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The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

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The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

~An ingathering of rising up tents or booths; praising YHVH for delivering us out of the land of Egypt; knowing HIS work had completed everything. They were to tell their children for all generations to always remember that YHVH is their /our Elohim. ~

The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot, is a celebration resting in Adonai; remembering and praising HIM for delivering the Jews, and the mixed-multitude out of the Egyptians hands (slavery). This is also one of the three appointed times known as “Pilgrimages.”

The three pilgrimages are: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These appointed times, along with Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzah), First Fruits of Barley (Ha Bikkutium), Trumpets (Yom Teruah), and Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim/Kippur) are the appointed times of Adonai, also known as the Moedim.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the last fall feast, and the seventh feast. It is very important to capture the connections. Sukkot is to rest, and the Sabbath is also on the last day of the week–seventh day to rest in HIM as He has completed the week. Also on the day of creation, Adam and Eve (Chavah) were to rest on the seventh day. As you remember, they were created last on Day Six. Many ask why they had to rest when they didn’t even work the garden for a week yet. It wasn’t anything they did or didn’t do to earn that rest. The Sabbath (day of rest) was blessed, sanctified, and made Holy. It is a remembrance that everything is completed in HIM. There isn’t anything we can do to improve what Adonai has already done.

There are some very important connections to know:

• Adonai seventh Spirit is Spirit of Fear (Reverence)/ Ruach Yirat Adonai.
• Characteristics: Humble, Quiet, Peaceful, Obedient, Respectful, Fearless of wickedness, and love.
• The seventh Hebrew letter is Zayin- Weapon cut off.
• Laodicea Church
• Justice of the People
• Kodesh (Holy)- Set Apart
• Perfection of the Spirit (Alewine, Creation Gospel)

Sukkot is a seven-day celebration, and the eighth day is a High Sabbath, and so is the first day of Sukkot. The number eight also resembles “New Beginnings.”

Leviticus 23: 33-44
33 ADONAI said to Moshe,
34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI.
35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work
37 “‘These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day –
38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI
39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest.
40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days.
41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.
42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah,
43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.'”
44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of ADONAI.

Deuteronomy 31: 10-13
10 Moshe gave them these orders: “At the end of every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot in the year of sh’mittah,
11 when all Isra’el have come to appear in the presence of ADONAI at the place he will choose, you are to read this Torah before all Isra’el, so that they can hear it.
12 Assemble the people-the men, the women, the little ones and the foreigners you have in your towns -so that they can hear, learn, fear ADONAI your God and take care to obey all the words of this Torah;
13 and so that their children, who have not known, can hear and learn to fear ADONAI your God, for as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Yarden to possess.”

Those with a willing and contrite heart were to bring their offering for the Tabernacle of Adonai (G-d). It is a joyful act to the giver, as well as to the receiver—happiness. It is also a loving way to rejoice in all of HIS provisions he has given.

Exodus 40: 34-38
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
35 Moshe was unable to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud remained on it, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Isra’el continued with all their travels.
37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not travel onward until the day when it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of ADONAI was above the tabernacle during the day, and fire was in [the cloud] at night, so that all the house of Isra’el could see it throughout all their travels.

In the days of Yeshua, there were two and a half million people who participate in the Feast of Tabernacles.

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The singular word for booth is “Sukkah.” The sukkah was built with three enclosed sides, and one side left opened, with a curtain. The roof was to be made by things growing from the ground. Boughs of palm or willow tree were traditionally used. The roof must not be completely covered because the inhabitants of the sukkah must be able to see the stars. Rain must also be able to get in, but the roof must provide more shade than sun. (Moed Ministries).

It was commanded to rejoice! Imagine that? Adonai wants us to have a party and have no complaints. HA HA!

They all sang the Hallel Psalms 113-118, Isaiah 12:3, and from the song of Moses.

Isaiah 12:3 (CJB)
Then you will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation.

WHO is the living water? Yeshua, and “Yeshua” means Salvation!

Psalm 118:14-15 (CJB)
14 Adonai is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
15 The sound of rejoicing and victory
is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“ADONAI’s right hand struck powerfully!

Exodus 15:1-2 (CJB)
15 Then Moshe and the people of Isra’el sang this song to ADONAI:
“I will sing to ADONAI, for he is highly exalted:
the horse and its rider he threw in the sea.
2 Adonai is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
This is my G-d: I will glorify him;
my father’s G-d: I will exalt him.

