16
Feb
14

jay dockins’ february 2014 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

The month of January featured a return to ministry for us! After our surgeries in late December, Kim and I recuperated for the first few weeks of the month before resuming services toward the end of the month. After that, I traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, to man the Rock of Israel booth at the South Florida Fair.

Our two services for January were both in Monticello, Arkansas. We spoke at Monticello Christian Church during a Sunday morning service. Pastor Jerry Ebert has been kind enough to host us several times for both Passover Seders and for the ministry of the Word! This congregation, though small, always seems vitally interested in the ministry to the Jewish people and what they can learn about their own faith through the teaching which is presented!

The evening service was at Oak Grove Assembly of God in Monticello! It was the church’s annual “Night to Honor Israel” service. It is always an honor to be invited by Pastor Bobby Spencer to be a part of this service annually! Pastor Spencer and his congregation always organize such a powerful and meaningful event for this service! My friend, Pastor Sam Austin, was the speaker this year and did a tremendous job! We enjoyed the weekend in Monticello and I departed from there for the South Florida Fair the next day!

The ministry of Rock of Israel at the booth at the South Florida Fair is centered in evangelism of the Jewish people! Our ministry there involves handing out tracts which all center on the fact that Jesus is the promised Messiah! It also involves conversation with those who are curious about our beliefs and testimony of Jesus as the Messiah! Although our emphasis is evangelism of the Jewish people, we share the Good News with all who will listen!

It would be impossible to carry out the ministry at this fair without the help of local volunteers! Many of these believers work with us each year and are faithful to come and work so that we do not have to spend 10-12 hours per day in the booth! I was blessed with a very dear Messianic rabbi and three couples who helped during my week at the fair this year!

Rabbi Ben Alpert called me before I left Arkansas and volunteered for my first two nights at the fair! Rabbi Ben is a warm, wonderful and jovial man who can talk to anyone! He was a great help and encourager!

Rabbi Ben Alpert and Jay Dockins

Rabbi Ben Alpert and Jay Dockins

Juan and Frances Mercado were a great help! Juan asked me when I needed for him to work and told me to just tell him when to be there! He also came by a time or two when he wasn’t on duty to just visit! Frances joined us when she got off of work!

Juan and Frances Mercado and Jay Dockins

Juan and Frances Mercado and Jay Dockins

Richard and Hannah Greenfield are volunteers who have helped us for at least the last three years! Richard is an accountant and is well capable of handling things at the booth! He and Hannah are quite the team and they took care of things on the Saturday evening and Sunday morning  so that I could go to the service which I had on Sunday morning!

Richard and Hannah Greenfield and Jay Dockins

Richard and Hannah Greenfield and Jay Dockins

The other couple who assisted us in the booth were Jim and Rebecca Fox, missionaries with Chosen People Ministries, who helped the Greenfields on the Sunday morning shift. I did not have the pleasure of meeting them but deeply appreciate their willingness to help!

One of the highlights for me occurred on Saturday when a nine-year old boy man came by the booth. His name is Rafael and he seemed to have an intense interest in what we had at the booth and what we were doing there! As I conversed with him, I learned that he was a very bright young man who knew more than most adults who came by the booth. I also learned that he first began reading the Bible when he was three years old and had read it through several times! He was kind enough to speak with me for several minutes and allowed me to take his picture. I will remember Rafael for some time to come!

My new friend, Rafael!

My new friend, Rafael!

If you would like to experience an evangelism trip with Rock of Israel, let me tell you about an exciting upcoming opportunity! I will be leading a team of volunteers at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois, from August 7-17! Volunteers will help us to man the booth, hand out tracts, share the Good News of the Messiah and assist those who would like to purchase some of the items which we have for sale. It is a life changing experience and an opportunity for you to witness for the Lord! Don’t worry about what you will say or do. We will train you! For further details, give me a call at the number listed at the bottom of this page or call the Rock of Israel offices and speak with Debbie!

As I close this edition of the newsletter, allow me share my heart for a moment. I believe that the coming of the Lord is imminent. James 5:8 exhorts us to be patient and establish our hearts because the coming of the Lord is drawing nigh! Jesus is coming soon and we must patiently continue living and working for the Lord! What would I recommend and what am I doing myself? I feel that it is time for us to re-intensify our efforts in all that we do for Him! Study His Word more, pray more, serve more, witness more, give more, etc.! Let us patiently continue with what we know that we are supposed to be doing! Jesus is coming soon and we won’t be sorry when He comes and finds us doing what we should be doing! Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Jewish Vocabulary
Yom HaDin- The Day of Judgment. When the Lord returns, He will come with judgment! When He returns to receive His own at the Rapture, those who have lived righteously and are looking for His returning will be judged as righteous and will join Him for eternity! He will then have a final judgment for everyone else at the Great White Throne judgment! Revelation 20:11 Be ready!

Pastors, I still have a few dates open for Passover Seders between now and Passover/Resurrection Day! If you would be interested in having a Seder at your church during this time, please contact me through one of the ways listed below! I even have the weekend of Easter open (it was originally scheduled but just came open in the last day or so)!

