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About Freda Reynolds

I am a teacher and encourager. Most of all I am a learner of God's Word. I have a passion for disciplining and growing others in the Word of God.

The Trumpet Sounding (Rosh Hashanah)

The Sounding of the Shofar preview for September 20-22,2017

(updated from September  2015 by Freda Reynolds)

This year RoshHashanah will begin on September 21,2017

Leviticus 23:23-25 “The Festival of Trumpets23 The Lord said to Moses, 24 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. On the first day of the appointed month in early autumn,[e] you are to observe a day of complete rest. It will be an official day for holy assembly, a day commemorated with loud blasts of a trumpet. 25 You must do no ordinary work on that day. Instead, you are to present special gifts to the Lord.”

The Shofar is to be blown by two witnesses who see the new crescent moon rising on the 1st of Tishri. The feast of trumpets begins on the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. (Numbers 29:1) “Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall do no laborious work.  It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets,

So why is this of any importance to us as Christians?   Because it is part of our heritage. We cannot forget that our Christian faith came to us from a Jewish lineage.  Judeo-Christian both are part of who we are. Once we have become a part of the kingdom of God, we are born into the faith that came through the Jews.  

Now, why should we study the truth in scripture about the Feast of Israel?  We study because there are truths God wants to reveal to us.  We study to show ourselves approved unto God as workmen who should not be ashamed of the gospel.  All the gospel.  The feasts are part of that history and reveal shadows and truths of God’s plan throughout the ages.  When you study the feasts you find the next event of God’s calendar is the feast of Trumpets.  There are seven feasts: Passover when Christ died at Calvary, Unleavened bread when he was placed in the tomb for three days, First Fruits when Jesus rose from the grave and Pentecost when Jesus returned to heaven to prepare a room for his bride.  He will return at the appointed time.  The last three feasts will be at his return for His bride.  The feast of Trumpets when He comes to receive His bride, The Day of Atonement when He comes with His bride at the 2nd coming and the feast of Tabernacle when we rule and reign with Him in His kingdom. 

 

The shofar or ram’s horn (trumpet) is an important part of the celebration and is the most mentioned musical instrument in the bible. During this celebration, it is sounded with 100 blasts.  The first blast is a long continuous blast which is to sound the alarm.  Wake Up! Judgement is coming, today is the day to repent . Then there are 3 short blast followed by 9 quick blasts.  That is done 11 times making 99 blasts of the shofar. The last long blast is symbolic to the Jews as the Last Trump when Messiah will come.  The shofar or ram’s horn is blown to remind the people that judgment is coming. Amos 3:6 “When the shofar is blown in the city, don’t the people tremble?”  Symbolically, it is to awaken the slumbering ones.  The sound of the trumpet calls us to return to the Lord and seek His face. The sound of the trumpet about which Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then, we, who are still alive will be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so, we will always be with the Lord.”

There is much to study in God’s word; much more than we could cover here. There are deep treasures to be revealed by the Holy Spirit that will encourage and give us hope for the day.  

The feast of trumpets is a study that unveils the hope that one day we will hear the trumpet sound and we will in a twinkling of an eye be taken up to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus.

I find great hope in that thought.  

This poem is a reminder that God speaks to us.  He brought this in the very early morning hours of September 15, 2015 which was to be the 1st day of Tishrei.  A reminder to me that there is an urgency today to call people to awaken from our slumber and tremble at the thought that friends and neighbors need to hear that there is coming a day when Christ will return.  

I’m listening for a trumpet; are you???