“At the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests were divided up into three groups. With two and a half million people, they needed every priest available. One group of priests took care of all the offerings and sacrifices. The second group, headed by the high priest, was in charge of the drawing of the water for the water pouring ceremony. The third group went to the willows to cut the willows from the brook to satisfy the requirement to rejoice with the willows of the brook. The group headed by the high priest went out the Water Gate, the southern gate, down to the pool of Siloam. The priest used a golden vase to draw the water from the pool. The water was known as living water. The high priest’s assistant had a silver vase filled with wine. At the head of the large procession, the high priest carried the living water back to the temple.

The third group of priests went out of the Beautiful Gate, the eastern gate, down to Motzah valley, and cut willow branches 25-30 feet in length. They also traveled back up to the temple in a procession lined with singing people. Each of the pilgrims had a “lulav” consisting of myrtle, willow, and palm branch, and an Etrog (citron fruit). They would wave their lulavs and sing the same Psalms as the first group. The priests would stand in procession 30 feet apart, take one step, wave the willow, then take another step. The wave of the willows created a wind which represents the Spirit of YHVH (Ruach ha’Kodesh). They did this all the way up to the temple.

As the two groups converged on the temple, another priest stood on the southeast corner of the temple wall and played the flute calling them into the temple. Since the flute was the pierced instrument, he was called the pierced one.” (Moed Ministries)

Isn’t this incredible?!

Yeshua is the Living Water. The pierced one summoning both the Holy Spirit, and the Living water “sent out” from the pool of Siloam to the temple (Moed Ministries)!

The shofar was blown three times while the priests walked around the altar pouring the water and wine on the altar.

When Yeshua died on the tree/cross, that tree/cross was the altar, and like the water and wine, His blood and water that poured out!! This is incredible!

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Many have asked what does the name “Emmanuel” mean?
It means “ YHVH (G-d) is with us.”

John 1:14 (CJB)
14 The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

Matthew 1:23 (CJB)
23 “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,
and they will call him ‘Immanu El.”[a]

Now we can understand that He (G-d) would dwell with us in the Tabernacle of Messiah’s Body.

Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, hence the word “Tabernacle.”

Let’s first delve into some additional insight:

Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) was born during Passover (Feast of Pesach), six months before Yeshua was born. Yochanan was born first to tell them the “Light of the World” was coming.

Luke 1:17 (CJB)
17 He will go out ahead of ADONAI in the spirit and power of Eliyahu to turn the hearts of fathers to their children[a] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for ADONAI a people prepared.”

Matthew 17:10-13 (CJB)

10 The talmidim asked him, “Then why do the Torah-teachers say that Eliyahu must come first?” 11 He answered, “On the one hand, Eliyahu is coming and will restore all things; 12 on the other hand, I tell you that Eliyahu has come already, and people did not recognize him but did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way, the Son of Man too is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the talmidim understood that he was talking to them about Yochanan the Immerser.

The Messiah was born six months after Yochanan, and He was born on Feast of Tabernacles, which places his conception during Chanukah—Festival of Lights–The Light of the World! This is brilliant!! Hidden in plain sight!!

John 1:4-9 (CJB)
4 In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8 He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
9 This was the true light,
which gives light to everyone entering the world.

Now if you reread that verse, we see plainly that “Light” was written seven times. Looking back in the beginning of this blog– Feast of Tabernacles, we are reminded that (7) represents “Completeness in HIM.” Are you seeing any connections yet?

It’s so amazing what HaShem has set before us in the Word, and how many of us have missed this because we have blindly accepted “Doctrines of Man,” ignoring or not knowing HIS Appointed times? I am sure He desires and longs for us to “Tabernacle” with Him.

Many say Yeshua (Jesus) was born on December 25th. Biblically, that is incorrect, as the winters are too harsh for travel. The travelers would have to travel very far, and certainly, the shepherds would not have their sheep and lambs far up in the hills in December!! And from the verses presented, we must stay in HIS Word; seek HIS Way (not ours).

Proverbs 14:12 (CJB)
12 There can be a way which seems right to a person,
but at its end are the ways of death.

The truth shall set us free!

John 8:32 (CJB)
32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Lastly, the census was taken during the Feast of Tabernacles because that was during G-d’s appointed time for the pilgrimages to be made when everyone gathered. Now, one can begin to understand why there wasn’t any room at the Inn. Joseph, Miriam (Mary) and Yeshua stayed in a SUKKAH, not a stable, for the light and glory entered the world WHO would then tabernacle with us (John 1:14)!!
Amien!