If you are not interested in hosting a Seder but would like to hear more about the ministry of Rock of Israel, I would be honored to come and share about Jewish evangelism, culture and the Jewish Messiah with your congregation! I share a little about the ministry and then share a message from God’s Word! I look forward to hearing from you! Shalom!

To learn more about our ministry go to http://jdockinsrockofisrael.wordpress.com/

You can reach me:

-by phone @ 479-453-0203 or 800-722-ROCK (7625), the dial ext. 106!

-on Facebook  Jay Dockins

-on Twitter @JayDockins

-or by email @ jdockins@rockofisrael.org

20
Jan
14

jay dockins’ January 2014 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim (Hello Friends),

2014 has arrived and is in full swing! I trust that, so far, it has been a good beginning for your year! I believe that the Lord wants to make this a good year for all those who will trust Him and follow what He lays out before us!

2014 has already shown to be a time of change for the Dockins family! Kim and I both had bariatric surgery in December and are seeing tremendous results! It was recommended by our doctor and we are already seeing health benefits and the resolution of issues which had plagued us for some time! We are enjoying improving health, leaner physiques and shopping for new clothes! What a change and a blessing which the Lord allowed us to experience! It has been tough, but will be well worth it in the months and years to come!

We haven’t had any services the first three weeks of January because of our surgeries and a 10 pound lifting limit which our surgeon imposed upon us! We have just spent the time resting and recuperating and getting ready for upcoming services! We begin our 2014 schedule with two services on January 26th in Monticello, Arkansas!

January also brought quite a surprise for Kim! I was able to pull off a surprise which was several months in the making! On the 18th we renewed our wedding vows in a ceremony which was a shocker for my lovely wife! We quietly celebrated our 32nd anniversary on Thursday, the 16th! I told Kim that we would go out for a special day on Saturday. What she did not know about or expect was a vow renewal ceremony, complete with her matron of honor, a slideshow of pictures of us throughout the years, video greetings from some of our friends from around the country and a reception! To say the least, she was pleased! And I was a hero for arranging the whole thing! But most of all, we stood before God and witnesses and vowed to continue to love one another! It was an awesome and memorable experience!

The Fredericks and the Dockins

The Fredericks and the Dockins

December was a delightful month for us with two services. The first was with Pastor Tammy Frederick in Paris, Arkansas. This service was on a wintry day which featured clear highways until we got within two or so miles of the church where we ran into hills which our van was not designed to negotiate! The pastor’s husband was kind enough to come and give us a ride to the church in his four-wheel drive truck! The service and the dinner which followed were delightful as we celebrated God sending His Son to us so that we might be saved!

Pastor Steve Moss and Jay Dockins

Pastor Steve Moss and Jay Dockins

Our other service was with Pastor Steve Moss and his congregation on the outskirts of El Dorado, Arkansas! The service was wonderful and the people were warm, receiving the message so kindly, as they always have in previous services! We enjoyed the fellowship with the Moss family! The only drawback for me was that I was on a liquid diet in preparation for my upcoming surgery and could only have soup as everyone else ate Chinese food, one of my favorite types of food! (I will have to remind myself to not pray so hard for His grace in my life!)

I want to close this edition by reminding us to be diligent in our living as we expectantly await the coming of the Lord! I believe that Jesus is coming back in the very near future! I believe that His Word proclaims clearly that we should be alertly watching and waiting for His return! But there is an alarming trend, at least to me, regarding Jesus’ soon return. For the past several months I have heard of and seen a video about the “Four Blood Moons Prophecy.” I have seen it and was thrilled, enthralled and moved by its possible implications! But is does not form my basis of belief in the soon coming of the Lord, His Word does! As thrilling as the video and other things which I have heard shared through the years are, only his Word must be the basis for my belief! His Word is eternal, His Word is settled in Heaven and His Word is inspired! So, if you hear something which lines up with His Word, rejoice! But do not let anything but His Word become the basis of what you believe!

Jewish Vocabulary
As I was reading recently, I was reminded of the Hebrew word “akedah.”
Akedah is the term for the binding of Isaac by Abraham on Mount Moriah. It was Abraham’s obedience to the command of the LORD to take his son, his only son, Isaac and offer him unto the LORD! This beautiful picture shows what God was going to do in offering His Only Son, Jesus, as the sacrifice for the sins of the world!

If you are a pastor or church leader and would like to have the ministry of Rock of Israel come to your church, please contact me in one of the ways listed below! I always enjoy the opportunity to share about Jewish evangelism, culture and the Jewish Messiah with congregations in this area of the country! I share a little about the ministry and then share a message from God’s Word! I look forward to hearing from you! Shalom!

To learn more about our ministry go to http://jdockinsrockofisrael.wordpress.com/

You can reach me:

-by phone @ 479-453-0203 or 800-722-ROCK (7625), the dial ext. 106!

