Tuesday, 12 October 2021
I want to set the stage for a message given to Shomair by Jerry Miller when he first addressed the congregation on Sukkot. The message was labeled "Sukkot and Revival." He spoke it with eloquence, but we didn't get it recorded, so I asked Jerry for his notes and he graciously provided them.
Jerry started his message with this Scripture. The "former rain" speaks of the first coming, and the "latter rain" speaks of the second coming.
Hosea 6:1-3 Come, let us return to Adonai. For He has torn, but He will heal us. He has smitten, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up, and we will live in His presence. So let us know, let us strive to know Adonai. Like dawn His going forth is certain. He will come to us like the rain, like the latter rain watering the earth.
The feasts of the Lord are broken into 3 parts. At the beginning, and again at the end, we have Shabbat. First, the day of rest when God completed His work of creation. Then a final Shabbat when all things are once again "very good" and at rest in His kingdom. Together they form part 1.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,