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As we prepare for winter, the clocks have gone back an hour, the nights are dark and the cold is coming. The question is, Are we any closer to the Return of Messiah? The answer must be a yes /no, as we are closer but both the Church and Israel are not ready to receive Him. Things will have to get a lot darker and colder than they are now, both in the physical and spiritual areas. As I write this, people are wishing people 'Happy Halloween' without realising what they are saying and what they are allowing when they dress their children up in Halloween costumes that represent death.

"Today's popular celebrations associated with Halloween have pagan roots stemming from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This harvest festival of the Druids ushered in the New Year, beginning on the evening of October 31 with the lighting of bonfires and offering of sacrifices. As the Druids danced around the fires, they celebrated the end of the summer and beginning of the season of darkness.

It was believed that at this time of year the invisible "gates" between the natural world and the spirit world would open, allowing free movement between the two worlds." (Quoted from https://www.thoughtco.com)
 

Contrast this with joy of Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles that speaks of the Millennial reign when Messiah will dwell under the Chuppah with His Bride, which we have just celebrated last month in Trishi. This is the seventh month which relates to the Hebrew letter 'Zayin' that is discussed below. We had a wonderful time hosting One Lev, an Israeli Messianic music group for a week during Sukkot. Ilan and Lori are from near Mt Carmel,  while Misha the guitarist is from St Petersburg, Russia. Ilan and Lori had booked six Misha Ilan & Lorimonths previously on  Monarch Airways and less than a week before they were due to fly Monarch collapsed and they had to get other tickets. But even this the Lord used as they landed up flying into Manchester on the same flight as Misha was on as his flight had been redirected  from St Petersburg. Only the Lord could have orchestrated this. It only remains for them to claim a refund, the Lord willing. So they arrived a day earlier and could enjoy time going around Chorley. The photograph shows them enjoying the RAF Memorial garden at Astley Hall in Chorley.

The next morning they took a leisurely drive up to North Yorkshire with Giborah while Ian went up with Colin and Wendy to start setting up the Sukkah and soundOne Lev system in the NorthallNorthallerton Sukkaherton Town Hall. This was the first venue of their  tour of the North of England that started in Northallerton, Yorkshire on the afternoon  of Friday, 6th October. Under the Sukkah are Ian, Giborah and Philippa our host with Lori on the right. We gave a short teaching after waving the Lulav and Etrog. (Refer to our article about the Lulav) We had asked Ilan if he could get hold of a kosher Lulav and Etrog in Israel. He tells the story of going to the market area where they were on sale. He was asked  whom were they going to use by. When he said a rabbi in Manchester they were so impressed that they rushed to get him a special Lulav set without charging him! He could not remember the rabbi's name. (As Rabbi McDonald does not quite sound kosher!)

On tSkipton Sukkothe Saturday we travelled across to Skipton in North Yorkshire where we celebrated Sukkot with Sycamore in a local hotel. We waved the Lulav and taught on the significance of the Four Species. After wonderful buffet meal we had a blessed time of fellowship and dancing to the music of One Lev.

Sunday morning we were up bright and breezy to go to the Manchester RMRCestoration Church at the entraCemeterynce to Blackley Cemetery. Here Jay from the congregtion joined One Lev on Bass guitar fitting in with them beautifully as we celebrated Sukkot with this congregation and their Pastor Isaac. After fellowship and a shared meal we were back on the road to get ready for the evening celeLancaster Castlebration at the Lancaster Baptist Church near the centre of Lancaster. Before going to setup at the cLancaster BaptistLBChurch we stopped off at Lancaster Castle and Priory to show One Lev some of the city sights. We had a warm welcome from Pastor Emilian and he would like One Lev to come back next year for a morning service where the numbers are larger.  Those who attended were blessed and we even had some dancing around the pews with some little children carry flags and waving them. 
After this hectic weekend Ilan and Lori went to visit friend in Ireland while Ian took Misha  to see his childhood idols, the Beatles in Liverpool for the day. We drove past the orthodox sysnagogue near Liverpool Cathedral and Ian stood under their Sukkah as shown below. SynagogueUnder SukkahLiverpool
We then spend a day up in the Lake Disrtict which we have not visited for awhile. Misha was totally take in by the beauty and the autumn colours. He now wants to bring his wife to visit the UK from St Petersburg where they live. On the Wednesday evening we had the final concert in Chorley which was well attended and enjoyed by all. After dropping Misha off at the airport to return home we took Ilan and Lori  to Conwy for the day in north Wales before they returned to Israel as we attended a funeral in Llandudno of friend who had had a ministry of claiming Wales for Yeshua. So One Lev completed their 1st tour of the UK and are looking forward to another tour  to build on the seeds planted on this tour.