-on Facebook  Jay Dockins

-on Twitter @JayDockins

-or by email @ jdockins@rockofisrael.org

30
Nov
13

jay dockins’ november/december 2013 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!),

Did you miss my November newsletter? Well, if you did, there is a good reason why. I didn’t publish one! My life has been full of so much activity and unexpected interruptions over the past few weeks that I decided to publish a combination November/December newsletter! That is my reason, (not excuse) for this combo newsletter! (As a former parishioner once told me, “An excuse is the skin of a reason that is stuffed with a lie!”)

(Hope you had a) Happy Thanksgivukkah!


We have just experienced a very unique occurrence! Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincided this year! It was a little odd to say “Happy Hanukkah” and “Happy Thanksgiving” in the same breath, so someone came very cleverly came up with the phrase “Happy Thanksgivukkah!” These two holidays have not occurred at the same time in well over 100 years and will not occur at the same time again for some 70,000 years, so I hope that you enjoyed their conjunction this year!

If you do not know that story of Hanukkah, permit me to offer the following which I borrowed from fellow Rock of Israel Staff Minister, Doug Carmel.

“In the year 165 BC, the Jewish people who lived in Israel where living under the rule of the foreign King Antiochus Epiphanes, who took control of the Temple in Jerusalem.  He forced the Jewish people to abandon their worship of God, made them bow down to the Greek gods and sacrificed a pig on the altar.

As a result of the severe persecution, a group of four Jewish brothers, led by Judah Maccabee, decided to raise up an army of fighters. These men became known as the Maccabees.  They fought for three years until achieving deliverance from the Syrian control.

The rededication of the Temple to the Lord took place in the year 165 BC, on the 25th day of the Hebrew month called Kislev.  So Hanukkah received its name, the Feast of Dedication, because it celebrates the Maccabees’ victory over Greek oppression and the “rededication” (The Hanukkah-ing) of the temple.

But Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights, and this is because immediately following the miraculous deliverance, Jewish tradition states that God provided another miracle of provision.

According to tradition, when the Temple was rededicated, there was only enough oil left in the temple to burn the oil lamp for one day. But at the rededication, the Maccabees went ahead and lit the flame with the remaining supply of oil, and God caused it to burn miraculously for eight days, until the new sacred oil was ready.

This is why the feast is also called the Festival of Lights, and why the Hanukkah Menorah is lit for eight consecutive nights of celebration. Jewish people also commemorate this miracle of oil provision by making oil-rich foods, such as “Latkies”, (potato pancakes fried in oil).”

Gabriel Appears to Mary

Many people believe (and I happen to be one of them) that on one particular Hanukkah that Gabriel appeared  to a young Jewish virgin, named Miriam (Mary), telling her that she would bear a child who would be called “the Son of God.” This is the true miracle of Hanukkah! It is when God sent His Light into the world as Jesus was conceived in the womb of Mary!

Dreidels with Hebrew Letters (from r to l)- Nun, Gimel, Hay, Shin standing for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham "A Great Miracle Happened There"

Dreidels with Hebrew Letters (from r to l)- Nun, Gimel, Hay, Shin standing for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham “A Great Miracle Happened There”

 

One of the great things about Hanukkah is the game played with a little spinning top called “dreidel.” The dreidel has four Hebrew letters on it which represent the phrase, “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham” which means “a great miracle happened there!” Truly, the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary, a virgin, is a great miracle! The conception of Jesus is the miracle of His coming to live among us in the flesh! His birth was a normal human birth, but His conception was supernatural!

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Hanukkah usually occurs sometime in December, causing some to identify it with the Christmas season. However, if Jesus was conceived at Hanukkah and was born of woman (Galatians 4:4), He could not have been born on December 25, unless He had the longest gestation period of any child in the history of the world! Obviously, Jesus would have had to be born at some other time of year, which brings me to the point which I would like to make as we speak of the Christmas season.
What do we celebrate at Christmas? Do we celebrate a day? a date? reindeer? a fat man dressed in a red suit that brings gifts to good little boys and girls? No! We celebrate God sending His Son who is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! We celebrate God with us! We celebrate the Messiah who is “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:32) My point is that we commemorate the Savior coming, even more than His birth! Billions of children have been born but only one was our Savior!

With that being said, I want to do what I usually do each December in this newsletter, post the words to some of the Christmas carols which bless my soul with some of the profound truths which the coming of the Messiah reveal!

“Wexford Carol”

Good people all, this Christmas time, Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done, In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray to God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn, there was a blessed Messiah born! 

“Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”


God of God, Light of Light, Lo, He abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten not created: O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.

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Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to Thee be the glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, Now in the flesh appearing, O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.

May the Blessings of the LORD overtake you this Holiday Season!
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Messiahmas from the Dockins!
We’ll see you back on our regular schedule in January!

