Yom Kippur and The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Jews for Jesus

“May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life” is the most common greeting for the New Year of 5779.

From the time of Moses onward, the roll call of the redeemed has been closely linked with atonement (reconciliation with God). The Book of Life held much meaning for other world religions as well.

The ancient belief can also be traced to Mesopotamia. Babylonian religious writings speak of “The Tablets of Transgressions” and “The Tablets of Destiny,” which record man’s fate. If one’s name was written in the sin-recording tablets, it was blotted out of the Tablets of Destiny. According to this legend, every year all the gods got together in a special room in heaven called “The Room of Fate.” Marduk, who was the chief god, presided over the meeting. Nabu, the god of wisdom and literature, took notes, recording each man’s fate on these tablets. Again, the “Book of Life” concept appears in tablets from the neo-Assyrian period, and there seems to be a hint of the same idea in an ancient Sumerian poem.

Because of these writings, some modern Jewish “scholars” believe that the Sefer Hayyim (Book of Life) was adopted into Jewish tradition as a result of the Babylonian influence. Who’s to say, however, that the Babylonians weren’t influenced by the ancient Jewish revelation before it was transcribed by the Bible writers?

Other theories have been put forth as to the origin of the Book of Life concept. Some say it corresponds to the civil list, or register, in ancient Judea which recorded all the names of the fully qualified citizens. The idea of a heavenly register, they say, might have been derived from this earthly system so that membership in the Book of Life would mean membership in the divine commonwealth. The Mishnah states that the Book of Life records man’s deeds: “Know what is above thee—a seeing eye and a hearing ear, and thy deeds written in a book.” (Avot 2.1) The Sayings of the Fathers also compares life to a shop with its open ledger of credit and debit. Following this concept to its conclusion, good deeds can cancel out bad deeds or vice versa. Or, as R. Simeon B. Yohai put it, “Even if he is perfectly righteous all of his life, but rebels at the end, he destroys his former good deeds, for it is said, ‘…The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression…’ (Ezekiel 33:12.) And even if one is completely wicked all his life but repents at the end, he is not reproached with his wickedness, for it is said, ‘…and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness… (ibid).’” (Kiddushin 40a-b.)

One of the most common interpretations on judgment and forgiveness is found in Rosh Hashanah 16b:

“Three books are opened on Rosh Hashanah: one for the wholly righteous, one for the wholly wicked, and one for the intermediates. The wholly righteous are at once inscribed in the Book of Life; the wholly wicked are at once inscribed in the book of death and the intermediates are held suspended from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. If they are found worthy, they are inscribed for life; if found unworthy, they are inscribed for death.”

Jewish liturgical writings also mention the Sefer Hayyim: Zakhrenu Le-Hayyim (“Remember us unto life”) is a prayer that is said in the daily service from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It reads, “Remember us unto life, O King who delightest in life, and inscribe us in the Book of Life, for Thine own sake, O God of life.”

U-Netanneh Tokef, a most poignant and stirring liturgical piece, describes what the Day of Judgment will be like: “Let us declare the mighty holiness of the day, for it is solemn and awesome.” The prayer acknowledges, “True it is that Thou judgest and givest reproof, Thou discernest and bearest witness, Thou recordest and sealest, Thou recountest and measurest; Thou rememberest things forgotten. Thou unfoldest the book of remembrance, and it speaks for itself, for every man’s seal is found therein.”

Up to that point, the prayer sounds very ominous, giving man little hope for a positive verdict. But then it concludes with three ways to alleviate the severity of the judgment.

1. Teshuvah, It is usually translated “repentance,” however a literal translation would render it more accurately, “return.” One is not to become a new person, but to return to the “goodness” that is inherent in him according to rabbinical understanding.

2. Tefillah is the second way to making things right. It is usually translated as “prayer” and connotes “attaching oneself.” Man is to strengthen his attachment to God.

3. Tzedakah, the last route to forgiveness, comes from the Hebrew word meaning “justice,” and is translated “charity.” Justice demands that man give to others.

