Yom Kippur a Resolution for Activism

Yom Kippur a Resolution for Activism

So What’s With Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is “The Day of Atonement” the most high and holy day of the Hebrew calendar.  This day is so important that obserences of it take place 40 days before.   Beginning on the 40th day, the Shofar (ram’s horn) is blown every morning.  By the way the left horn of the Ram was called the FIRST TRUMP and the right horn was called the LAST TRUMP.   This is a precursor to what Paul wrote to the Corinthians “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed”  Pretty cool, huh?  But that’s not all.  A specific Psalm is read after both the morning and evening prayers.  Which one?  Psalm 27.   

Psalm 27 is repeated after morning and evening prayers with a view of building an atmosphere of reverence, repentance and awe leading up to Yom Kippur.   But before we continue I feel it’s important that we -like the celebrants of Yom Kippur prepare ourselves with this reading which I include below.  It’s only 14 verses and as you read seek answers to why these words above all 150 psalms were chosen…

Psalm 27 (NASB)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His [e]tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord

Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Affliction

Rosh Hashanah – The New Year – The first of TISHRAI (this spelling from the Jerusalem Post – jpost.com).  By the Hebrew calendar then, we are in the year 5779.  Many argue the world is millions upon millions of years old.  As for me and my house we will go with 5779.    And with Rosh Hashanah comes the beginning of something special – ten days of introspection, self-assessment that is so authentic and real the 10 days are called “The Days of Affliction.”  

The Day before Yom Kippur

The day before the “Day of Atonement” celebrantes eat honey-cakes for the promise of a sweet coming year – Two festive meals are observed – there is a formal Blessing of the Children – there is an intention time of Giving to the Poor – all in preparation for the upcoming day of fasting.  Now also there is the taking of cleansing baths, candle lightings, a ceremony involving chickens / roosters – that I will leave you to research).

The Day of Atonement

Adherents hold to five abstinances: no Eating or drinking, (unlike the Islamic month of Ramadan where eating and drinking is permitted between sunset and sunrise)  no wearing leather shoes, no applying lotions or creams, no washing or bathing, no conjugal relations.  They fast for 25 hours to assure themselves they go past the actual setting of the sun.   Many things happen on this high and holy day –  but I am going to concentrate on five prayers and then peel back three major observances.

  • Maariv, solemn service, on the eve of
  • Shacharit, the morning prayer service
  • Musaf, details Temple service
    • More details below
  • Minchah, the Book of Jonah is read
    • For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation – Luke 11:30
  • Neilah, the “closing of the gates” service at sunset, followed by the shofar blast marking the end of the fast.

I am going to touch on three elements of the activities at the Temple.

  • The Red Heifer
  • The Scapegoat
  • The Entry into the Holy of Holies

The Red Heifer

This sacrificial animal is crucial.  It must be without blemish, must be without defect, and must never have worn a yoke.  The sacrifice must be performed outside the camp – the objective of this sacrifice was for ritual cleansing – so that the people can cleanse themselves. (cleansing process described in Lev 14)  So each year the Priest In order to prepare the High Priest for the momentous and fateful Day of Atonement, he leaves his own home and family a full week before the advent of Yom Kippur, and withdraws to his chamber in the Holy Temple.  

  • “And do not leave the entrance of the Communion Tent for seven days, until your period of inauguration is complete” – Lev. 8:33

So then amidst great ceremonial procession the Red Heifer is sacrificed and to the fire are added Cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet wool are added – all symbolic.  The ashes are then placed in a vessel containing pure water – this was done amidst great attention and respect.  It was at this point then, at the climax of the Ceremony of the Red Heifer that Jesus cries out to the assembly:

  • Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:7

The Scapegoat

The Priest sets two goats before the Lord and he casts the lot for them.  One lot for the Lord and the other lot is termed “the scapegoat.”  The hands of the Priest were laid upon the scapegoat, and he was presented alive to Lord; led outside the Camp and into the wilderness.  What a profound picture of Christ – sent outside the walls.  And who were the lost in the spiritual wilderness that He was sent out to? You and I.