Our 2014 Spring schedule is filling up fast! If you would like for me to come to your church to present a Messianic Passover Seder, a message on the Jewish people and how to reach them or just preach from a Jewish perspective, now is the time to contact me! To learn more about our ministry go to http://jdockinsrockofisrael.wordpress.com/

You can reach me:
-by phone @ 479-453-0203 or 800-722-ROCK (7625), the dial ext. 106!
-on Facebook @ Jay Dockins
-on Twitter @JayDockins
-or by email @ jdockins@rockofisrael.org

15
Oct
13

jay dockins’ october 2013 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!),

Time is moving right along and the year will soon be drawing to a close! It seems like just yesterday that it was January and we were starting our ministry year! Time marches on!

Next month Kim and I will be celebrating the beginning of our eighth year with Rock of Israel Ministries! The past seven years have seemingly flown by and the multitudes of services that we have held seem like only a few! Our lives have been enriched by the many people that we have met and ministered to. We have been blessed, refreshed and encouraged by so many of friends that we have made through this ministry. From those who have volunteered in various capacities to those whose lives we have been allowed to touch in some small way, our lives have been added to in so many ways!

Ministry this past month was less hectic than in the previous few months. We spent three weekends in ministry, all in the state of Arkansas. The first two weekends were at churches within 20 miles of our house, a welcomed change from the usual for a travel-weary itinerate preacher! Our third weekend was at First Assembly of God in Pleasant Plains, just a little over two hours away. The evening service there was highlighted for me by the attendance of one of my high school classmates! It was good to have her and three of her grandchildren with her! All of these services were enjoyable and the Lord blessed in each one of them!

Although September was an enjoyable month of ministry, it was unusual in the fact that I forgot to take pictures at any of the churches that we went to! It was our intention to take pictures but we just forgot! Sorry, no pictures this month!

Please be in prayer for our Rock of Israel Staff and volunteers who are ministering at the Arizona State Fair through November 3rd! We will have a booth full of product set up and will be giving out evangelistic materials and sharing the Good News with those who come by! Pray that the Lord will bless the efforts and expand the Kingdom!

Jewish Vocabulary
Tanakh
- it is the acronym for Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim (Law, Prophets, Writings). These make up the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures. They are arranged in a different order and number of books (several books are combined) from the gentile arrangement of the Old Testament. The contents, however, are the same.

Attention Pastors! We still have space on a couple of Sundays in November for services! If you would be interested in having us in service to share about the ministry of Rock of Israel and/or minister to your congregation, please contact me by one of the methods below! You will be glad that you did! (And so will I!)

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1-479-453-0203 or 1-800-722-ROCK, (ext. 106)

jdockins@rockofisrael.org

@JayDockins (on Twitter)

Jay Dockins (on Facebook)

15
Sep
13

jay dockins’ september 2013 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends)

My busiest  summer of ministry continued through August! During August I had the privilege of attending a conference in Orlando and participating in evangelism in Toronto, Canada! Those two events had me out of town for 16 of August’s 31 days. The total count for my 91 day summer break from work was 46 days away from home and 45 at home. But I am finally home and off of the road for a while, Kim and Jonathan both recognize me, and my two dogs still allow me to pet them! I pray that the Lord will make all of the efforts which we have extended fruitful for His Kingdom!

The first Monday of the month I flew to Orlando to join Robert and Carrie Specter, along with Scott Roberts, to help man the Rock of Israel booth at the General Council of the Assemblies of God! It was an enjoyable four day meeting where I met new friends, saw old friends, and fellowshipped with pastors whose congregations I have ministered to in the past. Our booth was well received and frequented by many who are interested in the ministry of Rock of Israel and the product which we had for sale!

I was working at the Rock of Israel booth when a lady and her two daughters came to the booth. Rachel, the older of the two daughters, seemed especially interested in having a rubber wrist bracelet which we had for sale on our table. She inquired as to how much it cost. I told her $5.00 and she looked disappointed. Robert Specter, president of Rock of Israel Ministries, told me that she could have it for $3.00. I told the little girl, whose name was Rachel, what I had been told and she was still disappointed. She said, “I don’t have three dollars.” I looked at her and said, “But I have three dollars!” She looked at me excitedly as I added, “And if your sister would like to have one, I have another three dollars for her to have one!” Rachel and her sister Rebecca, both selected bracelets as I put six dollars into the cash register. A few seconds later, Rachel turned from telling her mom what had happened and said to me, “That deserves a hug and a picture!” Rachel and Rebecca came and stood on either side of me, put their arms around me and had their mom take a picture! It was then when that little girl destroyed what little dignity and composure that I had. She looked up at me and said with the boldness of 100 missionaries, “Thank you! We are missionaries to Paris, and we are going there because only 1% of the people there are evangelical believers! We are going there to tell them about Jesus!” I was speechless! I thought that I had done something nice for her, but she had actually done something awesome for me! She allowed me to bless a missionary family in a very small way and reminded me once again about what is most important in life, telling people about Jesus! Thank you, Rachel! You blessed this old man’s soul!

If you would like to learn more about Rachel and Rebecca’s family and their call to France, check out their website:  www.helpusgo.com!