Colin and Wendy have started to investigate a celebration that has not been celebrated since the fall of the Temple in 70 CE called Rosh Chodesh, the New Moon. So on Saturday evening 18 November we held a Hafdalah service to close out the Sabbath followed by Rosh Chodesh Kislev which is a monthly celebration when the new moon appears. Three of us men blew the shofar outside in the childrens play area to declare the Lordship of Yeshua over the area. This was followed by a time of prayer over a large map of Israel. On the 25 of Kislev (13 December)  Chanukah starts for the next 8 days which is the Festival of Dedication that Yeshua celebrated as discussed on our website.

Please look at the prayers given on the right, as we need to be in persistant prayer for the coming days of change.
 
Shalom in Yeshua Our Messiah
Ian & Penny (Giborah) McDonald

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The Significance of
Shemini Ateretz
 The Eighth Day

For [the] seven days [of Sukkot] you shall bring a fire offering to Adonai.. On the eighth day, it shall be a holy convocation for you and you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. It is a solemn assembly—you should do no laborious work. Leviticus 23:36

The seven days of Sukkot (refer to our article Sukkot: Feast of Tabernacles) prophetically point to the thousand year reign of Messiah as does the Sabbath in Genesis 2. The seventh day precedes the six days of creation where a day is like a thousand years. So one can speak of the six thousand years from the creation of Adam and a thousand years of Sabbath Rest Millennial reign of Messiah. Now on the last day of the Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, Yeshua stood and cried out,

If anyone one is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water."
John (7:37 -38)

Hoshana Rabba, The Great Supplication can be related to the day when the verdict that was issued on Rosh Hashanah (Day of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is finalized. This will be the last opportunity for the nations to receive Messiah before judgement. As given in Revelation 20, Satan is released from prison where he has been locked for the 1000 year reign of Messiah (the seven days of Sukkot) to deceive the nations to go to battle together with Gog and Magog (v 8) against Israel and Jerusalem. They are destroyed by fire from Heaven and The Adversary is hurled into the Lake of Fire. This is followed by the Great White Throne Judgement (v 11). This Judgement is linked to the Second Resurrection of the dead who had received the mark of the Beast.

So how does the Eighth Day relate to the above?
To answer this we need to continue with Revelation 21 which is about the New Jerusalem. But before going there, we need to consider what the Torah and the Jewish sages have to say about this Eighth Day.

Shemini Atzeret (שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת‎ – "Eighth [day of] Assembly" is a Sabbath, a day of 'Atzeret' solemn, sacred assembly, a feminine noun. The word atzeret is derived from atzar, to collect, to store. “The sense of the word is that the Jew should remain behind after the festival of Succos, to absorb its teaching and dedicate himself to the service of God, study of His Word, and a sojourn in His Sanctuary (Sforno)”i. It is honoured with the lighting of candles and reciting the festival kiddush as an independent festival from Sukkot. Also celebrated on this eighth day and extended into the next day outside Israel is Simcha Torah (the Rejoicing of the Law). It signals the end of the annual reading of the Torah with the end of Devarim (Deuteronomy) and the start of the readings with Bereshit (Genesis). Hence the purpose of this festival is to recapitulate and to store in our memories the Torah and everything we experienced and gained during the preceding Yamim Tovim (Good Days).

More detail is given about the offering of fire to Adonai in Numbers 29:35 – 38 where only one bull, one ram and seven lambs were to be offered. The Sages comment on this as follows: “During Succos festival, seventy bulls are offered on behalf of the gentile nations. After the festival God says to Israel, as it were, 'Make a small banquet for Me so that I can enjoy your exclusive company.' (Rashi)ii Jonathan Cahn in his Book of Mysteries for Day 89 gives:
[G-d says to Israel,] "I have detained you [to remain] with Me." This is analogous to a king who invited his sons to feast with him for a certain number of days, and when the time came for them to leave, he said: "My sons! Please, stay with me just one more day; it is difficult for me to part with you!"iii
"Rabbi Noach of Lechowitz expounded the theme of Shemini Atzeret  saying it may be better understood if we think of it in terms of a BRIDE AND GROOM. During the wedding, they are both decked out in a wardrobe of exquisite, elegant clothes and jewellery. However, when they come together in their private chamber, they remove their garments and jewellery.” It is a time of intimacy between Bride and Groom!
"Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi said, Shemini Atzeret is a Yom Tov that is not identified with any specific symbol or mitzvah. It is not celebrated with either matzah, shofar, or lulav. The reason is that on Shemini Atzeret we reach a stage of TRUE AND PURE JOY, a state of happiness that requires no external symbolic stimuli. It is a joy that stems from the depth of man's inner self. Comparing the symbolism of this Holy Day with the imagery of a Bride and Bridegroom, and their intimate togetherness, by themselves, after all the guests and party-goers depart, gives us a special insight into the real spiritual implications of Shemini Atzeret.”

