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Rosh Hashanah 5778

Time-space in God’s Creation

When God said “let there be Light”
He created the ‘physical’ dimension of Time

Time is a ‘physical space’ connected to the Earth
over which God gave the dominion to mankind

Can it be that God wants His Ecclesia to also
have dominion over the dimension of Time?

On Wedn. 20 Sept, from 18:00 (6pm), till Thur. 21 Sept 18:00 (6pm) is the 1st day of the New Hebrew Year 5778, known as Rosh Hashanah (meaning Head of the Year) – which is always the Day (of the Feast) of Trumpets, in hebrew “Yom Teruwah” (or Yom T’ruwah). For a brief teaching on the spiritual significance of this day from a New Testament Christian perspective please read last year’s article, link below:

For today’s article I felt the need to help the Body of Christ grasp the understanding, and significance of TIME in God’s plan and His mandate to His Ecclesia on Earth – and how that is related to the Gospel of the Kingdom of God which we herald and represent.

When the believers in Jesus Christ who are willing and available to respond to God’s call become aware of what the Bible is teaching us, we can then become doers of the Word. The Day of the Feast of Trumpets, which is Rosh Hashanah, is the best timing of the year to become doers of the call of God to His Ecclesia to rule over the gates of Time.

The way to exercise our priestly calling to rule over the gates of Time is by worship, prayer, intercession, and, blessing God’s Creation – as we enter the New Hebrew Year we are called to do that, so that it shall be a blessed new season, full of God’s Light and Glory, in which the works of Darkness shall be detroyed and the works of God shall be revealed!

We really need to understand what the Bible teaches us, that we are called to pray for God’s Kingdom to come to the Earth, and His will to be done as it is in Heaven. What God wants to do, He first shows to His servants, so that we can pray for it.

Everything that God does and all that we experience on Earth is confined within the ‘physical’ dimension of TIME. Our prayers “expire” as time passes. Otherwise why do we need to pray the SAME THINGS EVERY DAY? We could pray one time for the rest of our lives, and that would suffice! But it does not! All that we pray for takes effect only within the dimension of TIME for which it applies.

As we are called to pray EVERY DAY for the things of the day, so we are also called to pray at the start of every new season for the things that God wants to do within the confines of that particular dimension of time, which is Earth’s time.

God reveals His Truth to those who are willing to learn

No human being can understand anything about God unless it starts with God’s initiative to reveal Himself to His Creation.No human being can understand anything meaningful about God just by reading the Bible, unless God opens up human understanding to grasp the things that God wants to reveal to that person, at that time.

God reveals (by giving to man the faith to understand) the Gospel of His Kingdom through the Scriptures, and the Plan of Salvation by Grace through the Atoning Sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for the Redemption of Sin and passing from Death to Eternal Life

-> how much of THAT do we REALLY understand (with our own human intellect)?

Gospel, Kingdom of God, Salvation, Grace, Atoning Sacrifice, Son of God, Christ, Redemption, Sin, Eternal Life… can ANYONE really understand what ANY of these words REALLY mean unless it is given by revelation?

Are these word-concepts the ONLY things which God reveals through the Scriptures?

If the Bible was given to mankind ONLY for the purpose of man’s salvation through God’s Son Jesus Christ, then…

-> why does it give us so much more information which is not related to the New Testament of God to mankind through Jesus Christ, but is related to God’s Creation?

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds have been prepared (framed, created, set in order) by the word of God, so that the thing being (which are) seen has not come-into-being from things being (which are) visible

[- Are these words which are in the New Testament Scriptures related to man’s salvation? NO! But they are related to the Gospel of the Kingdom of God which is far bigger than man’s individualistic, self-centered, arrogant perception of God’s plan, which started with the Creation. God did not create the world to save man…

-> God redeems people from the grip of Death to serve His Kingdom! -]
Can it be that God wants His Ecclesia on Earth
to have dominion over all Creation, which includes TIME,
as was God’s original mandate when He created mankind?

Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and (have) dominion (over it); rule (or have authority) over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

[- I have rendered “kabash” as «(have) dominion (over it)», and “radash” as «rule (or have authority) over», in accordance with the Septuagint choices of interpretation and in line with more understanding of what God was really saying to mankind in conjunction with Genesis 2:15 below -]

Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.

[- God’s mandate to mankind to “ABAD” (work) and to “SHAMAR” (watch over to protect) the created “Earth” reveals DOMINION to RULE over. Through the additional understanding of God’s principles through the New Testament mindset and words of Jesus, the concept here is to exercise dominion as we rule over the Creation WITH A SERVANT’s HEART ATTITUDE as we serve the Creator

So the DOMINION to RULE does not position us on thrones as Kings, but is the job description of the servants whom the One King and Ruler over all has called to serve Him by looking after His Creation, which is the “garden of eden”, meaning, the “royal gardens of the King’s delight” -]

The call for dominion to rule over the Earth as servants of the King cannot happen outside of the dimension of TIME – which is one of the created dimensions which define what EARTH is and determines the “boundaries” of our lives and the specifics of the different stages of life we live in according to our age (ref. TIME).As John explains in 1 John 5:19, even after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the whole world lies in the sphere and dominion of the evil one” – but that was not God’s original plan… God set mankind to have the dominion over the Creation, so that the Earth could remain “the King’s Royal Gardens of delight” (that is what the whole concept of “garden eden” stands for).

Through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, God was able to redeem people from the grip of Death, so that He may obtain/possess a Royal Priesthood on Earth, who may fulfill the original mandate He had given to mankind when He created the world, to have dominion to rule, by working and watching over the Creation – so that the Lord God would be able to claim back the Creation from the grip of Satan.

God declares His ownership of Creation in the Scriptures, when He says in Psalm 24:1 “The LORD owns the earth and all it contains, ​​​​​​the world and all who live in it“!

We, the Ecclesia of Jesus, have been given the authority of our Head Jesus, to claim back the ownership and dominion of the Creation – of which TIME was the first created dimension, like a physical space in which every living creature lives.

The Ecclesia is called to work and watch over God’s Creation through PRAYER!

We are called to pray, sanctify and dedicate on to God all of Creation, to the degree to which God has granted us authority and responsibility – starting with TIME which is as much of a created “space” as the physical space in which we live.On the occasion of Rosh Hashanah (the Head of the Year) that a new year starts according to the measure of time that God gave to Moses, on Sept. 20-21, 2017 we shall enter into year 5778 – the Ecclesia is called to pray over the New Year, to bless it, to sanctify it on to the Lord, and claim God’s authority for His Kingdom to come on Earth, and His Will be done in 5778, as it is in Heaven.

When we live on blessed ground, we are blessed! When we live on cursed ground, we suffer the consequences of the curse. When we live in a blessed dimension of TIME, we shall enjoy the blessings of the Kingdom of our Lord becoming manifest in our physical lives. But when the dimension of Time is full of Darkness, so our lives shall be in Darkness – but we are called to be the lights of the world, causing the Light of God to shine in the Darkness – that includes the dimension of TIME!

This world is in Darkness because “it lies in the evil one“; Satan remains the ruler of this world until the Second Coming of Jesus. Till then, Jesus has given us of His Light, so that we may be the lights that shine in this world. Lights do not shine automatically, until someone makes the light shine; that is what worship, prayer, intercession, blessing, giving of thanks, is all about. If we do not bring the Light of God into any of the created dimensions of Earth, then Darkness is there by default.

A few words about Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of Trumpets

Rosh Hashanah” literally means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew.The next one coming in a few days will be on our 20-21Sept. 2017, which will be the start of the Hebrew year 5778.

The Scriptural name of this day is “Yom Teruwah”. That was one of the “Feasts of the Lord” that God gave to Moses, “a Day of blowing the Trumpets” in Numbers 29:1.

I think it is interesting that many modern Israelis are neither aware of the Biblical name of this day, nor that it is one of the “Feasts of the Lord”. For many Israelis this will be just the start of the new civil year in Israel.

I also find it interesting that most New Testament Christians fail to see the prophetic significance of the Feasts of the Lord, how they become fulfilled in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ who came to “fill up” everything that was written for Him, outside of the confines of the Old Testament Law of Moses when all those things were “shadows of things to come”. If they were shadows, then there are heavenly substances which cast their shadow on the earth in the form of the Law of Moses – the substance is of Jesus who came to fulfill, i.e. to fill up, not to abolish, all that was given in the Law of Moses.