The middle of the month saw me journey to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for evangelism at the Canadian National Exhibition. Rock of Israel had a booth in one of the exhibition buildings. Many people came by the booth, saw the product which we had on display, and asked questions. The questions ranged from “Who are you?” to “Are you serious?” It is difficult for me to understand how anyone cannot comprehend that we actually share the Good News with Jewish people in public venues. Others don’t realize that Jesus is Jewish and the Prophesied Messiah which the Scriptures teach about. Still others who claim to be believers ask us why we are bothering Jewish people with Jesus! Obviously, they have not been taught or have not realized that Jewish people (along with everyone else) need Jesus! We patiently explained why we were there and endeavored to answer their questions patiently. Help us to pray that the efforts put forth in Toronto will bring forth fruit in the coming days!

While in Toronto, we were also observed by anti-missionaries. They came to the booth incognito, but we recognized who they were! Some would browse; others took dozens of pictures, while others asked questions. One young fellow came by and looked the booth over. He then looked at us and said, “You can talk to non-Jewish people about Jesus, but don’t try to convince any Jewish people that he is Messiah!” I told him that we were here to share the Good News with everyone. He then said, “For your own good, don’t share with Jewish people!” As he walked away I felt a little righteous indignation rise up inside of me and a boldness to share the Good News all the more with those who came by!

This issue of my monthly newsletter will not contain the Jewish Vocabulary section. It will return next month!

Please allow me to close this edition with an appeal to every person who loves missions! I firmly believe that we are living in the Last Days! I believe that the return of Jesus to receive His own unto Himself is in the very near future! Now is the time when we need to intensify our efforts to spread the Good News!

Many missions organizations are facing difficult financial times. We at Rock of Israel are not exempt from the pressures of poor economic times. We need your financial help in continuing to spread the Good News to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile! Please consider adding Rock of Israel to your personal or church missions budget! You will never make a greater investment than giving to spread in the Kingdom of God!

If you would like to give to help us to spread the Good News, send your tax-deductible gift to:
Rock of Israel Ministries * P.O. Box 18038 * Fairfield, OH 45018 (Be sure that you mention my name when you send in your gift!)

Attention Pastors! Due to a few services which had to be rescheduled, I have some open dates between now and the end of the year. If you would be interested in having us in service to share about the ministry of Rock of Israel and/or minister to your congregation, please contact me by one of the methods below to see if a date that you desire is available! You will be glad that you did!

1-800-207-7780 or 1-800-544-0829
jdockins@rockofisrael.org
@JayDockins (on Twitter)
Jay Dockins (on Facebook)

31
Aug
13

jay dockins’ rock of israel newsletter- special fall feasts edition, september 2013

(The material shared in this special edition was originally shared in this forum in September and October of 2011, but I thought it timely enough to share again as we approach the Fall Feasts of the LORD!) 

Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year),
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles)

The Fall Feasts of the Lord occur very early this year. (At sundown on September 4th, 13th and 18th, respectively.) I will be publishing my regular newsletter around the middle of September, but I felt the need to share some additional things about Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The  things which I share will hopefully help everyone to better understand the implications of these days in the light of Christian/Messianic thought.

 

Rosh HaShana (Leviticus 23:23-26)

Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) occurs during the time of Teshuva (repentance) in the Fall of the Year. It is the first of the Fall feasts and begins on the first day of the month of Tishrei. It begins the final ten days of repentance which culminates on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), on the 10th of Tishrei. During this ten day period it is believed that the fate of each person for the coming year is determined. It is believed that on Rosh HaShanah three books are opened: one containing the names of the righteous, another containing the names of the wicked and a third containing the names of those who are not wholly righteous or wicked. It is the fate of those in the third book which is believed to be determined by their repentance during the 10 day period from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur.

There are several names or idioms which are attached to Rosh HaShanah which indicate what it represents to believers in Yeshua (Jesus):


1.  Rosh HaShanah- the Head of the Year, Birthday of the World
2. Yom Teruah- the Day of the Awakening Blast (heard by those who are listening for it!)
3. Yom HaDin- the Day of Judgment (the day when believers are judged)
4. HaMelech- (the Coronation of the Messiah!)
5. The time of Ya’akov’s (Jacob’s) trouble
6. Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the wedding ceremony)- the day when the Messiah takes His bride!
7. The last trump- (1 Corinthians 15: 51, 52 “Behold , I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep , but we shall all be changed , In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound , and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed .”
8. Yom Hakeseh (the hidden day)- this feast is celebrated over two days. (Matthew 25:1-13)

There is obviously a lot going on with this feast, but for believers the event which this day points to is the Rapture or the catching away of the Bride of Messiah! (Refer to the list above as I explain!)