May your Sukkot be blessed!

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement

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Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement

“On this Holiest day of the year we have the Holiest man going to the Holiest place to proclaim the Holiest name.” (Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries)

The Day of Atonement was a day of grace and compassion YHVH would give the Israelites a “New Beginning” as a covering for their sins. This day was a foreshadowing of G-d’s plan of salvation through the blood of the Lamb- Yeshua and the creation of the new earth where righteousness dwells.

2 Peter: 3:13 13 but we, following along with his promise, wait for new heavens and a new earth,[b] in which righteousness will be at home.

If we look back on the seven days of creation, on Day Six beast & man were created, and when Adam & Eve (Chavah) sinned, they needed to have atonement; this Day of Atonement was established then– Day Six.

When a man neglects the Spirit of Knowledge, his fallen state becomes more extreme and he identifies more with the beast he hunts than the Spirit of Elohim. The Spirit of Knowledge patiently works and builds understanding in the relationship.

The Spirit of Knowledge is a deep mature love that exhibits the awareness of the needs and desires of another.

Spirit of Knowledge is a spirit that moved on the sixth day of creation to inspire the creation of Adam & Chavah (Eve)—the mother of all living.

Good works must be relational acts of love or they are dead works fit for fire! (Dr. Hollisa Alewine, Creation Gospel)

The Spirit of Knowledge is also called Ruach Daat, and it is interesting to note that the Hebrew letter “VAV” is the number six, and means nail-to connect or attach. When man sinned, they could no longer continue living in the Garden, nor could they dwell with the Father as sin separated them.

They needed to be atoned for to have the “connection” back to the Father, as so do we! Without Adonai’s Plan of Salvation for the atonement of our sins through the death on the cross/tree through our Savior, Yeshua, we would have no eternity with the Father.

There is another very interesting connection that “knowledge” is also known as “The Tree of Knowledge.”

Father Abba, from the beginning (Tanakh/ Old Testament), He demonstrated “Grace and Mercy” for those who love and obey Him.

There are many characters that relate to The Spirit of Knowledge and as we mature and grow in Him, we, too, can abide in these:

• Sacrificial Love (A husband should protect his bride- even to die for her)
• Covers Sins
• Does Not Blame, but heals
• Restores
• Nurtures
• Repents & seeks forgiveness
• Cares for creation
• Unites
• Intuitive

This also brings in the Philadelphia Church being connected (Dr. Hollisa Alewine, Creation Gospel).

WOW! Doesn’t this sound like our bridegroom WHO laid down HIS life for his bride; giving us a way to reunite with forgiveness by her repentance? That is complete sacrificial love.

The “Day of Atonement” is a translation of the Hebrew term “Yom Kippur.” It is the second feast in the Fall and the concluding day of the season of repentance which began on Elul 1, the first of the sixth month. It is the only day the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies seeing G-d “face-to-face.” Prophetically, this is the day we will see Him “face-to-face.” The ten days starting the Feast of Trumpets and ending with the Day of Atonement are called the Days of Awe. The door of heaven is opened on the Feast of Trumpets. On Yom Kippur, those doors will be closed. These intervening ten days of Awe are days of intense personal reflection. The weekly Sabbath, which falls during the Days of Awe are known as the Sabbath of Return. It is named after the reading for that day from Hosea. (Moed Ministries).

The Feast of Trumpets will be a day of Judgement. The Day of Judgment will be the day that atonement is executed.

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Where this is Judgment, we hope there is also Teshuva (Return to HIM, repentance).
But how do we view “Judgment?” Do we look at it as a big judge in a courtroom wearing a long, over-sized black robe; ready to pass the death penalty on us? Or would we look at it as a day of rejoicing that we are saved because of us having Teshuva?

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Let’s look at Jonah. I am sure many remember Jonah being swallowed by a whale. But we may have missed some details.

Do you think Yonah (Jonah) ran from G-d because he was selfish, fearful, or perhaps there was a deeper reason?

There is another, deeper look into the fundamentals of Yom Kippur in Yonah.

Yonah was called by G-d (Hashem) to go to Nineveh in Tarshish and tell them to repent or they will be destroyed. But he ran away instead. Did he really think he could get away with it? Can anyone, especially a prophet, actually get away with running from G-d?

What is the lesson from the gourd and the worm?

