that man has come from monkeys or apes.  Those tiny fingers and toes all with nails and beautifully formed. An innocent baby yet knows from the start how to feed and get his parents attention. He needs his parents to see to all his needs at this time. Do we look to our Father in Heaven for all our needs; our food for growth and the correct amount as well as reading the bible and spending time with our Father in Heaven. Our cleansing by the blood of the Lamb and then being washed by the Holy Spirit. Are we drawing closer to Yeshua so that we can learn from him. Do we except our Fathers discipline when he brings us back in line. Do we asked the Father to clothe us in righteousness. As I held Joshua it was a wonderful picture of how the Lord holds us in his arms and protects us. As we move through this New Year 5775 will you allow Yeshua and our Father in Heaven to hold you in His arms and protect and feed you and then allow the Holy Spirit to nurture you. Penny flew to Cape Town with Joshua and his parents to show him to his great grandmother who is just short of ninety. Four generations are shown in the photograph!

We experienced more of God's creative touch when we spent a day at a local Game Park outside Johannesburg. Below are a few of the photographs Ian took as we drove around the park.
The first photo shows two Sable antelope with their magnificent curved horns and behind them Gemsbok with absolutely straight horns.  A pair of white lionesses are in the next photo followed by a pair of white rhino. The last photo is of a young zebra with its mother. God declared that man was very good in Genesis. The deeper meaning of 'good' in Hebrew tov is that they are very fit for the purpose God created them.

We attended Beit Yeshua's Rosh Hashanah celebration (shown below) on the 25 September at the same time as our Beit Echad group celebrated with Pastor Mike Fryer. We had a blessed time meeting up with old friends even though we missed the celebration at the Chapel House in Chorley. 
Ian got back in time for Day of Atonement with prayer and fasting over Yom Kippur with a group of others. The Lord really blessed this precious time which of course ended with us sharing a lovely time of fellowship over 'some' food. Ian then had 10 Days (of Awe) to prepare for Sukkot. He landed up building three sukkot. The first sukkah (booth) was on the Thursday for our Chorley group using the gazebo frame we got for our Shavuot celebration, He even made up his own Lulav and Etrog as can be seen in the photo in the article below. Then on Saturday in Preston we put it up again fully decorated with fruit for a possible new group who got together for the first time. Mark gave the group some insights into the meaning of the prayer shawl as shown above. Then on the Sunday morning it was set up at Emmaus Christian Fellowship where Ian taught the congregation about the significance of Sukkot.

So as you can see Penny, Megan and I have received much over the last few months and the Lord is growing the ministry! We have seen our God brings much blessings into our lives to sustain us through the tough times. So we praise and worship Him through Yeshua our Redeemer in the good times and times of testing.

Shalom in Messiah Yeshua
 Ian, Penny and Megan McDonald
Skype: ianmcdonald3

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Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Chag HaAsif
(or Final Ingathering or Final Harvest)

Are you prepared for God's appointed times?
Are you even aware what these appointed times of the Lord (Yeshua’s Calendar) to which Genesis 1:14  refers? And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for appointed times (H4150) (seasons) and for days and years; (JUB) The Biblical calendar is based on the lunar cycle. The moon reflects the sun which sets both the daily and yearly cycles. It has no light of itself just as we have no light of ourselves and only reflect the Son of God where the 'o' in Son is complete!

What are these appointed times that God (Elohim) has given to mankind through the Jewish people?  Yeshua has fulfilled the first four annual Appointed Times of God given in Leviticus 23:4-22. He is the Paschal Lamb who was slain for the sins of the World on Passover as the sinless offering as represented by the Feast of Matzah, Unleavened Bread. He was raised on the day after the Sabbath as our First Fruits and seven weeks later He sent the Holy Spirit on Shavuot Pentecost to compete the first four feasts! What about the last three festivals given in Leviticus 23:23-44 called the Fall Feasts?

Fall or Autumn Feasts
In the last Newsletter we wrote on Yom Teruah which starts the final Appointed Times that are still to be fulfilled in Yeshua. When Messiah comes for his bride we see a connection between the ancient Jewish wedding feast. The bridegroom has the shofar blown and shouts that he is on his way to collect his bride who knows she has to be ready and waiting as she did not know when her bridegroom was coming for her. At Yom Teruah / Rosh Hashanah The Day of Shouting or Blowing of Shofar is connected to when the Lord comes back both as Bridegroom and King of kings. At the final SHOUT/Shofar the Lambs Book of Life is closed after the 10 Days of Awe culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement which is the last opportunity to repent and turn to the LORD. Five days later on the full moon begins Sukkot, the most important Feast of Tabernacles / In-gathering when the fruits of the land were gathered and brought joyfully before the LORD for seven days of celebrations. Much can be said about the significance of the Feasts and especially how Yeshua will fulfill it as the Bridegroom at the Wedding Feast of The Lamb of God.  Facts of Sukkot/Feast of Booths:

  • reminder of the 40 years in the Wilderness totally dependent of God.
  • 7 day feast plus 8th Day (Shmeini Atzeret) or SimchaTorah  "Rejoicing in the Torah" –end/start of Torah readings (Parashah)
  • 1st and 8th days Sabbaths
  • Origin of Harvest Festival and Thanksgiving in USA
  • Drastic change from Day of Atonement to Feast of Trumpets, from Repentance to Rejoicing
  • 7th feast in 7th month, celebrated for 7 days – completes all feasts , culmination
  • 70 bulls sacrificed Num 29 :12 -34  Total of 70 bulls sacrificed over 7 days 13+12+ 11+ 10+ 9+ 8+7=70  for sin offering representing the 70 nations of the world given in Genesis 10. 
What is the significance of Sukkot?

Highly significant as it is the culmination of all the Feasts of the Lord. Zechariah 14:1- 5  (also Isaiah 63:3  Rev 19:15) speaks of a Time of God's judgement and the wine press, Armagendon (Zech 14:6-20) preceding Sukkot. At which ALL the nations (Zech 14:6-20) who had come against Israel will have to attend or come under serious curse!
On 1st day recite – “Blessed are You, King of the Universe, who has given us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this moment.
Blessed are You, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by Your commandments and commanded us concerning the taking of the palm branch.
Waving the Lulav & Etrog on Sukkot plays an important par feastival. These items are waved in all directions after recite blessing over the Four Kinds:
Citron (Etrog) is like a lemon while the lulav is made from a palm branch with 3 myrtle twigs and 2 willow branches wrapped together. The palm branch represents a man's “backbone”, the myrtle the eyes of man and the willow the lips of man. The etrog  then represents the heart of man  which all together praise God Ps 35:10 Another interpretation is that the four 1st letter of each item in hebrew points to the name of God Yud Hay Vav Hay.

Water Libation ceromony
Besides the waving of the lulav and etrog ceremony another highly significant ceremony took place on each of the seven days of Sukkot. The Rejoicing in the House of the Water Pouring (Simchat Beit HaShoevah) flowed from the Biblical commandment for Sukkot, "And you shall be glad on your holiday, and you shall be only joyful" (Deut. 16:14). Indeed, the pilgrims who arrived in Jerusalem at the Temple's courtyard came to rejoice. The focus of this rejoicing was the ceremony surrounding the commandment to pour water on the altar - the water libation which took fifteen and a half hours each day to complete! During this event, which mainly took place in the Women's Court, the levites played on many musical instruments while two divisions of priests brought back willow branches while the other led by the High Priest collected water from the Pool of Siloam.

The high priest took his vessel and poured its contents on one of the corners of the altar where the horns came together. Wine was also poured.  The water and the wine were poured out over the altar as the priests who had the willow started laying the willow branches against the altar, forming a sukkah. This was the covering of God.

Hereby, we have a picture of Yeshua as He was dying on the tree. He was on the altar (tree) when His heart was pierced (John 19:34). The water and wine poured out by the high priest and his assistant represented the water and blood that flowed out of Yeshua's body on the cross. Yeshua said that He was the living water being poured out during this ceremony (John 7:37-38). Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believed on him were to receive: for the Spirit was not yet given; because Yeshua was not yet glorified.
All of these events took place with the light coming from

The Light of the World
Four golden candelabras were there, each with four golden bowls, and against them rested four ladders: four youths of priestly descent each held a pitcher of oil, capable of holding one hundred and twenty litres from which they filled each bowl. The old, worn robes and girdles of the priests served as wicks for these lamps. There was not a court in Jerusalem that was not lit up by the light of 'the house of water-pouring.'  'I am the light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life' (Joh_8:12. & John 9:5 

Wedding Feast of the Lamb 
God commanded the people to be joyful over Sukkot. The Sukkah represents the Wedding Feast with  the Groom and Bride under the Chuppah or prayer shawl. It is the Wedding Feast of the Lamb who was slain in Revelation 19:1 - 9 which begins the Millennial reign of Yeshua here on earth, the seventh day God rested (Genesis 2:1-3).
Eighth Day - Shmeini Atzeret
Simchat Torah
- Rejoicing in the Torah