Rosh HaShanah brings about a whole new world for the believer! It begins with the Awakening Blast which is heard by those who are listening for it! (If you aren’t listening for it, you won’t hear it!) At the sounding of the God’s trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:16), the dead in Messiah (Christ) rise first, then “we which are alive and remain” are caught up to meet the Lord in the air to be with Him forever! In the Feasts of the Lord, there are three occasions on which trumpets are sounded. The “first trump” is sounded at Shavout (Pentecost), symbolizing the voice of God which sounded like a trumpet as He gave the Law. The “last trump” is sounded at Rosh HaShanah and symbolizes all of the things listed above! The “great trump” is sounded at Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and symbolizes the regathering of Israel so that Yeshua can rule over them on David’s throne! (Isaiah 27:13 and Matthew 24:31)

Here is the good news for believers, at the sounding of the trumpet, we are judged and our eternal destiny has been settled! (“…And so shall we ever be with the Lord!” 1 Thessalonians 4:17)  Hence, it is the day when our eternal destiny is made sure!  This day also starts the “time of Jacob’s trouble” or the Tribulation Period.

And finally, Rosh HaShanah symbolizes the Coronation of the Messiah, the Wedding Ceremony when He takes His bride and our (those who are in Christ) gathering to Him to be with Him forever! This occurs in an hour and a day which no man knows (symbolized by the feast occurring over two days)!

Now, if you want to celebrate the event which the Rosh HaShanah symbolizes and speaks of then you should do two things!


1. Eat apples dipped in honey so that you will have a sweet and fruitful year! Hey, it really beats the tradition of  eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring “good luck” for the coming year! (Yuck!)

2. Be listening for the trumpet of God and be living for Him!

Yom Kippur (Leviticus 23:27-32)

The date of Yom Kippur is the tenth of Tishrei, occurring in Sept./Oct. each year. It is a day of prayer and fasting and not of celebration or work. In fact, the proper greeting for the day is, “Have an easy fast.”, and never “Happy Yom Kippur”. It is certainly not a happy day and no secular activity is permitted on the day.

On Yom Kippur, the High Priest of Israel would be the center of attention and the main participant in the ceremonies of the day. He was to wash himself and dress in the clothes in which he would carry out his duties of the day.

The priest’s main and most obvious duties of the day were the sacrifice and offering of a bull and two goats unto the LORD. The sacrifice of the bull was to purge any defilement of the high priest or his family. The two goats served one offering and as a two-fold picture of the future Messiah and what He would accomplish through His sacrifice!

The two goats were brought before the High Priest and their role individual roles were determined by lot. The two goats were brought before the High Priest and two lots were placed in a container and drawn out. One was marked “for the LORD” and the goat for whom that lot was chosen was to serve as a sacrifice for the sins of the people. The other was marked “to Azazel” and would be the scapegoat. (If the lot for “the LORD” came up in the right hand of the High Priest, it was considered a good omen. But if the lot “to Azazel” came up in the right hand, it was considered an evil omen. For forty consecutive years immediately prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., the lots came up in indication of a bad omen, i.e.: the sacrifice had not been accepted by God as atonement for the sins of the people! Why? Because the sacrifice for the sins of the people of Israel had already been offered one Pesach (Passover) when Yeshua became the Great High Priest and was offered for the sins of the world!)

The High Priest’s ministry on Yom Kippur was as follows. He would offer the blood of the bull upon the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. He would then offer the blood of the goat chosen for sacrifice as a sin offering upon the Mercy Seat for the sins of Israel. After that, he would confess the sins of the people upon the head of the goat that had been determined to be the Scapegoat and that goat was led out into the wilderness, taken to the edge of a cliff and thrown off so that it would not wander back into the camp, bearing the sins of the people.

One interesting detail of the day was that of leather straps that had been dyed scarlet. One had been  tied around the neck of the goat that was offered as a sin offering and the other around the neck of the scapegoat. The leather straps were removed as each goat was dealt with. They were both tied to the posts of the Tabernacle, and later the Temple. The people would gather around and watch the straps to see if they miraculously turned white. If they did it was an indication that the LORD had accepted the sacrifice and that the sins of the people had been atoned for! This certainly reminds one of Isaiah 1:18 which states, “Come now, let us settle the matter, says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (For forty years before the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., the straps did not turn white, indicating that the sacrifice had not been sufficient to remove the sins of the people. Once again, it was an indication that the necessary offering had already been offered one Pesach (Passover) when Yeshua became the Great High Priest and was offered for the sins of the world!)

Just a few more points will help us to wrap up our supplemental discussion of what occurred on the Day of Atonement.

Jesus became our Great High Priest!


1. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest used a golden censer as He entered the most Holy Place to intercede for the people. Jesus, in His present ministry as our Great High Priest is our Mediator and Intecessor, living to make intercession for us!
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

2. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest carried out His ministry in holy linen garments. Jesus put on the garment of flesh to carry out His ministry of atoning for the sins of the world! These linen garments of the High Priest were stained with blood as the High Priest carried out his ministry.
As Jacob prophesied over his sons, he spoke, in Genesis 49:10, 11, of the ruler who would come from Judah with these words. “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.” Surely the garments of Jesus were washed in wine, the blood of grapes (symbolic of His own blood)! He came in the garment of human flesh and completed the bloody work of the High Priest in His own flesh!