It is also the beginning of a new rainy season in Israel, during which the earth is nourished by rain from the heavens. So water and the prayer for rain is a vital ingredient in the celebration of Shemini Atzeret. Spiritually, then, it represents the pouring out anew of God's Holy Spirit and the continuation and expectation of a NEW HARVEST for the Kingdom of God! (Psalm 42:1-2 Isaiah 55:1 John 7:37-39)

So what is the significance of the number eight 'shemini'?
"In Hebrew the number eight is Sh'moneh, from the root Shah'meyn, 'to make fat,' 'cover with fat,' 'to super-abound.' As a participle it means 'one who abounds in strength,' etc. As a noun it is 'super-abundant fertility,' 'oil,' etc. So that as a numeral it is the super-abundant number. As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of divine completion and rest; so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the First of a new series, as well as being the Eighth. Thus it already represents two numbers in one, the first and eighth", clearly "A NEW BEGINNING" or RESURRECTION into a totally new order. There are numerous examples of "eight" used in this connection in the Scriptures:
  • Ark of Noah eight souls were saved by water. (Gen 7:13 1 Peter 3:20 2 Pet.2:5)
  • Future Temple of God described in Ezekiel even steps that led into the outer court (Ezek.40:22, 26); however, there were eight steps that led from the outer court to the inner court (Ezek.40:31, 34, 37) to intimate fellowship with God and pure worship!
  • The consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests of God required seven days of being set apart (Lev.8:35), but it was on the "eighth day" that they were anointed as "priests," thus beginning a "new" ministry and office before God and the people.
  • David was the "eighth" son of Jesse, thus also beginning a "new dynasty" in Israel when he became king (I Sam.16:10-11; II Sam.7:12).
  • Circumcision was to be performed on the Eighth Day (Gen.17:12) . The first-born was to be given to Jehovah on the eighth day (Exo.22:29-30).
  • "It is 7 plus 1. Hence it is the number specially associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order.
Eight is the first “cubic” number 23 = 2 x 2 x 2 = 8. Whereas “3” is the symbol of the first plane figure (a triangle with 3 sides) with “4” as the first square 22. So here in the first “cube” figure we see something of transcendent perfection, something in which length, breadth, and height are all equal! This significance of the cube is seen in the fact that the 'Holy of Holies,' both in the Tabernacle and in the Temple, were cubes. In the Tabernacle it was a cube of ten cubits. In the Temple it was a cube of twenty cubits. Could this be pointing to the ultimate New Beginning that John reveals in the Book of Revelation of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus The Christ?

The apostle John records in Revelation 21:1-5: “And I saw a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”. This is the fulfilment of Isaiah's prophecy in Isaiah 65:17-25:
For, behold, I create NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice forever (olam in Hebrew meaning forever, eternity, literally, “to the vanishing point” or “time out of sight”) in that which I CREATE: for, behold, I create JERUSALEM A REJOICING, and her people a joy.”

Does this give us the great significance of the number Eight 'Shemini'?
In Revelation 21:16, the New Jerusalem is to be a CUBE of 12,000 stadios (stadia is the distance around a Greek stadium, 600 feet), approximately 1,500 miles to a side!
The city is laid out as a square—its length the same as its width. He measured the city with the rod—12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. (Rev 21:16)

So is this NEW JERUSALEM going to be the HOLY OF HOLIES where the God's Shekhinah will dwell as indicated in Rev 21:22-23? Note that, “Outside this city, in the magnificent New Earth, will dwell all the nations of mankind that will be saved, and given immortality and eternal life”! (Rev.21:24-27)

Is “Shemini Atzeret” in reality the “staging ground,” the threshold, the new beginning of the next phase of God’s Plan? Its very name identifies it as a “new beginning. God will create a “new beginning” when He creates new heavens and a new earth. Yeshua plainly told John in Revelation.21:5 sat upon the throne,
Behold, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”.

