We Come Empty Handed, But Whole Hearted

This is likened to the small child, who ust has no means of his own but wants desperately to buy his father a birthday present. So, he asks his father for the money to buy the present. The father is ecstatic over the gift, although knowing he paid for it because after all, it came from his loving child’s heart of giving.

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The Glory Beyond

This glory, which is something our mortal minds cannot even comprehend. Then how can we even compare what we experience here on this side of heaven to what is on the other side? That which we long for and hope for. Anything is worth giving up here in order to have that which is promised. Even our lives, which are really not our own to begin with. They are a gift, they do not belong to us, so why do we expect perfect health, perfect wealth, perfect lives, perfect anything… until perfection is obtained- only after this life is ended and through the perfect One Himself?

Sukkot– We Shall Rejoice

The Basics

Sukkot (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles), Chag HaAsif (חג האסיף), is one of the three biblically based pilgrimage holidays, out of the seven Mo’edim, or holy appointed days. All three together (Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot) are known collectively as the shalosh regalim. Sukkot itself is an agricultural festival which was originally considered a thanksgiving for the fruit harvest. Sukkot are hut-like structures that the Jews lived in during the 40 years of travel through the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt. As a temporary dwelling, the sukkah (singular for sukkot) also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and therefore Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies. Just as the sukkah is a temporary dwelling, so are our bodies a temporary dwelling for us on this earth.(https://toriavey.com/what-is-sukkot/#brAPJ5LZXm6XMmlO.99)

Th Sukkot festival begins this year on Sunday, October 13th and continues through to the 20th. As you see here, this is actually 8 days, although it is called a 7-day feast. The last day is actually considered a “bonus” day, which is spent in solemn rest.

Sukkot is a divinely ordained festival and the instructions given by Adonai to the Israelites can be found in Leviticus. On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month. You are to live in sukkot for seven days. All the native-born in Israel are to live in sukkot, so that your generations may know that I had Bnei-Yisrael to dwell in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am Adonai your God.”
Leviticus 23:40‭-‬43 TLV

Day one and day 8 are holy convocations and a time for solemn rest before Adonai. The other days are to be spent rejoicing, So you will rejoice in your feast—you, your son and daughter, slave and maid, Levite and outsider, orphan and widow within your gates. Seven days you will feast to Adonai your God in the place He chooses, because Adonai your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hand, and you will be completely filled with joy.
Deuteronomy 16:14‭-‬15 TLV.

The 8th day, as mentioned earlier, is considered a “bonus day”, or the last great day. It holds prophetic significance and I will speak on it further in the prophetic section.

The Celebration

Now that we understand what this holiday represents and why Adonai commanded it, let’s get into the celebration!!

After going through fasting, atonement and finally breaking the fast following Yom Kippur, Jews all over the world are preparing for a week long fall festival. Here we go!

In strict orthodoxy, all meals would be taken within the family sukkah each day, but for my Messianic Jewish family, we are choosing one night to do so, as a special gathering with family and friends in celebration and to feast together. This is an individual preference and what is put upon your own heart.

This tent is usually beautifully decorated with fruits and ambient lighting (if one so chooses) as well.

The Arba Minim (Four Species)

“And you shall take for yourselves beautiful fruits, date palms, branches of myrtle and willows of the brook” (Leviticus 23:40)

Lulav – A closed frond of a date palm tree. Ideally, the tiyomet – the twin middle leaf – should not be split at all

Etrog – The Citron Fruit

Hadassim – Myrtle Branches

Aravot – Willow branches
The collection of leaves are held together, along with the etrog (citron fruit) and, after reciting a blessing, they are waved in six directions: forward, backward, left, right, up and down. This symbolizes God’s dominion and sovereignty over all creation (all nations).