 

Rosh Hashanah – The Feast  of Trumpets – Sept. 15, 2015 poem by Freda Reynolds

I’m listening for a trumpet
To call me safely home
It’s the blowing of the shofar.
To call God’s children home

I’m waiting for the Savior
Who’s prepared a home for me
He’ll call me from His heaven
To be with Him for all eternity

With eager expectation
I sense the time is near
Oh what joy there to behold
I’ll walk on streets of gold

Surrounded by such beauty
More perfect than was Eden
The colors there more splendid
In brilliance as always was intended

I’ll walk in cool of evening
I’m told there’s a crystal river                                    
Where the river of life is streaming       
That flows from the Throne of God

I’ll sing a song that’s new with music never heard
Such perfect melodies and harmonies on us will be conferred
Stirring new sensations from colors, sights and sound
The wonders of the heavens around us will abound

Our bodies renewed with strength and vigor given
Twill be glorified and driven by grace in His provision
The healing of our memories washed clean by Calvary
All sorrows wiped away no longer hold their mastery

What joy we have that’s coming
My heart and spirit cries  
Don’t miss this celebration
The calls’ to every nation

 

Just listen for the trumpet
It’s the blowing of the shofar
When God calls His children home

 

 

 

Freda Reynolds

 

 

Giving With A Willing Heart

Exodus 25:1-2 “And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying,Tell the children of Israel to take an offering for Me. From every man whose heart moves him [to give willingly] you shall take My offering.” (Amplified Version)

 

Moses had been commissioned by Jehovah to build a sanctuary for Him to meet with His people.  Moses was given exact measurements, types of materials to be used and how the furniture and vessels inside the tabernacle were to be built.

Notice God never said “Get a building committee together and have a fund raiser or start a pledge drive.”  He simply wanted to people to have a heart for a place to meet with them.

What were they to bring IF THEIR HEARTS WERE MOVED: gold, silver, and bronze. blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, rams’ skin dyed red, porpoise (or seal) skins, acadia wood, oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece.

Now I ask myself and now you; Has God ever ask you to willing give any of those items.  They were in the desert, running from a crazed dictator.   But they had ask the Egyptians for goods to take with them.  All I can think is everyone but Pharoah wanted them out of their land!!

Moses was to ask if anyone would bring any of these things to give WILLINGLY to Jehovah.  No guilt trip was to be put on them.  No budgets were made to make it happen.  No reward was to be given in return except the blessing of pleasing Almighty God.

Now before someone comments, let me say it for you. We don’t live in that time period. Things are different today.  Right?  I heard you out there!

God is the same, yesterday, today and forever.  If He has a project that He wants done, He can move on the hearts of the people to get it done.  The problem is “the heart moved” may not be listening.

We are often like Pharoah more than like the children of Israel. Our hearts have hardened.  Like Pharoah we want to rule our own kingdom and call it His.

Giving is not about money and material things all the time either.  It is about having a heart to serve God and people.  It is about showing the image of His son in our lives.   Even as I have studied this week, I have been convicted of not being an image-bearer.  I am so thankful that Jesus loves me even when I fall.  I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  The problem is we don’t show grace to each other.

Giving hope, love, faith, encouragement is all a part of bring an offering willingly.  Cheerfully giving that’s what God loves.  There is a lost world all around us.  We have to stop building our own kingdom and reach a lost and dying world for Jesus.  Listen for His voice! He still speaks!  He speaks through His Word, His Holy Spirit and His people.

Now the rest of the story !

Exodus 36:

Death’s Door -Heaven’s Gate for believers

Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” NJKV

 

God ask Job: “Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?” Job 38:17 NKJV

There are two doors remaining that we will look at today. The door to the shadow of death and the open door to heaven.

Revelation 4:1 “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’” NJKV

Everyone at some time in their life will contemplate what heaven will be like. We are intrigued by the description of heaven with precious metals, jewel and then of course getting to walk with Jesus and see God. (Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  But we all shy away from the door to shadow of death.  As believers, we know that death is simply the laying down of the tent, this earthly house,(2 Corinthians 5:1) and taking up our new habitation in our eternal home. “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked…. Vs. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight.  We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

Death seems unnatural to us.  Our bodies are designed to live..eternally. We do everything we can to live. For me, I believe it is the process of dying that we fight.  Our bodies begin to fail us and we long to stay with loved ones.  But we see what we believe to be our “true self” fading away.  I have reached the age where I have watched as friends, parents and other loved ones pass through the door of the shadow of death. It is hard, we do groan and grieve because of the separation from them.   I Thessalonians 4:13 “ But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.”

