Days of Awe
"Teshuvah"... 40 day Season of returning (repentance)
Teshuvah's 40 days include the month of Elul
Plus 10 high holy days in the month of Tishri to Yom Kippur
This year's dates https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-chodesh-elul
Preparing for the New Civil Year
4 sounds of the SHOFAR:
Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, Tekiah Gedolah
Tekiah--awakening blast...a call to attention, alertness
Shevarim--three sounds of brokeness (repentance, sorrow for sin)....Isaiah 58:1
Teruah--urgency..."return to Me" ( turn around )
Tekiah Gedolah---"the Great Blast".....call to assemble to worship-- Isaiah 7:13
The Light of the World --ELUL 25 " The Lord is my Light "-- Psalm 27 :1
The 25th day of Elul commemorates the day of Elohim's Creation of the world : " Let there be LIGHT "(Ohr )
This was not the light from the sun, but the Light from the Son
John 8: 12 and John 9: 5
( He made the sun four days later ; and Adam six days later ) -- Genesis 1:3; John 8:12
HIGH HOLY DAYS ( from Rosh Hoshana to Yom Kippur )
eve of Rosh Hashana ....Tekiah Gedolah ( long blast )
1st day of Rosh Hashana ....... New Civil Year / Creation of Adam
second day of Rosh Hashana " YOMA ARICHTA " -- one long day ( eve + 2 days )
DAYS OF AWE ( 8 days between Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur )
followed by the Fast of Gedaliah
Days of Awe; followed by
eve of YOM KIPPUR
Yom Kippur....DAY OF ATONEMENT....Shofar Ha'Gadol ( last trump )
God has planned -- long ago -- that Autumn be a
time of deep reverence, a time of
drinking in the beauty of His Creation. As the days get shorter and daylight
diminishes, it seems an appropriate time for soul-searching and longing after
Autumn lends itself to meditative thinking ; a time to be mentally sober and realistic, pensive.
" ALL SOULS ARE MINE " -- Ezekiel 18:4
The season of "Teshuvah", 40 days is a time of introspection / repentance /and returning to God.
Psalm 139:23, 24…"Search me, O God , and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the Way, everlasting."
"Teshuvah" means "to return".
These 40 days include the Hebrew month of Elul (30 days), plus the 10 days of Awe
(Rosh HaShana to Yom Kippur).
The 10 days of Awe are the first 10 days of the following month, Tishri.
Together, 30 days of Elul and 10 days of Tishri, equals 40 days.
Please read Ezekiel 18:20-32 to better understand the Spirit of the season. [ personal accountability ] ....
"When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them;
for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed,
and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die." [ in his sins ].
Our spiritual life is ever dynamic, always changing. We are either pressing forward, or sliding backward.
There is no middle ground. Both our past achievements and our past confessed sins do not define us today. Today is what matters.
Today we are either righteous or unrighteous.
TODAY we must turn from our idols ( misplaced priorities) to serve the Living God.
( Acts 14:15 ; Acts 26:18, 20 ; Ezekiel 14:6 )
ELUL…a time of approaching God
( 'Elul' is the abbreviation of the phrase
"I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine"….. Canticle of Canticles 6:3 + 2:16 ).
The Hebrew month of Elul is the 30 days in Fall before the new civil year which begins with Rosh HaShana…
the Feast of Trumpets.
"Rosh" means "head" and HaShana "year"; "the head of the year", the New Year.
The trumpets herald the gravity of this time.
Please read the following links to better understand why Rosh Hashanna is also called
"Yom HaKeseh" -- "The Day of Hiding" or "The Hidden Day"
http://www.lwbc.co.uk/Feasts of the Lord/feast_of_trumpets.htm
Psalm 27:5 "In the time of trouble He shall hide me"
Isaiah 26: 20 "Hide thyself as it were for a little while"
Teshuvah ... to return, to repent
Elul is a time of great mental sobriety.
A trumpet blast is sounded in Israel, and other places. It is sounded each week-day morning (work days) all month long as a call to awaken the soul out of its complacency, and to enter into greater depths of realizations.
