“The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.”(Lev. 23:23–24 NIV11-GK)
We are preparing for the holiday season in Israel. The first of these is Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of the Trumpets.
“On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets.”(Num. 29:1 NIV)
The sound of the shofar is supposed to remind us of the coming of Yeshua, our Lord and Messiah. The apostle Paul addresses the Thessalonians and encourages them:
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”(1 Th. 4:16–17 NIV)
Of course, for those who do not believe in Jesus there is a different meaning, but still, after the Feast of Trumpets in the Jewish tradition, begin the ‘10 Terrible Days’ (time of repentance), from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, in which people ask for forgiveness from one other and try to mend broken relationships, so that in Yom Kippur (A day when they would sacrifice a sacrifice in the temple to atone the sins of the people [Lev16: 1-34, 23: 26-32; Num29: 7-11]), they will receive forgiveness of their sins from God.
This is a very special time because during it many of the people of Israel turn to God. This is a great opportunity for you and me to pray and intercede for the people of Israel. That while they turn to God, some of them only once a year, that God will open their hearts and reveal to them the true sacrifice, Yeshua the Messiah, who took away our sins on the cross.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Because they seek forgiveness and atonement in the wrong place, we must unite in prayer because our people need revelation from God, as it is written:
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zech. 12:10 NAS95)
The fall holidays end with Sukkot. It is the only holiday that will remain even in the kingdom of Messiah on earth. The prophet Zechariah describes that after the last attempt of the whole world to destroy the people of Israel, God will establish his kingdom, and all the nations will come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Sukkot:
“Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.” (Zech. 14:16–19)
I invite you not to wait until then but to begin right now to proclaim the kingdom of our Lord Jesus the Messiah both in your personal life and in His people Israel. May our prayers do not cease until the day we glorify God together in His kingdom.
Have a blessed holiday and a Happy New 5782 Year!
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