Depend upon it, your dying hour will be the best hour you have ever known! Your last moment will be your richest moment, better than the day of your birth will be the day of your death. It shall be the beginning of heaven, the rising of a sun that shall go no more down forever! – C.H. Spurgeon

While we are here, we have a purpose, a God-given purpose.  What we do here will affect what we will do in heaven. In Erwin Lutzer book, Your Eternal Reward:Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ”, he writes,

“The thesis of this book is that the person you are today will determine the rewards you will receive tomorrow. .. In other words, you life here will impact your life there forever.” Erwin W Lutzer.

That statement should impact our life. It is a reminder that one day this world we know now will pass away and only what we do for Christ will last.

Often we say that Christ will meet us on the other side. That is true, of course, but misleading. Let us never forget that He walks with us on this side of the curtain and then guides us through the opening. We will meet Him there, because we have met Him here. – Erwin Lutzer

One  final verse for today: “A good name is better than precious perfume; likewise the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.” Ecclesiastes 7:1    What you leave as your legacy in life will be seen at the end of your life.

If today, you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord please make that decision today. We only have today, yesterday is gone and we are not promised tomorrow. How to know Jesus personally.  If you make that decision, please let us a comment.  The comments are read and we will pray for you and celebrate with you.  

Jesus looks forward to seeing us work for His kingdom here but He also longs for, prepares for and awaits eagerly to bring us to our heavenly home.

 

“New” Jerusalem – The Hoppers

https://youtu.be/Ksmrhh5X97g  “New” Jerusalem

 

https://youtu.be/ZUnDKD1NMH4  The Golden City

 

Waiting and watching

Freda Reynolds

A Psalm and a Prayer for those in the path of Harvey

 

Father,

In the precious name of your Son, Jesus,  who holds all creation by the power of His name, I pray for the people in these areas of rain, storm and floods. I pray that you will give them a safe haven in the storm.  I ask you to still the raging sea and quiet the waters.  Father, in their affliction help them cry out to you for their salvation, not just from this present trouble, but for life in you.  Father protect them from evil men who would take advantage of their plight.  I ask that you give them peace in the midst of the storm and faith that you will see your children through to that safe haven.  I ask that you open the hearts of your people, as you always do, to be willing to go and to help.  I pray for the protection of those who are volunteering now and in the future when the real work begins as they begin to clean up after the water recedes.  I pray for wisdom of the governing leaders to know what to do.  I pray for patience for the people because these times are stressful and they are hungry,cold/hot, uncomfortable, scared, angry and insecure about their future. Only you can give comfort for an hour such as this and we trust that you will answer their prayers.

Thank you for your continuous watch over us even in the worst of times.

Literally treading water for Jesus today.

Freda Reynolds

Sin-A Crouching Tiger

What’s waiting just beyond the door?

Genesis 4:1 “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted?
And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

sin lies at the door

 

Just when Eve thought her life was going well, she had children. She had a son, named him Cain which means “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” I am sure she was excited about this strong boy and wondered if he would be the one to “bruise the head” of that deceiving serpent that got them kicked out of the garden. Eve then has another child, another boy which she names Abel which means “vapor or breath”. Was Cain favorite because he was strong and maybe he was spoiled? Was this what caused Cain to rebel against God’s way? Why was he so determined that his way was good enough? Was Abel the baby and perhaps weaker therefore received more attention from his parents so much so that Cain was jealous? We don’t know. All we know is what is recorded. Cain refused to bring a suitable offering to God.

