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Annual Introduction - AM 5983 (15 September 2023 - 2 October 2024)

Shalom Aleichem and welcome to the Issachar B7D Fellowship!

Jews celebrate the Feast of Trumpets at sunset today by blowing the Shofar to mark the beginning of a Jewish New Year. We are another year closer to the end of the Sixth Millennium before Jesus (Yeshua) returns to usher in His Millennial Sabbath Rule as symbolized by the Seventh Day of the original Creation account. Until then, we pray for the day when Israel will celebrate this Feast recognizing Yeshua as their promised Messiah who will return at the Last Trumpet.

Last year, I spoke about the coming of the four horsemen described in Revelation 6. They represent the breaking of the first four of seven seals by Yeshua the Passover Lamb marking the beginning of God’s final act to redeem His Creation from evil. We know that Yeshua had similarly spoken of the coming deception, wars, famines and earthquakes as the “beginning of the ‘birth-pains’” (Mt 24:3-8). In the book of Romans, we also learn that Creation is “groaning as with the pains of childbirth” as it “waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed” (Rom 8:19-22). We see this being fulfilled right before our eyes in the climate change crisis.

Today, we are living in the period of birth pains. As every mother knows, the pain comes and goes but the frequency will grow more and more intense until the joyful day when she sees her newborn child. Last year, I spoke of the need for us to keep the faith, persevere in hope, and love the Body of Messiah as Yeshua’s return draws nearer. I know many of us are fearful of the trials to come. But take heart! God is with us and will be our strength. And more than that, we look forward to the “glory that will be revealed to us in the future” (Rom 8:18) just as a mother endures childbirth in anticipation of seeing her beloved.

With this in mind, let us continue to love, support and encourage one another so that we can rejoice together in God’s presence at the birth of His new Creation.

God bless you,

Stephen & Wei Ling Lim

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