Guests in the Sukkah of David

The first time Sukkot is mentioned is actually in Genesis, But Jacob journeyed to Succoth and built a house for himself, and for his livestock he made booths. That is the reason that place is called Sukkot.
Genesis 33:17 TLV. The significance of the number seven is pointed out shortly before this in Genesis 33:3 But he himself passed on ahead of them, and bowed to the ground seven times until he came near to his brother.

The first place the Israelites stopped after fleeing Egypt, was Succoth “Then Bnei-Yisrael journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 men on foot, as well as children.”
Exodus 12:37 TLV

Yeshua used this very significant holy day to reveal things about himself, as demonstrated midway through the festival with his teachings in the temple courts as seen in John 7:14 and on the last day of Sukkot, he stands up and proclaims to be the living water in John 7:37-38. He also heals the blind man immediately following the festival in John 9:1-7.

The proclamation in John 7:37-38 points to prophesy from Isaiah 55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the water, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!”

The “living waters” being brought to attention on the last day, the great day, of the festival, commands our attention be brought to the New Jeruselum we read about in Zechariah 14:7‭-‬9It will be a day known only to Adonai , neither day nor night—even in the evening time there will be light. Moreover, in that day living waters will flow from Jerusalem, half toward the eastern sea and half toward the western sea, both in the summer and in the winter. Adonai will then be King over all the earth. In that day Adonai will be Echad and His Name Echad.”

This “living water” and the New Jerusalem are also mentioned in Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life—bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the city’s street. On either side of the river was a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The New Jerusalem is said to arise only after the seven “days” of the earth (or seven thousand years) are finished, which points to the “8th day”, or as we go into the eight thousandth year (the Millennial Reign) shall we see the New Jerusalem. This 8th day of Sukkot is set aside to signify this time period, which is a time of rest, peace, and residing with the Lord.

According to Zechariah, during the Millennial Reign, all nations will be celebrating Sukkot. Then all the survivors from all the nations that attacked Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Adonai -Tzva’ot , and to celebrate Sukkot .
Zechariah 14:16 TLV

Now, as for the blind man, Yeshua’s healing here shocked the people of that day, not only because the act itself was so amazing, but also because its timing. It is no coincidence that Jesus performed this miracle immediately after Sukkot, for we see him using this holy day to make some earth shattering statements about himself.

Read John 9:1‭-7 for yourself, then read on to see how this ties in to Yeshua’s declaration of living water one day earlier.

The water at the Pool of Siloam was considered “living water” because it came from a spring. “Living water” was used for ritual purposes. The priests would take the pitcher of “living water” from the Pool of Siloam and climb the hundreds of steps that went up to the beautiful Temple Mount. As they arrived at the court of the priests, they circled the altar once and then the priest poured the water out onto the altar of sacrifice. They did this each morning for the first six days. On the seventh day, called the “great day of the feast” the same ritual took place, except the priests circled the altar seven times instead of only once. (https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html)

Yeshua proved himself to be the Messiah in this instance, having used Old Testament prophesy in his earlier declaration and by tying it into this miracle, using the “living water” of Siloam just to further emphasize the point. He is our living water. The Pool at Siloam was not necessary, but was used as demonstration.

Revelation 21:3-5 ties this all together, letting us know that the Lord intends to permanently tabernacle, or reside, with us. What a beautiful picture that has been painted for us in His promises, if we will merely seek them out.

We, as believers, are commanded to keep this feast by living in Sukkot because this is what God’s children do when we recognize that He has kept His promises. He has set us free from bondage. We have been returned to the land of our fathers. Living in Sukkot on the Feast of Tabernacles is our way of spending seven days envisioning our tabernacle with the Lord, in the future. We may still be living in the temporal, our temporal bodies, while here on Earth, but for these seven days, we live as if Ephesians 1 has been fulfilled and The Earthly and the Heavenly are brought together. We can live by the faith spoken of through Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of realities not seen. (Rabbi Eric Tokajer)

This, my friends, is the epitome of Sukkot. All God’s children are invited in for this celebration. If you yet to experience it, I invite you to pray over it, and if you feel led, seek out a place to attend. Or, perhaps build your own Sukkah and celebrate with your family. This is a time of great joy!!