According to rabbinic thought, it is these three: Teshuvah, Tefillah and Tzedakah, that will insure one an inscription in the Book of Life. In Hagigah 27a we read, “At the time when the Temple stood, the altar brought atonement for a person; now a person’s table brings atonement for him (through the hospitality shown to a poor guest).” In other words, without Temple sacrifice for our sin, we can now rely on acts of charity to gain us entrance in God’s Book of Life.

Yet the Bible paints somewhat of a different picture of this ledger, its origin and its contents.

Moses knew who originated the Book of Life. When he pleaded with God atop Mount Horeb after the children of Israel committed the great sin of the golden calf, he cried, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. But now, if Thou wilt, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Thy book which Thou hast written!” (Exodus 32:31, 32.) So God Himself is the author and keeper of the Book of Life.

What is recorded in the book? According to the Bible, everything! King David remarks that even his tears are entered in that heavenly journal. (Psalm 56:8.) The Psalmist also speaks of the fact that the days that were ordained him were written in God’s book before he was even born. (Psalm 139:16.)

And who will be blotted out of the book? God’s response to Moses’ plea for the children of Israel was “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.” (Exodus 32:33).

But everyone has sinned against the Almighty. Does this mean that according to the Bible all will be blotted out of the book of life? No. God is just, but he is also merciful. In His mercy, He has always provided a means of atonement, so that we could choose life.

The Day of Atonement (Yom ha-Kippurim) is first mentioned in Leviticus 16 and 23. It is a solemn day, accented by fasting and praying to God for forgiveness of the sins committed against Him. In the Temple days, the High Priest was the key figure in mediating between the people and God. This one day of the year, he entered the Holy of Holies. This one day of the year, he took a live goat, laid his hands upon its head and confessed “all the iniquities of the Israelites and all their transgressions, and even all their sins.” Thus he transferred, in symbol, the sins of the people onto the sacrifice animal. This scapegoat was made the victim, the substitute for the human sinner. In accepting the substitutionary sacrifice, God could inscribe His people into the Book of Life.

Therefore, it makes sense that the liturgy for the Day of Atonement concludes with a prayer for inscription in the Book of Life, but with the plea that one be sealed in it.

With the Temple destroyed, the priesthood disbanded, and the cessation of the sacrifices, the rabbis felt they had to improvise. They rationalized, “Repentance and works of charity are man’s intercessors before God’s throne. ” (Shab. 32a.) “Sincere repentance is equivalent to the rebuilding of the Temple, the restoration of the altar, and the offering of all sacrifices.” (Pesik., ed. Buber 24.158; Lev. R. 7.; Sanh. 43b.) However, the Bible does not teach these as ways of being inscribed into the Book of Life, for there is no access to forgiveness without a mediator, an intercessor. Moses fulfilled that role when he pleaded with God not to blot the children of Israel out of His book. The High Priests did likewise.

Who can plead our case today? Only God Himself. And that He did, in the person of Jesus. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, the prophet John heralded Him as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” Jesus served as the substitutionary sacrifice, the “scape-lamb” of God.

In the Machzor, the prayerbook for the Day of Atonement we read:

“Our righteous anointed is departed from us: horror hath seized us, and we have none to justify us. He hath borne the yoke of our iniquities and our transgression, and is wounded because of our transgression. He beareth our sins on his shoulder, that he may find pardon for our iniquities. We shall be healed by His wound, at the time that the Eternal will create Him (the Messiah) as a new creature.”

Form of Prayers For Day of Atonement. Revised Ed. pp. 287-88. Rosenbaum & Werbelowsky, New York, 1890

With our sins upon Jesus, God’s righteous anointed, He can look upon us as righteous and worthy to be entered into the Book of Life.

Jesus told those who believed He was God’s anointed, “…rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:20.) Does it seem strange to link the idea of celebrating the inscription of one’s name in the Book of Life to the person of Jesus? The Jewish New Year expression “Le shanah tova tikatev ve-tehatem” is more than a quaint custom. It is an expression of hope for God’s acceptance and forgiveness.

