The Feasts of the Lord of ‘Trumpets’ and ‘Yom Kippor’.
Last week at the new moon began the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which calculates that 5,717 years have transpired since God said unto Moses, “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you” (Ex. 12:2). The first day of this seventh month shall be the beginning of seven days of the blowing of the trumpets or the proclaiming of the gospel. The Jews call the day, ‘Rosh Hashana’ which means the time of the deliverance. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people cried out, “Hosanna (now is deliverance) to the Son of David! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matt. 21:9), although they did not know that He indeed was the salvation of Jehovah for His people. This is the proclamation of the gospel which is the power of God unto deliverance, hence the Feast of Trumpets”.
Then came the day of the atonement. No servile work was to be done during the seven days of the trumpets but absolutely NO work was to be done on the day of the covering. No man was to do any manner of work for that soul that did was cut off from the Lords people forever. This was the work of Jehovah and NO MAN has any part. His children were to come with a sacrifice and be still to see the deliverance by the hand of God of the sins of His people.
First came the High Priest. He brought the sacrifices for himself of the trespass, the sin and the peace offering all made with fire. He, Aaron, did not bring them out of obligation for that would have been unacceptable before God. He brought them because he knew he was a sinner and was in need of forgiveness. He had a sensitivity within his soul that taught him the need for a covering, a forgiveness and the remission of sin. If his soul were still dead in trespass and sin, he would not have been sensitive to the need. He would have considered himself blameless and in no need of deliverance and the whole procedure would have become, as it did, the traditions of man and not the doctrine of God. But when one is born from above with the eternal seed of the Anointed, then they know that there is a contradiction of sin against that Holiness within, and thus his soul is afflicted.
The translators have written, ‘and ye shall afflict your souls’ but this would constitute an action and a work on a day when no work was to be done. A better translation is, ‘and ye shall be humbled (burdened, bowed down, afflicted) in your souls’ which again shows an circumcised heart, the removal of that heart of stone and a heart of flesh that is sensitive to the sin which dwells in the members of Adam. Whatsoever soul that was not bowed down or afflicted was cut off from among His people because there is no evidence of being born from above. There is no conflict and there is no life and no sensitivity to sin.
The world has its lists of things which constitute sin from listening to music to violating the Decalogue of Moses and none of these ‘duty’ lists constitutes sin. Sin is the transgression of the law and Christ said that the whole of the law of Moses hung upon, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soul and with all thy might.” (Deut. 6:5). “And the second is like unto the first, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matt. 22:39). When the soul that was dead in trespasses and sin, because of the deeds of Adam in the garden, has been quickened with Christ in His resurrection from the dead, and when that seed is born from above, being separated from the mother’s womb, it CANNOT sin. These are the living stones which are hewn from that Rock, which is Christ. They are identical to Him and since His name is faithful, and true and He cannot deny Himself, therefore, they are faithful and true and cannot deny Him. But they became partakers of flesh and blood and they know the contradiction of sin against themselves, thus they have that sensitivity to sin. Adam does not have it for he has a law, in his members, warring against the law of God which the inward man delights in and the one can never be reconciled with the other.
But God call forth the record of all that sin, which He had ordained for His people, and has imputed the entire lot upon His sacrifice. He endured the contradiction of all the sin against Himself. Then he removed that sin as far as the east is from the west and said ‘I shall remember it no more’. Then He shed His blood as a covering for His people while they inhabit these earthen vessels but which they are sealed with the mark of the Father in their foreheads, identifying them as His redeemed. He cleansed the house and purged out all the leaven, He washed them in His blood and presented them before the throne of God saying, “Behold I and the children which thou hast given Me”. “By this shall all the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin, when He maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstone that are beaten in sunder, idols and images shall not stand.” (Is. 27:9).
No man was worthy, No man can be afflicted for no man has any part or lot in the matter. There is no boasting in the flesh, none of Adams race can glory before God and there is no confidence in the arm of the flesh.
When the soul is afflicted then there is hope and if there is hope there shall be deliverance (Roms 8:24).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 12, 2010