Why did Yonah want to die before Nineveh was forgiven?

Why did he tell the pagan sailors to throw him off of the ship in the storm?

Why didn’t he want them to be forgiven? Nineveh was the capitol city of Assyrians and the enemies of the Jews. They had plans to make war to exile the Jews.

“Rabbi Fohrman explores in his Alpehbeta videos the true purpose of the kikayon plant towards the end of the book of Jonah. To do so, he traces the chain of the word “רעה (ra’ah),” evil, throughout the book of Jonah and begins to uncover what it is that so deeply troubled Jonah.”

As Yonah (Jonah) sat up on the hill in hopes they didn’t repent and for G-d destroy them, he made himself a Sukkah (booth/tent) to sit under for shade. So if he had shade already, why did G-d place a guard – kikayon plant over (cover) Jonah’s sukkah?

Elohim needed to save Yonah from his evil (ra’ah).
Ra’ah was first mentioned when G-d wanted to send Yonah to Nineveh because they had done evil and were going to be destroyed. Then ra’ah mentioned during the storm when the sailors tossed him into the sea. Then it’s mentioned again when Nineveh repents from their ra’ah, from the evil ways. The next time it is mentioned when G-d see’s they repented from their ra’ah-evilness, and makes a teshuva! Then Elohim relents the ra’ah HE was going to place on Nineveh. Then there was a domino effect when Yonah (Jonah) felt a terrible ra’ah and needed G-d’s protection. Yonah became very angry towards G-d; telling G-d that HE changed His mind on doing ra’ah to the people.

So why did Jonah run away? Jonah said because “I knew you were a gracious and merciful G-d, slow to anger and full of compassion.”

Where have we heard those words before? It was in Exodus when Adonai revealed to Mosheh (Moses) His 13 traits of compassion on Mount Sinai after the sin of the golden calf.

It was that grace and mercy that saved the Jews and mixed-multitude from that destruction. But for some strange reason, Jonah threw those same words back to G-d—in a negative way—changing that phrase by using ra’ah in the words of his statement leaving out “I am a G-d of Truth (Amitai-Truth)”. Jonah was the son of Amitia, which means son of Truth.

What is the son of truth really saying?
For every act there is a reaction……
Was Jonah looking for Divine Justice?

When Elohim told Yonah/Jonah to go to Nineveh so that they could tell him (Jonah)and G-d they were sorry and repented, G-d would drop the charges. Life no longer mattered to Jonah any more. He wanted them to pay for their evilness.

Jonah was the son of Truth. How could he see “letting them off the hook” as being Truth? Looking back at the story while he was on the ship, he was on the lowest level; sleeping in the height of the storm. Jonah ignored G-d when YHVH called out to him. He had nothing to say to Adonai. The sailors cast lots. He tells them to throw him overboard. He didn’t know there was a fish (whale) in the water about to swallow him into its belly.

In the belly of the whale, Yonah still wanted to die, but Adonai had different plans.

Jonah’s Prayer (CJB)
2 (1:17) ADONAI prepared a huge fish to swallow Yonah; and Yonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. 2 (1) From the belly of the fish Yonah prayed to ADONAI his God; 3 (2) he said,
“Out of my distress I called to ADONAI,
and he answered me;
from the belly of Sh’ol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
4 (3) For you threw me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas;
and the flood enveloped me;
all your surging waves passed over me.
5 (4) I thought, ‘I have been banished from your sight.’
But I will again look at your holy temple.
6 (5) The water surrounded me, threatened my life;
the deep closed over me, seaweed twined around my head.
7 (6) I was going down to the bottoms of the mountains,
to a land whose bars would close me in forever;
but you brought me up alive from the pit,
ADONAI, my God!
8 (7) As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered ADONAI;
and my prayer came in to you,
into your holy temple.
9 (8) “Those who worship vain idols
give up their source of mercy;
10 (9) but I, speaking my thanks aloud,
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed, I will pay.
Salvation comes from ADONAI!”
11 (10) Then ADONAI spoke to the fish, and it vomited Yonah out onto dry land.
Jonah was saved from death by God and his prayer reconciles him, but Jonah hadn’t yet repented, nor had he changed his perspective.

He saw his nightmare coming true after G-d told him to go to Nineveh and accept their apology (500 miles from shore).

Nineveh repented, had Teshuva,and G-d relented the ra’ah that would have destroyed them. Jonah told G-d it would have been better that G-d killed him as it would be better than to live. HaShem remained quiet and gave him a lesson with the worm instead.