The time for "Reality versus Rationalizations" begins.
Each day we ask God for moments of clarity to see ourselves as we really are…faults and all.
We ask to be delivered from the bondage of self.
Only the rigorously-honest enter into the most holy place of Truth.
"Humility is endless" T.S. Eliot
To hear the shofar each morning, please access
Shofar blast http://hopetotheend.com/shofar.au
The Significance of the Shofar
"Awake, thou that sleepest" Ephesians 5:14
"It is high time to awake out of sleep" Romans 13:11
"Awake to righteousness and sin not" 1 Corinthians 15:34
G Killian Homepage http://www.betemunah.org/
All during the month of Elul, Psalm 27 is recited in the morning and in the afternoon:
"The LORD is my Light ( Ohr ) and my salvation ( HoShanna )".
Actually, Psalm 27 is recited until the 22nd day of Tishri, called "Shemini Atzeret"
(the end of 'Succoth ', which we will discuss in another article.)
As God reveals more and more of ourselves to us, we ask for His forgiveness for our faults.
"With the merciful, Thou wilt show Thyself merciful" II Samuel 22:26 + Psalm 18:25, 26
We ask for the forthrightness to make amends. We clear the slate.
Thus our souls pass before His Judgement Seat, as it were, on Rosh HaShana hoping that our names become inscribed in His Book of Life for one more year.
"I…will show mercy on whom I will show mercy" Exodus 33:19
IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED.....
"Our Creation" http://www.beamsofhope.homestead.com/OurCreation.html Beautiful !
GOD IS LIGHT-- 25th day of Elul ;"Thou art my Light"--Psalm 27
According to the Hebrew sages, the 25th day of Elul, commemorates the first day of Creation, when God created Light "Ohr"
(Genesis 1:3; John 8:12 ; John 9: 5 ) . This was not the light of the sun (created on the fourth day) , but the very presence of God emanating throughout His universe ; His countenance , His Shekinah glory. .. "and it was good"
http://www.hope-of-israel.org/glory.htm by John D. Keyser
John 1:9 reveals that Jesus is the Light that enlighteneth every man that cometh into the world.
That light is shown in one's conscience. Every man has a conscience, whether he heeds it or not.
Shekinah Presence and Glory : Revelation 21:23 ; Revelation 22 : 5
Genesis-Creation , when God said : "Let there be light".
We "worship Him Who made Heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Revelation/Apocalypse. 14:7.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord [ Jesus ] , to receive glory and honor and power:
for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" Revelation 4:11
Jesus is the Creator: John 1:3 "
"All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made."
( 1 Corinthians. 8:6; and Colossians 1:16, 17; and 1 John 1:2)
"Praise ye the LORD, from the heavens, in the heights...all His angelic host. The sun, moon and stars of light, praise Him. Praise Him ye heaven of heavens, and the waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD;
for He commanded and they were created." Psalm 148:1-5
Psalm 33: 6 and 9 :
"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made ; and all the hosts of them [ moon, sun, stars, planets, earth ] by the breath of His mouth. ...
For He spake and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast."
We now leave the month of Elul, and come to the month of Tishrei...the new civil year 5776 ( 2015--2016 )
MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.....Rosh
Six days after the beginning of Creation ( Genesis 1:1 ), according to the Hebrew scholars, Adam was fashioned from the hand of God on Rosh HaShana, the beginning of the year. In other words, man was created on Rosh HaShana .
Thus the creation of man-- and this holy day commemorating our annual soul-judgement review before God-- are both noted on the same day, Rosh HaShana.
Rosh Hashana is celebrated on the evening before the day ... plus for two days continuing
(yoma arichta ---one long day beyond 24 hours ).
The creation of the first Adam is commemorated on Day 1 of Rosh Hashana.
Our Second Adam --Jesus Christ YESHUA, Who is the Son of Man and our KING of KINGS ) is also to be commemorated. Please see
1 Corinthians 15:22 ... and 1 Corinthians 15:45.
KING of Kings and LORD of Lords ( Yeshua Jesus )-- Rev. 19:16
BRING FORTH THE ROYAL DIADEM
The sages tell us that the first words Adam spoke were:
"The Lord is KING forever and ever ".
