David’s Comment: Simchat Torah (The Joy of the Torah)
Psalm 19:7 The TORAH of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul
We are now almost at the end of the final Festival (Moed – appointed time) of the LORD – Succot or the Feast of Tabernacles. Succot ends at sunset of the 7th day which is this Sunday evening, however the next day is another festival called Simchat Torah or the Joy of the Torah. Just the name of this festival tells us that the Jewish people who love YHVH have a very different attitude towards the Torah than the majority of Christians have. For almost 2000 years non Jewish believers in the Jewish Messiah (Yeshua / Jesus) have declared “We are not under the law, but we are under grace !” thus rejecting the ‘Maker’s’ Manual for the best life we can enjoy while alive on Planet Earth. Greek orientated Christianity calls it ‘the law’, but the Hebrew word is Torah, which more accurately means ‘instructions’ and King David summed it up nicely when he said in Psalm 19:7 The Torah of YHVH is perfect restoring the soul. David continues all through Psalm 119, to express his love for the Torah of YHVH. Every person who claims to love GOD also ought to have David’s attitude towards the Torah which is reflected in the Jewish celebration of Simchat Torah.
The reason behind this special day is that the annual reading cycle of the Torah scroll has come to its end and the scroll is rolled back to the beginning, and the reading cycle begins again. Not everyone of course, but many of the religious Jews love the Word of GOD so much that to start reading again from Genesis is a cause to rejoice. In every synagogue in Israel and around the world on Simchat Torah, the Torah scroll is taken out and rolled back to the start and is carried around the sanctuary. Many people will reach out to touch the scroll and then kiss their hand that touched the Word of GOD. If this is done only for the sake of tradition, then it just a worthless religious act, but the majority of Jews who do love the LORD, do this because they really are very grateful and appreciative that the Creator of the Universe, the GOD of Israel, had the grace to give us his Torah – instructions to help us live the best life we can while on Earth. I have seen people with tears of joy in their eyes as the Torah scroll is carried around the sanctuary. In Jerusalem at the Western Wall on Simchat Torah you will see Orthodox Jewish men carrying the scrolls around and dancing with great joy and fervor.
My point is this – if Jewish people who don’t have the Holy Spirit living inside of them can have the right attitude to the Torah, then why do most Christians want to have nothing to do with it ? Why is it that most non – Jews want to have nothing to do with the Creator’s manual for a perfect life ? Do we really believe that YHVH being a GOD of grace means that He doesn’t care if His sons and daughters choose to ignore His instructions, many times causing sickness and grief in their lives and in the lives of their families ?
If we truly are living in the End Times as many believe, then the Restoration of Israel which must be fufilled before Heaven will release Yeshua to return to Jerusalem, (Acts 3:21), must surely be followed by the Restoration of the ‘Church’ back to the days of signs, wonders and miracles being the ‘norm’ rather than the exception.. In that case, now must surely be the time for the appreciation and love of the Torah to be restored to every Born-again Christian. In fact the Torah is the very essence of the New Covenant – Jeremiah 31:31 behold the days are coming says YHVH, that I will make a New Covenant …….. I will write my Torah in their hearts. I believe that I am called as a Messianic Levite to be teaching these things to the Nations as an End Time ministry. Isaiah 2:2-3 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the Torah shall go forth from Zion.
Josie and I, and a steadily growing number of Believers around the world sense that the LORD desires that the entire Body of Messiah would celebrate all of His Moedim, as well as Simchat Torah, in Spirit and in Truth, and be able to declare along with King David in Psalm 19:7 The TORAH of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul. We pray that this comment will inspire you to also see the Torah in a new light and that the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart and confirm that what I have written is truly from our Father in Heaven.
As I shared in last weeks comment, the Feasts of the LORD portray His plan for world redemption, and the restoration of His Kingdom on the Earth. Even though Simcha Torah is not a Biblical Feast of YHVH, it does have an amazing prophetic relevance for the future. Just as the scrolls are rolled back to the beginning and the reading cycle starts again, at the end of the Millenium, GOD will roll up the present Heavens and Earth, (finish it) and He will start again with a new and incorruptible Heavens and Earth. The Redemption plan of the LORD will be complete – Hallelu YAH.
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The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all Israel will turn back to their GOD. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for a breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom ….. David & Josie h
This Week’s News Items
1. German Attacker Planned Yom Kippur Massacre World Israel News Oct 11th
The suspect in an attack on a German synagogue on Judaism?s holiest day had around four kilograms (nearly nine pounds) of explosives in his car and wanted to carry out a massacre, Germany?s top prosecutor said. Many questions remained about how the man was able to get hold of the weapons he used in the assault, in which two people outside the building were killed. The assailant ? a German citizen identified by prosecutors as Stephan B. ? tried but failed to force his way into the synagogue as around 80 people were inside. He then shot and killed a woman in the street outside and a man at a nearby kebab shop. He is now in custody. ?What we experienced yesterday was terror,? said Peter Frank, the chief federal prosecutor. ?The suspect aimed to carry out a massacre in the synagogue in Halle. The suspect, who live-streamed the attack on a popular gaming site while ranting in English about Jews and posted a ?manifesto? online before embarking on it, ?wanted to create a worldwide effect? and encourage others to imitate him, the prosecutor added. Pray that all planned terror attacks against the Jewish people in the nations will fail, and that the Jewish people will wake up before it is too late, and return to the Promised Land.