So back to Jonah sitting in his sukkah and the plant to create the extra shade (covering), even though he already knew that Elohim already spared Nineveh. That night, when the worm ate the roots of the plant, and the plant withered up and died, Yonah(Jonah), once again, wanted to die.

Why was he so upset over the plant dying? What did the plant represent, justice or compassion?

It was the pure expression of love, and HaShem wanted to send Yonah (Jonah) His expression of love and compassion. So if the plant giving shade is the expression of love and compassion, what is the expression of the worm? JUSTICE!

Jonah was upset for a plant that didn’t belong in the world died when it didn’t deserve to die; yet, he wanted to live in a world that had justice. But he also wanted to live in a world with compassion.

If a judge can only make his judgment in court based off of what the person did, how does one make judgment based off of compassion? Compassion asks, “What can you become?”

Jonah soon begins to understand that he had compassion on a plant that he didn’t even create; yet, he didn’t have compassion for Nineveh Whom his Creator created.

Where is Teshuva in this story with Jonah? Teshuva doesn’t change the past, it will only change the FUTURE.It is to turn back to the Father.

Nineveh, like the plant, may not deserve to be here. Nineveh was very evil indeed, but because they had Teshuva, look at what they could become!

Yes, their sins were forgiven.They couldn’t change their past actions, but they could change their future.

Remember us for the sake of Life,
A King Who desires Life,
Inscribe us in the Book of Life
For Your sake O’ G-d of Life.
Who is like You
O’ Father of compassion,
Who remembers his creatures
For Life with compassion”

As we enter Yom Kippur, we need to acknowledge that even though we can’t change our past we can reflect on our past, reevaluate our potential for the future; giving all Glory to Abba.

We need to seek Him for forgiveness (Teshuva)of our sins, ask Him to help us have sacrificial love for others, be forgiving (even if they don’t deserve it), to honor HIS Word, and to follow HIS WAY.

When we love HaShem’s creation, we can nurture it, have unity, and restore healing.

Yonah (Jonah) was in the belly of a whale for 3 days and 3 nights which was a foreshadowing of our Savior and Redeemer, Yeshua. He was in the the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. Yeshua, died on the tree/cross for our sins. He is our atonement and testimony through the shedding of HIS blood. We are forgiven by repenting/teshuva for our sins. Yeshua died, was buried and resurrected on the 3rd day so that we may have true Salvation.

May you be blessed this day and always,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Last Breath Gives Hope

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Last Breath Gives Hope

It wasn’t long before it would be too cold catching the last awesome waves before fall. My high school friend and I decided to head for the beach and hit some waves (body surfing). Of course, by the time we got down there, it was cloudy, and riptide warnings given. But we were strong swimmers and knew what we were doing (though we thought).

We were having such a great time! The waves were so big, and we were having a blast. No one was at the beach—not even a life guard. It was all to ourselves!

My friend wasn’t too far from me, but it was enough to cause a separation between a couple of waves; allowing her to get back to shore without as much of an effort. Without warning, things shifted and the waves became HUGE! I tried to swim in, but I had to turn back to swim back over the waves—to not be crushed (which means going out further). Unfortunately, without knowing at the time, I was entangled and deeply snared.

The waves soon became too big and powerful. I was getting tired. How many more waves could I keep swimming over (to avoid being smashed underwater), and the uselessness of trying to get back to shore? I knew how to swim in riptides (diagonally in a zig-zag motion), and that pride got me into the mess I was in.

Tired, muscles feeling like rubber, numb, and panicked, I was in a terrible situation, and no time to think things through anymore. I couldn’t stay above the water anymore. The riptides had soon over-powered me, and in my weakness, the waves were too powerful and I began to get slammed down underwater.

The waves began to thrash me about; dragging and twisting me in every direction. I opened my eyes in salty water; trying to see which way the bubbles were going, but the bubbles were spinning in all directions. I managed to find my way to the surface and gasp for air just as another wave came crashing down; leaving me spiraling and being dragged along the ocean floor like a Raggedy-Ann doll.

I, again, attempted to try to get to the top. When I felt the ocean floor, I placed my feet on the sandy ground, and with all of my might, I pushed up and swam as hard as I could; only to get smashed down again after reaching the surface with little air before another huge wave crashed down on me!

