Yom Kippur in Jerusalem
Shalom Dear Friends of Zion,
The ancient Fall biblical feast times are upon us beginning with the Feast of Trumpets, or the day of blowing-Yom T’ruah which began last Sunday evening. In more modern times the feast has also been recognized as Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish new year.
The significance of the Shofar blowing is seen as a sacred preparatory calling of the souls of believing Israel to wake up and prepare for their pilgrim journey up to Jerusalem in order to appear before the Lord. Furthermore, the blowing the Shofar, begins a ten day period known as “Days of Awe” lasting until Yom Kippur-Day of Atonement when God’s people weep and fast in repentance for 24 hours beginning next Tuesday evening.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ (Lev. 17:11)
Seeking repentance without the blood of Yeshua is pointless
Yeshua is our Kippur
…because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats (and chickens) to take away sins. (Heb. 10 4)
… but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Heb. 9:12)
… how much more shall the blood of Messiah (Yeshua), who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb. 9:12)
… And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Yeshua said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt 16:24) If we are in the Messiah we are a new creation, old things are passed away and all things are made new! Therefore we are able through Yeshua to truly deny ourselves and walk in His ways. It is only through Him that we are able to face the wretchedness of self and cast away the works of darkness and walk in the Light even as He is in the Light.
Yom Kippur is a time to purge those ways we do not like in ourselves and renew our souls to Him – to do “Teshuvah” repentance, not only for the wrong things we have done this past year, but also consciously turning our hearts back to God. and seek Him with all diligence..
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Dt 6:5)
Prayer requests from the staff of For Zion’s Sake:Our need, your prayers
From Bradley and family
Please pray for wisdom in all decisions especially concerning His timing! Please pray for our kids that they would truly know the Lord, each of them personally and chose to walk in His ways!
From Lena and Sergei
Please pray for… our brother in-law’s health and Salvation.. for our nephew that the Lord will bless him with work and that he will surrender his heart to Him… for our son’s desire to study at the University
Thank you for continuing to pray for my daughter-in-law that the Lord will give her strength to overcome her sickness and that she will give her heart to Him
Please pray for… my daughter that the Lord will change her heart and give her wisdom; and Salvation.
Please pray for… my family’s salvation, especially for my dad and his health that I may see him again…f or me, to make decisions that are my Master’s will
With love and gratitude from all of us working together with you, For Zion’s Sake
Bradley, Marianna and FZS staff