At the time of Christ, the ancient Biblical tradition of atonement ceased. Was this merely coincidental? The Kapporah, or sacrifice animal, to accomplish atonement is nowhere apparent in modern Judaism—yet in original Judaism, sacrificial atonement is intrinsic and essential:

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement” (Leviticus 17:11.)

In order to fully comprehend the concept of God recording man’s eternal destiny, one cannot stop reading the Bible at the Old Testament portion. Nor can one allow himself to be side tracked into the forest of contradictory statements which is the Talmud. For understanding, one must read the continuation of the Bible, in what is commonly called the New Testament, to see the true meaning of the Book of Life and to discover how a person is permanently inscribed for eternity:

“He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My father and before His angels.”

Revelation 3:5

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God made ready as a bride adorned for her husband…and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book life.”

Revelation 21:1, 2, 27

Had Judaism not rationalized away God’s system of sacrificial atonement, then it would not have come to regard the person and atoning work of Jesus as alien. Had it not substituted humanistic and humanitarian value for God’s value structure, would not God’s remedy of Jesus the “scape-lamb,” have made sense?

What a paradox confronts the modern Jewish person! If he would be a faithful Jew according to the Bible and not merely according to the traditions of man; or if he would be God’s kind of Jew, then he must be written in the Lamb’s Book Life and thus be a follower of Jesus, the Messiah.

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Tonight is Shabbat Shuva (Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)

This is the time which is called the ten days of Awe. Ten days to Return to God. God determines during these ten days leading up to Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement if a person’s name is recorded in the book of life. This is the time to repent for everything we have said this past year that did not honor God and everything we’ve done this year against his commandments. We will be judged how we have treated our fellow man. We will be judged for how we have treated widows, orphans, and less fortunate. So TeShuva is considered a major time of Repentance for God’s people.

Rabbi Levi said, “Great is repentance, for it reaches up to the Throne of Glory, as it is written, ‘Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God.'” Hosea 14:1 says, ‘Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God for you have stumbled (which is accidental) because of your iniquity (which is intentional)'”.

Hosea 14:2-10(1-9) is part of the reading for Shabbat Shuvah (Sabbath of Repentance), the Sabbath that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In this passage, the prophet Hosea makes one last desperate plea, beseeching Israel to repent and save themselves from the coming catastrophe. He says, “Return, O Israel!” The Hebrew word for “return” is the imperative shuvah (שובה), a word that also is translated as “repent.” Repentance is Hosea’s central message and the message of every prophet of God. Repentance is also the primary message of the Gospel. Most of Yeshua’s teachings were calls to repentance. Most of His parables were illustrations about repentance.

To repent means to turn around, quit sinning, and start doing good. More specifically, it is a call to quit breaking God’s commandments and return to His Torah. Repentance from evil deeds is one of the foundational, elementary teachings about the Messiah (Hebrews 6:1).

Yeshua brought a message of repentance, always teaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). He told men that if they did not repent, they would perish (Luke 13:3). He said that He came only to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32), for “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31).

He told His disciples that repentance for the forgiveness of sins must be proclaimed in His name to all nations ( Luke 24:46-47) because “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30). “They went out and preached that men should repent” (Mark 6:12). They went out, “solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Yeshua the Messiah” (Acts 20:21), “even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance” (Acts 26:20). Because of this, “God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18), and “repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:25), for He does not wish “for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

“The kindness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4), “a repentance without regret, leading to salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10). “Repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19). “Repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you” (Acts 8:22). “Therefore be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19). “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). “Repent and do the [good] deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5). “So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent” (Revelation 3:3).

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The Imagery of Battle Hymn of Republic is a Picture of Feasts of Tabernacles

As the Sun sets tonight and we end Rosh Hashanah 5779, I am reminded of the words of the Battle Hymn of The Republic. The new year 5779 represents the Threshing Floor and New Wine being harvested with our feet. The Hebrew number “9” is a picture of the ninth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet “Tet”. One of it’s pictures is of horses running with the roar of trampling the enemy. We harvest the New Wine of Holy Spirit by walking out our obedience, purposes, promises, and goals. According to Genesis we bruise the head of serpent by our feet. Feet is used to crush/stomp the grapes until the sweet wine flows. This is the Year of Open Doors and Let the New Wine Flow.

I don’t know if Julia Ward Howe knew the significance of The Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles being a Grape Harvest but the words sure seem like it. Do me a favor tonight and for the next eight days as we spend time in reflection leading to Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement, September 19, read the words of this great Anthem especially Verses 1, 3, 4, and 6 and be blessed.

(Verse 1)
Mine eyes hath seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on..

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

(Verse 2)
I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

(Verse 3)
I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

(Verse 4)
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

(Verse 5)
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free;
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

[Verse 6]
He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

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Seven Blessings of Celebrating Feast of Tabernacles

One of the most important observances of Torah is in the Biblical calendar when God tells the children of Israel: “These are the appointed feasts of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts” (Leviticus 23:2). No were in scripture does it say that the Feasts are Jewish only. He gave them to the Jewish people to celebrate Him. But through Yeshua the Gentiles have been grafted into the same blessings and observances. Romans 11:17

The Jewish people and Gentiles are to join in with God through Yeshua HaMashiac in sanctifying his holy days as they observe them in the manner he prescribed. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans, “The Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God” (Romans 3:2). Included in “the oracles of God” that have been entrusted to the Jewish people is the Sabbath and the festivals. Indeed, as Israel stood at the base of Mount Sinai God instructed the Jewish people in his calendar and gave the festivals for them to observe and pass on from generation to generation.

Moadim at Creation
However, before the instructions on the festivals are given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, we find the festivals mentioned in general at creation. Let’s turn to Genesis 1:14:
God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.”

On the fourth day of creation God created the lights in the sky as markers for seasons, days, and years. However, we miss something in the Hebrew with almost all English translations. “Seasons” is the Hebrew word moadim (מעדים) and this is the first occurrence of the word. Moadim is the plural of mo’ed, which means, “a set time,” coming from the root ya’ad (“to set, designate,” יעד). David Rudolph, in a bulletin, “Festivals in Genesis 1:14, Tyndale bulletin 54, no.2(2003): 23-20, points out that in every other instance where the plural moadim appears in the Hebrew of the Torah English Bibles translate it as “festivals “ and argues that it should be translated as such here in Genesis 1 as well. In turn it would be rendered “And let them be for signs and for festivals, and for days and years.” This is how it is understood in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan:
And the Lord said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens, to distinguish between the day and the night; and let them be for signs and for festival times, and for the numbering by them the account of days, and for the sanctifying of the beginning of months, and the beginning of years, the passing away of months, and the passing away of years, the revolutions of the sun, the birth of the moon, and the revolving (of seasons).” (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Genesis 1:14)

This means that the festivals of Israel are first introduced and alluded to here in creation. Although the festivals were later committed and entrusted to the Jewish nation, they contain universal truths and applications for all mankind to celebrate. God set up these holy appointments with his people from the beginning of creation. It’s no wonder then that we find the festivals alluded to in the book of Genesis.

So, as we celebrate the Moadim (Festival or Feasts) of our Lord which is today the beginning of Feast of Tabernacles with Rosh HaShannah the Blowing of Trumpets, September 10-11, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, September 19, and Sukkot, Tabernacles, September 24-30 let us be reminded of the SEVEN BENEFITS SPOKEN IN SCRIPTURE who honor God’s Holy High Convocations:

SEVEN ANOINTINGS OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES:
1. Holy Spirit’s Glory and Power: John 7: 37-38
2. Revelation and Illumination: John 8: 12
3. Prosperity and 100 Fold Harvest: Malachi 3:8, Mark 4: 20
4. Favor Psalms 118: 5-8
5. Victory Over My Enemies: Psalms 118: 10-13
6. Strength to Live and Not Die: Psalms 118: 14-17
7. Abundant Joy and Rejoicing: Psalms 118: 24-29

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A Time To Change Your Clothes

Tomorrow is the last day Biblical month of Elul, 5778. Sunday eve at sundown begins the new year 5779. This morning while meditating, this thought dropped in mind. How is it that most people somehow have been hood winked to believe Jesus was Jewish when He was crucified, but somehow rose from the grave a white Caucasian western Savior? In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Jesus is always referring to Torah. Torah means “Life” or “Wisdom”. The Bible says, “in all your getting get wisdom.”