At that point I couldn’t do it anymore. I was out of breath, and out of all my strength. I knew I was going to drown—I was out of time!

Out of breath, beyond exhausted, unable to fight, packed with sand from the dragging along the ocean bottom, too far from shore, and out of hope, I cried out to G-d (obviously in my mind—not outwardly to get water in my mouth)!! I told HIM I couldn’t do it anymore, and asked Him to help me. I needed HIM! I was so scared (thirty-some years later, and I still tear-up).

As soon as I called out to HIM for help, something amazingly happened! Though I couldn’t see who or what, but an amazing strong Almighty Power reached down into the depths of the riptides that bound me, and there was a rushing of water I was brought (carried) up out of the water– able to gasp for air. G-d, or one of His angels, I know, protected me. Though the waves were still huge, none of them dragged me down. I was freed. I was able to swim in the zig-zag motion without any of the waves crashing on me. I soon could see my friend. She was running up and down the shoreline calling out my name—expecting to find a dead body.

I got to shore and my friend grabbed my arm and helped me up the dry sandy area, and I collapsed. She said she didn’t know what to do. She would see my head pop out of the water and another wave would crash down over me for long periods of time.

We had made a huge mistake acting cool, haughty, and prideful—especially me.

Analogy: When we allow sin into our lives, like the riptides, we need to stay away from it. If we act out in our Nefesh, and become prideful and haughty (by saying I can handle it, I’ve done it before), we become entangled, and before we know it, ha’Satan (Satan) has his grip on us. In our own efforts the enemy uses it against us to oppress and weaken us.

Out of breath, out of time, out of hope (from our own efforts), can we finally allow HIS GLORY to lift us out of the dirt (or should I say sand) we’re in.

In my efforts I had nothing. I was over-powered and weakened quickly. In Adonai’s strength, and finding my hope in HIM, behold a mighty strong arm WHO can reach into the depths of darkness and bring us to light.

When this happened, I didn’t have salvation. I didn’t know who God really was. But when I called out to HIM with my last breath of life, HE answered my cry; knowing in time I would SEEK after HIM.

I am humbled by the love and mercy HE has for someone like me to give me ‘time’ and set my path to be introduced to Him many years later.

He loves you, too. And if you do not know HIM yet, he is just a thought, a call, a cry out to, and a prayer away. Do not delay in seeking Him. We never know when we will have that last breath.

Isaiah 40:28-31, 28 Haven’t you known, haven’t you heard that the everlasting God, ADONAI, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow tired or weary? His understanding cannot be fathomed. 29 He invigorates the exhausted, he gives strength to the powerless. 30 Young men may grow tired and weary, even the fittest may stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in ADONAI will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired. (Complete Jewish Bible)

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess

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The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess

Have you ever questioned why Adonai always refers to human beings as sheep? Is it because we’re cute and cuddly? Maybe it’s because we like to run about merrily. There are other reasons that would be more accurate; of course, the above ones certainly contribute, too. I would add that running in an opened field is how we get into mischief.

Yeshua is our Shepherd, and HIS flock knows and hears HIS voice. HE is always watching us, and HE comes to us when we call out. We may not always understand HIS ways, but HIS ways surpass our ideals. Likewise, having raised sheep myself, I can certainly testify that our sheep needed a Shepherd/Shepherdess.

I will share two stores about two different herds, and by the time you’re done reading, you will have come to the conclusion that us being referred to sheep is very fitting.

The first group was a wild bunch- a mixed multitude of breeds. Most were the typical all white in color. However, there was an additional one that was a blackish-cinnamon mix. He was different from the others. He would spend the day with the group eating, sleeping, and running every which way.

Whenever I walked into the pasture, called out his name, he would stop what he was doing and run to me. It was so amazing to watch in the center of the crowded flock, when I called out to him, up popped his head; facing directly at me. He would then make way and run to me. It never seemed to matter what he was doing. When his shepherdess called his name, he came running towards the familiar voice. I do believe that is what we’re supposed to do when our Master calls. But until we, HIS Flock, know HIS voice and remember to OBEY, will we be like my Blackish-Cinnamon mixed lamb, and run to our Shepherd, Yeshua.

