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30 Days to Yom Teruah

Introduction

Yom Teruah is the beginning of the Fall Feasts of YHVH. Ten days later is Yom Kippur and five days after that is Succot or Feast of Tabernacles. Traditionally the month of Elul that precedes Tishrei is a month of fasting. The fasting is generally continued through Yom Kippur which traditionally is set apart as a day of afflicting one’s soul through fasting. The introduction I received to this forty day period of fasting was this: the first thirty days were spent fasting and praying for the condition of me; what needed repentance, forgiveness, restitution in my life, and in my interaction with others. The remaining ten days to Yom Kippur were spent in fasting and prayer for Israel.

As I have studied and participated in the feast cycles of YHVH for almost ten years now I am beginning to see and understand the greatness of the day known as Yom Teruah, or The Day of Trumpets. Every year I have celebrated the fall feasts of YHVH the emphasis has been on Yom Kippur as the day we must fast and pray and make sure we are in right relationship with YHVH. But in 1Thessalonians 4:15-17 the text says: “For this we say to you by the word of YHVH, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of YHVH, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For YHVH Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of Elohim; and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet YHVH in the air, and thus we shall always be with YHVH.” This is Yom Teruah or The Day of Trumpets.

In Revelation 20:11-15 the text says: “And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every one of them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life he was thrown into the lake of fire.” This is Yom Kippur, the final judgment. Would it be too far a stretch to think that Yom Teruah begins the thousand year reign of Y’Shua Messiah and Yom Kippur ends His thousand year reign? Following the final judgment of Revelation 20, John tells us of the glorious coming of a new heaven and a new earth and the holy city coming down out of heaven from Elohim. Revelation 20:3-4, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of Elohim is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and Elohim Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’” Does this sound like Succot to you?

The times I have been in Israel for the fall feasts I have heard this: If when Yom Teruah comes you realize your life isn’t square with G_d or you’re not all you should be spiritually, then you have ten days to get your life in order before the judgment day of Yom Kippur. There is still time to do what you need to do to get your name written in ‘the book’. 355 days for me, 10 days for YHVH, that should be enough – right? I would like to suggest to you that this attitude is perilous to the salvation of your soul. Why wait for the last minute? Why not be a part of the first ingathering?

During this month of Elul take some time to think, pray and fast, about your relationship to Y’Shua as His Bride. He is coming again let us be ready!

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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