Most of all Christianity does not have an understanding (wisdom) of the season we are in. The month of Elul is the time of Teshuvah, returning to God. Because when the Catholic Church outlawed the practices of the First Church in Acts, the Apostles and their following of the Appointed Feasts of the Lord. They wanted the focus to be on Rome and not Jerusalem.

I believe in the last days, the latter rain, the second coming of our Lord, God is opening Gentiles eyes to the wisdom of God’s appointed Feasts. This the one new man. This is the understanding of the wisdom of Torah and God’s prophetic seasons. Every time through out Biblical history in the year following Jubilee and the Four Blood Moons, which begins on October 12th, the world has always changed. Just look at 1492 and 1948.

Yeshua (Jesus) His Hebrew name has already fulfilled Passover and Pentecost. He has not fulfilled Tabernacles yet. Rosh Hashanah is the prophetic timing of the second coming of Yeshua. Yom Kippur is the Great White Judgment. And Sukkot (Tabernacles) is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It is at the Blowing of the Trumpets Yeshua will return (1 Corinthians 15). That is why the month of Elul is about Returning to God. Satan himself knows what the Blowing of the Trumpet means (Revelation 8-9). He doesn’t know if this Rosh Hashanah (the blowing of the Trumpet) Yeshua is going to show up in the clouds this time or when. But he knows it will be one of these times.

This also is the season of the book of Ruth in the Old Testament. The story of Ruth and Boaz. In the story, Naomi, Ruth’s mother in law tells Ruth to change her cloths and go out to the field and meet Boaz the King. For the King is in the Field. This is a very prophetic season. The King is in your Field. Go change your clothes. Another words it is time to according to Isiah 61, “put on a garment of praise.”

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Is It Important To Honor God’s Feasts?

If Yeshua was born on a Feast of the Lord, if He died on the cross and resurrected from the grave on a Feast of the Lord, and He poured out Holy Spirit on a Feast of The Lord, and He is coming back again on a Feast of The Lord, then don’t you think it is important for God’s people to honor His Feast by remembering them? 

In the next 4 days the we will see the greatest convergence of God’s Appointed Times, His High Holy Feasts the world has yet seen. Why? Four days from now on September 9th is the End of the last month of the Biblical Calendar for this Biblical year 5778, Elul 29. The next day, September 10th in the blink of an eye is Rosh Hashanah, The Head of the Year, which ends the Biblical Year 5778 and begins the Biblical year 5779. Not only is this the Biblical New Year, it also is the Birthday of the creation of the earth spoken in Genesis 1 and 2. This is the day when God looks at the Book of Life and notes the record of every one living to see what good they have done for the previous year. What have they done to better the world? Have they bettered the Kingdom of God or have they been a detriment? Have they given to help the poor, the needy, and the Orphans and Widows? Rabbis have taught this is the time when God determines whether you will die or live in the New Year. Jewish people are taught to make things right in every area of their lives. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah, September 10-11 and Yom Kippur, September 19 is the time of turning and repenting.

These past 40 days before Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) September 19th, Israel has been blowing the rams horn preparing all of the people for this day. Rosh Hashanah means “rams horn” or the turning in repentance (Teshuvah.) Then Yom Kippur is the culmination of the shedding of blood in the Holy Hollies. In ancient times once you heard the ram’s horn, it was time to focus on salvation. If you heard it, then you were to blow it so your neighbor could hear it. It would be blown from household to household so that all of Israel would know the time and season and no one miss out.

Not only is this the time turning away from the old in repentance, but it also the time when God determines the blessings you will walk in the new year. Debbie and I have been blowing our rams horn every morning  and will continue until September 19th. Listen to what Numbers 10: 9-10 says, ““When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”

Did you get that? When you blow your trumpet you will be remembered by God and He will save you from your enemies. And you shall be a memorial before the Lord. Does blowing a rams horn have any supernatural significance in your life? Well, does water baptism have any? Does the laying on of hands for healing? The answer is YES! Because God said so! Three times a year God ask us to remember Him so He can bless us. Let me ask a simple question, is God available to us 24/7? Yes He is. But just like the Sun always shines 365 days a year. Here in Texas it is 110 degrees but in January it will be 30 or 40 degrees. Same Sun still shining. So with God he is always available to us, but three times a year He is nearest to bless His covenant with those who have an ear and hear what He is saying.

This is also the time when the King Is In Your Field. It is the story of the Old Testament book of Ruth. Boaz is the King. Ruth who is an Widow returns back to Jerusalem to follow her Mother in law, Naomi. Ruth is destitute and every day gleams in the field for grain. Boaz, her Kinsmen Redeemer, who is a typology of Yeshua, sees her and tells his servants to leave more than enough grain for her at the corner of the field. He eventually meets her and marries her in covenant as his Bride. During this Biblical Season the King is in your field to re-establish His Covenant with you during The Feast of Tabernacle

If Yeshua was born on a Feast of the Lord, if He died on the cross and resurrected from the grave on a Feast of the Lord, and He poured out Holy Spirit on a Feast of The Lord, and He is coming back again on a Feast of The Lord, then don’t you think it is important for God’s people to honor His Feast by remembering them?  We call ourselves Kingdom people and Kingdom churches.  We believe in all the scripture, then why don’t we Honor and Worship God El, the Holy one on His High Holy Days?  Keeping the Feasts of the Lord is part of the Season and Timing of our God and our Lord.  I bless you with eyes to see and ears to hear the glorious celebration of God’s Holy Convocation and High Holy Days in and through Yeshua.

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Family Prayer During The Month of Elul

