Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Hebrew New Year 5774, will begin on our Roman calendar at sundown September 4th. Don’t be confused when the Scripture tells us this day falls on the first day of the seventh month. I won’t take the time to explain it here. Let me just say there are two different cycles in God’s calendar. The seventh month in the calendar called the “cycle of redemption” is Rosh Hashanah.
There are in fact three very special feasts in our month of September: Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets or New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
Let’s read Leviticus 23:24, 27-28, 34: 24 Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.’
27 ‘Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God.’
34 Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord.’
Rosh Hashanah, which starts at sundown Sept. 4th, is the anniversary of the birthday of the world. It is a day to awaken at the blast of the trumpet. Why not ask the Lord to awaken all of us in His church as our alarms go off in the morning of September 5th. Let us pray for revival to fall on us individually, our churches corporately and the nations of the world.
Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown Sept. 13th, is a day set aside to repent. I invite you to join in this day of repentance. Invite Holy Spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life. As He reveals sin areas, confess those sins, then read Jeremiah 29:12-13 and James 4:8. Seek the Lord with all your heart, draw near to Him. Allow Him to cleanse your heart and renew and upright spirit in you. (Ps. 51:10)
Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles begins at sundown Sept. 18th. It is a season of rejoicing as God releases His life in us. Dear ones, the Word became flesh and tabernacled (or dwelt) among us, and we beheld His glory!! (John 1:14) God instructed the Jewish people to live in tabernacles for seven days to remind them of the time the Israelites lived in tabernacles when God took them out of Egypt. (See Leviticus 23:34-43) He took them from slavery to the promised land. I invite you to review the promise Jesus Himself gave us at Tabernacles when He walked on the earth. Let’s read John 7:37-38: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Dear one, God wants to bring you and me to the place where He can release His LIFE into us!!
I am fully persuaded that God gave the Hebrew feasts for all time. They are for us as well as the Jewish people. I believe God would have us enter into this season of blessing and awaken to the reality of who He is, repent and be set free from our sin, and finally rejoice as He releases His life into us!!
Happy New Year,
Some material taken from the following book which is also recommended for more information on the Hebrew Feasts: The Messianic Church Arising, Restoring the Church to Our Covenant Roots by Dr. Robert Heidler, Glory of Zion International Ministries, 2006.