What will happen in the upcoming year is written in God’s book on Rosh Hashanah. Ten days later on Yom Kippur, God’s books are closed and your fate for the upcoming year is sealed. But these ten days are Days of Awe! Your response to God during this time may cause Him to change His mind and rewrite your book!
The Days of Awe begin at the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) and continue through the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). These are the high holy days and are also referred to as the Ten Days of Repentance.
According to Jewish tradition, on the Day of Trumpets, God writes in His book each person’s fate for the coming year.
However, during the ten Days of Awe, through prayer, repentance and giving, a person can change one’s fate—so that God changes His mind and alters what He wrote down on the Day of Trumpets.
But on the Day of Atonement, God’s books are sealed and everything that is going to happen in a person’s life in the upcoming year is determined by God.
So, the Day of Trumpets wakes us up to realize that the Kingdom of God is near, so our response as the Body of Christ (as well as everyone in the world) should be a time of humble repentance and seeking the Lord.
Our repentance should be more than just turning away from our past sins and wicked ways; it is turning to the Lord to walk in a new lifestyle and new way of life.
- Mark 1:15. “The kingdom of God is at hand; repent.”
- 2 Chronicles 7:14. “Seek My face and turn from their wicked ways.”
- Hosea 6:3. “He will come to us like the rain.”
- Acts 3:19. “Repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
- “During these days of repentance, God will respond.”
- “There needs to be a flood tide of repentance. I believe it must start with the Body of Christ, but then it must go throughout all the world.”
- “However, by the day of Yom Kippur, the books are sealed and one’s fate or one’s life then is determined by God for the coming year.”
- “I think that sometimes our repentance can just become an end in itself. We can repent of what we’ve done past tense, but when we turn to the Lord, it’s a correction of our life.”
“Lord, give us your strength. Give us your grace that we may walk fully in these Days of Awe and that we prepare ourselves in these ten days of repentance, so that we are ready to appropriate your Day of Atonement as it comes forth. Amen.”
- On Rosh Hashanah, God writes down our fate for the coming year.
- We have ten Days of Awe for prayer, repentance, giving, and faith.
- On Yom Kippur, God may change His mind and rewrite the book for our life.
- In repentance we turn to the Lord, so we no longer live the same lifestyle.