Rosh Hashanah & the Ten Days of Awe
God is Transitioning You into Your New Season
by Matt Sorger
A TIME OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSITION
Rosh Hashanah is one of the highest holy days on the Jewish calendar. God works in times and seasons and never does anything haphazardly. Over the last 14 years since God first launched us out into the prophetic healing ministry, I always noticed that each year September would be a significant month spiritually for us. It was in September of 2002 that our ministry was birthed and each September following God has brought a significant change and transition. September marks the first month of the original Jewish calendar, with Rosh Hashanah marking the first day of the New Year. The Jewish Feasts and Holy Days mark important times and seasons in the Spirit. God still works in line with His original calendar.
ALIGNMENTS ARE HAPPENING
September, coming into the Jewish New Year, is often a time of transition and change. When the Lord brings change, there comes a realignment of things and there is a cutting away that happens. This brings a realignment of the Body so that we are in the right place at the right time for the purposes of the Kingdom. I believe for many in the Body of Christ that they are entering into a new season in their lives where God is calling them to leave the old behind and step into the new. Things of the past that have hindered and impeded our forward motion must be left behind if we are to move upward in God’s purpose and call. It truly is a time where God is stripping and removing everything that would hinder our race in Him. As we transition into the new, we must understand what He is doing and what things He is requiring of us to leave behind. This transition will be different for each one of us depending on God’s unique plan and destiny for our lives. We must have an ear to hear Him in this season.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO CARBON COPY OLD PATTERNS
God is breaking out of the box. We must be very careful in this next season not to pattern ourselves after models of the past, even good models. We must not carbon copy ourselves after patterns of ministry that worked in the last season. God is doing a new thing. To move into the new wineskin, we must remain very pliable and sensitive to what God is doing and how He is moving. This will require a keen sensitivity to His voice and a boldness not to blend in and go with the flow. It will require a heart of total obedience and death to self.
Lev. 23:23-32 share about the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement.
There is both historical and prophetic significance in each feast. The first three feasts deal with the first coming of Christ, while the last three look forward to His Second Coming. Each feast will be fulfilled historically through the life of Christ.
Jesus said in Mt.5:17 “Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”
Col. 2:16-17 also indicates that these feasts are a “shadow of things to come.”
Things that have been concealed in the Old Testament have now been revealed through the life of Christ.
BEGINNING A NEW YEAR SPIRITUALLY
September 13, 2015 marks the day of Rosh Hashanah, beginning the spiritual New Year. This day begins the period known as the Ten Days of Awe and ends in Yom Kippur and the Day of Atonement.
Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Feast of Trumpets. According to the World Book Encyclopedia, during this festival, the Jewish people pray for God’s forgiveness, for a good new year and for long life.
During this spiritual season, the eyes of God are searching our hearts. It is a time to:
1. Humble ourselves before God and let Him search and judge our hearts. We must have a contrite attitude and repent of all sin. It’s a time of fresh consecration.
2. Pray God’s blessing over the New Year.
3. Pray God’s blessing for a long and healthy life in Christ.
The World Book Encyclopedia indicates that Jewish services on Rosh Hashanah emphasize judgment, penitence and forgiveness. A shofar is blown to call the people to a place of repentance of sin and to be awakened to holy service to God.
SET YOUR DIRECTION FOR THE COMING YEAR
The position we take before God will determine the direction of the rest of the year. What we sow now will release a harvest for the coming year. Rosh Hashanah is known as the “Head of the Year”. Jewish tradition says that this day marks the anniversary of the creation of the world and is the day when God takes stock of creation. Just as the head directs the body so God’s judgments on Rosh Hashanah direct the events of the coming year.
I shared earlier that it is very important what we sow during this season. The decisions and choices we make will set the course for the coming year. The seeds we sow now in our lives will determine the harvest we experience in the year to come.
When I talk about God’s judgment some will jump on that and say, ‘Yeah! Man is so sinful God is just going to destroy the world!’ When I say judgment, I don’t mean God’s destruction. God’s judgment is always redemptive and His discipline is always in love and with encouragement. Correction that comes without encouragement is not from God’s heart. His discipline always encourages us to rise higher; it never discourages us nor knocks us down. That is usually the work of a critical, judgmental spirit.
A GOOD TIME TO TAKE STOCK
It’s a good time to go before the Lord and ask Him to search your heart and purge out everything that has crept in that could offend Him.
As we move into the next season God has for us, the position to take is that of humility, searching and judging our own hearts so that we ourselves are not judged. It is also a time to pray for God’s blessing and favor on the New Year.
Following Rosh Hashanah is the Ten Days of Awe leading into The Day of Atonement.
The Day of Atonement is the day the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and apply the blood of the sacrifice to the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people from the previous year. There was no barrier between the High Priest and the full manifested glory of God.
I believe that as we humble ourselves before God and embrace the sacrifice of the cross in a new way in our lives, we will experience a depth of intimacy and communion with God deeper than we have ever known before. There will be no barrier between us and the glory as we embrace the work of the cross. Humility opens the way for us to go deep into a pure communion with God.
It will be out of this place that we reap the amazing harvest that is awaiting us. Not only a harvest of God’s mercy and love in our own lives, but a harvest of global proportions as we see the heart of humanity turn towards God in this last hour. Get ready to move in His extraordinary power based in a life of holiness, humility and extraordinary love.
OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW
I recently preached a new prophetic teaching series on what God is doing in our lives at this moment. It’s called Out with the Old - In with the New. These messages have struck a chord in people more than anything I have preached recently. They carry the heart and mind of God. This three part series is available in both CD and MP3. I encourage you to get it today and understand the season you are in.