A blessed Feast of Tabernacles to everyone!
OK, OK, so this does not look like a Succah (tabernacle), But it actually reflects the meaning of the feast, most beautifully.
God has meant for us to dwell with and in Him; He has desired that we come to Him and find Him to be our eternal dwelling place.
The Feast of Tabernacles means that exactly. It is not only a celebration of God’s care as He covered in the desert when we dwelt in booths and He was in the midst of the camp. It is not only a celebration of His provision. The feast looks forward to the time when we will be gathered unto Him at His coming.
Psa. 90:1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
How amazingly tender is God’s yearning for us, as expressed in Yeshua’s cry over Jerusalem.
"how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matt. 23:37
This is the heart of God, this is the motion of the Holy Spirit in our lives — He draws us to Himself, to dwell there. Will you let yourself be drawn today? Can you shut down the computers and smartphones, and TV’s and whatever it is that serves to mask this gentle pull? If you do that, you will surely experience the true meaning of the Feast. Did not Yeshua stand on the last day of the feast and call in that Spirit? “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
Two issues for prayer during this time
The key to Israel’s understanding of God and its own existence and destiny is the removal of the veil over their understanding of the Messiah. He is the cornerstone, He is the stone of stumbling. 2Cor. 3:14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament because the veil is taken away in Christ.
“The veil over the understanding of the old covenant is a lack of knowledge of Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ. Paul had experienced that in virtually every city and synagogue, and he began his ministry in each synagogue by seeking to remove the veil.” 1
There can be no change without that.
We cannot exaggerate the need for intercession on behalf of Israel in this matter. There is no going around it, there is no avoiding it, there is no diminishing of the centrality of the issue.
Israel's security - Israel under pressure
The most serious issue facing Israel today is the fact that Russia is on our borders. Additionally, the Russia-Syria-Iran axis, as some call it, is extremely dangerous for israel. Although on the surface Israel is getting along fairly well with Russia, personally I am very uneasy about this and it looks to me as a perilous turn of events.
“UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday opened the world’s largest diplomatic gathering with a stark warning of growing chaos and confusion as the rules-based global order comes under threat of breaking down.
"Addressing the opening session of the UN General Assembly, Guterres said trust in the rules-based global order and among states was “at a breaking point” and international cooperation becoming more difficult.
“Today, world order is increasingly chaotic. Power relations are less clear,” Guterres told the 193-nation assembly just minutes before President Donald Trump was to take the podium. “Universal values are being eroded. Democratic principles are under siege.”2
Prayer and the Word
How shall we pray? Firstly, we will look up! We will look to God, we will see Him in His word. There is no light to be had, looking at the world. Is. 8:22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.
But there is light and salvation in looking to Him who is Light! Our Savior
Is. 9:2 The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.
Our leading is to pray for Israel from two places (those of you who are using these bulletins as a guide for your prayers)
Pray for Israel from Joel 3. This is the external view of what God will do for Israel
Pray for Israel from Ezekiel 36 This is the internal view of what God will do in Israel
God Reigns! Let us pray with confidence and faith.
Thank you for standing with us in prayer. Be blessed!
- Nettles, Thomas J.. The Privilege, Promise, Power & Peril of Doctrinal Preaching. Free Grace Press. Kindle Edition.