““Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the Lord, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes. And first I will repay double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable idols.” O Lord, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will a man make gods for himself, Which are not gods? “Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”
Jeremiah 16:16-21 NKJV
Today marks the beginning of Yom Teruah, or what has come to be known as Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets. Tradition points to the holiday as the Jewish new year, as the beginning of the Hebrew year. In reality, it is the proclaiming of the coming of the King, the Messiah. As man has added his tradition to the Scriptures, there has come corruption. The true meaning has been lost.
We are looking forward to the coming moment, which no man knows the day or the hour, that the Lord returns, with the heralding of the trump of God.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
I Thessalonians 4:16-18 NKJV
Saved from the wrath to come, we will be with Him!
As I ponder the soon coming of the Messiah, Jesus, I can’t help but think of the work we were commissioned to do. I reflect on the ministry of Jesus, who came to seek and to save what was lost. I consider His ministry to the Jews, the lost sheep, who received Him not.
As I read the passage in Jeremiah 16, the Gospel shined through, as the LORD spoke of His coming redemption of Israel. He would send fisherman to fish them, and hunters to hunt them. Jesus, selected His twelve disciples who would begin that work, sharing the Good News of the Kingdom.
“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”
Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV
From Jerusalem the Gospel message went through every town, through every city, upon every hill, and atop every mountain, seeking those who needed to hear.
God made the His chosen people a shining example of His love and grace, demonstrating for the world His power to save. Even the gentiles noticed, and began to consider this God, not made with human hands, that has the power to save to the hintermost.
To this day, God has sent messengers to the children of Israel, desiring that all Israel be saved. God is moving. There is a great move of God going on there, as many are coming to know Jesus. The desires of Paul the Apostle are being fulfilled.
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
Romans 10:1-4 NKJV
As of this Yom Teruah, God is building His remnant, a people who are His. It is One more sign that the time is coming soon, when Jesus will return. It is easy to look to all the signs of true coming storm, of all the darkness that seems to enveloping the world. Darkness has the tendency to enhance the light. Let us look past the coming storm to the brilliance just beyond.
We the gentiles have beheld the glory of God, as we have seen His blessings. Left those of us who have tasted salvation as ones adopted into the beloved, go and tell of the story of Jesus going to the cross, during for our sins, buried, and rising again.
The Gospel message is spreading through the world like never before, and we have the privilege to be part of it. Let us be bold in taking that message, of showing Jesus to a sick and dying world.
Brothers and sisters, let us go and tell of a the One True God and Jesus His Son. There is coming a glorious day when the Lord will send out His heralds, His angelic messengers to the four corners of the plant to gather the elect of God. I am looking forward to that day, if by chance I have not gone to be with Him before then.
““Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Matthew 24:29-31 NKJV
Happy Yom Teruah!
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