jay dockins’ september 2012 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

At the Rock of Israel booth at the CNE.

August was a good month but a bit unusual! For the first couple of weeks I recuperated from surgery and prepared to travel to Toronto, Canada, to work in the Rock of Israel booth at the Canadian National Exhibit. Two unexpected obligations popped up on the two days immediately preceding my departure on the 15th, but I managed to satisfy both obligations and got on my way! At the CNE we were able to share the Good News with many people, many of them were Jewish! I remember one woman in particular whose visit to the booth ran the gamut of emotions. When she saw that we believed in Jesus she began telling me about family members who had suffered and others who had died in the concentration camps of Europe. As I shared the love of Jesus with her, Diana began to listen and understand that the Jesus had nothing to do with the horrific things which were done in his name. By the time that she left the booth, she understood and left much friendlier than she had come in! (By the time that she left, she was giving “treats” from her purse for me and the person working with me to enjoy later!) Pray for this dear lady! I believe that the Lord began working in her life that day and will lead her to faith in her Messiah!

The Three Fall Feasts

September is the time of the three Fall Feasts of the Lord this year. Both Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) occur in September, beginning at sundown on the 16th and the 25th respectively. The third Fall Feast, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), begins at sundown on the 30th and ends the next day, on the first of October! I believe that these three Festivals tell us much about God’s prophetic plan and I want to give you a few details about each feast so that we can see God’s prophetic plan in them!

Before I begin sharing about the Fall Feasts, allow me recount the Spring Feasts and what they represent prophetically. The Spring Feasts represent what Jesus accomplished when He came the first time.
1. Passover (Pesach) is the day which represents Jesus coming as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. Through the Passover Seder Meal it is revealed that Jesus was to come as the Lamb of God! His body, represented by the matzah, and His blood, represented by the fruit of the vine, are shown as the way that man may approach God and have fellowship with Him, standing before God in a forgiven state!
2. Unleavened Bread is the period of seven days in which all leaven is removed from the Jewish household an no leaven is consumed. It speaks of the Messiah who was to come who was to be sinless! It also represents the desire of God that His people live sinless lives before Him! (In the Scripture, leaven is a type or picture of sin.)
3. First Fruits is the day which occurs three days after Passover which speaks prophetically of the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah! The New Testament describes Jesus as “the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20) and “Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:24)! He is also described as “the first born among many brethren” (Romans 8:29) and “the firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18)! Obviously, this holiday is about the resurrection: His, and therefore ours!
4. Pentecost (Shavuot) is the day when God gave the Torah (Law) at Mount Sinai! In Acts 2, it is the day when God poured out His Spirit upon all flesh so that man would have the power to live according to the commands of God!

The Prophetic Implications of the Fall Feasts

Rosh HaShana (Feast of Trumpets) represents the next event on God’s prophetic calendar. It features the blowing of what is known as “the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:52) which brings on the resurrection of the righteous dead! The Feast of Trumpets describes the Rapture of the Church! Here is why!
1. It occurs during the time of year known as teshuvah (repentance). Only those who have repented will hear the call of this trumpet and be taken!
2. It is called Yom Teruah (Day of the Awakening Blast). “The dead in Christ (Messiah) will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)!
3. It is called Yom HaDin (Day of Judgment). It is the day when those who have judged their lives and lived in accordance with the Word of God will be taken to be with the Lord!
4. It is known as HaMelech (the Coronation of the King-Messiah). Jesus will be king over those who have believed in Him up to that point!
5. It is known as Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the wedding ceremony). It is the day when the Messiah receives His Bride!
6. It is known as Yom Hakeseh (the Hidden Day). Jesus said that no man knew the day or the hour when the events of which He spoke would take place (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32; Luke 10:22). Rosh HaShana is celebrated over two days, giving some pause to think that this day may have been what Jesus referring to when He spoke these words.
7. It is known as the time of the Opening of the Gates. The gates of heaven are said to be opened so that the righteous may enter! (Isaiah 26:2; Psalm 118:19, 20)
Obviously, these events all call to mind the events which Scripture teaches on the day when Jesus comes to receive His Bride to be with Him forever! This is the next event on God’s prophetic calendar!
Some people would ask if the Rapture will occur on Rosh HaShana. It is possible, but God calls us to repentance and holy living before Him so that we can be a part of this great day which Rosh HaShana represents! Jesus said, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 23:42-44