Sukkot (Leviticus 23:33-44)

The Feast of Tabernacles is the final of the Seven Feast of the Lord and commences on the 15th of Tishrei each year. It is a time of joy and is as joyous a celebration as Yom Kippur is solemn! The whole theme of Tabernacles is that of God dwelling with man!

It just naturally follows that “The Season of Our Joy!”, as Tabernacles is known, follows the Days of Awe when repentance and atonement are the themes. Sukkot is all about celebrating and a reminder of the faithfulness of God as the Children of Israel wandered through the Wilderness with God as their constant Companion and Provider!

It is the Presence of the LORD dwelling with His people which is the theme of Sukkot! We will briefly look at His dwelling with the Children of Israel in the Wilderness, dwelling with man in an “earthly tabernacle” and the future dwelling with the Redeemed of the Ages throughout eternity!

The greatest miracle of the wandering of the Children of Israel in the Wilderness was God dwelling with His people. He abode with them night and day, by the pillar of fire and by the cloud, respectively. In His dwelling with Israel’s Children He provided for their every need! They were fed, their clothes and shoes did not wear out but simply lasted and grew with them, they were protected from their enemies and the LORD made His dwelling in the middle of their camp in the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting! This is the central focus of the celebration at Sukkot, as I understand it!

God performed the miracle again when He sent His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), to dwell among men! It was a fulfillment of Sukkot when Jesus came unto His own! There are many interesting aspects suggested by Sukkot, namely that Jesus may have been born during the Feast of Tabernacles. Consider the following:
1. Jesus put on human flesh. Ephesians 2:7, 8 “He took on the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a
man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Paul refers to the body of man in interesting language, when in 2 Corinthians 5:1, he refers to the earthly body as the “earthly house of this tabernacle.”
2. John’s description of Jesus coming into the world was that  “the Word (Jesus) was made flesh and dwelt (to tent, encamp, tabernacle) with us, we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Jesus came and camped out with humanity to be our Savior!

“I bring you tidings of Great Joy!”


3. The traditional greeting of Sukkot was, “I bring you tidings of great joy!” This is the same greeting with which the angel greeted the shepherds who were tending their flocks outside of Bethlehem.  Luke 2:10, 11 Why this joyous greeting? “For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
4. On the first night of Sukkot, four seventy-five foot high lampstands were set up in the Court of the Women in the Temple. The wicks of the lamps were made from the worn out garments of the priests which had been torn into strips (called swaddling cloths). The Mishnah (an ancient Jewish writing) states in Sukkah 5:3 that light emanating from the four lampstands was so bright that there was not any courtyard in Jerusalem which was not lit up with the light! (To the four directions of the compass from the Court of the Women in God’s Temple in Jerusalem, emanated a light which came from swaddling cloths, a light that reached every courtyard in Jerusalem and caused a great celebration of joy to erupt!)
5. When Jesus was born, there was no room for He, Joseph and Mary in any inn in Bethlehem. They were forced to take shelter in a temporary shelter built for animals called a “sukkah”, the singular form of sukkot!
(I have only provided this information as fodder for further study, if you wish. I do not believe, of course, that this is a matter which is vital to salvation or fellowship, just an interesting study!)

The LORD will perform one more miracle connected with the meaning of Sukkot. At the conclusion of end time events, He will dwell forever with all those who are His, His Bride! John describes this time in Revelation 21 and 22. “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.”

What a great day that will be when we move into the Tabernacle of God which the LORD Himself has prepared for us to dwell with Him for eternity and have all tears wiped from our eyes! No more death! No more sorrow or crying! No more pain! Just eternity with Him! 

There are many more things which we could say about these three feasts, but these are some which I felt that I should share with you! I hope that they will be a blessing to you!

Be looking for the next issue of my newsletter coming out around the middle of September! Shalom!

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jay dockins’ august 2013 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

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Luann Kehoe, Scott Roberts and Jay Dockins
Fourth of July Parade, Washington, D.C.

July was yet another busy month of travel and ministry. I began the month in Washington, D.C. on a Rock of Israel evangelism outreach. Our little team of three hit the streets of the nation’s capital to hand out gospel tracts and speak to those who were concerned about their spiritual condition. There were plenty of people on the streets as it was the week of the Fourth of July and the city was absolutely full of tourists! Our team of Scott Roberts, Luann Kehoe and I, handed out all of the tracts which we had! It was the first outreach which I have been on where that has happened! We all worked hard, especially Scott and Luann!

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Part of the crowd estimated at 450,000 at the
July 4th Parade in Washington, D.C.!

NEVER AGAIN!

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.


While in Washington, I had the opportunity to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I arose early on Friday, July 5th, and made my way to the Museum. This was the one place that I desired to visit and I was determined to not miss this chance. Tickets are handed out some time between 9:30 and 9:45 each morning to those who have lined up to receive them. I arrived at 7:50 and was the first one in line! I was anticipating a moving and emotional experience inside and was not disappointed!