Eighth Day is like the ultimate Sabbath. Just as the Sabbath is the first appointed time, the seventh day of creation pointing to the Millennial reign of Messiah. So does Shemini Atzeret, the Eighth Day point to the ultimate Rest when the New Jerusalem comes from Heaven prepared like a Bride beautifully dressed for her Husband (Rev 21:2) where they come together in total intimacy and oneness, ECHAD.
 
iThe Chumash, Stone Edition Lev23:36
iiThe Chumash, Stone Edition Num 29:35
iii Bamidbar Rabbah 21, Sukkah 55b (p.98)

ז Zayin


This seventh letter of the Hebrew AlephBet Zayin with the Gematria of 7 and a ‘z’ sound is a very significant letter. The Letter Zayin ז means “Victory” or “Weapon” like a sword as its shape implies. The Rabbis link the shape of Zayin to the staff of Moses that He used for the miracles in Egypt and especially when it turned into a serpent, which in Hebrew is  Nachash  נַחָשׁ  with a Gematria of 358. This has the same Gematria as Mashiach  מַשָׁיח  Messiah! There is much more that could be said about this connection and especially where Moses is instructed to place a serpent on a pole to save the Israelites from dying from the bite of the snakes in Numbers 21.

Also with Zayin has a value of 7 it has prophet significance pointing to the End-Times as discussed in the article on  Shemini Ateretz. We are in the year 5778 approaching 6000 before entering the 7th Millennium.

The Mystery of Zayin
The Shabbat and Zayin are connected with Shabbat being the 7th Day. The Rabbis in Talmud Shabbat 118a states: “He who observes [the practice of] three meals on the Sabbath is saved from three evils: the travails of the Messiah, the retribution of Gehinnon, and the wars of Gog and Magog.
Sounds silly but the Rabbis say it refers to three events/meals in Shemot (Exodus)16:25

 
ה אכלהו היום כי־שׁבת היום ליהוה היום לא תמצאהו בשׂדה׃   ויאמר משׁ  

. VaYomer Moshe ichluhu HaYom Ki-Shabbat HaYom HaShem HaYom Lo Timitzuhu Besadeh

ye shall not find it in the field. And Moses said: 'Eat that to-day; for to-day is a Sabbath unto the LORD; to-day
Here HaYom, to-day is mentioned 3 times to represent the 3 meals within the Shabbat which is Seven:-

1st Meal: Friday evening meal based on the Merit of Isaac, Isaac was bound ready to be sacrificed as if he was sacrificed and stands in the gap between us and God so that we may enter into the Kingdom of God.
2nd Meal: Merit of Abraham: Dagger of Abraham is called in Hebrew Machelet מַאכְלֶת   rooted in the word  אכְלֶ akal to devour, eat, consume  A Knife of feeding!
3rd Meal: Feast of Jacob but known as Meal of Messiah Why? it happens in Shabbat He is coming to rule in the 7th Millinium, The Shabbat.

We are commanded to Remember )Zikron זִכָּרוֹן) the Sabbath Day in which we remember Abraham with the Binding and Sacrifice of Isaac and finally we remember the Mashiach, Messiah!
This is the essence of the letter Zayin!

It also represents a sword that is holding to fight for us against Satan who tries to bring us to Sin, the Letter Chet which follows Zayin.  

 

(For the previous five letters go to click here)
 

Our Prayers

     שבשמים אבינו
Avenu She’Bashamayim
שבשמים אבינו
(our father in Heaven)

א. Enquire for the Completeness of Yerushalayim. We
pray for more believers to Gerim (crossover) and cry
out in supplication for the City of the Great King.

ב. We pray for Yisrael (the pupil of God’s eye) We
pray for the land, God’s people and for reconciliation
between Jews and Christians

ג. We pray for the middle East, especially for the
protection of Israel's borders. We pray for His will to be
done—for His kingdom to come.

ד. We pray for revelation in the church of the need
to stand with Yisrael. We pray or those in authority to
repent of our past transgressions and to uphold the
people of God.

ה. We pray for Britain that God would restore the
honour of His Name. Through Revelation, Repentance
and Restoration. We pray for the honouring of the
Balfour Declaration in 2017 We pray for a return to
Holiness and true proclamation of the Gospel.

ו. We pray for the weekly and monthly groups
who gather together to study Torah. Praying for
Chorley, Lancaster, Northallerton and Preston that the
groups may meet in peace and safety, drawing those
who are being saved to join them. We pray for The
Lord’s guidance and protection for those leading and
attending.

ז. We pray for one another, that our light may
shine… may we be welcoming, accepting of one
another and encouraging each other as the day draws
closer… we pray for spouses, children and family
members. We pray especially for those who are alone,
hurting and in need of true friendship.May we be
available... as well as salt and light in our walk with
Yeshua.
 
In the Name of the Holy One of Yisrael,
Yeshua Hamashiach
Amen


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