The Eight Day is separate but linked to 7 days of Sukkot with a lower level of sacrifices. What does it point to?  The number 8 refers to new beginnings just as the eighth day of the week begins a new week and we celebrated the Resurrrection of Messiah on Sundays. Also celebrated on this eighth day and extended into the next day outside Israel is Simcha Torah. It signals the end of the annual reading of the Torah with the end of Deuteronomy and the start of the readings with Bereshit (Genesis). The Eighth Day is a Sabbath (Lev 23:39), a solemn assembly with only one bull, one ram, seven lambs and one goat sacrificed on it. This day could point to the New Beginnings given in Rev 21:1-7, the New Jerusalem!!!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God
. (Rev 21:1 - 3) 

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Torah - The Place of Israel

What is the significance of Israel?
The Five Books of Moses covers the beginnings of the nation of Israel from Abram leaving Ur in Genesis 12 and becoming the Father of many Nations, Abraham, to the Israelites about to enter into the Promised Land at the end of Deuteronomy. The birth of the nation  of Israel takes up most of the Torah and  covers the key covenants God made with Israel that still stand today. Refer to the blog covering The Covenants in the Rainbow for a better understanding of these covenants.

The People of Israel
Most of the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Tanach continues the story of the people of Israel in the Promised Land. Their exile first from the northern territory of Israel followed by the exile to Babylon from Judea. Just as He brought them back to the Land at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, God is now bringing Israelites back to the Land of Israel in this present day.  Israel is going through a time of preparation so that, in the coming days they will learn to walk with the Lord as never before since the time of Jacob. This has consequences for for all who are called according to the Covenant promises. The Lord God chose Israel and has put the nation into the centre of His teaching programme so that we may understand the Covenant promises through them. By studying the history of Israel, we learn of mankind's inability to obey all that YHVH gave them through Moses and the need for a Saviour.

The Land of Israel
The Promised Land was a Covenant promise to the descendants of Jacob who became Israel after he battled with God, Yeshua. One can only understand the conflict over the land of Israel when one sees it as a spiritual conflict between the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael (as well as Jacob and Esau). The false land claims of the descendants of Ishmael, the Arab nations and the descendants of Esau, the Edomites, the Palestinians is to prevent the descendants of Jacob, the Jewish people staying in the Land. In a deeper sense it is HaSatan trying to prevent the return of Messiah to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

The Place of Israel and the Church
Covenant history is not ancient history but living . What is happening in the land of Israel today is preparation for the fulfillment of the Covenant promises given to Abraham and confirmed through Moses. So we are witnessing the outworking of the Covenant today. In particular, we know that when the nation of Israel is given possession of the Land of Israel they must study the terms of the Covenant and live according to all the Lord expects of His Covenant people as given in the Torah. This happened with their entry into the Promised Land with Joshua and again with their return from captivity at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. Now the second exile is coming to an end as Israel gathers in the Land once more. Even when the Torah of Moses was read by Ezra the people did not fully comprehend it. Torah is fulfilled in Yeshua and Torah can only be fulfilled when there is faith in Yeshua (Rom 10:5-13). This applies to both Israel and all the nations. To date Israel;s eyes have been blinded (Rom 11:7-11) to Yeshua. In like manner the gentile Church has been blinded to the truth of Torah. It has largely accepted the lies that we ;are not under the Law and the Torah is obsolete. This has led it to the belief that the church has replacement Israel. 

In Summary

We live in prophetic times with the people of Israel returning to the Land and the largely gentile church starting to return to the truth of the Torah as the Hebraic Roots restoration grows. The Lord is preparing both Israel and the church for His return as King of kings as one flock under one Shepherd, Yeshua and His Torah


Prayer needs:

* We give thanks to the Lord for how He is touching different people to get back to Torah and the Hebraic roots of Christianity.
* Pray for Beit Echad and for the groups that are coming together in different locations.
* We give thanks to the Lord for the new additions to our family in South Africa and pray that they will all come to know Him.
* We continue to give thanks to the Lord for supplying all our needs through the generous giving of those among you. Thank you!
* Pray for Israel, Jewish people and especially for Bibi Netenhyu as Islam moves into Jihad in the Middle East and other places in the world.
* Also pray that the wider churches eyes would be opened to the threat of Replacement Theology, which leads to the anti-Semitism and anti-Israel stance that is a curse. 


Upcoming Events

  • Chanukah Celebration on 20 December at The Chapel House Chorley at 2:30 pm All Welcome. 
  • Parashah Bible Study Thursdays at 7:30 pm in Chorley
  • Parashah Bible Study Mondays at 7:30 pm in Lancaster

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