Enjoy a sneak peek of the Fall Feasts being celebrated in Jerusalem.
Enjoy a sneak peek of the Fall Feasts being celebrated in Jerusalem.
Today we welcome the new Hebrew year 5777, a time to dismantle the world structures and recover all! It is a time for celebration and a time to set the course for the year ahead. In Jewish homes, many will be dipping apples in honey as a way of declaring the new year will be full of sweetness. When leaving the House of Prayer, the Jews bless each other saying, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
What does it mean to be sealed for a good year? This celebration was designed by God as a day to blow the trumpet. There are many scriptures that instruct the people to blow the trumpet for various reasons, but this day there is a special significance to the blowing. The prophetic meaning of this Biblical Holiday is so relevant to us today. The sound of the trumpet is a call to AWAKEN. Awaken from your slumber, from your routines, from business as usual to the call of God. Awaken to His Presence and to His eternal plan. The time is short! Consider your ways before God and hear His voice. It is the voice of the Bridegroom calling to His Bride. It is an alarm that gives warning, there is still time to return to the Lord with all your heart.
The trumpet sound is a call to action. The next 10 days are to be days of reflection and repentance. We are called to consider our ways and consider Him Who made us. Are there areas of your life that are not aligned with God’s purposes? Do you know the precious plan He has for your life and are you submitting to His leadership to bring it about? Are there habits and routines that hinder you from knowing Him more? If you ask the Lord to reveal these things to you, He will. That’s what this time is for, it leads us back to Him.
Jesus Christ shed His own blood for us when He died on the Cross. His blood is the atonement that we need. It does not fade away each year, like the annual sacrifice of a goat did on the Day of Atonement in Old Testament times. His sacrifice was once and for all, for all men and women that would receive it. It’s not about you, it’s all about what He did. You cannot earn it, you can only accept it. His blood is the salvation that brings us back into right relationship with God, but it doesn’t stop there. The salvation of the Lord is not only for forgiveness, it’s for being who God created you to be, a son or daughter of the Living God. God created each one of you with a purpose, a destiny in His Kingdom. We must be awakened to the enormity of His call. Most Christians don’t realize just how much God prepared for them in His Kingdom. He didn’t send Jesus to the Cross just for your forgiveness. That is only the starting place. Once you know you’re forgiven, there is much more for you to know and to do. He wants you to know Him deeply, just as you are deeply known by Him. He wants to share secrets with you, to impart gifts to you, to give you incredible assignments that will cause others to know Him too. He wants to show you His Glory….think about it!
So I pray today that you are “sealed for a good year,” that you are sealed by the Blood of Jesus, knowing that you are a child of His Promise, You are called to greatness in Him, You are anointed with the Holy Spirit and full of the Life of God. You are sealed with the Reality of Jesus Christ on the inside of you. You were not made to hide out awaiting Jesus’ return to rescue you from the wicked world. You are made to be a victorious warrior, knowing His will and enforcing it, taking back the captives and setting them free, bringing light into every dark place. This is an exciting and adventurous call. Religion is boring, but life in the Kingdom is brimming with joy and excitement in Christ.
Hear the sound of His voice, the trumpet, as He calls you today. Turn aside and listen to what He has to say. Take these next 10 days to get reacquainted with the Word of God and His purposes. Then set your heart on Him and get ready for the ride….
Be sealed in Him and have a Sweet Year!
God initiated three Spring feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Early Firstfruits that foreshadowed Jesus’ first coming. Pentecost, celebrated 50 days after these feasts, marks the release of God’s provision. God also appointed three Fall feasts and it’s important to look at all three together to get an understanding of this season. These feasts foreshadow Jesus’ second coming and the end-times scenario. Therefore, it is vitally important that we understand why God appointed these feasts. This is not about keeping a religious ritual, but about understanding God’s heart and receiving His revelation in our day.
The Fall feasts create a pathway into God’s glory. At the Head of the Year, the trumpet sounds as a wake-up call. The Feast of Trumpets is centered around the blast of the trumpet. The Hebrew name for this day is Yom Teruah, meaning The Day of the Awakening Blast! God is calling His people to come alive.
The next 10 days are called the “Ten Days of Awe.” The Jewish people spent these days in quiet reflection before God. They sought Him and asked for forgiveness for their sins of the past year. These days culminated on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a solemn day of fasting before God for their sins. Two goats were used in the ritual, one was sacrificed to God, the other carried away the sins of the people as the scapegoat. As believers in Jesus, we can rejoice that we no longer have to slay a goat to be forgiven. Jesus atoned for our sins and we know we are forgiven, but God still requires that we confess our sins before Him. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What makes this day different from Passover, a time of personal repentance, is that it was a day of corporate repentance. The people repented together as a nation. This process is for the nations of the earth. God wants us to repent for our national sins and invite Him, the King of Kings, in to rule and reign.
Several days after the Day of Atonement, God scheduled the biggest celebration of the year, called the Feast of Tabernacles, a seven day extravaganza to celebrate the nearness of God. God’s ultimate desire is, and always has been, to dwell with His people. When Adam and Eve were expelled from God’s presence, it was heartbreaking to Him. He set in motion the Plan of Redemption that would bring all people back to Him. This plan is almost complete and when it is, we will have the joy of being with our God forever in unbroken fellowship. It is a picture of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
All of God’s appointed feasts were designed to be a yearly reminder of the totality of His Plan of Redemption throughout human history. God set up these times to encourage us to keep drawing nearer to Him throughout every generation for all time. The last days that we live in are a long ‘season of tabernacles,’ a season when God’s judgments are released to wake us up to His call, when He is calling His people to repent and return, and when He is releasing greater and greater dimensions of His glory in the earth realm.
Let your heart be awakened to hear the sound of Heaven, the Shout of the King is among us!
The Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown on October 2nd this year.