“Chag Sameach”

Sidenote: I have merely touched on the prophetic meanings displayed through Sukkot. For further teachings, you can follow 119ministries at: https://www.119ministries.com/ or on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/119Ministries

For a full read-up on all the customs and traditions that are seen in the celebration of Sukkot, please refer to:

https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html

Seven Days of Breakthrough Day 1 Thanksgiving

Day 1: THANKSGIVING!! 🤲

Scripture focus

1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name”.

1) Take time to meditate on these 2 verses (and any other Scripture you feel pulled to regarding giving thanksgiving to the Lord.) Please share any Scripture that spoke to you here in this thread so we can all be blessed.

2) Attempt to speak nothing negative into our lives, no complaint to leave our mouths, no matter what is going on around us. (Please do not feel bad if you misstep, old habits take time to break, just focus back on thanksgiving and plug forward. Do not chastise yourself because that too is negative talk)

Imagine the transformative work He will be able to do in our hearts and minds while we are fully focused on Him and His blessings.

Remember: life and death comes from the tongue.

3) Start each morning with this declaration: “I DECLARE today that my heart and will mouth will lift up thanks all day to my God and I will guard my heart with His peace. I declare that the sound of freedom is in my thanksgiving today, in Jesus’ name. ”

4) End each day with a journaling of 8-10 people or things you are grateful for.

Let us also lift each other up in prayer through this time. 🙏🙏🙏
PS don’t forget that this cannot be done of our own power, our human minds want to go straight to focusing on the bad things. Ask for the Holy Spirit power to give you victory!!

The Writing Is On The Wall

Matthew 25:1-12

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. “Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. —–“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’

Daniel 5

“Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.”

The writing is on the wall!! Will your eyes see it? Will your mind comprehend it? Will your heart receive it? And will your feet heed it, turn from the world and follow the only path to heaven?! Our Saviour is at the door, I hear him coming. Can you hear him? He is calling to you and reaching out his hand to you. Will you take it?
It is time to get your lamps ready, full of oil, ready to meet your bridegroom!! Do not be caught off guard! He LOVES you and wants to save you! Feel free to pray with me today:

Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you this very day admitting that I am a sinner and in desperate need of a Savior. I believe that, by grace, you sent your only Son to die on the cross in my place, in order to take the punishment of my sin. I repent of my past sins, ask for your merciful forgiveness, and ask for your help in resisting future trespasses. I hereby commit my life to you dear Jesus and ask you to remain in my heart forevermore.

Salvation Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you this very day admitting that I am a sinner and in desperate need of a Savior. I believe that, by grace, you sent your only Son to die on the cross in my place, in order to take the punishment of my sin. I repent of my past sins, ask for your merciful forgiveness, and request your help in resisting future trespasses. I hereby commit my life to you dear Jesus and ask you to remain in my heart forevermore.

Good Government

Good government must be filled with people who believe there is a higher authority—- above all governments.
I know I don’t want politicians or military leaders to be the highest authority there is. That is a pretty scary thought. Any human with power, no matter the humility portrayed, WILL become a dangerous person when given any power IF they do not follow that Higher Power which is established above them. Jehovah, the only living God.

The Nuremburg Trials 1945-1946 (THE most important legal case in Europe) decided against those arrested for crimes against humanity, stating that ‘acting legally by the standard of their nations’ laws was NOT a defense against these actions’ and also claiming ‘a presupposition of higher law of which all were expected to know and to abide.’ “Government is becoming the biggest form of idolatry” Steve Cioccolati

Our children are not being taught this in school, it has been removed.
What ARE they teaching our children? Learn more here: https://www.pjtn.org/about #lauriecardozamoore
And here: https://youtu.be/ZC3MmIDJwko #stevecioccolati