The Month of Tishrei

We are now in the month of Tishrei, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. All sevens are special to God and dedicated to Him. This month contains several appointed times with God which are called the Fall Feasts. God has given us these appointments as a time to return to Him and to prepare us to walk in His plans for the new year. The Fall Feasts are an appointed time to awaken, to allow God to search our hearts, to cleanse us, and to draw us into fellowship with Him and experience His glory as we begin the new year.

At sundown on September 18th we began four different appointed times at once. We began the new year 5781 which is celebrated as Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year; we began the new month of Tishrei; we began the first of the Fall Feasts which is the Feast of Trumpets; and we began the Ten Days of Awe (Repentance) which continues until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

The Feast of Trumpets is celebrated with the blast of the shofar. It signals a time to awaken. God is calling us out of our slumber, our apathy, our indifference, and our fear. Shofars are not melodic instruments. Their sound is meant to pierce our soul! Shofars are used to awaken us, to declare war, to announce the new moon, and as a shout of victory over sin and death. The shofar is blown at different times throughout the year. The Jews blow the shofar every day during the month of Elul, the month that precedes Tishrei. They conclude with a blast of the shofar on the first of Tishrei, the Feast of Trumpets, as a call to awaken. It is sometimes called the “last trump.”  Jewish tradition states that the creation of the world was on the first day of Tishrei, so the Jews also celebrate the birthday of the world on this day!

On Rosh Hashana we begin the Ten Days of Awe (Repentance). These ten days end on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The Ten Days of Awe are meant as a time of introspection. For the believer it is a time to allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal any unconfessed sin in our heart. This is a time to spend with God, to listen for His voice, and allow Him to show us any area in our heart that needs to be cleansed. Write down anything He reveals to you during this time.

The next part of the Fall Feasts is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. This is a solemn day of fasting, a time to confess our sin before God, and to be restored by His atonement. Pull out that list of things that God showed you during the Ten Days of Awe and confess every sin and put it under the blood of Jesus. Then tear up that list and destroy it after you have confessed your sin before Him. Thank Him that His blood has cleansed you and made you white as snow. Take time for communion to remember the great sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sin. This is considered the holiest day of the year by the Jews. The Day of Atonement is to end with a trumpet blast and is sometimes referred to as the “great trump.”

The last part of the Fall Feasts is Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Booths, Feast of Ingathering, or simply “The Feast.” It always begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei. It begins five days after Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 15 days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Feast of Tabernacles is a time of feasting, and a time to tabernacle with God. After being awakened and allowing the Holy Spirit to search our hearts, we have confessed our sin and put it all under the blood of Jesus. We are now ready to enter boldly into God’s presence and spend time with Him.

This is the time we remember how the Israelites lived in tents or sukkahs in the wilderness and how God tabernacled with them in the middle of the camp. He wants to come and tabernacle with us and He wants us to experience His presence and His glory. We are to remember His goodness and to talk of the many great things He has done as we feast with one another. Take time to get together with friends and family, have a meal together, talk about the goodness of the Lord, and expect His glory to show up.

Some general characteristics of this month:

This is the month to touch. Remember the woman who pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment (Mathew 9). Press in and touch Him, feel His presence, and allow His healing power to flow into you.

This month is linked with arousal and awakening, as we saw with the blast of the shofar that begins the Feast of Trumpets, but this month is also linked with bitterness. Ask God to help you to be awakened to any bitterness in your heart. You do not want to carry bitterness into the new year. Confess it before the Lord and get rid of it!

Tishrei is associated with the constellation of Libra (the scales). Libra signifies the deeds of man being weighed and judgement being released. With all the corruption in our government, we need to cry out to God to weigh the deeds of man and to release judgement where it is due. God is a just judge! Cry out to Him for a righteous justice system, especially during this month. The heavens declare the glory of God as the sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. We need to pull down the Word of God above us and see it manifest in our midst.

Tishrei is associated with the Hebrew letter LAMED which signifies returning to our absolute source. Decree this month that things that have been scattered will return to you! This can encompass many areas of our life. Ask Holy Spirit to show you what has been scattered in your life and call it back, in Jesus Name!

This month is associated with the Tribe of Ephraim which means “Be fruitful and multiply.” Ephraim was the second son of Joseph. Ephraim went before the firstborn Manasseh. Declare that you will be fruitful and multiply this year and remember that God can bring you into an unexpected place to receive a blessing.

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I want to add something extra to the notes this month in relation to Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement.

The year 5780 has been an unprecedented year. It’s been shocking to see the events that have unfolded before us each day and we’ve been hearing from the prophets that the fall is going to become even more difficult. God is visiting us in judgement by bringing calamities to warn us to turn back to Him. He is actually bringing us hope that if we turn from our sin and call out to Him, He will bring healing and revival to our land. When a doctor tells a patient that he is dying from a disease, he tells the patient that if he will follow his protocol to get well, he will have a good prognosis. God is telling His people the protocol to see healing in our land. The protocol is II Chronicles 7:14. This verse says that “IF my people will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and TURN from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, I will FORGIVE their sin, and HEAL their land.”

We are standing at a crossroads in America. We have a window of time for America to turn back to God. America is following in the footsteps of ancient Israel before judgement fell upon them. God gave them warning after warning, but they did not heed the warnings. Judgement fell and they were taken into captivity.

We need to take this appointed time of the Ten Days of Awe (Repentance) and the Day of Atonement during the Fall Feasts and not only repent for our own personal sin but repent for the sins of our nation. We need to cry out to God for His mercy upon our nation.

Beginning Friday, 9/18/20, until Monday, 9/28/20, there is a call for a national movement to turn our hearts toward God and call out for revival in this land. On Saturday, 9/26/20, there will be a rally on the Washington Mall as people from around the country come to meet in a solemn assembly and fast and pray for our nation. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, is organizing the rally called The Return. He is the one that wrote the book called The Harbinger. He recently published his second book called Harbinger II. It tells of more harbingers (or signs) that have happened since 2001. These harbingers show that we are following in the same path as ancient Israel.

After 9/11, we were brought to our knees as a nation, but instead of staying on our knees and calling out to God, we joined together and said, “We are strong, we will rebuild, we can overcome our enemies.” We, as a nation, did not repent and turn from our wicked ways. We did not acknowledge God as the only one who can bring healing to our land. We looked to our own strength.

I implore you to participate in this event of The Return in whatever way you can – by going there, by hosting a group at your home, by hosting a Zoom group, or by participating by yourself at home.  This is a time to lay down our divisions, come together as the body of Christ, flow together in unity, and seek the face of God to bring revival to the church, and healing to our land.

If you want more information on The Return, please go to www.TheReturnWebsite.org. God bless you all! Shanah Tova!

All information in this First Fruits Recap on the month of Tisrei, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce.