Season of Our Rejoicing

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This month finds us celebrating 3 different feasts of YHWH. It began with the Day of Trumpets, Yom Teruah. Due to the fact that our Messiah fulfilled the Spring Feasts during His time on earth, it seems probable that He is going to fulfill the fall feasts in His second coming. Many believe that He will return on the Day of Trumpets! How exciting! This feast always falls on the first day of the 7th month on YHWH’s calendar. The Gregorian calendar is not YHWH’s calendar, so it is not on July 7th. =)

10 days after Yom Teruah is the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This day is set apart for “afflicting ourselves” by fasting and repenting. Of course we should be continually repenting of our sin, but this day in particular is set aside for concentrated effort. In Scripture, nearly every time there is fasting and repentance it is accompanied by wearing sackcloth and ashes. Any time there is a practice in Scripture, we should take a serious look at it and ask ourselves why we are not doing it. Why do believers in our day not wear sackcloth and ashes to accompany their repentance? What DO we do that would equally demonstrate the sincerity of our heart? Why NOT try this some time in humility?

The final fall feast is the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkoth. History indicates that the Messiah came for the first time as a baby during Sukkot.   It begins on the 15th day of the 7th month and goes for 8 days. Does our Creator know how to “throw a party”? You bet! In fact, He has allocated a portion of the annual tithe to purchase food for the feasts! Deuteronomy 14:26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before YHWH your Elohim and rejoice, you and your household. Often groups of believers gather together in a camping atmosphere and fill the week with fun family activities. The 8th day is a special day of Feasting and rejoicing!

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