The Jewish New Year and the Significance of this Coming Sunday, September 13th, 2015

shofarObserving the history of the Nation of Israel in scripture, God ordained specific seasons, times or Holy days that celebrated, in visual and sometimes dramatic form, the relationship God had with His people. Remember, God’s kingdom does not follow our calendar but Jewish dates He established long ago. For instance, our traditional New Year begins on January 1. However, the Jewish New Year begins in the fall with the Feast of Trumpets on Elul 29. Known as Rosh Hashanah, the secular Hebrew calendar marks this day as the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah occurs during the season called Teshuvah. Teshuvah means, “to turn or to repent.” It is not a Biblical feast recognized in the Torah (5 books of Moses), but the concept from which it originates is from the book of Exodus.

Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai receiving the Commandments from God (Exodus 24:18). This time was marked by the feast of Pentecost. After returning to camp at the base of the mountain, God’s people were dancing before an idol, a golden calf. Moses in anger broke the commandment stones, illustrating how Israel had broken God’s law. He then ascended for another 40 days to the top of the mountain to intercede and repent on behalf of Israel’s disobedience (Exodus 34:28). God’s decision to destroy Israel was reversed by Moses’ intercession and repentance. This second forty days became known as Teshuvah, the season of repentance and turning to God.

The custom is to blow the shofar or trumpets for the 29 days of Elul. This year Elul began on August 16th. The purpose was to awaken sleepy hearts and minds and focus on God. At this time, a person searches their heart, turning to God and asking for forgiveness for any sins, failures or offenses they have committed. They also focus on others. Each person is to evaluate their personal relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Any repentance and forgiveness toward others must be one at this season. Letters are written asking to bless friends and inscribe their names in the Book of Life. Of course, If a believer sins, they should immediately repent and not wait for this season. However, this time is a united repentance, just like a nationally called fast or a national call to prayer. The entire church should spend time before God.

In parallel, this Sunday, on September 13th, the Jewish New Year, or Feast of Trumpets will begin. It is Elul 29. This marks the beginning of Tishri, the first month on the Jewish civil calendar. From September 13th through September 23rd/24th are the 10 Days of Awe. This is believed to be the time when God opened a special window for prayers to be received and answers to come. It is also believed to be a time when God makes decisions for the following year, which are sealed on the Day of Atonement or final judgment, beginning this year at sundown on September 23rd, and completes the 40 days of Teshuvah or repentance.

In addition, we are also in the final days of the Shemitah, which also concludes on September 13th  or Elul 29. This was the year of rest for the land that Israel was to observe every seven years. When they obeyed the Lord, God sent them bountiful financial blessings. When Israel ceased obeying God, the Shemitah year became a financial reversal instead of a blessing. It should be noted that these financial cycles occurred every seven years. It is important to note that significant world events have occurred in Shemitah years around the time of Rosh Hashanah. Please note just the last 50 years:

  •  Construction began on the World Trade Center in the Shemitah year of 1966. 7 years later, it would be dedicated in the Shemitah year of 1973. Not only was this a Shemitah year, but it was also the year we passed the approval of abortion and at the conclusion of this Sabbath year was the financial crash of 1973 on Wall Street, as the nations domestic production shrunk by 70%. Israel had a practice called Molech worship where babies were  sacrificed on an altar of fire. They were judged for it. They killed thousands, we have aborted millions- over 50 million.
  • 7 years later in the Shemitah year of 1980 we experienced a double dip recession, interest rates were at 20% and the stock market began another down turn with a financial reset.
  • 7 years later, in the Shemitah year of 1987, we saw the greatest stock market percentage crash up to that point in American history, Black Monday. The market would lose 33% of its value. It was another financial reset in reverse.
  • It appeared there was a continual buildup in the 90’s that would lead to something unimaginable in the fall of 2001- a Shemitah year. And on September 11th , near the final days on the Hebrew calendar of this Shemitah year, we remember the horrible accounts of 9/11. Isn’t it interesting that Muslim kids are taught when big towers fall, it is means the rise of Islam.
  • When the market opened back up after 911, it opened up on Elul 29, the final day of the Shemitah. We then had the Greatest stock market crash to that time in American history. This was another backwards financial reset.
  • In 2008, 7 years later in a Shemitah year, the fall financial crash surpassed everything in U.S. history. It occurred on Elul 29.

The Shemitah year concludes this Sunday, Sept 13 2015, on Rosh Hashanah, Elul 29 and runs from sundown on Sunday to sundown on Tuesday. We are also in a series of 4 blood moons, 2 solar eclipses, and a world that is fixated on murder, war, nuclear weapons, forsaking the nation of Israel, spiritual apostasy and lawlessness; in addition to recently seeing the greatest, one day, stock market loss in history. I’m not attempting to create fear with anyone of us but we would be wise to recognize the patterns the Lord has established to speak to us.

God can do anything he wants and I’m not saying something has to take place, but everything is converging in the fall of 2015. Here is God’s pattern:

  • God will call people back to himself by the words of the prophets. 
  • God  will grant economic prosperity.
  • God  will affect the economy in the reverse. 
  • God  will let immature and inexperienced leaders to come to power.
  • God will allow the Borders of the Nation to be Breached. 
  • God  will remove Protection and allow foreign enemies to attack and dominate both Economically, Spiritually and Militarily.

In light of this, it would be wise for us to follow the pattern of repentance and do these 5 simple things:

  1. Get our Personal Life in Order.
  2. Get our Family Life in Order.
  3. Get our Relationship Life in Order.   
  4. Get our Financial Life in Order.
  5. Get our Giving Life in Order.

Remember, God always gives us the hope of His promises to us and can “reset” our lives and change our tomorrow, today!

In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not any more. Now you comfort me. See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.”  Isaiah 12:1-6

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