"Camp Ephraim represents those from around the world who follow Y'shua by following his torot. We are all learning to walk in his
ways and are in varying levels of understanding and obedience. This can create
challenges including when and how to worship, but we come together as one in heart and respect each others understandings. When it involves differing times to celebrate the moedim, we are saddened that we are not all together in one place at one time, but know that Abba allows the differences in understanding to further his ultimate purpose in our
individual lives, as well as between us."
At Camp Ephraim the in-tent-ion is to follow the example of Elkana and his wives.
Even, when the place of worship was desecrated they would still come to keep the appointed times.
We share the „fate“ and the faith of Hannah that once was barren and later had many children.
(1 Samuel 2, 1-10)
Hannah prayed, and said,
My heart rejoices in יהוה/YHVH […];
because I rejoice in thy ישוע/Yeshua.
יהוה/YHVH kills, and makes alive:
he brings down to the grave,
and brings up.
יהוה/YHVH shall judge the ends of the earth;
and he shall give strength unto his king,
and exalt the horn of his משיח/Mashiach.
At Camp Ephraim our hearts rejoice in יהוה/YHVH
because we rejoice in His Yeshua/ישוע
whom יהוה/YHVH killed, and made alive :
whom יהוה/YHVH brought down to the grave, and brought up again –
Yeshua/ישוע – His Mashiach/משיח – our King
YHVH Elohim by whom HE will save. Hosea 1,7
I, I am YHVH, and besides me there is no savior. Isaiah 43,11
YHVH Zebaoth reigns on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. Isaiah 24,23
W A L K to Jerusalem for Sukkot
from Dan to YHVH's chosen city
repenting from the sins of our forefathers
walking again in HIS statutes (Hezekiel 36:27).
It’s all about reversing the curses :
1 Kings 12:28:
So the king (Jeroboam) took counsel and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
2 Kings 17:25-26:
And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear YHVH. Therefore YHVH sent lions among them, which killed some of them. 26 So the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law of the god of the land.”
We want to know and to follow the law of the land again.
Through Yeshua we can be as strong as a lion in order to resist the lions that come against us.
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
1 Peter 5:8-9:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
We started walking from Dan - where Jeroboam erected one of two golden calves and told the people "It is too hard for you to go up to Jerusalem" - towards Jerusalem, repenting from the sins of Jeroboam.
Walking again in YHVH’s statutes, ascending to Jerusalem for HIS appointed time.
At the remnant of the altar of one of the two golden calves in Dan we acknowledged and confessed our sins and the sins of our forefathers in sackcloth and ashes to express our mourning. See Leviticus 26:40-42.
Then we took of the sackcloth and started to ascend to Jerusalem rejoicing.
See Jeremiah 31.
Let's keep this chapter in mind -
here are some examples out of this very encouraging chapter:
"‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
to the YHVH our Elohim.’" (verse 6b)
"I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow." (verse 13b)
Unfortunately the walk had to be cut short because of the new lockdown in the whole country of Israel.
Below you can see few impressions:
What voice does your heart follow?
"It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem." 1 Kings 12:28
Jeroboam (1st King of the Northern Kingdom)
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [...]
how many times did I want to gather your children, [...] but
you did not want!" Mt 23, 37
Yeshua (King of Judah)
"Give YHWH your hand and come to his sanctuary,
so that your brethren and your children will find mercy,
so that they may return to this land." 2 Chr. 30
Hezekiah (King of Judah)
"I am pleased with those who say to me, let us go to the house of YHVH!
now our feet are in your gates, Jerusalem, [...]
where the tribes go up, the tribes of YHVH." Ps 122
David (King of Judah)