september 2011 jay dockins’ rock of Israel newsletter

Jay and Kim Dockins

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

September is here and has been for a number of days! I am a little late with my newsletter this month but with reason. This is a very busy time of the year for me. (And, as one of my favorite sayings states, “I won’t bore you with the unnecessary details!”) So, just a few days late, here is the latest edition of the newsletter!

August was a very busy ministry month for me. I attended two events, one in Phoenix, Arizona and another in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Yes, the two events were quite diverse in every way: from location, to purpose, to attendees, etc. These events required a lot of hard work, but they were well worth the effort. There are numerous ways to guage effectiveness, but we belive that we will reap future rewards from each event! August also brought about services and a meeting or two sprinkled in along the way! I measured how busy I was during August by the number of nights I spent sleeping in my own bed. The final count for August was 15 in my own bed and 16 in hotel beds! There is no place like home!

The month of September brings us the beginning of the Fall Festivals of the Jewish calendar. The first of these days is Rosh HaShana. Let’s look at this event now.

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!

And by the way, this year Rosh HaShanah begins on September 28 at sundown and continues through sundown on September 30!

This month’s Jewish vocabulary word is actually a phrase! It is “Shanah Tovah!” It means “Have a good year!” Happy (Jewish) New Year 5772!

If you would like to have a more complete teaching on Rosh HaShanah or any of the other feasts, just contact me. I am scheduling services for the last few months of this year and for next year, too! I would be delighted to come and share the richness of these teachings with you and your congregation or group!


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