Feast of Trumpets

This week, the Jewish people in Israel and around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the start of the New Year on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year”, or the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is also known as Yom Teruah or the “Day of Trumpets”. The Feast of Trumpets marked a 10-day period of consecration and repentance to God. The Feast of Trumpets was one of the “appointed feasts of the Lord” and like all the other “Feasts of the Lord”, it’s full of significance having meaning for us today while providing prophetic insights for what’s to come.

Trumpets in the Scripture are symbolic of the voice of the prophet (prophetic voice). It’s a prophetic season where God speaks to His people in a powerful way. Many prophetic ministers and believers receive great heavenly visitations coupled with favour and blessings during this time. Our responsibility is to set aside time to meet with the Lord and the people of God.

Numbers 10:1-9 recorded, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps…’”

From these verses, the trumpets were blown in Israel for three main reasons:

1. To call together an assembly when God had fresh instructions for His people (Num 10:2).

2. When the Lord wanted them to journey onto a new place (Num 10:5).

3. When they were in danger of war (Num 10:9).

We feel the stirring of the Lord to gather the local churches, intercessors, prayer groups for a season of consecration, repentance and intercession in 2018. We’ve heard of numerous reports that God’s moving in the hearts of the youth, the fathers, in schools, marketplace and the different prayer houses. God’s ready and waiting to give us a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, we understand that God’s plans for a person or group of people doesn’t just happen. There’s preparation involved in order to receive what God wants to give. We’re entering into a new season and a new place for the Body of Christ in Singapore.

This week, we saw about 80 pastors from different churches gathered together for a time of prayer. There was just a sense of the Lord’s presence and pleasure as we gathered in unity and purpose. God has an “exceedingly great army” that He’s preparing. Through them, He intends to pull down the strongholds in both cities and nations. We must be connected as a Body of Christ before the Spirit will anoint us for effective spiritual warfare. We must perceive the army God’s raising up in this hour and embrace anointed intercession born of such vision.

The Lord’s trumpet is sounding in the spiritual realm at this very time; the alarm is clearly being heard, in preparation for the conflict to come. “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?” (1 Cor 14:8) We can have national days of prayer, weeks of supplication. We can even call tens of thousands to pray for specific areas to change, but if the Church is bound and divided by strife, the enemy will not be plundered. Whenever we pray against the spiritual forces of wickedness over our city, our first line of offense is praying for the churches to be united. And we’re the members of the Body of Christ. There’s a clarion call to gather and unite as a family, to arise and advance as one army.

God has great promises and destiny for Singapore. The trumpet is sounding forth to the overcomer to arise and contend in battle. The promises of God will not be handed to the church on a silver platter. It takes a citywide church to win a citywide war. Joshua 6:16, “When the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: ‘Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!’”

Finally, if we do a word study of “trumpets” or “blowing of trumpets” in the Bible, we come to a clear and straightforward conclusion. The trumpets sounded forth at pivotal moments in the history of God’s people. We’re now in a pivotal moment of God’s history and the trumpets are again being heard. There’s a call for the gathering together of the saints. Now’s the time for vigilance with an attuned ear to the trumpet sound of God. The Feast of Trumpets speaks a message for the Church today. Do we hear its sound?

Pastor Timothy Chong

Why We Must Stand For Israel

Robert Morris is the senior pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, one of the largest churches in the United States, with 39,000 active members and the author of “The Blessed Life”. To say that he’s living the blessed life is an understatement. God has blessed this man. Once, in conversation with the Lord, Pastor Morris asked the Lord why He has blessed him so much, and immediately the Lord responded, “Because you gave your first fruits to my firstborn (Israel).”

Gateway Church gives one-tenth of its Mission’s Tithe to the Jew first through Israel-focused ministries. It’s also the first cheque written each month by their church office. This revelation concerning his re-connection back to Israel, which was given to him by the Holy Spirit, has been an untold blessing both to his life personally and also to read more…

The 2 Phinehas

There are many life examples recorded in the Bible for our learning and admonition so that we learn from the good ones and don’t repeat the mistakes of the bad ones. Our positions in these stories are very similar – they at the beginning, and we at the end of age. Truth is, we’re just as capable of messing up in our time as they were in theirs (1 Cor 10:11-12).

With that in mind, I want to briefly look at the life of two Phinehas in the Bible and draw some important lessons for our learning. Same name but two very different outcomes – one ended well, while the other ended tragically.

The first Phinehas was the son of Eleazar (Exo 6:25) and the grandson of Aaron, the high priest. He was read more…

Learning to Stand

It’s amazing how often this has happened in my life, that when things go wrong, they all go wrong at the same time. Or when demands and pressures come, it all seems to happen at the same time. Life just doesn’t dish out problems and difficulties evenly so that we can cope better. There’s no regularity or predictability when it comes to the storms of life. It isn’t something you can schedule into your calendars. While in the midst of one of those intense periods, here are some thoughts that I gathered:

1. Let your comfort zones be challenged
Humans all have a tendency to drift into a place of greatest comfort. Whether it’s when we’re wriggling into our little nook on our favourite sofa or finding that place of maximum efficiency at our work place; read more…

Cornerstone, A Place Where Dreams Are Made

Joyce Theng, a member of Cornerstone, recently shared this amazing testimony. She said, “I have been taking the same bus route ever since I started attending Cornerstone. I have never paid any attention to the shops along the road until this evening, before the 5pm service. There’s a pub along the road and the signboard had these words: “Legacy- where dreams are made”.  When I looked at it, a wave of sadness swept over me and tears welled up in my eyes. This is a pub. I was communicating to God in my mind and I said: “Father, why has it got to be a pub? Please forgive me and the church. Please Father, is there a church where your dreams for the people be made?” Then, the words just flashed in my spirit and mind: “I will reveal to read more…

God’s Dream Team

The pastors and heads of department have just returned from an intensive 3-day planning summit for the purpose of “charting the future course” for Cornerstone. The meetings consisted of prayer, worship, reports and planning. The summit provided an integration of God’s dream and plan for Cornerstone to be woven in and through the leadership. How does such a process take place? Let me explain. 