When it came time or as is stated in Genesis 4:3 in the process of time, Cain brought an offering of fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock. Adam and Eve must have been faithful parents to teach their children about God’s requirement for worship at certain times. When it came time to offer their sacrifice, both brought a sacrifice.
Where did they bring their offering? I had not thought about this until reading this account. When Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden of Eden, God placed cherubim at the entrance with flaming swords. Where else do we find cherubim? Exodus 25:17-21,Moses get instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy seat. This would be where God would meet the priest who would offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people to be covered until Messiah could come. I believe that’s where they could have taken their offerings for sacrifice. They could not go into the garden but we see God’s pattern in the tabernacle of the mercy seat. Cain brought his sacrifice from the ground or from the work of his own hands. His offering symbolizes what is gathered in his own efforts. God’s requirement for sin to be covered or atoned is blood sacrifice. And the only blood they satifies God’s requirement is the blood of Messiah, Jesus.

What we do see in scripture is that the Lord gave him a second chance!
Genesis 4:6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.
Have you ever felt that way? I have! Too many times I want God to do __________ (whatever I want) my way. I rationalize my actions and try to bargain with Him. It never works!
Cain got angry, his countenance fell and his refusal to repent all contributed to “sin is crouching at the door” (NAS version Genesis 4:7) Isaiah 3:9 “The expression of their faces bears witness against them, and they display their sin like Sodom; they do not even conceal it.” God knew his heart; he did not have to see his face. But when we have anger issues, it shows in our face and demeanor.

How often do we have our sin “crouching like a tiger” waiting for his prey just on the other side of the door of temptation? God told Cain, “you must master it.” We also must master our own temptations. We can master temptations by submitting to God and resist the devil. (James 4:7) James 1:13-15 “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own desire and enticed. Then, after the desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin when it is full-grown gives birth to death.”

We see Cain refused to repent and opened the door to sin. When sin reached full grown it ended in the murder of his brother and banishment to wandering all of his life.

Do we ever let rebellion become bitterness and bitterness become murder?

Remember Jesus said if you have anger against your brother it is the same as murder. O God, forgive me, us!!!

 

Father,
I pray we will recognize that we too often choose our way instead of yours. We have opened that door to the evil one to many times. Help us Jesus to open only the doors you open for us.
Thank you Father that you have given us your word as instruction for righteousness. Thank you that you sent your one and only Son to be that sacrifice for our sin. Thank you that we no longer have to depend on our own works to please you for our salvation.
I pray that we give ourselves to you as our sacrifice. We offer you our lives as living sacrifices.
We love and exalt your Lord Jesus.
In your name we offer this prayer.

Amen

Casting Crowns –The Altar and the Door

https://youtu.be/QVbhRbJ0s_Y

 

O Come to the Altar by Elevation

https://youtu.be/ycWDFd0yCHA

Treading softly remembering how easy it is to fall!

Freda Reynolds

A Psalm and a Prayer

 

Solar Eclipse. The moon moving in front of the sun. Illustration

Matthew 24:3 “Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are trouble, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various place.  And these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Luke 21:11 And there will be great earthquake in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

 

This week we have seen great sights in the heavens.  People all over US were gazing up to see the wonders of our great universe.  Such sights were not random.  I am so glad there is a creator, God Almighty, the one and only true God.  A God we cannot in our finite minds understand.  He is three persons but one essence.  Three in one, triune God created the heavens and the earth.

As I considered the solar eclipse and all the hoop-la for a 2 minute show, I wondered how many of us are watching, keeping our eyes on the sky for the coming of our Savior?  He has told us to watch and be ready.  Are we taking care of what He has ask us to do? Are we working to tell the lost of His coming and how to escape the eternal separation from God, family and friends?

One day the sky will open!  We will be gathered together those who are dead in the Lord and those who are alive and remain to be caught up in the air.

I pray we will watch and pray for His coming.  Pray for the lost who are being deceived.  Pray for those who have lost their way and are in danger of losing the rewards they have gathered.

 

Waiting for His return with angst and anticipation

Freda Reynolds