The Holy of Holies

Please forgive the primitive picture below.  But let’s travel together through the features and appliances of the Hebrew Tabernacle and Temple.   The importance of their placement and their predictive meaning in the ministry of the coming Messiah is underscored by God’s warning to Moses:

  • See that you make them after the pattern for them, which was shown to you on the mountain – Exodus 25:40

Beginning then from your right (or to the East) we find the entrance.  Enter by the narrow gate.  The first thing the pilgrim encounters is the altar of sacrifice – we must all deal with the sacrificial death of Jesus.  Next comes the laver – a huge basin filled with water.  To represent the Baptism of the Believer in a step that shows the outward sign of the inward commitment to Jesus.  Inside the structure are three items; each serviced daily by the Priests as they serve in the Temple.  The showbread – Christ proclaimed Himself the Bread of Light.  The Lampstand – Jesus said He was the light of the world.  The altar of incense representing the prayers of Believers before the now hidden place of the Lord’s Presence in the Holy of Holies.   Prayers to intercede.  (For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5)

Now we come to the Holy of Holies  There was a huge, thick curtain (of veil) separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies  A place so sacred that the Priest enters it only once per year – and you guessed it.  He enters on Yom Kippur; the Day of Atonement.  He enters with a branch of hyssop covered in the blood of the sacrifice to be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat.   The Mercy Seat was located on the top of the Ark of the Covenant – physically above the tablets of the Ten Commandments – in clear demonstration of God’s Mercy upon those who believe the Blood covers them from the punishment due those who do not comply 100%  to the Ten Commandments (something that no one can do).   And once the Priest completed this act of contrition the sins of the People were atoned (or covered) until the next year.  Not so with the sacrifice of Jesus.  The shedding of His blood ripped  asunder the curtain boundary that separated Believers from the Presence of the Eternal God

  • And not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption – Hebrews 9:12
  • And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split – Matthew 27:51

So What?

What’s my point?  The message of Yom Kippur is not only the cleansing act – but in my view should be intentionally carried forward in a vow of dedication and determination.  The world around us is asleep, lulled by the behind the scenes actions of the evil powers of darkness.  

  • So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober – 1 Thessalonians 5:6

I feel the Day of Atonement is best carried forward in a spirit of focus against those very powers at work to confound and trap Believers – and the rest of the world.  We need to awaken to the world around us.  There are things taking place in this world that have far-reaching and demonic roots.  Things that the church must not sleep through – that Restart Church is going to Awaken to.  Two topics come quickly to mind the latest generation in wireless technology (5G)  and the mega resource control initiative termed IoT (the internet of things).  Both deserve deep consideration and will be a source of Restart Church political activism.  Let’s lay the groundwork by seeing what’s happening in China – this story broke only one week before I preached this message.

Awaken to the World Around Us

According to an Australian news source and ABC news there are more than 200 million cameras networked together in China (this number will be quadrupled by 2020 – only 18 months away) and all for the purpose of monitoring Its people.  China has implemented a program called “Social Credit” where citizens earn scores complied from their behaviors.

  • “If people keep their promises they can go anywhere in the world.  If people break their promises they won’t be able to move an inch” Jie Cong, General Manager, Alipay Tiangin

You should do a search on Alipay.  They make PayPal look anemic.  The plan is to take large amounts of data and synthesize it into a coherent picture of every person in the Country.   Top points accrue to what the Chinese Government calls “Model Citizens.”  They get

  • Best prices on durable goods
  • Discounted loans
  • Priority Job Applications
  • Acceptance into the most prestigious Universities

Bottom-scale Citizens accrue negative points for jaywalking, late payments, buying too much alcohol, speaking out against the Government, spending too much time on video games, making frivolous purchases, and posting to social media.   Bottom-scale Citizens suffer Penalties

  • Lost right to travel by train or plane
  • Suspension of social media
  • Barred from Government Jobs/College
  • Whistleblowers are arrested, jailed and fined

*Source: news.com.au

But that’s just China right?  We are used to reading about human-rights violations in China.  Their form of Government is not as enlightened or as sophisticated as ours.  Nothing like that could happen here in the States… right?  Enter IoT.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

Can you imagine a world where ALL smart devices are connected and working harmoniously?  That is the goal of IoT.

