From Israel’s Feasts and their Fullness by Batya Wootten
St Cloud, FL, Key of David Publishing, © 2002, 2013.
keyofdavidpublishing.com 407 344-7700. Used with permission.
On the first day of the seventh month, Israel was to have a reminder, a blowing of trumpets (Lev 23:24)…
When the people of Ezra’s time celebrated this feast, Ezra read the Torah before the public assembly. Having the Father’s law written on our hearts by His Spirit is the very heart of His New Covenant promise to us. We truly need to reread that law at this time in history. We need to hear the Father’s Torah commands with the ears of the Spirit. Like our forefathers, we too need to return, we need to weep and come to a place of true repentance and restoration (Neh 7:73-8:2; Jer 31:31-33; Heb 8:8-10).
We can honor this prophetic feast by beginning with a reading of Num- bers 10:1-10. If possible, have representatives of both Ephraim and Judah blow two silver trumpets in unison. Then, with a clarion call have them proclaim: “Let the twin voices of Ephraim and Judah be heard in this place!” To celebrate in this way is a stirring sight to behold. Something very precious in the spirit takes place when both the houses of Israel are properly honored, and when they speak in unison.
Silver plated trumpets are available at www.redeemedisrael.com. If you cannot afford them, go to a Christmas store and buy an inexpensive pair of brass plated trumpets and paint them with silver spray paint. At your celebration, after having Judah and Ephraim enter with their trumpets, have two people dressed in white read aloud Psalms 93-100. These Psalms are thought to have been composed especially for the feast of Trumpets. In Jewish tradition, on this day Psalm 47 is read aloud seven times:
“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For YHVH Most High is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. God is gone up with a shout, YHVH with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises” (Psa 47:1-6).
It is very important that during this time we sound our united voices in prayer for all Israel and pray as a Body, because it is restored Israel that is destined to sound the alarm for war against the enemies that will be working to hinder the plans of the Holy One of Israel in the last days (Isa 11:13-14). To do this, we must first realize that just as our forefathers were in bond- age in Egypt, so we too are in bondage. Like them, we will be freed when we have a deep desire for deliverance: “Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to YHVH. So YHVH heard their groaning, and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. YHVH saw the sons of Israel, and He took notice of them” (Exo 2:23-25). He also said He would be like a lion to Ephraim and Judah. He would tear to pieces, and return to His place until we acknowledge our guilt and seek His face. We must first cry out for deliverance from the Egypt that binds us, we must acknowledge our guilt. Like Daniel, we must admit that we have sinned, then Abba will take notice and redeem us (Hos 5:14-15; 9:5-15). In honor of the Ten Days of Awe, and because we believe in the Father’s reunion plan for both the houses of Israel (Isa 8:14; 11:13) we suggest praying the following prayers during the Ten Days of Awe.
- Day 1: Pray that all Israel might come to true repentance and be saved. Pray that they would put away all of their idols and be granted a new heart and a new spirit, that they might live and not die (Isa 30:15; Ezek 18:31-32). Pray that salvation in Yeshua will come to all Israel (Gen 48:19; Rom 11:25,26; Eph 4:15; Mat 1:21). Pray that the veil will be lifted from the eyes of both the houses of Israel so they will see the truth of Yeshua and cease to stumble over Him (Isa 8:14; Rom 11:25; John 2:22). Pray that as the Standard, Yeshua, might be lifted up in all His Glory, that the world may see Him in truth, and not according to man-made religion (Isa 11:12).
- Day 2: Pray that all Israel will see the truth about the melo hagoyim promised to Ephraim, and that the fullness of Gentiles will come into their fullness, or maturity. Pray that Ephraim would cease to be jealous of Judah, whether that jealousy is acted out in violence or in wishing they were Jewish. Pray that, in a positive way, Ephraim would make Judah jealous rather than being jealous of Judah, which jealousy causes Ephraim to lose his effectiveness (Rom 9:25,26; 10:19; 11:11; Hos 1:9,0; 2:23). Pray that Ephraim will learn to judge with righteous judgment, and that in their desire to be reunited with Judah they will not trade errant Christian ways for errant Jewish ways (Isa 11:13; Jer 15:19-21; 31:21-25; John 7:24).
- Day 3: Pray that all whom the Father has chosen to instruct Ephraim in this time will arise, and that Ephraim will come to repentance and be ashamed for the deeds of her youth (Jer 31:18-19). Pray that she cease to be like a silly dove without sense and move beyond the elementary things and press on, to maturity (Hos 7:11; Heb 6:1-17). Pray that Ephraim repents of following man’s commands and instead accepts Messiah’s eternal yoke of Torah (Jer 31:31-33; Hos 4:6; 5:11-6:3). Pray that Ephraim will fulfill her divine mandate, which is to walk in a way that honors both the written and the Living Torah (Messiah Yeshua), and thus provokes Judah to want what she has (Rom 11).