Thus Christ as KING, "HaMelech", is observed on Rosh Hashana.
Psalm 47 http://www.bartleby.com/44/3/47.html
Rabbi Barry Kasdan http://www.kehilatariel.org/articles/9_10_2000.html
For the Kingship of Yeshua please see also:
Psalm 10:16; and Psalm 22:28; and Psalm 24: 10; and Psalm 47:2 and Psalm 48:2 and Psalm 89:18
and PSALM 95:3;
Also Daniel 2: 47 and Daniel 4:34--37; and Daniel 5:21; and 1 Timothy 1:17; and Revelation 15:3;
Yeshua of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies
ROSH HaSHANA is also called "Yom Teruah", the "Day of the Awakening Blast" http://bibleprophesy.org/feasts6.htm
The 2 days of Blowing of the Trumpets
Ed. comment on the above -- We believe that the "last trump" in Scripture has two applications :
1) meaning the 7th and last trumpet in a series, found in Revelation 11:15 ( our Rapture ) and also
we see it pertaining to three and a half years later at ....
2. the " last trump" blown for the resurrection of the Just ( John 11:24 ) ... after the Battle of Armegeddon.
1 Corinthians 15:52
OPENING OF THE HEAVENLY GATES
The shofar [ram's horn] is blown 100 times during this time.
This signifies that Heaven's Gates are open wide. The King sits at Court.
The scepter of grace and mercy are extended in a special way at this time and all throughout the next 10 days.
This also commemorates Resurrection Day (on the Last Day ) when all souls must appear before God.
Zechariah 14:6,7 ;and Daniel 12:12; and Joel 3:12;and John 11:24.
Yom Teruah, the blowing of the trumpets, is a 48+ hours celebration... one long day ("yoma arichta".)
(Greg Killian) The Watchman ... http://www.betemunah.org/teruah.html#_Toc201412033
"Yom Teruah is always celebrated for two days, even in Israel These two days are celebrated as though it is just one long day of forty-nine hours....
These days of Yom Teruah are called “yoma arichta” (one long day) to indicate that the sanctity of both is not a doubtful sanctity, but a definite one. "http://www.betemunah.org/teruah.html ( see "Calendar arrangement")
High Holy Days on the Net www.holidays.net/highholydays/rosh.htm
The "Tekiah Gedolah"....the one long blast
After 99 blasts of the shofar, the final blast is the loudest and the longest. It has a special name. It is called the "Tekiah Gedolah".
Although we authors do NOT see this Holy Day to be that of the Rapture, we authors do see that this trumpet-sound signifies ( is an example of) the trumpet sounded in 1Thessalonians 4:16...
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
( Tekiah Gedolah ) trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first"
We believe this signifies the "Day of Christ " ( Ed: our Rapture ) The word "CHRIST " is mentioned in this verse here ONLY in the Authorized KJV Bible in 2 Thessalonians 2:2 .
There is a very good reason why the Bible uses the word " Christ" here , rather than the corrupted version of the modern Bibles that want you to confuse this term with "Day of the Lord", which is a day of harsh severe judgment.
The totally WRONG word "Lord" is placed here by mere man, and not by the Holy Ghost ( KJV pre-dates all modern transliterations ).
The "day of Christ" is our Rapture. Please see Phillipians 1:6 , 1:10 and 2:16.
This deception was purposely put into the modern Bibles to excuse them from a rapture that would come after the man of sin be revealed
( 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2.) We dare not manipulate the Word of God to conform to our comfort and complacency.
Revelation 22:18,19 and Psalm 12:6.
(This Biblical "Day of Christ" refers to the 2 day- event ("yoma arichta") of the Resurrection/Rapture, with the long trumpet blast lasting longer than one day No one knows when that day is. We will know only the season, until it is revealed. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
" Rosh Hashanah is the only festive holiday celebrated for two consecutive days in the Land of Israel. During the two days, Jews in Israel and abroad will spend the majority of their time in community synagogues, engulfed in prayer and repentance." -- Arutz Sheva
This trumpet on Rosh HaShana signifies our Rapture; it does not date it.