Great prayer shared here for you to put in the names of those you are praying for and declaring their destiny to line up with God’s will for them. With this being the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul it’s a great place to proclaim His promises for your loved ones. We can also pray this for our President and His family as well.
We declare _________________ have been called yet again for greater and greater exploits. Exploits for the Kingdom of God!  “_________________ know their God, are strong, and do exploits.”  (Daniel11:32 KJV).  “But ___________________ are loyal to their God and will act valiantly.” (NET Bible).  We proclaim they are “boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted.  They are MARKED by or showing bravery or valor; heroic.”   (Valiently in Dictionary.com).  They are marked by a heart that belongs wholly to the Lord, a heart that seeks His will and His way only.  “___________________ commits their way to You LORD, they trusts also in You, and they know You will do it.”  (Psalm 37:5 NASB).  “_______________ rolls all their works upon You Lord (they commit and trust them WHOLLY to You; You will cause their  thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and so will their plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3 AMP).  “________________________ also labors, striving according to His working which works in them mightily.” (Colossians 1:29 NASB).
We declare ______________________ are filled with growing excitement and even anticipation regarding how the Lord will use the gifting’s He has built into them for His Kingdom plans where He has planted them!  For such a time as this.
We declare, the heart of the Lord has overtaken _____________, and His love for them has overwhelmed them. “He is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves both of them.”  (Ephesians 2:4 NASB). His love is so deep that “He has inscribed __________________ on the palm of His hands; they are continually before Him.”  (Isaiah 49:16 NASB).  (Job 42:2 ESV).  We proclaim __________________ is ready to take some giants down!
We say _________________________ will not be surprised or taken off guard.  They will be at the right place at the right time during this month of Elul.
ELUL DECLARATIONS:
            ** I declare my connection is my protection.
            ** I declare I have divine access into a new place.
            ** I declare I am headed for the tent.
            ** I declare this is my finest hour.
__________________ can see the Lord in the Field – in a tent with no sides.  The enemy, who is pursuing them, sees a tower that he knows he has no strength against.  We declare ______________ are being empowered in their “tent encounters” this month and they will triumph in incredible ways.
Father, we release your peace and deep, deep restedness in your love to _______________ right now.  Fill them with such a deep-rooted assurance that you are working on their behalf, and as they lift up praise to  you, bring them into new depths and dimensions of worship that releases breakthrough and takes down strongholds. (Prov 21:22TPT)
We praise you because this is the time of restoring all things and making everything new.  God, come in like a flood, strengthening _________________ to their innermost beings and filling them with life, fresh vitality and explosive energy.  Pour into them your extravagant love until they are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God.  We declare over them that God will do everything He has said He will do and more.  He has heard and paid attention to every request and He will exceed all hopes, dreams and wild imagination in His achievement of it all. We praise you God and lift you to the highest place.  Thank you that this is your promise and you are faithful to keep it.  (Eph 3:16-21TPT)
I saw a cloud over different houses, and this is what I understood.  Over each house, the cloud was releasing the wind and rain of His presence.  He was coming with justice and mercy and power and presence and the Spirit of the fear of the Lord to bring about overnight deliverance and transformation.  Holiness was being released, bringing great encouragement and a sign of the favour of God upon them.
I further heard that where their experience to date had felt like wading through thick treacle to get things to happen, there was now going to be an ease coming to them.  it will be as though they have only to touch their little finger lightly to a wall and it will give way before them.  There will be single days where more happens in one day than has previously shifted over periods of months.
So Father, we thank you again for your promises to them, and we pray that all the fullness, the joy and the overflow that Jesus came for would be gloriously manifest in their life, their bodies, and everything they put their hand to.  We declare a resounding ‘No’ to the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy.  We declare the blood of Jesus Christ stands as a wall of separation between __________________ and every tactic and assignment that has warred against them, in Jesus’ name!  (John 10:10 AMP)
The wind blows all around us as if it has a will of its own; we feel and hear it, but we do not understand where it has come from or where it will end up. Life in the Spirit is as if it were the wind of God (John 3:8 Voice).
Father God, we lift our voices in praise unto You; praise for Who You are and all You have done in the lives of _________________. We call You good and we praise You.
May Your Glorious Presence linger among __________________ and all with which they have to do forever. They are the work of Your hands; may You find reason to rejoice over them every day of their lives! (Psalm 104:31)
Even today, LORD God, we ask that You blow in fresh and anew upon the them. When You send out Your Breath, life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed (v 30). Adversarial winds are blowing in, threatening to disrupt the assignment ________________ undertook regarding their ministry and business. These winds carry the message of loss and gloom; their very purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. We are here to say, “BUT GOD!” For _____________________ have the promise, “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
We bless ______________ with ears that are awake; ears that listen for and hear the Wind of God. They turn a deaf ear to every contrary voice and wind, choosing Life in the Spirit, listening to the Wind Words, the Spirit of the LORD, blowing through the home, businesses and family of _______________ are Christ-conquerors, safe from devil-death. (Revelation 2:11).
In these evil days, teach them to redeem the time, making the most of every living, breathing moment. Fill their every thought with wisdom. Cause them in every decision to understand what the will of the Lord is. We especially ask that the Spirit of Wisdom guides through every step of their new projects they are undertaking, being on guard to not allow distraction of the details to break their heavenly focus. We declare ______________’s minds are set upon seeing and hearing only what their Father says.
As the month of Elul approaches, we declare opportunity for _______________________ to go out to meet the King in the field. He wants to meet with them in a special way and share intimacy with Him. Yes, Father, may _________________ run to Him, escaping all the ravages of daily living by relaxing in the oasis of His refreshing presence. May this be the year that ________________ realize beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are their Beloved’s and He is theirs!
Yes, we bless ___________________ and all with which they have to do with the blessings of Elul. We declare God will reveal Himself with great mercy.
Every root and tentacle of rejection and mistrust working to prevent them from coming into the fullness of grace Father has for them will be exposed and pulled up, in Jesus’ name.
___________________ will firmly grasp Father’s hand in this month of appointed mercy; they do not have to ‘think it through’ but simply walk it out with Him, submitting every emotion and action to the LORD.
This month’s meditation for ________________ will be Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege, the overwhelming preciousness, surpassing worth, and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. And of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. I will perceive and recognize and understand Him more fully and clearly. For His sake I lose everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
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