NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
Sunday, September 5 Enter into God’s Rest
Rosh Hashana 2021
We are in a special season! We want to focus on the Hebrew calendar for some direction on things that are evident in this hour. In the timetable of events that God has orchestrated, there are some special
We can not know the day of His return, but we can know the season.things we need to be aware of and npt take for granted. looking at the signs of the end times, etc.
events in the earth and in God’s calendar
Tomorrow is a special day, celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a special time in God’s timetable
a day of shoutings, a day of blastings, day of trumpets, feast of trumpets
every 7 years the beginning of a Schmita (Sabbath) year 2007, 2014, 2021 special in God’s timetable of what He is doing.
The new year on our calendar (in January) marks a new beginning, resolutions, a time of restart
On God’s calendar, The Hebrew calendar, (September 6) Rosh Hashanah is the new year, marking a time of introspection, repentance, and renewal.
Rosh Hashanah marks a time of really seeking God and drawing near to God in repentance - judging ourselves, if we judge ourselves we will not be judged with the world
It’s a day of repentance
specially this yer 2021 - a sabbath year, entering into God’s rest
Exodus 23 biblical history re:God’s timetable – historical perspective and how it concerns us in this hour
How God dealt with Israel
7 major feasts to memorialize and celebrate Jesus was the fulfillment of each feast
-Passover – Israel came out of Egypt
death passed over them and they passed from death to life
through the blood of the lamb on the doorposts
-unleavened bread – 7 days of separation from the world
-Feast of First Fruits recognizing His resurrection from the dead
-Pentecost – 40 days after first fruit - Holy Ghost came on the day of Pentecost 40 days after passover
-Feast of Trumpets: Rosh Hashannah the Lord himself shall descend with a shout (1 Thes 4:6) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
2 reasons the trumpet sounds
*call to war,
* call to worship
in-gathering of the saints of the Lord with the Lord soon, a gathering of the people to worship
assembly to gather in worship
This 7th year, Schmita year, is a year of consecration unto God, worship, study of the word, prayer. a sabbath year
A time to enter into God’s rest, into His provision.
We will have a true Psalm 91 experience
we are entering into a time of true consecration and believing God to be our source, and all that he has promised to be.
I believe there is a calling to the people of God to enter into that place of devotion and commitment to God - declaring that he is our God, refuge, our strength…
He will prove himself to be our protection …
dwelling in the secret place of the most high, declaring that He is our buckler, our shield
He will keep us in all our ways.
This is a time of consecration. bringing his people into a season where he will prove himself to be our source and our protection. Entering into the Holy of holies, dwelling in the secret place. Declaring He is our buckler, our shield. He will keep us in all of our ways, he will guarantee of long life
Declaring God to be our source and all that he has promised to be
He commanded that there will be a year of consecration and devotion, entering into God’s rest.
We are entering into a time of a season where we learn how to trust him, he will prove himself to be our protection
We will see how God commanded that after 7 years there would be a year of consecration, devotion and worship and entering into God’s rest.
In the 7th year The land will rest
6 years God provided sustenance to last the 7th year just like the 7th day after 6 days of manna in the wilderness with Moses.
no work on the 7th day every 7 years commit
10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and gather in the increase thereof;
11 but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor o 6 day work 7th day rest. f thy people may eat; and what they leave the beast of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.
in the 7th year there was to be no harvesting the land
a year God provided sustenance enough for the day or trying to make provisions for themselves, the land was to rest! notice in the 6th year the land was not to be harvested
12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may have rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.
13 And in all things that I have said unto you take ye heed; and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
The land will rest
6 years thou shalt sow…but the 7th year thou shalt rest
The first 6 years would be like the 6 days before sabbath
He commanded them not to work the 7th day, like the 7th year rest!!
time to focus totally on God – no conversation other on than things relating to God!!
Israel never did obey the Sabbath or the 7th year
The day of the new year Rash Hashanah represented the day he created the earth
He wanted to prove that he is our provider and wants us to get back to a place of trusting and knowing that he is our source.
He is faithful even in time of famine, pestilence ect. all around us
Because of this disobedience, God brought judgement upon them
the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
God created us and will prove that He is our source!