- Day 4: Pray that the sheep would be delivered from wicked shepherds who muddy the waters and feed themselves rather than the flock. Pray that they be snatched out of the hands of shepherds who divide Israel’s flock. Pray that all wolves in sheep’s clothing and all false prophets be exposed for who they are (Deu 13:1-5; Ezek 34; Jer 23:1-3; Mat 7:15). Pray that the spirit of Jezebel would be rooted out from among us, whether operating in man or woman, so that we would cease to lie and try to steal the fields of others. Pray that Israel’s prophets would not fear her and that the spirit of Elijah might instead be fully released in our day. Pray that the hearts of the fathers might be turned to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Pray for godly families to be raised up in both the houses of Israel (1 Ki 21: Hos 1:4-5; 2:22; Rev 2:20-22; Mal 4:5-6).
- Day 5: Pray for the safety and well-being of those of Judah who have returned to the Land; pray that their hearts would be turned toward their fathers and that angels would be given charge over them (Isa 11:11; Luke 1:17; Psa 91:11). Pray that even as the Father has gathered for a second time the dispersed of Judah, He will restore their fortunes. Pray that, as promised, He possess Judah as His portion in the Holy Land, and again choose Jerusalem. Pray that He enter into judgment with those who harass Judah and Jerusalem. Pray that Judah might be healed of the many hurts she experienced in her dispersion (Isa 11:11-13; Joel 3:1-2; Zec 2:12).
- Day 6: Pray that the Father would use the tragic events of our time to bring His people to repentance and faith in Him through the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua (Obad 1:12; Jer 5:12-14; Luke 13:1-5). Pray that wisdom and discernment would be granted to those who have been granted influence over the nation of Israel in spiritual, political, and financial arenas (Dan 2:21; 4:32; 5:21; Rom 13:1). Pray that they realize that Ephraim is their brother, and that the only true answers are found in the true Gospel, in the sacrificial Lamb, in He who paid the price for our sins that we might have eternal life in Him (1 Cor 7:23; Mat 27:9).
- Day 7: Pray that the hearts of Ephraim and Judah might be circumcised with a love and respect for each other. Pray that they learn to give credit where it is due, and to objectively see the role that each house has played as part of the people of Israel: Ephraim in declaring salvation through Messiah, Who is the Living Torah; and Judah in declaring the feasts and the eternal truths of the written Torah (Gen 48:19; Acts 1:8; Rom 4:15; 2 Chr 11:4; Ezek 37:15-28).
- Day 8: Pray for both houses to see the Father’s plan to have a pure, over- coming army, and to give themselves to becoming that army (Isa 11:11-14; 27:6-9; Zech 8:3,7,13; 9:13; 10:7-10; Hos 11:10; Obad 1:18; Jer 50:4,5,20; 3:14-18; Ezek 37:22-26). Pray that the sons of Israel would come, they and the sons of Judah, and go along weeping in a true search for their God; pray they would turn their faces toward Zion and truly be joined in cove- nant with Him (Jer 50:4-5; Hos 5:14-15). Pray that Ephraim would again be like a mighty man, with their heart glad as if from wine, and that their children see it and be glad and their heart rejoice in the LORD (Zec 10:7). Pray that all Israel will seek to pay the full price for their pardon; pray that all their pagan practices and idols, from both houses be made like chalk stones and unable to stand (Isa 27:9). Pray that Israel’s mighty ones will be equipped with the breath of the Spirit of the Most High (Eze 37:10). Day 9: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that those who love her would prosper, that peace would be within her walls, prosperity within her palaces (Psa 122:6,7). Pray for her to become the City of Truth, and to acknowledge Messiah Yeshua as her King of Kings. Pray for Believers to see that New Jerusalem is the Bride who comes down from Heaven and her sons marry her. Pray for us to see that we are part of that Bridal City, and also, members of the Body of the Bridegroom. Pray for Believers to arise, and truly become her protective watchmen (Psa 48:2; Isa 62:1-7; Zec 8:3; Mat 5:35; 23:37-39; Eph 5:30; Rev 17:14; 19:7,16; 21:2,9; 22:17).
- Day 10: Pray that the sons of Israel who are humbly pursuing her kingdom restoration would go forth and be strong and courageous. Pray that the spirit of Joshua and Caleb would be upon them and they would know that in the strength of the Holy One they can be His witnesses, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh, they can possess His Promised Land (Josh 1:6-9,18; 10:25). To walk in this way, pray they would be given knowledge, wisdom, discernment of spirits, and a double portion of the Ruach as they seek to do the Father’s will in the Earth. Pray they would truly walk as Messiah Yeshua walked and that they too, would only do that which they see their Father in Heaven doing (John 5:19).
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