Dutch Sheets made the following statement in his last visit to Cornerstone: “God first dreams before He creates.” The Bible says much about dreaming, and it’s enlightening to discover that the concepts of dreaming and creating are found in the following Hebrew word: “yatsar” which means “to create”. “Yetser” is a slightly different form of the word, which has the meaning of “imagination, conception, and thought”. So the power to create begins with the read more…

Thankful for My Singapore

On the 9th August, our nation celebrated her 52nd birthday, and what a bash it was, with the Marina Bay skyline serving as a backdrop. As always, my family sat glued, watching the National Day Parade live on television. And as always, we sang the songs patriotically, laughed at the outrageous costumes, teared when the National Anthem was being sung, talked about our National Service experiences, but one thing is for sure, we were all proud to be Singaporeans.

I love my country and I love my people, regardless of race, language or religion. The evening before, my wife and I were with 6,500 other Christians at the “Day of His Power” at Suntec City, thanking God for Singapore and praying for her. The day after, we were with the Festival of Praise, Pastors’ Gathering, praying read more…

Consolidating the Vision Part 2

“Awake and arise! Take up your positions in Christ and man your posts!” This was the closing exhortation from Pastor Kevin Koh’s bulletin article last week. I’d like to build upon some of his thoughts regarding the vision for Cornerstone and the Singapore Church. Let’s be honest. There’s much to digest and it’s vital that we’ve a streamlined understanding as to what God is doing. The following three points of interest may help to bring that needed clarity: 1. The rain prophesied over Cornerstone; 2. Singapore’s upcoming National Day; and 3. The 2018 prayer and fasting for revival.

This week, Singapore will celebrate 52 years as a nation. It’s a time to pause and reflect upon God’s goodness and favour. The miracle of Singapore has parallels with Israel in Nehemiah’s day. Both Israel and Singapore were led read more…

Consolidating The Vision

There were fun moments as laughter filled the room, with the “oohs and the aahs” and the loud “Amens!” Then there were moments of silence and deep contemplation as hearts were gripped by the powerful messages delivered through God’s messengers. Shown on some faces were the resolved looks of those who had broken through and were ready to charge forward with the Lord. Yet there were those who came somewhat heavy-burdened because they needed an answer and clarity from God when they returned home. They were tired of “doing church” and maintaining status quo. Hence they found themselves at this crossroads, a decision point where the future of their families and ministries would hinge on the decision made here.

Such was the heightened atmosphere of the recently-concluded Cornerstone Global Network (CGN) Summit where 70 participants from 18 nations read more…

Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings

This week, we’ve many of our pastors from the nations converging in Singapore for our annual Cornerstone Global Network Summit. This is an annual event for the pastors to reconnect relationally and to renew our visions for the work that God is giving to us. These meetings that we have each year are immensely enjoyable and inspiring. It always amazes us what these pastors are accomplishing in the nations and how we’re impacting literally hundreds of thousands of lives collectively.

Yet as I reflect on many of these relationships, I see and recognise God’s unseen hand orchestrating our journeys to allow for our paths to intersect. I see also the years of faithful labour, enduring difficulties, and humility in these pastors that have caused them to see growth and enlargement in the ministry that they’ve been entrusted read more…

Strong Dominant Churches

Last week, I had the privilege, together with my wife and Dr. Rolland Baker, to speak at the “Kingdom Mandate Conference” in Miri, East Malaysia. Between 400-500 people showed up for the 2-day conference and for a city like Miri, that’s a great response. But what an amazing time we had! 

The presence of God was powerful and the whole conference operated with clockwork precision.

I want to go on record to say how proud I am of our two firebrands, Pastors Sabrina Low and Rachel Bulan. They started the church just a couple of years ago with a handful of people and it’s now becoming a dominant spiritual force in Miri. They’ve many young zealots and firebrands in the church today and I can confidently predict that they’ll soon impact the city in ways we read more…

As One!

Over the past weeks, Pastor Yang gathered some pastors and intercessors of Singapore to cast the vision of a 40-day Prayer and Fasting Movement in 2018. This is in response to the prophetic word given by Lou Engle on Mar 16 at the Kingdom Invasion Conference, that “there’s a cyclical review coming to Singapore in 2018, to see if we’ve fulfilled what was prophesied by Billy Graham in 1978, that Singapore would be the Antioch East.”

At both gatherings, there was such a spirit of unity and atmosphere of expectancy of what God’s about to do in this nation. Jesus prayed about this unity in John 17:22-23, “…that they may be ONE, just AS We are One; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved read more…

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