2. PM Netanyahu: Israel Has the Power to World Israel News Oct 11th
PM Netanyahu used the occasion of a state ceremony commemorating the fallen of the Yom Kippur War to warn of Iran?s aggression, adding, ?We have the overwhelming power of arms and spirit to repel any Iranian threat.? PM Netanyahu, speaking on the 46th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, said, ?The focus of the current aggression in the Middle East is the Iranian regime. ?Iran threatens to wipe us off the map and says it explicitly: ?Israel will disappear.? Time and time again, it threatens us and tries to attack us, so we must stand ready to defend ourselves in the face of danger,? he said. ?We don?t aspire to be ?a nation that dwells alone.? But we were forced to do so at the start of the Yom Kippur War ? only near the end did American aid arrive. As in 1973, also today we appreciate the important support of the U.S., which has even strengthened in recent years, as well as the tremendous economic pressure the United States is exerting on Iran. And yet, we remember and apply the basic rule that guides us ? Israel will defend itself, on its own, in the face of every threat. We have the overwhelming power of arms and spirit to repel any Iranian threat,? he said. President Reuven Rivlin also spoke at the ceremony. After referring to the German synagogue shooting, he confined his remarks to the Yom Kippur War, in which Israel was surprised by Egypt and Syria. Pray that Israel will remain militarily strong, no matter which politicians run the government
3. More Jews VIsit Temple Mount INN News Oct 11th
This Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day of the year in Judaism, 360 Jews went up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is the Jewish people?s holiest site. Between The Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur 1,368 Jews went up to the Temple Mount, compared the 1,210 who did last year, according to the Yeraeh organization, which encourages Jews to visit the Temple mount, especially during the Jewish high holidays. It was on Yom Kippur, over 4,000 years ago, that God forgave the Jewish people for the sin of the golden calf, and it was the only day of the year that the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple, which stood in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago. Pray that full control of the Temple Mount be restored to Israel
4. PM Netanyahu Unlikely to Receive Extension to Form Government World Israel News Oct 12th
Israeli President Rivlin is not expected to grant PM Netanyahu an extension to form a majority government and will likely pass on the mandate to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, sources close to the president said on Saturday night, confirming an earlier Channel 12 report. PM Netanyahu has until Thursday, Oct. 24 to put together a majority coalition. If he fails and the mandate is passed on to Gantz, the Blue and White leader would have 28 days, until Nov. 21, to form a government. If his attempts were to fail as well, there would then be a three-week period in which any Knesset member could attempt to form a government. To form a government, a majority of 61 seats in Israel?s 120-seat parliament is needed, a result it seems unlikely either party can achieve without the assistance of the other. President Rivlin has encouraged a unity government, which would be equally divided between Netanyahu and Gantz, each serving two years as prime minister. If PM Netanyahu is indicted in any of the three corruption cases he currently faces, he would take a leave of absence and Gantz would become ?interim prime minister? during that time. According to the Channel 12 report, Mandelblit will decide whether to indict Netanyahu by mid-November. Both Netanyahu and Gantz reportedly want the ruling to be expedited, Gantz because he is sure the Likud will remove Netanyahu as party leader and Netanyahu because he believes the charges will be dropped. In the most serious of the three charges, though Channels 12 and 13 have both quoted anonymous sources as saying members of the prosecution team are inclined to drop the charge. Pray that the decision be made very soon so that the people of Israel know were we stand, and a government can be formed
5. Family Struck by Lighting During Succot Storm United With Israel News Oct 15th A 14-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being struck by lightning in an unseasonable storm during the Sukkot holiday. The boy is in critical condition after being struck by lightning on Zikim Beach, near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. He is among five people injured in the incident, all from the same family. The boy?s sister-in-law is in serious condition. The other siblings ? ages 13, 17, and 24 ? are listed in moderate condition, according to media reports. They were taken to the nearby Barzilai Hospital. Please pray for the family for the of the 14 year old boy who has sadly died, and a quick recovery for the others who were injured.
6. PM Netanyahu Offers Benny Gantz Deal to Form Coalition Times of Israel News Oct 17th
Prime Minister Netanyahu called Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Thursday and offered him a new framework on matters of religion and state and other issues that could help bring about the formation of a national-unity government. Netanyahu said there should be a wide unity government that would include Blue and White and parties that are the Likud’s right-wing and religious allies. As part of the new framework, United Torah Judaism and Shas would officially agree to sit with their nemisis, the Blue and White’s number two, Yair Lapid. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz rejected Netanyahu’s invitation. Gantz tweeted. “We will wait til we receive the mandate from the president, and then we will start serious negotiations to form a liberal unity government that will bring about change and restore hope to the citizens of Israel. The party welcomed PM Netanyahu’s efforts to move forward on matters of religion and state, but said other parts of the plan were not acceptable. The Likud responded by accusing Gantz of “giving into dictates from Lapid and Liberman” and becoming “a serial refuser preventing a unity government.” The Likud said Gantz’s behavior proved that what he is seeking is a minority coalition backed by the Joint List. Pray that the LORD will turn the hearts of the relevant politicians so that a unity government can be formed.
7. Israel Tourism Up 44% in September World Israel News Oct 8th
Approximately 405,000 tourist entries into Israel were recorded in September, 44% more than in September 2018 and 46% more than September 2017. Between January and September 2019, nearly 3.3 million tourist entries were recorded, compared to 2.9 million in the same period last year, an increase of 13%. Ben Gurion Airport saw its busiest month ever in August, with 2.8 million passengers buzzing through it, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) announced last month. In September, approximately 2.3 million passengers traveled through the airport, while October will see an estimated 2.28 million travelers. The most popular destinations for flights leaving Israel?s main airport are Turkey, Greece, the U.S., Italy, and Russia, the IAA said. The airlines that flew the most passengers last month to and from Israel were Israel?s national carrier El Al, which flew 541,000 passengers, low-cost airline WizzAir, which flew 121,000 passengers, and Turkish Airlines, with 107,000 passengers to and from Ben Gurion Airport. Pray that incoming tourism continues to increase, fulfilling Isaiah 2:2 and blessing Israel financially.