Now, the rest of that group wasn’t so inspiring. They constantly needed their shepherd or shepherdess nearby. They would crawl under fences (if they found a gap), and have to be chased home. They were too naïve to know that large dogs lived down the way and might want lamb chops for dinner. It wasn’t easy getting them back into their pasture. They had plenty to eat, but their stubbornness seemed to float their boats. One would hope since they followed each other out of the gate (not so nice neighbors liked to open it at times), that returning they would follow suit. NOPE! They would go in all different directions! ~Sound familiar?~

Another interesting character of sheep is that if they get in lodged into a corner, they cannot figure out all they need to do is turn their face to the light, out of darkness , and they are freed. But instead, they remain in darkness and would actually starve to death and die. Likewise with us, without turning our face to HIS light, we will remain in darkness and starve our walk in the Spirit of Adonai. ~Sound Familiar?~

Now for the second group:

My husband & I took in a herd of sheep. They were the black-faced sheep called Suffolks. They were all pregnant and ready to lamb-out in 4-6 weeks. Sadly, the farmer wasn’t caring for them. They kept going into farmer’s fields to find food. They were very scrawny. They needed nutrition if they were to deliver healthy, live lambs.

During that time, we prepared everything that would give them needed nutrition, special paint, iodine, string, and a clean sheepfold so when the time came for all of those mommies to deliver, everything would be ready.

Of course the time arrived, almost midnight—during a BLIZZARD!
While hubby was at his employment, I was on watch, and sure enough, they had begun to deliver- all at once! Thankfully, I knew what to do, except the blizzard seemed to have been a stressful time, not just for me, but the sheep especially. The sheep, being as clueless as they are would deliver their young, and get up and walk off with baby in tow—connected to the umbilical cord!

I had the string, scissors, iodine, and special paints on hand. Trying to keep mommy down long enough to tie the strings, iodine, and cut was a bit tricky. The paint was the easy part. I know you are asking why the paint? Sheep don’t always accept their babies, and it’s important to know which babies belong to which mom. It’s very rare they’ll let others suck from them. So the paint was to mark the same alphabet letter on mommy and baby in the same color. Considering ALL of the sheep delivered twins and triplets that night, the letter/paint system especially came in handy!

Some of the sheep would deliver their lambs on top of the snow drifts, muddy areas, or just keep walking while delivering! While some acknowledged their babies, others were new moms and didn’t know what to do.

I am thankful that we had a spot light set up from the house that shined towards the corral, and sheepfold. Being their shepherdess, I helped in their deliveries, guided them to where they were supposed to be, provided the opened doorway into their clean, warm sheepfold where fresh food was provided, and families together.I cannot recall the amount I lambed-out (twins and triplets), but the moms in count were 13 or 14.

I picked up one baby lamb that wasn’t doing very well. I took it into our home and provide additional care, but the poor baby couldn’t keep its temperature to warm up (I had placed him on the bathroom floor on towels as the heater vent was nice and cozy). I did all I could do, but sadly, it died.

Even though I lost one lamb during that horrible blizzard during a long and cold night, others have told me that was amazing to have only lost one during those circumstances. I was still sad that I had lost even one.

We, as HIS sheep, may not always do what we’re supposed to do correctly, we may stand there dumbfounded, lie in the mud, or just walk around aimlessly –totally clueless before we start to learn and get it right.

Thankfully, we have the Torah (HIS Instructions) to follow. Yeshua is our Shepherd Who will never lose HIS sheep. HE IS always there to guide us, and to provide for our every need. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Spiritual food (Torah), Great Physician, and our KING! Adonai is all glory, and Sovereignty, who calls us HIS friend.

Will we know HIS voice when HE calls? Will we turn our faces towards HIM? Will we come running to our Shepherd; letting NOTHING stop us? Will we trust in HIM and HIS promises? Will we obey our Shepherd Who has laid down HIS life for us?

John 10:1-18 (CJB)

10 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”
6 Yeshua used this indirect manner of speaking with them, but they didn’t understand what he was talking to them about. 7 So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. 13 The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. 16 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again! 18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Day of blowing the Trumpet)

Yom-Teruah

Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Day of blowing the trumpet)

As we venture into this amazing Holy Feast, it is important to view more connections-Biblical. Many believe that Elohim is our Creator, but so many of us have missed the connections along the way; namely, knowing what HIS Feasts are. One might say, “I thought I was following the map, I saw the streets listed on the map, but I didn’t realize there was more to it, and I got lost along the way.”

Well, now we are in the Feast of the Trumpets, and though we are in the dress rehearsal, when the day comes, we will hear Adonai’s Trumpet; sounding the alarms, and we better listen up.

