What Heaven is Saying TodayBy Pastor James Durham

Yom Teruah Sameach!

L'Shanah Tovah ("for a good year") 

The Lord’s Appointed Time of Yom Teruah is the beginning of ten days of awe – a time of reflection and repentance getting ready for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). In worship this morning, I was crying out to the Lord for a word for this time. Suddenly, I had a vision of many people dressed much like we think of in the time when Yeshua ha Messiach was manifest on earth. First I saw women with shawls over their heads. Their faces were in shadows under the shawls. Then I saw men under their tallits (prayer shawls) with their faces in shadows. As I sought wisdom, a scripture came to me: Isaiah 60:1-3, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” 

As we live in a time of deep darkness, it may appear that we are engulfed in shadows. Pain, grief, suffering or illness may have surrounded you or a loved one in this season. Other people around you may be trying to force their darkness on you in this season of deception. But we have good news. Our light has come. Amen? Yeshua ha Messiach, “the Light of the World,” has in the past and is now shining through every kind of darkness coming against us. We have something to celebrate. Amen? A word from the Lord in Isaiah 49:6 was given for both the prophet and for the Messiah: “I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” The light of the Lord is shining into your darkness today for two powerful reasons. The light comes to break the power of darkness and set us free. It also comes to shine a light on our lives during the days of awe so that we can clearly see everything we need to repent of as we prepare for the Day of the Lord. May the Lord guide you during these days so that you will be able to ascend the hill of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart! Amen and Amen!


Happy New Year! May you experience the new beginnings the Lord has released for you!