The tour of the USHMM is self-directed and takes around two hours. As I proceeded from the starting point on the fourth floor, I found the exhibited material almost overwhelming. There were many articles, displays and artifacts which powerfully showed the horrors of World War II, the reign of Adolph Hitler in Germany and the horrors of the Holocaust. Two areas were especially poignant to me and are the ones which I remember the most.

In one area of the building, there was a display called, “The Tower of Faces.” It is a three story high tower showing scenes of everyday life from the Jewish community in the Lithuanian town of Eisiskes. The story of what happened to the Jews of this area and an image of the tower of pictures can be seen at http://resources.ushmm.org/inquery/uia_doc.php/query/1?uf=uia_teDIqM. I wept as I looked at the faces and portraits of those who had been massacred by the Nazis. It was a haunting reminder of how everyday life can change very quickly for any of us! Be sure to click on the link above and read the brief synopsis below the picture.

In another area was another haunting display. It was a pile of shoes which had been confiscated from prisoners of the Majdanek concentration camp, near Lublin, Poland, as they were being prepared to enter the gas chambers to be exterminated. This camp was one used to kill many thousands of Jewish people were killed in the gas chambers. The shoes on display were removed from the prisoners shortly before they were marched into what they were told were “showers.” You can see a picture of the pile of shoes at http://resources.ushmm.org/inquery/uia_doc.php/query/30?uf=uia_teDIqM. I again wept as I stood just a few feet from the shoes and read the following verse by Yiddish poet, Moses Schulstein:

We are the shoes, We are the last witnesses
We are shoes from grandchildren and grandfathers.
From Prague, Paris and Amsterdam
And because we are only made of fabric and leather
And not of blood and flesh,
Each one of us avoided the Hellfire

-Yiddish poet Moses Schulstein

As you can probably tell, my visit to the USHMM was a very intense and personal experience. It served to not only further educate me about the Holocaust, but to also deepen my love for the Jewish people and intensify my desire to share the good news of the Messiah with them! I am thankful to the LORD for the opportunity to visit the museum and I pray that its impact will continue until the next time that I have opportunity to visit!

A little later in July I was blessed with the joy of attending the General Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dallas, Texas. I arrived in Dallas on Tuesday, the day of the denomination’s Men’s and Women’s Conferences and set up my table. Several people came to the table, ignoring the chaos of getting set up, and spoke and looked at the merchandise which I had set up. The next day I opened for sales and conversation and had a fabulous time! Every person who came to the table seemed interested in the ministry of Rock of Israel and reaching the Jewish people with the good news! As the conference proceeded, I realized that every person that I spoke with was positive and that there was not one negative word said about Israel or the Jewish people. I came away with the impression that the delegates of the Conference really loved Jesus, Israel and the Jewish people. Of course, I can’t figure out how anyone who claims to love the first, could not love the other two! It was a very successful, rewarding and enriching experience to fellowship with these believers!

Jay with Pastor Ron Smith, Dellwood Park Assembly of God, Mt. Pleasant, Texas!

Jay with Pastor Ron Smith, Dellwood Park Assembly of God, Mt. Pleasant, Texas!

On my way home from Dallas, I stopped by Mt. Pleasant, Texas, to spend a couple of days with my friends, Pastor Ron Smith and his family. Ron pastors Dellwood Park Assembly of God and had scheduled me to preach in the services of the church that weekend. I had an incredibly good time fellowshipping with the Smiths and their congregation! I really enjoyed sharing about the ministry of Rock of Israel and ministering the Word of God! The congregation was receptive and my time there was a fabulous way to end my trip to the Lone Star state!

Jewish Vocabulary
This month’s Jewish vocabulary word is Holocaust. The word is not from the Hebrew or Yiddish, but is Greek in origin. It is composed of two words, “holos” which means whole and “kaustos” which means burned. Originally speaking of a sacrifice offered upon an altar, it now has the connotation of the evil perpetrated against the Jewish people by the Nazi’s in World War II. May our attitude be the same as the Jewish people in regards to the atrocities of the Holocaust: “NEVER AGAIN!”

This year has been passing rather rapidly! I am finding it hard to believe that we are already into August and that the things which I look forward to toward the end of the year (football, ROI Staff Conference, holidays, etc.) are fast approaching! I say that to broach the subject of scheduling services for next year! I have already started receiving requests for dates for next Spring (especially Passover Seder services)! It is not too early to schedule for next year and I would be happy to accommodate any requests which are received! So, whether you are a pastor who has been thinking about scheduling a Rock of Israel service or a church member who just wants your pastor to schedule one, contact me at one of the ways listed below! And I still have some good dates left on this year’s calendar, too! (I will be out of the country August 15 through 24 and will have no phone service. Please use email, Facebook or Twitter should you desire to reach me during this time period. Kim will be available at 1-800-544-0829 should you need to call on these days.)

1-800-207-7780 or 1-800-544-0829
jdockins@rockofisrael.org
@JayDockins (on Twitter)
Jay Dockins (on Facebook)

Shalom! See you in September!




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