With that being said, let’s take a gander at some of those connections before heading over to the Trumpets- Yom Teruah.

On Creation Day “5,” Birds and Fish were created. They swim/fly fiercely and rapidly; taking the seed out in the water/wind currents—carrying out HIS Word.
Because the Hebrew letters were already placed in creation, and everything in Hebrew is based off of Hebrew letters (used for numbers, too), we must factor in the Hebrew letter “5” which is “Hey.” Hey is to “Behold.”

There are (7) Spirits of Yahweh (G-d), (7) Days of Creation, (7) Feasts, (7) Churches and (7) Candlesticks (Menorah- 7 branches).

• The Spirit of Power ( Ruach Gvurah—Mighty Warrior) alludes to the strength to carry out a task or commandment of Adonai (Creation Gospel).
• Wind—Spirit—Ruach
• Provision
• Birds scatter seeds (Word) as Disciples spread the Gospel to all nations and moving rapidly.
• AWAKEN & REPENT!
• TESHUVAH-RETURN to Him Repentance/ to turn back to Him!
• To mend ones way.
• The seeds that fell under the tree on the 3rd day will grow and provide a resting counsel for the birds that return from the scatterings and migrations of the 5th day.
• The Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit)- Set Apart.
• Sardis Church

There are (3) Themes of the “Feasts of Trumpets” which are in the fall months.
1. Remembrance
2. Sovereignty
3. Shofar

The call to remembrance -100 blast of the shofar.
There are (3) types of blasts: tekiah, shavarim, and teruah. The tekiah is one long blast signaling alarm. The shavarim consists of three medium blasts of wailing, and the teruah consists of nine short blasts like broken sobs. The one hundredth blast in called the “last trumpet.” (Divine Appointments by: Dan & Brenda Cathcart)

Some of the reasons for the Trumpets blown:
• Proclaim Adonai as King on the anniversary of Creation! Yes, it’s an anniversary of HIS creation—us!
• To announce the 10-days of Awe as a warning that Elohim will enforce HIS decrees.
• To remind us that we said we would listen and do all of HIS Commandments at the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
• To remember that if we don’t change our ways, we are responsible for our own destruction.
• Cities will tremble, and so will we.
• It reminds us that the shofar will be blown on the Day of Judgment. This is a self-check in asking ourselves, “Where are we in our walk? Are we REALLY following HIS WAYS!? Wake-up!!
• The shofar will be blown on the day of resurrection. This reminds us of HIS victory over death!!
At the blowing of the shofar, HE will come to awaken the dead, enact judgment, and rule as our King (Cathcart). All of these reasons relate to the coming of our Messiah Yeshua.

Are we truly ready for HIS Trumpet on “LAST CALL?”

Leviticus 23:23,24Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
(v) 23 ADONAI said to Moshe, 24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

The Feast of Trumpets is also the beginning of the seventh month on the Biblical calendar, which holds a great significance as it is also the Sabbatical month—set apart. The number seven also represent spiritual completeness (Carthcart).

Numbers 29:1 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
29 “‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work; it is a day of blowing the shofar for you.

Zechariah 9:14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
14 ADONAI will appear over them,
and his arrow will flash like lightning.
Adonai ELOHIM will blow the shofar
and go out in the whirlwinds of the south.

It is a time when Israel remembers their G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel), and repents, humbles themselves, and calls out to their Father and HE listens to HIS children and brings them to the Promised Land in their rejoicing.

Like a mother coming quickly to the cry of her baby, our Father Abba will return:

Isaiah 26:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth
cries out and writhes in her labor pains,
so we have been at your presence, ADONAI —

Remembering the promise Elohim made to Abraham, G-d will carefully gather HIS people back to Him on the great blowing of the shofar. And at that, the books are opened to be read who is in the “Book of Life” and “Book of Deeds.” Those who are not in the “Book of Life” are cast into the Lake of Fire.

The “Book of Deeds” is not necessarily deeds that we have gone off to do. The deeds are HaShem’s DEEDS on what HE has already told us to do in the Bible. Have we done what HE has already asked us to do that were written in HIS TORAH (G-d’s instructions)?
Don’t wait until later to seek the Father out, do it now so that you can be sure that your name is in the “Book of Life.”

As our Father draws nearer to us, that is when we need to draw nearer to HIM just like Moses did. We should not hide when the Father draws near us like Adam did in the garden.

Don’t wait until the trumpet blows…..one breath too short would be a tragedy for Eternity.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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