Teshuvah

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Teshuvah began at sunset on August 23 and goes through September 30. I was not familiar with all the Jewish feasts and festivals until I became interested in Hebraic studies. I love learning Hebrew words and phrases, and the word pictures and how God did not miss a beat. They say the devil is in the details but it’s really God. The Bible is rich in symbolism, layer after layer of love and compassion from the Father.

Teshuvah is a forty day period including the fall feasts and is considered a time of repentance. It is a good time for believers to draw nearer to God also, whether Christian or Messianic Jew or even if you’ve never heard of it, Teshuvah is a great time to rethink your life. It is also a custom that all names are in the Book of Life and He only takes them out when you die, as an unbeliever, so this is a time to reflect. The traditional Christian believe is that writes you in after salvation, but either way, this is the season for soul searching.

It is a good time for reflecting and partial fasting. I have heard that those who are ” on the fence ” will have to decide to go with God or not. It is believed that God makes plans for your next year. Of course the Jewish New Year approaches as well, Rosh Hashanah, it is September 21st, and since our months are different the days are different.

Teshuvah is the 29th of Av, and ends Tishrei 10, our August and September. These are High Holy Days and it is believed by many that the Lord’s return could very well be in the fall, since He was crucified at Passover. There are seven feasts in all. Teshuvah begins a time of repentance before the fall feasts, and contains ten days of awe. So it would not be surprising to see a shift this year in prophetic ministry. I have seen a lot of healing but there is also a spiritual attack against believers and prayer warriors. Many of the ladies I have prayed with have fallen ill.

The enemy never wants us to repent or draw closer to Jesus, but it doesn’t matter what he says, he is not our focus. The Lord is! And should He decide to return, I want to be ready, nothing is as important.

When the trumpet sounds announcing Rosh Hashanah, there are loud blasts and this could be the last trump, because though we know not the day or the hour, Jesus left us lots of clues and the new year actually spans across two days,  It was necessary for the shofar to call the Jews over the two days giving them both time to hear and travel to the feast. Rosh Hashanah was also known as the Feast of Trumpets, or Yom Teruah, which sounds a cry, perhaps battle, a shout, or joy. We will soon see what is taking place. Many are concerned about the Solar Eclipse, being a bad sign, but I choose to believe, He is still dongs wonders in heaven and on earth, and His return would be welcome to believers, the only thing is that unbelievers need to know His love and forgiveness.

We truly would not know the day or the hour and we can look forward to the Jewish year 5778, this year had God’s perfect number, can you even imagine what one up on that is? The number eight is associated with liberty, salvation and freedom. It was the number of people on the ark and Jesus is a type of ark. He is our beloved High Priest who enters the Holy of Holies for us on the day of Atonement.

Like the Jews we can wear and walk in white and praise His name, we should be looking up for our redeemer not only lives but draws nigh. Rebecca Jones

As I pondered whether to encourage readers to join me on a 40 day partial fast or something special to do. I  felt the Lord declaring it a 40 day rest period. Just love and let Him love you. Rest from being weary and heavy laden. His yoke is easy and light.  Spend time, quiet , quality time with the Lord. Let Teshuvah be not only a time of repentance but reflection and resting in His love, His peace, His joy and presence. Matthew 28, Hebrews 4

2 thoughts on “Teshuvah”

  1. I’ll be honest and say that I do not know a whole lot about the Jewish feasts and festivals. It is not something that has been taught in any church that I’ve been in in my entire life. That being said, I heard someone speak very briefly on it 2 years ago and it has peaked my interest ever since. A mentor/friend also attends a church that celebrates Passover, etc. so she has told me a little about it. Thanks for this little bit more information. Blessings to you!

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