Jesus told us to watch for a repeat of the desecration of God’s holy place as played out by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC. Now, the latest international movements to divide God’s land have occurred on the same date as that ancient desecration — Kislev 15. Is a modern-day manifestation beginning to stir?
As part of an annual fall “ingathering” festival after she had entered the land and was living in nice constructed houses, Israel was called to rejoice and feast before the LORD for seven days, resting on the first and eighth days. For that occasion she was also called to build and spend time in sukkot. As we rejoice in thanksgiving before the LORD for His provision and sustenance, we remind ourselves that we are nevertheless still abiding in temporary dwellings.
The Day of Trumpets is to be a day on which a sound is to go up memorializing the greatness and faithfulness of the LORD! The sound of the shofar also speaks of the Source of our redemption. It was through a ram caught in a thicket by its horn (from whence is made a shofar) that God “provided the lamb” to take the place of Isaac on Mount Moriah. We believe that it is this relation to the “Lamb of God” who carries away the sin of the world.
It is interesting that this week’s Torah Portion (Numbers 19:1-22:1) ends on the Golan Heights with God instructing Moses, regarding the ruling power there, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land.” The land eventually became part of the inheritance of the tribe of Manasseh. Golan is mentioned several times in Scripture as the location of a “city of refuge” in Bashan, and that is the name by which the region is known today, the Golan Heights.