Today is Rosh Hashanah, literally the “Head of the Year.” We have entered the month of Tishri, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, but the first month of the civil year, 5771. The previous month of Elul was a time of preparation, a time of examining our hearts and getting ready for the High Holy Days. This month is considered a Sabbath month, a month of rest from our labors to gain insight into God’s direction for a new year. From today until September 18 are the 10 Days of Awe, the holiest days of the Jewish calendar. This is joyful time of celebration, but also a time for taking account, becoming awake and alert and looking forward. This 10-day period culminates with the Day of Atonement, or the Day of Redemption, which is a day of fasting, cleansing and reflection. Following that, from September 22 through September 30, we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, a time of celebrating the deliverance of God and His nearness to His people.
God did not name this day as He did the other feast times, therefore it became known as the Day of Blowing (the shofar), or the Feast of Trumpets. The sound of the trumpet is used as an alarm, a call to battle, a sound of victory, rejoicing and celebration. The shofar is a ram’s horn and that symbolizes redemption. God provided Abraham with a ram as substitute sacrifice when he was about to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mt. Moriah. Then God provided His own Son, Yeshua, as the sacrifice to redeem us from sin and restore us to fellowship with God.
As Christians, we gain insight into the heart of God by observing these feasts. They are appointed times designed by God to move us in a yearly cycle of greater dimensions of His Glory and Goodness. As we set ourselves to align with God and His appointed times, we will learn how to move forward to fulfill our destiny and prosper. As the end-times generation, it is vitally important that we learn how to move with God! Throughout this month we will be looking at God’s NOW word to us for the new year. The Hebrew year 5771 is the second year in the Season of Seeing. May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened to see what God sees, hear what He hears and do what He does!
Happy New Year!