Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Preparing for Judgment

God warns that our hearts are wicked and deceitful.  Therefore to prepare to stand before God, we must allow the Holy Spirit to show us our heart as God sees it. 

The Lord our Judge

There is an aspect of the Jewish tradition for the Days of Awe that has biblical truth. One day, we WILL all pass before the King, God Most High, for a thorough inspection. At that time, He will pay close attention to everything we did, said and thought.

A Memorial Blowing

The most common name for this first holy day, Rosh Hashanna, is incorrect and has no basis except tradition.  The literal translation of this first holy day is “a memorial blowing.”

A Double Holiday

At sundown on September 25 the first of the fall holy days begins.  Because it begins the month on the Hebrew calendar it is always a double feast day.  

Tashlich

Another tradition, commemorated on the first day of the feast, by the more observant, is “Tashlich” based on God’s promise to “cast their sins into the sea.”  The men symbolically cast off the sins of the previous year by tossing pebbles or breadcrumbs into flowing water.

The Days of Awe

The Jewish people have several traditions for this season.  Most prominent, observed by almost all the Jewish people, are “The Days of Awe” which are the ten days between the first two fall feasts (Trumpets and Atonement). They believe that on the first day God opens two books in Heaven:

The Book of Life
The Book of Death

The Fall Feasts

God’s calendar begins in the spring; therefore, the fall feasts are in the seventh month, corresponding to our September/October.  

Introduction

According to the Biblical calendar that begins in the spring, the feasts of the fall begin in the seventh month.

God’s unique relationship with Zion

The Ark of the Covenant had been taken and lost in a war against the Philistines (1 Sam. 4:3-11). The Philistines took the Ark to several places in their country, and at each place there was trouble (1 Sam. 5:1-6).

God’s unique relationship with Israel

Today “Zion” relates to all of Jerusalem and even all of Israel. The term “Zionism” describes a political and religious movement which believes that all of the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob will be occupied by the Jewish people.