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) occurs following Rosh HaShana. When does it occur? It occurs one full week after Rosh HaShana concludes. (Rosh HaShana is on the first and second days of the month of Tishrei and Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th of Tishrei. Seven full days transpire between the end of one and the beginning of the other. I personally believe that this speaks to Daniel’s seventieth week which is widely known to represent the Tribulation period of the Last Days. I believe that this helps to identify what Yom Kippur represents in God’s prophetic plan: the salvation of national Israel which occurs at the end of the Tribulation period!)
The events of the Day of Atonement have to do with the forgiveness of the sins of the God’s people, the Jewish nation. The whole context of the day is about the Jews. The center of the activities is the Tabernacle, and later the Temple, the main participant is the High Priest and the objective is the forgiveness of the sins of the people. (Passover is about the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Yom Kippur is about the two goats, one for the Lord and the scapegoat, who symbolized the covering of the sins of God’s people for another year.) Here are some of the names for Yom Kippur and their meanings.
1. It is called Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) because on this day the sins of the people were covered (kippur means “covering over”). The sins of the people were covered over until the promised ministry of the Passover Lamb.
2. It is called Face to Face because on this day, the High Priest went behind the veil which separated the Holy Place from the outside and stood before God to make atonement for his won sin and the sins of the people. How fearfully awesome it must have been for the High Priest to stand before the presence of the LORD Himself, the Holy One, and ask for sins to be covered!
3. It is called The Day because it is the last day of the ten day period of Teshuvah, the days of repentance. It is the day when the gates of heaven are closed (more on this momentarily) and those who are have not repented will not be allowed to enter. On this day their fate is determined by the actions, or lack thereof, which they have taken regarding repentance.
4. It is called The Fast because it is the most solemn day of the year on the Jewish calendar. A total fast was to be observed and activities are severely limited.
5. It is called The Great Shofar (Shofar HaGadol) because on this day what is known as the “great trump” is sounded. (The three primary shofrarim of the year are: the first trump which is associated with Pentecost, the last trump which is associated with Rosh HaShana and the great trump which is associated with the Yom Kippur.) This trump may possibly be what is referred to in Isaiah 27:13 and Matthew 24:31. (This trump is different from “the last trump” which is associated with the Rapture.)
6. It is called Neilah (Closing of the Gates) because on this day it is believed that the gates of heaven are closed. Those who have observed the period of Teshuvah will be allowed in. Because of their repentance, they have been inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life!

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) occurs on the 15th day of Tishrei. It is the last of the Fall Feasts and provides a joyous conclusion to them! As solemn as the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement are, the Feast of Tabernacles provides the emotional release which expresses the joy of what the holiday proclaims prophetically, namely that the day is coming when God Himself will dwell with His people as He did with the Children of Israel in the Wilderness! But this time He will not dwell with them as a Pillar of Cloud by day or a Pillar of Fire by night, but face to face! (I personally believe that Sukkot is the time when Jesus was born and God came to “tabernacle” with man! There are many reasons for my belief but there is not space enough to share here.)
1. It is called the Season of Our Joy because of the joy which this time brought. The harvest had been gathered, the days of repentance and fasting had been completed, those who had repented felt that their name was written in the Book of Life, and the time of enjoying the beauty of living in a sukkah before the Lord were upon them! It would be comparable to a modern-day Harvest Festival!
2. It is called the Festival of Ingathering because the harvest has been gathered! The hardest work of the year is over and the rest of winter is approaching. The spirit of this holiday is perhaps best summed up by Psalm 126:6, “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
3. It is called the Feast of the Nations. During the Mellinnium, this feast will be celebrated by the nations on earth (Zechariah 14:16-18).  Those nations which do not celebrate it will suffer from a lack of rain.
4. It is called the Festival of Dedication because Solomon dedicated the Temple which he had built during Sukkot (1 Kings 3).
5. It is called the Festival of Lights because of four enormous candlesticks which were set up in the four corners of the Court of the Women. The menorah were 75 feet high and the light from them was said to have given light to every courtyard in Jerusalem. These lights represented the Shekinah glory that once filled the Temple and also Jesus, the One who was the Light that God was sending to the Temple!

In short, the Fall Festivals prophetically represent the Rapture of the Church where Jesus comes and takes His Bride to be with Him, the salvation of the Jewish people and the time when God will dwell with His people for ever!

Jewish Vocabulary
This month’s Jewish vocabulary words are Rosh, Yom and Sukkot.
Rosh means “head”, as in Rosh HaShanah, literally “the head of the year.”
Yom means “day”, as in Yom Kippur, literally “the day of atonement.”
Sukkot means “booth, temporary dwelling”, as in Sukkot or Tabernacles.

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2 Responses to “jay dockins’ september 2012 rock of israel newsletter”

  1. 1 Al & Shirley
    September 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks Pastor Jayliked the word. God bless you both.

    AL & Shirley

  2. 2 tammy alvis
    September 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    hi jay my name is tammy alvis i was on my pastors web site when i came across you and kims picture.I have not seen Kim in years she probably wont remember me please haher call me 5017655954.She will know me as tammy parson.GOD BLESS

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