Among many interpretations of this Feast, my own understanding of the New Testament fulfillment of “a Day of blowing the Trumpets” is that the Voice of the Lord goes out from heaven, inviting His servants to “come up here”, to “lift up the eyes so that we can see with God’s eyes and faith”.

His Voice sounds like a trumpet (see Rev.4:1) at this time of the year, that is like a gate opens up in heaven to take us to a higher realm of revelation and understanding of the plans and processes of heaven’s interaction with the earth.

God speaks at all times and throughout the year. But to understand how God speaks different things, at different times that serve His Kingdom plans and purposes, we need to learn from the Bible that NOT all times and seasons are the same. For example, let us see how before Rev. 4:1, where John saw “a door standing open in heaven”, we read:

Rev. 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia …”

Apostle John was already in the Spirit, had already met with and heard Jesus speak to him, and had already received detailed prophetic words for the 7 churches in Asia Minor. Even so, after those amazing events, even after he had met with Jesus, there was still an invitation to “come up here” so that the Lord would show him new/more things.

This is part of our priestly duty to minister to the Lord according to what He is showing that He wants to do. As He is giving us His “eyes” to see things, and His “faith” so that we can believe what He will do, He is calling us to pray for His plans and purposes to take effect in the earthly realm (over which He has delegated His authority to us).

The above perception of the Feast of Trumpets is not the result of a mental process of figuring out why the Lord commanded a Day of blowing the Trumpets. What I write in this article has been given to me through a process of gradual revelation over more than 15 years that the Lord has been calling me to present myself before Him on Rosh Hashanah each year.

As we do that together with the people of our ministry, we have indeed experienced year after year how the Lord has been speaking to us about things to come in the next chronological season ahead; how He has shown to us how to pray for the next season ahead, which is like a new “room” in which we enter, which is of finite dimensions, like all the other earthly dimensions of space.

Part of that process was in 2009 and 2010 – on both of those years the Lord instructed me to hold a 3-day worship conference on the Mount of Olives (near Jerusalem). And through all the other years (of Shalom Center Athens) we hold special times of worship and drawing near the Lord on that day/season.

So we know from personal experience as we have been walking with the Lord for many years, that Yom Teruwah is a very important day for the Kingdom of God! The Bible does not say much about this particular Feast, because the main purpose of the Day is prophetic and intercessory. So, His instructions come by the Spirit, not by the letter.

Prophetic insight into 5778
Many of the things which the Lord is revealing about new seasons coming cannot be shared with the general public. Subjects of interecession belong to the House of God. We cannot allow the world to mock or the enemies to curse what God shows us to pray for and proclaim as we exercise our authority to rule on God’s behalf.
But there is one thing which we are free to share… HIS LOVE!

The Love of God is always a primary characteristic of His Nature. At the same time, the revelation of His Love is not always the primary heavenly activity that prevails at all times and over all other Kingdom plans and purposes. For example, there are times and seasons when God shakes the heavens and the earth, so that all that He has not planted will be uprooted. There are times that He breaks down and destroys, so that He may later build up – all these things are written in the Bible.We have experienced a lot of God’s shaking of Heavens and Earth in the recent years when the prevailing Kingdom activity has been God’s Judgment of Sin.

However, what we are picking up in the spirit these days is that a new season is dawning on us, when God will comfort His people with a renewed revelation of His Love. The Lord has been drawing our attention to the Song of Songs, in which the prevailing theme is LOVE – more specifically, the love between the husband and his beloved wife, which is symbolic of Jesus the Bridegroom and the Ecclesia, His Bride.

That is why I felt the call of God to call for 6 special evenings of worship and prayer at “Shalom Center”, our House of Prayer in Athens – announcment below.

The occasion is Rosh Hashanah 5778. The theme is God’s Love as shown in the words of the Song of Songs: “Your Love is more delightful than wine“!

The purpose of these 6 evenings will be to minister to the Lord in intercession for the new season of 5778, as He will show us what to have faith and pray for. As we minister to the Lord for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on Earth in the new year, as it is in Heaven, HE will minister back to us by pouring out His Love to fill us afresh, and renew us – especially as we are coming out of a season of many shakings as the Lord has shaken and judged the world for Sin.

Those of you who live far away, or are part of other ministries, you may want to do something similar in the coming days that we are shifting into a new season, in which we are called to know and make known to others, the Love of God!

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