The Rapture itself is a "Hidden Day " -- unknown to anyone -- occurring whenever the Father so decides.
In other words, this long blast --- we believe --- will ALSO occur on the "Day of Christ" ( our Rapture ) , and that day is not necessarily Rosh HaShana. It is best not to date the rapture, since so many failed attempts brings about skepticism.
Best to believe what Jesus said :
"No man knows the day nor the hour."
Symbolism (trumpet-blowing) is symbolism. It is not date setting.
Please see "The Seventh Trumpet" http://hopetotheend.com/trumpet.html
( "Tekiah Gedolah" is not to be confused with "the Last Trump" of 1 Corinthians 15:52, which is the
(Shofar HaGadol) which we will explain in the "Yom Kippur" section of this article, Elul, part 2.
"Tekiah Gedolah" and "Shofar HaGadol" are 2 different trumpet sounds, with 2 very different meanings.
They are both a "last trump"...but LAST on two different occasions.
Tekiah Gedolah is a last trumpet in a series of 7 trumpets. (please see Rev. 8 through 11) and is the Church's Homecoming , so we believe.
Shofar HaGadol is THE last trumpet of Yom Kippur and possibly signifies the end of the Great Tribulation period. Matthew 24:31
"And He shall send His angels with a GREAT SOUND of a Trumpet". This is a call to return to the land of Israel (Isaiah 27:13) and is at the time of our Lord's RETURN to earth to establish His millennial kingdom of 1,000 years from Jerusalem, Israel.. This Shofar Ha'Gadol will bring forth God's elect from both heaven and from earth to begin the Millennial Kingdom, with Jesus Christ as King Mark 13:27
"Yom HaDin....Day of Judgement"...Day of Reckoning
BEMA SEAT...the great White Throne Judgement
"He (God) hath appointed a day (moed), in the which He will judge the world" Acts 17:29-31
"It is appointed (mo'ed) unto men once to die, but after this the judgement." Hebrews 9:27
The blowing of the trumpets on Rosh Hashana signifies not only Resurrection, but it also serves as a wake-up call to the coming Judgement Day ("Yom HaDin")....the day of Reckoning.
This day is pictured for us in Revelation 20:11
"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:
and another book was opened, which is The Book of LIFE:
And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.... (v.13) "and they were judged every man according to his works".
"(v.15) "and whosoever was not found written in the book of LIFE was cast into the
Lake of Fire".
The Judgement Seat of Christ
Those who have trusted in the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ, and lived and died accordingly, have already been resurrected unto Eternal Life. They do not appear in this Bema Seat Judgement scene.
However, Believers DO appear at "the judgement seat of Christ."
By David Wilkerson http://apocalypsesoon.org/xfile-24.html
See also : Romans 14:10-12; and 2 Corinthians 5:10; and 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; and 2 Timothy 4:8
By tradition, this is the prayer recited by the Jewish people on Rosh HaShanah:
"We will celebrate the solemn holiness of this day, how awesome and fearsome it is.
On this day your rulership is lifted up, your throne is established in mercy,
and you sit upon it in truth. Truly you alone are Judge, arbiter, discerner, witness, recorder, sealer, inscriber, and reckoner;
and you remember all forgotten deeds.
You open the book of records and it reads itself, and everyone's signature is there.
"The great shofar is sounded, the still small voice is heard, and the angels tremble with fear as they proclaim,
'Behold! The Day of Judgement!'
Even the armies of heaven are to be brought to judgement, for in your sight even they are not innocent. You cause all who come into the world to pass before you like a flock of sheep. Like a shepherd seeking out his flock and causing them to pass under His staff, you cause every living soul to pass before You;
You count, reckon and review every creature,
determining its lifetime and inscribing its destiny.
