Devotional Tamuz 12, 5780 – America’s Independence Day

What would compel all of America’s founding fathers to risk their lives, their families and homes, and their wealth to establish the birth of a new nation? Was it new wealth, ambition, thirst for power or just a pioneering spirit? They provided the answer in their writings. It was the Hand of Yahweh.

After that fateful vote, it is recorded there were some who wept and others who bowed themselves in prayer at the magnitude of what they had just done. One month after their declaration of independence, Samuel Adams, one of the chief architects, said this:” We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and… from the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.” ( An address given in Philadelphia on Aug. 1st, 1776)

He basically was saying there was only one king that man should bow and submit to and it was our Lord and Savior Yeshua. These men risked everything to call for the birth of a nation of people to take a stand against the rule of the earthly king in Great Britain and to dedicate this nation to the rule of our Heavenly King. Their acts were of divine inspiration and obedience.

John Hancock, who famously signed the document in huge letters, declared his trust and reliance on God for America’s protection and his own when he wrote: “Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe…. Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms of the earth as He pleases.”

We know that their official declaration and the following American Revolution was not just based upon the acts and consensus of a group of  power-hungry deranged men. Incidents and events during the next 6 years of battling revealed the Lord’s hand of providence and victories upon this new America as England finally relented.

The wording of America’s declaration of freedom was debated long in the Continental Congress and they wanted the known world to know who they were calling out to and who they were relying on by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World, for the rectitude of our intentions,” as well as the words “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”

Let’s make sure that those of us who are citizens of America and celebrate he birth of our  nation, remember that Yah’s guiding and empowering Hand was at the center of this amazing occurrence.

John Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife Abigail right after the historic vote: “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty … from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

In Yahweh we trust!

Devotional Tishri 30, 5780 – The New Moon Celebrations, Pt.1

Before anyone gets their religious feathers all ruffled, we are not talking about any kind of demonic inspired astrology stuff here. There are 12 new moons every year and we are saying  that they can be some amazing times of celebration, blessing, expectation and renewal. There is Biblical precedence for this statement.

Please don’t overlook this. The simple fact that Elohim created the moon and its rotational time-frame gives it much significance. We see this in Ps. 19:1 that “the heavens declare the glory of Yahweh…” and in Ps. 8:3 “the moon and the stars which You have ordained…”

Next, we are going to look at the 2nd least read book of the Bible which is Numbers (the first being Leviticus). Num. 10:10 says that “In the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your offerings…”

Sounds like the Lord was indicating these were to be special times, times to be set apart by us, holding a special significance in our hearts. And these truths we are talking about here should not seem so foreign. We have been planning major parties on the Roman calendar New Year’s Day for  long time. Yahweh has His own New Year’s called Rosh Hashanah (which is also a new moon celebration) which is found in the Biblical Hebrew calendar.

This is just for Jewish people and the Old Testament doesn’t apply to Christians some may say. We say that it would be very foolish to dismiss the Old Testament and the Holy Spirit speaking through Isaiah in chapter 66:23, where He says, “And it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, ALL flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the Lord”.

So, who’s ready to toss out the Sabbath and the 10 commandments too?

Maybe the real question is how does all this relate to the original idea that participating in the new moon celebrations opens up new opportunities for blessing, expectation for Yah’s goodness, and renewal of our souls?

It really comes down to responding to an invitation from our Heavenly Father to join with Him in celebration and aligning ourselves with His perfect timing. We’ve always known to align ourselves with His Word, His will, His Son, and Holy Spirit. Aligning ourselves with His time, will only enable us to more fully stay connected with Him. When we do that, watch out because His blessings will be coming to overtake us.

In our next nugget of spiritual revelation, we will look at the firstfruits aspect of celebrating the new moons which are called Rosh Chodesh which means “Head of the Month”.