It’s not because of the labor of our hands, technology, etc.
We should always be reminded of this and focus on that fact.
He will show himself faithful. Dwell in the secret place.
The Babylonians Used God’s things in a perverted ways to fulfill their plans until the land had obeyed her sabbaths.
God punished with 1 year captivity for every year they did not obey the Sabbath.
He is the one, not the labor of their hands and what they had power to do.
This relates to His people NOW!
We are entering not a season where we will have to trust him like never before!
We will not rest on what we thought knew
It takes a special grace to stand in this hour.
Special times of introspection, time in the scriptures, prayer and worship!
Learn the importance of standing, following through, holding fast.
Matt 24 the love of many will wax cold because iniquity shall abound
Lawlessness and rebellion against the laws of God, natural laws doing things contrary o God’s ways
whatever feels good, ” imaginations of man only evil continually”
there is now an acceleration – “where sin abounds, grace doeth much more abound”
departing from the faith
1Tim 4 seducing spirits and doctrines of devils entice creating a sense of Hopelessness,
Hebrews 3 beware brethren lest there be found in any of you an evil heart of unbelief!
Matt 24 He who endureth unto the end shall be saved
Hebrews 3:13-15 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end
Hold fast your confidence
we are not of those who draw back into perdition
keep the joy of the Lord
don’t lose confidence in his love for you
Because of unbelief, Many could not enter into God’s fulness
Hebrews 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not
Eye hath not seen nor ear heard the things God has prepared for his servants.
Holy Spirit reveals the things God prepared for us in this hour.
You will faint unless you believe
Our prayer lives will be foundational for our ability to stand!
David said,” I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of God in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)
men aught always to pray and not to faint
This is vital like never before.
We see that they could not enter into that rest because of unbelief
In this earthly experience, a place of peace and security
A lot are turning back to the power of man’s wisdom and ability to deliver – God is the only one who can save
Hebrews 4:1,2 1 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Don’t be like those who are hearing and not believing. Be like the wise man who built his house upon a rock
persecution is coming!
make sure you are not just a hearer of the word Jesus has a strong warning for the church of Sardis
if therefore thou shall not watch.
Revelation 3:3,4 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 3:5 “ He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
they did not continue steadfast unto the end
If your continue in my word…I will confess your name to my father
He who has an ear let him hear what the spirit is saying to the churches
IJohn 2 love not the world they that abide in the word of God will remain for ever
the lust of the flesh, they that abide in the word of God
2Tim 3 having a form of godliness – outward appearance, denying the power of the Holy Spirit
to convert them. We must examine our love for our neighbor. Its time to make sur that our love for God and and souls
We must have a know so, know that your love for God is real! We cannot imagine the glorious future in this life and the life to come!
Heb 3 there remaineth a rest, a hope! the blessed hope
look up, our redemption is drawing nigh
Rev 14 still hold fast, we have a glorious future nothing our imagination can put together
To know we will rule and reign on earth
Don’t allow our current circumstance to fool you.
Jesus warns of consequences of not standing in obedience. for those who do not stand –
Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God
He did not call us to wrath. We have received his rest. We should be not fear about the future.
“Here is the patience of the saints.” faith in Him only
10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
not faith in anything else other than the true and living God
13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
be circumspect, not to even mention trust in anything else!
blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, they shall rest from their labors
Rev 14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
The wheat and tares grow together. a lot of things that look like Good are not the real thing
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
We are in a place of “partial” rest. How to enter into His rest
Rev 22:3 His name shall be in their foreheads
We shall be like Him
He will know us as we are known, we shall see Him as He is!
Before the return of the Lord, He will bring a mighty move of His spirit
Be strengthened to know He is faithful
Arise shine, for thy light is come
Gross darkness is upon the people
“The gentiles shall come to thy light.” Isa 61?
the heathen will see
get in the place of restoration
heb 4:9-11 There remaineth a rest to the people of God 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
there shall be no light there, they have no need of a candle
these things are faithful, the things that must shortly be cone
behold I come quickly
Rev 22:16 16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let the one who hears say, "Come!" Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
the spirit and the bride say come. Surely I come quickly!
Even so come Lord Jesus
the grace of our Lord be with you all