Elul: A Time to Turn

Dear friends, the fall feasts of Israel are right around the corner and, in case you don’t know, those feasts are:

  • Feast of Trumpets, known in Hebrew as Rosh HaShanah (Israel’s civil New Year)
  • Day of Atonement, known in Hebrew as Yom Kippur
  • Feast of Tabernacles, known in Hebrew as Sukkot

We studied these feasts (as well as the 4 spring feasts) before, but I will remind you that each feast points to Jesus the Messiah!  Here’s a rundown:

  • Passover: Jesus is the Passover Lamb who died for our sins
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    Unleavened Bread

    Feast of Unleavened Bread: Jesus was broken and bruised for us, and was pierced for our transgressions.  (We see those signs in unleavened bread.)

  • Feast of First Fruits: Jesus rose from the dead, becoming the “first fruits,” as we will follow Him in resurrection life
  • Pentecost: When Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent us the Holy Spirit
  • Feast of Trumpets: as believers, we must sound the trumpet, warning others of what is coming.  Also, the trumpet will sound at the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:52).
  • Yom Kippur: Time to turn!  On the Day of Atonement, Jewish eyes will be open to see the Messiah and they will mourn (Zechariah 12:10) and repent…and all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26)!
  • Feast of Tabernacles: Jesus will gather all believers (Jew and Gentile) to Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

So, you see that the spring feasts are already fulfilled and the fall feasts point toward Jesus’ second coming!  These are really exciting times!

But the Jews spend a month (Elul) preparing for the fall feasts, and Elul started last Sunday!  Even today, Jews are fasting, praying and repenting ahead of the Feast of Trumpets (or Rosh HaShanah – the Jewish civil New Year).

Read about Elul and the preparation for Rosh HaShanah here. Enjoy!

BTW – Why not join us for a special 2-week experience of The Fall Feasts in a Jewish Home: Unveiling the Wonder.  Just in time for the feasts, special friends, Stan and Jacqui Meyer (Jews for Jesus) will share with us on September 2 and 9 at the Central Campus of CalvaryPHX, 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be interactive and very enjoyable as we celebrate Jesus the Messiah in the feasts!  (Directions and more info here.)

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