"On Rosh HaShana it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed:
how many will pass away and how many will be born,
who will live, and who will die; who will die prematurely and who will live out his days; who will perish by fire and who by water; who by sword and who by wild animals;
who by hunger and who by thirst; who by earthquake and who by plague;
who by strangling and who by stoning; who will have rest and who will wander about;
who will be at peace and who will be tormented;
who will be at ease and who will be bothered;
who will become poor and who will become rich;
who will be brought low and who will be raised up.
But repentance, prayer and charity avert the harsh decree."
From Jewish New Testament Commentary by David Stern
(This is not Biblical text. Yet it serves to remind us that nothing happens by accident---it is all a part of the mysteries of God)
One main ingredient is missing in this prayer , and that is the atoning blood of Yeshua.
"Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood." Rev. 1:5
Please see "Power in the Blood"... http://hopetotheend.com/blood.html
and The Crucifixion ... http://hopetotheend.com/cross.html
HYMN: When I see the Blood, I will pass over you
When Yesterday becomes Today
There seems to be a great disparity in what is perceived by the Believer, and what is perceived by the secular humanist. The Believer lives in the presence of God, continually accountable to Him..... "before whom I stand", as Elijah put it.
The non-believer is deluded by intervals of time........"
"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecclesiastes 8:11
In other words, because lightening doesn't strike us each time we sin, we think we're getting by with it. What folly. What a delusion. They "will wake as from a dream of things that never were."Psalm 73, Living Bible)
The Living Bible says it this way,
"Because God does not punish sinners instantly, people feel it is safe to do wrong. But though a man sins 100 times and still lives, I know very well that those who fear God will be better off" (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
How grateful the Believer is to have an awareness of the accountability of sin. How thankful we should be for our precious Hebrew heritage demonstrating to us the awesome holiness of God.
THE BOOK OF LIFE
The traditional greeting on Rosh HaShana is, "May you be inscribed in the Book Life"
God has 5 Books……….. (God also has a bottle of our tears : Psalm 56:8)
1. One Book is of Judgement [Daniel 7:10 and Rev.19:8+ 20:12…our works]
Our works cannot save us , but they do have merit before God and pertain to our state in glory.
( Rev. 14:13 and 2 Corinthians 3:18) Righteousness counts !
By Dan Corner http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/goodworks.htm
"Faith without works is dead" James 2:17
2. Another is the Book of the Law [Dueteronomy. 31:26 , and Galatians 3:10].
3. God also has a Book of Remembrance ( our conversations)
Matthew 12:36, 37 :
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Also see Proverbs 13:3.
The Hebrew people put great emphasis on one's spoken words. The gossiping tongue is particularly disdained (see James 3:6 "the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity")
From David Wadleigh:
"Lashon Harah"--the evil tongue; gossip; slander; listening to gossip; tale bearing (also spelled leshon hara)
Words That Hurt, Words That Heal http://www.judaism.com/display.asp?etn=DACHE by Joseph Telushkin
"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Proverbs 12:18-20 (NIV)
Excuses like: "I didn’t mean it," .... "I was just trying to be funny," "But, that’s me," and
"People shouldn't be so sensitive," are not good for us who are Believers.
Am I one who needs frequent reminders of the need for controlling the tongue ?
Do I need to remind myself to say less ( no gainsaying) , or not speak at all ? There are times when we need to keep silence.
How do I deliberately choose my words to bring healing to someone?
Are my words genuine, praising and encouraging? From Dr. Jeff Lee
Isaiah said. "Woe is me !.. I am a man of unclean lips". The Lord then had an angel put a live coal to Isaiah's mouth. We believe that this was the live coal >>> Click here.
The whole Law ( Torah ) is covered under : "Love the Lord thy God above all ;
and to love one's neighbor as one's self "Matthew 22:40 ....( meaning to harbor no ill will.)
Then to control one's tongue is equal to obeying the 613 laws of the Torah , as we see it.
"Yom HaZikkaron" means "Day of Remembrance" and refers to Rosh HaShana wherein God Remembers those that fear Him.
We are to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12
God also remembers those who converse about Him:
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a Book of Remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name".
