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Fall Feasts

Month 7 – The Feast of Trumpets & the New Moon

shofar-newmoonWhat’s the only feast that falls on a new moon? Feast of Trumpets! The Feast of Trumpets always begins on Tishrei 1, the beginning of the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar.  It’s always marked by a new moon.

Genesis 1:14 tells us:

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;”

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Month 6 – Elul: Preparation for the Day of Atonement

On the Hebrew calendar, Elul is the sixth month of the year. On the 10th day of last month – the month of Av – we began the Season of Comfort.  The season of comfort continues seven weeks, until the first day of next month, which is Tishrei 1, the same day as the Feast of Trumpets. So we have seven weeks in the Season of Comfort, Av 10 to Tishrei 1.

Elul 1 also marks 40 days until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which is always on Tishrei 10.

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Keeping the Fall Feasts & Holy Days: When are they and how are they relevant today?

The Lord’s Holy Days, Feast Dates, Jewish Feasts, Appointed Times, Mo’edim — whatever term you use, don’t miss these days!  This year the Fall Feasts begin mid-September and continue into October.  (For specific dates, visit this page.)

As a Christian seeking more intimacy in my walk with Yeshua, learning about, experiencing and keeping these feasts (including the Sabbath) has brought me not only into deeper intimacy with him, but God has showered me with new understanding, unexpected blessings, strengthened faith and fresh excitement daily.  I highly recommend it!

Included here is a list of my blog posts about the Fall Feasts.   (more…)


The 8th Day – The Last Feast is Just the Beginning

penn-cove-etherealShemini Atzeret, or The 8th Day, is the last of the Lord’s Feast days on the calendar, following seven other Feasts and placed on the end of a seven-day Feast, Sukkot / the Feast of Tabernacles.

But the instructions for this day are a bit vague – it is to be a Sabbath with a holy convocation and an offering – much the same as the weekly Sabbath.  What’s the significance of this day?  (more…)


Feast of Trumpets: “A day of complete rest for remembering”

Blow the ShofarOn the Feast of Trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah) we put aside our work and gather with other believers, share a meal, blow our shofar, present an offering and worship just as Yehovah commanded us in Leviticus 23.

But Leviticus 23:24 also tells us this is to be “a day of complete rest for remembering.”  Remembering what, it doesn’t say.  In fact none of the references to the Feast of Trumpets tell us what we’re remembering.

To get some perspective, let’s go back in time about 3,500 years when the observance of this day was first commanded.  (more…)


Our Calling This Shemitah Year, Part 1: The 5 Primary Events of Wrath

Man in CloudsIn 2014, the Feast of Trumpets kicked off the Shemitah year.  Nine days later was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and just three days after that the second of four blood moons occurred.  The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, the Shemitah year, the tetrad of blood moons – what do all these have to do with each other?  What do they have to do with us?  And what can we do to participate in God’s plan? (more…)


Our Calling This Shemitah Year, Part 2: Blood Moons, the Feasts and Our Role

In Part 1, we looked at the progressive revelation of God’s wrath, including the five primary acts of God’s wrath, the five elements common to each, and the three milestones marking where we are in the timeline.  With that in mind, I want to overlay one more aspect that brings us to our current day.

The Shemitah & Blood Moons

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Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 1

Alignment, Fall FeastsHow would you characterize the month of August?  How about September?  Or January?  Just like the Gregorian calendar in which each month reminds us of the season and a mood, the Hebrew sages have determined the spiritual seasons of the year.

The Hebrew month of Elul is considered the start of the “Season of Repentance.”  This season extends 40 days, from Elul 1 to Tishrei 10, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  (more…)


Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 2

Alignment, Fall FeastsIn Part 1, we looked at the Hebrew understanding of the month of Elul, which begins 40 days before Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).  From the days of the Israelites in the wilderness, this period has emerged as a Season of Repentance, specifically repentance from idolatry, and originally the idolatrous Golden Calf.

For us it may not be a statue, figurine or carved image, but idolatry can take many forms.  Repentance is an ongoing process of discovery of sin in our lives and realignment with God’s ways.  In my own journey I’ve found four places where idolatry can hide and have watched God realign my life as I walk through each one.  We’ve discussed the first two: discontentment and following my own plans.  Let’s continue with the third:

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The Day of Atonement: Yeshua Already Paid for That

Crucifixion“…and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matt. 6:12)
…”Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
Forgiveness:  Relinquishing our desire to punish another for their offenses. (Dr. Jerry Cook)

Easy to understand, hard to apply.  But The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur in Hebrew) is all about forgiveness – God’s forgiveness of man, and man’s forgiveness of others.  Yom Kippur (literally translated the Day of Atonements) is the sixth in the seven Biblical Feasts.  It commemorates God’s annual forgiveness of the Israelites as a nation and God’s forgiveness of all through Yeshua’s death.  Likewise, it’s a time when we are to forgive others. (more…)


Thank Goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

SukkahCOVID-19, protests and uprisings, natural disasters, economic instability – the headlines bombard us.  The low level hum of a looming turmoil grows louder.  Thank goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

The Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot in Hebrew, is the seventh and last Feast in God’s holy days.  It looks back to God’s unlimited provision for the Israelites as they sojourned 40 years in the wilderness.  During the seven days of Sukkot, we spend time in our flimsy, homemade shelters to remind us of our complete dependence on God.  Sukkot also looks forward to the Millennial Age where we will “tabernacle” with Yeshua eternally.

But there’s an often overlooked aspect to this Feast.  (more…)