Friday, August 14, 2015

The Fall Feasts/Appointed Times are upon us!

The Fall Feasts/Appointed Times are upon us!  Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets/New Year) begins at sunset September 13.

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins sunset September 22.

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) begins at sunset September 27. Tip: Weather permitting, go outside at sunset, September 27, and watch the Full Moon rise! Depending on where you live, the moon will rise 30 minutes or so before sunset, to 30 minutes after sunset that night. But watch the glorious "announcement" of Sukkot by the Full Moon! The last day of Sukkot begins at sunset October 4th (sunset of the 5th denotes the end of Sukkot).

Here is some quick info about Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashana:

Yom Teruah /Rosh Hashana (New Year) denotes the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their first actions toward the realization of man's role in the world; of the first sin that was committed and resulting repentance; a day when YHWH takes stock of all of His Creation, which includes all of humanity. Leviticus 23:23-25 says: ADONAI said to Moshe, "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar. Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'"

Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the month of Tishri, the seventh month of the Hebrew religious calendar as ordained in the Torah, in Leviticus 23:23-25. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), or Asseret Yemei Teshuva (The Ten Days of Repentance) which are days specifically set aside to focus on repentance that conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Rosh Hashanah is considered the start of the civil year, but the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar which was instituted by YHWH Himself in Exodus 12:2. Please check out our article on why there are two new years.

Rosh Hashanah is observed as a day of rest (Leviticus 23:24) and is characterized by the blowing of the shofar - a trumpet made from a ram's horn intended to awaken the listener from his or her "slumber" and alert them to the coming judgment. On this day, there are a number of additions to the regular synagogue services, most notably an extended repetition of the Amidah prayer. The traditional Hebrew greeting on Rosh Hashanah is shana tova for "a good year", or shana tova umetukah for "a good and sweet year." Because believers are being judged by God for the coming year, a longer greeting translates as "may you be written and sealed for a good year."

Readings for Yom Teruah: Genesis 21:1-34, Leviticus 23, Numbers 29:1-6, 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10, Matthew 1:1-21 and Luke 4:14-44.

For a description of the rest of the Fall Feasts, please see our article describing each of YHWH's Appointed Times.  (And by the way, did you know that Y'shua has so far fulfilled the first FOUR of the Seven Feasts? It's true!  Check it out in our article.)

BY THE WAY:   We are now experiencing T'shuvah - the 40 days of Turning and Repentance, so, if you haven't done so, this is the time to repent of any sins and mend broken relationships, etc. It is a time to allow the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to lead us in searching our hearts, so we can repent and confess our sins before YHWH and man, and if necessary, make restitution before the Day of Atonement arrives on September 15. YHWH asks us to be holy (Lev 11:45), and these days of T'shuvah help us humble ourselves before Him and acknowledge our shortcomings in that regard.

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