"And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." Malachi 3:16,17.
4. Then there is the Book of LIFE (permission
to keep on living )
Exodus 32: 32, 33 and Psalm 69:28; and Daniel 12:1; and Philippians 4:3; and
Revelation 3:5; and Rev. 17:8; and Rev. 20:12; and Rev. 22:19.
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the BOOK OF LIFE, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels." Rev. 3:5
"And at that time, shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book."Daniel 12:1.......
5. And ultimately the 5th Book: The LAMB's Book of Life, inscribing all those who trust in the shed blood of Yeshua Jesus, our Passover Lamb, for Salvation. (Life Eternal…"in heaven")
Having our names written in The Lamb's Book of Life destines us for Eternal Life .... Luke 10: 20 ; Phillipians 4: 3 ; Rev. 21:27 )
Rev. 13: 8 and Rev. 21:27…."in heaven" Luke 10:20; and Hebrew 12:23; and Luke 15:7.
This is the realization that we cannot save ourselves. We are not gods. We can never arrive at perfection in this earthly lifetime. We are and always will be sinners, while in these earthly "tents".
"All have sinned and have come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1: 8, 9.
When we confess our sins to God, we KNOW that we have His forgiveness, (I John 1: 8,9 ) and Psalm 51.
After confession, repeat Psalm 32 until you believe it with all your heart.
And even if the injured party has past into heaven, we know that they too have forgiven us from above.
If guilt is still felt, then we need to forgive ourselves to keep us in the love of God, and to quit focusing in on ourselves.
Guilt leads to more sin, as Satan uses guilt as a highly effective tool to dominate us. Free yourself today, by asking God to remove you from guilt.
Conviction by the Holy Spirit for today's sins ? Yes ! Guilt over the past ? No!
We are in need of the redemptive Blood of Jesus
to cover our sins. His blood is most precious. 1
Peter 18, 19--
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold....but with the precious blood of Messiah-Christ (Jesus), as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
Also see Psalm 51 http://hopetotheend.com/ps51.html
As each soul comes before God in review, hopefully He inscribes our name in the Book of Life , Eternal Life.
3 REGISTERS ---- " You've been weighed in the balances " -- Daniel 5
According to Jewish tradition, God opens 3 registers:
A. The Book of the Righteous
(names of those who have returned to Him through sorrowful contrition). This is the main book.
The rest of mankind is divided into 2 other categories:
B. The Book of the Rashim (names of the unrighteous)
C. Then there are the indeterminate, who in the next 10 days will either be ascribed either to the Righteous Book, or to the Unrighteous Book, depending upon repentance.
Desiring to tip the balances in our favor, we "redeem the time" in the 10 days that are left after Rosh HaShana to get right with God and our fellow man, ( we make amends) before our names are Sealed, on Yom Kippur.
OUR SCHOOLMASTER --- Galatians 3:21-29
We must keep in mind that this is a formalized concept. This is how religion imitates --- but cannot duplicate ---the Born Again experience.
This is a dramatized teaching lesson.
The true application is having a personal relationship with Jesus Yeshua , which is active and dynamic daily. Our interpersonal relationship with Jesus has its more righteous moments, and our not-so-righteous moments (sins). But the phone line is open 7 / 24 / 365 .... always an open line. We hot-line it to heaven, when we miss the mark. We ask for His forgiveness and guidance. We avoid areas of temptation
(" can a man hold fire to his chest and not be burned?" Proverbs 6:27, 28 ).
We keep short accounts. It is a daily interfacing. We need not wait yearly to 'get right with God'.
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"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged" -- 1 Corinthians 11: 31
" He that..believeth on .. Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" -- John 5: 24
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit "Romans 8:1
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Having said all this, this formalized concept seems to be needed for our finite minds to grasp the importance of keeping 'static' from our communication line with God.
We seem to need this special time of reflection in order to perceive how awesome our Judge is:
"Behold! The Judge standeth before the door! "James 5:9
By nature, we are inclined to readily excuse ourselves from holiness. We seek an easier, softer way.
Our Lord took the concept of reflection very seriously. He went off for 40 days of introspection and prayer just before His public ministry. It was not necessary for Jesus to do this in the sense of 'returning' to God. It was His special kindness, in order to give us an example of taking out quality/ quantity time for God.
("for righteousness sake "Matthew 3:15 )
FAST OF GEDALIAH --- TISHRI 3
This fast day during the Days of Awe commemorates the assassination of the governor
(Gedaliah) over Israel after the Babylonian Captivity. The account is in Jeremiah Chapters 40 and 41.
Self-deceived (positive thinking)
This murder need not have taken place for Gedaliah was strongly warned of an attempt upon his life. He refused to heed the warning. He had to pay the consequences of believing in "positive thinking".
General George S. Patton of WW 2 fame ( 5-star General), claimed that most of his victories were due to the fact that he studied his enemy. He was not ignorant of his devices. [Intelligence Operations]
About Gen. Geo. S. Patton:
Heeding the relevant-example given to us by the fall of Gedaliah:
While it is proper to look for Jesus Christ, it is also necessary to look for antichrist and his 666 economic system that is coming upon the whole world.
"What I say unto you, I say unto all, WATCH ". Mark 13:37
God kept Gideon's 300 who kept an
eye on the enemy, while drinking from the Word.
General Patton--- the greatest 5 star general of our times-- said he studied the enemy well in order to prepare for victory.
He knew them, and he named them, and he got the victory.
About General George S. Patton:
"and concentrated on studying his enemy"
"The Roman Consul, Scipio, studied Hannibal's tactics [ the enemy ] to finally defeat him at Zama (Horns were blown to scare the charging elephants into retreat, causing havoc in the advancing Carthaginian lines.)
Patton studied Rommel's book and tactics [ the enemy ] to defeat his Panzer battalion in North Africa."
http://www.ycsi.net/users/reversespins/patton.html ( no longer available )
"By the time World War II erupted, Patton was tactically primed and ready. As Sun Tzu instructed—“Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril”—Patton studied his adversaries and their tactics as a matter of course. He maintained his study of the enemy during the conduct of campaigns. "
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/navy/skelton_whispers.htm by Ike Skelton
We too have a mortal enemy --- Satan --- who goes about roaring like a lion, seeking whom he may devour ( kill, destroy )...
1 Peter 5: 8,9. He has come to lie, steal, destroy and kill.
( John 8:44 and John 10:10).
We too are not to be ignorant of his devices ( 2 Corinthians 2:11). We are to put on the whole armor of God .
( Ephesians 6:10-18 )
Fasting ( self control) leads to a greater awareness. Isaiah 58:6
Are we aware of the pitfalls in our life? Do we flirt with temptation? Can a person hold fire close and not be burned? ( Proverbs 6: 27,28 )
Do we fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12), resisting Satan so that he will flee ( James 4:7 ) ?
Or does he have our "Achilles' Heel" http://achillestendon.com/achilles/
"Putting on the Whole Armor" by Berit Kjos
Fast of Gedaliah http://www.ou.org/chagim/tzomgedaliah/Default.htm
Ahavat Israel http://www.ahavat-israel.com/ahavat/torat/tzomgedaliah.asp
To part 2.....Days of Awe and Yom Kippur
Tishri 1 begins the Civil Year ( Autumn )
Nisan 1 begins the Religious year ( Spring )
For more info on Jewish Holidays, please see
5 year Calendar --- to 5779 http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday0.htm ... Scroll to bottom of page
ELUL+ www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/elulrosh [ Greeting Cards, Recipes and more ]
ELUL + http://www.jewishnewyear.com/
Yeshua's Light http://www.angelfire.com/ny/Yeshuaslight/Rosh.html
The writings of Maimonides, the Rambam
Annie's Shofar and Trumpet Page http://www.annieshomepage.com/shofar.html
Symbolism of the Shofar http://www.rashiyomi.com/mj27-10a.htm
Where are you ? Genesis 3:9
MORE LINKS :
The Festivals of Israel for Today --Diego Galvez