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Shalom and greetings in the name of Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah, to each of you, my faithful brothers and sisters and supporters.
By the time you receive this letter, our Messianic fellowship, Tikvah BaMidbar (Hope in the Desert) will have celebrated the last three feasts of Israel for 2018. Of the seven feasts of Israel, as outlined in Leviticus 23, God has appointed the final three, yet to be fulfilled by Yeshua, to be celebrated in the fall of the year. Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, ushered in the year 5779, followed by Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement, and then the final and seventh feast—Succoth: Feast of Tabernacles. God’s entire plan of redemption will be fulfilled through the seven feasts of Israel. Studying the biblical and prophetic aspects of these final three feasts should put an urgency in our hearts to share the Gospel message with Jew and Gentile alike. Especially meaningful this time of year is the sweet remembrance of my beloved husband, Barry, whom the Lord called to his heavenly home on Yom Kippur, September 24, 2015. How befitting for a Jewish believer whose name had already been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Barry called himself “a completed Jew,” and whenever he taught the significance of Yom Kippur he challenged his audience with the following: “I am at-one-ment with the Lord, are you?” May we share his passion for the lost.
Succoth: The Feast of Tabernacles
As Barry “tabernacles” in Heaven with the Lord, I am reminded of the prophetic significance of my favorite feast—the seventh and last one—the Feast of Tabernacles. It is also called the Feast of Booths (Succoth), which occurs five days after Yom Kippur and is observed for seven days (Lev. 23:33-43). Historically, it is a celebration of God’s providence, promise, and protection while the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, dwelling in tents. It is to be a remembrance of a time long ago when God delivered the Children of Israel out of Egypt and dwelt among them through His presence, the Shekinah glory.
The Feast of Tabernacles is Israel’s thanksgiving festival. Predominantly an agricultural feast, it is the most festive and joyous season in the Land of Israel. Succas (booths) are built and adorned with the first fruits of the harvest. These booths are to be their dwelling place during the week of Succoth. Families eat, sleep, pray and study there, considering the past and hoping for the future. Its future fulfillment will be when the Lord Jesus comes back to earth, after the campaign of Armageddon, when He sets up His millennial kingdom—gathering the “harvest” of His children unto Himself as recorded by John in Revelation 21:2-4. This final feast, planned before the foundation of the world, points to a time when God will tabernacle with His people—Jew and Gentile alike. In the United States, it is predominantly the Orthodox Jewish communities who build and dwell in succas during the Feast of Tabernacles. Every year, we (Tikvah BaMidbar) also build a booth on the grounds of the church where we hold our monthly Bible studies in order to observe and commemorate the Feast of Tabernacles.
Vi with grandson, Austin, in the succa.
Since the church is in a Jewish neighborhood, surrounded by three synagogues, it has provoked many interesting questions from Jewish individuals in the neighborhood—and even a few protesters.
Please pray for . . .
Tikvah BaMidbar to be a good testimony to our Jewish neighbors and for their salvation, especially for the Jewish doctor who has attended our Passover Seder and a number of our Bible studies. May God remove the obstacles that prevent them from seeing and receiving their Jewish Messiah, Yeshua;
The unsaved Jewish individuals to whom I have given the Hebrew-English translation of the entire Old Covenant (which includes Isaiah 53). May the OT Jewish prophets show them the way;
The Jewish neighbor of a contractor who did work in my house. The contractor witnessed to his neighbor because of a message he heard from Barry many years ago. PTL, the Jewish neighbor is now attending church with the contractor and his wife;
The salvation of the unsaved Jewish women I meet with one on one;
The salvation of my, and Barry’s, unsaved family members; and,
The continued numerical and spiritual growth of Tikvah BaMidbar.
I praise God for how He guides, provides, protects and grows me as He and I continue this ministry to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Recently, I attended a one-night grief share class specifically for those who have lost a spouse. Also attending the class was a Chinese-Hawaiian man named Michael Chung, who blessed us as he played the ukulele and led us as we sang hymns at the beginning of the class. Michael blessed me again when our music leader was unable to be at Tikvah BaMidbar for our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services due to a death in her family. I asked Michael if he was available to step in and minister to us. Not only did he know Jewish Gospel songs, but he also has a heart for Israel and will continue attending our Messianic fellowship. It has filled a void in his life, since it has been only four months since the Lord called his wife home.
Since this is my last ministry update letter for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Messiahmas and wonderful New Year to each of you and your respective families. I thank our Savior for His indescribable gift, and thank each of you for the love you have shown me through your faithful prayers and financial support. Without them, this ministry “for the Jew first and also for the Gentile” (Rom. 1:16) would not exist. May our Lord continue to bless you as you have blessed me and His Chosen People. All because of Him! Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account (Phil. 4:17).
In Messiah’s love and mine,
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