  • Vehicle solutions
    • Entire fleets of commercial vehicles and all private vehicles connected and tracked to ensure safety, and to establish usage based insurance premiums.   
  • Asset management
    • Total and complete control of all items in the supply chain for every business
  • Smart cities
    • Data gathered to engineer and manage improvements to large, complex eco-systems
  • Healthcare
    •  Wellness tracking and virtual care solutions

*Source: att.com

The future is here.  Your fitbit will notify IoT that you are awake and IoT will automatically start the coffee pot.  It will tell you that your child’s diapers need changing don’t laugh… mash this link:   https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smart-diapers#/

Three things to know about IoT

Our Friends at Wikipedia define IoT like this:

  • A system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

One:  For IoT to work – people have to be uniquely identified so eTraffic can always find them and their stuff.  Each of us with our identity registered and maintained real-time. – just like China. Do the numbers 666 mean anything to you?

Two: All this is to be accomplished without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.  IoT is autonomous – You will not need to interact – it will interact with you.  The application horizon for this is limitless – limitless.  As is the potential for abuse. 

Three: Ability to transfer data over a network. Can you imagine the amount of data we are talking about here?  It is mind boggling.  Not just when the 30 of us brush our teeth – but data from entire cities – streaming live through a computing network to coordinate and make sense out of it all,  The amount of data is staggering – IoT will require a complete overhaul in order for the wireless networks to control all the data, all at the same time – in every city in America.  The amount of power needed to convey this much information must be formidable.

I repeat:

  • So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober – 1 Thessalonians 5:6

Enter 5G

5G – the fifth generation wireless technology is already here.  Your phone might be 3G-LTE, or 4G.  But very soon, and without our collective approval – the entire United States will be on the 5G network.  This is the antenna that has enough power to handle the IoT of the future.  But how much microwave energy does it use?

15,000 to 50,000 𝝁W/m2  (MircoWatts per square meter)  is sufficient to cause  cardiac problems, neurological problems, psychological issues, altered blood cells, chromosome damage, and elevated occurences of cancer.  The 5G antennas will boost out…

720,000 to 1,230,000 𝝁W/m2.  That over 25 times what is enough to harm people.

*Source: Scientists for Wired Technology

So what’s the plan for mounting these radiation-bombs?  High up on a distant microwave tower like you see in every city?  Even though 5G travels 3000 feet.  They already are being mounted with 50 to 100 feet of homes.

Since 5G MW Radio Frequency travels 3000 feet – at the time of this next photo it was traveling right through this woman.  But her exposure is about the same if she were seated in her living room.  Compare an extension cord to this fat wire at the bottom of the pic

 Where’s our Government in all this?

There are good people serving in the U.S. Government.  The General Accounting Office advised the Federal Communications Commission to “formally assess and change its current RF energy exposure limits”  YAY GAO!  How did the FCC reply?

“FCC noted that a draft document currently under consideration by FCC has the potential to address GAO’s recommendations”

*Source: U.S. General Accounting Office

Nice action words there, did you pick them up?  “draft, under-consideration, potential-to-address”.  Of course such a move would stop IoT and 5G and so there is no way the FCC is going to change those requirements.  Because abuse of IoT is coming (and is already here – in its infancy) The Bible is very clear about an actual one world government coming into existence – Certainly the devil and his crowd will use governments to identify and punish the righteous – its happening at a large scale in China and the coming here.    IoT spells invasion of privacy, data mining, geo-tracking, and “Model Citizen” standards erected in in the United States and ultimately the world

A Call to Activism

Believers must get off the bench and get involved.  How else will 5G and IoT deployment be slowed down in the Community where YOU live?   Just what do I mean by Activism?

  • A doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial, political issue

*Source: Merriam Webster

Verbs, Man.  It’s all about the verbs: direct, vigorous action.  Believers need to get involved in the political process. We need to meet with local City Councils, place one of those campaign signs in our yard, make contributions, work, work, work.

  • Register to Vote
  • Do your homework
  • Know the Candidates running in your district and State.
  • Become involved and spread the word
    • Silence is acquiescence

I believe Activism is the appropriate response to this Season of Yom Kippur – to the remembrance of the love of God that He should reach down into our lives and cleanse, purify and redeem us.   As a result we should not sit idle while others force unrighteousness practices upon us.  Unchained initiatives like 5G and IoT will only serve to further blind and deceive people into the hands of the malicious fallen angel and his crowd.  Let’s join together then and borrow a quote from the 1976 movie “Network”

  • I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore

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